(It’s Not Just The Cold)
CHICAGO (CBS) – Has your Peoples Gas heating bill gone way up the last few months? Especially compared to last year?
There’s a reason for that. Actually, there are many reasons and not all of them have to do with the terrible cold that’s caught Chicago in a mercilessly frigid headlock.
Chicago’s main natural gas provider, Peoples Gas, projected last year that this winter’s gas prices would be up. As reported by Crain’s, Peoples Gas estimated the average cost to heat a home from November 2013 through March 2014 would total about $800, a 13% rise from last year’s five-month total of $710.
Part of this difference comes from a $56 million delivery rate hike the Illinois Commerce Commission granted Peoples Gas back in June 2013. Usually, the cost of delivering gas (and not the gas itself) counts for about a third of the typical heating bill, but could be more. As Crain’s points out in their article, the rest of the bill is is the cost of the gas, which customers get at cost.
So it costs more for Peoples Gas to deliver the natural gas to you, but has the gas price itself risen?
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Only a few weeks until Spring and Chicago’s coldest winter on record still isn’t letting up. According to the upcoming weather forecast, we have at least another two or three weeks of freezing temperatures ahead.
Even when Spring roles around, it still won’t be warm enough for you to not have your furnace working properly. With the snowfall continuing and the temperatures dwelling in the teens, there’s no time to waste! You need a company that you can depend on to ensure your heating system continues to work all winter.
Around the Town heating and cooling supplies expertly training, licensed technicians to provide our furnace and boiler repairs. We’ve been serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs all winter long, through the polar vortexes and heavy snowfall. We know firsthand the importance of keeping your home, apartment, or business well heated.
Keep yourself protected from the subzero temperatures, freezing pipes, and snow throughout Chicago’s Coldest Winter with services from Around the Town HVAC.
With Illinois relentless weather, having a fully operational Furnace and Air Conditioner is critical. As we start to reach the end of the bitter cold winter, temperatures quickly rise as summer approaches. Before you know it, we have our AC units on to combat the heat!
Replacing your furnace or AC unit when it fails is never cheap. While Around the Town does our best to provide our customers with low, affordable prices, we understand the cost of a new furnace isn’t pocket change.
Thankfully, Around the Town HVAC is proud to offer On-Bill Financing. Instead of having to absorb the cost of a new unit for your home or building, on-bill financing allows you to make payments for your unit through your utility bill.
Whether you have Nicor, Peoples Gas, Northshore Gas or ComEd, we work with all major utility companies to provide you with new units when you need them. This program applies to:
- Natural Gas Furnaces or Boilers
- Natural Gas Water Heaters
- Air Sealing & Insulation
- Central AC Systems
Call or contact Around the Town HVAC today for more information about On-Bill Financing!
With record low temps this year in Chicago it is very important to have your heater working properly. If it isn’t you can call Around the Town HVAC for Chicago area heating repair immediately.
Troubleshoot some of the issues by checking the breaker or the pilot light. If you find you pilot light is out be sure to follow the re-lighting instructions to get it working again.
If it is going to take some time to fix your heater then you may want to consider getting some space heaters, or using your fireplace. Do not rely on blankets alone to keep you warm. Another good suggestion is to keep the opening of doors and windows to as little as possible. If you do not have a space heater or fireplace you may want to consider staying in a hotel until your heater is fixed. One last note, if you plan on using space heaters be very careful to keep them away from anything flammable.
For most of us this unusually warm weather this week is a nice relief from the cold. This week and last weeks snowfall is finally starting to melt which has turned most of the snow into slush. If you’ve taken a walk or drive today you’ll see water and puddles everywhere.
For an unlucky few, this can equate to basement flooding. All of the snow surrounding your home or apartment can quickly melt leaving a large amount of water that may seep into your basement. We all know flooding can cause extensive damage to basement interior, utilities, and flooring.
