Fall is the perfect time for a furnace upgrade

It’s fall here in Chicago’s South Side, and the leaves are beginning to change. Soon, they’ll fall, and winter will officially be here. If you’re relying on an aging furnace to get you through the coldest months of the year, you might be in for a cold awakening when it stops working. If your furnace is between 10-20 years old, fall might be a good time to think about a furnace upgrade.

In this blog post, we’ll review how a new furnace from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will help you save money on energy, reduce the likelihood of a breakdown, and increase your long-term savings. To get started on your furnace installation, call King at (708) 687-6898 or get in contact with us today.

Get the best possible energy savings

With an emphasis on energy-efficient design, the furnaces manufactured by Carrier today use far less energy than their predecessors 10-20 years ago. Part of this trend is driven by consumers: as energy prices have increased, the demand for furnaces (and air conditioners) that use less electricity or gas has skyrocketed. Thanks to the gains made in the past two decades, a furnace upgrade today could lead to significant savings on your winter energy bills.

Unfortunately, older furnaces hurt your energy efficiency on two fronts. In addition to not having the technology that modern heating systems do, furnaces also become less efficient as they age, due to worn parts and the general wear of decades of near-constant use for entire seasons. If you have an aging system and you’ve noticed that your energy bills have been spiking out of control, it might be time to give King a call about a furnace upgrade.

Head into winter with a reliable system

No one wants their furnace failing in the middle of a Chicago snowstorm, or a chilly, windy night. You, your home, and your family relies on your furnace for your winter safety and home comfort. If your furnace is older than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. If it’s between 15 and 20 years old, you’re running the risk that it could breakdown this winter, or die altogether.

Reliable heating isn’t just an issue of comfort. It’s also an issue of costs. If you have to have your furnace regularly repaired, those costs can add up over time. This means that every winter you delay replacing your heating system with a furnace upgrade from King, you’re throwing money at a system that might not be around the following season.

Many people don’t think about the ways in which an older furnace—although already something you own—can cost them money. If you’ve been debating getting a new furnace upgrade, you should take spending more on energy and repairs with an older heating system into account.

Furnace Upgrade ChicagoSave even more

Your furnace upgrade will save you on energy costs and may keep you from paying for heating repairs this winter, but it can also save you in other ways. At King, we regularly offer seasonal specials on our furnace upgrade and installation service. If you don’t see a special here, be sure to check back.

Upgrading from a low-efficiency system to a high-efficiency furnace may qualify you for several state, federal, and utility rebates through Carrier. You can use this system to search by zip code for rebates available in your area. If you have questions about whether you qualify for a rebate or how to redeem one, give King a call. Our team would love to help you out.

One final way to save? Your new Carrier furnace may come with a new, 10-year manufacturer’s warranty that offers forms of coverage for parts and the functions of the system. This warranty protects you in the event of a furnace breakdown, and is—in effect—a great way to save money. Your aging furnace likely had a warranty that has long since expired, so a furnace upgrade from King can provide you with this incomparable peace of mind.

Call King for your free furnace upgrade estimate

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers free estimates on advanced, energy-efficient Carrier furnaces. Our NATE-certified technicians will measure your home and your family’s energy needs to help you find the right furnace; a system that is too big or too small will burn energy faster while producing less heating. Once we’ve completed this work, we’ll provide you with a free, upfront estimate on how much the new furnace will cost.

If you’re ready for more reliable heating this Chicago winter, give us a call at (708) 687-6898 or contact us online. We’ll get you started with a free furnace estimate.

What it means to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer

For more than 45 years, King Heating and Cooling has provided residences and businesses on Chicago’s South Side with exemplary service and air conditioning / furnace installation. We make no secret of our pride in being a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. We believe that our partnership gives us some of the best products, training, and expertise in the HVAC world.

Why Carrier?

Carrier-HVAC-DealerWe can’t say enough great things about Carrier. In many ways, they’re the original: in 1902, founder Willis Carrier invented what many consider the first air conditioner. Modern heating and cooling systems changed the world and made homes more comfortable. Flash forward to today, and Willis Carrier’s impact can be seen in millions of homes around the world.

The company he founded remains just as innovative. From pioneering advances in energy efficiency to finding ways to make air conditioning systems both powerful and quiet, Carrier has become a household name, synonymous with quality in the heating and cooling industry. Most of the models that Carrier releases lead the way in not just performance, but in environmental sustainability and noise reduction. They’re a great buy.

What does Carrier recognize?

