Should You Install a UV Air Purifier?

March 23rd, 2020
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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How to Best Boost Heating Efficiency

January 13th, 2020
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If there’s anything we know about Chicagoland residents, it’s that you need an effective heater to get you through winter comfortably and even healthfully. If there’s something else we know, it’s that you want this without having to pay an arm and a leg for that comfort.

Even if you’re staying comfortable this winter, if you find yourself paying more than you should in order to warm your home, then you aren’t getting the most from your furnace or heat pump system. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take. Some of these steps don’t take anything but a bit of your time. Curious? Read on!

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Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Furnace

December 30th, 2019
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Saying goodbye to your heating system is never fun, but there comes a time in every homeowner’s life where it becomes inevitable. We understand that the process of buying a new furnace can be overwhelming, since new furnaces can be a bit expensive, and having technicians working inside your home isn’t exactly the most convenient thing ever. But allow us to be the ones to say, it’s worth it in the end.

That said, do you know what signs to watch out for that indicate it’s even time for a furnace upgrade? There are actually quite a few signs, which we’ll get into below. Remember, whether you need a repair or replacement, we’re the team to trust for the job.

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Is Your Heat Pump Leaking Refrigerant?

December 16th, 2019
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There’s a question many homeowners ask us that’s born from a common refrigerant myth—that question is, “how often does it need to be refilled?”

But the answer to this is actually, “hopefully, never!”

This is the myth. The refrigerant that flows through your heat pump system shouldn’t need to be refilled on a routine basis. This is because it’s not something that depletes over time like gasoline does from a car or oil does from an oil-powered appliance in your home. Refrigerant, alternatively, cycles through your heat pump continuously, transferring heat rather than generating it like other types of heating systems do.

So if you’re losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak.

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How to Tell When Your Furnace Is In Trouble

December 2nd, 2019
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We’re guessing that in the middle of a Chicagoland winter, the last thing you want to worry about is a broken-down heating system all of the sudden. If you don’t know the signs of a heater that needs repair though, you could very well find yourself facing this problem. A furnace breaking down this time of the year could mean an emergency call and costly repairs.

HVAC pros will tell you that it’s important to repair your heating system early, when needed, to avoid sudden system breakdowns and increased repair costs. Additionally, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system will last. Check out these signs that you might have a furnace in need of repairs sooner rather than later.

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