Water exposure or flooding to your furnace can be devastating. Most furnace units or boilers can be completely ruined by prolonged exposure to water. Even if your unit seems to be working properly after flooding, it could fail at any moment.
As the experts in Furnace Flood recovery, Around the Town’s skilled technicians can inspect your unit, maintenance or repair any necessary parts to prevent you from having to buy an entirely new furnace.
Don’t let your heating unit go to waste, call us today if your basement has experienced any recent flooding!
With several more weeks of freezing weather on the way you can’t afford to have a malfunctioning unit. Around the Town is accustomed to the cold weather so we’re ready to make the necessary repairs to bring you comfort. We’re the number one Furnace Installation Bolingbrook IL company in the area.
Our licensed and experienced technicians will evaluate your unit and give you a report before making any changes. Whether your unit just needs to be repaired or entirely replaced, you can rely on us to give you the proper assessment and have your heating problems resolved.
Around the Town HVAC’s mission is to ensure you have a enjoyable Furnace Installation Bolingbrook IL experience. Don’t go another day with a poorly heated home, call us today!
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At Around the Town HVAC we want your boiler to maintain it’s efficiency as long as possible. If you notice a decrease in performance, loud pipes, or a leak, it’s time to let our technicians handle the job.
Our expert staff will preform an evaluation with a detailed write up before we make any repairs. Around the Town can repair any type of boiler including oil or gas. We’re experienced with every major boiler manufacturer from Amana to Peerless.
There’s a reason why we’re the trusted name in Chicago boiler repair. We’ll get the job done right the first time so your home or business will be well heated for the rest of the winter!
For over a week nightly temperatures have been dropping below zero. This means hard work for your furnace to keep your apartment warm. If you notice your furnace struggling to keep up it may be time for one of our licensed technicians to take a look.
One tip to keep your home warm is to not turn your furnace down at night substantially. In the morning it’s easier for your furnace to maintain your set temperature than it is to make up a 5 degree difference. If that doesn’t help, your furnance is in certain need of inspection.
Whatever the problem is, our expert staff will get to the bottom of it! Our services also extend over to commercial buildings. Don’t let your customers or employees feel cold. Give Around the Town HVAC a call today for all your Chicago Furnace Repair needs!
Tips on how to keep your furnace running and your home warm!
Another week of winter storms and subzero temperatures are here. What feels like the coldest winter in Chicago has no end in sight. At Around the Town HVAC we want you to stay warm. Were dedicated to making sure our customers stay comfortable though freezing cold and blistering hot. Here are a few Chicago Furnace Tips to help!
When temperatures drop below zero it’s actually best to keep your furnace at the same temperature setting, rather than turning it down to save money. Instead of running for several hours straight, the furnace will struggle less during frigid nights if the interior is already set a stable temperatures. This way, the unit only kicks on every so often to warm your home up.
Another tip we’ve mentioned before is to watch your furnace intake. Ensure your intake isn’t blocked by snow or covered in frost, this has a big impact on the effectiveness of your furnace.
Most importantly, have your furnace inspected and maintained in-between the coldest days. Make sure to have your furnace fixed before the cold sets in. This way, you minimize the time your home isn’t being heated!
For all your Chicago furnace repair needs, rely on Around the Town HVAC.
Another week, another storm for Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. For those with travel plans, this week is certainly becoming a nightmare. For those of us indoors, temperatures are going to drop dramatically. If your heating system isn’t working at full efficiency, consider having your unit repaired today!
With several more weeks of winter ahead, you can’t afford to be cold indoors. Around the Town HVAC is dedicated to ensuring your comfortable and safe from the elements outside. Our technicians are prepared for the winter and are dedicated to making sure your furnace is up for the task.
If your in a commercial building, make sure your employees aren’t cold. There’s no reason for a decline in productivity when your heating system is easily repaired. Around the Town HVAC is here to make sure your home or business is ready for the winter storm, when and where they hit.