Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for January, 2017

There’s Never a Bad Time for Radiant Heater Maintenance

Monday, January 30th, 2017

no-bad-time-for-radiant-heater-maintenanceWhile residents in other parts of the country would scratch their heads wondering what “snow to wintry mix” means in the weather forecast, we are all too aware of its implication: it’s cold and unpleasant outside! It also means that you are out of luck if you aren’t equipped with a fully functioning and effectively operating heater. If you are one of the many Evanston, IL homeowners with a radiant heating system, then you are fortunate; these systems require very little by way of maintenance and repairs.

This does not mean, however, that radiant heating systems are immune to problems. Your radiant system does require that you care for it, and this includes having maintenance done on the system. Radiant systems are a preferred choice for many over their traditional forced-air counterparts. Rather than taking up a large amount of space in your home and running the risk of air loss through ductwork, these systems include wires or pipes that are embedded into your home’s walls, ceilings, or floors, where the heat radiates outward. System care is vital to ensuring that this process continues on without a hitch.

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Do Your Air Ducts Need Repair?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Homeowners often underestimate just how important the air ducts that snake their way through their home actually are. It’s when the old “out of sight, out of mind” mentality kicks in and we just don’t think very much about how our ductwork may be affecting our indoor air quality as well as the performance of our HVAC systems.

But what’s important to realize is that it’s surprisingly easy for ductwork to accrue damage from corrosion, age, poor initial installation, or even rodents in the attic or crawlspace. Damaged ductwork can result in a decline in indoor comfort as well as an increase in the contamination of the indoor air. Whether your ductwork has gaps, leaks, or even just bad connections, the only way to restore them to good working condition is by investing in professional duct repair services.

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Why Your Home Has Cold Spots, and Other Common Furnace Problems

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you’ve found that your heating system is failing to work as it should, it can be very disconcerting, especially considering the time of the year that it is. Fortunately, you needn’t do much else than give our service professionals a call, so we can restore your heater to the effectiveness and efficiency it should be providing you while heating your home. In the meantime, we’ve shared below some of the most common reasons your furnace may be experiencing troubling symptoms.

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Signs Your Heater Is in Trouble

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

There’s no denying that winter is officially here, and our temperatures have already dropped to the point that we definitely need fully functioning heaters to get us through the coming months.

So when something goes wrong with your heating system, it can put you into a panic. Preventing large problems starts with scheduling routine heating system tune-ups once a year (or twice if you use a heat pump). However, even a well-cared for system can run into repair needs every now and then. How do you know, though, when it’s time to call for professional assistance?

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