Press Releases from Heating

Snowstorm on the Way for Chicagoland!

four seasons, emergency repair truckChicago is no stranger to snow fall. A few inches fell last week, and tomorrow morning through Wednesday afternoon, we are expecting another 4-8 inches of accumulation. While this snowstorm is sure to make a mess for commuters, if you have Four Seasons on your side, a furnace malfunction doesn’t have to make a mess of your home comfort.

Top-Notch Service despite the Storm

Four Seasons 24 hour emergency furnace repair technicians will be diligently providing top-notch services throughout this snowstorm. We don’t stop or delay service no matter the weather conditions because this is Chicago! We are known for our intense, unpredictable climate and the people of this great city need to know that there is someone out there capable of ensuring their comfort. Four Seasons is that company. (more…)

Thermostat Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

For many homeowners, the heating system is something they never touch. The care of the system is completely left to the professionals at Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, and we understand why. If you don’t know much about the operation of the furnace, you don’t want to risk the comfort of your family by working on it without a professional. However, every homeowner will have to tinker with their thermostat possibly even on a daily basis. Knowing the basics will help you better navigate the units operation and ensure comfort in between visits from Four Seasons.

Know Your Thermostat

  • Change the Batteries: Unless your thermostat is hard wired into the system, it will operate on batteries. These batteries should be changed on a yearly basis at least. If you can’t get the heating or cooling to start, change the batteries before you panic. The thermostat batteries can fail without completely shutting the display down. (more…)

In-Home Estimates from a Company that Cares

Four Seasons always provides free in-home estimates for any repair or installation job we perform. We cannot and will not quote prices over the phone to our customers. Now, this may sound like a hassle or an inconvenience to you, but, as you will soon see, this policy was made to ensure you receive the best service at the best price when you hire Four Seasons.

In-Home Estimates

Many other HVAC companies will quote a low price on the phone to reel you into a contract. How can they know exactly what you need without seeing your home and ductwork? This shady estimate results in one of two things:

  1. The work is not installed correctly, and the project takes far longer than it should.
  2. The final price is laced with hundreds of dollars in hidden fees.

Either way, you are receiving sub-par quality work for your heating system. With the economy slowly recovering, our Chicago area families cannot afford to waste money on companies unprepared to deliver exceptional results. That is why when you need HVAC repair, maintenance, or installation, call a company with a history of excellence in customer service. As an A+ rated company and nine time winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award, Four Seasons provides a real estimate. The price quoted is the final price. No hidden fees, no mistakes, only the services that you need, when you need it. This is just another reason to choose Four Seasons.

The Four Seasons Prehistoric Furnace Contest!

How old is your furnace? Is it 10, 20, 65 MILLION years old? If you feel like your furnace is still stuck in the stone age, then you are the perfect applicant for the Four Seasons Prehistoric Furnace Contest! Four Seasons is on the hunt for the oldest furnace in our service area (Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana)! The winner of the contest will have their fossil replaced by a brand new efficient furnace!

Benefits of a New Furnace

  • More Consistent Heating: Those cold spots in the house could be completely eliminated by a new furnace up to the task of heating the home.
  • Lower Energy Bills: As a furnace ages, it loses the efficiency it once had. The gas consumption and bills go up while the heating power declines. A brand new efficient furnace would slash your energy bill every month!
  • Reduce the Threat of Breakdowns: An old furnace could quit at any moment. With a brand new furnace, your breakdown fears will wash away leaving only a cozy warm home.

Everyone’s a Winner!

Even if your furnace turns out to be younger than some, you still receive an exclusive offer from Four Seasons. There’s no reason not to apply!

For full contest details and the online application form click here!

 

High Efficiency Furnace Law Repealed!

Furnace, air conditioner, high efficiency

A few months back, Four Seasons was informed that a new law would soon take effect that would set new requirements for the furnaces we were allowed to sell. The Department of Energy had raised the energy efficiency standards for heating systems in the northern states in the US, and the changes were to take effect as of May 1st, 2013. We took the opportunity to inform our customers of the upcoming law, but we have great news! The law has been repealed!

