Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

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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AC Installation Guide

Monday, July 12th, 2021

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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How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?

Friday, April 13th, 2018

air conditioning unit sitting on pile of moneyWe are often asked how much a new air conditioner installation costs, and the real answer is that pricing varies widely. Prices for a complete installation can typically range from $3500 for a smaller, basic unit, with a standard installation to $9000 or more for a larger, high end system with a more difficult installation. This post will share several important considerations with you to help you narrow down that range. 

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So You Want a New AC Installed—But What Will It Cost?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

new-ac-installed-costOne thing you can count on in the Chicago area is that temperatures stay cooler a lot longer than they do in other parts of the country. This makes putting off certain tasks—like purchasing a new air conditioner—much more likely. But, soon enough summer will be here in earnest, and we don’t advise rushing into an air conditioner installation in Evanston, IL.

Before you rush out to purchase a new cooling system, there are a few things to consider. After all, don’t you want to ensure that you are prepared as you can be with a functional and efficient air conditioning system? If you know yours is not likely to last through another heat wave, or you suspect that its age is catching up with it, then buying a new one is a good idea—but what will it cost you?

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Signs That You Need to Replace Your Ductless Air Conditioner

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Ductless air conditioners are not perfect systems. They age, they develop problems, they get worn out, and eventually they fail. When your ductless air conditioner starts to near the end of its life, it behooves you to recognize it as soon as possible. The sooner you recognize that you need to replace your ductless system, the smaller the chance of the system breaking down before you have the chance to get a new one. You don’t want to be caught without a working ductless A/C in the middle of a hot day, after all. So, take a look at these signs that you need to replace your system.

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Times When You May Need a New Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

This is the season of year when people begin to think about preparing their homes for warm weather. One of the big questions on homeowners’ minds: “Is the air conditioner ready for another summer?” If the AC in your home has already worked through many Chicagoland summers, or if it is showing signs that it’s coming to the end of its service life, now is the best time to arrange to have a new AC installed.

If you are looking for a trusted name in air conditioning installation, look no further than Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Where some companies can boast about 10 years in the business, we have more than 110! Call us today for help deciding if it’s time for a new AC installation for your home in Glenview, IL, or if repairs will still do the job.

Here are times when new air conditioning installation is a good idea:

The Current AC is Extremely Old

It’s wise to keep any appliance running as long as possible so you receive the most return on your initial investment from it. But when an air conditioner is older than its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan, it will start to rapidly deteriorate and cost more to run than it should and risk an inconvenient break down. Even if you are still receiving adequate cooling from a system that is more than 15 years old, you should consider putting in a fresh system.

The AC Needs a Repair That is Too Expensive

How expensive a repair can you afford for your air conditioner before replacing it is the more cost-effective solution? Check on the price of installing a new AC. If the estimate for the repair is half or greater than the cost of a new installation, you should definitely go with the new installation.

The AC Costs More to Run Than Before

You should keep a close watch on your energy bills each month to see if they start to rise. If you notice that your energy bills during the summer continue to mount when the AC is running, and repairs and regular maintenance don’t change the trend, you should consider new air conditioning installation.

We understand that you may be hesitant about making a decision about putting in a new air conditioner. It is, after all, a major installation. The experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning are happy to help you with the choice. Schedule a maintenance session with one of our technicians, and he or she will be able to tell you if it’s the best time for new air conditioning installation in Glenview, IL.

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Is Air Conditioning Installation Necessary in the Fall?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Your older air conditioner is on its last legs, and you’ve decided it’s time to install a new system. This is incredibly beneficial for your home; a new air conditioner will run more efficiently and may perform much better than an older air conditioner. Besides, if your new unit is professionally installed and maintained, you likely won’t run into many problems in the first few years of ownership. But it’s nearly fall, and cool weather is approaching. Is it worth it to wait until the next cooling season for air conditioning installation, or should you replace your unit now?

For many homeowners, scheduling air conditioning installation in the fall may be the best choice. For one thing, there may come a day when it’s unseasonably warm outside, and your worn down system simply won’t do the trick. Let’s say your older air conditioner is nearing the end of its life, but you’ve chosen to wait until spring for replacement. If you’re caught off guard on a hot day, you may choose to run your AC anyway. But if the parts are failing, the unit may overheat and break down, and a broken down system can be more costly to replace.

