Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for June, 2013

Why Duct Cleaning Is a Necessary Air Conditioning Service?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

If you’re like most people you likely don’t give much thought to the ductwork in your home. However, your ducts play a huge role in your home’s proper operation and in your comfort. There are a number of different reasons why getting duct cleaning is completely a completely necessary Evanston, IL air conditioning service. At Shavitz, we offer total air conditioning services including duct cleaning. Check out a few of the reasons why regular duct cleaning is a great idea for any homeowner.

Evanston, IL Air Conditioning Services: Duct Cleaning

During your air conditioner’s operation, there are a number of problems that can arise and contaminants that can build up in your ducts. Here are a few of the reasons why duct cleaning is so critical.

  • Air quality – One of the most important reasons for getting regular duct cleaning is that it could potentially improve the quality of air in your home. Dust, pollen, pet dander, construction debris and other contaminants can start to build up in your ducts. As air passes through the ducts it will pick up the various contaminants in the ducts and carry throughout your home. If you have friendly or family members that suffer from allergies or asthma then improving the air quality could increase their comfort in your home.
  • Efficiency – While it might not seem like much, there can be a lot of debris in your ducts. As air move through the ducts it will face resistance from the debris and contaminants there. This will cause your air conditioning system to have to work harder to push the air through and will thereby reduce the efficiency of your AC system. But getting regular duct cleaning you could remove those contaminants and increase the efficiency of your air conditioner.

How Duct Cleaning Is Done

While you may be able to vacuum out the registers in your home, duct cleaning should always be done by a professional. During the duct cleaning process, your technicians will make holes in your duct work and attach powerful vacuuming equipment which will allow them to clean out even the deepest parts of your home’s ductwork.

When you need Evanston, IL air conditioning services make sure that you call the friendly specialists at Shavitz. We can quickly clean out your ducts so that they work more efficiently and your air quality improves.

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Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is now Paperless!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning has been proudly serving the Chicago area for over 100 years, and we know it’s important to help our valued customers stay informed of the latest equipment and products for your home and comfort. Air conditioning systems are becoming more efficient and reducing energy consumption and now our techs are reducing waste by working paperless in the field.

Our technicians show up for each job equipped with an iPad so everything they need to complete the job is at their fingertips. They can show you equipment specs, look up information, and make the ‘paperwork’ a breeze. At Shavitz, our certified and experienced technicians bring exception customer service and a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as a lifetime workmanship guarantee. Call us today for any of your air conditioning needs, or schedule service online!

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Types of Air Conditioning Systems

Friday, June 21st, 2013

During the heat of summer it is a great luxury to come home to a cool, comfortable house. The air conditioning system that you use plays a major role in your day to day comfort. If you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, it is important that you consider all of your options. There are a lot of different air conditioning systems available for installation, and working with a qualified AC technician is the best way to ensure that you get the right one for your home. Here is some information about the AC systems available from the Chicago air conditioning pros at Shavitz.

While traditional split central air conditioning systems are still the most popular air conditioning option, the ductwork that they require to distribute air is not appropriate for every home. Lucking, ductless air conditioning systems allow those homeowners whose homes cannot accommodate bulky ductwork the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of a central AC. By using individual, wall mounted blowers to cool rooms directly the need for a ducted forced air distribution system is eliminated completely.

For homeowners interested in boosting the efficiency with which they cool their homes, it is difficult to be a heat pump. Unlike traditional air conditioning systems, heat pumps do not consume a fuel in order to cool air to keep your home comfortable. Rather, by using just a small amount of electricity, heat pumps are able to transfer heat from one area to another. This means that in the summer months they can cool your home by moving the heat therein outdoors. In the winter the process can be reversed, making heat pumps a great option for year round comfort.

A geothermal cooling system also utilizes a heat pump, but the heat is transferred with a loop system buried beneath the ground. In many environments a geothermal system is actually more reliable than an air source heat pump thanks to the consistent temperature below the ground. A certain amount of property to work with is required for a geothermal installation, though.

To learn more about your Chicago air conditioning options, contact Shavitz any time. We have the answers to all your questions. Our professional air conditioning technicians can help ensure that you get the right air conditioner for your home.

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Signs That You Need Professional Ductwork Replacement

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Is your home suffering from high energy bills? Is your indoor air quality satisfactory? If you have a forced-air distribution system, then you depend upon your ductwork to remove air from the interior of your home, heat or cool it, and then return it into your home. Whether you have sheet metal or flexible ducts, you need them to offer contaminant-free and leak-free passage for your heating and cooling. Ductwork problems lead to energy inefficiency and inadequate performance, and possibly even poor indoor air quality. While professional ductwork installation and repair are both critical to maintaining the integrity of your ducts, there may come a time when it’s time to replace them. In today’s post, we’d like to review some signs that you need professional Wilmette, IL ductwork replacement.

  • Cracks and holes. Depending on the severity of the crack, it may be better to replace your ducts than to repair them. They lead to energy efficiency problems, and can often bring in air from unoccupied areas of the home, such as between walls and crawlspaces. Cracks often lead to further damage and larger holes when neglected. Because of the location of your ductwork, it can be difficult to detect issues with its operation until the problem has begun to take its toll.
  • Loose connections. Your ducts interlink with each other to form tight connections to keep out outside air and to keep your conditioned air from entering unnecessary parts of your home. But over time, your ducts may loosen. Your heating and cooling system depend upon a closed system, and without it, they might be forced to expend more electrical energy than necessary.
  • Crushed and collapsed ducts. Depending on the location of your ducts, they may be more or less subject to accidental damage during other projects around the home. Ducts are not meant to withstand weight and other forms of physical pressure, and may become crushed or otherwise damaged if they are handled roughly.

Make sure that you hire a Wilmette, IL ductwork expert to come take a look at your ductwork. Call Shavitz today.

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When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when you need Lincolnwood, IL air conditioner replacement. Replacing your air conditioning system is a huge decision because you’ll likely have to live with your choice for many years. The experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning can help you with any air conditioning services that you need. We know that homeowners can have a hard time determining if their AC system just needs a little repair of if it actually is on its last leg. Here are a few things that you can look out for that could indicate that you need Lincolnwood, IL air conditioner replacement.

Signs You Need Lincolnwood, IL Air Conditioner Replacement

Over the last 100 years the experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning have worked on countless different types of air conditioning issues. We thought it would be a good idea to put together a quick list of some of the most common issues that could indicate that you need air conditioner replacement.

  • Humidity problems – If you start to notice that your home is muggy or humid it could mean that your air conditioning system needs to be replaced. Your AC naturally provides dehumidification for your home. When it stops doing that it could meant that it needs to be replaced.
  • Inefficient operation – Have you noticed that your energy bills are increasing even if you’re not increasing your energy usage. This could mean that your air conditioning system is using more energy that it should and you need Lincolnwood, IL air conditioner replacement.
  • Frequent repair – If your air conditioning system has started to require more frequent repair it could make more financial sense to just replace the whole system. The Lincolnwood, IL air conditioner replacement pros at Shavitz can help you determine if this is the right choice for you.

For all your Lincolnwood, IL air conditioner replacement make sure that you call the friendly experts at Shavitz. We have over 100 years of experience serving the Chicagoland area and can help you with any AC issues that you need.

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