At A Custom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our heating and air conditioning staff of trained, certified professionals are courteous and professional. Our services include heating, air conditioning and furnace repairs.
The job of our air conditioning repair technician in Chicago is to determine the real cause of your air conditioning failure and the parts or service required to bring your air conditioning system to good, efficient working order. Replacing your A/C system is not always needed. Read more.
"What a truly excellent job you and your staff did with our project. You are fairly priced, have great employees, and get the job done right and in a timely manner. I would recommend you to anyone seeking fine-quality workmanship, which is not easy to find now a days."- JR, Chicago, IL
Why choose custom heating and air conditioning?
There are things that you should know about us.
Have you ever been truly satisfied with a heating and air conditioning contractor you used? Probably not! Could you still see dirty fingerprints, greasy parts, or areas that should have been cleaned up? Did you have to waste most of a day because they were late or didn't show up at all? Did they charge you a high price, and did they need to come back and finish or do it over again? All contractors in Chicago are not the same!
It's disappointing to say, but less than 20% of the heating and air conditioning contractors in Chicago today have any ongoing training, and then there is lack of common sense. Even though you have taken your time explain the problem to the person on the phone, the repairman most often shows up without the parts they need. You have to wait an hour or more for them to run back to the shop before they even start working, or worse, they can't come back to start work until the next day! All of these are while the clock is ticking, with your wallet underwriting every move. Keep the kids and pets away; you don't want them to distract the repairman! Not with A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning!
A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning is one of Chicago's top performing service and repair companies, and we believe that home owners are tired of wasting their time with contractors who don't show up, have to make multiple trips to get the job done, and have poor quality workmanship. You shouldn't have to wait at home all day for service.
You deserve our commitment to be there when we say so. You deserve respect and appreciation for favoring our company with your business. You should expect your home to be left as clean and neat after the work is finished, as it was when the service technician arrived.
You deserve a contractor who is knowledgeable, pleasant, clean, neat and of the highest moral character in your home. That's why all A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning technicians are rigorously screened before being hired.
You deserve a contractor that arrives with a fully stocked truck, so that the job can be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. You deserve to know the complete price before work begins and have the option to decline if that price is not within your budget.
We promise A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning will provide you with far greater value than any heating and air conditioning company you've used before. We are a heating specialist in Chicago, Illinois that is helping you stay warm.
At A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning we believe the heating system that is in your home in Chicago is much more than a heating system: It is your environment. We install and maintain many types of heating systems for all of your residential needs. There are many ways to heat your home. This page will cover a few of the most common types of heating units available.
Gas Burning Furnaces
Gas or fuel burning furnaces all work on the same basic principle. The fuel is burned inside and enclosed in a metal container (generally referred to as a fire box or heat exchanger). The exhaust gases (including carbon monoxide) are vented to the exterior of the building. The burning of the fuel warms the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger, now hot, radiates the heat into the air in the living area. This heated air is circulated by gravity or pumped through the living area with a fan.
These will usually be found in older homes in Chicago. They include floor and wall furnaces and some ducted furnaces that are generally in a basement. The term gravity refers to the fact that the furnace has no blower to move the heated air around the room. They rely on the fact that heated (less dense) air rises and the cooler (more dense) air falls to circulate the heat. This is not a very efficient way to heat a house and generally will be used as a room heater.
This is not the best way to heat your home in Chicago. This is expensive to operate. They can make your electric meter spin like a top. They work like those old bathroom electric coil heaters except that they are enclosed in a box with a blower forcing the cold air across them heating the air for the living area.
Radiant heating does not dehumidify the air, so in winter, room humidity is more ideal. Unlike forced hot air, radiant heat will not dry out breathing passages or furniture. With no fans or blowers, radiant is dust-free, so it's also cleaner. Virus particles, bacteria and pet dander fall to the floor instead of circulating constantly in the air, so your family will stay healthier in winter. Because radiant heating warms the occupants rather than the room, people find they are comfortable at temperature settings that are several degrees lower than with conventional heating systems. Lower temperature settings mean lower fuel costs. You can learn more about floor warming and floor heating in our article center.
Space heating energy costs account for roughly 25-30 percent of the total energy costs for a typical commercial building in the Chicago area. High-efficiency boilers can reduce heating costs by 10 percent and in many cases by as much as 20 to 30 percent.
In fact, a boiler replacement that reduces gas consumption by 20 percent could save about five to 10 cents per square foot annually. Boilers are available in two efficiency ranges: around 80 percent for standard conventional boilers, and percentages in the 90s for energy-efficient condensing units.
