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

End-of-Season Heating Repairs to Be Aware Of

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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Winter is finally over, and now your furnace can get some rest. However, depending on how hard your furnace worked this past cold season, it might be in need of repair. In this article, we will lay out 5 tell-tale signs that your heater is in need of repair. If you notice any of these, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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Signs That Your Boiler Needs Repair

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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It’s important to keep an eye out for any potential signs that your boiler may need to be repaired. These signs can help you avoid expensive repairs or, even worse, a total boiler breakdown.

Some common signs that your boiler needs repair include:

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How to Determine When It’s Time to Replace Your Heater

Monday, March 7th, 2022
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As many of us in Winnetka know, the winters can be harsh. If your furnace isn’t up to par, it can not only make it uncomfortable at home, but it can also cause damage to your house if there’s no heat. 

To keep that from happening, you need to know when it’s time to replace your heater so you can catch issues before they turn into big problems. Here are 5 signs that it’s time to upgrade your heater. 

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Boosting Your Heating Efficiency This Season

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Keeping your home warm and cozy doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Even though winters in Chicago can be brutal, there are simple measures you can take to help lower your monthly energy bill. Plus, saving more money during the cold season can help you do more fun things when the temps rise.

Our goal is to help you get the most out of your heater. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips and tricks you can use so you can get the most out of your heater this season– all while keeping the bill at a reasonable price.

However, if you’re still seeing high energy bills after implementing the tips below, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Let’s dive in.

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What Kind of Furnace Is Best for Installation?

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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If you are wondering which type of furnace to get for your home, then you’ve come to the right place. 

When it comes to choosing a furnace, you need to consider the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of electric furnaces versus gas furnaces.

Choosing the right furnace for your home is a big decision. It has been estimated that every household spends an average of over $2,000 per year on energy costs to heat and cool their homes. You may want to not rely on external fuel for your unit, so you opt for the electric one, but then sit with high electricity bills each month.

So, it’s important to do your research on each. Both have their pros and cons, but in the end, the choice depends on your specific needs. 

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Signs That You Need Boiler Repairs

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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When it comes to your boiler, there are several warning signs to look out for which may indicate that it needs a repair. Some of the signs may not be as obvious as others, so it is important to keep an eye (or an ear) out for all of them. 

Often these signs are ignored, which only leads to bigger (and more expensive problems down the line). When it comes to your boiler, these are some of the signs to look out for that may mean it’s time to call in the professionals to take a look. 

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Sounds You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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We all want a silent HVAC system. No matter what system you have, as they operate there are certain noises that just come with the territory. The sound of air being moved around your home, the furnace switching on and off, and air duct fluctuations, are all usual sounds that can be expected.

While some HVAC systems are quieter than others, what noises should you be looking (or listening) out for that is a sign that something is wrong?

In this post, we share some insights into what noises you should be taking careful note of.

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Heed These Signs of a Furnace in Disrepair

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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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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How to Use Your Electric Furnace More Efficiently

Monday, November 15th, 2021
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Electric appliances often get a bad rep. Why’s that? Well, because when compared to natural gas, it’s not exactly the most affordable fuel source out there.

But still, there are many reasons consumers choose electric appliances, particularly electric furnaces for their homes. First off, they might not actually have access to a municipal gas line, in which case propane and electricity are the only options–and propane isn’t the most convenient! Secondly, while gas-powered furnaces are not inherently dangerous, homeowners do often choose electric furnaces due to safety concerns.

This doesn’t mean you have to pay an arm and a leg to use an electric furnace, however! Read on as we uncover how to use your electric furnace as efficiently as possible.

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These Steps of Heating Installation will Help You Avoid Repairs

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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You might be wondering how exactly installation can help you avoid repairs. Well, simply put, when an HVAC system isn’t adequately installed, damages are a lot more likely. Inefficient operation is also a lot more likely, which exacerbates wear and tear. You could find yourself not only with an increased frequency in repairs, but a furnace that breaks down years before it should have.

That said, it is important that you only trust trained, qualified, and experienced professionals with your heating installation. We have very specific steps that we follow. We’ll outline these steps below, and let you know why it’s important that they get followed correctly. Read on, and then call us when you’re ready for a new heater that will work reliably and efficiently!

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