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.
January 15th, 2018
Cold air is a part of life in our neck of the woods these days, and you’re going to need your heating system to run every day without fail. When it runs into trouble there’s no time to waste. An unexpected breakdown in the middle of a cold front isn’t just a nuisance: it can pose an actual health risk as the cold temperatures turn your home into an icebox in a matter of hours.
The good news is that heating systems almost never just break down without warning. Most give out signs and symptoms of trouble that a canny homeowner can spot, allowing you to call in a repair service before the situation gets too dire. Not only does this prevent you from having to scramble after an unexpected breakdown, but it will often reduce the cost of repairs since the damage doesn’t have as much time to spread.
January 1st, 2018
Winter has officially arrived, and with the new year comes a fresh crop of freezing cold weather and tons of snow. In that environment, your heating system is far more than a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity. Running it not only keeps your home comfortable but keeps your family healthy and safe. Daily use isn’t uncommon for months on end. That, by necessity, means your monthly heating costs are going to go up, and to a certain extent, there’s nothing you can do about that.
But just because you’re paying more for your heat in the winter doesn’t mean you should be paying more than necessary. You can take some simple steps in your home to cut down on those high costs and help you get through the winter comfortably without being quite so hard on your pocketbook.
December 18th, 2017
During the winter, we rightfully focus on our heating systems to keep our homes warm and our families healthy. But it’s not the only factor involved in maintaining a pleasant atmosphere in your home. Cold air means dry air, and that can foster dust and dirt spreading throughout your ducts and other spots in your home. Most heaters come with filters to help catch the dust, but they can get clogged easily and need to be replaced often.
An electronic air purifier, on the other hand, is the perfect way to get rid of excessive dust in your home. With the holidays here, now makes an excellent time to get one installed. How do they work and what kind of benefits do they provide? We’ve placed a quick guideline below.
December 4th, 2017
Heating season is well underway and temperatures are going to get a lot colder as winter approaches. You’ve likely been using your furnace for some time now, and soon enough you’ll be using it every day. Heating is far more than a luxury in our neck of the woods, and if yours is having a problem, you need to get it treated right away. It can make a great difference not only in terms of getting the repairs made in a timely fashion, but in the costs involved as well.
Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to wait until the system breaks down before calling in repairs. We all have busy lives to lead, and the immediate pressures of work and family can often take priority over something like the heating system. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive mistake. You shouldn’t wait for the system to flat-out stop working before recognizing a problem and calling in a repair service.
November 20th, 2017
Fall is an excellent time to look into improvements in your HVAC system. With winter on the way and cold weather already here, you’re going to be depending upon reliable heating day in and day out. That means now is the time to correct any problems with your system and look for ways to improve its performance. And believe it or not, some improvements rest in areas other than the HVAC system itself. In particular, an electronic air purifier can be just the thing you need to help your system do its best, as well as provide a number of other benefits in the bargain. A trained technician can easily install one in your home before winter arrives.
November 6th, 2017
Air conditioning repairs are more common this time of year than you’d think. With warm weather likely gone until spring, you have lots of time to get any problems with your air conditioner fixed. Many homeowners were forced to run their systems during the hot weather even though they may have evinced problems: anything from a comparative lack of cooling power to an odd noise that just won’t go away. Those problems will need to be addressed before you need your air conditioner again in the spring.
October 23rd, 2017
Autumn is the time for heater replacement services. With winter on the way and cold weather already here, homeowners with old, worn heating systems want to put in new ones before the temperatures drop too much lower. Doing so means you can take advantage of the improved efficiency a new heating system can bring, as well as reducing the chances of a winter breakdown as much as possible.
Most homes in the area rely on traditional heating systems like forced-air furnaces and boiler systems. But they’re not the only type of system available, and if you are in the market for a new heater, it pays to explore the possibilities that an alternative model may provide.
Among the systems you may want to consider is a radiant heating system, which involves warming the home directly through the floor. Here’s a breakdown of how it works and what kind of benefits it brings.
October 9th, 2017
With the coming of autumn comes cooler temperatures. And with that, your air conditioning is likely going to be put out to pasture until the spring comes around once more. We rarely have need for air conditioners during the cold winter months here in Ohio, and indeed you should never even turn your air conditioner on if the temperature drops below 65°F. (It could cause a lot of damage.) If you’re facing an air conditioning repair issue, the question becomes when to schedule it. Should you do it as soon as possible and get it out of the way? Or wait until spring? The answer depends on you.
September 25th, 2017
Cool weather has returned, and many homeowners in the area are already using their furnaces to keep their homes warm in the face of dropping temperatures. Now is an excellent time to have your furnace serviced by a trained technician. It can provide a number of benefits that will pay off throughout the winter, and now is the perfect time to do so, while the weather is relatively warm. Doing so will allow you to enjoy many benefits.
September 11th, 2017
Winter is on its way, and while we’re still enjoying relatively warm temperatures, they’re going to begin cooling off soon now. Cold air means dry air, and dry air can cause a lot of problems in your home. A whole-house humidifier makes an ideal way to keep your air comfortable this winter. The system works very simply and when used in conjunction with your heating system, it provides a number of significant benefits?