Heating & Furnace Repair



Approximately 35 million homes in America are heated by natural gas-fired, forced-air heating systems; by far the most popular form of central heating. Unfortunately, due to the inefficiencies of older furnace design, the vast majority of these households have been sending 30-40% or more of their energy7875825_208x378 dollars up the furnace flue. In an effort to curb this energy waste, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) instituted rigid new standards at the beginning of 1992 that required every new furnace to turn at least 78% of its fuel into heat. Manufacturers responded by producing models that not only meet this standard, but go far beyond by introducing units with efficiencies well into the 90+% range.

Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing understands that saving money by operating a higher efficiency furnace is a giant step in the right direction. A new furnace that is not dependable is a budget buster, and will easily gobble up any savings realized through more efficient operation.

That’s why Trane builds not only high efficiency gas and oil furnaces, but furnaces that perform again and again, winter after winter, year after year. Dependability and efficiency are the foundation from which every Trane furnace is built. Take a look at the full line of furnaces, and experience the Trane difference. As an authorized TRANE dealer and an Act on Energy Ally, Mattex Heating & Cooling is sure to find an energy-saving solution to your home or business.

Heat Pumps

6231055_229x294An air to air heat pump is a machine that employs refrigerant, a compressor, a reversing valve and optimized heat exchangers, to remove heat from the air supply in one location and deliver that heat to another location. The reversing valve switches the direction of refrigerant flow through the cycle based on the seasonal heating and cooling needs of the home or business. In summer, the heat pump acts as a traditional air conditioner. In winter, it removes heat from the outdoors and delivers it inside. Because the outdoor coil (condenser) and indoor coil (evaporator) each act as a heat exchanger and must be able to swap functions. They are optimized to perform adequately in both modes. As such, the efficiency of a heat pump is typically slightly less than two separately-optimized machines. Air-to-air heat pumps become less efficient as the surrounding air temperature drops, so they operate most efficiently in milder winter climates – making them a superior choice to electric resistance heaters or furnaces that operate on expensive propane gas.

Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing recommends Trane heat pumps as a great solution for your home
comfort system when compared to the very expensive heating choices offered by propane or electric strip heating. Each unit is quality built to withstand the rigors of year-round operation,
and have been proven to give years of dependable and trouble-free operation. Whether it is the hottest day of the summer, or the coldest day of winter, Trane heat pumps work day in and day out to keep your family in premium comfort.

Heat Pumps (Geothermal)

Geothermal heat pumps (sometimes referred to as GeoExchange, earth-coupled,
ground-source, or water-source heat pumps) have been in use since the late 1940s. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. This allows the system to reach fairly high efficiencies (300%-600%) on the coldest of winter nights, compared to 175%-250% for air-source heat pumps on cool days.

While many parts of the country experience seasonal temperature extremes—from scorching
heat in the summer to sub-zero cold in the winter—a few feet below the earth’s surface the
ground remains at a relatively constant temperature. Depending on latitude, ground
temperatures range from 45°F (7°C) to 75°F (21°C). Like a cave, this ground temperature is
warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. The GHP takes advantage of this by exchanging heat with the earth through a ground heat exchanger.

As with any heat pump, geothermal and water-source heat pumps are able to heat, cool, and, if
so equipped, supply the house with hot water. Some models of geothermal systems are available
with two-speed compressors and variable fans for more comfort and energy savings. Relative to air-source heat pumps, they are quieter, last longer, need little maintenance, and do not depend on the temperature of the outside air.

A dual-source heat pump combines an air-source heat pump with a geothermal heat pump.
These appliances combine the best of both systems. Dual-source heat pumps have higher efficiency ratings than air-source units, but are not as efficient as geothermal units. The main advantage of dual-source systems is that they cost much less to install than a single geothermal unit, and work almost as well. Please feel free to call our office for more information or questions about Geothermal heat pumps.


5343293_224x167Steam heat is an older style heating system, typically installed in homes and buildings constructed before the 1950s. Water is heated in a boiler until it becomes steam. Steam, which is a gas, rises through the pipes into radiators. The steam causes these radiators to become hot, which warms the building. Steam heat is often noisy, and buildings with steam heat often warm unevenly.

The pipes used with steam heat have a long life expectancy. Steam systems are typically not readily converted to hot water heating. Although steam heat is rarely installed in new homes or small buildings, it may be the heating system of choice in a high-rise building. This is because of the difficulty in pumping hot water to the upper levels of a high-rise building.

Regardless of the size or type of your steam heating system, Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has experienced technicians that are trained to service, repair, or replace any brand located in your home or place of business.



The greenish blue out-dated air condition unit was replaced over the summer by Jared and Seth, with a Trane high-efficiency air condition unit.


There is nothing more frustrating than having your air condition unit break down when you need it the most during the hot summer! Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing can help you avoid this frustration by providing preventative maintenance on your unit. Preventative maintenance will help your unit run efficiently when you need it to! We realize some air condition units will break down and need some repair. We provide a wide range of air condition repair services!

Call Mattex Heating & Cooling for your cooling services:

  • Air Condition Leaks
  • Re-charge Low Freon
  • Cleaning of Air Conditioning Coil
  • Air Conditioner Replacement with a Trane High-efficiency Unit

If you have other cooling services that need addressed that are not on the list above, please Contact Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 217-355-9700, 217-762-2611 or 217-235-9705. We are happy to assist you!

Pro-Tune Ups

Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing offers our residential and commercial customers a Pro-Tune Up plan that helps keep their cooling systems in tip-top shape. Below is a handout of what you can expect when you purchase a Pro-Tune Up with Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. **Commercial customers, please contact Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing to inquire about details to purchase a Pro-Tune Up agreement. We are happy to assist you at 217-355-9700, 217-762-2611 or 217-235-9705