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

What to Look for in a Heating Repair Technician

Monday, February 25th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceIt’s easy for an HVAC contractor to boast their good qualities. However, it’s not as easy to deliver on those promises. When you need a technician to come repair your heater, you deserve reliability and a job done right, from highly trained and experienced professionals. But how do you find a technician like this? We could tell you to just give us a call, but we want to encourage you to do your homework. Here’s a few qualities to look for in a trustworthy heating repair technician.

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Midwinter Furnace Woes to Watch Out For

Monday, December 31st, 2018

HVAC Return Air Wall Register VentWinter has just begun, but chances are you’re using your furnace every day. And of all the appliance repair needs you might have in your home throughout the course of a year, few are more concerning or frustrating than a broken down furnace in the middle of winter. After all, when you live where we do, a fully effective and efficient heater isn’t just a luxury, it’s a vital necessity.

Of course, the best way to prevent any surprise furnace repair in Northbrook, IL, the first step is to schedule routine maintenance in the fall. Haven’t scheduled your tune-up yet? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Yes, it’s most convenient for you to schedule it in the fall, but it’s actually more important that you have it done consistently—once a year to be exact. Next, you’ll want to make sure that any repair needs that you’re alerted to during maintenance are addressed right away. Otherwise, you may find yourself facing one of the two following midwinter furnace woes:

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What Happens During HVAC Maintenance?

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

technician accessing inside of air conditioning unitIf you’ve been reading blog posts on our site for even just a few months, then you’ve likely seen us mention the importance of maintenance before. We really can’t stress how important it is that you schedule this service for both your air conditioner and your heater each and every year to ensure your HVAC systems work at peak efficiency and for as long as possible.

And it’s easy to get started with a maintenance plan, you can just give us a call! Our maintenance session includes thoroughly cleaning your system, making recommendations for repairs and perhaps one of the most important HVAC services in Northbrook, IL–inspecting the system. But, what is involved in this inspection? What do technicians actually do during maintenance, particularly when they’re checking over the system—what do they look for?

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Does Your Heater Do This When You Turn It On?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

heating system venting outdoorsJust like anything else in your home, your heating system collects dust when it’s not in use. This is particularly true if you have a clogged air filter or if you don’t have a powerful enough air filter in place. What this means, is that when you go to turn on your furnace or heating system for the first time this year, the dust will burn off and you’ll likely smell an odor.

Another problem some homeowners face, at least if their system wasn’t maintained yet this year, is strange sounds when they turn on their system for the first time during the heating season. Whether you’re dealing with smells or sounds when you turn on your heater, we have pertinent advice for you. Keep reading!

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Tips for Staying Cool in Summer Heat

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatIf we could all afford to keep our air conditioners running at full blast all day every day during the summer, we would, right? But alas, that is just not feasible for most homeowners. The costs of running your air conditioning in Northbrook, IL day and night throughout the summer season are high, and it’s not that great for the environment, either! You will also wear out your air conditioner much faster than normal, and find having to replace the system years before you thought you would need to.

So, while setting your thermostat at the lowest possible temperature so that it will blast cold air out on you 24/7 is not the best option, are there still ways to stay cool other than using your cooling system? Yes, there are, and you can save energy by doing so too. Read on for some tips.

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Should You Go Ductless This Summer?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

bedroom with ductless air handler on wallThe ductless air conditioning and heating system isn’t a new concept—this type of heat pump system has been around for years, most popular in Europe and Japan, where homes and buildings quite often lack the space to put in bulky ductwork. It’s easy to add ductless air handlers to a few rooms and allow for an effective distribution of cooled (or heated) air.

Ductless systems have become an increasingly popular choice for air conditioning in Northbrook, IL recently. But does this type of air conditioner make sense for you and your home? Well, it just might! Let us help you take a look at when ductless cooling and heating make sense.

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Late Season Is No Time to Neglect Your Furnace

Monday, April 9th, 2018

furnace venting outsideWhen you live in the Chicagoland area, you get used to cold weather—so used to it that it can be in the 40s and 50s and yet we’re out in shorts and T-shirts (rain pending). So when spring officially hits, most of us are more than ready to shut off our furnaces for the season and turn our attention to our cooling systems.

But, while we do encourage scheduling AC maintenance as early as possible, we also discourage you from not giving your furnace another thought before you finish using it for the season. Your furnace may be experiencing issues that require Northbrook, IL furnace repair, and ignoring those issues can lead to full system breakdown when you need your furnace next fall. Keep reading for some warning signs you should watch out for that indicate something is amiss with your furnace, and call our team right away if you notice any of them in your heating system.

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Will I Save Money with a Geothermal System?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Using a geothermal system to heat and cool homes grows more popular as an option with each passing year. A geothermal heat pump offers homeowners a level of stability and dependability for comfort that they could not receive from a standard air-source heat pump. This is especially important in a place like Chicagoland, with our intense winters that put heavy stress on air-source heat pumps, but which won’t bother a geothermal system that has access to the stable temperatures in the earth below the frost line.

Another reason to consider installing a geothermal system in Northbrook, IL is that geothermal power can help you save money. Installing a geothermal system costs more than a standard heat pump because of the digging and extra material and equipment involved, and this sometimes causes potential customers to hesitate: will a geothermal installation save money in the long run? Our technicians at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, who have years of experience installing different kinds of heat pumps, can help answer that question.

