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Tune-up Tips

Furnace Tune-Up & Maintenance

hoekstra tuneup tipsJust as your car needs tune-ups to keep it in good running order,  your furnace or boiler needs periodic tune-ups to keep it in tip-top running shape. A regular maintenance program for your heating equipment is recommended by ENERGY STAR and relatively inexpensive and can pay dividends in energy savings and increased equipment life.
 Regular maintenance suggested by your heating service contractor will benefit you in several ways. Well-tuned equipment will save you  energy dollars, provide increased comfort, and extend the life of your heating system. Keep in mind that proper and professional cleaning  and adjustments will save you money and protect your equipment investment. While there are obvious differences in the design and operation of gas boilers and furnaces, and therefore in the maintenance provided,  the following measures are those which should be included in a routine tune-up procedure:

    Clean burners, combustion chamber, and heat exchange surfaces
    Check color of flame: the proper color is blue
    Check fan belts and blowers
    Check safety controls
    Check thermostat operation
    Check thermocouple and pilot light assembly (if applicable)
    Check for proper venting
    Inspect and replace filters
    Lubricate all motors (if applicable)

Replacing Your Gas Heating System

Replacing your old heating system is sometimes the most cost-effective option. An older heating system can have an annual fuel  utilization efficiency (AFUE) of as little as 50%, whereas new energy efficient condensing and pulse furnaces can achieve an AFUE  as high as 97%. In addition to the operating cost savings and safety benefits of a new furnace, today’s furnaces can offer greater  home comfort when multi-stage options are included.  Check out our Furnace Replacement page for more information.

Central A/C Tune-Up & Maintenance

When you take steps to make your central air conditioning effective and efficient, you can realize monthly savings on your energy bills. ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Efficiency Services is designed to help you do just that. Tune-up your current system Keep your cooling system running at peak performance by having a ComEd Smart Ideas participating independent contractor perform an annual tune-up on your central air conditioning unit. Tune-ups can help you:

    Save money on your monthly electricity bill
    Improve the efficiency of your air conditioner
    Achieve better humidity control
    Prevent costly repairs
    Keep your home more comfortable

During the tune-up service, the participating contractor will use state-of-the-art computerized equipment to accurately analyze your cooling system's performance and adjust your air conditioner to optimize its energy efficiency—resulting in a cooler, more comfortable home. Install a new high-efficiency system When the time comes to install a new central air conditioner, it’s important to choose the right high-efficiency system for your home in order to optimize the system's performance and efficiency.  Working with a ComEd Smart Ideas participating independent contractor provides the following benefits:

Participating independent contractors are trained on the benefits of higher efficiency air conditioners. They are prepared to discuss how a high efficiency upgrade can save you money on your electric bill.
Participating independent contractors will complete a detailed analysis of your home's cooling needs. This ensures that the new unit is sized to provide maximum comfort and efficiency.
Participating independent contractors utilize state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic tools to ensure your new equipment is installed according to manufacturer specifications.

Choose the right contractor Hoekstra HVAC is a ComEd Smart Ideas Participating Contractor