Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

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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The Time to Schedule an AC Tune-Up Is Now

May 21st, 2018

technicians working on outside air conditioning unitWe may be experiencing our stereotypical rainstorms for now, but soon enough temperatures will begin to warm and we’ll need fully effective and efficiently operating air conditioning systems. Do you know what shape yours is in? If your answer is “no,” or you haven’t even thought about it recently, now is the time to schedule a maintenance tune-up.

There are a few maintenance tasks you can complete on your own. This includes changing your air filter every 1–3 months. Many people believe that the air filter is in place to protect their indoor air quality, but it’s actually there to protect the inside components of your HVAC systems from dirt and debris that can negatively affect airflow. Another maintenance task you can do on your own is ensuring that the outdoor unit is clear of debris, for the same reason.

But if you want to help your air conditioner perform at its best, and prevent repairs in the meantime, you need to schedule maintenance tune-ups once a year (or twice a year, if you use a heat pump!)

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What Are the Best Ways to Prevent AC Repairs?

May 7th, 2018

technician working on air conditionerTemperatures may not be trending too far upward just yet, but soon enough we’ll be ready to switch our thermostats in cooling mode. When that time comes, you might not notice anything wrong with your air conditioner, if something is amiss. However, if you skipped your maintenance session or if you’ve neglected air conditioning repair in Glenview, IL even though you knew it was necessary, it’s time to ask if you can rely on your system to get you through the whole summer.

Midsummer air conditioner repairs are a hassle for homeowners, with full breakdowns of course being an even bigger hassle. You’ll most likely have to stop what you’re doing if this happens to you, and potentially even cancel plans in order to call in a pro during one of the busiest times of the year for HVAC contractors. Chances are, you’d prevent that if you could. Lucky for you, you can prevent AC repairs!

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How to Save on Your HVAC Costs

April 23rd, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundOne of the most common questions Morton Grove, IL HVAC professionals get is in regards to why it costs them so much to run their heating and cooling systems. The short answer to that is “it depends,” but it can have a lot to do with how well you care for that system. It may be malfunctioning due to neglect, standard wear and tear, or an undiagnosed repair need.

Another possibility, of course, is that you aren’t using your air conditioner as efficiently as you can. Keep in mind that while your heater gets quite the workout in winter, your air conditioner goes through the same during our long, hot summers. Keeping these systems operating at peak performance can help make your HVAC systems more affordable to run. But what can you do that you might not be already?

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How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?

April 13th, 2018

air conditioning unit sitting on pile of moneyWe are often asked how much a new air conditioner installation costs, and the real answer is that pricing varies widely. Prices for a complete installation can typically range from $3500 for a smaller, basic unit, with a standard installation to $9000 or more for a larger, high end system with a more difficult installation. This post will share several important considerations with you to help you narrow down that range. 

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Late Season Is No Time to Neglect Your Furnace

April 9th, 2018

furnace venting outsideWhen you live in the Chicagoland area, you get used to cold weather—so used to it that it can be in the 40s and 50s and yet we’re out in shorts and T-shirts (rain pending). So when spring officially hits, most of us are more than ready to shut off our furnaces for the season and turn our attention to our cooling systems.

But, while we do encourage scheduling AC maintenance as early as possible, we also discourage you from not giving your furnace another thought before you finish using it for the season. Your furnace may be experiencing issues that require Northbrook, IL furnace repair, and ignoring those issues can lead to full system breakdown when you need your furnace next fall. Keep reading for some warning signs you should watch out for that indicate something is amiss with your furnace, and call our team right away if you notice any of them in your heating system.

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Traits to Look for in a Commercial HVAC Contractor

March 26th, 2018

rooftop of a commercial building with hvac units on topThere are a number of individuals out there who are willing to do work on your commercial Glenview, IL HVAC system, whether it is your heater, air conditioner, or ventilation system. But do they have the right experience? Sure, a general handyman hired by your building manager might be able to adjust a loose part, or fix a small plumbing problem in your building, but they do not have the training and expertise that professional HVAC technicians do—especially in the commercial space.

Fortunately, there are plenty of qualified commercial HVAC professionals out there. But only some of these are great at what they do, with the training and skills that go above and beyond what you can expect from a handyman or even an HVAC technician who has only ever worked in residential spaces. Keep reading to learn more about the qualities you should look for in a commercial HVAC technician.

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Is Your Home Well Prepared for Spring?

March 12th, 2018

Family of four, including mother, father, and son and daughter sits in front of their beautiful home. They are proud and smiling to be in such a great place.With temperatures still on the chilly side, we’re likely to still see some snow well into spring, but if you’ve lived in the Glenview area for even just a year, you know that heat waves can surprise us, and therefore it’s essential that you be ready for one. There are a number of maintenance tasks to do around your home to get it ready for spring, some of which will help your HVAC systems work more effectively and efficiently.

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Don’t Let a Cracked Heat Exchanger Become a Hazard

February 26th, 2018

Three natural gas burners with bright blue flames inside an operating gas furnace.If we had to take a guess at the type of heater you have to warm your home during our typically long and chilly winters, we’d probably be safe in assuming you use a natural gas furnace. After all, these are the most popular heaters throughout the country, and their popularity is highest in states with climates like ours. Natural gas is a cost-effective fuel source—much more so than electricity. Because most homes also have ductwork running through them, furnaces are also more popular than boilers in general.

Furnaces today are built to the highest safety standards, and will operate even safer if you keep up on yearly maintenance appointments. But even the best and most well-cared for gas furnace has the potential for gas leaks and combustion hazards that require prompt Glenview, IL furnace repair. With a gas furnace, the biggest repair concern a cracked heat exchanger. Ignoring a damaged heat exchanger can lead to a huge safety hazard.

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