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Breaking News: Minimum Standards on Furnace Efficiency Changes Have Been Rescinded

posted Mar 7, 2013, 12:59 PM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 1:04 PM ]

January 16, 2013

You may have heard about minimum efficiency standard changes to furnaces in our area. The Department of Energy had put in place mandatory rules for residential gas furnaces that would take effect on May 01, 2013. The mandate stated that all furnaces replaced after May 01, 2013 must be 90% AFUE furnaces. If you had an 80% furnace (which most people in our area have), it could not be replaced with another 80% furnace after this date. You would have had to upgrade to a 90% furnace.

In a settlement filed late Friday afternoon, January 11, the Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to withdraw the pending minimum energy conservation standards that include regional standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces. The term “non-weatherized furnace” is used to define furnaces that are designed to be placed indoors.

According to the terms of the settlement, portions of the June 27, 2011 Direct Final Rule setting the minimum AFUE standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces at 90% in the Northern region and 80% in the Southeastern and Southwestern regions is vacated, along with the pending May 1, 2013 compliance date.

Pending the Court’s acceptance of this settlement, non-condensing furnaces remain legal to install in all states until further notice.

What this means to you is that if you currently have a 80% furnace you will still be allowed to replace it with another 80% model even after May, 2013.

If you have any questions about this, please call Dwight at 630-456-2614

Illinois Adopts 2012 IECC Code

posted Dec 14, 2012, 8:50 AM by Dwight Payne

Illinois became the first state in the country to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as its mandatory statewide building energy code. The code takes effect on January  1, 2013. The 2012 IECC was adopted in its entirety, with minor adjustments on the residential code, after the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the new rules on December 11, 2012.  

BPI Certified Profesionals

posted Apr 23, 2012, 11:50 PM by Dwight Payne

We understand that you want the best contractor working on your home. That’s why we’re a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited company. Our certified professionals have proven that they have the knowledge and skills to diagnose the root cause of the problems in your house and the ability to provide solutions to fix it right the first time.

$650 Complete System Replacement Rebates

posted Apr 23, 2012, 1:23 PM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 1:26 PM ]

Through a partnership between Nicor Gas and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), residential customers of both utilities are now eligible for cash rebates when installing both a qualifying furnace and central air conditioning system. http://www.nicorgasrebates.com/index.php/heer/rebate/csr-rebates

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Phil Chappel Wins First Trophy Race

posted Jul 18, 2010, 4:50 PM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Jul 18, 2010, 5:43 PM ]

Phil Chappel led the entire group to a victory on the indoor go-kart race track at Chicago Indoor Racing, in Addison, Saturday night. After several previous races by the group, this grand prix marks the inaugural semi-annual Chappel-Pemenko Invitational, commemorated by the newly minted Chappel-Pemenko Cup. Phil routinely plans team building activities to draw the staff together, believing that working-hard and playing-hard complement one another. Thanks Phil and Norm for a fun evening! click for photos

Chappels New Filter Club Available

posted Apr 2, 2010, 11:57 AM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Jul 17, 2010, 2:50 PM ]

When you register for our filter club, we will save you time and most important - Money! We will provide you with the best HVAC filter on the market, by mail and you can save with lower energy costs, avoid multiple trips to the Big Boxes, system failure prevention and you won't have to remember to change your filter. It shows up at your door, ready for you or to install or available for us to install. Click here to get started.

Ilinois ENERGY STAR® Rebates Nearing End

posted Mar 25, 2010, 8:20 AM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Mar 25, 2010, 11:32 AM ]

The State of Illinois is pleased to announce the Illinois ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). This program provides incentives for Illinois consumers to replace older HVAC equipment.

Until April 5, 2010, consumers can get point of purchase rebates on qualifying heating and cooling equipment through Chappels Heating Cooling and Home Performance. Call us Today at 630-668-3466

Tax credit

posted Jan 28, 2010, 1:31 PM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Jan 28, 2010, 2:00 PM ]

If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit. Click here to find an overview of the federal tax credits for energy efficiency.

Website Redesigned

posted Sep 15, 2009, 5:02 PM by Timur Shevekhman   [ updated Jan 27, 2010, 9:12 AM by Dwight Payne ]

Chappels Heating, Cooling & Home Performance is pleased to announce its recent website redevelopment "our old website has been around a few years and we wanted to upgrade it to a more modern Web 2.0 website that allowed users to participate and engage with us online in a manner that has not been possible with our existing website."

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