As we've mentioned in previous articles, there are many factors that will affect air conditioner performance. The most common issues, however, are the three “D's” of dirt, debris, and dust. A dirty air conditioner, dirty condenser coil or clogged air filter can cause...read more
It seems contrary to logic. The humidity soars and temperatures rise into the 90s. Simply going outside in the Chicago area heat drains the energy out of you. Sweating is almost instant. Of course, this is the time when your home air conditioner stops working. There...read more
When faced with replacing the air conditioner of your Chicago area home, you will likely have to make a decision on a SEER rating for your unit. The challenge is, many don't know what a SEER rating is let alone how it is used in selecting the best system for your...read more
Most of us in the greater Chicago area are glad to see the summer months arrive. It means the return of baseball, vacations, and trips to the beach. One thing though that summer brings that is not so welcome is the higher summer cooling bills. You are not helpless,...read more
At Althoff Industries, we don't just view ourselves as HVAC technicians. We see ourselves as indoor air quality specialists. Properly treating the air in a home is much more complex than it may first seem. There are numerous factors to consider. One has to note the...read more
There is a reason HVAC companies refer to their equipment as a “system”. It's because each component is designed to work in harmony to provide efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The older an HVAV system is, however, the more opportunities there are...read more
There are plenty of myths about how to best clean the air in your home. Some people believe a good HEPA air filter will do. Others suggest an air purifier. Still others say that perhaps there is nothing you can do, especially when it comes to allergens. The Chicago...read more
One the easiest, least expensive and most beneficial ways to keep your air conditioner humming along through the summer season is through changing the air conditioning filter and through regular air filter maintenance. Yet, it is amazing how often our HVAC technicians...read more
We recently received what we refer to as a “no heat” call. It was May so it wasn't a desperation call, thank goodness, but still an issue. We immediately noticed something different upon arrival at the Park Ridge residence. This home had twinned furnaces that combined...read more
Just like when your Chicago area furnace kicks on for the first time in the fall, when your central air conditioning goes on for the first time in the spring, you may be welcomed with some unknown vent odors. Why does your central air conditioning smell that way? How...read more
In a previous article, we discussed the importance of a good spring cleaning and tune up of home's air condition system. We mentioned how some bargain HVAC technicians won't even bother to take the panels off of an AC unit to clean the evaporator coil. This can...read more
This time of year, HVAC companies begin to advertise their air conditioning maintenance specials, and for good reason. The spring is indeed the best time to ensure your air conditioning will operate at its peak through the summer months. Preventative maintenance and a...read more
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