The DOE High Efficiency Furnace Law

The law would have banned the manufacture and distribution of furnaces rated less than 90% AFUE. The current minimum standard is 80% AFUE, and 90% or greater AFUE furnaces can be significantly more expensive. With the repeal of this law, the minimum standard will remain at 80% AFUE, and homeowners will retain the ability to choose which level of energy efficiency would benefit their home and their budget the most. (more…)

They’re Back! HVAC Tax Credits and Rebates

Heating and cooling your Chicago area home just got easier…again! A few years back, the government was offering massive tax credits on the purchase of new high efficiency heating and cooling systems. These expired for the most part in 2011, but as of January 1st 2013, they are back! You can save hundreds if not thousands on the purchase of a new heating and cooling system from Four Seasons, but you must act soon! There is no telling how long these offers will last.

  • Up to $500 in Tax Credits: When President Obama signed the fiscal cliff agreement, he also reinstated the tax credits that expired at the end of 2011. High efficiency heating and cooling systems now once again qualify for these lucrative tax returns. (more…)

What is a High Efficiency Furnace?

In short, a high efficiency furnace uses less energy to operate than a standard furnace, as a result it generally has a higher energy efficiency rating. There are tons of furnaces out there that claim to be high efficiency or to lower your energy bills. So, it is important, as a consumer, to be aware of how these attributes are determined and to be prepared to discern the efficiency level of a furnace without a salesman to lead you.

High AFUE — High Efficiency!

AFUE: This stands for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency score. It measures the thermal efficiency of combustion equipment like furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. The AFUE does not measure the peak efficiency of the appliance, but is rather a composite score of the average efficiency of the unit throughout a full year. This gives a clearer picture of how efficient the furnace will actually be throughout the year, instead of the efficiency it could achieve.

The AFUE score is represented as a percentage. This reflects a direct ratio of Btu’s used as fuel to Btu’s of useful heat expelled from the furnace. So, if you have an AFUE score of 97% (a very high score indeed!), for every 100 Btu’s of fuel used, 97 Btu’s will be pumped into the home.

So Where is the Bar?

A great way to gauge whether or not something is high efficiency is to look for the Energy Star insignia on the product. Energy Star is a 3rd party organization which certifies and honors products which are exceptionally energy efficient. So, if it’s Energy Star, it’s energy efficient. This is a great place to start when choosing a furnace, because in Illinois, in order to qualify for Energy Star, the furnace must have an AFUE rating of 95% or higher!

 

A Changing Industry

The HVAC industry is always developing more and more efficient designs for their furnaces. So, similar to the technology industry, as a rule of thumb if your furnace is not brand new, there is a more advanced model on the line. However, instead of replacing a new furnace immediately, this means that any furnace you purchase will be more efficient that one from 20 years ago. Browse the Four Seasons furnace products page to view our incredible Lennox products, or if you would like to check out our most efficient model, follow this link to the SLP 98V!

High 50’s in January…in Chicago?!

January in Chicago was once synonymous with copious amounts of snow and icy cold temperatures. This winter, this has not been the case at all. As the temperature climbs into the upper 50’s this week, many homeowners are enjoying more than just the weather. They are enjoying lower energy bills, and saving tons of money! At Four Seasons, we have found that many homeowners are taking this rare opportunity to invest the savings back into their home in the form of energy efficiency improvements.

Don’t Rely on Mother Nature to Save You Money!

It is great to have nice weather and to benefit from the reduction in our heating costs, but we can’t always rely on Mother Nature to save us money. However, when you have energy efficient heating and cooling systems in the home, you never have to worry what the weather is like because you are always saving money. (more…)

Birds in Your Furnace

This is a rather odd, but not uncommon, situation for your home heating system. Believe it or not, birds can and will hop into your exhaust fans and chimneys looking for a cozy-warm homestead. However, these squawking squatters can cause a variety of issues for you and your family ranging from the inconvenient to the deadly. So, it is important to watch out every fall and winter. (more…)

Happy Holidays from Four Seasons| Bedford Park, Evergreen Park

It’s that time of year again. Soon snow will be falling and that pristine white winter morning will be upon us. Family is flying into town, Storm Draco was a bust, and everyone is excited for holiday presents and parties. We just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy holidays and a merry new year.

Still on Call 24/7

Just a reminder, Four Seasons never takes a day off. Our customer support staff is at the ready every day of the year, including federal holidays. Furnace trouble won’t be a problem this winter so long as you have the Four Seasons number handy. Any time, from anywhere in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, our repair crews won’t leave you out in the cold. We never charge extra for nights, weekends, or holidays so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

From our family to yours, we hope you have or had a wonderful Christmas, HanukkahKwanzaa, Ashura, Bodhi DayWinter Solstice or any other holiday we may have missed. We are truly blessed to be able to serve the people of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.