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Buying an Air Conditioner in Chicago

Chicago AC Buying Tips: How to Pick the Best System, Save Money, and Make Sure You Get What You Pay For

The purchase and installation of a new air conditioner are important, but they are only a small portion of your total cooling costs. Your utility company will send you a bill each month for using the new system and you’ll also have to maintain it, pay to fix it, and perhaps eventually replace it. Over time, the combined costs of owning an air conditioning system always far exceed the initial cost of buying it.

The first thing to do is be patient: don’t rush into any decisions. You’re going to live with your decision for as long as you own your home. If you make the wrong choice, it will be very difficult to justify tearing out the new AC system and starting over again. If you buy a system that doesn’t fit your home or if your new equipment isn’t properly installed you could be sentenced to over 20 years of excessive utility and repair bills. Additionally, your new air conditioning equipment may not deliver the comfort you expect.

This is why it’s so important to work with a contractor when you need to buy a new air conditioning system. Contact the Chicago air conditioning installation experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you make sure that you get a new air conditioning system that matches your home and your budget. We can also install it for you so that it delivers efficient and comfortable service for many years.

Will Replacing My Heating and AC System Reduce Energy Usage?

You may have heard that air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces have come a long way in the last 10 years. This is absolutely true. In fact, a 1992 federal law forced manufacturers to stop making extremely inefficient units. The most energy efficient model from 10 years ago doesn’t even compare to the systems of today.

Air conditioning systems are given efficiency ratings so that you can compare them. You’ll hear your contractor use acronyms like "SEER," "HSPF," and "AFUE." These terms basically describe how efficiently the equipment operates: like miles per gallon for a car. The higher the efficiency number, the less energy the equipment will use.

Also, depending on where you live there could be rebates available from your state government or from the federal government that can help offset the initial cost of the equipment.

Chicago Duct Repair and Replacement

Your home’s ductwork is comprised of a network of hollow pipes that carry the air to and from your furnace or air handler. Recent studies indicate that the average home has a host of hidden problems that could potentially impact the efficiency of your new equipment. A recent Department of Energy study states, "Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner." It is not uncommon to find that over a third of the cooling you pay for doesn’t make it to your living area. Also, if your ducts aren’t the right size for your home it can further reduce the efficiency of your AC system as well as cause an increase in wear and tear on the equipment. Call the Chicago duct repair and replacement experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning before you have your new air conditioner installed. We will inspect your ducts and make sure that they are in good condition.

Benefits of Professional Chicago Air Conditioning Installation

One of the best things you can do for your new air conditioning system is to make sure that it is installed by a professional. Many poorly trained or careless technicians often create problems during installation. For example, sloppy workmanship often creates duct leakage where your new equipment is connected to your existing ductwork. Call the Chicago air conditioning installation experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We have over 100 years of experience working with countless homeowners to help them make sure that their new equipment is installed right.

It’s also essential that your new air conditioning or heat pump system has the proper refrigerant gas charge. Most contractors make no correction for the actual length and internal volume of the copper lines in your system. They just crack open the valves and use whatever refrigerant charge came in the new outdoor unit from the factory.

Because of this common mistake, a recent study by a major electrical utility found that 79% of newly installed systems had either significantly too much or too little refrigerant gas. This increases energy usage, reduces the amount of cooling created, and often causes premature failure of the new system.

For Chicago air conditioning installation, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We can walk you through the process and make sure that your new system is the right size for your home and that it is installed correctly. We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty so that you know that the work we do is quality.

The Chicago air conditioning experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning offer quality repair, installation and other cooling services throughout the North Chicago area including Evanston, IL and Glenview, IL.