To become a Factory-Authorized Dealer, an HVAC business must meet rigorous guidelines pertaining to customer service, installation, and guarantees. They call these set of rules “Done Right Guaranteed.” Here’s how King met the standards necessary to become an authorized dealer:

  • King’s technicians meet all national standards for HVAC servicers, including those set by NATE.
  • King’s staff attends an annual factory training to ensure that we’re up-to-date on the the latest and greatest in heating and cooling service.
  • We’ve maintained all licenses for years, and we fulfill all of our warranty promises to customers.
  • We back up our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and—in general—treat customers with the respect and honesty they deserve.

What about parts?

That’s another huge perk of being an authorized dealer. The manufacturer supplies us with factory-issued, professional tools and parts to use when repairing, maintaining, and installing your heating and cooling systems. Because these parts come directly from the factory, they:

  • Fit the system to a tee, and therefore cut down on any extra noise generation and energy waste.
  • Keep the Carrier manufacturer’s warranty on your system intact.
  • Meet the company’s standards for factory-made materials.

The Carrier President’s Award

It takes a lot of hard work to become a Factory-Authorized Dealer. Even amongst that group, King is exemplary. In fact, we’ve been a Carrier President’s Award winner for the past six years straight. This award honors businesses that go above-and-beyond in the quality of their work, and notes that their exemplary, service-minded approach should serve as an inspiration to other Carrier dealers.

If you’re ready to experience the difference that working with a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer makes, give us a call at (708) 687-6898. We can help find you the right system for your home, or repair / maintain your current system. Of course, we also service all makes and models.

Turn to King for your furnace tune-up and maintenance

Visitors to Chicago call it “the Windy City.” If they only knew, right? Winters for us Chicagoans can be pretty frosty, and your furnace is all that stands between you and that cold Illinois night outside. King Cooling and Heating reminds you that regular maintenance to your heating system can prolong its life, help you avoid costly emergency repairs, and give you the peace of mind that comes with a warm home.

Here at King Heating and Cooling, we believe that quality is king. That is why we employ the very best in our industry. With more than 45 years of experience, we take our time to ensure you always have heat in your home.

Why should I pay for maintenance on my furnace?

Keep in mind that you have a choice when it comes to maintaining your heating system, but you may not have as many options or as much time when something goes wrong. “Wrong” could include the furnace needing a costly repair, but it could also include even more serious issues, including water, electrical, fire, home damage, or health issues!

new furnace installs 3Scheduling regular maintenance through King will give you advance notice of any potential issues, while keeping your unit running at an optimal state.

The more efficient a heating system is, the more money it is saving you. Our maintenance inspection will identify any inefficiencies (such as air leaks) that exist in your system, and make sure your system only costs you what it should takes to warm your home. This could lead to huge energy savings over the course of a year.

Keeping your system going

Not unlike a well-maintained automobile, prolonging the total life of your heating system requires attention and care. If the cost and hassle of completely replacing your furnace gives you shivers worse than the ones from the cold outside, consider regular maintenance as a way to better your odds of having a longer-lived heating system.

Again, much like an automobile, an aging furnace is going to need more regular maintenance to keep it warming your home efficiently and effectively. Trust in the experts at King to keep your system going longer and help you get the best return on your investment.

Your manufacturer’s warranty

Your furnace may have a manufacturer’s warranty that protects the value of the system and covers necessary repairs. These warranties are valuable, and can save you a ton of money if your furnace breaks down.

In order to maintain it for future years, your warranty may require you to have an annual tune-up through a certified company like King.

How can I be sure I’m getting a good deal?

We want you to consider King Heating and Cooling for your regular furnace maintenance. In addition to our above-and-beyond commitment to service and our 40-point inspection system, we offer tremendous financial value for our customers.

Still not sure? Here are three other reasons you should trust King to check out your system:new furnace installs 2

  1. King believes you’ll be so satisfied with our services, we don’t ask you for payment until the job is done and you’re satisfied. Remember, our motto is, “Comfort today or you don’t pay!” Our technicians and staff work to make your home the most comfortable it can be, no matter how cold it is outside.
  2. King wants you to be happy, comfortable, and worry-free about the heating system in your home. To give you greater peace of mind, we offer a one-year warranty on all parts and service.
  3. Our customers love the work we do, and we’ve been awarded for it.. Thanks to their votes and support, we received the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, and we’ve been voted “Best of Chicago” by the Southtown Star not just once, but for five consecutive years.

What should I look for in a HVAC company?

