1. Old Humidifier Pad

    How often should you change your humidifier pad?

    Just like it’s important to get routine maintenance on your AC, furnace, and other HVAC equipment, it's also important to ensure your humidifier is properly maintained! One of the most important steps to keep your humidifier maintained is to change the humidifier pad (also known as a water panel) regularly. Why do I need to change my humidifier pad? A humidifier pad is essential to your humidifi…Read More

  2. HVAC Maintenance Plans - G&R Heating and Air Illinois

    HVAC Maintenance Plan: Is it worth it?

    We’ve had customers ask many times: “ My system is only a couple of years old. Do I need to get an HVAC maintenance plan?” The answer is YES! Dust, dirt, pet hair, and other particulate matter can build up on the main components on your system without proper cleaning from a professional HVAC technician. Plus, with regular HVAC maintenance, we are able to determine if your system is in need o…Read More

  3. Champion Heating and Cooling Logo

    Champion HVAC Products: FAQ

    At G&R Heating and Air, we take pride in offering Champion heating and cooling systems. Champion is a Johnson Controls brand, joining the ranks of its other well-known brands, which include York. Johnson Controls has been known for their 140 years of experience as well as their dedication to developing the newest and best HVAC technology. The history of Johnson Controls goes back to 1883 when …Read More

  4. Do I have a furnace or a boiler? | G&R Heating and Air Illinois

    Do I have a furnace or a boiler?

    For most homes in Northern Illinois and Chicagoland, there are two types of heating systems that are the most common. You will likely have either a furnace (gas or electric) or a boiler in your home, which utilizes heated water. Which do you have, how do they work, and what are the benefits of each? Let’s find out. What is a furnace? A furnace is a heating system that is powered either by natura…Read More

  5. Which is the best HVAC air filter for me? | G&R Heating and Air

    Which is the best HVAC air filter for me?

    Ever stood in front of the air filter section in your favorite hardware store and thought: "Which one should I buy?" "What about this expensive fancy one?" "MERV what?" If you have, we can guarantee you that you are not alone. Selecting the proper air filter for your HVAC system can be difficult when there's no less than a million different choices. Well, at least it feels that way — but we can …Read More

  6. HVAC Financing in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs | G&R Heating and Air

    Can I Finance HVAC Repairs or Installation?

    Heating or cooling system on the fritz? When given the option between a repair or a replacement, many homeowners will go with an AC repair or furnace repair to save money. Depending on the amount of times an old system has been repaired, it may be more cost effective to upgrade and install a new, more efficient AC system. There is a possibility that financing a new furnace or AC could help you sav…Read More

  7. Frozen AC Coil: What to Do | G&R Heating and Air

    Frozen AC Coil: FAQ

    A common problem that many people experience with their air conditioning system is that their AC coil may freeze up. A frozen AC coil can cause a number of issues with your HVAC equipment, not to mention potential water damage. And of course, your system won't be able to properly cool the home if the coil is frozen — as airflow through the system will be significantly restricted. Curious about w…Read More

  8. Lever Damper

    Check Your HVAC Dampers

    Are you experiencing issues with heating and cooling in a specific room or area in your home? You may have either too much airflow in a room, or none at all. There might be an easy fix that you can do yourself before you call for service - and that's checking the dampers in your HVAC system! How do I know if I have dampers in my HVAC system? First, you'll want to make sure that you have a forced a…Read More

  9. Indoor Air Quality Testing

    How to test indoor air quality

    Some of the symptoms that you may experience due to poor air quality could be headaches, fatigue, sinus congestion, and sneezing. Mold growth, odors, and large amounts of dust build-up are signs that you may want to look for. You may have already been investigating some potential solutions, such as HVAC UV lights or whole-home air purification systems such as the iWave. But... how do you find out …Read More

  10. HVAC Maintenance Plans - G&R Heating and Air Illinois

    What does HVAC maintenance include?

    It’s no secret that HVAC maintenance is the key to your furnace and air conditioning running efficiently. Your heating and cooling system is comprised of several complicated machines working together to keep your home comfortable. These components include your AC coil, your AC condenser, your furnace (which itself has multiple components), your whole home humidifier, and the list goes on. Our HV…Read More