July 6th, 2017
Christian is Westland Heating & Air Conditioning’s newly promoted Comfort Consultant. Christian has been in the HVAC Industry since 1999. Christian was born and raised in Avon where he attended school through graduation. Christian lettered in Football and Basketball and continues to use the lessons he learned on the field and the court at home and in his career.
Here is Christian’s first-hand account of his experience in the HVAC Industry:
I started in the field as a helper, just an extra set of hands and a gopher (go get this or go get that). I learned right away that this business is not always a 9-5 day and sometimes a day could be 16 or more hours. I worked in many different capacities in all the years I’ve been with Westland; from helper to foreman in the install department, maintenance tech to lead service tech on equipment that’s more expensive than a lakefront mansion. Every day was different and an opportunity to learn something new, or teach something new to an up-and-coming tech. Our industry was changing when I entered it and hasn’t stopped to this day. It’s that reason that I really enjoy what I do and feel as though I was very lucky to start my career at Westland. I’ve been a part of many projects at Westland that I’ve said, “Nobody else could do this”. I’m thankful that Jeff Mitchell (the original owner) was the one who hired me and helped me along the way as I worked into different areas within the company. His tireless work ethic and endless knowledge of the industry showed me what it took to be successful in this business. He is still involved in the business as our Service manager, and is has been an incredible resource to me as I move into the Comfort Consultant role. To put it simply, Jeff is Westland’s Siri and Google rolled into one.
As I transition into my new role at Westland, I want to educate our clients and potential clients on proper system operation and help them understand their systems. There are many different options that range from simple Wi-Fi thermostats and efficiency systems, to the filters that will make your home “pet hair free” or “reduce your sick time”. Some of these options sound great, but can actually reduce system performance or eventually lead to costly repairs. Most homeowners are unaware of the products and services that can increase system performance or make their home more comfortable. I feel that my real life experience in the field, and time spent performing projects our clients are looking to have done, provides an assurance to the homeowner that they are in good hands with Westland.
My time away from work is spent with my family, my wife Kristina and our three kids, Madison, Seth and Fynnley; and our dogs Remington and Cole. Kristina has been the most important person in my career. She sacrifices a lot so I can put the time and energy into my work. Our two oldest, Maddie (16) and Seth (13), were the driving force in making HVAC a career and not just a job. Providing for them and giving them a solid foundation was and is one of my top priorities. Our youngest, Fynnley (22 months) gives me energy to keep advancing within the industry and learning every day. With the varying ages, our family is in constant motion and always going different directions. My favorite days are the ones we all are able to sit down together and eat dinner as a family. We enjoy camping and the outdoors together, whether it’s walking the dogs or a family game of horse. My son and I enjoy fishing and taking turns beating each other in intense games of basketball.
August 14th, 2017
Most of us are accustomed to the traditional centralized air conditioners which can be found in many homes in the area. They use a simple system to cool your home during the summer: lowering the temperature of the air in a single central unit, then blowing the cooled air into the various corners of your home with a system of ducts. It’s effective and reliable, which has made it a staple of air conditioning systems in our area. But it’s not the only type of system out there, and if you’ve struggled with central air for whatever reason, you might want to consider another installation option.
We often recommend ductless mini-split systems for homes that can’t support a central air system, or for homes where central air systems aren’t practical. Ductless systems cost more to install, but in the process, they deliver some tangible advantages.
July 31st, 2017
Among the challenges homeowners face in the summer around here is an influx of mold, allergens, and other unwelcome contaminants. They can cause numerous problems, ranging from a general stale quality to the air to active illnesses being passed from one family member to another. Frequent rain and high humidity act as incubators for germs and contaminants of all varieties, and as hard as you work to keep them out of your home, you let more of them in every time you open your door.
Luckily, there’s a solution to all of that. A UV air purifier installed in your HVAC system provides a potent weapon against germs, bacteria, and other biological contaminants in your home. It can be installed easily by professional technicians and, provided you replace the bulb periodically, it should provide many long years of reliable use. Here’s how it works.
July 17th, 2017
Commercial air conditioners are as important as residential models during our hot and muggy Ohio summers. Indeed, in some ways, they might be even more important, since most people spent the heat of the day in an office, a retail store, a school building, or similar structure that requires commercial air conditioning. That system also needs to perform as expected day in and day out. When it doesn’t, you need a good service to take care of the issue quickly and effectively, without disruption.
In most cases, modular rooftop air conditioning units make the ideal means of delivering cool air to your commercial space (as well as warm air in the winter in most cases). Modular units involve a series of identical HVAC units, each able to deliver a certain amount of cooling power. Why place them on the roof and why use modular units instead of a single AC? There are a number of good reasons, all of which provide key benefits to your office or business.
July 3rd, 2017
We often tout the benefits of air conditioning maintenance, which most people don’t think about very often. But here in the middle of summer, with temperatures high and your air conditioner needed every day, the benefits can be immeasurable. We recommend maintenance sessions once or twice a year, either at the very beginning or very end of cooling season. If you haven’t had maintenance scheduled for the last 12 months, we strongly recommend setting it up. It can pay huge dividends not only this summer, but for many summers to come.
June 19th, 2017
Late spring and early summer are the ideal time to give your air conditioner a close look and determine whether it can handle the upcoming months of high heat. This is especially true if it runs into trouble in the next few weeks and you need to make an assessment about whether it’s worth it to repair the system or simply have it replaced. Air conditioners are expensive and the decision to repair or replace a unit is never an easy one. At the end of the day, only the individual homeowner can make that decision. Usually, however, there are a few tell-tale signs that can help you determine whether you should get a given problem fixed, or if replacing the entire unit might be a better use of your money. The more you understand about them, the better choices you can make about what’s best for your home.
June 5th, 2017
Air conditioners see regular use during the hot summer months, and most homeowners are accustomed to paying more in monthly bills when the temperature gets warm. This is to be expected, of course, since the air conditioner in your home needs to run more often in order to keep your home comfortable. But just because you need to pay more for summer air conditioning doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. By improving the efficiency of your air conditioner, you can cut down on the high monthly costs and reduce the wear and tear on the system to boot.
May 22nd, 2017
Heat is always a concern during the summer months, when you need your air conditioner to work every day as expected to keep your household comfortable. But Ohio brings an extra wrinkle to the equation every summer: high levels of humidity, which can create that manky gross feeling in your home and cause all kinds of other problems to boot.
Air conditioners can deal with the problem to a certain extent, but they’re not set up to handle high humidity levels the way a whole-house dehumidifier can. Now is an excellent time to install one in your home, before the summer begins in earnest.
May 8th, 2017
Air conditioners all come with a warranty, covering the individual components in the event one or more of them breaks down. In most cases, you won’t need to start looking for a new air conditioner until after the warranty expires. But by taking steps early in your air conditioner’s life, you can extend its longevity well past the warranty expiration date—by many years in some cases. Your mileage may vary but early action is key. The more you do over time to keep your air conditioner working at maximum efficiency, the longer it will last.
April 24th, 2017
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, now is the time to buy. Spring is here, but the weather is still comparatively cool, giving you weeks to plan for an installation before the first high temperatures of summer hits. That lets you determine the exact type of air conditioner you need, as well as scheduling the installation at a date that fits with your schedule, instead of having to rearrange everything in the wake of an unexpected breakdown.
Your technician can be invaluable during this process: helping you determine the right system for your home and the kinds of traits you’ll need for your new air conditioner. More specifically, there are 3 qualities to look for in a new system that you should consider carefully.