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

Boosting Heating Efficiency in the Last Stretch of Winter

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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In our last blog post, we talked about the differences in AFUE rating (energy rating) between gas and electric furnaces. If you read it, then you know the one that will be more efficient for your home depends on a number of factors. But whether you have a gas or electric furnace, there are some steps you can take to boost the efficiency even more, and subsequently save money.

The first step we’re going to share with you is this: schedule maintenance! Yes, this is a service we typically recommend in the fall, before you need your system the most. But the fact of the matter is that consistent maintenance is key to helping your heater work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

So let’s say you’ve got the maintenance part down, what else can you do to use your heater more efficiently before warm springtime temperatures arrive?

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Electric vs. Gas: Which Type of Furnace is More Efficient?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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If it’s this late into the winter season and you’re just now looking into having a new heater installed, chances are that something happened to your current one—and you’re in a bit of a rush to replace it. We get it. You want to get back to the comfort that you’re used to. But this really isn’t a decision you should rush! Plus this gives you a good opportunity to decide whether you want to stick with the fuel source you’ve always relied on, or go with something more efficient.

So what is more efficient? Answering this can be a little tricky, since efficiency is a rating of the heating output of your furnace compared to the amount of energy it actually uses. But this does not necessarily mean that a furnace with a higher efficiency rating will use less energy and therefore cost less to run, because an electric furnace could have a higher efficiency rating (called AFUE, which we’ll touch on more below) than a different model of gas furnace, but in general gas is a more affordable fuel source.

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Considering a New Heater? Go the Radiant Route

Monday, February 12th, 2018

radiant heater pipesMost homes in our area, and even throughout the country, use some form of forced-air system such as a furnace to keep warm during the cooler months. This is what most homeowners are familiar with, and it’s a very good option for some homes, which is why so many people use furnaces and heat pumps. However, it’s not the only option for your home heating solutions!

Radiant heating has become increasingly popular in recent years, though it’s actually been around for quite a while! In fact, the ancient Romans even used a form of radiant heat. It is a great option for those looking for a different, perhaps more efficient, way to heat their home. Keep reading to learn more about this Park Ridge, IL HVAC system, how it operates, and how it can benefit your household.

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Common Furnace Problems if You Skip Maintenance

Monday, October 9th, 2017

technician working on the inside of a furnaceFall is officially here, and cooler temperatures are soon to follow. Now is the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance in Chicago, IL. This is one of the most important services you can schedule for your heating system, for many reasons.

Regular maintenance is an essential part of ensuring your comfort as well as the integrity of your furnace. There are a number of benefits to not only scheduling annual tune-ups for this important piece of equipment, but also enrolling in a maintenance program so that your HVAC technicians can keep up on scheduling your appointments for you year after year. Keep reading to learn what can happen to your furnace if you skip maintenance.

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