What Does SEER Stand For?

August 31st, 2015

If you’ve examined your air conditioner, you may have noticed a label detailing its SEER rating, and wondered what it means. The term stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s a way of measuring the system’s efficiency. That can have a huge impact on your system, especially with our hot summers here in Westlake, OH. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, it pays to understand what the SEER rating means and why it matters so much to you. Continue Reading

Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

August 24th, 2015

We rarely think about our water heaters, since they’re often tucked in an out-of-the-way part of the house and do their job quietly and without complaint. Trouble can always arise, however, especially if your system hasn’t been serviced in a while and/or you have an especially old water heater. Here in Westlake, OH, professionals can repair most problems with your water heater, but you need to be able to spot the signs that your water heater needs repairs before you can summon assistance. Here’s a few telltale signs to watch for. Continue Reading

How Do Humidity Levels Affect Home Comfort?

August 17th, 2015

We live in Westlake, OH, which means our summers are hot and humid and our winters are cold and dry. Humidity levels—both high and low—play a huge role in our comfort levels, and can be as important as temperature control when establishing a comfortable household. You can purchase a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier to correct the imbalance, but you can benefit by understanding exactly how humidity levels affect home comfort. Continue Reading

What Causes Low Air Flow in Your Air Conditioner?

August 10th, 2015

When most people think of air conditioner troubles, they assume it’s a lack of cool air or an inability to turn on entirely. Both of those are huge problems to be sure, especially in the middle of our steamy Westlake, OH summers. But equally as problematic is a system that turns on and produces plenty of cool air, but can’t blow that air into your home effectively. As with a lack of cool air, the issue forces your system to work harder than it has to, which both raises the cost of your monthly bills and increases the risk of a breakdown due to increased strain. So what causes low air flow in your air conditioner? Here are some possible causes. Continue Reading

Fan Problems with Your Air Conditioner

August 3rd, 2015

The fan is an integral part to your air conditioner. After all, the system can cool all the air you want, but if the fan can’t blow it through the ducts into your home, it’s not going to do you a bit of good. Problems with the fan tend to create a cascading effect, as reduced air flow forces the system to work harder and increases the strain on individual components. Your monthly bills will go up and the chances of a significant breakdown—in the middle of our Westlake, OH summer no less—tend to go up considerably. There are a number of specific fan problems with your air conditioner that you should watch out for. If you spot them, shut off your system and contact a repair technician immediately. Continue Reading

Schedule a Heating Maintenance Session before the Fall

July 27th, 2015

If you’re a homeowner in Westlake, OH, you probably haven’t given much thought to your heater in a few months. With summer in full swing, we’re focusing on keeping our homes cool instead of warm, and heating systems feel like the last thing on our minds. But we all know how quickly the heat of summer can give way to the chill of fall, and the sooner you can get a jump on heating season, the better. A heating maintenance session scheduled before the fall is an ideal way to help your winter go smoothly, and your heater perform at its very best. Continue Reading

What Does a Tankless Water Heater Do for Me?

July 20th, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may have heard about tankless models, which replace the big cylinders of the traditional model with a much smaller and sleeker unit. It can provide a number of advantages over the traditional model, enough to offset the larger start-up costs that are often involved. Here in Westlake, OH, you can talk to a qualified technician about what a tankless water heater can do for you. We’ve provided a quick breakdown of some of the advantages. Continue Reading

How Do Air Filtration Systems Help My Home?

July 13th, 2015

We live in Westlake, OH, with hot and muggy summers and freezing cold winters. That places a lot of emphasis on temperature control in your home, and to be sure, air conditioners and heaters are vital parts of your household. Whether you use a filter, a UV germicidal light, a humidifier, or dehumidifier, an air filtration system is a useful and even important addition to your home. If you don’t have one, you should consult with a trained technician about the best option for you, then arrange for an installation session.

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Is Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Right for Me?

July 6th, 2015

Air conditioners here in Westlake, OH usually follow the traditional forced-air model, with air being cooled in one centralized locale and distributed with a system of ducts. It’s a good system, but it is not the only one out there, and depending upon your home, you make want to look into an alternative. Specifically, ductless mini-split air conditioning provides a useful and popular alternative to the older models, and if you feel like a centralized system might not be for you, a ductless system can offer a number of benefits.

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How Does My Air Conditioner Use Refrigerant?

June 29th, 2015

Most people know that an air conditioner relies on refrigerant to run. Refrigerant is a common term that applies to a number of different chemical compounds. What most people mistakenly assume is that air conditioners consume refrigerant the way a car consumes gasoline or motor oil, and that problems with low refrigerant stem from this.

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