Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for September, 2012

Maintenance for Radiant Heating Systems in Rocky River

Monday, September 24th, 2012

If you have a new radiant heating system installed in your Rocky River home or are interested in having one installed, it is important that you make regular maintenance a part of your schedule. Annual maintenance performed on a radiant heating system ensures that it not only continues to work as intended to keep you and your family warm, but that it does so as efficiently as possible.

What exactly is involved in maintenance on a radiant heating system? Here are a few tasks we will perform when we visit and why they are so important.

  • Inspection of the Burners and Pilot Light – Older systems may need to be cleaned and inspected once a year. Many newer systems don’t even need this much maintenance because they are installed as sealed systems.
  • Flushing of the Hydronic Boiler – The system should never need to be flushed, but if a leak occurs or if a problem is suspected, this may be a maintenance task recommended by your technician.
  • Testing Pipes – Pipes may be periodically tested to check for leaks or other issues. Due to the nature of the system, leaks are very rare, but should still be inspected every year or so.
  • Clean Around the Boiler – The area around your boiler should always be kept clean and clear of any excess debris, dust, dirt or other things that could get in the way of proper combustion and air flow.

A good radiant heating system will require very little maintenance to operate effectively over time. It is a closed system which means it was carefully calibrated to work properly without any outside intervention. However, periodic checks for leaks, burner issues or pipe problems will ensure it stays that way.

To schedule a maintenance service for your Rocky River radiant heating system today, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning!

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Westlake OH Heating and AC Question: Why Do I Need a Pool Dehumidification System?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Too much humidity can be a big concern for Westlake pool owners.  Humidity can cause damage to many structural areas, which can be costly to fix.  In order to avoid this type of problem, it’s a good idea to install a pool dehumidification system.  The dehumidification system alleviates any humidity problems, ensuring the structural aspects of the building remain intact and its integrity isn’t compromised.

 Pool dehumidifiers house big metal plates which are cooled off with refrigerant gases by a gas compressor.  The metal plates prompt the moisture in the air to condense on them, and as the moisture slides off the plates it is gathered in a tray and pumped out.  All pool dehumidifiers have a humidistat which can be set to regulate the humidity to the appropriate level for any given pool area.

These systems can also help pool owners by heating the air around the pool.  This is done in one of two ways. Either an electric heater is built into the humidification system or one can be attached to the regular heating system for the building.  This helps to save electricity by using already warmed air.

Pool dehumidification systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate all types of pools.  Installation by a trained Westlake HVAC professional is necessary to make sure the system is being installed properly and that it is in a position to provide the greatest benefit.  They can be installed in a variety of places such as the rooftop or inside the pool area, depending on your individual situation.

In order to make sure you get the right type of system for your pool, it’s a good idea to speak with the experienced professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. And after installation, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance for your pool dehumidifier to ensure it continues to run smoothly.

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North Ridgeville AC Guide: Understanding the Working of Cooling Towers

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The primary function of cooling towers is the removal of heat from manufacturing and production processes. A cooling tower can work on simple principles of air conditioning or it could involve more complex processes such as those used in chemical plants, oil refineries or power plants in North Ridgeville .

The size of a cooling tower is determined by the size of the process for which it is being used. While some cooling towers can be found in the form of small chimney-like structures, others can be the size of an entire office building. Regardless of their size, however, these structures are used to cool water and return it to an HVAC or related system for further use which saves a lot of energy as well as time and money.

During the removal of heat, cooling towers either use air or the process of evaporation. When heat is removed using evaporation, the process of wet-bulb air temperature is used to measure the temperature of the air.  On the other hand, when the temperature is taken by exposing water to cooler air, it is known as dry-bulb. Most of these cooling towers operate in pairs so if one system fails, the other one can take over.

Cooling Using Air

When air is used to cool the water in cooling towers, the water is directed towards the top of the tower. It is then made to follow a path that leads it to flow down in the form of droplets. When this happens, cool air is blown upwards against the water droplets. As the air passes these droplets, the temperature of the water drops and it is then returned to the bottom to be used further in the production process.

Cooling Using Evaporation

When water is heated, it turns into vapor, rises up, cools and comes back down again as a liquid. This process is based on the natural phenomena of evaporation and condensation. The contrast of temperature between the water and the air is what determines the efficacy of this process.

The larger the temperature gradient, the more efficient the process of cooling is. This is why humid regions are not great for this kind of cooling. While these processes can be either open circuit or closed circuit, many systems use both these types of circuits to maximize effectiveness. For more information about cooling towers or commercial HVAC in North Ridgeville, give Westland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today!

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Thinking About Upgrading to High Efficiency HVAC Equipment?

Friday, September 7th, 2012

There are many reasons to consider upgrading to high efficiency HVAC equipment. Newer high efficiency systems increase the effectiveness of your system, decrease your overall energy cost, and may be a required by the government in the future!

Furnace Efficiency | Westlake| Westland Heating and Air ConditioningThe Department of Energy released new regional standards for HVAC equipment to take effect between May 2013 and January 2015. Once this ruling goes into effect, “In the North region, most furnaces will be required to have an AFUE of 90 percent or more”. The rule also sets requirements for standby mode and off mode for residential furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps. The DOE splits these requirments into three regions (Northern, Southeastern and Southwestern).

So if you are considering upgrading your replacing your HVAC equipment in the near future, we advise choosing a model that complies with the new DOE regional standards. Even though there has been little information on how they plan to implement and enforce this ruling, there are so many great reasons to chose a high efficiency furnace or air conditioning system. Contact the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today to find out what your best heating and cooling options are. We can help you find the best systems for your home, that will bring you efficient home heating and cooling for years to come.

At Westland we provide top quality heating, air conditioning, air filtration, water heater and commercial HVAC services in Westlake, Avon and throughout the surrounding areas.


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Avon Heating and AC Guide: Maintenance Really Does Save Money

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

There is no better way to ensure your Avon heating and cooling system works optimally than to ensure they get proper annual maintenance. People generally do not realize the value of opting for maintenance contracts, especially if they have just purchased new systems. Remember however that a small fee paid annually can save you a lot of money in the long run.

There are many advantages of regular maintenance of your heating and cooling systems.

Advantage #1

When a technician visits to perform maintenance of your heating or cooling system, he checks whether all parts of the system are working well and also checks for any sign of wear and tear. He will replace any part that needs it, and he’ll also repair any malfunctioning parts to ensure that there is no unexpected breakdown in the coming months.

Advantage #2

You will spend much less on repairs or part replacement in the long run if you catch the problems early. If one of the parts of your heating or cooling system stops functioning, the entire system may continue to work. However the other parts will have to work overtime to compensate for the malfunctioning part and this leads to excessive wear and tear.

Advantage #3

Getting professional tune ups on a regular basis will also ensure that your system works at optimum energy efficiency. Even the best performing new units lose efficiency, and over a period of time this could result in costlier energy bills.

Advantage #4

You can be sure of paying less on energy each month if you opt for a regular annual maintenance package. No matter how old or new your heating and cooling system is, it is never too late to start. A regular tune up and thorough cleaning will definitely lead to reduced energy bills and optimum functioning of the system.

Extend the life of your Avon heating and air conditioning system through annual maintenance that will give you more for your money. Systems maintained by professionals on a regular basis can even perform well beyond their lifetime in some situations. Just for a minimum annual maintenance amount, you can be assured of long-term, efficient performance of your system.  To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our Ultimate Service Agreement Plan, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning!


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