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

Is Professional Duct Sealing Worth It?

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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In many cases, particularly in older homes with ductwork that’s just as old, it may benefit you to replace your ductwork when you get a new HVAC system. This helps your HVAC system work as effectively and efficiently as it’s meant to for years on end. But, your ductwork damage isn’t always that detrimental. Sometimes, the answer is instead duct sealing.

Duct sealing is a professional service we provide. Of course, you might be thinking, “why can’t I just use duct tape to seal my ducts?” Well unfortunately, duct tape is not appropriately named. It’s not really appropriate for problems with your air ducts after all! The reason for this is because it gets brittle and starts breaking off due to temperature fluctuations. Instead, you need the special mastic sealant that our professionals use. Read on to learn more!

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Do Your Windows Look Like This?

Friday, February 19th, 2021
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From potential mold or mildew growth to bubbling paint, water damage from condensation on your windows isn’t good.  When outdoor temps drop, condensation on windows is often on the rise.  So what should you do about it? 

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Is Humidity Hurting My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Humidity does not directly hurt your air conditioner, but it’s not great for it either. It’s even worse for the health of your indoor air!

Humidity is excess moisture that comes alongside our warmer temperatures in the summer, making it feel hotter than it actually is outside. The only way to dissipate humidity is by lowering the temperature, so homeowners often set their thermostats as low as they’ll go.

Unfortunately, all this is doing is causing your air conditioner to run longer than it should have to in order to keep your household cool, and it’s really not doing an effective job of eliminating humidity in the meantime. Read on to learn more!

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Can Your Air Conditioner Cause Allergy Symptoms?

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Using your air conditioner can cause your allergy symptoms to flare up if you aren’t utilizing the right indoor air quality practices and products.

Ideally, you are well aware that your central air conditioning system has a filter in it that you should change on a regular basis (every 1-3 months, to be exact—it depends on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home). A clean air filter helps your cooling system operate as it should. What it won’t do, however, is filter out all the allergens and contaminants that can cause you to have flare-ups.

The standard air filter is actually designed with the purpose of protecting the air conditioner itself. It should provide a basic level of filtration, but may not be all you need. In fact, it probably isn’t. Read on as we explain.

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Should You Install a UV Air Purifier?

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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It would be really easy for us to answer this question with a simple, “yes” and leave it at that. But we know you deserve a better explanation! There are a number of factors that can negatively impact your indoor air quality, and there are also a variety of systems that can help improve it.

Indoor air quality is a big concern just about any time of the year—in fact, at any given moment your indoor air quality can be worse than the air quality outside, without the right products in place. And a UV air purifier is one of these products.

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“Does Dry Air Hurt My Furnace?”

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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You may have read here on our blog or heard us say that too much humidity hurts your air conditioner in the summer. The reasoning behind this is that the excess moisture makes you feel hotter in your home, which means you may adjust the thermostat so your AC will cycle on and cool your home faster. This practice wears down on the air conditioner, making it more likely that repair needs will occur and shortening the systems’ lifespan.

The answer, in this case, is having a dehumidifier professionally installed—this will cut down on the humidity levels, which should be between 30% to 50%, and allow you to use your air conditioner more efficiently and effectively.

So now you may be wondering, if humid air hurts your cooling system, does dry air hurt your furnace? Read on!

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Don’t Let Excess Humidity Get You Down

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

woman-using-fan-to-cool-downWith temperatures finally on a cooling trend, it’s almost time to shut down our air conditioners for the season and turn our attention to maintaining our heaters to ensure they’re ready for winter. In the meantime though, we’re still dealing with the warmer temps, as well as humidity that makes it feel even warmer.

Have you ever considered the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier? This system works with your air conditioner, increasing the quality of your indoor air to make you and your family more comfortable. Many homeowners use portable dehumidifiers around their home, but this just isn’t the same when it comes to efficiency. You’d do well to consider a whole-house approach to dehumidification, for improved comfort, better air quality, and energy savings. Keep reading to learn how eliminating humidity in your home can benefit you.

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Prevent Allergy Suffering with These Indoor Air Quality Tips

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

woman-sitting-on-her-couch-blowing-her-nose-in-tissueHow much do you know about your home’s indoor air quality? The most important thing for you to know is that it’s worse than the quality of your outdoor air—at least this is the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

Indoor air quality issues are often attributed to allergy symptoms—coughing, sneezing, wheezing, etc. Even the healthiest person can suffer. But it’s especially awful for those who already have seasonal allergies or asthma. The problem is that today’s homes are built very tightly to conserve energy—which is great for your HVAC systems—and as such dust, dirt, and other debris get trapped in the home and circulate continuously through your air. Another problem is that dust and debris gets trapped in your air ducts, too. So what can you do?

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Common Winter Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, December 4th, 2017

women looking comfortable in homeWhen it comes to where we live, the biggest concern around wintertime is how cold it’s going to get. It’s understandable that this is your concern as well. After all, a lack of heat can not only be uncomfortable but even unhealthy. However, a good furnace or boiler is only part of the equation when it comes to your Chicago, IL indoor air quality.

Dry air can present a number of threats in the cold months, and a heating system does little to nothing to resolve this. A whole-house humidifier may be a great addition to your HVAC system and eliminate the problems that dry air brings before it has a chance to make your winter miserable. You may have already begun using your heater for the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to have a humidifier professionally installed!

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Is Your Home Prepped for Spring?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

home-prepped-for-springWith rainy weather and chilly temperatures still ahead of us for a while, you probably aren’t thinking too much about your indoor air quality. However, soon enough spring will be here—and with spring comes allergens that threaten your health and the health of your family.

According to WebMD, your Lincolnwood, IL indoor air quality could actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors. Throughout the year—but particularly in spring—you and your family are exposed to airborne allergens including dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, and even bacteria—all of which can negatively affect even the healthiest people in your household.

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