HVAC Chicago

HVAC Chicago info I find  very interesting reading, as a consumer there are certain terms and language you should get familiar with when purchasing a new HVAC system.

HVAC Chicago and Around the Town heating offers up this useful information so you have working knowledge of your HVAC system. The HVAC industry can be a maze of unfamiliar acronyms and industry terms. This dictionary will help you navigate the most common terms a salesmen may try to dazzle you with, and you’ll come across this believe me, this will help during your buying decision. Some terms will not make sense to you, but others will pop out at you as you read on. Some of these terms you may remember from school.

AC (Alternating Current): A type of current where the polarity is perpetually reversing, causing the directional flow in a circuit to reverse at regular intervals.
ACCA: Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Acoustical: Relating to sound, the science of sound, or a sense of hearing.
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency): A measurement used to rate furnace efficiencies by dividing the ratio of heat output by heat input.
AGA: American Gas Association, Inc.
Air Conditioner: A device that changes humidity levels, temperature or quality of air.
Airflow Volume: Measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm), this is the amount of air circulated in a space.
Air Handler: Parts of a system including the fan-blower, filter and housing.
AHRI: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute
ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
BTU: British Thermal Unit. Measures the amount of heat required to raise or lower the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
BTU/h: British Thermal Units per hour
Burner: The device that facilitates the combustion of air and gas.
Burner Orifice: The opening in the burner through which the gas or fuel passes prior to Combustion.
Capacity: HVAC capacity is the output produced by the heating or cooling unit and is measured in BTUs per hour.
Celsius: A temperature scale that registers the freezing point of water as 0° and the boiling point as 100° under normal atmospheric pressure.
CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute): A measurement of airflow volume.
Charging a System: Adding coolant, or refrigerant, to an HVAC system.
Compressor: A pump that increases the pressure of gas.
Condensate: Vapor that is turned into a liquid as its temperature is lowered.
Condenser Coil: Also an outdoor coil. A device that removes heat from the refrigerant, allowing the refrigerant to be converted from vapor to liquid.
Condenser Fan: A fan that passes air over the condenser coil to facilitate the removal of heat from the refrigerant.
DC (Direct Current): A type of electrical current that only flows in one direction.
Damper: Found at the exit point of duct work, this plate usually contains grates that can be opened or closed to control the flow of air into a zone.
Degree-Day: Calculated by subtracting the average outdoor temperature for an area from 65º Fahrenheit. This measurement is used to estimate the amount of heating or cooling a home or building will need.
Dehumidifier: A device that removes humidity, or moisture, from the air.
Diffuser: A grille over an air supply duct with vanes that distribute the discharging air in a specific pattern or direction.
DOE: Department of Energy
Down-flow Furnace: A furnace with an intake on the top and an air discharge at the bottom.
Drain Pan: Also a condensate pan. As the refrigerant vapor is liquefied, the drain pan collects the condensate and funnels it to the drain line.
Dry Bulb Temperature: The temperature as measured without the consideration of humidity.
Duct work: A network of metal, fiberboard or flexible material flowing throughout a space which delivers air from an HVAC unit to the respective zones of a home or office.
EER: Energy Efficiency Ratio
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
Expansion Valve: A valve that meters the levels of refrigerant through a temperature or pressure control.
Evaporator Coil: Also an indoor coil. A device that is designed to absorb heat in the air in order to change the liquid refrigerant that flows through it into a vapor.
Fahrenheit: A temperature scale in which water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees at normal atmospheric pressure.
Fan: A device that creates air flow.
Filter: A device that acts like a strainer to remove dirt or undesired particles.
Flue: A vent that removes the byproducts of combustion from a furnace.
Furnace: The major component in heating a home. A device that facilitates the combustion of fuel and air to create heat.
Fuse: A delicate metal strip connecting two parts of an electrical circuit. This strip breaks, or melts, in the event of excess electrical charge, breaking the electrical circuit.
GAMA: Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
HVAC Chicago: HVAC means heating air conditioning and ventilation.
Heat Exchanger: A device through which heat is transferred to a cold area or surface. ( this is the component everyone hears about in the winter cracking)
Heat Gain: The amount of heat added or created in a designated area.
Heating Coil: A coil that acts as a heat source for a heating system.
Heat Loss: The amount of heat subtracted from a designated area.
Heat Pump: A device used for either the heating or cooling of a space by transferring heat between two reservoirs.
Heat Transfer: Moving heat from one location to another.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor): This factor rates the efficiency of the heating portion of the heat pump.
Humidifier: A device that adds humidity, or moisture, to the air.
Humidistat: The device that measures humidity and turns the humidifier on and off.
Humidity: Dampness in the air caused by water vapor.
Ignition: Elevating the temperature of a substance to the point of causing a combustion reaction.
Kilowatt (kW): 1,000 watts.
Latent Heat: A type of heat that when added to an area produces an effect other than an increase in temperature.
Media: The fine material of a filter that traps dirt, dust, mildew or bacteria.
NATE: (North American Technician Excellence) is the only non-profit, independent, national certification and testing program for HVAC/R technicians accepted by the entire industry.
NEC: National Energy Council / National Electric Code
NEMA: National Electrical Manufacturing Association
Orifice: An opening or hole.
Package Unit: A heating and cooling system contained in one outdoor unit.
PSI: Pounds per square inch
PSIA: Pounds per square inch, absolute
PSIG: Pounds per square inch gauge
PVC: Polyvinyl chloride; a type of plastic.
Reciprocating Compressor: A type of compressor used in cooling systems to compress Freon gases by using a piston action.
Refrigerant: A chemical that condenses from a vapor to liquid and, in the process, decreases in temperature.
Refrigerant Charge: The amount of refrigerant in a system.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): A rating system developed by the U.S. Government to indicate the efficiency level of cooling equipment.
Self-contained System: A package unit.
Sensible Heat: Heat added or subtracted that causes a change in temperature.
Sensor: A device that reacts to a change in conditions.
Split System: An outdoor unit combined with an indoor unit.
Thermostat: Sensors that monitor and control the output of an HVAC system.
Thermostatic Expansion Valve: A device that creates a constant evaporator temperature.
Ton: One ton is 12,000 BTUs per hour.
Upflow Furnace: A furnace that pulls in air from the bottom and releases it through the top.
Vacuum: A space where the pressure is significantly below that of standard atmospheric pressure.
Volt: A unit of electro-motive force.
Voltage: The force pushing electrical current along wires and cables.
Watt: The unit of electrical power equal to the flow of one amp at a potential difference of one volt.
Wet Bulb Thermometer: A thermometer that measures the relative humidity in the air.
Zoning: A system that divides a home, office or space into different regions in order to better control the temperature and effectiveness of a heating and cooling system.

