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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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What Goes On During AC Maintenance?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Technician is checking air conditionerIf you’ve been following our blog regularly, then you know we talk about maintenance a lot. This is due to how important of a service it is. Many homeowners think this is a sort of “luxury” service that people who can afford it get for their HVAC systems. But air conditioning maintenance in Park Ridge, IL is actually a necessity, for a number of reasons.

First off, it helps our technicians spot small problems with your cooling system before they grow into much larger ones. In turn, it helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is great news for your wallet. But what actually happens during AC maintenance? What does this service provide?

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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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Do You Need Commercial HVAC Repairs?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

air conditioning installation on rooftopThere are few things more disconcerting than a broken-down heater in the dead of an Illinois winter. This is especially the case if we’re talking about your business or commercial property, as opposed to your home. While at home you have a few family members to worry about, in a commercial property you  have dozens or potentially even hundreds of occupants whose comfort is your responsibility.

The good news is that when you do need commercial Park Ridge, IL HVAC service , we are the team to call. In fact, you should be sure to schedule annual maintenance with us for your heater, and for your air conditioner, as this is the best way to keep repairs at bay. But when you do need those commercial HVAC repairs, we’re the team to trust. We can diagnose whatever problem you have and resolve them accordingly.

But how do you know when to call for Commercial HVAC repairs?

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Midwinter Furnace Troubles to Watch Out For

Monday, January 15th, 2018

man wearing turtleneck looking very cold standing in front of a thermostatThere aren’t many appliance repair needs that are more concerning than a broken down furnace right in the middle of winter. When you live in our climate, it’s vital that you have a fully operational and efficient heater in your home. To accomplish this, you want to make sure you schedule annual maintenance as needed. Or, if you’re using a heat pump, this should be twice a year.

Next, you’ll want to make sure that you fixed any small Park Ridge, IL furnace repair needs you were made aware of during maintenance. If you skipped this step, however, then you may run into one of the two repair issues we tend to get the most calls for this time of year—either a furnace that won’t start up, or one that won’t stop running. Read on to learn about what’s happening in either scenario.

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Is Your Heater Ready for Cooler Weather?

Monday, September 25th, 2017

gloved hands working on heating system cabinetWeather is cooling off quickly here in the Chicagoland area. We may still get a warm day here or there, but for the most part, it’s time to take our attention off our air conditioners and turn it to our heaters. Now is the ideal time to schedule heater maintenance in Park Ridge, IL. Sure, there are a few small maintenance tasks you can do on your own (such as regularly changing the air filter), but full maintenance that makes a difference to your heating system must be left to professionals.

Only a trained and experienced technician can handle the various tasks required, like inspecting motors and electrical connections, plus thoroughly cleaning coils and moving parts. You can rely on our staff to provide your heating system with top quality maintenance!

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How You Can Receive Better Heating for Your Business

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Is the inside of your business not warm enough when the temperature outside drops? Are you hearing complaints from employees or clientele about cold spots or rooms that just aren’t comfortable? Then you should consider calling commercial HVAC specialists to help you improve your company’s heating system, or look into a replacement heater.

There are a number of different solutions for a business that isn’t receiving the proper level of heating necessary to keep it a productive and pleasant space for everyone. When you contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, Chicagoland’s trusted name in heating and AC since 1904, you’ll learn about the many options you have to receive better heating. We provide numerous services for commercial HVAC in Park Ridge, IL, and we would like to make you part of our family of satisfied customers.

Here are some ideas to consider for improving your commercial heating:

  • New thermostats: Yes, sometimes the answer is this simple. If you have outdated thermostats over ten years old, they can result in efficient and uneven heating around a building. New thermostats can not only make heating better, they will also help you save money with their precision performance and programmable features.
  • Adding new rooftop units: If your business uses rooftop packaged heat pumps for comfort, you can always add a new unit. These systems are designed to be modular, and if your business isn’t getting enough heat, it might be time to put in a second (or third, or fourth) rooftop unit.
  • Schedule routine maintenance: The decline in heating power may be due to the system running down because it hasn’t received annual inspections and tune-up from HVAC professionals. Call on a dependable commercial heating and cooling contractor and sign up for the regular maintenance that will keep the system in great shape each year.
  • Replace the heating system: The most drastic step—but one that is sometimes necessary—is to replace the inadequate heater with a new one. This may mean some disruption to your business, but if you hire skilled commercial experts, it should be minimal and your company will have a new heating system working to keep it warm in no time at all.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is glad to help your business receive excellent quality heating. Our many services can take care of repairs, replacements, thermostat installations, or whatever else you may need. For commercial HVAC in Park Ridge, IL, we are the people to call.