Here are some of things you should consider when getting your heating system inspected:

  • Certified technicians: King only employs technicians who are fully qualified and ready to inspect your heating system.
  • Good job, done right the first time: King prides itself on doing quality work, and getting it right the very first time.
  • Hometown company: King serves Metro Chicago and surrounding areas. We know this city, and we’re here to help you.

furnace tuneup 3Our 40-point inspection

Regular maintenance for a furnace requires experts performing a thorough checkup of the system. King offers you both. Our fully certified technicians perform a 40-point inspection to make sure your unit is running at peak performance, and that you’re getting the best heat for your dollar. Again: we do things this way because we want you to be happy with the comfort of your home, and we’re not done until you’re satisfied with our work.

What is the best time to get my furnace inspected?

Obviously, your furnace sees the most use when it starts to get cold outside. We recommend getting it inspected before this point: you will save the most energy, time, and potential hassle by having your system inspected and maintained prior to the coldest months of the year.

However, if you find yourself in the midst of winter wanting to get your furnace checked, we encourage that, too. There is no wrong time to think ahead and make sure your system passes with flying colors. But, the fall is probably the best time: it allows you to identify any problems before they become problems, and helps to ensure you have a productive and cost-effective system by the time the first snowflakes begin to fall over Chicago.

No matter what season you have your system inspected, we recommend getting it looked at once-a-year. Remember, your furnace’s warranty may require it, and it’s worth the peace of mind.

How do I get in contact with King?

If it is time to schedule your furnace inspection, schedule your appointment with someone from our team. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to take care of you.

The Importance of Furnace Repair

furnace repair Chicago is known for its unpredictable weather, especially in the winter, which is why it is important to make sure that your furnace is in good working order. There is nothing worse than being without heat on a bitterly, cold winter day. More often than not, homeowners are wondering what is needed to ensure their home is prepared for the weather. To ensure that your unit is its best working order, schedule your furnace repair today.

Why is furnace repair crucial?

Furnaces require regular maintenance to ensure they are working efficiently when warming your home. When your avoid regular tuneups and furnace repair, your run the risk of seeing an increase in your energy bills, spotty heat throughout your home, and having to replace your unit before you are ready to. Call a professional to inspect and repair your furnace and to help to keep your family safe and warm all winter long.

  • Lower energy bills: Want to save a couple hundred dollars on your energy bills annually? Having routine maintenance and furnace repairs done will allow your furnace to breathe and run more efficiently, which means less energy being used to warm your home.
  • Safer home: By ignoring routine maintenance and repairs, potential safety hazards could go unnoticed. The smallest traces of dirt could start a fire that could leave your home in flames.
  • Prolongs the life of your unit: When regular maintenance and repairs are conducted on your furnace, you help to not only extend the life of your unit, but you also help to maintain the warranty on your furnace.

When does your furnace need repaired?

furnace repair in ChicagoMore often than not, furnace repairs are needed before your unit breaks down. Leading up to it, there are warning signs pointing to a larger problem that often goes unnoticed. To avoid costly repairs or having to replace your furnace, keep in mind these crucial warning signs of a furnace that is working overtime to warm your home.

  1. Increase in energy usage: Are your energy bills getting higher and higher every month your furnace is running? This points to a furnace that is not running as efficiently as it should, which leads to an increase in energy usage. Having a tech to your home to perform a tune-up or furnace repair could help to save you money.  
  2. Home isn’t staying warm: Is one room warmer than the other? Are you experiencing pockets of air within your home? If this is the case, it is likely that your furnace is having mechanical issues where it can no longer maintain the temperature of your home.
  3. Have avoided furnace maintenance: If you avoid regular maintenance on your furnace, it is time to call in the experts to review and maintain your unit to make sure everything is in good working order for the cold months.

How to select a contractor to repair your furnace?

furnace repair contractor Furnace repairs are often needed when you least expect it, and when they arise, you want to find a contractor you trust to repair the problem. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration before you hire a company to come into your home. If you are getting ready to select a HVAC contractor, keep in mind these three factors.

  1. Experienced and Certified: When researching for a contractor, you will want to select a company that has trained and certified professionals. You will want someone who can do the job right the first time.
  2. Well Reviewed: Read through the online reviews of the contractors you are researching. Customers who take the time to leave reviews feel strongly about their experience (whether is is good or bad), so you can trust what you read.  
  3. Competitive Estimates: You do not want to select the company with the lowest quote. A lower quote generally points to a company with a lower quality of service. Instead of looking for a company that offers you a low quote, look for a company that offers you a competitive quote to other companies.

Here at King Heating and Cooling, we believe that quality is king. That is why we employ the very best in our industry. With over 45 years of experience, we take our time to ensure you always have heat in your home.  

