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

Why Is My Home So Humid?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Is it hot, sticky, and generally uncomfortable in your home? Does it feel as though your bath towels never dry? Or your carpets and bedding is damp? High humidity in the home can be detrimental for numerous reasons, from increased risk of mold growth to damp spots on the bathroom and kitchen floors. You may find that cooling is not enough during the summer if your home is humid. Fortunately, there are aftermarket options that can give you control over the humidity in your home. In today’s post, the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning would like to offer some potential reasons why your home is so humid. Call us for any concerns you may have with your air conditioning system in Rocky River, OH. We can find a solution to your problem.

Let’s take a look at some reasons why your home is so humid:

  • Lack of ventilation. So long as it is muggy outside, you may expect to find it to be so in your home as well, but if it unusually muggy indoors, then you may want to consider ventilating your home. An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) makes a great addition to any whole-house HVAC solution. One of the downsides to opening up the windows and doors to your home is that you are then cooling the outdoor air, something no AC can handle. This leads to higher energy costs, in addition to inadequate cooling. An ERV ventilates your home, but uses the thermal energy of your stale air to partially cool incoming air before it reaches the system. This helps to reduce the cost of bring hot air to cooling temperature.
  • AC fails to dehumidify. Part of the natural process of the cooling cycle is dehumidification. As warm indoor air interacts with the cool, liquid refrigerant in the evaporator coil, some of the water vapor in the air condenses and this drips into the condensate drain pipe. This dehumidification is part of the cooling process, but if your refrigerant is low or your evaporator coil is frozen, then it simply won’t work as it should.

There are various reasons why your home could be humid. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today for all of your Rocky River, OH air conditioning needs.

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My Air Conditioning is Running but There’s No Cold Air

Friday, July 26th, 2013

A lot of different problems may develop with your air conditioning system. No matter what goes wrong, though, it is always important that you schedule professional repair services promptly. Even the most minor issues can lead to serious problems with your AC if you wait long enough to address them. One of the most common air conditioning problems that we encounter is an air conditioning system that will not blow cold air, despite the fact that the system is running. If you experience this issue, there are a number of potential causes. Whatever the root of the problem, the Rocky River, OH air conditioning repair technicians at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning have the solutions you need. Contact us today to learn more.

One common reason that many air conditioning units fail to produce cold air due to a low refrigerant charge. The refrigerant in your system acts as the heat transfer liquid, and if there is too little of it then the system can ice up and cause operational problems. If you notice the buildup of any ice on the refrigerant lines or the coils of your system, low refrigerant may be to blame. A professional air conditioning technician will have to evaluate your system, check for leaks, and recharge your refrigerant levels.

The reason that low refrigerant levels are such a serious issue, aside from the operational problems that they lead to, is the fact that your AC does not consume refrigerant in the way that your car does gasoline. If your refrigerant levels drop, it is most often the result of a leak in the system somewhere. This means that you cannot simply add refrigerant and expect your system to operate properly again.

It is also possible that your air filter is very dirty. Air filters must be cleaned off regularly to ensure that the proper amount of airflow is allowed for throughout the system. It is also possible, when air filters are very dirty, for dust and debris to build up on different components of your system. This can hinder the operation of your AC and may make the cooling cycle ineffective. If you need help locating and changing your air filter, just give us a call.

Never hesitate to contact a professional technician when it comes to problems with your air conditioning in Rocky River, OH. We are always happy to help you get the most efficient and effective performance possible from your air conditioning system. When you work with Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, you can count on the outstanding performance of your air conditioning system.

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Tired of Constantly Repairing Your Air Conditioning System?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Consistency and efficiency are two of the most important qualities for your air conditioning system to have. If your AC is constantly in need of Avon Lake, OH air conditioning repair services, it can be incredibly frustrating and it can also leave your home uncomfortable. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has years of experience working with all different kind of systems and we wanted to help our customers understand what might be causing their AC to break down so much.

Avon Lake, OH Air Conditioning Repair: Why Does My AC Break Down So Much?

There are a few things that could be causing your air conditioning system to break down frequently.

Lack of Maintenance

One of the most common causes of air conditioning problems is just a lack of basic maintenance. Like getting regular oil changes for your car, getting your air conditioning system regularly inspected and maintained by a professional is one of the best things that you can do for the consistent and efficient operation of your CA system. During regular maintenance visits, your AC technicians will thoroughly inspect, clean and tune up your system which will allow them to find any small or developing issues before they turn into larger problems.

The Air Filter

Another common cause of air conditioning issues is a clogged air filter. Your air conditioner uses a simple air filter to keep dust and dirt from getting into the mechanical parts. If it gets clogged it will restrict the flow of air through the system and cause your AC to have to work harder to pull air in. This could cause extra strain on the equipment and cause it to break down more frequently.

Age of the System

As your air conditioning system ages, it will start to develop problems that can’t be repaired or it will require such costly repairs that fixing it may not make much financial sense. If your air conditioner is old then you should expect to have more frequent repair issues with it.

Frequency of Use

The summer is a busy time for our air conditioner systems because we want to stay comfortable during the heat. All the use can cause problems to develop with your AC system.

When you need Avon Lake, OH air conditioning repair services just call the friendly professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

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How to Minimize Air Conditioning Repair Services

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Are you constantly having difficulty with your air conditioning system? Getting sick and tired of frequent repairs? We understand how frustrating it can be, but fortunately, there are some steps you can take to minimize your air conditioning repair needs in Avon, OH. Your AC is complicated machine that relies on a refrigerant cycle to absorb and dissipate thermal energy out of your home, and provide cooling to your indoor air. While it’s sturdy and built to endure the heat and humidity all summer long for years on end, it is not invincible and requires professional attention in order for you to get the most out of its performance. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we can perform any air conditioning service you may need, be it routine maintenance or repair. Call us today for excellent services.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can minimize your air conditioning repair needs:

  • Clean and replace your air filter on a regular basis. Your air filter is responsible for preventing dirt and dust from accumulating on sensitive system components; its effect on indoor air quality is actually of secondary importance. But when it becomes excessively dirty or clogged, then it can actually begin to impede airflow. When this happens, your AC will struggle to deliver cool air, thus leading to higher energy expenditure.
  • Enroll in routine maintenance. There is simply no better way to ensure the continued success of your air conditioning repair as well as to prevent the need for repair than by enrolling in a routine maintenance program with an AC professional. During these visits, a professional technician will take a close look at your system for signs of anything faulty, in addition to comprehensive cleaning.
  • Keep your outdoor unit free and clear. Don’t let dirt, dust, and other debris get in the way of your heat dissipation. Your outdoor unit needs to remain free of debris so that the condenser coils and exhaust fan can work in tandem to remove the thermal energy from your home. This is an essential part of the refrigerant cycle.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for all of your air conditioning services in Avon, OH.

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Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

In the history of the United States, there are few days that hold such high importance as the 4th of July. We all remember baseball games, hot dogs, fireworks, ceremonies, patriotic music, and barbecues throughout the years as we’ve celebrated this special day. But we can quickly forget what our Independence Day is really about.

On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence which was a written explanation of why America must be free from Great Britain. The legal separation of the two countries actually occurred on July 2, but Americans have celebrated on the 4th because that was the date on the much-publicized Declaration.

So whether you go to a ball game, watch the fireworks with family, barbecue some burgers or hoist a cold one with your friends, make sure that you take a moment to remember the sacrifice that many women and men made over 200 years ago to ensure the freedom that we cherish today.

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