3 Benefits of Geothermal Heating

February 8th, 2016

Geothermal heating is an ingenious method to heat and cool your home. The system involves coils planted below the ground, which circulate a heat-exchanging liquid. Once you get more than a few feet below ground, the temperature never changes, no matter how hot or cool it may be on the surface. That allows the liquid to bleed heat off from your home in the summer or pull heat in from the ground in the winter, providing an all-in-one heater and air conditioner for your Westlake, OH, home. Geothermal heating systems represent a significant up-front investment, since installing it takes money. It also requires a fair-sized property to properly implement. But what do you get in return. Here are 3 benefits of geothermal heating that you should consider. Continue Reading

Beware of Trapped Heat in Your Furnace

February 1st, 2016

A furnace is designed to generate hot air, then push it through your ducts with a blower to gradually warm your house. It’s a very effective system—working in conjunction with the same ducts that your air conditioner uses—and it can be run very inexpensively to keep your Westlake, OH home warm during the winter. But as with any major system in your home, you need to keep a careful eye on it to cut any significant problems off at the pass. In particular, you need to watch out for hot air that becomes trapped in your furnace for one reason or another. It may not sound like much, but it can have a devastating effect on your system as a whole. Continue Reading

Keep Your Air Clean for Newborns

January 25th, 2016

If you’re preparing to welcome a new addition to your family, life is likely pretty crazy for you right now. There are all kinds of preparations to be done, as well as health concerns for mother and child alike. In particular, you should look into ways to improve your indoor air quality, cutting down on dirt, germs and other contaminants in the baby’s new home. Here in Westlake, OH, you can call upon professional services to install or repair such devices for you, helping you to keep your air clean for newborns in your home. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of your options. Continue Reading

3 Additional Upgrades to Consider When Replacing Your Heater

January 18th, 2016

Winter is here in Westlake, OH and ideally, you won’t need to seriously think about replacing an old heating system until the spring. Sometimes that just isn’t possible, however. Either your heater suffers a catastrophic breakdown, the upteenth repair is just one step too far, or you’d like to take advantage of the monthly savings of a new unit now, while winter is still going strong. Whatever the case, you’re getting a new heater! If you’ve made the commitment to purchase one, you also might want to consider a few other upgrades, which you can add on the cost of installation, and which can make your new heating unit perform that much better. Continue Reading

Detecting a Leak in Your Boiler

January 11th, 2016

Boilers rely on the power of heater water—steam—to provide heat for your home. It’s a simple and reliable system and has served many residents of Westlake, OH quite well for many years. One of the biggest repair calls involving boilers comes from leaks: a fitting between the pipes or sometimes the pipe themselves becoming corroded enough to let the water slip out. Leaks can be very hard to spot, especially with pinhole leaks where the water escapes slowly as steam and rarely leaves telltale puddles. But they need to be addressed because they run the risk of damaging your home, as well as preventing your boiler from properly doing its job. A good plumbing service can correct the problem, but first you need to determine if your boiler actually has a leak. Here are some simple tips to help you do that. Continue Reading

3 Advantages to Modular Commercial HVAC Systems

January 4th, 2016

If you own a business or work as an office manager here in Westlake, OH, you know that commercial HVAC systems have unique aspects to better enable them to meet the specified needs of the space. Commercial buildings aren’t the same as residential buildings, and while the principles of heating and air conditioning are unchanged, the methods used to deliver them need to reflect that. Many businesses opt to use modular units for their HVAC needs: multiple units, usually mounted on the roof, which each combine to deliver the heating and cooling for your building. You may ask yourself what the advantages of such a format are. We’ve provided three of them below. Continue Reading

Problems with a Lack of Air Flow in Your Furnace

December 28th, 2015

As winter continues into 2016, your heater is going to be called upon more and more often to do the job. Westlake, OH has some long, cold months ahead of it, and the sooner you can spot any issues with your heating system, the better you’ll be able to respond. One of the most common signs of a problem with your furnace is the lack of air flow moving through your vents. It can be caused by anything from blockage in the vents to a damaged fan motor, and it doesn’t seem like a big deal, at least in the surface. In reality, however, it can create a huge number of problems, many of which can result in major repair bills. The problem needs to be addressed promptly. Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Install a Garage Heater

December 21st, 2015

Here in Westlake, OH, winter has arrived in force, bringing with it the usual cocktail of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Our heating systems are seeing more use than ever, but with good maintenance and careful use, you should be able to enjoy their benefits all winter long. Having said that, you may wish to consider adding a heater to the one place in your home that you would not normally think requires it: your garage. Continue Reading

3 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

December 14th, 2015

Tankless water heaters represent a radical departure from traditional tank models, and not every home can benefit from their use. They work best in Westlake, OH homes with comparatively small numbers of residents, although multiple units can be installed to handle larger workloads. If your circumstances fit that, however, or you own a vacation home where tank models can sometimes be problematic, then you might want to seriously consider the benefits of tankless water heaters. We’ve laid out three of the most important ones to think about. Continue Reading

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Over?

December 7th, 2015

We have a fair number of heat pumps in Westlake, OH homes, which combine the function of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit. They work by circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils, just like an air conditioner. The only difference is that the cycle can be “reversed,” which vents warm air inside your home and cool air outside. (The opposite of what most air conditioners do.) But what happens if that reversal won’t take place? What if your heat pump won’t switch over and keeps pumping out cool air instead of the warm air you need? You should call in a qualified repair technician the moment you do, but it pays to understand what some of the possible causes might be. Continue Reading