Here’s what it means to be HomeAdvisor screened

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is a HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved business. But, just what does that mean? In this blog post, we’ll review what HomeAdvisor is, what it means to have their approval, and what that says about King.

What is HomeAdvisor?

HomeAdvisor is a trusted source for reviews, recommendations, and awards for home service companies, ranging from remodelers and upholsterers to plumbers and electricians.

Whether they’re connected to HomeAdvisor through helpful blogs, reviews for local companies, or the (very cool) “True Cost Guide,” homeowners trust this site, and others like it, as part of their decision-making process.

The King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing team accepts the 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics.

What does being “screened and approved” say about King?

We’re a licensed business

HomeAdvisor screens all businesses it works with to determine that they have state-level licensing, and that they’re qualified to work in the service areas (in our case: HVAC, plumbing, and other home services) that they claim to work in.

We only hire the best

HomeAdvisor checks the company’s ownership to determine that all the owners / principals are free of any criminal records. They also confirmed that we’re in good standing with the state of Illinois.

We’re a company you can trust

In addition to being a HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved business, King is a HomeAdvisor Top Rated business. This means that we’ve received a top rating of trust from our customers.

We’re an award-winning company

While we’re proud of our great standing with HomeAdvisor, King also has many other awards. We’re the 2017 recipient of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. We’ve also won the “Best of Chicago’s Southlands” award seven times, and we’ve matched that total with seven Carrier President’s Awards.

King: Proud to be your heating, cooling, and plumbing company

Despite all these awards, here’s what we’re most proud of: that you, our customers, have consistently given us such great reviews. It means the world to us that you think we’re one of the best HVAC and home services companies here in Chicagoland.

If you need service, turn to the experts at King. Contact us to get started, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

What is the furnace coil, and what are things that can go wrong with it?

A furnace breakdown in the dead of a Chicagoland winter is nothing short of a nightmare for any homeowner. That’s one of the reasons we recommend our professional furnace tune-up in the fall before winter starts. In this blog post, we’re going to review an often-overlooked furnace component, the furnace coil, and why it matters to your system.

What is the furnace coil?

Also known as the “A Coil,” the furnace coil is an important component of your system that is either installed inside the furnace or as part of the air handler. The coil serves as a heat exchanger that produces warm air inside the furnace.

When the electric or gas burner coils activate, the heat exchanger heats the air that is pushed through the ducts by the blower fans.

Why is cleaning the coil so important?

As the system ages and goes without maintenance, dust and dirt can accumulate on the coil, preventing effective heating and causing your system to become less energy-efficient. As the air passages of the coil are blocked, the heating will get noticeably less effective.

In cases where the coil is so covered in dirt and dust to be nearly completely blocked, the airflow to the system will likely be blocked, causing your furnace to overheat. Your furnace does have a temperature failsafe that will kick in to shut off the system, but you’ll need to call King for our 24/7 furnace repair.

Apart from dust, another obstruction of the coil can be in the form of mold. The dark and warm environment of the coil serves as the ideal breeding ground for a mold infestation.

Airborne molds can enter the return ducts and invade the coil, spawning a thriving mold colony on and around the coil that will restrict airflow. The dried mold residue will clog the coil thereby substantially reducing the airflow and degrading the effectiveness of the furnace—not to mention your indoor air quality.

Heating maintenance matters

The evaporator coil needs to be kept cleaned at all times. It’s important that you have the coil cleaned by a professional technician from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

If dirt and dust are allowed to accumulate on the coil, it will not just lead to reduced effectiveness of the heating system, but also higher heating bills and—possibly—a system breakdown.

Call King and get help from expert technicians

You should never try to service the furnace coil yourself. The coils are sealed inside the furnace and are not easily accessible. Trying to clean the coil on your own puts you in extreme danger of an electric shock. Also—and this is true for any type of DIY HVAC repair—you can inadvertently damage the system if you try to repair the system yourself.

Our advice? Let our experts handle your furnace repair and maintenance—including cleaning your condenser coil. Contact King today for 24/7 repair.

