4 Reasons to Consider Going Ductless

May 18th, 2020

Did you know there is an alternative to using your air conditioner and heating system that only involves installing one system? For many homeowners throughout Chicagoland, a ductless system is becoming the preferred option for home temperature control, and for good reason. They’re good at not only keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We get it—choosing the right HVAC system for your household can seem overwhelming, as there are many options to choose from. Our best advice is for you to speak with a trained and experienced professional before making a final decision. Not all homes are candidates for a ductless system, but our pros can help you make an informed decision about what’s best for your household.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait on Your Furnace Replacement

May 4th, 2020

We’re nearing the end of the heating season, so if you’ve been discussing replacing or upgrading your current heater at all, you’re probably tempted to wait until next fall when you need it. We understand this temptation. After all, why spend money on something you don’t need right now?

Well, if you paid for repairs a couple of times already this past winter and spring, and your system is aging, you’re wasting money anyway. Why not look into a replacement? Additionally, it’s always better to replace your system now rather than waiting until fall and struggling to get on your HVAC technician’s schedule.

Plus, considering your furnace replacement now gives you time to look into various system options without the pressure of needing the system very shortly. But, how do you know it’s really time for a new furnace? Luckily, we’ve shared some common indicators, below!

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: Does Your Ductless System Need a Tune-Up?

April 20th, 2020

Has it been 6 months since your last ductless system tune-up? If so, then yes, your ductless system needs a tune-up again!

The fact of the matter is, if you are utilizing a ductless mini-split system for your heating and cooling, you need to schedule maintenance twice as often as other HVAC systems—after all, you’re using it twice as much. Without this bi-annual maintenance, you simply won’t be able to enjoy the full benefits of your ductless cooling and heating system since it won’t be able to perform as efficiently or effectively.

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How Can You Boost Your Heating Efficiency?

April 6th, 2020

In a recent blog post, we talked about how neglecting repair needs would be a disservice to your heating system’s efficiency, as would skipping maintenance. It’s fine to know what not to do, but as chillier temperatures carry on and we still use our heaters quite frequently, you’d probably like to know what to do to boost efficiency, and therefore save money this time of the year.

The good news is, we have 4 ways you can in fact boost your heater’s efficiency, resulting in a more reliable and more effective heating system. Our heating seasons can last beyond the “official” fall and winter, so making sure you know everything you can do to boost efficiency and lower energy bills is essential to your wallet!

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Should You Install a UV Air Purifier?

March 23rd, 2020

It would be really easy for us to answer this question with a simple, “yes” and leave it at that. But we know you deserve a better explanation! There are a number of factors that can negatively impact your indoor air quality, and there are also a variety of systems that can help improve it.

Indoor air quality is a big concern just about any time of the year—in fact, at any given moment your indoor air quality can be worse than the air quality outside, without the right products in place. And a UV air purifier is one of these products.

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Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Letter to Our Customers

March 17th, 2020

Dear Loyal Client,

All of us at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning are very grateful for every opportunity to work with you. The health and safety of you, our valued client, as well as our tremendous staff (and 2nd family), is of great concern to us. As the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we’re monitoring and following official guidance from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to provide HVAC services to protect our clients’ investment in their homes and businesses as long as we safely can, and are allowed to by local authorities. For added safety, we’ve incorporated the following steps into our regular procedures.

  1. We have developed an A/C Precision Tune-Up that does not require us to enter your home if you prefer (we’ll need a little help from you).
    a. Technicians will sanitize iPads/tablets in front of you prior to you approving a service ticket with a signature.
    b. Technicians will sanitize temperature probes in front of you to allow you to take indoor temperatures
    c. For any issues requiring us to work on equipment inside your home, we will sanitize equipment before and after we work on it. Alternatively, we can document non-urgent issues and return at a future date.
    d. If you feel more comfortable to not meet in person at time of service, we can send you videos and pictures while we are onsite to ensure your areas of concern are properly addressed.
  2. Anyone exhibiting any symptoms, or with family members at home who are exhibiting symptoms, are instructed to stay home.
  3. All employees are being educated on prevention including emphasizing frequent and proper hand washing.
  4. Disinfectant and spray bottles have been provided to all field staff to frequently clean high contact points in the office and vehicles.
  5. High contact points in the office are being cleaned at an increased frequency (several times daily).
  6. Nitrile gloves and masks have been provided.
  7. Any additional precautionary measures our clients request during visits will be honored as well as avoiding hand shaking.
  8. Over-the-phone sales consultations are available for anyone who would still like to take advantage of any spring promotions and sales. You will be asked to take and send several pictures of your HVAC equipment so dust off those photography skills!

