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Which Furnace Is Better: Gas or Electric?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

technician servicing the inside of a furnaceWe doubt you needed a reminder, but winter is well on its way! Because our winter weather can range from pretty mild to bitterly cold, it’s best to be prepared for anything. This means making sure you’re caught up on heating system maintenance, amongst other home preparation tasks. And if you’re considering a new heater, we recommend a Glenview, IL furnace installation.

Since temperatures are already dipping pretty low, we understand that you may feel rushed to get whatever furnace you can find in your budget. But there are a number of factors to consider before you have a furnace put in, and we want to help you do your due diligence in deciding on a furnace. One factor in particular that you should take notice of is whether you want a gas furnace or an electric system.

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Is There Such a Thing As an Oversized or Undersized Furnace?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Short answer: Yes! There are a great many factors that need to be considered when installing a new furnace in your home, and size is one of them. Far too many homeowners think that if they can physically fit a certain furnace into their homes, then it will operate just fine. This is not true. If you install a furnace that is too large, or too small, then you are setting yourself up for a whole host of problems. Let’s take a look at those problems now.

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Reasons a Furnace Might Be Your Best Option for Heating Installation

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Furnaces are one of the oldest heating systems for homes. They’ve existed since the days when they used coal and wood to generate heat and were little more than stoves connected to pipes to carry air to different parts of a home. But furnaces have advanced with the times, and contemporary models that run on gas power remain the most common kind of heating system found in homes today.

When it comes to new heating installation for your home, a furnace is one of the best choices. Always make sure you consult with professionals before you make a decision, since a number of factors go into finding the right heating system to match a house. Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning has more than a century of handling furnace installation in Park Ridge, IL and throughout Chicagoland, so you should entrust us with the job of bringing you the best heating possible for your household.

The Advantages of a Furnace

There are many reasons that a furnace makes for an excellent choice for residential comfort. Here are few of them:

  • Heating power: In terms of thermal output, a natural gas furnace is one of most powerful of all heating systems. For coping with a tough Chicagoland winter, there are few heaters that can deliver levels of comfort as satisfying as a furnace.
  • Flexible fuel options: Furnaces can run from a variety of energy sources. Gas power is the most popular, since it’s convenient and energy-efficient. However, if you don’t have a gas line in your home, a furnace is still an option. Electric furnaces are less expensive to install and have the bonus of operating without risk of carbon monoxide leaking. Propane furnaces are also an alternative.
  • Energy efficiency: Natural gas furnaces are much less expensive to operate than other heating systems that either use stored heating fuels or electrical resistance heating. Newer high-efficiency furnaces can have AFUE ratings above 95%.

Call for Professional Furnace Installation in Park Ridge, IL

An appliance as large and complex as a furnace—no matter the type of energy it consumes—must receive installation work from trained professionals. This is especially important when it comes to a gas furnace; it is actually illegal for anyone except a licensed technician to work on installing a gas furnace.

For the furnace installation service you need to give your house great winter warmth for many winters to come, call the team at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment.

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How is Furnace Efficiency Rated?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

When you’re in the market for a new heating system, you want to make sure you get the best unit for your home and individual needs. For many, this means choosing a system that is not too costly to install. If this is your main criteria, you may be able to find many relatively inexpensive furnaces on the market. However, this should not be your only consideration when deciding on a new unit for furnace installation.

Here in Lincolnwood, IL, furnace efficiency should definitely be a factor in selecting a new furnace, as a more efficient system may help you save hundreds of dollars a year. Many people who have owned furnaces in the past may not realize that today’s systems are far more efficient than they once were. Advancements in technology have allowed manufacturers to create furnaces with very little heat loss provided you have a well-maintained duct system.

The U.S. government mandates that every furnace sold in the country is required to display vital information about the efficiency of the unit. Furnace efficiency is measured with the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). This is represented by a percentage which lets you know how much heat enters your home compared to the amount of energy it takes to run the unit.

This may be easier to understand by looking at some examples. All gas furnaces sold in the United States today must have an AFUE of 80% or higher. This is a step up from much older systems, which may sometimes have an AFUE closer to 50%. However, a furnace with an AFUE of 80% will still not be the most efficient system available. What this number means is that your unit uses 80% of the energy it consumes to heat your home, while the rest of the energy escapes elsewhere. And this number doesn’t even account for other sources of heat loss such as leaky ducts.

To find the most efficient furnaces, look for ones that carry the distinguished ENERGY STAR label. These meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s high standards for efficiency, and gas furnaces with this seal boast an AFUE of 90% or greater. For more information about efficiency and furnace installation service in Lincolnwood, IL, speak to one of our trained heating technicians at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Contact us today to schedule service.

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