HVAC Chicago can assist you, call us today at 312-243-9896. Thanks ED

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Buy A Gas Furnace

Buy a gas furnace in the Chicago-land area you may want to seek out Around the Town Heating and Cooling.

Or better known as Around the Town HVAC.

Buy a gas furnace from Who? Why? You may wonder why you should seek out Around the Town Heating and Cooling to buy a gas furnace.

For starters our company offers a great gas furnace for a reasonable price. We don’t tell you cheap then you come to find out its more expensive.We use no gimmicks to get into your door. We don’t advertise a new high efficient furnace for $1495.00 installed. Then come to your and tell you $2100.00 or whatever it may be. For those who do, that isn’t good advertising tactics, that’s fraudulent to get into your home to make a hard sale. And frankly that’s not a good way to capture a relationship with a new customer.

As a consumer myself, that bothers me greatly. So therefore I wouldn’t do that to a consumer looking to buy a gas furnace.
To buy a gas furnace from us, you can do 2 things, one call our office and schedule a free in home estimate, and 2 take a good photo with your phone of your furnace so that we can see it clearly and then call for a phone number 312-243-9896 and we will give you a number to text it too. Also include approximate square feet of home, if you don’t know just give us your location and which type of home you have and the rest is gravy.

Over the years we have sold and installed hundreds of gas furnaces and a/c’s for that matter over the phone without incident.
We have pre-season furnace and boilers on sale now so don’t miss out!

buy a gas furnace from us. Thanks

one of our local vans.

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Boiler Companies Chicago

Boiler companies Chicago are getting much harder to find these days. Sure many HVAC contractors say they can install a boiler correctly, but can they?

Boiler companies Chicago requires the skill set to size a boiler correctly as well having all approved safety controls on boiler as per city of Chicago code requirements. Also for water boilers, insuring that there is a simple way for the homeowners to bleed the system if need be.

Our company on the other hand installs a self-bleeding mechanism on the boiler piping to help alleviate the need of bleeding your boilers for air elimination. The self-bleeder is not 100% but it does help greatly.

Boiler companies Chicago such as Around the Town Heating and Cooling takes pride in our workmanship, we have seen that many consumers only care about price and not quality. However if price drives you, and not quality then what’s the point?