Here are the 5 big benefits of a fall furnace tune-up from King

The idea of not having a working furnace during a cold, dark Chicago winter is ridiculous. Yet, by not scheduling a fall furnace tune-up, many Chicagoans risk exactly that fate. Here’s the facts: your furnace requires a tune-up to keep it running right. By not scheduling one, you’re increasing your risk of a breakdown that will leave you and your family in the cold.

In this blog post, we’re going to run through 5 of the top reasons you should schedule heating maintenance before winter arrives here in Chicago.

Your top-5 reasons to schedule a fall furnace tune-up

A fall furnace tune-up can be the difference between a comfortable and cold home.Here are five main benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up here in autumn:

1. Reduced risk of an emergency breakdown

Here’s the reality: all mechanical devices undergo wear-and-tear over time—your furnace included. However, you can reduce the attrition rate by scheduling a regular tune-up of the system.

When you schedule a fall furnace tune-up with King, one of our expert techs will verify that your system is ready to go for the winter. We’ll also address potential issues before they turn into big problems for your heating system.

2. Longer furnace lifespan

If you never took your car into a mechanic for an oil change, how long do you think it’d last? Never having your furnace looked at by a professional technician is a similarly bad idea. In fact, regular maintenance can help your furnace last longer and run better as it ages.

This is just one of the ways that a fall furnace tune-up from King can actually save you money in the long-run. The other, of course, is…

3. Lower monthly energy bills

A furnace that is not properly maintained will use more energy than one that is regularly checked and cared for, resulting in higher energy bills. Having a tech from King inspect your system can lead to lower energy bills. Here’s how.

As a furnace fills with dust and parts begin to wear down, it needs more energy to push heating to the living spaces of your home. This is a vicious cycle: as it uses more energy and works harder to heat your home, those parts wear down even faster.

By having a King technician inspect your furnace as part of a fall furnace tune-up, you can rest assured that your heating system is ready for a full winter of energy-efficient operation.

4. Ensure the safety of your household

Your furnace needs to be checked annually to ensure that it can still operate safely. A chief concern: a cracked heat exchanger can result in carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless, and deadly—gas getting into your home’s air. Known as the “Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide is not to be trifled with.

If you suspect that something is wrong with your heat exchanger, call the fire department and then give King a call for 24/7 emergency furnace repair.

5. Peace of mind for you and your family

An emergency furnace breakdown on a cold Chicago night is a stressful event for you and your family. By reducing your risk of a breakdown or safety problems, a fall furnace tune-up can provide you with something you can’t put a price on: peace of mind. It’s one of the reasons we provide this service to south Chicago homeowners and renters.

Trust King with your fall furnace tune-up

We’re a local HVAC business that you can trust. That’s because we’ve been serving south Chicago, Joliet, Oak Forest, and surrounding communities since 1968. For many homeowners here, “King” is the name they trust for their heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

To learn more about our services or to schedule your tune-up, give King a call at (708) 687-6898 or contact our team online. We look forward to speaking with you!

4 tips for preventing mold in ductwork

Tips to Prevent Mold In DuctworkWith the right conditions, mold can grow in your home’s cooling and heating ductwork. Mold in ductwork is a more common problem than you might think, and it negatively impacts your indoor air quality and can pose a health risk.

Exposure to molds can result in eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, skin irritation, and wheezing. Moreover, people with chronic lung disorders can develop a mold infestation inside the lungs.

Mold infestations are common in regions with humid weather. While you can’t completely get rid of mold, you can take actions to prevent and control mold infestations. Here are four steps that you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home’s ductwork.

1. Keep furniture away from vents

You should make sure that your furniture is not blocking the air flow vent. Any blockage could prevent the air conditioner from properly circulating the air in your home.

Stagnant air, combined with dark light conditions, can bring about condensation. This can encourage mold growth inside the ducts. That’s why you should keep furniture items—from drapes to couches—away from your home’s vents.

2. Keep moisture at bay

High humidity levels also encourage mold growth inside the ducts. To avoid mold infestation, you should consider using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels inside the house balanced.

Also, you should consider buying a humidifier monitor that can monitor the humidity level inside the house. The humidity level should be kept between 35 – 50 percent. Mold growth will start in the ducts if the humidity level inside the house is more than 70 percent.

3. Keep HVAC ducts clean to prevent mold in ductwork

Regular cleaning of the HVAC ducts will prevent mold growth. Not cleaning the ducts regularly could result in mold buildup, or the buildup of other materials that negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality.