As a business that was started by my great grandfather in 1904, we’ve been through many crises and emergencies and will everything we can to help you get through this one. For over 100 years, your health, safety, and comfort have been our priority… and never more so than now during these uncertain times.

There are situations in which our technician will strongly recommend entry into your home to look at the indoor heating/cooling equipment in order to prevent damage to your equipment or home, diagnose other issues, or help improve the safety or indoor air quality of your home.  Here is a list of some of those scenarios. 

  • When the indoor unit is in or above a conditioned space
  • When diagnostic readings indicated issues with the indoor equipment (i.e. insufficient airflows or blower problems)
  • When clients have difficulty changing their filter
  • When the system has a history of water leaks
  • If the outdoor unit has no power
  • When a air purifier is recommended for health concerns 

When we enter their home, we must wear a face mask, gloves, and use our sanitizer when we are finished on the equipment we come into contact with.

For more information on indoor air quality, check out this video

(p.s. – be warned, we’re better at HVAC than making videos!)

Take care and stay safe,

Bronson Shavitz

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How NOT to Boost Your Furnace Efficiency

March 9th, 2020

You won’t boost your furnace efficiency by neglecting repair needs!

Look, we get it. In other parts of the country, they’d consider our springtime weather “heating system” weather—but for us, that’s almost laughable. It’s 56° degrees out? Time for shorts and t-shirts. And it’s time to shut off our furnaces for the season.

But there is a mistake that many Chicagoland homeowners make when they stop using their heaters for the season. If they skipped maintenance, or noticed—and ignored—signs of furnace repair needs they might just figure it can wait until next year when they need their furnace again. This can be detrimental to the performance and efficiency of your furnace, and perhaps even your air conditioner, depending on the problem.

Curious to learn more? Read on to learn about some of the furnace repair needs you’re likely to run into as the heating season ends.

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How to Tell an Experienced HVAC Pro from an Amateur

February 24th, 2020

It’s easy for someone to call themselves a “heating professional” or “HVAC expert,” but how can you find someone who will make promises they can guarantee about the services they offer? Whether you need a new heating system installed, need your AC repaired, or want to know how to improve your indoor air quality, you need someone with experience and training to turn to.

We’ve provided some basic guidelines to think about when deciding to work with any HVAC professional. Read on, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team!

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“Does Dry Air Hurt My Furnace?”

February 10th, 2020

You may have read here on our blog or heard us say that too much humidity hurts your air conditioner in the summer. The reasoning behind this is that the excess moisture makes you feel hotter in your home, which means you may adjust the thermostat so your AC will cycle on and cool your home faster. This practice wears down on the air conditioner, making it more likely that repair needs will occur and shortening the systems’ lifespan.

The answer, in this case, is having a dehumidifier professionally installed—this will cut down on the humidity levels, which should be between 30% to 50%, and allow you to use your air conditioner more efficiently and effectively.

So now you may be wondering, if humid air hurts your cooling system, does dry air hurt your furnace? Read on!

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Should I Get Radiant Heating Installed for Next Winter?

January 27th, 2020

You might be wondering why we’re saying “next” winter instead of “this” winter. Well, because the installation of radiant heating can be complex, and to truly enjoy the comfort it brings, you don’t want this job to be rushed! But if you currently have an inefficient system, are having a new home built this year, or simply want to enjoy the benefits of radiant heat, then you’d do well to consider this installation.

We do want to stress how vital it is you hire a pro for a job of this caliber.

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