Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for May, 2016

Why Bi-Annual Maintenance for Your Heat Pump Is Essential

Monday, May 30th, 2016

While we are right in the middle of spring, summer will creep up on us before we know it and it will be time to get our homes prepared for the summer heat. One way to do this is by scheduling annual preventive maintenance to ensure that your air conditioning system is in good shape.

What if you use a heat pump system to stay cool though? You’re going to have more to consider if you want it to hold up well this season, since you use it all year long and not just for one season. Below, we’ve highlighted some reasons why heat pumps should be maintained twice as often as alternative heating and cooling systems.

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Avoid Common Ductless System Issues

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

With spring upon us and summer following shortly behind, we can’t ignore the fact that it’s almost time to start using our air conditioners again. Hopefully, you’ve taken the time to schedule your ductless system maintenance appointment already, although it’s not too late to do so if you haven’t.

Ductless mini-split systems are very efficient and highly durable. However, just like any other HVAC system, they do run into problems every now and then. One of the leading reasons for this is lack of maintenance, but this is not the only issue that can occur. We’ve shared some of the most common ductless issues below.

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Improve Your Comfort with a Dehumidifier This Summer

Monday, May 16th, 2016

It may not be summer just yet, but warmer weather is certainly on its way. With that comes humidity that can make your indoor air quality worse than the outdoor air. Your home’s humidity levels should be between 30%–50%. Any higher than 50% is a problem as it leads to mold development and other issues.

Excess moisture can lead to many troubles for homeowners. In addition to being unsightly and inconvenient, mold can have a significant negative health impact on you and your family. The good news is, there is a solution. The solution lies in a whole-house dehumidifier, but is this right for your home?

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Are UV Germicidal Lights Worth It?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

When you are looking for a new air filtration system for your home, it’s important to understand that each has its own method of removing harmful pollutants from your indoor air. Overall, your goal should be to improve your indoor air quality as best as possible for your health and the health of your family. The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is not enough. In fact, it’s designed to protect the internal components of the system, not your indoor air. For an air cleaning device that truly eliminates contaminants, you’ll want to look to UV germicidal lights.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Ductless System This Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Ductless mini splits are a great option for residents of Chicago. Perfect for our mild climate, ductless systems provide year-round comfort without the use of bulky ducts. Rather than using ductwork, ductless systems rely on multiple air handlers placed throughout the home, which are all connected to an outside unit. This outside unit is not only smaller than a traditional central AC outdoor unit, in many cases it’s also quieter. But how do you get the most out of this flexible, space-saving appliance?

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