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In our last blog post, we talked about the differences in AFUE rating (energy rating) between gas and electric furnaces. If you read it, then you know the one that will be more efficient for your home depends on a number of factors. But whether you have a gas or electric furnace, there are some steps you can take to boost the efficiency even more, and subsequently save money.
The first step we’re going to
share with you is this: schedule
maintenance! Yes, this is a service we typically recommend in the fall,
before you need your system the most. But the fact of the matter is that
consistent maintenance is key to helping your heater work as efficiently and
effectively as possible.
So let’s say you’ve got the
maintenance part down, what else can you do to use your heater more efficiently
before warm springtime temperatures arrive?
From potential mold or mildew growth to bubbling paint, water damage from condensation on your windows isn’t good. When outdoor temps drop, condensation on windows is often on the rise. So what should you do about it?
If it’s this late into the winter season and you’re just now
looking into having a new heater installed, chances are that something happened
to your current one—and you’re in a bit of a rush to replace it. We get it. You want to get back to the
comfort that you’re used to. But this really isn’t a decision you should rush!
Plus this gives you a good opportunity to decide whether you want to stick with
the fuel source you’ve always relied on, or go with something more efficient.
So what is more
efficient? Answering this can be a little tricky, since efficiency is a rating of the heating output of your furnace
compared to the amount of energy it actually uses. But this does not
necessarily mean that a furnace with a higher efficiency rating will use less
energy and therefore cost less to run, because an electric furnace could have a
higher efficiency rating (called
AFUE, which we’ll touch on more below) than a different model of gas furnace,
but in general gas is a more affordable fuel
Do you have an electric furnace in your home keeping you and
your family warm? Great! These are powerful systems that can work very
effectively and efficiently, as long as they’re well cared for. This means
staying on top of your heating maintenance needs—each year, our professionals
come out to clean, inspect, and adjust your furnace and ensure that it has no
pending repair needs.
However, there’s always a chance that something will go
amiss with your electric furnace, even between maintenance sessions. This is
especially true for aging furnaces. If you do notice that your electric furnace
isn’t quite working as it should,
give us a call! We’re here to help. We also want to share with you signs that
your electric furnace may be struggling. Read on for the information you need
If you’re shopping for a new furnace this time of year,
there’s no doubt that this is something you need very soon. However, choosing a
new heater for your home isn’t a decision you should make lightly or hastily.
Today’s technology gives you so many
choices when it comes to effective heating. So if you’ve been using a
gas-powered system or even space heaters, then you may not know that there are
electric heating options that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to
Homeowners often ask us if electric furnaces have what it
takes to keep Chicagoland residents warm. Read on as we answer that and dive
into more information about electric furnaces that will help you make an
educated decision about your next heating installation.
There is one scenario where it would be too late for a
furnace tune-up, and that’s if your heating system is completely broken down to
a point that it’s beyond repair. We are going to assume that if you’ve come
across this blog post, that is hopefully not the case for you! If you’ve made
it to winter without having your heater maintained yet, it’s not too late.
True, we typically recommend this service in the fall. The reason for this is because it’s before you need your system the most. Maintenance allows our technicians to make sure it’s in the best shape possible for the cooler season. But what matters more than timing is consistency. So long as you’re having your furnace tuned-up once a year, you’ll be able to keep it in good shape throughout its service life. Read on as we uncover why consistent professional maintenance is so important.
This is clearly a scenario that no homeowner wants to
face—being home on a chilly day during the winter, with snow falling outside,
when all of the sudden their furnace just stops working.
Ideally, you’d never face this kind of issue, because you’d
ensure your heater was properly maintained. What we mean when we say this is
that you should be scheduling professional maintenance for your furnace or
boiler system once a year, and if you have a heat pump system twice a year.
Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust
your heater to make sure it performs as best it can. It also extends the
lifespan of your heater and makes it a lot less likely that you’ll run into
something like an emergency breakdown.
Still though, sudden breakdowns happen. When they do, we’re
here for you! In the meantime, however, we’re sure you’d like to know how to
stay warm while you wait for our techs to arrive.
on this topic before, but it’s definitely one of those that deserves a
refresher, especially around wintertime and especially for anyone who hasn’t
used a furnace before (perhaps you’ve been utilizing space heaters or a boiler
But we really
cannot overstate how important it is that you know the signs of a furnace in
disrepair. When you have yours professionally installed and maintained by our
experienced team, you’ll definitely have less to worry about on this front.
Still though, it’s a good idea to know these signs. This means you will know to
call us sooner, and we can help you avoid harmful problems with your heater.
We are here
to protect your family and your home! Give us a call if you hear any of the
following suspicious noises, and please don’t ever hesitate to come to us with
your questions or concerns. We are here to help and would much rather have you
safe than sorry.
With that familiar chill in the air, many homeowners are
starting to turn their attention away from air conditioning to their heating
systems. Is yours in good shape? If not, you may be considering the
installation of a new heater. There are a number of options to choose from!
This includes the versatile heat pump system.
Heat pumps are great HVAC units for many reasons. First off, they’re year-round. So if you have an aging heater and an aging air conditioner, this could be the ideal replacement for you. Imagine buying just one system for your home comfort needs all year, instead of two separate systems. Read on as we uncover just why a heat pump may be a good investment for your home.
So, maybe you’ve been following our blog posts for a while. You’re always keen on following our advice, and to the best of your knowledge, we’ve said everything right so far. “Wow, these Shavitz people really know what they’re talking about when it comes to HVAC work, if only I had a good reason to switch over from my normal HVAC guy.”
Well, you’re kind of right. You don’t have a good reason to switch to us. You have several good reasons to switch to our service.
As winter approaches, heating service in Chicago, IL is going to become more and more important. You’re going to get into tussles with your “HVAC guy” and sometimes you’re going to wish there were a better crew out there that really understood your comfort needs. Well, take a look at why you might be in the perfect position to switch to our team.