Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

How to Find the Right Air Filtration for Your Home

March 11th, 2019

air-filterIf you go online and start reading about indoor air quality, you’ll find countless articles and blogs about how your indoor air is swarming with dust, dirt, viruses, high and low humidity, particles… the list goes on. It’s enough to make you want to rush out and go buy an air filter immediately.

But there’s a problem with that. It’s the same as reading about all of your symptoms online and being convinced that you now have some sort of incurable illness. However, you wouldn’t want to go out and buy medicine for an illness that a doctor hasn’t diagnosed you with.

Likewise, we don’t think you should go spend money on air filtration systems until your home has been properly diagnosed by a qualified HVAC contractor. Here’s what you should do instead:

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Keep Your Furnace Safe and Operational With Maintenance

February 25th, 2019

technician-overlooking-gas-furnaceOne question we want to answer is whether there’s such a thing as too much maintenance. The answer is certainly “yes!”

To keep your heater or air conditioner in good shape, you only need to have it checked once a year. So, if your heater and AC are two separate systems (i.e. not a heat pump), then you’ll actually be scheduling maintenance two times in the year.

On this note, we want to talk specifically about why gas furnace maintenance is not the maintenance you want to skip. In addition to some operational issues, neglected maintenance can also bring about safety hazards.

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Here’s How to Beat Seasonal Illness With HVAC Products

February 11th, 2019

virus-cellsWhen it comes to seasonal colds and allergies, it’s commonly believed that they’re just impossible to avoid. For the cold, you just know that it’s going to hit you eventually (but maybe you’ll get lucky this year and avoid it). And for those who have allergies, allergy season is just a part of life they have to deal with.

But it doesn’t always have to be so bleak. While we aren’t doctors and can’t give you medical advice, what we can do is offer some of the best indoor air quality products in the HVAC industry. We’ll explain how your indoor air quality in Avon, OH can be improved to help you fight off allergies and colds.

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Don’t Be Alarmed by These Heat Pump Problems

January 28th, 2019

heat-pump-repairIs your heat pump failing to operate the way you expect? Well, don’t reach for the phone just yet. First, check to see if any of these factors are responsible.

Defrost Cycle

If your heat pump is blowing cold air in the middle of winter—and you’ve made sure it’s not accidentally in cooling mode—go ahead and inspect the outdoor unit. If you find that it’s covered in ice, don’t be alarmed. Your heat pump is most likely using a defrost cycle to get rid of the ice. During that time, it may blow cold air.

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It’s Time for Furnace Replacement If…   

January 14th, 2019

old-furnaceDeciding whether to stick with your current furnace or replace it with a new one is always a complicated decision, but it’s one you have to make if you want to keep your expenses low. A worn-out furnace isn’t just less efficient—it’s likely outdated in terms of efficiency.

So on one hand, you don’t want to fall victim to “shiny object syndrome” and get a new furnace too early just because it sounds really awesome. But on the other hand, a closer look at your furnace’s behavior might show you’re completely justified in replacing it if…

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Why Is My Furnace Making Noises?

December 31st, 2018

furnace-inspectionIs your furnace making weird and unnerving noises? Noises that make you ask, “Did it always do that?”

A majority of the time, the reason that your furnace is making a strange noise is for one very simple reason:

Your furnace needs repairs!

Of course, what you really want to know is just which noises indicate a problem, and what that problem might be. In this post, we’ll explain common furnace noises and what kind of attention they need.

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Changing Your Furnace’s Air Filter Is Super Important

December 17th, 2018

air filterGas furnaces are some of the most popular heating systems in the country. There’s little to dislike about them: they’re fast, they’re effective, and they can be decently efficient. It’s true there is the risk of complications with the gas and heating components, but as long as you’re getting regular maintenance on the furnace from a heating repair expert in Westlake, OH, there’s nothing to worry about.

But there is one part of your furnace you have to be really careful about … and that would be the air filter. Luckily, all you have to do is change it out. We’ll explain below a few serious problems that can be caused by a dirty air filter (and in case changing the air filter doesn’t help, we’ll offer a few alternatives, too).

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Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Really Worth It?

December 3rd, 2018

outdoor-ac-unitIt’s no secret people don’t do what’s good for them—and it’s no different when it comes to HVAC maintenance.

A survey in 2015 found that 80% of Americans delay in scheduling preventive health care. The unfortunate fact is “preventive care” doesn’t get anyone excited like “urgent care” does.

It’s the same with HVAC. Many homeowners would rather let their system break down before scheduling a maintenance check. So to help fight against this part of our human nature, HVAC contractors started making maintenance plans: a bundle of incentives for getting a homeowner to schedule their maintenance.

Of course, what everyone wants to know is: are maintenance plans really worth it?

Using qualities from our very own Ultimate Service Agreement Plan, we’ll let you decide:

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Finding a New Heater for the Cold Season

November 19th, 2018

cat-on-radiatorOne of the trickiest parts about having your heater replaced is knowing exactly when you’ll need to have it replaced.

Hardly anyone wants to install a new system too soon—the money could be spent elsewhere. But waiting for too long to install a new system isn’t much better. An old system will cost more to run, will experience more repair issues, and take longer to warm the home.

So when you confirmed with a heating expert in Westlake, OH that it’s almost time to replace, the best thing you can do is plenty of research on all the kinds of heaters out there. Here are just a few different types:

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3 Ways to Assess Your Heater This Fall and Winter

November 5th, 2018

clipboard-checklistAs we advance further into the cold season, we’ll soon be turning our heaters on during the day and not just at night. Naturally, the more we use our heaters, the more wear and tear we’ll be putting them through. Paying extra close attention to them can help you find some repair problems before they arise. Also, now’s the perfect time to assess if your HVAC system is doing everything it needs to.

In this post, we’ll give you some advice on how to assess your system.

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