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

Don’t Ignore These End-of-Season Furnace Noises

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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It’s the end of the heating season, and you’re probably just about ready to shut your furnace down in favor of your cooling system, right? Before you do that though, it’s important to make sure you address any heating repair needs you might have, so that you don’t find yourself with an inefficient or even completely broken down furnace next fall when you need the system again.

One of the most apparent signs that something is amiss with your furnace is loud, unfamiliar noises. Now, your furnace is always going to make some noise. You’re probably even used to the standard sounds you hear from it… like the whir of the motor starting up for the blower fan or the whoosh of the air coming through the vents.

However, you know the typical noises you hear on a daily basis better than anyone. So if your furnace starts making unfamiliar or loud noises, it’s time to give our team a call for repairs. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs we get called for and what they might mean.

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Pay Attention to These Ominous Furnace Symptoms

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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There’s no question that Skokie winters are cold. Even the most mild of winter conditions in our area require a fully functional, efficiently operating heating system. So, if your furnace has started showing signs of struggle as we close in on the end of the heating season, it can be very disconcerting.

Of course, if you had maintenance done this past fall, and followed up on any repair needs that we alerted you to, then you probably won’t have any problems with your furnace. But if it’s showing any signs of disrepair, the best thing you can do for your system is give us a call. But what are these signs?

Read on as we uncover some of the most ominous furnace symptoms out there.

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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.

Read on to learn more!

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The Information Every Electric Furnace Owner Needs to Know

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Do you have an electric furnace in your home keeping you and your family warm? Great! These are powerful systems that can work very effectively and efficiently, as long as they’re well cared for. This means staying on top of your heating maintenance needs—each year, our professionals come out to clean, inspect, and adjust your furnace and ensure that it has no pending repair needs.

However, there’s always a chance that something will go amiss with your electric furnace, even between maintenance sessions. This is especially true for aging furnaces. If you do notice that your electric furnace isn’t quite working as it should, give us a call! We’re here to help. We also want to share with you signs that your electric furnace may be struggling. Read on for the information you need to know!

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Should You Invest in an Electric Furnace?

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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If you’re shopping for a new furnace this time of year, there’s no doubt that this is something you need very soon. However, choosing a new heater for your home isn’t a decision you should make lightly or hastily. Today’s technology gives you so many choices when it comes to effective heating. So if you’ve been using a gas-powered system or even space heaters, then you may not know that there are electric heating options that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to operate.

Homeowners often ask us if electric furnaces have what it takes to keep Chicagoland residents warm. Read on as we answer that and dive into more information about electric furnaces that will help you make an educated decision about your next heating installation.

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Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Furnace

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Saying goodbye to your heating system is never fun, but there comes a time in every homeowner’s life where it becomes inevitable. We understand that the process of buying a new furnace can be overwhelming, since new furnaces can be a bit expensive, and having technicians working inside your home isn’t exactly the most convenient thing ever. But allow us to be the ones to say, it’s worth it in the end.

That said, do you know what signs to watch out for that indicate it’s even time for a furnace upgrade? There are actually quite a few signs, which we’ll get into below. Remember, whether you need a repair or replacement, we’re the team to trust for the job.

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Prevent Allergy Suffering with These Indoor Air Quality Tips

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

woman-sitting-on-her-couch-blowing-her-nose-in-tissueHow much do you know about your home’s indoor air quality? The most important thing for you to know is that it’s worse than the quality of your outdoor air—at least this is the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

Indoor air quality issues are often attributed to allergy symptoms—coughing, sneezing, wheezing, etc. Even the healthiest person can suffer. But it’s especially awful for those who already have seasonal allergies or asthma. The problem is that today’s homes are built very tightly to conserve energy—which is great for your HVAC systems—and as such dust, dirt, and other debris get trapped in the home and circulate continuously through your air. Another problem is that dust and debris gets trapped in your air ducts, too. So what can you do?

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Can Your Furnace Replacement Wait Until Next Year?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceWinter has been over for a while. We’re now finally starting to get to enjoy the warmer weather and tune-up our air conditioners to prep them for higher temps. As such, you might not be thinking very much about your furnace. But, should you?