Boiler CompaniesChicago

Here is a component list of a water boiler and controls






Around the Town HVAC offers water and steam boilers such as; Peerless, Weil McLain, Dunkirk, Pennco as well as Utica and Crown boilers.
If you are in the market for a new boiler whether steam or hot water feel free to contact Ed at 312-243-9896 Thanks .






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60419 Dolton Air Conditioning Repair

60419 Dolton Air Conditioning Repair

60419 Dolton Air Conditioning Repair

Reliable HVAC services at an affordable price from Around the Town HVAC. Call or Contact us Online Today for a Free Estimate on New Installations or to Schedule a furnace or A.C. System Check.

60419 Dolton Air Conditioning Repair

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60628 Chicago, Riverdale & Pullman Air Conditioning Repair

60628 Chicago, Riverdale & Pullman

60628 Chicago, Riverdale & Pullman Air Conditioning Repair

Around the Town Heating & Cooling are the number one name in Chicago Air Conditioning Repair or Replacement!

Call or contact us online today to schedule an appointment with a certified HVAC consultant.


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Super High Efficient Boiler Installed in Chicago

Super High Efficient Boiler Installed in ChicagoHigh Efficient Weil McLain Water Boiler with a Continuous Hot Water Tank

Boiler installation can only be relied on by experts who have are commitment to the highest standards of safety and security of your home.

Residential Hot Water Boilers

A residential hot water boiler is used to heat water for a hydronic heating system.

A hydronic heating system maintains comfort in your home with hot water circulating to every room. The system consists of a boiler, pump and baseboards connected by water piping. The boiler heats water to temperatures between 120º and 210º, and the water is then pumped through the piping in the baseboards located around the outer perimeter of the home for a curtain of warmth, or in the floor in radiant systems.

Weil-McLain® residential boilers can be used in space conditioning, radiant, or snow melting applications, or with an indirect fired water heater for an almost endless supply of domestic hot water.


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My Home Air conditioner Is Not Cooling?

My home air conditioner is not cooling what can it be?

photo2My home air conditioner is not cooling what can it be? Home air conditioners can be fussy at times and we as an air conditioner contractor know this all too well.
Many home air conditioner problems can be linked directly to lack of maintenance. This is not always the case that’s for sure, however it’s usually the majority of home air conditioner problems.
My home air conditioner is not cooling what can it be? We have also found that improper installations from the get go causes home air conditioning problems later on in the home air conditioners life.

You may wonder how could it have worked all those years in the past and now it’s not? Well, over time with improper installation many internal issues develop such as compressor winding issues contaminated Freon, low Freon from day one.

My home air conditioner is not cooling what can the problem be? Like cars in our region, they seam to wear out over the years and require maintenance in the same manner as; old tires, rust issues, squeaky doors, and so on. Home air conditioners have the same wear patterns; Rust occurs in the evaporator coils, compressors fail due to excessive use with low maintenance.

Your home air conditioner is an appliance and will fail at some point. We live in a time where planned obsolescence’s is dictated by corporations. Home air conditioners, cell phones, washers and dryers and pretty much anything made on this planet today is made to break down sooner than later. Go back 30, 40, 50 years ago appliances as well as pretty much anything else for that matter was made to last.

Home troubleshooting tips.

My home air conditioner is not cooling what can it be?
First thing first, start by checking the condition of the furnace filter. If dirty or slightly dirty remove it and install a fresh filter. (Please do not use those expensive pleated filters) Natural air filters or Flounders filters are OK to use.

Second item would be to insure your unit outside is running or attempting to run, remember we have many lighting storms that disrupt power, so there for go to your electrical panel and look for a double pole 30 or 40 amp breaker and see if its tripped. If you have a big system then 50 or 60 amp breakers may have been used. Same applies see if breaker is tripped.

Also if you can excess the outdoor unit look closely at condenser and see if it’s clogged with dirt or cotton wood. If it is, by all means get a garden hose and clean the condenser. If none of the above helps in making your home air conditioner work correctly then it’s time to Call a certified air conditioning company such as Around the Town Heating and Cooling.

Thanks Big Ed

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Air Conditioning Maintenance

Air Conditioning Maintenance.

air conditioning maintenance

Chris is performing a deep cleaning on this Trane unit, which had a few leaks internal. but we cleaned and repaired the a/c, all is good.

