Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for January, 2013

Fairview Park, OH Water Heater Tip: What to Consider Before Buying a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are thinking about upgrading to a tankless water heater in your Fairview Park, OH area home, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll be glad to help you choose the most cost-effective model for your home and hot water needs. Here’s how tankless models work and some of the benefits.

Unlike tank water heaters that use a large tank of water and that have standby heat loss, tankless water heaters provide instant hot water without using a tank. They heat the water on demand – only using energy when you need hot water. They provide energy savings because they both consume less energy and don’t have any standby losses. However, if you have a large home with a big demand for hot water, a tankless water heater might have problems providing all the hot water you need. You should consult with a professional to find out if a tankless water heater is right for your home.

A professional can discuss flow rate with you. While tankless units vary in size, their capabilities depend on flow rate and how much hot water is needed. A professional can help you determine your hot water needs and help you select the right size tankless for your home. Another factor to consider is the first hour rating (FHR), which is measured by how many gallons of hot water can be delivered in one hour. Our professional installers will know which size is best for your needs.

If you are interested in a new water heater, call the Fairview Park, OH water heater experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to handle all your tankless hot water heater installation needs.

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Westlake, OH Heating Repair Guide: Benefits of the Westland HVAC Maintenance Plan

Monday, January 21st, 2013

No matter what kind of equipment you own, getting regular maintenance for it is a great way to keep it running smoothly. The same is true with your heating and air conditioning system. Having your HVAC system inspected regularly has a number of very attractive benefits. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve been offering heating maintenance for over 25 years. With all of our experience and training, we wanted to put together a short list of some of the benefits that homeowners can expect with regular heating and air conditioning maintenance in Westlake, OH.

Benefits of Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance in Westlake, OH

  • Reduced repairs – During regular maintenance visits, the technicians from Westland will thoroughly inspect all of the different components of your HVAC system. This will allow them to discover any small problems before they turn into larger, more expensive repairs. This can potentially reduce the need for costly repairs in the future.
  • Increased efficiency – Over time, your heating and air conditioning system will start to wear down and wear out. When that happens, it is likely that you’ll experience a reduction in efficiency. But when you have a professional technician cleaning and lubricating the moving parts and important components, that efficiency can potentially be returned.
  • Extended lifespan –We’ve helped many customers replace their heating system in Westlake, OH. Many of the replacement jobs that we do were caused by small problems that were allowed to fester until they destroyed the whole system. With regular maintenance, those small issues can potentially be avoided.

The Westland Maintenance Plan

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we know home important the comfort of your home is to you. That’s why we offer a very attractive heating and air conditioning maintenance plan for our customers in the Westlake, OH area. In addition to precision tune-ups for your heating and air conditioning system, it also includes the following:

  • 5-Year guarantee on all repairs performed during an active service agreement.
  • Priority service for emergency repair services
  • Discounts on emergency repairs
  • Discounts on equipment and accessories that can be added onto our other coupons that are available to the general public.

If you’re interested in heating and air conditioning maintenance in Westlake, OH, just call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today! 

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Benefits of Geothermal Systems in Avon Lake

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A lot of homeowners are looking for more efficient ways to both heat and cool their homes in light of the continuous rise in energy and fuel prices. Still more homeowners are concerned with heating and cooling their homes in more environmentally friendly ways. In both instances, a lot of homeowners wind up coming to the same conclusion. They contact a local Avon Lake HVAC contractor such as Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about the benefits of a geothermal heating and cooling system installation in Avon Lake. If you are one of those homeowners looking to reduce the cost and environmental impact of operating your heating and cooling system, contact us today.

A geothermal heating and cooling system offers a variety of benefits over other heating and air conditioning systems, even traditional heat pumps. While a geothermal system does use a heat pump in its operation, this heat pump does not draw heat from the air around it. Rather, a geothermal loop system is buried on your property and that loop system circulates an antifreeze solution. This allows the system to draw heat from the ground or even a water supply on your property. The benefit to this is the fact that temperatures at this depth are much more constant than in the air, making a geothermal system more dependable and consistent than air source heat pumps.

The biggest benefit of a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the efficiency with which it works. It does not consume a fuel to heat or cool your home but rather uses just a bit of electricity in order to transfer ambient, preexisting heat into or out of your home. This greatly improved efficiency allows you to keep your home comfortable all year long, during the heating and cooling seasons, with just one convenient system. The best part is that it allows you to do so affordably.

If you want to learn more about the installation or operation of a geothermal heating and cooling system on your Avon Lake property, contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our geothermal experts can answer any questions that you may have. Let us help you heat and cool your home more efficiently.

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How a Furnace Can Affect Indoor Air Quality: A Westlake Furnace Tip

Monday, January 7th, 2013

When properly installed and professionally maintained a furnace is one of the most efficient, effective home heating options available. The professional heating technicians at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning have all the training and knowledge necessary to ensure that you get the high quality, safe operation you need from your furnace. We also understand that there are certain risks that are inherent when operating a furnace, which is why we take every precaution and safety measure necessary to ensure that your furnace is operating correctly.

One problem that furnaces can pose which many homeowners are unaware of is reduced indoor air quality. To be truly comfortable in your home you need the cleanest, purest air possible. Do not let the furnace in your Westlake home keep you warm at the expense of air quality. Here are a couple of ways in which furnaces can affect the indoor air quality in your home.

One potentially serious problem to consider when it comes to your furnace and indoor air quality is the possibility of back drafting and exposure to harmful gases including carbon monoxide. With a professional installation, great maintenance and a high quality CO detector you can expect a safe, reliable performance from your furnace. Anytime you are dealing with fuel and combustion, though, you must keep in mind the potential for such problems. Make sure that your ventilation is sufficient and properly installed, and be sure to contact a professional if you have any concerns about reduced air quality due to your furnace.

Another, more common way that furnaces may reduce indoor air quality is due to the fact that they use a forced air distribution system to heat your home. Forced air is a great way to circulate heated air throughout your home evenly and effectively. However, due to the fact that they blow air into the different rooms of your home they can also stir up dirt and debris in your home, causing these pollutants to go airborne. This can aggravate allergy or asthma symptoms and make for unpleasant air quality levels in general.

For more information about how your furnace may upset indoor air quality and what you can do to prevent and resolve these issues contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We are always happy to help make your home a safer, more comfortable place to live. Call today for more information.

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