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

Westlake Heating Tip: Increase Energy Efficiency This Winter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If your Westlake house is struggling with energy efficiency problems, you might actually be wasting quite of money on your energy bills each month. We’ve put some suggestions together to help you increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Insulation

Insulation is absolutely vital to increasing the energy efficiency of your home. The insulation in your home is what helps keep all that nice heated air actually inside your home. If you have old or deteriorated insulation, that hot air might be slipping away outside. The first place to check is your attic. Because your attic is at the top of your house, it is the first place where all that toasty warm air going to go. You can use weather stripping or cans of foaming insulation to seal up your window and door frames. There are also window insulation kits that are basically invisible and will help keep your hot air in and the cold air out.

Heating Tune-Up

If you have an older furnace that hasn’t received any attention recently, it might be operating below its optimal level. Regular maintenance on your vehicle is something that is common knowledge. But performing regular maintenance on your heating system is just as important. As your system wears down over time, it gradually has to work harder to produce the same results. This reduces its efficiency and can cost you extra money. Having it tuned up can potentially lead to more efficiency and energy savings.

Upgrade Your Heating System

While this may not seem like an economical investment up front, it can actually save you money. This is especially true if you have an older heating system. In the case of furnaces, older models typically have an efficiency rating of 60%. This means that 40% of the fuel you buy is wasted. Newer models can have an energy efficiency rating of up to 97%. In the case of furnaces, they are one of the cheapest heating systems to replace. Also, in some areas there are energy rebates for upgrading your system.

If you have any questions about the energy efficiency of your home, contact the heating experts at Westland Air. We have years of experience offering exceptional heating services in Westlake.

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Rocky River Heating Replacement Guide

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

When you have to replace your heating system in Rocky River, there are a lot of different factors that you have to keep in mind. We’ve put together a list of some of the most important things to remember:

Efficiency

The efficiency rating of your new heating system will impact the future cost of running your heating system. Newer models tend to have a higher efficiency rating than older models. But among the types of newer systems, the efficiency rating can vary. An average new furnace will probably have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 80%. The more most efficient ones can have as high as 95% AFUE. However, geothermal heating systems and some heat pumps can have a 100% or higher efficiency rating. This is obviously very attractive to homeowners who are looking to save money on their utility bills.

Fuel

Another thing to think about is what kind of fuel you’ll be using for your heating system. Energy prices aren’t coming down and people are looking for all kinds of ways to save their money. Depending upon where you live, the price of electricity, propane, oil and other fuels can vary. Prices fluctuate all the time. For people who have the space, the money and are tired of depending upon fuel supply companies, geothermal systems can be a great option. This system uses the renewable energy stored in the earth to heat and cool their home. However, the installation cost of this kind of system can be prohibitive to some people. Also, a geothermal system needs a certain amount of available ground space in order to be effective.

If you have any questions about replacing your heating system or if you’d like one of our Rocky River heating experts to visit your home, then just call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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Going Tankless: Benefits of An On-Demand Water Heater in Your Avon Home

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Is your old water heater costing too much to operate or failing to provide your home with an ample hot water supply? When you’re ready for a new or replacement water heater installation you may want to consider going tankless. Tankless on-demand water heaters, with proper installation and sizing, can provide effective hot water service to your Avon home while offering many benefits that standard tank-style water heaters do not.

Less Energy Loss

Because storage tank water heaters must continually heat a water reservoir they are prone to what is called “standby energy loss.” The water they store needs to be ready for use, so storage tank heaters constantly heat that stored water to maintain its temperature. Tankless on-demand water heaters, on the other hand, do not store water this way. When a faucet is turned on the water feeds through the heater and is heated on demand. Only the necessary amount of water is heated, and because none is stored no energy is used to maintain temperatures. This improves energy efficiency and can help to save you money.

Take Up Less Space

The design of tankless on-demand water heaters means that they take up less room, making them ideal for homes without the space for a storage tank water heater. Their relatively small design allows for the possibility of multiple tankless water heater installations as well. If your home has many residents and high hot water demands you can supply hot water to different areas of your home with different tankless heaters. That way overtaxing the heater is not a concern.

Improve Water Quality

Because tank-style hot water heaters store a constant reserve of water it is possible for rust and scale to build up within the tank. This problem is of course eliminated with the elimination of the water tank.  There’s no way for sediment to build up.

We hope that this information has been helpful in making your decision about whether a tankless on-demand water heater is right for your Avon home. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today with any questions you may still have. We have the answers you need to make the right water heater decision for your home.

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Bay Village Heating Question: Why Install a Garage Heater?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Here are some reasons you may want to consider heating your Bay Village home’s garage.

  • Storage: It’s tempting to toss anything you don’t use on a regular basis into your garage. Keep your property protected from the elements with the installation of a garage heater. Not everything handles the cold well, and if you’re in the habit of storing items all winter long there is ample time for damage or compromises in quality to occur.
  • Maintain comfortable working conditions: Are you the handy type? If so your garage can serve a number of purposes, providing you with the opportunity to pursue your own mechanical repairs or use the space as a wood shop, craft area or art studio.
  • Extend your living space: Garages don’t necessarily have to be used to store cars, tools and decorations. If you have a big family or an aspiring drummer in your home a comfortable garage can make a great addition to your living space. Enjoy a football game with your friends or quality time with your kids in a comfortable, well heated garage.
  • Increase property value: When people are looking to buy a house, seemingly small benefits such as a heated garage can go a long way in impressing them. Your garage does not need to be completely refinished or furnished to show prospective buyers potential. The installation of a heating system in your garage shows that you’re a homeowner dedicated to comfort and willing to make improvements to your home, which can really help make the right impression.

If you’re interested in the installation of a garage heater in your Bay Village home, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today! We can answer any questions you may still have about the operation of a garage heating system and the models available to you.

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Rocky River Water Heater Guide: Why Your Water Heater is Underperforming

Monday, October 1st, 2012

An underperforming water heater can be a frustrating problem to have. Whether it results in the water in your Rocky River home being cooler than you’d like or if you are simply frustrated with how high your bill have been lately, there are a number of reasons why your water heater might be under performing and not all of them involve replacement or even needing repairs. Here are some and the best ways to handle each:

  • Sediment or Mineral Build Up – Over time, the bottom of your water heater can build up a layer of dirt or sediment due to hard water. This is perfectly natural and doesn’t damage your water heater, but it does block absorption of heat from the burners by the water in the tank and can reduce efficiency.
  • Dirty Air Vents or Grates – The air vents below your water heater can get clogged with dirt or dust which can lead to not enough air getting to your pilot light and it going out on occasion. This can also result in poor burning and inefficient heating which is bad for your system as a whole.
  • Bad Pilot Light Igniter – If the pilot light refuses to stay lit or if you have an electronic igniter that doesn’t always work, it can affect the performance of your water heater in a number of ways. For this reason, it is recommended that you have it inspected immediately for possible issues.
  • Clogged Lines or Bad Thermostat – A bad thermostat may simply read the water temperature wrong and force you to turn up or down your water heater to accommodate. Clogged water lines due to old pipes can also be a problem.

When a problem develops in your water heater that has a negative impact on your home’s hot water supply, the first thing you should do is do a quick check of these things. Whatever the case, an underperforming water heater is almost always something that can be repaired.

For water heater repair or replacement in Rocky River, give Westland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today!

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