How Geothermal Systems Save Money

The reason that geothermal heat pumps (also knowns as GHPs or ground-source heat pumps) are energy efficient is the same reason they work so well in temperature extremes: they access a reliable source of heat from underground so they will not need to overwork either to extract or deposit heat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, geothermal heat pumps can reach high efficiencies of 300% to 400% on even the coldest winter nights, compared to 175% to 250% for air-source heat pumps on only a cool day.

How much can this efficiency save you? We cannot provide an exact dollar amount, of course, because it depends on the size of your home, the geothermal system, and your pattern of heating and cooling. However, the Department of Energy estimates that the savings from a ground-source heat pump will allow it to earn back its installation cost in 5–10 years. When you consider that, according to the DOE, the average system life expectancy for a geothermal heat pump is 25 years for the inside components and more than 50 years for the ground loops, you will have at the minimum 15 years of excellent energy savings after the end of the payback period. In addition, geothermal systems often raise the value of a home, adding to the amount of money they return on their investment.

Contact Us for More Information About Geothermal Heat Pumps

There are so many reasons to consider installing a geothermal system in Northbrook, IL and other parts of Chicagoland that we cannot list them all in this space. We encourage you to give us a call at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning and take advantage of our many decades of work in heating and cooling to provide you with all the information you need to decide if you want geothermal installation for your home.

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Signs You Need Professional Duct Repair

Monday, October 13th, 2014

People often underestimate the importance of the ductwork in the HVAC system of their home. It’s easy to take for granted that the ducts will stay in good shape no matter what happens, since most of the time they are out of sight–and therefore out of mind.

However, ductwork that sustains damage from corrosion and age, or which received poor initial installation, will have a severe negative effect on how well your HVAC system operates. It can mean a drop in comfort and an increase the contamination that enters your indoor air. When your ducts have gaps, leaks, or bad connections, they must be taken care of with a professional duct repair service to restore their integrity and protect your comfort, budget, and health.

Look to experience when you need duct repair in Northbrook, IL and other parts of Chicagoland: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We have been in business so long that we are only two years younger than the invention of the air conditioner itself! We also offer 24-hour emergency service for your convenience.

Look for These Warnings That it’s Time for Duct Repair

  • Hot or cold spots: Broken ductwork will create spots in your house that are the wrong temperature from what you want. If you have the heater running during winter, but certain rooms still feel too frigid, you probably have busted ducts preventing proper airflow from reaching those rooms. The same problem applies in reverse to the summer, when you will notice abnormally warm rooms while the air conditioner is running.
  • Strange noises from the ductwork: As air flows through the ventilation system, the ducts will expand and contract with the changes in heat. An occasional “popping” noise when the heater or AC first comes on is normal. But loud rattling and shaking noises that happen continuously are warning you that the ducts are loose or damaged in some way and need repair work.
  • Higher utility bills: An HVAC system trying to send conditioned air through leaking or broken ductwork will have to battle uphill to reach its expected temperature. That means the system will draw more energy, and your heating and cooling bills will start to climb. If you notice a rise in your bills that you cannot account for because of increased use or a change in energy costs, you are either dealing with a malfunctioning comfort system or damaged ductwork. Call for HVAC professionals right away.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is a full-service company for home comfort, from AC and heater repairs to indoor air quality solutions. We can handle your needs for duct repair in Northbrook, IL: just give us a call at the first sign of trouble.

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How Maintenance Prevents the Need for Electric Furnace Repair

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

One of the advantages of electric furnaces for home heating is their flexibility. Because almost all homes are wired for electricity, electric furnaces are options everywhere. They are also safer than gas furnaces because they don’t pose any hazards from toxic or combustible gases. Although electric furnace models tend to be less energy-efficient than gas models, current technology is far superior to what it once was and makes electricity a competitive option for reduced energy use.

But perhaps the greatest advantage of electric furnaces is their longevity and durability. An electric furnace will often last 10 years longer than a gas furnace, and they need fewer repairs in general. However, they still require regular maintenance to help ward off repair calls. If you neglect regular maintenance for your electric furnace, you can’t expect it to give you a long and productive service life.

To help avoid unnecessary electric furnace repair in Northbrook, IL, arrange for annual furnace maintenance from HVAC professionals. The maintenance program at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning will see that your electric furnace is prepared for the winter. Call us today for more details.

The Importance of Maintenance for Preventing Furnace Repairs

Electric furnaces work through resistance heating: power runs through the coils of the heating elements inside the furnace cabinet, turning them hot, which in turn heats up the air which is then blown out through the ductwork. This places a great deal of stress on the heating elements, which can burn out if they are not regularly cared for and occasionally replaced. During maintenance, the technician will inspect the heating elements to make sure that none of them are in need of repairs of replacements in the near future.

The technician will also look over the whole electrical system that powers the furnace to make adjustments and tightenings. This will help ward off potential electrical failures that could shut down the entire system.

Another crucial part of an electric furnace that a technician investigates is the air handler: the blower fan responsible for sending the heated air from the cabinet and distributing it into the ventilation system. The technician will make sure the motors are lubricated and not dirty, and that none of the capacitors are on the verge of failing.

After the maintenance session is done, you will have a furnace that is in the best condition possible for the coming winter. If the technician does locate places that need preventive repairs, he or she will tell you about them and help you schedule the repair work that will fix them before the cold weather arrives.

Call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today and sign one of our Residential Maintenance Agreements. When you agree to have maintenance from us, you’ll actually need us less…since your furnace will keep working so well you shouldn’t need to contact us for repairs. However, in the event anything goes wrong, you can always count on us for fast electric furnace repair in Northbrook, IL.

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