Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

So You Want a New AC Installed—But What Will It Cost?

June 19th, 2017

new-ac-installed-costOne thing you can count on in the Chicago area is that temperatures stay cooler a lot longer than they do in other parts of the country. This makes putting off certain tasks—like purchasing a new air conditioner—much more likely. But, soon enough summer will be here in earnest, and we don’t advise rushing into an air conditioner installation in Evanston, IL.

Before you rush out to purchase a new cooling system, there are a few things to consider. After all, don’t you want to ensure that you are prepared as you can be with a functional and efficient air conditioning system? If you know yours is not likely to last through another heat wave, or you suspect that its age is catching up with it, then buying a new one is a good idea—but what will it cost you?

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Why You Should Go Ductless This Summer

June 5th, 2017

go-ductless-this-summerHave you ever tried to cool your home down with a noisy window AC unit? Even if you have a smaller home, you’ve likely found that not only does a window unit not do a very effective job, but it’s more cumbersome than its worth. If you don’t have room for ductwork though or rather not pay for its installation, you may think this is your only option.

However, there is a very reliable home cooling solution that is becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners, particularly those who do not have space for the installation of a central air conditioner. We’re talking about a Highland Park, IL ductless system installation.

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What You Need to Know About the Refrigerant Phase Out

May 22nd, 2017

refrigerant-phase-outThere are a few misconceptions homeowners have when it comes to air conditioning maintenance. One of these myths is that their refrigerant needs to be refilled (recharged) during each tune-up. The fact of the matter is, if your refrigerant needs to be refilled it means that you have a leak in need of repairs.

Another important refrigerant fact to know, if your air conditioner is an older unit using R-22 refrigerant, is that this is about to be fully phased out. The reason for this phase out is due to the harmful effects that R-22 has on the environment. If your air conditioner is old enough to be affected by this phase-out, then you are likely due for a system replacement anyhow. We’re happy to help you with this as well as any other professional Lincolnwood, IL air conditioning services.

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Troubleshooting End-of-Season Furnace Problems

May 8th, 2017

end-season-furnace-problemsIt may not be winter anymore, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still experiencing cooler temperatures—quite often cold enough at night to still warrant the consistent use of a furnace. While we will be looking forward to warm weather soon, that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a fully functioning furnace until that time comes.

Two of the most common service calls that we get are in regards to a furnace that either won’t start, or one that won’t stop running. Read on to discover what it is that could cause either of these furnace malfunctions, and be sure to call our experienced team when you find yourself in need of quality repairs!

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How to Cut Costs on Commercial HVAC Operation

April 24th, 2017

commercial-hvac-cut-costsAs the weather warms up, it’s just about time to shut the heater off in your commercial space or business and begin using your commercial air conditioner once again. Naturally, running your commercial HVAC system can be costly—in fact energy.gov estimates that your HVAC system accounts for about half of all your energy costs—but your commercial HVAC use doesn’t have to break the bank.

First off, you can save money by trusting only specially trained technicians for your Wilmette, IL commercial HVAC services. This will ensure that any work done on your commercial HVAC system is completed accurately, helping you avoid service calls to repair shoddy work later on. There are a number of other ways to cut costs on commercial HVAC operation, too, which we’ve covered below.

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It’s Not Too Late to Tackle Heater Repairs

April 10th, 2017

late-season-heating-repairsAs the weather slowly but surely warms up, it’s almost time to begin using our air conditioners. But this doesn’t mean that if something is amiss with your heater, it can wait until the next heating season. In fact, delaying your Evanston, IL heating repair needs can actually do more harm than good.

Unfortunately, ignoring repair needs can be detrimental to your heating system, no matter how late in the season it may be. Just because you aren’t using your heater on a regular basis anymore doesn’t mean you can just let the issue go.

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Common Late Season Furnace Repairs

March 27th, 2017

common-late-season-furnace-repairsIt may still be chillier here than it is in other parts of the country, but warmer weather is surely on its way. With that, you may be tempted to hold off on repairing any potential issues with your heating system. Unfortunately, delaying your Highland Park, IL furnace repairs can end up doing more harm than good, leading to emergency repair issues down the line.

If there is any indication that your furnace needs repair, it’s best not to neglect the signs. Here are a few repair issues that tend to crop up later in the heating season.

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Is Your Home Prepped for Spring?

March 13th, 2017

home-prepped-for-springWith rainy weather and chilly temperatures still ahead of us for a while, you probably aren’t thinking too much about your indoor air quality. However, soon enough spring will be here—and with spring comes allergens that threaten your health and the health of your family.

According to WebMD, your Lincolnwood, IL indoor air quality could actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors. Throughout the year—but particularly in spring—you and your family are exposed to airborne allergens including dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, and even bacteria—all of which can negatively affect even the healthiest people in your household.

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Signs of a Boiler in Distress

February 27th, 2017

boiler-distress-signsA boiler can only be as efficient as it’s meant to be if it’s properly cared for. This means that it should be professionally installed, repaired, and maintained by experienced technicians for it to perform at its best.

It’s also important to remember that even with quality Winnetka, IL boiler services, there’s still the chance that something will eventually go wrong with your heating system, and eventually your boiler will wear down to the point that it needs to be replaced.

But do you know what signs to look for when it comes to determining if your boiler is, in fact, in distress?

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Should You Replace Your AC at the Same Time as Your Furnace?

February 13th, 2017

replace-heater-and-air-conditionerIt’s cold outside! Chances are, we didn’t need to tell you that. We certainly hope, though, that you have a fully functional heating system to depend on during these colder days. But what if your heater has failed you or a replacement has been recommended sooner than later?

You have many options to consider when looking into a new heater, and many homeowners wonder if they should take this time to look into an AC replacement as well, particularly if both systems are aging. While this decision may make a lot of practical sense, it’s not always so budget-friendly, unless you do it right.

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