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

Is Metal Ductwork Better Than Flexible Ductwork?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The air conditioning and heating systems that allow us to control our indoor climate are incredibly vital to the present and future comfort of our homes. While the range of system types and brands on the market today seems daunting, if not overwhelming, you must begin by finding an HVAC contractor you can trust to get the job done right. If you’re in the market for a new forced-air distribution system, you need to make sure that your ductwork is just as good as the rest of the system. There’s simply no substitution for the quality craftsmanship of a trained and experienced ductwork professional in Northbrook, IL. Let Shavitz take care of your duct installation or replacement. We will make the entire process run smoothly. Call us today.

There are two basic types of ductwork to keep in mind when deciding upon your new system: rigid sheet metal and flexible ductwork. Each has its advantages.

  • Sheet metal. One of the major advantages of sheet metal ductwork is its staying power. Because of what it’s made out of, it tends to last a long time, especially when it is properly cared for. As a rigid material, your sheet metal ductwork needs to have adequate space. Your ducts will need to be appropriately sized in order to match the heating and cooling system. That way, you can be sure to have excellent performance and energy efficiency.
  • Flexible. Flexible ducts are made out of corrugated plastic, often wrapped in insulation. While they tend not to last as long as sheet metal, they are very cost-effective. Their shape and size also allows them to be installed in locations that would not accept full-sized sheet metal ductwork.

While sheet metal ductwork tends to be a better long-term choice, flexible ductwork has the advantage of relatively low upfront cost and versatility. It all depends on the unique needs of your home and your budget. At Shavitz, our friendly technicians can make sure that your Northbrook, IL home has excellent ductwork so that you and your family remains comfortable year-round. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


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What Types of Ductwork Are There?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Are you in the market for a new HVAC system? Are your ducts no longer effective? Whether you’re looking to replace your existing ductwork or you need a comprehensive ductwork system for your new home’s central air or gas furnace, you need to ensure that your ductwork perfectly compliments the other components of your AC and heater. As with many things these days, there is no shortage of ductwork operation available to residential consumers these days. But making the decision does not have to be a daunting prospect–you don’t have to make it alone.

Let Shavitz take care of your ductwork needs in Skokie, IL, whether its duct installation or replacement. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

There are two major types of ductwork that are common in residential homes: flexible and sheet metal.

  • Flexible ductwork. Flexible ducts are often utilized in spaces where hard and rigid ductwork would be difficult or even impossible. They are typically comprised of durable plastic material and often surrounded by an insulation. Such ducts are versatile but they need to be installed correctly because they can be difficult to seal if improperly installed.
  • Sheet metal ductwork. This type of ductwork comes in either rectangular or cylindrical lengths, and can be highly effective and efficient. Anything made out of metal is also highly durable and reliable. Galvanized steel ducts are often wrapped with insulation on the outside.

You also need to make sure that your ducts are properly insulated, especially if they run outside the space of conditioned air. Over time, your ductwork is subject to various temperature and pressure fluctuations, and they may need to be routinely serviced in order to function properly. Cracks, leaks, loose connections, and debris accumulation can also severely impact your HVAC system’s ability to perform as it should. If you notice any issues with your ductwork, you should not hesitate to get in touch with a professional technician sooner than later.

At Shavitz, we can take care of your Skokie, IL ductwork service needs quickly and effectively. We provide comprehensive installation and replacement so make sure to get in touch with us wen you’re ready to get started on your new ductwork.

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Why Should You Call Early For Air Conditioning Repair?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

It happens to everyone at some point. You notice that your air conditioning system is costing more and more to operate, or it is suddenly no longer producing cold air. Maybe it just makes a very strange, unfamiliar noise during its operation. Whatever irregularity or problem you identify with your air conditioning system, it is important that you schedule professional air conditioning repair promptly. No air conditioner can ever be completely problem free, but you can limit the impact of many air conditioning problems by having them evaluated and resolved as soon as possible. Here is some information to consider from the Skokie, IL air conditioning professionals at Shavitz.

First of all, you should always schedule professional air conditioning repair immediately due to the fact that you often have no way of knowing how long that problem has been in development. Air conditioning issues rarely pop up overnight. It is far more likely that the problem has been developing for some time, and that by the time you notice an indication, there may be a problem and some damage may have already been sustained. Putting off necessary repairs only increases the likelihood of serious damages to your system.

Check out the maintenance program offered by Shavitz.

You also should keep in mind the fact that your air conditioning may be damaged even while it is still operational. If you notice a problem with your air conditioning system, but you put off scheduling repair services, you not only increase the risk of serious damage; you risk paying too much money for a lousy performance from your air conditioner. Just because your AC cools your home does not mean that it is doing so in the most efficient manner possible. Save yourself some money by paying for the repairs that your air conditioner needs, rather than paying more money for a subpar cooling performance.

To learn more about when to schedule professional air conditioning repair in Skokie, IL, call Shavitz today. One of our air conditioning specialists will gladly help you determine if your AC is in need of repair. When you know what warning signs to keep an eye out for, you can enjoy the best performance that your air conditioning system has to offer.

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My Air Conditioning System Is Really Loud: What’s Wrong With It?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Your air conditioning system will naturally make some noise as it operates because of all the moving parts and motors. But if you notice that it has started to operate at a much louder volume than normal, it likely means that you need to call a Wilmette air conditioning repair expert to have a look at it. We wanted to help our customers understand reasons why their AC might be running so loudly, so we put together a short explanation of what might be causing the noise.

Call us here at Shavitz if you need any kind of air conditioning services.

Wilmette Air Conditioning Tips: What Causes Loud Operation

Your air conditioning system uses a number of different motors and if you hear that your AC is operating much louder than normal it likely has something to do with them. Call us here at Shavitz when you need any Wilmette air conditioning repair.

  • Compressor motor – One of the most critical components of your air conditioning system is the compressor. It has a motor in it that can start to rattle and also make loud noises when it starts to have problems. This might also be accompanied by a reduction in the amount of cooling that your AC is able to provide. You may also notice that the loud noise only happens when the system starts up or shuts down.
  • Fan motor – You have a fan motor in the inside unit of your AC as well as in the outdoor unit. Both of these motors can start to make a variety of sounds including grinding which usually indicates that the bearings are bad or need lubrication.
  • Debris – If you hear a loud rattling noise coming from your air conditioning system it could be that there is a branch or some other debris stuck in the fan blades. You should turn off the system immediately as this can warp or bend the fan blades.
  • Fan cage – Surrounding each of your fans is a cage that protects you and the fans from any damage or injury. But if the cage gets damaged it can rub against the fan blades and cause huge problems for you.

No matter what kind of Wilmette air conditioning services you need, just call the technicians at Shavitz.

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Shavitz Has Something for Everyone

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

For over 100 years, Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning has been bringing quality services, family values, and exceptional customer service to each of our customers in the Chicago area. We know a broken air conditioner can be disruptive to the comfort and routine of your home and family. Our trained technicians ensure that they get the job done right, and leave you satisfied with the services you received. We even have coloring books for the kids featuring Thermy to bring smiles to even the youngest members of your family. Click to download the Shavitz Coloring Book or call us today to schedule service!

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