Call King for our ductwork cleaning service. You should have your ducts cleaned by a professional technician, as cleaning the ducts to remove and prevent mold growth requires great expertise and skill.

Also, be sure to ask King about our selection of air purification systems.

4. Have King install the right HVAC system for y our home

Keep in mind that large-sized HVAC units tend to create more moisture. More moisture means increased risk of a mold infestation. That’s why it’s recommended to use a proper size unit to avoid the chances of a mold infestation. King offers free in-home estimates on new air conditioners and furnaces so that our professional technicians can match you to the right system for your space and comfort needs.

Prevent mold in ductwork by calling King!

Contact King to get in contact with professional air conditioning and heating technicians.

Air duct cleaning from King can really improve your home’s air quality

Your need regular air duct cleaning from a professional company. King Heating and Cooling is your source for superior air duct services, including a full-service cleaning that removes all dust and grime. In this post, we’ll review why air duct cleaning is so important.

Thought about your home’s air ducts lately?

Air Duct Cleaning

Chances are that your air ducts don’t look this bad—yet. It’s still a good idea to get them cleaned.

When your air conditioner needs service, you’ll know it because you’re no longer getting cooling comfort during the summer. When your furnace goes out, you’ll be aware of it because your house will start to get chilly in the winter months, especially here in Chicago. When your air ducts need service, however, how do you know?

Your home’s air ducts are likely out-of-sight, out-of-mind. After all, in most homes, they’re hidden behind walls, above ceilings, and in attics. Yet, just as you regularly vacuum and clean the areas of your home that you live in, you should also have your air ducts cleaned. Think about the dust, dirt, and pet hair that accumulates around your living spaces every month. Now, add outdoor pollutants and—potentially—mold to that list, and you can imagine what your home’s air ducts look like after a while.

Why should I schedule air duct cleaning?

Do you know exactly what’s in your home’s air? That’s kind of a trick question: how could you? Most airborne materials and contaminants are invisible to the naked eye. From bacteria to dust, it’s hard to know what you’re breathing in—without an air quality test from the professionals at King, that is.

Not only could a buildup of materials and contaminants impact your home’s air, but it could have a range of other effects, including:

  • Lowered energy efficiency: As dust and other materials begin to build up in air ducts, they restrict the otherwise unimpeded movement of cooled and heated air from one space to another in your home, resulting in lowered energy efficiency. Don’t spend more on your energy bills than you have to. Instead, schedule an air duct cleaning with King Heating and Cooling.
  • Less musty odors: Has your home been smelling musty or stale, no matter how often you open the windows to pull in fresh air? If so, the problem might be hidden away in your air ducts. Professional air duct cleaning can help identify the source of odors and deal with them, leading to fresh-smelling air, all day long. That’s something you can breathe in deep.
  • Reduced allergens: Yes, among everything else that could be hiding in your home’s air ducts are allergens, from pet dander to various types of pollen. Without cleaning and treatment, your spring is going to feature a lot of sneezing and watery eyes in your home—which should be your one place of refuge from allergy problems.

What else can I do to improve indoor air quality?

Air Duct Cleaning and Filters

In addition to air duct cleaning, filters can be a great way to clean your home’s air.

Air duct cleaning is a great first step, but if you really want to get serious about great indoor air quality, King offers several solutions for clearing the air. First, there’s a wide range of filters that you can use, from ones that need to regularly replaced to some that can be washed and reused, over and over again. When filters aren’t enough, we also install various air purification systems that clean and purify the air entering your home through a variety of methods. If you’re highly sensitive to allergens or want to prevent things like bacteria or viruses from living in your home’s air, an air purifier might be a perfect match for your home.

Why should I choose King for this service?

King is a trusted heating and cooling company that serves Chicago’s South Side communities. We’re HVAC experts, and that doesn’t just mean the air conditioning unit and the furnace. We know our way around the entire system, including the air ducts, and our technicians are experienced at proper air duct cleaning. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all the work we do, and you can expect our team to be honest and be able to share with you information about what your ducts look like.

To schedule your air duct cleaning this fall, give King a call at (708) 687-6898. We look forward to working with you and making your home’s air more breathable.