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

How Damaged Ductwork Impacts AC Performance

Monday, July 15th, 2019

hvac-technician-hands-sealing-up-damaged-ductworkYou’d be hard pressed to find a homeowner in the Chicagoland area who doesn’t care how efficient their HVAC systems are. Given how much of our heating we use each year, it stands to reason that when the time comes to turn on our air conditioners, we want to do so as affordably as possible.

But what many individuals don’t think about, is the fact that the “V” part of HVAC plays a pivotal role in all of this. Your ventilation—your ductwork—connects your AC and forced-air heating systems to the outdoors, making the distribution of conditioned air possible. Your ducts are usually out of sight, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or even in your attic or crawlspace. So, what happens if this ductwork was installed by an amateur, or it is aging to a point of degradation?

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Tips for Staying Cool in Summer Heat

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatIf we could all afford to keep our air conditioners running at full blast all day every day during the summer, we would, right? But alas, that is just not feasible for most homeowners. The costs of running your air conditioning in Northbrook, IL day and night throughout the summer season are high, and it’s not that great for the environment, either! You will also wear out your air conditioner much faster than normal, and find having to replace the system years before you thought you would need to.

So, while setting your thermostat at the lowest possible temperature so that it will blast cold air out on you 24/7 is not the best option, are there still ways to stay cool other than using your cooling system? Yes, there are, and you can save energy by doing so too. Read on for some tips.

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Air Conditioning Problems to Watch for This Spring

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The weather is already starting to heat up, and that means that people are going to start relying on their air conditioning systems more and more often as the year progresses. As the strain on your air conditioning system increases, the chances for problems to develop will go up. If you want to limit the amount of damage these problems can do to your air conditioner, you should be able to recognize them early. That way you can call for repairs before whatever is wrong with the system can do too much damage to it. Read on for some common air conditioning problems you need to watch for this spring.

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Air Conditioning Noises and What They Indicate

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Air conditioners make a lot of noise during operation. We know this. However, that doesn’t mean that all noises they make are normal. If you notice your air conditioner making unusual noises, it very likely means that there’s a problem with your system. Let’s take a look at some of the various noises that your air conditioner might make, and the problems they indicate.

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Why Ductless Air Conditioning Is More Energy Efficient Than Central AC

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Central air conditioning systems are a great way to keep your home cool. They’re certainly a better option than just opening a window or turning on a fan. However, they have their share of weaknesses. One of those weaknesses is that they are unable to modulate their output. An air conditioner has two settings: on or off. It cannot change how much cool air it direct to each room, which means it cannot compensate for differences in insulation across the house. Fortunately, there’s an answer to this weakness and others in the form of ductless air conditioning. Read on to find out why ductless air conditioning is more energy efficient than central air conditioning.

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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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Refrigerant: How Does It Work?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Refrigerant is arguably the most important part of any air conditioning system. It is responsible for actually removing heat from your home, and without it your system couldn’t function at all. While you don’t need to know every little thing about the workings of your air conditioner, we do feel that it is important to know a little bit more about the role of refrigerant in your air conditioner. So let’s take a look at refrigerant, and how it works.

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The Biggest Advantage of Ductless Split Systems

Monday, July 20th, 2015

We’ve had a number of posts about the installation and maintenance of ductless split systems over the past couple of months. We’ve also outlined some of the advantages of installing a ductless split system over a central air conditioner. What we haven’t really done, though, is gone through the biggest advantage of ductless split systems in detail. That advantage is the ability to serve as both a heating and air conditioning system. Let’s take a look at how a ductless split system can accomplish this.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Might be Short Cycling

Monday, June 15th, 2015

One of the biggest problems to afflict air conditioners is short cycling. This is when your air conditioner keeps turning itself on and off every few minutes. While this may seem more annoying than dangerous, it can actually cause catastrophic damage to the system if allowed to continue for a length of time.

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Improving Your Air Conditioning with Zone Control

Monday, June 1st, 2015

As summer gets closer and closer, more and more people are going to start using their central air conditioners to keep cool. As great as central air conditioning is, though, it has its share of disadvantages. Central AC suffers from its “one size fits all” approach to home cooling. It can cool all of the home, or none of it; there is no variance at all. Unfortunately, this creates hot and cold spots in many houses where rooms have differences in insulation. It also means that the system wastes a lot of output on empty rooms. Fortunately, there is a solution to these disadvantages. Read on to find out more about the benefits of zone control.

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