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.
March 12th, 2018
We’re coming to the end of winter. Your heating system is likely going to get a bit of a break after months and months of daily use. This is the time of year that breakdowns become the most common, as heating systems continue to see regular use and the strain finally catches up with them.
If your system undergoes a sudden breakdown or similar serious problems, a licensed repair service can be dispatched to get it fixed promptly. But we believe that an ounce of prevention can beat a pound of curse. Regular heating maintenance can prevent repairs before they start, as well as giving you an early jump on any issues that need addressing. Now is an ideal time to schedule heating maintenance—in the spring, right as heating season ends. And if you can set a regular annual date for heating maintenance, it can benefit your system a great deal.
February 26th, 2018
We tend to see more furnace breakdowns and similar repair issues late in the season. Months of daily use have increased the strain on your heating system, and the chances of a breakdown or repair call tend to go up. Enterprising do-it-yourself-ers may be tempted to try repairing a heating problem themselves, or even just “patch” the issue until the spring when you don’t need your furnace to run. This is always a huge mistake. Furnace repairs require professional training and licensing to deal with. More specifically, the professional technician brings a number of components to the table that even the most talent layman can hope to match.
February 12th, 2018
Most homes in the area rely on forced-air furnaces to stay warm in the winter. These furnaces heat the air via burners or electric coils, then blow the heated air through a series of ducts into the various corners of the home. It’s effective and inexpensive, which is why it’s such a common form of heating. But like any system, it can run into trouble from time to time. You need to be able to notice when that happens with your furnace, and call in a repair service when it does.
Homeowners should never attempt to formally diagnose a problem with their furnaces: that requires proper licensing and training. You can, however, note when something isn’t right with your furnace and call in a repair service. Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match your system’s normal behavior is cause for concern.
More specifically, a lack of air flow from your system usually indicates a significant problem. The sooner you spot it, the better.
January 29th, 2018
We’re in the throes of winter and heating systems are being put to the test like they won’t be for more of the rest of the year. Ideally, your system won’t encounter any problems (which is why we recommend regular maintenance for your heater every fall before the cold weather begins in earnest). Sooner or later every system runs into trouble, however, and when heating repairs are needed, they often are needed now, when the system is under strain from extended daily use.
There are a number of qualified heating repair services in the area, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. In the end, only you the homeowner can make that call. There are, however, several factors you can use to help make the decision.
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.