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Here’s Why You Should Never Try to Repair a Gas Furnace Yourself

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

When something in your home needs repair, it may seem like an opportune time to take on an exciting new project by yourself. Replacing a loose doorknob, adjusting a crooked cabinet door, or reinforcing a shaky table leg are all jobs that are relatively simple for a homeowner to do with the proper tools and perhaps some helpful information on the internet. But repairing a broken gas furnace is never as simple as screwing in a door handle.

In today’s guide, learn why gas furnace repair in Park Ridge, IL, is a job reserved for professionals, like the friendly folks at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

The Issue May Not Be What You Think

One of the most important reasons to leave furnace repair up to a professional is that the part that you believe is broken may not necessarily be the part that’s causing trouble. Guides and tutorials online can give you a few reasons as to why your furnace is making noise or why you only feel limited heating. But any number of parts can contribute to a single problem, and replacing the part you believe is at fault may end up proving a waste of money. For example, you may think you need to replace the draft inducer when you system shuts off after only a few minutes of heating, when the problem could actually be with the air pressure switch, a less costly replacement part.

Repairing a Gas Furnace on Your Own Is Expensive

Perhaps you own a set of tools found standard in most homes, like a set of screwdrivers and a hammer. Or maybe you’re the type of homeowner with an array of tools like socket wrenches, torque wrenches, and hacksaws. But even so, chances are that you do not own all of the tools necessary for gas furnace repair. Experts carry the costly specialized equipment that can detect improper voltage, poor air pressure, and other problems you cannot perceive visually.

Professionals Know the Safest Way to Work with a Gas Line

Professionals also know the safest ways to repair a gas heating installation without the potential for gas leaks or carbon monoxide leaks. Technicians will take the time to inspect your equipment thoroughly before and after a repair to check for any potential danger, while an amateur may not always know what to look for.

Call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment for professional furnace repair service in Park Ridge, IL, a company trusted for heating and air conditioning repair since 1904.

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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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Is a Boiler a Wise Choice for Installation in a New Home?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

There are a lot of choices out there for home heating systems – so many that it can be confusing to determine which kind of system is best for your home. Working with a trained professional can go a long way toward helping you determine what system is right for you; additionally, understanding the basics of different systems is also helpful. Today we’re going to review boiler systems, and we’ll outline some of the benefits these systems can provide. If you have questions about the installation of a boiler in Park Ridge, IL, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with one of our trained experts.

How Does a Boiler Work?

Boilers are part of a hydronic heating system – a system that uses hot water (or the steam from hot water) to heat your home. The water is heated by a flame that is commonly fueled by either gas or oil (fuel can also be a solid fuel, like wood or wood pellets) via a heat exchanger. Once the water heats to the right temperature, it is pumped through a system of pipes that connect to the distribution outlets, which can be radiators, baseboard heaters or hydronic floor heating. When the water cools, it circulates back to the boiler for the next heating cycle.

What Are the Benefits of a Boiler?

Boilers offer a number of benefits which make them worth considering:

  • Good energy efficiency – today’s boilers have become quite energy efficient – as high as 90% – making them an option for many homeowners.
  • Even heating – the heat that emanates from a distribution outlet in a hydronic system is gradual: as such, the heat can feel more comfortable than forced hot air.
  • No dust circulation – because a boiler system is a closed system, you don’t have to worry about circulating dust. This can be especially helpful for families with allergy sufferers.
  • Quiet operation – the only noise a boiler makes is when it is heating up the water; otherwise, the distribution and heating are silent.
  • Easy to zone – if you want to establish different heating zones in your household, this can be easily achieved with the piping system of a boiler.

Boilers have been around for a long time, which can sometimes give the impression that they may not be as good or advanced as other heating systems; this simply isn’t true. Boilers have benefited from advances in technology just as other heating systems, so if you are contemplating the installation of a new boiler for your home in Park Ridge IL, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment!

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