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We're a family-operated business that strives to provide a helpful, friendly environment for our clients while giving back to the surrounding communities. We are honest, and we stand by the quality of our work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

McHenry Heating & Air offers residential and commercial HVAC services 24 hours a day.

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Our customers have trusted us to keep them comfortable since 1928. We repair and maintain all brands of furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners, and we install energy-efficient systems to save on energy costs. We provide 24/7/365 emergency service, and our technicians are all background checked and drug tested.

Ravinia Plumbing, Heating & Electric repairs, maintains, and installs boilers, furnaces, air conditioning systems, internet-controlled thermostats, humidifiers, air cleaners, air purifiers, radiant and geothermal heating systems, zoning, and duct work.

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I love helping our customers in any way I can. Whether it's just a small repair or a complete home installation, we're always there for you, 24 hours a day. Our motto is: 'Large enough to serve, small enough to care.'

Besco Air offers products from Trane, Rheem, and Florida Heat Pump.

847-388-5260
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Whether it's a furnace or air conditioning issue you're having, we're the company to call for fast, reliable service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you trust the experts at ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling & Electric, you can Consider It Done, just like thousands of homeowners have every year since 1948.

ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling & Electric offers a range of residential heating and air conditioning services for all brands of equipment.

847-241-2696
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Since 1904, Shavitz HVAC has operated by the same motto: 'Do right by the customer.' We provide highly trained, uniformed, drug-tested, and background-checked technicians with the latest tools and detailed checklists to ensure quality. Our employees strive to keep your home or business comfortable and save you money.

Shavitz HVAC provides a range of services for residential and commercial customers, including 24/7 repair services and the design, installation, and maintenance of air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, thermostats, high-efficiency equipment, air cleaners, and humidifiers.

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Blue Frost is a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate professionals who believe that Your Comfort and Safety is Our Business. Our pursuit of excellence exceeds that of industry standards. We provide one-of-a-kind customer service, high-quality workmanship, and commitment to our customers' satisfaction.

Blue Frost provides maintenance, installation and 24/7 emergency repair of residential and commercial HVAC equipment, boilers and water heaters.

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At One Hour, our mission states: 'We serve people with the highest degree of honesty and business integrity.' Every day, our company lives up to this challenge. We strive to exceed each customer's needs by providing excellent HVAC service and only hiring the most competent, friendly, and trustworthy technicians in the business.

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning repairs, maintains, and installs furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, air handlers, and boilers.

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Intelligent has been providing unparalleled service to homeowners in the Chicago area since 1982. We pride ourselves on employing the best, most highly trained plumbing, heating, and cooling technicians in the country. We believe in serving at the highest level, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

Intelligent Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning offers a full range of residential HVAC services, including repair, installation, and maintenance of furnaces, air conditioners, thermostats, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers.

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OneStop Pro was founded in 2007 with a mission to deliver the best service and workmanship in the plumbing, HVAC, and electric fields for homeowners and business owners in DuPage County. To accomplish this, we built OneStop Pro around the needs and desires of our clients and our skilled team members.

OneStop Pro Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric repairs and installs HVAC equipment for residential and commercial customers.

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Since 1911, our highly trained staff has delivered service that regularly earns repeat business and referrals. Our HVAC, plumbing, and energy solutions help homeowners enjoy the healthiest homes possible. People know us by our bright yellow trucks, but it's the quality and 100 percent satisfaction guarantee that help us stand out.

Air. Water. Energy. (A.W.E.) installs, repairs, and maintains residential and commercial HVAC equipment and indoor air quality systems.
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About Metro-Chicago Heating & Air Conditioning Companies

Chicago residents experience the full range of our planet’s glorious four seasons—including hot summers and cold, snowy winters. And when the temperatures spike or the snow starts to fall, the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a malfunctioning HVAC system. Both air conditioning and heating in Chicago is, after all, a must-have.

Regardless of the type of system your home is equipped with, heaters and air conditioners need periodic service to ensure that they can do their job efficiently. Don’t leave your HVAC system to just anyone—hire a reputable Best Pick Chicago air conditioning and heating pro!

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When to replace your heater or air conditioning system

It’s not fun to watch your heating and cooling bills steadily increase, but if your home’s furnace or boiler is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, you may be doing just that.

Gas and electric furnaces typically last around 20 years, with electric models trending toward the higher end of the range (and even surpassing it by as much as another 10 years).

Boiler heating systems have a lifespan of approximately 15 years. Electric boilers typically don’t last quite as long—usually about 10 years.

Central air conditioning systems usually last 15 to 20 years.

As heating and air conditioning systems age, they begin to lose efficiency, which negatively impacts both the environment and your bank account. But since replacing your HVAC system can be a costly project, be sure that you know when your system needs maintenance and when it’s time to research replacement contractors.

In some cases, a boiler or furnace retrofit can help you eke out a few more years of use; in others, your best bet will be to replace the system entirely. The important thing to remember is to not jump to any conclusions before you talk to a pro.

Quick HVAC system troubleshooting

If your HVAC system is still within its predicted lifespan but showing signs of age or inefficiency (running too often, making strange noises, or turning off unexpectedly, for example), here are a few troubleshooting tips to try while you wait for your heating and air contractor to arrive:

  1. Change the furnace filter. Filters should be changed every three months; monthly if you share your home with furry family members or people with allergies. Dirty furnace filters can obstruct airflow, which forces your system to work harder than necessary.
  2. Check your thermostat settings. Try your best to keep your thermostat set to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. This will prevent your HVAC system from overworking, and you’ll save money on your utility bills.
  3. Adjust supply vents. Avoid closing supply vents to rooms, even if they’re seldom used. Closed supply vents can cause your system to work too hard, which drives up running costs and shortens its lifespan.

Even if replacing a filter or opening a few supply vents seems to fix the problem, you should still have a reputable HVAC technician check out your system. Strange noises and odors, in particular, are cause for immediate attention—after you’ve turned the system off, of course.

Whether you’re taking steps to boost the efficiency and lifespan of your existing system or springing for a brand-new setup, the most important thing you can do to ensure you have heat and cool air when you want it is to commit to a consistent service schedule.

Aim to have your air conditioning and heating system serviced twice per year: once in the early fall, before the cold weather hits Chicago hard; and once again in early to mid-spring, before temperatures start to climb.

The Best Picks for Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago

At Best Pick Reports, our dedicated survey team talks to Chicago homeowners every year to identify the very best heating and air conditioning contractors in your area.

Best Pick companies truly are the best of the best—and we make sure of that. All Best Picks are annually vetted for high-quality work and stellar customer service, and we verify all state-required licenses and insurance, too. This intense qualification process ensures that we bring you top-notch home service companies near you, and we’re proud to present that information in a format that is clear and easy to use.

Call a Best Pick heating and air conditioning pro in Chicago, and we guarantee that you’ll have a fantastic experience from beginning to end.

Chicago Service Areas

Best Pick Reports serves the Chicagoland metropolitan area across several counties including Cook County, Dupage County, Lake County, and Will County. Best Pick contractors serve many localities within this region including Chicago city proper, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Milton, Hanover, Maine, Skokie, Evanston, Arlington Heights, and Highland Park. To find the best listings for your home, enter your ZIP code in the prompt above the company listings.

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