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Com Ed and Abt: Working Overtime

Monday, July 25th, 2011

ComEd customer demand reached an all-time high peak usage milestone late Wednesday, with demand reaching 23,753 megawatts, exceeding the utility’s previous peak of 23,618 megawatts on Aug. 1, 2006.

With the increasing temperatures and wild storms, all of us here at Abt are putting in a little extra work too, and making sure our customers keep cool and their power stays on.  Our demand for air conditioners and generators have increased drastically the last week.  This extra work hasn’t slowed us down at all though.  “Sales are through the roof, trucks were making up to three pick ups a day”, said John Panchisin, Abt’s store manager.  Panchisin also added that his trucks have been picking up generators and AC units even in the middle of the night to keep up with demand.

If you are still looking for an A/C or need a generator to get your house back in working order, give us a  call at 888-228-5800 or shop our site.

Keep Cool When the Heat Keeps Rising

Friday, June 10th, 2011

We here in the Chicagoland area know the importance of keeping cool with an air conditioner.  The past week we’ve seen the temps reach up to 96 degrees.  When it comes to choosing the right air conditioner, be sure to think of all your needs.

In a recent article by the Chicago Sun-Times, reporter Rachel Rice stopped by Abt Electronics to get some ideas on how to get the most of your current or new A/C.  Some tips are to keep your existing one in great shape.  To save on evergy costs, don’t forget to clean the filter on your A/C. This is because the dirtier it is, the harder it has to work.

When picking out a new A/C make sure the unit has the correct BTUs for the size of your home.  When determining what BUTs you need read our A/C Buying Guide for full information.

For other A/C inquiries, or for purchasing a new unit, vist our A/C selections or give us a call at 888-228-5800.

What Appliance Uses The Most Energy In Your Home?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

HVAC at Abt

Hello again, I’m back with more green tips for you!

Last time we talked about your refrigerator which uses the second most energy of any appliance in your home.  What’s the first?  Your HVAC system.  At this time of year it is your air conditioner using the bulk of your electricity.  I thought we should take a moment to review what you can do to get the most from your AC.

  • If you are buying a new AC, of course buying an energy star unit should be your first choice.
  • If buying central air, get the highest SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) you can.  The higher the number, the less energy you will use.
  • Add a programmable thermostat to your existing central air unit.  That way you can program it to cool your house around the times you are actually there.  No reason for the AC to be running full tilt when no one is there.
  • If adding a window unit, try to place it in a window that is in the shade.  Placing your window unit AC in direct sunlight can reduce its efficiency by up to 10%.
  • If you don’t have shade, plant a tree or two.  Trees naturally cool the air and will cut the heat generated by the sun significantly.  Not to mention trees clean pollution from the air!
  • Can’t plant trees?  Install vinyl shades and opaque drapes to your windows.  Both of these can drastically reduce interior temperatures and allow less use of the AC.
  • Don’t run heat generating appliances like dishwashers, clothes dryers, or ovens during the hottest times of the day.  Save those chores for the morning or evening.  The added heat just makes your AC run even harder.
  • Change your light bulbs.  Incandescent light bulbs emit a good amount of heat.  Going to CFL or LED light bulbs can reduce the heat output of your bulbs by 65-80%.
  • Finally, don’t run the AC when the temperature outside is at or below what you have your AC set at.  Open up those windows and let mother nature cool your house for you.  Best of all, she won’t send you a bill!

Stay green and stay cool everyone.

-Tim S.