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

Why Am I Not Getting Enough Cool Air in My Home?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

If your air conditioning stops working entirely, you will know right away that something has gone amiss and requires fixing. However, it may take a bit longer to sense that your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home to the level you want. You might notice warm spots or feel some discomfort, and adjust the thermostat to remedy the issue. But eventually you’ll realize that something more serious is wrong with your air conditioner that needs professional attention.

Not every loss of cooling power means a serious repair (you might have set the thermostat wrong or accidentally blocked a few vents), but the ones listed below will usually need the help of professionals to fix. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning—North Olmstead, OH home comfort experts for a quarter of a century—are ready to help your house get cool once more.

Reasons Why Your AC May Not Be Cooling Properly

Faulty ducts: The ductwork that transports cool air through your home should have no damage along it and no openings except at the vents. But corrosion and improper installation can lead to kinks and gaps in places that will cause your air conditioner to start drawing in air from other parts of your home. Because the ducts run through walls and other hidden places, the air drawn inside is usually hotter than other spots in your house, and it will raise the temperature of the air sent through the vents. The ducts will need professional sealing to repair them.

Thermostat problems: If you set the thermostat to the correct temperature and make sure that it isn’t switched accidentally to “heat,” but you still don’t get sufficient cool air, then the thermostat itself might have issues. If a thermostat improperly calibrated or poorly placed, it will detect the temperature in your home incorrectly and stop supplying enough cool air to keep you comfortable.

Ice inside the AC: If the interior of your air conditioner becomes too dirty, or a refrigerant leak lowers its charge, then the evaporator coil can develop ice along it. This will prevent the coil from properly absorbing heat and removing it from your home’s interior. The air conditioner will require extensive cleaning, or the refrigerant will need to be restored to its proper charge.

Our staff of NATE-certified technicians at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has the experience to solve your air conditioning troubles. Contact us today for North Olmsted, OH air conditioning services before you have any more unnecessarily hot days at home.

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Here Are Some Benefits of Water Filtration Systems

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Water filtration systems are installed in your home in order to “purify” the water; that is, remove the presence of chemicals, minerals and other components that you might not necessarily want to consume. Most tap water is perfectly safe to drink, cook and bathe in. Civic authorities have a duty to provide safe, reliable drinking water, and official Avon Lake filtration systems do a good job of removing impurities from our primary water supply, Lake Erie. Even so, water filtration systems provide an extra layer of protection for your home, which in turn improves the quality of life in small but meaningful ways.

Here are some benefits of water filtration systems.

  • Cleaner water. It sounds obvious, but cleaner, clearer water tastes better and is healthier overall than water straight from the tap. A water filtration system can help you do a little test that proves this point. Freeze a batch of ice cubes using filtered water, then freeze another batch using water straight from the tap. He filtered cubes will look clearer and taste fresher than the ones created from the tap.
  • It’s easier on clothes and skin. Bathing in filtered water can help soften your skin and reduce the roughness and irritation that comes from minerals in unfiltered water. Similarly, clothes that are laundered in filtered water tend to feel softer and last longer than those washed in unfiltered water.
  • It’s easier on plumbing. The minerals and other components in regular tap water can create scaling and cause other long-term damage to your plumbing over time. A filtered water system will ease that strain, extending the life of your plumbing and reducing the risk of expensive repairs in the future.

All that in mind, it pays to talk to a knowledgeable expert about the benefits of water filtration systems. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we have the experience and know-how to install a filtration system properly. Filtration systems are a part of our normal services and we understand the specific needs created by local water conditions. So contact our Avon Lake filtration experts today to talk about your options; we can help you select a water filtration system that works for your home, then install it with the courtesy and professionalism you deserve.

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The Benefits of Water Filtration Systems

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Water filtration systems remove minerals and other impurities from the water in your house. While all tap water is safe to drink, it can pick up a few trace chemicals here and there along the way. Chlorine, sulfur and mineral sediment are just a few of the impurities that can creep into unfiltered water on the way to your tap. That’s of a particular concern in Cleveland-area communities like Westlake; filtration systems remove the impurities coming from Lake Erie, where we derive most of our drinking water. The specific benefits of water filtration systems are quite numerous, and can include the following:

  • Clean drinking water. The most obvious benefit is cleaner water for drinking and cooking. You can see the difference if you freeze ice cubes made of regular tap water, and then freeze another batch made of filtered water. The filtered ice looks cleaner and clearer than the unfiltered ice. Water filtration also makes things easier on the ice maker in your refrigerator, helping it last longer.
  • Healthier skin. Bathing in unfiltered water or wearing clothes washed in unfiltered water can have an adverse effect on your body. Your skin may become rougher or suffer from irritation, and you may find that soaps and shampoos don’t wash off as cleanly as you’d like. Water filtration helps eliminate that; you may find your skin feeling softer and cleaner without even trying.
  • Less wear on your plumbing. Hard water results in scaling and build-up inside the pipes in your home. Over time, that can wear out the components and increase the risk of a leak or similar repair. Water filtration systems ease the strain on your pipes, helping to preserve them and avoiding the need for costly repairs in the future.

If you’re thinking of installing a water filtration system in your home, let the professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning lend a hand. We cover all of the greater Cleveland area, including homes in Westlake; filtration installation and repair is one of our many specialties and we pride ourselves on complete customer satisfaction.

Do you want to hire a Westlake filtration specialist? Contact us today to set up a consultation.

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Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

We hope our present and future customers had a pleasant Labor Day this September. We know how hard you work to ensure that you and your loved ones have a good life, and we feel the same way about the work that we do throughout the year. Home comfort is our business, so you can rely on our technicians to take care of any issues that you may have. To many of us, Labor Day means BBQ, the start of the football season, and spending quality time with our friends and family. But there is much more to this holiday, and we wanted to share its true purpose with you.

Like many US holidays, the origins of Labor Day are somewhat disputed. While many cite Peter J. McGuire’s (of the American Federation of Labor) suggestion of a demonstration and picnic as the inaugural Monday, others cite Matthew Maguire, then secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. In the wake of the massive and violent Pullman Strike of 1894, which pitted George Pullman and US Marshals and Military against workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago. Designated as a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland in 1894, a mere six days after the strike ended, Labor Day has since become a way of recognizing the contribution that hard working Americans have made to this country.

We wish you all the best, and hopefully you took the time to relax, eat some good food, and take a load off.

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