If it is time to schedule your furnace repair, schedule your appointment with someone from our team. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to take care of you.

Why are new furnace installs a good investment for your home

As soon as autumn comes, most homeowners start preparing for the new heating season and the question about furnace maintenance and new furnace installs pops up. As a homeowner, you surely want to be certain that you have a furnace that will keep you and your family warm throughout the entire season. That’s why you should know when you actually need to invest money in a new furnace.

Things to have in mind before considering a new furnace

If your energy bills are too high, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong with your furnace and it’s only natural that you will consider getting a new heating system. However, you need to be sure that the new furnace will be installed properly; Otherwise, you may end up paying twice the price you initially expected for heating purposes.

Therefore, if your primary focus is improving energy efficiency and lowering energy bills, it’s best to hire professionals and let them install the new furnace for you.

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Of course, there are some situations when it’s not absolutely necessary to upgrade your heating system. So, make sure you have the following things in mind before making a decision regarding the heating in your home:

  • Check your room air balance, as it can be the reason for various issues. In normal conditions, when the doors and windows are closed, the air pressure in every room should be identical. The efficiency of the energy can easily spiral out of control if warm air is forced in the room and can’t get out as soon as new heated air is produced. Hence, you should check this and make sure that the room air balance is maintained properly.
  • The heat exchanger can be quite a problem. Usually, it is not a component of the furnace that you can easily access and clean, like the filter. The heat exchanger is hidden behind metal and can cause trouble if it starts working harder and longer than usual. This is normal for heating systems which are more than 10 years old. So, if you can’t remember when you purchased your heating system, it’s best to hire a professional service in order to have the heat exchanger cleaned.
  • Some furnaces have filters that you can regularly clean by yourself. However, there are also filters that can be only cleaned by the furnace contractor. Remember, it is crucial to maintain your filter on a regular basis, so that you can get the heating you want without spending a fortune on bills.
  • Older heating systems can often experience problems with air leakage. In such a case, the duct system should be checked and sealed if necessary. This is one of the most cost-effective and successful ways to save energy and lower energy costs.

New furnace installs are wallet-friendly in the long run

If you’ve had your current furnace for more than 10 years, now would be a great time to consider installing a new one. You may think that new furnace installs are very expensive, but it’s actually an investment that will pay off in the long run, since you won’t have to worry about high energy bills for years to come. Besides, a new heating system won’t cause you headaches by breaking down every now and then.

New furnace installs can turn out to be a great investment in the long run

How often have you scheduled repairs for your old furnace in the last 4 years? If it’s more than once per year (maintenance excluded), calculate how much money you have spent on every repair. Constant breakdowns are a sign that the life cycle of your furnace is coming to an end, so you should replace it right away.

How to choose a good heating contractor for your new furnace

The moment you decide that it’s better to invest money in a new furnace than repair the old one, you will surely want nothing but the best heating system on the market. So, what follows are a few things you should consider when picking a heating contractor.

Even though saving money is never a bad thing, you shouldn’t “automatically” choose the cheapest contractor. Usually, if a company’s prices are ridiculously low, the services are bad and the technicians are not properly trained.

Choose a company that offers a detailed work plan and follows strict rules, so that you don’t come across any unpleasant situations. The total cost of the service should also be written down, hence protecting you from additional (hidden) expenses.

Do some research online, check what Google has to say about the contractor of your interest and ask your friends for their opinion. Learn which contractor has the best reputation and the best reviews online. Since you will be making a big investment, you should carefully evaluate every heating contractor and see which one deserves your trust the most.

Bear in mind that the majority of heating contractors will offer to replace your old heating unit, instead of installing a new one from scratch. What makes new furnace installs better is that they increase energy efficiency to a great extent.

King Heating & Cooling is the heating contractor you’re looking for

We, at King Heating & Cooling, can meet your expectations regarding furnaces of all makes and models. You can rely on us because we have over 50 years of professional experience. We’ve won multiple awards which serve as proof that we are the preferred choice of homeowners in Illinois.

Make sure you are ready for the heating season

You can always turn to us for expert advice. Our technicians will immediately come to your place and perform a thorough inspection. They will talk to you about your energy-efficiency goals and determine the right solution for your heating needs. The pricing is calculated upfront, so you won’t be surprised by any additional costs.

What we can guarantee is that most of our new furnace installs cost less than a furnace replacement. At the same time, we take pride in offering:

NATE–certified techniciansMany discounts and special offers
No extra charge for evening and weekend calls100% satisfaction guarantee

If you live in Chicago, Oak Forest or the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to give us a call when need be.