The dividing line between these efficiency ranges is based on the boilers ability to withstand condensing flue gases. Condensing flue gases, which occur in high-efficiency boilers, require special design considerations to tolerate the corrosive effects of the condensate. Boiler efficiency is defined as how much of the heating value of the fuel is being converted to useful heat.
Condensing boilers absorb more heat from combustion gases, allowing the water vapor to condense and therefore providing increased efficiency. Any hydrocarbon fuel burned in a boiler, whether it is propane, natural gas, or fuel oil, produces water vapor during the combustion process.
Conventional boilers are non-condensing boilers with materials that cannot tolerate the corrosive properties of condensing flue or stack gases. Conventional boilers operate around on 80 percent efficiency, compared to over 90 percent efficiency for condensing efficient boilers. Other factors also influence boiler efficiency, including boiler shell losses, piping losses, and cycling losses.
Fire Tube and Water Tube
Boilers use water to absorb heat from a burned fuel/air mixture. Boilers can produce steam or hot water. The two most common types of boilers are fire tube and water tube.
Fire tube boilers typically consist of a series of straight tubes that are housed inside a water-filled outer shell. As hot gas flows through the tubes it heats the water that surrounds the tubes.
Water tube boilers are designed to circulate hot combustion gases around the outside of a large number of water-filled tubes. Newer boilers have tubes with complex and diverse bends and fins to maximize the heat transfer area. Because the water/steam pressure is confined inside the tubes, water tube boilers can be fabricated in larger capacities than fire tube boilers and are often preferred for higher-pressure steam applications.
Stay cool and comfortable with our premium air conditioning systems and air conditioner services in Chicago. We carry the names you trust to beat the toughest heat spell. As an added bonus, your air conditioning unit will also remove the humidity from your indoor environment for an added degree of comfort.
Not sure if you should repair or replace? Well, consider this: If you're operating an inefficient system that breaks down a lot, it's likely that it's going to break down again. That means more expensive emergency service calls or possible damage to the other components of your heating and cooling system.
Also, consider the ongoing cost factor. You could save up to 60% on your energy bills with new high-efficiency equipment. You see, even if your air conditioner is only a few years old, it could be terribly inefficient by today's energy efficiency standards. Installing a new, high-efficiency cooling system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.
Cooling efficiency for your air conditioner is indicated by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which tells you how efficiently your unit uses electricity. In general, the higher the SEER rating, the less electricity your unit will use to cool your home. The typical SEER rating of units made before 1992 is about 6.0. In 1992, the government established the minimum cooling efficiency standard for units installed in new homes at 10.0 SEER. High-efficiency units have a SEER of at least 12.0; the maximum available is about 17.
Contact us today to find out more about our wide range of efficient, quiet-running air conditioners and heat pumps in Chicago that will help make your indoor environment a really cool place to be.
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Heating and Cooling Services in Chicago, Illinois
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A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning offers a full range of services to install and maintain your heating, cooling, and system equipment. Check out our preventive maintenance programs.
Installation Services in Chicago
A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning can help you save energy cost by installing a high-efficiency heating or cooling systems. All the systems we sell are installed to factory specifications by highly trained, A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning technicians.
What makes us different in Chicago?
* Whole System Contracting
* Continued Education
* Friendly Personnel
* Ownership With The Highest Integrity
We obtain all the necessary permits for the work we perform in your home, as required by law. A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning is fully insured for workers compensation and general liability.
We set all furnaces on platforms that are designed to protect your furnace in the event of water accumulating on your basement floor. All of our air conditioning condensate drains are piped with a special trap that is designed to detect blockages in the drain line. If such a blockage occurs, the system will shut down, instead of backing up in your basement or attic, avoiding costly damage to your home.
Where we need to pump the condensate away from your air conditioning system, we use condensate pumps that also incorporate safety switches that will shut down your system in the event of a failure.
Maintenance Services in Chicago
Our service department is available to our clients 24/7. Our dedicated staff of technicians is trained to work on the systems we install and we stock the parts needed to keep your system running. A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning services all makes and models. Our planned service programs are designed to help reduce the chance of breakdowns, save energy, and prolong equipment life.
Regularly Scheduled Maintenance:
* Keeps your system running at peak efficiency for optimum comfort and lowest possible energy cost
* Reduces the likelihood of system breakdown
* Helps to identify problems before costly repairs might be needed
* Helps to prolong equipment life
In the event of an emergency, our planned service agreement clients receive priority scheduling ahead of our non-agreement clients. After-hours emergency service is offered at no additional charge beyond our published rates (This is not available to our non-agreement clients.)