Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

5 Sounds You Shouldn’t Hear Coming from Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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We get used to the noises that we hear from our air conditioning in Winnetka, IL. While a dull hum and the occasional **click** are normal, there are some sounds you don’t ever want to hear and are signals that are something that needs your immediate attention.

In this article, we’ll tell you about 5 common air conditioner noises that spell bad news. If you start hearing any of these listed below, then that’s a tell-tale sign that repairs are in order. We’ll let you know who the usual culprits are and what those repairs will likely be. Remember, you don’t want to ignore what your AC is telling you because the worst thing is being stuck in a hot home this summer.

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The Best Way to Boost AC Efficiency and Save Money!

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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In order to stay comfortable in our part of the world, it’s absolutely vital to have a powerful air conditioner. But when it comes to cooling your home, you want to do so affordably as well, right? 

With rising energy prices, many homeowners today are looking for ways to bring down their financial obligations. This might mean even avoiding the use of their air conditioners even though they’re really uncomfortable. The good news is, you really don’t have to avoid using your air conditioner. In fact, there are ways you can use it better that will make more efficient use of your energy and therefore, save you money. Read on to learn more! 

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Heed These Signs That Indicate You Need An AC Repair

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Summer is on the horizon, which means sunny days and enjoying the great outdoors. It also means that we’ll all be turning up the AC to counter the heat that comes with the warmer months.

As you’ll be using your AC far more than you would in the cooler months, it’s important that you look out for a few signs that may indicate it’s time to call in the AC professionals.

In this article, we look at a few of these signs.

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Time for an AC Tune-Up

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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Do you know when the perfect time to schedule AC maintenance is? First off, maintenance is an essential service, not just one you should do whenever its convenient. You should be scheduling an air conditioner tune-up annually, at least. In the case of a year-round heat pump, it’s best to have a tune-up done every 6 months.

So what we are getting at is that consistency matters more than timing here. Still though, there are certain times when air conditioning maintenance is more convenient for you–and springtime is that time. This lessens the chance that our HVAC professionals will be out on emergency calls, so you can get a tune-up scheduled at your convenience. Read on to learn more about why this service is so important.

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Ice and Your AC: Why This Is a Bad Combination

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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With temperatures cooling down, we’ve had a few mild days where it was possible to turn off our air conditioners for a bit. For the most part though, we’re still using them pretty frequently. As such, it’s important that they work as efficiently and effectively as possible. And if you see ice anywhere on that system then we have news–it’s not performing as efficiently and effectively as it should.

Fortunately, you need to only call our team to resolve this problem (no, you shouldn’t try to remove the ice on your own). Read on to learn why!

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Don’t Ignore These Potential End-of-Season AC Repair Needs!

Monday, September 6th, 2021

The official end of summer is right around the corner, and soon it will be time to start thinking about our heating systems (in fact, if you haven’t scheduled heating maintenance, it’s not too soon!) You’ve probably been using your air conditioner frequently over the last few months, and the last thing you need now is a sudden breakdown or huge repair need when you still need the air conditioner itself.

The good news is, most air conditioning repairs show symptoms well before they force your system to shut down. So if you notice anything now, it’s a good idea to give us a call. This way, you can rely on your air conditioning system not only for the rest of this season, but again when you begin using it next year as temps warm up again.

Remember, a faulty air conditioner should only ever be inspected and repaired by trained and experienced professionals. This is because they have potentially dangerous components such as refrigerant. But, you can definitely spot the symptoms that it’s time to call in a pro. We’ve covered some of the most common below!

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Have You Made the Switch to Ductless Yet?

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

You may have seen ductless air conditioning in the past, but maybe you weren’t even sure what exactly it was. If you have noticed a unit up on the wall of a room that looks like a sleeker version of a window AC–or even on the floor of a hotel room or Dr. office, this is likely the air handler of a ductless mini-split heat pump system.

Ductless systems work through these independently operated air handlers, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit, where heat from your home is exhausted. A ductless system is essentially like a central air conditioner, but with the indoor component divided into smaller parts that send air directly into the living space rather than using ductwork.

Ductless systems have become increasingly popular in homes throughout the country, and for a number of reasons. Read on as we uncover some of the best reasons for you to consider going ductless this year.

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Why the Size of Your Central AC Matters

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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When it comes to having a central air conditioner installed this time of the year, homeowners are often in a rush to make a purchase and get it put in so they can start enjoying a cooler indoor environment.

Unfortunately, rushing into a purchase like this could leave you with a system that is improperly matched for your home, and therefore works very inefficiently and may even have a shortened lifespan.

What do we mean by this? Well just like you should make sure you have the right air conditioner for your home (i.e. central air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless cooling system) you want to make sure it’s the right size. Wondering why? Read on!

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Is It Ever Too Late for an AC Tune-Up?

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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How’s your air conditioner performing this summer? Have you noticed any suspicious symptoms that might indicate you need repair? Of course, you’ll know for sure if you need AC repairs if you had AC maintenance done this past spring. Maintenance, after all, allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components of that system to make sure it operates as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible.

So maybe you skipped it this year. Perhaps you think you may as well wait until next year at this point, since summer is halfway over anyway.

Here’s the thing though–we still have plenty of opportunity for heat waves here in the coming months, and if that happens you’ll be very grateful for a fully functional air conditioner. Read on as we uncover the importance of AC maintenance, even if it’s a little late!

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AC Installation Guide

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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This isn’t an instructional guide on how to install an air conditioner on your own–that would be ill-advised. Rather, we want to arm you with factors to consider before you pay for an air conditioner to be installed. This could save you time, money, and major headaches!

After all, this is a big investment. Considering that the energy your HVAC systems use accounts for half of all your energy use, that’s a big deal! We want your air conditioner installation to be as painless as possible. So, what is it that you should consider? Read on to find out!

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