Press Releases from Energy Efficiency

Why You Should Insulate- Infographic

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When it comes to making energy efficient home improvements,most homeowners aren’t willing or able to invest tens of thousands of dollars in upgrades like wind turbines or geothermal heating and cooling systems. These improvements would eliminate many energy costs, but they aren’t practical if you are living on a budget. However, just because you can’t afford to make massive changes, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make any changes!

Make Your Energy Improvement Dollars Count!

Every improvement to the way your home consumes energy is an improvement in your bottom line, but finding ways to invest your money wisely in energy efficiency will truly be the difference between seeing a difference on your energy bills and spending more money than the improvement can help you save. Insulation is an energy efficient home improvement that comes with many benefits AND an affordable price tag! Check our Four Seasons’ infographic to learn all of the benefits insulation has to offer.

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…)

New Year’s Resolution: Save on Energy Costs

Every year people make the same few resolutions…

This year, I will lose weight!

This year, I will quit smoking/drinking!

However, the most common resolution you will hear year after year is, “This year, I will save money!” Sure, you could buy cheaper food, spend your weekends at home, and cancel the summer road-trip, but a better idea would be to simply cut energy costs. Considering your heating and cooling systems account for half of your energy bills during peak months, this is a great place to trim excess spending!

Save on Energy Costs

  • New Furnace: As a furnace ages, it becomes increasingly less efficient. If your furnace has quite a few years under its belt or the furnace was already installed by a previous owner, it may be time to consider replacement. Four Seasons installs state-of-the-art high-efficiency furnaces designed and manufactured by Lennox. Soon, the furnace will have paid itself off and you’ll be reaping the savings every month!
  • Cook at Home: Turn your heat down a little bit and let your stove and oven do the heating for you! Your oven and stove are much cheaper to operate than your furnace and can give a supplemental boost to your home heating strategy.
  • Insulation: According to the EPA, adding attic insulation is the most cost-effective way to lower energy costs in your home. Four Seasons offers free in-home consultations. We’ll asses your R-Value and fill you in on how we can keep your home toasty warm the rest of the winter.

Free Online Energy Analysis

As one of the resources on our site, we link to hvacopcost.com to a handy energy analysis tool. Simply type in a few furnace/ air conditioner specs and click calculate! Suddenly you are presented with a plethora of helpful information including:

  • One, five, ten, fifteen, and twenty year savings when you upgrade.
  • Increased value of home after upgrade.
  • Yearly operating costs of your current and a new furnace.

This is a great way to assess your current heating and cooling situation and to discover just how beneficial a new high-efficiency furnace would be for you and your family. As always, call or click Four Seasons for a free consultation!

Deck the Halls with Energy Efficiency| Oak Park, Chicago Heights

Tis the season to be jolly, but the holidays are full of fun, family, and… expenses. Multiple parties and presents can really drain the pocketbook. Suddenly, you’re pinching pennies before the New Year. Well this is a great place to start; with these energy efficiency tips, you can Fa-La-La-La-La your way to a lower energy bill!

Four Seasons Energy Efficiency Tips

  • The 2 Degree Pledge: Turn your thermostat down 2 degrees to save up to 10% on your heating costs!
  • The Power of the Sun: Open your curtains during the day to take full advantage of the best heater in existence, the sun!
  • Winter Ceiling Fans: Run your ceiling fans in the clockwise direction to increase comfort, circulation, and savings!

The Best Way to Cut Energy Costs…

…is to purchase a new high efficiency furnace! The HVAC industry is always producing more and more sophisticated systems to lower energy costs. If you have an old furnace, chances are it is not nearly as efficient as it could be. The energy savings each month can be put towards your new furnace, and before you know it, you’ll be putting extra cash in you pocket every month! Call Four Seasons today to discuss how we can cut energy costs together.

 

 

Pay for Your Furnace in Energy Savings | Crest Hill, Frankfort, Cicero

With the election just days away, there has been a lot of talk about the economy. Nearly every sector of the economy may be on the rise and showing signs for improvement, but for many homeowners, the improvements have yet to trickle down into their bank accounts. If this applies to you, purchasing a new high efficiency furnace may be the last thing you think you can afford to do right now. However, if your existing furnace is 20 years old or more, not replacing the system could cost you more than replacement.

Wasteful Furnaces

The energy efficiency requirements of furnaces in the United States have changed drastically over the years, and the technology now used to improve efficiency is light-years ahead of what it was 20 years ago. This basically means that the furnace in your home is probably very inefficient with the fuel it consumes. Couple this with a lack of maintenance and not only are you overpaying on your energy bills, but you are also setting yourself up for a furnace breakdown. Even with proper maintenance, ancient furnaces like these would be rated around 70% AFUE or less. (more…)

Insulating Every Nook and Cranny| Wheaton, Schaumburg

Older homes have a wonderful aesthetic appeal. The odd staircases and abundant room make for a quirky fascinating place to live. The problem is, that these homes weren’t designed with energy efficiency in mind, and the older your home is, the less efficient it was built. This means drafts, and air leaks that can make for a chilly and expensive winter. All you heated air could be leaking out through these cracks. The solution to this is simply proper insulation for your home. In the past, the only way to re-insulate a home was to rip the walls down, fill in the insulation, and rebuild the wall. Well, this is the 21st century, and innovation in the insulation industry has alleviated that concern. With Four Season’s blown-in insulation we can fill every nook and cranny in your home.