Well, if it struggled at all to do its job this past winter, yes. And if you’ve needed to call for repairs in order to keep it running? Also yes. What about if it’s older than a decade?

You probably see where this is going…

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Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning Food & Toiletries Drive Benefits Niles Township Food Pantry this December

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

DECEMBER 1, 2018—SKOKIE, IL—Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning recently announced plans to conduct an area-wide food and toiletries collections drive this December to coincide with Niles Township Food Pantry Awareness Month. Donated items will be delivered by Shavitz employees to the Niles Township Food Pantry, which provides food and personal hygiene items to more than 1,800 Niles Township families every month.

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In addition to accepting donations at its corporate headquarters at 4849 Main St. in Skokie, Shavitz’s service technicians in Cook and Lake Counties will be accepting customer donations of canned food, other non-perishable items, and toiletries.  Customers will receive $1 off their service for each donated item, up to $20, according to owner Bronson Shavitz, a fourth-generation owner of the company established in 1904.

At Shavitz, our community comes first,” he said. “The winter can be a very difficult time of year for struggling families, and we are happy to unite Shavitz customers to support this important cause.”

As the need to feed the community grew over the years, so did the lines in the Niles Township Food Pantry, which completed a major renovation earlier this year. Today, the new spacious pantry allows for up to 20 shoppers at a time making for a smooth and easy experience. There are over 30 racks lined with baked goods and canned food items, grocery store-style refrigerators filled with eggs and dairy, and an abundance of fresh produce too.  Best of all, clients are empowered by the opportunity to self-select their food, complementing the pantry’s motto to “Serving Food with Dignity.”

“Right now, there are children and young adults in our community who are going to bed and to school hungry,” said Niles Township Food Pantry Director Tony Araque. “We rely on the generosity of businesses like Shavitz to help our neighbors in need who live right here in Niles Township.”

For more information on the Shavitz food drive, visit https://www.shavitz.com/ or call (847) 973-5834. For information on the Niles Township Food Pantry, volunteer opportunities, or how you can make a monetary donation, visit www.nilestownshipgov.com or call (847) 673-9300.

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What Are the Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Ducts used to be a necessary part of any air conditioning and forced-air heating system. But the invention of the ductless mini split changed that. At first popular in businesses such as restaurants and bars, the ductless mini split eventually entered residential use, and more and more homes are taking advantage of the benefits they offer.

If you are interested in ductless heating and cooling for your home, call up Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We have more than a century of helping homes stay comfortable in Skokie, IL, and ductless mini split system installation is one of the many jobs we handle. Our technicians will be glad to answer any questions you may have and schedule whatever services you require.

Some of the advantages of a ductless mini split

  • Heating and cooling: Because ductless mini splits are heat pumps, they offer the same dual-function benefit of working as either a heater or an air conditioner.
  • Better energy efficiency: Ductwork is a source of energy loss in an HVAC system. During hot weather, heat enters the ducts and raises the temperature of the cooled air; during cold weather, heat escapes from the heated air through the ducts. A ductless mini split gets rid of this major source of energy loss by eliminating ducts entirely.
  • Improved indoor air quality: Along with permitting energy loss, ductwork also contributes to a drop in indoor air quality because it is a source of dust and dirt contamination. Without any ducts to collect particles that will get blown into the air, a ductless mini split will help you improve your home’s indoor air quality. This is especially helpful if you have people with allergy and asthma living in your home.
  • Space-saving: Ductless mini splits are great choices for new home construction and remodeling since they remove the need to put in large ductwork into the walls and ceilings. Not only will you have more space, but you’ll also have greater freedom to design the house or room you want.

A ductless mini split isn’t always the right choice for a home, and so you should consult with professional installers before making any firm decision about your home’s heating or cooling. Our team at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning will be glad to assist you with a ductless mini split system in Skokie, IL and the surrounding areas, and we will help you decide if installing one is your best option. Give us a call today.

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