Why you need to schedule a furnace tuneup

A lot of us tend to postpone having a furnace tuneup for as long as possible, thinking it isn’t a big deal. The truth is we’re making things much harder for ourselves in the future. We need to make sure that our furnace is maintained on a regular basis, so that we can count on it to heat us throughout the cold season. 

Why you should schedule a furnace tuneup

The short answer is “if you don’t want to have problems with your heating system, you need to take its maintenance seriously into consideration”.

Think about it: you wouldn’t want to see your heating system break down in the middle of a cold winter night and leave you freezing at home, would you? You wouldn’t want to find yourself frantically searching for help at a time when you are super busy with other obligations, and the services are all too busy to help at moment’s notice.

Keeping everyone in your home healthy

If you have a heating furnace, you probably know that it’s based on fossil fuel which can be very dangerous. It omits harmful gases, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane. These gases can be fatal to humans and living beings in general. Fortunately, heating furnaces are designed very well, so they release all gases outside your home.

But, what happens if a gas stays in your home? All it takes is minor damage for your furnace to cause leakage of harmful gases inside your home. The result is an unhealthy environment which can seriously put your life at risk.

If you schedule a furnace tuneup, HVAC experts will check the heating system and make sure that you and your family are safe. You may even end up buying a new furnace, but one thing you should remember is that you must take it seriously with something as priceless as the health of your loved ones.

Scheduling a regular furnace tuneup will make sure that you and your family are safe

Decreasing the chances of a complete breakdown

You can stop your heating system from completely breaking down if you make furnace tuneups an annual thing. Every system, no matter how new it is, can break down when you least want it to. However, hiring HVAC experts can prevent this from happening, since they will be able to detect any potential issues in advance.

Bear in mind that some issues are more difficult to fix when the weather is cold. So, why not hire a company while the weather is still warm? Research has shown that the most common reason for heating system breakdowns are dust and dirt. So, call the best HVAC company in your area and have your furnace cleaned in time.

By hiring technicians to clean your furnace, you will also make sure that its airflow is improved. The job of any good heating technician is to ensure that the heating system is receiving proper airflow. That way, the chances of a breakdown are slim to none.

Keeping your energy costs down

If the heating system runs properly, it’s working at optimum capacity. Therefore, you won’t be unpleasantly surprised by high electricity bills. On the other hand, if the furnace runs poorly, it may require more energy or resources, thus your budget will suffer.

So even though it may seem that you are spending extra money on a furnace tuneup, you are actually saving money in the long run. If you do the calculations, it’s clear that it’s much more reasonable to schedule an annual furnace tuneup or small repairs, than to pay high electricity bills every month. Believe it or not, 46% of a family’s budget goes to electricity bills during the heating (or cooling) season.

Having your furnace maintained regularly is of crucial importance

Increasing the life cycle of the furnace

Once you invest money in something as important as a heating system, you will not want to change it for years to come. That’s why you need to make sure it works properly at all times. How can you do that? By making the system’s maintenance a regular task, of course!

Research shows that replacing a heating system may cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of your home. Are you willing to spend so much money without considering other options first? If you schedule an annual furnace tuneup, you are making sure that you won’t be replacing the heating system anytime soon.

Also, if you maintain the heating system properly, you will not void its warranty. Most manufacturers state that if the system is not maintained well, the warranty is no longer valid.

Saving time

If you schedule a furnace tuneup right away, you will save a lot of time when the heating season starts. You will be certain that your heating system works properly and there won’t be any unpleasant surprises during the busiest time of the year – the winter holidays. The time reserved for your family shouldn’t be spent frantically searching for HVAC companies at the last minute. Keep your loved ones warm for the Holidays by getting it all handled ahead of time.

If you schedule an annual furnace tuneup, you can save time and money in the long run

The moment you start thinking about hiring an HVAC company, you should give us, at King Heating & Cooling, a call. We always treat our customers like royalty and make sure they get everything they ask for. We have been open for business since 1968, so you can rely on our experience and knowledge of heating systems. Even though we have already won many awards, we constantly focus on improving our services and making sure every customer is 100% happy.

If you are planning on becoming our customer, you can count on the following services and benefits:

24/7 emergency serviceDuct cleaningLow pricingFree consultations
Furnaces of all makes and modelsAir filtrationSkilled techniciansNo extra charges for weekend or late calls

We always have a variety of attractive offers for the fall season. If you give us a call in time, you can get big discounts and save a lot of money. We are also willing to give you a full-year guarantee, so you can be sure that your furnace will not let you down and will keep your home warm.