Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

Does Your Heater Do This When You Turn It On?

October 8th, 2018

heating system venting outdoorsJust like anything else in your home, your heating system collects dust when it’s not in use. This is particularly true if you have a clogged air filter or if you don’t have a powerful enough air filter in place. What this means, is that when you go to turn on your furnace or heating system for the first time this year, the dust will burn off and you’ll likely smell an odor.

Another problem some homeowners face, at least if their system wasn’t maintained yet this year, is strange sounds when they turn on their system for the first time during the heating season. Whether you’re dealing with smells or sounds when you turn on your heater, we have pertinent advice for you. Keep reading!

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It’s That Time of Year: Schedule Heating Maintenance Today

September 24th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.We get it, heating maintenance is one of those recommendations that is easy to dismiss. After all, isn’t it just a luxury service for those people who can afford it? You don’t actually need maintenance, right?

Wrong. In fact, we’d venture to say you can’t afford to go without maintenance. Preventive tune-ups are one of the most important Glenview HVAC services you can get for your heater. It helps the system last longer, reduces repair needs, keeps your heater functional for as long as possible, and increases home safety.

But we understand you might not take that at face value. Keep reading to learn what exactly HVAC maintenance entails and why it’s so important for your heating system and your home.

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When You Need a Great HVAC Company, Look for These Qualities!

September 10th, 2018

technician reviewing paperwork with homeownerThere are a number of people out there willing to work on your air conditioner, or heating system. Many of them, however, have limited experience in the industry and may still have a thing or two to learn about before working on your system. Therefore, we don’t advise you put the well-being of your HVAC systems at risk by hiring anyone less than a pro.

Fortunately, there are plenty of qualified HVAC contractors out there. But only some of these are great technicians with the training and skills that go above and beyond. So, when searching for such a company, what qualities should you look for?

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As Summer Temps Fade, How’s Your AC Holding Up?

August 27th, 2018

relaxed young woman laying on sofa in comfortable acIf you did not have your air conditioner maintained before the summer began, chances are it’s not holding up well—at least, not if it’s an aging system. The end of summer is when we get the most calls for air conditioning repair in Glenview, IL. This is because your AC system has been under immense stress all season long, and as we near the end of summer its parts may have become worn down (again, especially if you didn’t have pre-season maintenance done).

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Tips for Staying Cool in Summer Heat

August 13th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatIf we could all afford to keep our air conditioners running at full blast all day every day during the summer, we would, right? But alas, that is just not feasible for most homeowners. The costs of running your air conditioning in Northbrook, IL day and night throughout the summer season are high, and it’s not that great for the environment, either! You will also wear out your air conditioner much faster than normal, and find having to replace the system years before you thought you would need to.

So, while setting your thermostat at the lowest possible temperature so that it will blast cold air out on you 24/7 is not the best option, are there still ways to stay cool other than using your cooling system? Yes, there are, and you can save energy by doing so too. Read on for some tips.

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Have Your Ducts Been Performing Well This Summer?

July 30th, 2018

technician working on ductworkThere’s a commonly overlooked component of your air conditioner that you should probably be paying more attention to. At least, if you want your cooling system (and heating system too, if you use a forced air heater) to operate efficiently and effectively, you’ll pay attention to this component. We’re talking about your ductwork!

Some parts of your air ducts may be easy to see—perhaps they’re exposed in an area of your attic. However most ductwork is hidden behind walls and in crawl spaces, and it can be a bit trickier to discover repair needs. So how do you know when something is wrong, and why does it matter?

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How Does Your Thermostat Affect HVAC Performance?

July 16th, 2018

Caucasian female hand pressing button on a modern electronic thermostat timer on wall of a modern home with focus on the screen and fingers of the womanWith how much we use our HVAC systems around here, it makes sense that you would want to do everything you could to save energy, so that you could save money as a result.

Well, the quality of your thermostat and how you use that thermostat plays a pretty big role in this, not only during the coming hot weather but in the fall and winter as well when you switch over to using your heater. Keep reading to learn more about the relationship between your HVAC systems and your thermostat, and to learn what your thermostat options are, from basic digital models to smart thermostats, which give you precise control over your heating and cooling.

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What Goes On During AC Maintenance?

July 2nd, 2018

Technician is checking air conditionerIf you’ve been following our blog regularly, then you know we talk about maintenance a lot. This is due to how important of a service it is. Many homeowners think this is a sort of “luxury” service that people who can afford it get for their HVAC systems. But air conditioning maintenance in Park Ridge, IL is actually a necessity, for a number of reasons.

First off, it helps our technicians spot small problems with your cooling system before they grow into much larger ones. In turn, it helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is great news for your wallet. But what actually happens during AC maintenance? What does this service provide?

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AC Installation: Bigger Is Not Always Better

June 18th, 2018

top view of an air conditioner outside unitAre you concerned that this is the summer your home’s current air conditioner will finally quit its ability to keep your home cool and comfortable? If you are, or if you’ve already made the decision to replace your air conditioner, the time to get a new one is now. However, we encourage you to take your time in this decision—know what the cost factors are, and don’t rush out and buy the biggest system you can get within your budget.

The reason we say this is because too many homeowners go out and get the largest cooling system they can find without realizing that bigger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, you can be doing more harm than good to your overall cooling system by going this route. This is why it’s important to trust only those professionals who are educated and appropriately trained in Glenview HVAC services for your air conditioner installation.

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Should You Go Ductless This Summer?

June 4th, 2018

bedroom with ductless air handler on wallThe ductless air conditioning and heating system isn’t a new concept—this type of heat pump system has been around for years, most popular in Europe and Japan, where homes and buildings quite often lack the space to put in bulky ductwork. It’s easy to add ductless air handlers to a few rooms and allow for an effective distribution of cooled (or heated) air.

Ductless systems have become an increasingly popular choice for air conditioning in Northbrook, IL recently. But does this type of air conditioner make sense for you and your home? Well, it just might! Let us help you take a look at when ductless cooling and heating make sense.

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