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

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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Should You Go Ductless This Summer?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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When it comes to cooling down your living space or heating it up, wouldn’t it be nice if you could use just one system? Well, you can! A ductless system, also referred to as a ductless mini-split due to its setup, is a heat pump-style system that’s become the preferred HVAC choice for many homeowners throughout Chicago and beyond, for good reason.

Ductless systems are not only a fantastic option for keeping your home comfortably cool in the summer, but they can also heat up your home in the winter, too. So, if you’re considering going ductless this summer for your cooling needs, it may benefit you this fall as well! Read on to learn more.

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AC Troubleshooting: The Problem with Refrigerant Loss

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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There’s a fairly common misconception among homeowners about refrigerant–that it “runs out” or depletes from your air conditioner like gasoline does from a vehicle.

This misconception could come from an internet video or article, or even a dishonest HVAC “professional” looking to make a quick buck. But the point is, refrigerant loss isn’t something that should ever happen!

Refrigerant is in a closed, sealed loop, and is recycled throughout the lifespan of your air conditioner or heat pump. So if you’re suffering from refrigerant loss, it means there is a leak that must be repaired. Read on to learn more!

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End of the Season Is No Time to Neglect AC Repairs!

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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When you live in a climate like ours, it can be easy to put off AC care. We’re much more well known for our chilly winters, after all, than we are our hot and humid summers, no matter how much of a punch they pack when they come.

As the summer season slowly but surely comes to a close, it’s almost time to turn our attention to our heating systems, scheduling maintenance or upgrading our systems as needed. This does not mean, however, that you should ignore any AC repair needs you might have. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need AC repair, and call our team when you’re ready to schedule them!

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Why You Need a Quality AC Installer

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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The reason you need a quality, professional, AC installer, is because they know the intricacies involved in every step of the installation process. Sure, we can share those steps, and we’re about to below. But air conditioners are complex–we aren’t sharing these steps to encourage you to do it on your own. We’re sharing them to show why it’s important to hire a professional.

We understand, however, that if you’re on the lookout for an AC installation company this time of the year, you’re probably desperate for a new cooling system. But even though you need one now, we really encourage you to take your time finding the right installer. Rushing into a decision like this can leave you with an ineffective or inefficient cooling system.

So, what are the 3 steps, and subsequently 3 reasons you need a quality installer, for AC installation? Read on!

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