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Is your home “livable?”

posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:56 AM by Dwight Payne

Most people equate the term “livability” with the quality of life offered by a community, city or state. Does it have good schools? What is the cost of living? Etc. But livability can also apply to a home. And a large part of that is the level of comfort offered by that structure. It can mean everything from the right temperature that allows you to relax or work without being distracted, to indoor air quality that does not trigger your asthma or cause migraines. Ask our team of building science specialists at Chappels to help evaluate your home – we can help make your home more “livable.”

5 reasons why your HVAC system might be on its last leg

posted Apr 6, 2018, 5:37 PM by Sue Chappel   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 5:39 PM ]

Average life of an HVAC system is 12-15 years. Air conditioners typically last 10-15 years and furnaces typically last 15+ years. Bad news, chances are the people who owned the home before you, probably didn’t take proper care of it. HVAC systems work like human beings… The older they get, the closer they are to retirement. Though some HVAC systems keep chugging beyond their average lifespan, it is always better to plan for a new system instead of freezing or sweating it out.  

Healthy Living

posted Mar 9, 2018, 8:18 AM by Dwight Payne   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 8:20 AM ]

Indoor Air Quality is the air quality in a home, especially as it relates to the health and comfort the occupants. Recognizing and minimizing common pollutants indoors can help reduce indoor health issues. Effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced immediately or, years down the road.

Hot and cold rooms in your house?

posted Feb 14, 2018, 8:34 AM by Sue Chappel   [ updated Feb 14, 2018, 8:36 AM ]

Have you checked your Ducts lately? Air Ducts can be a major source of poor air quality and air leakage if they are not maintained or haven't been looked at in years!! Chappel's will diagnose if you have issues with your ducts and provide you with solutions to address the issues!! Give us a call to schedule your appointment. Call: 630-668-3466 Today!

Leaky Ducts

No More Frozen Honey!

posted Jan 22, 2018, 2:11 PM by Sue Chappel   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 2:25 PM ]

After Diagnostic Testing at this home in Wheaton, we found an area where the kitchen remodeling contractor, left an area where there was a fair amount of air leakage causing the customers honey and other items to freeze in a cupboard. Our team came in sealed it up and we were able to make our customer's home even more comfortable than it already was with their recently installed furnace. Call 630-668-3466 if you would like to learn more on how we can help improve the comfort and efficiency of your home!!

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.

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