Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for December, 2021

Heed These Signs of a Furnace in Disrepair

Monday, December 27th, 2021

As an Illinois homeowner, the last thing you should have to worry about is a heating system that is going to break down at any second. Fortunately, if you’ve kept up on your annual furnace maintenance appointments with a trained and experienced professional, you won’t need to worry about this. Also, if you know the signs to watch out for that your furnace is, in fact, in disrepair, you can keep the system in good shape.

Oh, what’s that? You don’t know what signs to watch out for? Well, then you’ve come across the right blog post!

Before we continue though, we want to mention the “M” word again. That’s right, maintenance. Whether you have a gas-powered furnace or an electric one in place, you should have professional tune-ups done every year. This helps your heater work as effectively and efficiently as possible throughout its entire lifespan and can help you avoid the majority of surprise repair needs that ill-maintained furnaces face.

Still, though, it’s good to know those aforementioned signs. So, read on!

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Why Ductwork Is No Longer Necessary for Efficient Heating!

Monday, December 13th, 2021

You may have read the title of this blog post and be scratching your head at this point. How is it that your heating system can even work, yet be efficient if it lacks ductwork? Your air ducts are what bring the conditioned/heated air into your living space from your HVAC systems, after all!

Well, you apparently have not yet heard of ductless systems! The fact is, you’ve probably seen them even if you didn’t recognize them for what they are. Instead of using ductwork, a ductless system includes one outdoor unit connected to up to four indoor air handlers. Each air handler can be controlled independently of one another, and is connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit containing a power line, condensate line, and refrigerant line.

These air handlers are typically wall-mounted above doorways or even floor-mounted in some cases. They are the chosen method of heating for more and more homeowners these days–and we’re about to tell you why below.

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