It’s funny how every year we send out post card  and online reminders concerning the importance of air conditioning maintenance.  Many consumers/homeowners ignore these reminders. 80% of the homeowners that ignore our reminders end up spending more money on air conditioning repairs or a new air conditioner (due to lack of maintenance). The customers of ours that heed our reminders very seldom have breakdowns of their HVAC systems.  Sure that rule doesn’t always apply, especially if furnace filters aren’t changed regularly. Besides mechanical equipment does tend to break from time to time even with heating and air conditioning maintenance. But the odds decrease ten fold in your favor.

We do not send these reminders because we have nothing better to do; we send these to help insure your air conditioning system is working at peak performances. Does it create work for us? Yes it does, however air conditioning maintenance saves you money as well as gives you a piece of mind, knowing the condition of your central air conditioning system, especially when the sweltering heat of Chicago summer arrives.

I write the blogs as you will, to help you the consumers know what’s right concerning your heating and air conditioning equipment. I guess I can say nothing and allow you the consumer to continuously pay up the wazoo for heating and air conditioning repairs or replacement. But then I wouldn’t be doing my job as an expert HVAC contractor.


Need emergency service? call the HERT team of Around The Town Heating and Cooling

Bottom line, be diligent, and have your air conditioning system maintained.

Your cost of maintenance will run you approximately $89.95 for single family homes with the outside condenser unit on the ground.

Town homes and condo’s as well as high rises can vary from $139.00 to $229.00 residential.
Commercial roof tops a/c maintenance may run you about $279.00 and up.

Thanks Big Ed

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A/C Pricing Chicago

A/C Pricing Chicago

As a consumer, I’m sure by now that all the sales gimmicks you see on TV or the newspaper shouldn’t fool you a bit. For example, the ad gimmick which sounds too good to be true (usually is) these ads are designed to either get you into the ad persons store to sell you something or to have a salesmen to your home or business to up sell you. And in all fairness that’s the retail business game.

However with Around the Town Heating and Cooling if our sales price is in print, then that will be the price. Our ad will inform you of what you are receiving for that price. No gimmicks here. Now lets be pragmatic. If you call and ask for a price from us, and tell us exactly what you need, we quote you and if  what you told us turns out differently than of course the price my change. Remember folk’s apples for apples.

We see our competitors say and show all kinds of pricing for new furnace and a/c’s,  however what I’m told by those customers shopping out our competitors pricing, is that it’s always different. Remember apples for apples and watch closely any wording and pricing that they may use to get their foot into your door.

We are a small HVAC shop and we service our customers one at a time, and on a personal basis verses a business basis. We want you to be as comfortable with us as we would like to be comfortable installing your heating and cooling. Have you ever had a tyrant for a boss and you didn’t complete your duties as well as you could have? It’s a two way street, we want to be comfortable installing your HVAC equipment.

Maybe our sales approach is unorthodox but this is how we roll. And the crew and owners of Around the Town Heating and Cooling sleep well at night knowing we have a no gimmick approach and we never bait and switch. You get what you pay for and then some every time, all the time.
Call and ask about our air conditioning sales pricing.

Thanks Ed

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Home Air conditioning Pricing

Home air conditioning pricing has a broad range.

Home air conditioning pricing can vary because every residential homeowner has different home air conditioning needs or wants. Home air conditioning pricing can change considerably if the home owner wants the highest seer rating that’s available to them. Seer rating stands for Season Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is basically the amount of electrical energy your home air conditioning system consumes for the season. Higher the seer, more efficient the ac is. Of course the cost of higher seer ac units increases.

home air conditioning pricing

One a/c unit is 13 seer the other a/c unit is 16 seer, can you tell the difference?

Basic high efficient home air conditioning pricing also varies if you have a conventional air conditioning system ,a Space pack a/c, Unico system or even the Mitsubishi ductless air conditioning system.

A conventional air conditioning system is the furnace, evaporator coil above the furnace and your outside unit which is commonly referred to as your a/c. We in the trades call it a condenser, which is what the outdoor unit really is.

Home air conditioning pricing has increased a bit because of the retrofitting the new a/c systems from R-22 to the new governed refrigerant 410-a. R -22 refrigerant has been said to have opened the ozone layers even wider than the pollution from manufacturing.
So having read the information above you will see the home air conditioning pricing range from $2600.00 to $12000.00. Your basic 13 seer home air conditioning pricing in the Chicago-land area should set you back on an average of $3000.00.

To know your real cost or your home air conditioning system it is best to have 3 HVAC contractors come out and give you a free estimate.
If you would like Around the Town Heating and Cooling come out for a free home air conditioner estimate give us a call at312-243-9896. Thanks Ed

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