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

Boosting Heating Efficiency in the Last Stretch of Winter

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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In our last blog post, we talked about the differences in AFUE rating (energy rating) between gas and electric furnaces. If you read it, then you know the one that will be more efficient for your home depends on a number of factors. But whether you have a gas or electric furnace, there are some steps you can take to boost the efficiency even more, and subsequently save money.

The first step we’re going to share with you is this: schedule maintenance! Yes, this is a service we typically recommend in the fall, before you need your system the most. But the fact of the matter is that consistent maintenance is key to helping your heater work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

So let’s say you’ve got the maintenance part down, what else can you do to use your heater more efficiently before warm springtime temperatures arrive?

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Electric vs. Gas: Which Type of Furnace is More Efficient?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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If it’s this late into the winter season and you’re just now looking into having a new heater installed, chances are that something happened to your current one—and you’re in a bit of a rush to replace it. We get it. You want to get back to the comfort that you’re used to. But this really isn’t a decision you should rush! Plus this gives you a good opportunity to decide whether you want to stick with the fuel source you’ve always relied on, or go with something more efficient.

So what is more efficient? Answering this can be a little tricky, since efficiency is a rating of the heating output of your furnace compared to the amount of energy it actually uses. But this does not necessarily mean that a furnace with a higher efficiency rating will use less energy and therefore cost less to run, because an electric furnace could have a higher efficiency rating (called AFUE, which we’ll touch on more below) than a different model of gas furnace, but in general gas is a more affordable fuel source.

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The Information Every Electric Furnace Owner Needs to Know

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Do you have an electric furnace in your home keeping you and your family warm? Great! These are powerful systems that can work very effectively and efficiently, as long as they’re well cared for. This means staying on top of your heating maintenance needs—each year, our professionals come out to clean, inspect, and adjust your furnace and ensure that it has no pending repair needs.

However, there’s always a chance that something will go amiss with your electric furnace, even between maintenance sessions. This is especially true for aging furnaces. If you do notice that your electric furnace isn’t quite working as it should, give us a call! We’re here to help. We also want to share with you signs that your electric furnace may be struggling. Read on for the information you need to know!

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Should You Invest in an Electric Furnace?

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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If you’re shopping for a new furnace this time of year, there’s no doubt that this is something you need very soon. However, choosing a new heater for your home isn’t a decision you should make lightly or hastily. Today’s technology gives you so many choices when it comes to effective heating. So if you’ve been using a gas-powered system or even space heaters, then you may not know that there are electric heating options that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to operate.

Homeowners often ask us if electric furnaces have what it takes to keep Chicagoland residents warm. Read on as we answer that and dive into more information about electric furnaces that will help you make an educated decision about your next heating installation.

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Is It Ever Too Late for a Furnace Tune-Up?

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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There is one scenario where it would be too late for a furnace tune-up, and that’s if your heating system is completely broken down to a point that it’s beyond repair. We are going to assume that if you’ve come across this blog post, that is hopefully not the case for you! If you’ve made it to winter without having your heater maintained yet, it’s not too late.

True, we typically recommend this service in the fall. The reason for this is because it’s before you need your system the most. Maintenance allows our technicians to make sure it’s in the best shape possible for the cooler season. But what matters more than timing is consistency. So long as you’re having your furnace tuned-up once a year, you’ll be able to keep it in good shape throughout its service life. Read on as we uncover why consistent professional maintenance is so important.

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The Weather Outside is Frightful, and… My Heater Just Broke Down?!

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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This is clearly a scenario that no homeowner wants to face—being home on a chilly day during the winter, with snow falling outside, when all of the sudden their furnace just stops working.

Ideally, you’d never face this kind of issue, because you’d ensure your heater was properly maintained. What we mean when we say this is that you should be scheduling professional maintenance for your furnace or boiler system once a year, and if you have a heat pump system twice a year. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your heater to make sure it performs as best it can. It also extends the lifespan of your heater and makes it a lot less likely that you’ll run into something like an emergency breakdown.

Still though, sudden breakdowns happen. When they do, we’re here for you! In the meantime, however, we’re sure you’d like to know how to stay warm while you wait for our techs to arrive.

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4 Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear from Your Furnace

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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We’ve written on this topic before, but it’s definitely one of those that deserves a refresher, especially around wintertime and especially for anyone who hasn’t used a furnace before (perhaps you’ve been utilizing space heaters or a boiler system).

But we really cannot overstate how important it is that you know the signs of a furnace in disrepair. When you have yours professionally installed and maintained by our experienced team, you’ll definitely have less to worry about on this front. Still though, it’s a good idea to know these signs. This means you will know to call us sooner, and we can help you avoid harmful problems with your heater.

We are here to protect your family and your home! Give us a call if you hear any of the following suspicious noises, and please don’t ever hesitate to come to us with your questions or concerns. We are here to help and would much rather have you safe than sorry.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Investment?

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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With that familiar chill in the air, many homeowners are starting to turn their attention away from air conditioning to their heating systems. Is yours in good shape? If not, you may be considering the installation of a new heater. There are a number of options to choose from! This includes the versatile heat pump system.

Heat pumps are great HVAC units for many reasons. First off, they’re year-round. So if you have an aging heater and an aging air conditioner, this could be the ideal replacement for you. Imagine buying just one system for your home comfort needs all year, instead of two separate systems. Read on as we uncover just why a heat pump may be a good investment for your home.

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Get Your Heating System Installed the Right Way

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

So, maybe you’ve been following our blog posts for a while. You’re always keen on following our advice, and to the best of your knowledge, we’ve said everything right so far. “Wow, these Shavitz people really know what they’re talking about when it comes to HVAC work, if only I had a good reason to switch over from my normal HVAC guy.”

Well, you’re kind of right. You don’t have a good reason to switch to us. You have several good reasons to switch to our service.

As winter approaches, heating service in Chicago, IL is going to become more and more important. You’re going to get into tussles with your “HVAC guy” and sometimes you’re going to wish there were a better crew out there that really understood your comfort needs. Well, take a look at why you might be in the perfect position to switch to our team.

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The Problem with a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Did you know that over 64 million homes in the United States are equipped with natural gas-powered heaters? Most of these homes use a furnace for heat, and Chicagoland residents make up a considerable handful of these households. It’s no surprise that gas-powered furnaces remain the leading choice for winter comfort around here—they deliver powerful heat and do it quickly without draining your household budget.

There are, however, risks to using a gas-powered heating system of any kind if you don’t care for that system properly. Sure, they’re constructed to be safe, and have safety features that force them to shut down if the unit overheats or whatnot. However, there are hazards to be aware of, and one potential is a cracked heat exchanger. Read on as we uncover why this is a problem and what to do about it.

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