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Chicago Experiences One of the Warmest Springs On Record

With two weeks left to the official start of summer, Chicago just experienced one of its warmest meteorological spring seasons on record.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), this spring's average temperature was 4.1 degrees above normal and one of the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1871. The month of May played a big role as the city saw an average temperature of 64.8 degrees. This marks the third warmest month of May on record for Chicago.

So what does this mean for our homes and offices?

With above-average temperatures than in previous years, Chicago needs to prepare for a summer of extended heat waves and higher air conditioning bills.

According to CNN, the cost of keeping homes cool is expected to rise 10% in the Midwest. Although the cost of electricity has gone down a bit, this summer is expected to be hotter than normal and you'll need more electricity to get through the summer comfortably.

What can you do to save energy and money?

Ensure your cooling system is working at its optimal performance.

Take advantage of our "Safety​-​Efficiency​-​Preventative Maintenance" spring service before summer prices go into effect. Similar to last year's discount, our annual maintenance service will continue to be offered starting at $89.99 for residential homes and $249.99 for light commercial businesses.

During the inspection, our team of licensed technicians will perform a 20-point inspection (read the in-depth checklist here) to ensure your cooling system will be working at its optimal performance during the hot summer season.

Change your air filter.

A dirty, clogged air filter can force your HVAC system to work harder to pull air through. During hot days when your system has to run constantly, this strain can put unnecessary stress on your system, resulting in above-average energy consumption, expensive repairs, or an entire system replacement. As a rule of thumb, you should ideally change your air filter every 3 months, however, a visual inspection can help you determine if your filter needs to be replaced.

Adjust ceiling fans in your home.

Did you know that most ceiling fans have two settings for the way they spin? Ceiling fans should be adjusted every spring and fall season to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. Ahead of the summer heat, make sure your fans are rotating counter-clockwise to push air straight down helping to create a cooling effect.

Block the heat.

Up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from windows. Keep blinds, curtains and other window treatments closed on hot days to block the sunlight and avoid heating up your home. If possible, use blackout curtains on windows that get direct or prolonged sun. Consumer Reports recommends neutral-colored curtains with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33%. Additionally, heat can seep underneath the front and back doors. Place a towel along the bottom of the door to keep cool air in and warm air out.

If you haven’t already had your air conditioner serviced for the season, call us directly at 773.456.5883 or you can text or email us and someone will respond to you to find a day and time that works best for your schedule.

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