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

Is Your Heater Hurting Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Rear view of a young woman opening the curtains in the morningThis is what many homeowners think—that running their heater actually dries out their air and makes the indoor air quality bad as a result. This isn’t quite the case though, and we wouldn’t want you to start using your heater less as winter gets closer and closer. Dry air is certainly a nuisance, but resisting use of your heater will not help the situation!

Modern construction has made our homes tightly sealed up against the elements, which can impact indoor air quality issues like dust infiltration. But dry air is a whole different beast. Why is it such a problem though? And how can you prevent problems with dry air from happening in your living space? Well, with the installation of a whole-house humidifier! If you’ve ever been through even just one of our summers, you might be wondering why you would want to add moisture to your home, but bear with us.

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Tips to Boost Your Furnace’s Efficiency

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

furnace venting outdoorsWinter will be here soon enough, and chances are that it will hit hard once it’s here. But that’s just part of living in the Chicagoland area, right? This may be the case, and we might be “used” to cold temperatures and snowfall, but it doesn’t hurt to have a great heating system on your side. Having a great heating system is about more than reliability and effectiveness, though: you want a heater that’s going to work as efficiently as possible. Our winter season is too long and too cold to be overpaying for your comfort.

Sure, you could contact us for Glenview, IL furnace service, such as heater replacement, but this might not be necessary—especially if your furnace is less than a decade old. The truth is, there are other things you can do besides servicing or replacing the furnace itself that could help boost your home’s heating efficiency.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance Procedures

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Air conditioning maintenance is a vital part of keeping your system as healthy as possible. While prompt repairs are a good idea for mitigating damage to your system, it isn’t nearly as beneficial because it relies on waiting for a problem to develop before addressing it. Air conditioning maintenance is a proactive way to keep your air conditioner healthy, by isolating and fixing issues before they develop. In order to understand why air conditioning maintenance is so beneficial, have a look at some of the steps taken during a maintenance appointment.

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Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Memorial Day, which is observed on the final Monday of May every year, is an opportunity to honor and commemorate those military personnel who have fallen while serving their country. The day began in the aftermath of the American Civil War, when the country was damaged and in need of remembrance. Originally called Decoration Day, owing to the flowers that would decorate gravesites, its principal purpose has been to mourn those who have died during service; but it’s also a time to come together as a country and take stock of the way that our soldiers have shaped this country.

There is a national moment of silence and various events throughout the day. You may see volunteers putting flags up at your local cemetery or flowers decorating war memorials. It’s also a reprieve from our work schedule that should be enjoyed in tandem with remembrance. We wish you all the best this Memorial Day.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Be sure to bookmark the Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

We’ll feature money saving promotions here as well.

Call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning for all your Air Conditioning, Heating, Indoor Air Quality, Commercial HVAC, and Carbon Monoxide Safety Testing needs.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Monday, March 25th, 2013

iMarket Solutions has launched Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning’s new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit:

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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Animal Rescue?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

This morning, Tom, one of our installers, made a quick stop on his way to his first job to get some coffee.  He hopped back in his truck and drove off to his job only to notice something moving in his cab.  All of a sudden a kitten popped out – someone had tossed a kitten into his cab while he was getting coffee!  Juliet came to pick up the kitten and help find a home for it and took it to the Arlington Heights cat clinic.  As she was holding the kitty and while the receptionist was calling the shelter, the woman sitting next to Juliet says “I’ll taker her, I’ve been looking for a new cat”.  Happily ever after!  A new home for a boiler and a kitten all in one day?  Nice work Tom and Juliet!

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Should I run my furnace fan continuously?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Many people ask if they should run their furnace fan continuously in fan “on” mode. Running the fan continuously does have several benefits. Continuous fan operation will constantly recirculate the air throughout the house which will help even out temperatures from room to room or floor to floor. In multi-story houses or town homes, hot air can rise up the stairs and overheat the upper floors. Turning your thermostat to fan “on” mode helps even out the temperatures by a few degrees by pulling some of the hot air back down the stairs while blowing some of the cooler, lower level air through the ductwork and to the upper floors.

If you or your family have allergies, asthma, or suffer from any respiratory ailments, getting a high performance air cleaner is a great solution and the effectiveness of that air cleaner will be greatly improved by continuous fan operation. It’s like someone cleaning all the air in your house all day long!

The third benefit of continuous fan operation is debatable and that is whether or not continuous fan operation extends or reduces the lifetime of the blower motor. One camp thinks that running the fan continuously wears out the motor sooner. The other camp believes that running the fan continuously actually extends motor life. The hardest part on any motor or engine is starting and stopping – just like stop and go traffic is harder on your car than highway mileage. So by running the fan continuously, there are less starts and stops put on the motor which may actually extend the motor’s life!

There is a drawback of slightly higher electric bills when running the fan continuously (unless you have a newer furnace that has a variable speed furnace that is very energy efficient). If you are unsure if your furnace has a high efficiency motor, just call or email us and we’d be happy to look it up for you!

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10 Easy Ways to Save Energy

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

It may not seem like using a compact fluorescent light bulb or fixing a leaky faucet will do much to reduce your energy costs – or protect the environment. But if every household practiced just a few simple conservation ideas like these, we could reduce energy consumption by a significant amount.

Complete a home energy audit. This survey will analyze the structure of your home, appliances and insulation, in addition to your family’s lifestyle.

Air Conditioning and Cooling in Your Home:

1. Maintain your AC Unit by cleaning the outside compressor with a garden hose (be sure to shut off power at the fuse or breaker first). Keep plantings at least one foot away for adequate airflow.

2. Turn off unnecessary lights during late afternoon and early evening, and wait to use heat-producing appliances as much as possible. It’s also a good idea to shade south- and west- facing windows during the hottest part of the day to keep the heat out.

3. Plant a tree. One well-placed shade tree can reduce your cooling costs by 25 percent. For maximum benefit, place leafy shade trees to the south and west, and evergreens to the north.

4. Make sure a window air conditioner is the proper size. It’s better to get one that’s too small than too large – a larger unit will start up and turn off more frequently and won’t do as good a job dehumidifying the air.

5. Utilize ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout your home, and make sure your attic is properly ventilated. A ceiling fan should run clockwise during the summer, and counter-clockwise during the winter.

6. Don’t judge the efficiency of your AC by the sound of the fan shutting on and off. The blower will continue to circulate cooled air throughout your home up to 15 minutes after the compressor has stopped. (The same holds true for the furnace.)

7. Raise the thermostat to about 78 to 80 degrees whenever you go to bed or leave the house. A programmable thermostat will do this for you automatically.

8. Set the fan on your central air conditioner to “on” rather than “auto.” This will circulate air continuously, keeping the temperature more even throughout the house and aiding in dehumidification.

9. If your home can’t accommodate central air conditioning, try a whole-house attic fan. This device pushes hot air out through attic vents, lowering the temperature throughout your home about five degrees in less than ten minutes. Attic fans cost less than 25 cents per day to operate.

10. During the winter, remove window air conditioners and seal the windows with caulk and weatherstripping. You might also want to cover the central air compressor with a tarp to keep it clean.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Now, give them a shot and see how much you can save!

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