Winters in the Chicago area can be brutal. When your furnace needs to be repaired or replaced, count on the professionals at Ibbotson Heating & Air Conditioning Company.

For most homeowners, heating is their largest energy expense. The majority of homeowners in this area get their heat from furnaces that run on gas, although some run on oil, propane or electricity. Furnaces deliver heat through ducts located throughout the home.

Before choosing a new furnace, our technicians will take the time to calculate your heating needs by taking into account the size, design and construction of your home. A furnace that is too small or too large for your home will not keep you comfortable and may waste energy. Large homes may have multiple zones with more than one furnace to provide adequate heat.

The efficiency of a furnace is indicated by the annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE, a measure of seasonal performance. Most newer models have an AFUE between 78 percent and 96 percent. Traditional power combustion furnaces have an AFUE of  80 percent to 82 percent while condensing furnaces have an AFUE of 90 percent or more. The higher this number, the more energy efficient the model.

Furnaces use a significant amount of electricity, mostly to power the fan motor. Those with variable speed fan motors are more efficient than models with standard motors and may save you hundreds of dollars per year.

To help reduce your fuel bills and keep your equipment in working order, our highly trained technicians can perform routine maintenance on your furnace. This may include cleaning or replacing the air filters, tuning up the system, inspecting and sealing your ducts, and checking for wasted fan energy. They can also install a new high tech, programmable thermostat in your home for additional energy and cost savings.

This winter, don't be left out in the cold. Call the professionals at Ibbotson Heating & Air Conditioning Company when your furnace needs to be replaced, repaired or maintained.

Furances by Lennox Furnaces by Carrier