Besides, you want to give yourself plenty of time to consider your options when choosing a new AC. First, you have to choose which type of system is best for your home. While you may currently rely on a traditional central air conditioner, you may choose a more efficient option like a geothermal heat pump. These systems save you money, keep harmful pollutants out of the air, and can work with your heating system to provide more efficient heating, another reason to schedule installation as soon as possible.

You should also give yourself time to find the right air conditioning installation technician. Then, you’ll have to talk to the specialist about your efficiency requirements and your budget. Additionally, a technician may measure your home and account for other factors that help to decide on the correct cooling capacity. Finally, you’ll have to find a time that’s right for you. And if you wait until spring, you may be without AC for a while before you can schedule a time that works.

If you want professional, reliable air conditioning installation in Chicago, look no further than Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve been in business since 1904, so our experts are sure to give you the best possible service and advice. Give us a call today to schedule your next AC installation with us.

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How Important Is SEER for Air Conditioning Installation?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

When it comes to air conditioning installation in Evanston, IL, residents can’t afford to take chances. Our warm, humid summers require reliable air conditioning systems, and without proper preparation, your new system could be anything but a dream come true. A qualified technician can discuss all of the available factors with you, but among the most vital is the unit’s SEER rating. How important is SEER for air conditioning installation? We’ve included a quick breakdown below.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and as you may have suspected, it measures the air conditioner’s efficiency. The formula is fairly complicated, but it involves the amount of energy the air conditioner uses versus the amount of energy that actually goes into cooling your home. Air conditioners manufactured after 2006 must have a SEER rating of at least 13, though older models can have a SEER rating as low as 6. Units with the Energy Star label have a SEER rating of at least 14, demonstrating their superior efficiency over other units.

So why does that matter? The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently it does its job and the less it will cost you in monthly air conditioning bills. That’s an important consideration when weighing the cost of new units, since those with a high SEER rating tend to cost more than those with a lower rating. The savings you can reap over time, however, can often offset that initial cost, making the purchase less expensive in the long run. At the very minimum, you should get a system with a SEER rating higher than your current system. You’ll feel the difference immediately and your wallet will thank you when those reduces electric bills show up.

Furthermore the SEER rating affects other calculations such as the proper power load of the air conditioner. For more on how important SEER is for air conditioning installation, Evanston IL residents can count on the experts at Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll explain all the options to you, then perform an installation quickly and efficiently. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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How to Get a Great Air Conditioning Installation

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

If you need an air conditioning system installed in your home, you want to avoid a sloppy, amateur job. If your AC is improperly set up, it won’t give you the high efficiency cooling that you need and it will lead to a drain on your electricity bills. It could also pose health hazards. You need to let a professional into your home in Chicago to perform an air conditioning installation, so you know you’re getting the most out of your new system. Our highly trained technicians are a part of a company that has been servicing HVAC since 1904, so you can rest assure you will receive a great AC installation. Giving us a call is one of the first steps to getting this job done right.

Read more tips on buying an air conditioner, and call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning with any questions or concerns!

Steps for Installing the Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

One of the most important steps you need to take to get superior installation is proper sizing. The biggest air conditioner isn’t necessarily your best choice, since an AC that’s too powerful will start to short cycle, turning on and off numerous times. This will cause uneven levels of cooling throughout your home, and the extra wear on your system will shorten its lifespan. Getting too small an AC will mean that you won’t get enough cool air. To get correct sizing done, call in a professional. An HVAC technician will take into account numerous factors, such as the square footage in your house, the number of windows and doors, how many people live there, and the extra heat generated from your appliances.

Knowing your size requirements will help you with the decision of what type of system to install. There are many options available today—ductless mini splits, package systems, heat pumps—and not all will give you the right cooling that you need. A professional can guide you toward which of the AC systems on the market will suit your needs and will best fit your home and any existing ductwork.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning has performing Chicago air conditioning installations for so long that we’re only two years younger than the invention of the electric air conditioner itself! For the proper, fast, and professional installation work you want, trust the company with over a century of experience: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

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