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

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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Ductless Systems Come With These Unique Needs

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.Ductless systems are among the most popular options these days for heating and cooling in modern homes. Rather than operating via a series of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless system breaks up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute that system throughout your home in the form of individual air handlers mounted on the walls of the rooms they’re needed in.

This helps with efficiency by allowing you to have zone controlled heating and cooling in your home, among other important benefits. But what’s also important to recognize about ductless systems is they can have unique repair needs. We aren’t saying this to discourage you from installing this type of system, but rather to stress the importance of professional ductless services, such as installation and maintenance. Read on to learn more about these unique needs.

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Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning Food & Toiletries Drive Benefits Niles Township Food Pantry this December

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

DECEMBER 1, 2018—SKOKIE, IL—Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning recently announced plans to conduct an area-wide food and toiletries collections drive this December to coincide with Niles Township Food Pantry Awareness Month. Donated items will be delivered by Shavitz employees to the Niles Township Food Pantry, which provides food and personal hygiene items to more than 1,800 Niles Township families every month.

Tony Araque & Bronson Shavitz

In addition to accepting donations at its corporate headquarters at 4849 Main St. in Skokie, Shavitz’s service technicians in Cook and Lake Counties will be accepting customer donations of canned food, other non-perishable items, and toiletries.  Customers will receive $1 off their service for each donated item, up to $20, according to owner Bronson Shavitz, a fourth-generation owner of the company established in 1904.

At Shavitz, our community comes first,” he said. “The winter can be a very difficult time of year for struggling families, and we are happy to unite Shavitz customers to support this important cause.”

As the need to feed the community grew over the years, so did the lines in the Niles Township Food Pantry, which completed a major renovation earlier this year. Today, the new spacious pantry allows for up to 20 shoppers at a time making for a smooth and easy experience. There are over 30 racks lined with baked goods and canned food items, grocery store-style refrigerators filled with eggs and dairy, and an abundance of fresh produce too.  Best of all, clients are empowered by the opportunity to self-select their food, complementing the pantry’s motto to “Serving Food with Dignity.”

“Right now, there are children and young adults in our community who are going to bed and to school hungry,” said Niles Township Food Pantry Director Tony Araque. “We rely on the generosity of businesses like Shavitz to help our neighbors in need who live right here in Niles Township.”

For more information on the Shavitz food drive, visit https://www.shavitz.com/ or call (847) 973-5834. For information on the Niles Township Food Pantry, volunteer opportunities, or how you can make a monetary donation, visit www.nilestownshipgov.com or call (847) 673-9300.

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It’s That Time of Year: Schedule Heating Maintenance Today

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.We get it, heating maintenance is one of those recommendations that is easy to dismiss. After all, isn’t it just a luxury service for those people who can afford it? You don’t actually need maintenance, right?

Wrong. In fact, we’d venture to say you can’t afford to go without maintenance. Preventive tune-ups are one of the most important Glenview HVAC services you can get for your heater. It helps the system last longer, reduces repair needs, keeps your heater functional for as long as possible, and increases home safety.

But we understand you might not take that at face value. Keep reading to learn what exactly HVAC maintenance entails and why it’s so important for your heating system and your home.

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