This summer has seen some of the cooler temperatures in recent memory, but we dare not forget the modern invention that has improved living conditions at home and at work for many decades now, enabling us to live and work in cool comfort, no matter the temperature outside. Long live air conditioning! For an interesting take on the history and transformative impact of AC on the U.S., read this Salon article: How Air Conditioning Remade Modern America.

The third week in August is sometimes referred to as “Air Conditioning Appreciation Week.” If you’re sitting in climate controlled comfort right now, remember it’s the result of a hard working piece of machinery that often goes unnoticed until it breaks down or needs replaced. To show appreciation for all the air conditioning system does, and to help keep it performing at its very best, we offer these four suggestions (taken from our press releaseCelebrating National Air Conditioning Appreciation Week):

Change Filters

Clogged or dirty HVAC filters make your air conditioning system work harder, which can lead to system breakdowns and shorter equipment life. Replace those filters monthly or as required by your system’s manufacturer.

Get a Tune Up

Have your system professionally inspected and cleaned by a trusted, certified technician. We can help catch costly problems before they start and ensure your system is operating as efficiently as possible. We’re the best at this, period. No need to call anyone else! We offer a $79 Tune Up for first-time customers, and our affordable HVAC maintenance/repair Protection Plans, three to choose from, are designed to fit each homeowner’s needs and budget.

Seal your Ducts and Bring Them Up to Current Code

Often overlooked but important to remember: leaking ducts can reduce your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by 20 to 40%. Schedule an appointment to have one of our technicians check for leaking ducts and offer solutions to easily seal your duct work. Undersized ducts can drain the performance of AC systems, even new ones. Let our professionals do a complete evaluation, so you know exactly where things stand, duct wise.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats, like the latest from Nest, can help reduce energy use and help your system operate more efficiently. Our parent company, Direct Energy, has a new Comfort and Control Plan that offers fixed energy rates and price stability for Illinois residents, along with installation a of a Nest Learning Thermostat (value $249) at no extra cost.

The trusted professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Elk Grove, the top rated residential HVAC contractor in Elk Grove Village and surrounding Chicago communities, are always available to offer more tips and the best advice on cooling, ventilation and heating systems. For more information please call us at: (847) 744-9447. For commercial HVAC questions, call our colleagues at American Comfort HVAC at (847) 403-7010.

At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Elk Grove, respecting our customers’ time is our #1 priority. With an emphasis on customer service, courtesy, and appreciation, every job we perform is completed in a prompt, accurate, and efficient manner. Our guarantees are the best in the industry. With hundreds of 5-Star online customer reviews, we have solidified our reputation as a trusted residential HVAC company that values its clients and consistently exceeds expectations.

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Elk Grove provides HVAC services for the cities of Elk Grove Village, Roselle, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Chicago, and other cities in Illinois.