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

Are You Heating Your Home as Efficiently as Possible?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

technician-working-on-heaterWe’re going to venture to guess that if you could find a way to increase your comfort within your home while lowering your heating bill simultaneously, you’ll take the chance to do so. The good news is that you absolutely can, and it doesn’t take much effort! There are ways to use your heating system more efficiently so you can maintain home comfort but not spend an arm and a leg on your heating efforts. Keep reading to learn more.

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Is Your Home Well Prepared for Spring?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Family of four, including mother, father, and son and daughter sits in front of their beautiful home. They are proud and smiling to be in such a great place.With temperatures still on the chilly side, we’re likely to still see some snow well into spring, but if you’ve lived in the Glenview area for even just a year, you know that heat waves can surprise us, and therefore it’s essential that you be ready for one. There are a number of maintenance tasks to do around your home to get it ready for spring, some of which will help your HVAC systems work more effectively and efficiently.

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You Should Consider Installing a Boiler System This Fall

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Heating season is here, and for some of us that means it’s time to consider installing a new heating system for our homes. If you’re one of those homeowners looking for a new heating solution, consider installing a boiler system this fall. Let’s take a look at how a boiler system operates, and how it can benefit you.

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Why You Need Duct Repair This Fall

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Heating season is here, and most of us are going to be using our heating systems on a daily basis for the next few months. That means that it’s a good idea to take steps to get your home ready for winter now, before the worst cold weather hits. One of the most important preparations that you can take is to have your ducts repaired. Unfortunately, far too few homeowners know why this is so important. Let’s take a look at how duct repairs can both make your home more comfortable and save you money in the process.

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Furnace Issues to Watch for This Season

Monday, October 5th, 2015

We are now moving into heating season, which means it is time to start keeping an eye out for potential problems with your heating system. If you are one of those homeowners with a furnace, as is the case with most people, read on for a list of some of the more common furnace problems. If you notice any of these issues affecting your furnace, call for repairs as soon as you can.

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Do Ductless Systems Need Maintenance Twice as Often as Other Systems?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

We’re almost to the end of summer, and for people who use normal air conditioning systems that means that it’s time to turn them off for another year. Ductless systems, however, work a bit differently. Ductless mini splits are able to act as both heating and air conditioning systems, which means that you’ll likely keep using your ductless system on a regular basis all the way through winter. This also means that you’ll have to treat your system differently than more traditional climate control systems, starting with maintenance. Read on to find out whether ductless systems need maintenance more often than other systems.

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Why You Should Schedule Fall Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Fall is almost upon us, and soon you’ll be turning off your air conditioner for another year. Though you may not be using your heating system right away, you should be sure to schedule maintenance for it before the winter begins. This is because the added stress of daily use during the winter will make it far more likely for problems to occur in your system. Let’s take a look at the benefits of fall heating maintenance.

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Why You Should Consider Installing a Ductless Heating System

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Heating season is just about here, and it’s time to start thinking about your plans for keeping your home warm throughout the fall and winter. While central heating is always an option, you should consider the advantages of a ductless heating system. Let’s take a look at what a ductless heating system is, and the advantages that it can offer you.

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3 Ways Heat Pump Installation Can Benefit You

Monday, April 6th, 2015

As we move out of the winter season and into spring, people are starting to think less about their heating systems and more about their air conditioners. While it is totally understandable to become more focused on staying cool as the days get warmer, there is a way to address both heating and cooling concerns at once: installing a heat pump in your home. Let’s have a look at 3 of the ways that installing a heat pump can benefit you.

Heating and Cooling Modes

All heat pumps are capable of working in both heating and cooling modes. This is due to the way they operate, which involves evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. In heating mode, the heat pump will absorb thermal energy from the outside air and bring it inside to heat the home. In cooling mode, the heat pump reverses the flow of refrigerant to absorb heat from inside and release it outside. By installing a heat pump, you are saving thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on separate heating and cooling systems.

Energy Savings

Because a heat pump simply moves preexisting heat from one space to another, it has no need to burn any sort of fuel. This makes it one of the most energy-efficient heating systems on the market. A heat pump will pay for itself in savings within a few years of installation, after which any money saved on your heating bill goes directly into your pocket. If you’re looking for a way to lower your home’s operating costs, a heat pump is a great option.

Going “Green”

Any combustion-based system, especially one that uses natural gas, is going to create a number of byproducts that are then vented into the atmosphere during operation. These include the deadly gas carbon monoxide. A heat pump does not produce any of these gases, making it safe both for you and the environment.

If you would like to know more about heat pumps, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide heat pump services throughout Chicago, IL.

 

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How Zone Systems Help with Heating

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

One of the drawbacks of a standard forced-air central heater—such as a furnace or heat pump—is that it is an “all or nothing” device: when it comes on, it sends heated air to every room connected to the ventilation system, regardless of whether the room actually requires heat at the time. For smaller homes, this is often not a serious issue. But for larger ones, heating rooms needlessly contributes to significant energy waste during the year.

There is a solution to this problem that doesn’t involve using a completely different type of heater: you can have heating experts install a zone control system in your house. Zone control divides up the ventilation system into separate regions (or zones) using dampers inside the ducts, each of which connects to a local thermostat. The dampers can shut off heat to their zones, allowing for specific heat control. If you are interested in having zone control installed with a new heater, or if you want your current HVAC system retro-fit for zone control, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today and speak to our Evanston, IL heating professionals.

Here are some of the ways that zone control will benefit a home’s heating:

  • Energy saving: Keeping a home warm in the Chicagoland area can get expensive during the winter. Using zone control lets you cut back on these cost by only providing warmth for occupied rooms. This is especially beneficial for larger homes, or homes that have a guest room that only receives use for short periods of time during the year.
  • Individual comfort: People have differing climate needs; an indoor temperature that may feel too warm to one person will feel too cold to another. This makes it difficult to please everyone within one household. With zone control, the people in a house can adjust the temperatures to fit their own comfort needs wherever they are by simply setting the local thermostat.
  • Even heating distribution: Zone control grants you finer control over how heat spreads out through a home, making it easier to have even levels of comfort. For example, if you heat the upstairs and the downstairs with separate zones, you can heat the upstairs first, then shut it off and heat the downstairs; the heat from the downstairs will rise to the second floor, providing even heat instead of making the upstairs too hot.

Also keep in mind that if your air conditioning uses the same sets of ducts as your heater, you will have zone control for your cooling during the summer as well.

If you would like to find out more about zone control and how it can benefit your home, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We have provided Evanston, IL with heating excellence for more than a century.

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