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

How to Best Boost Heating Efficiency

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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If there’s anything we know about Chicagoland residents, it’s that you need an effective heater to get you through winter comfortably and even healthfully. If there’s something else we know, it’s that you want this without having to pay an arm and a leg for that comfort.

Even if you’re staying comfortable this winter, if you find yourself paying more than you should in order to warm your home, then you aren’t getting the most from your furnace or heat pump system. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take. Some of these steps don’t take anything but a bit of your time. Curious? Read on!

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Is Your Heat Pump Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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There’s a question many homeowners ask us that’s born from a common refrigerant myth—that question is, “how often does it need to be refilled?”

But the answer to this is actually, “hopefully, never!”

This is the myth. The refrigerant that flows through your heat pump system shouldn’t need to be refilled on a routine basis. This is because it’s not something that depletes over time like gasoline does from a car or oil does from an oil-powered appliance in your home. Refrigerant, alternatively, cycles through your heat pump continuously, transferring heat rather than generating it like other types of heating systems do.

So if you’re losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak.

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How to Tell When Your Furnace Is In Trouble

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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We’re guessing that in the middle of a Chicagoland winter, the last thing you want to worry about is a broken-down heating system all of the sudden. If you don’t know the signs of a heater that needs repair though, you could very well find yourself facing this problem. A furnace breaking down this time of the year could mean an emergency call and costly repairs.

HVAC pros will tell you that it’s important to repair your heating system early, when needed, to avoid sudden system breakdowns and increased repair costs. Additionally, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system will last. Check out these signs that you might have a furnace in need of repairs sooner rather than later.

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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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Does Your Ductless System Need Repair?

Monday, July 29th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-with-remoteDuctless systems are incredibly effective and efficient HVAC systems, and a leading choice for many homeowners throughout Chicagoland, particularly those renting out rooms or portions of their homes. It saves energy, and subsequently money!

But, ductless systems can run into trouble and require unique repairs—at least, if they are not professionally installed. These heating and cooling systems are meant to be convenient and easy to use, never suffering from ductwork-related problems because they don’t have any! But with improper installation, or inconsistent maintenance, you could potentially run into one of the following problems.

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Could Your AC Repair Need Actually be a Thermostat Issue?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

studio-shot-of-modern-thermostatThe thermostat: a small object designed to look unobtrusive on the wall of a home, and easy to think of as a very minor part in the operation of your air conditioner.

The truth of the matter is though, the thermostat is essentially the brain of your air conditioner, where homeowners send instructions to the cooling system and the blower fan.

Many homeowners, and maybe you’re included in this, don’t realize that even the smallest thermostat malfunction can create a number of problems for an air conditioner—a drop in cooling, a spike in utility bills… even a completely broken down system.

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Should You Consider Going Ductless?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

closeup-view-of-hand-turning-on-ductless-air-handlerThere are a number of options to go with when shopping for a new air conditioner. If you already have a central system in place and its aging, or you’re concerned it’s not working efficiently enough, then you may choose to go with an upgraded central system. But what if your ducts are also in bad shape? Should you replace those, too? Well, maybe—but what if we had another solution for you?

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It’s Never Too Early for an AC Tune-Up

Monday, April 8th, 2019

outside-air-conditioner-unitThe recommendation to schedule annual tune-ups for your cooling system can be an easy one to dismiss. After all, nothing is severely wrong with your air conditioner, so does it really need service? It’s never suffered a loss of cooling power or any other detrimental effects—by all accounts it’s working “just fine.”

But what if “just fine” isn’t good enough? What if your air conditioner actually isn’t working as efficiently as it could, and as a result is costing you more money than you should have to spend each month? We recommend maintenance because it helps prevent problems. We would love for you to never run into an emergency AC repair need, but the only way to help guarantee that is by taking proper care of the system.

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The Role, And Potential Danger, Of a Heat Exchanger

Monday, February 11th, 2019

inside-of-natural-gas-furnaceWe get it, when you see a professional Chicago HVAC company use the words “danger” and “heater” in the same post, it can be a little disconcerting! Not to worry though, heating systems—rather, gas-powered heating systems—are not inherently dangerous devices. This is something we must clear up right now—we don’t want you to feel like you’re constantly in danger just because you utilize your natural gas lines.

However, it’s extremely important for us to tell you that just like powerful appliances that create combustion gases, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it is not properly maintained.

That being said, we want to warn you about the most common cause for a gas furnace (at least, an aging one—in most cases) to become unsafe—because of a cracked heat exchanger. When we say aging, we mean about 15 years old. If your system is nearing this age, we’d recommend looking into a replacement soon regardless of whether you have a cracked heat exchanger or not, as an aging heater simply can’t perform as efficiently as it did near the beginning of its lifespan.

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Signs Your Commercial HVAC System Needs Repair

Monday, January 28th, 2019

commercial-hvac-work-on-rooftopIf someone asked you, “what’s the last thing you need right now”… well, you probably wouldn’t have a quick answer because that’s not a normal question. But we’re going to guess that if we answered “a broken down heater,” you’d agree!

This is especially true if you’re a business owner and we’re talking about a broken down commercial heater. You have enough to worry about without being concerned with losing business because of an HVAC problem. But if you neglect repair needs, you could certainly find yourself with a broken down system.

The good news is that we’re here to help if that does happen! In the meantime, we’d like to share some signs with you for you and your building’s occupants to watch out for. Should you become aware of these heating repair indicators, please give us a call right away so we can inspect and repair your system quickly.

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