Areas in Need of Insulation

Walls Adjacent to Uninsulated Rooms: There are some areas of the home that simply aren’t insulated, because they didn’t need to be during the time of construction. Many garages and unfinished basements have no insulation at all. This isn’t a huge problem because not many people live or relax in their garage or unfinished basement. However, often times the walls separating these spaces from the rest of your home are uninsulated as well. This, on the other hand, is a problem. All that cold air in your garage or basement is sucking away the heat of your home through your garage!

Attics: As we all know, heat rises. This makes the attic of your home a crucial place for insulation. All that expensive heated air is floating up and seeping out of the top of your home. Many older homes were built with almost no attic insulation and any that was there has long since lived out its usefulness. With fresh fluffy insulation you can effectively put a nice warm hat on head of your home.

Crawl Spaces: Crawl spaces are great for storing all those Christmas decorations until that time of year comes, but is your crawlspace insulated. Of course you don’t care if your ornaments get a little chilly, but if the weather outside is frightful, it could be seeping into your home through your crawlspace.

Insulation Professionals

Insulation forms that protective bubble from the elements outside. If that bubble has any weak points, the winter cold will find them. It is far more expensive to try an heat a home when all the heat you pump in is quickly leaking out of these weak points. It becomes and endless expensive battle just to stay comfortable. Four Seasons can come in and insulate all these spaces in one day, and by nightfall you’ll already be saving money. Sure up your homes protective shield today; call Four Seasons and see how we can solve this problem for you.

Why Choose Four Seasons for Attic Insulation? | Chicago Heights

The EPA and many other energy efficiency organizations have found that improving insulation in a home where it is lacking is one of the most affordable projects that can make a huge improvement in the overall energy efficiency of the home. This is the main reason why Four Seasons began hiring insulation professionals and perfecting our craft in the installation of blown-in attic insulation.

We love services that are affordable and save our customers money down the line. This is why we are Chicago’s go-to contractor for attic insulation services, but if you have never used Four Seasons for this service, here are a few reasons why you should consider Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning for your attic insulation services.

Four Seasons Attic Insulation Services

  • Honest Assessment: Does your home even need more insulation? Many homeowners are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills, but this is only possible when you apply services that the home actually needs. Four Seasons will send one of our insulation professionals to your home to assess your needs free of charge, and if your insulation is adequate, we will let you know. (more…)

Leaky Windows Draining Your Savings | Palos Hills, Calumet City

Sometimes upgrading a furnace to a high efficiency system is not enough to see significant savings on your energy bills. When this happens, there is usually another energy draining problem in the home that is not being address. As a company that performs home energy audits, Four Seasons has found that many homes across Chicagoland are in desperate need of replacement windows because they are still relying on single-pane windows to keep out the cold.

3 of the Biggest Problems with Single Pane Windows:

  • Noise: The thin sheet of glass used in a single pane window is not able to insulate well against the intrusion of sound. Traffic, noisy neighbors, air conditioners, and lawn mowers can all create a lot of noise, and single pane windows will do little to stop these noises from disturbing the peace inside your home.
  • Heat Loss: Even if you have a tight seal around the frame, single pane windows do a poor job of preventing heat loss. This is where the energy losses begin to add up. Your high efficiency furnace will never run as efficiently as it could with these wasteful windows. (more…)

How the New DOE Law can Benefit You! | Hazel Crest, Oak Lawn

Yesterday we talked about the new law that the Department of Energy will soon be enforcing in Illinois, and many of you may be wishing that you didn’t have to upgrade your non-condensing furnace to a condensing furnace with a 90% AFUE rating. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning understands that replacing the furnace may seem like a huge hassle, but making the upgrade will have benefits for our planet and for your wallet!

Two Ways You Benefit from Upgrading:

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions: Non-condensing furnaces waste energy by not condensing the byproducts of combustion into heat for use within the home. This increases the gas emissions being ejected from the home and therefore adds to the overall carbon emissions on our planet. This law hopes to decrease emissions in the states that use the most heat by requiring that all homes have condensing furnaces installed. (more…)

New Law Eliminates Non-Condensing Furnaces | Bellwood, Dolton

What type of furnace do you have in your home? Depending on how long ago the system was installed and how much you care about energy efficiency, you may have either a condensing or non-condensing furnace. If you have a non-condensing furnace heating your home, you will have to make some changes in order to upgrade to a condensing furnace once this unit breaks down! Why can’t you just install another non-condensing system? Well, to put it simply, it will be illegal to do so after May 1st, 2013!

2007 Energy Security and Independence Act

The Department of Energy (DOE) will soon be able to enforce a portion of the 2007 Energy Security and Independence Act. This portion of the Act requires northern states, including Illinois, to get rid of all non-condensing furnaces and replace them with condensing furnaces that are rated at least 90% AFUE.  As of May 1st, 2013, this portion of the law will be in effect, and if you are still using a non-condensing system, changes will have to be made. (more…)