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

New Year’s Traditions Explained

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2014 is almost upon us, and with the coming of the New Year, we thought we’d take a brief look at some of the more popular traditions associated with this holiday. It’s been around for at least 4,000 years: as long as we’ve figured out how long it takes for the seasons to come and go. Here’s a quick discussion about some of our more modern traditions and where they started:

  • Auld Lang Syne. The famous song began in Scotland, where it was published by Robert Burns in 1796.  He claims he initially heard it sung by an elderly resident of his hometown, which suggests it has traditional folk origins even before that. It became even more popular when big band leader, Guy Lombardo, started playing it every New Year’s Eve, starting in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
  • The Dropping of the Ball in Times Square. The tradition of dropping the ball in Times Square started in 1907. It was made out of iron and wood with light bulbs located on the surface, and the ball originally “dropped” over the offices of the New York Times at One Times Square. Dick Clark famously broadcast the event every year from 1972, until his death in 2012.
  • The Rose Parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade has been held in Pasadena every year since 1890; taking advantage of California’s warm weather to present a parade of floats, bands and horses. A football game was eventually added to the festivities in 1902, when Michigan dominated Stanford’s team by a score of 49-0
  • Baby New Year. The use of a baby to signify the New Year dates back to Ancient Greece, where it symbolized the rebirth of Dionysus (the god of wine and parties). Early Christians initially resisted the pagan elements of the story, but soon came to adopt it since it matched the traditional Christmas symbol of baby Jesus in the manger. Today, people of all faiths and traditions refer to the New Year as a baby, representing new beginnings.

Whatever traditions you choose to celebrate, we here at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning wish you the very safest and happiest of New Years. May 2014 bring you nothing but the best!

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Wishing You a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It’s the holiday season once again, and everyone at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning wishes the very best for you, your family, and your friends. We hope that whatever brings you joy fills these last days of the year.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to provide you with services that improve your lives and help you better enjoy this time with your loved ones. You are the reason that we exist as a company, and that’s something we always keep that in mind. We are eager to work with you in the coming year.

Here’s something to remember for the season: many companies in our industry are very busy on service calls during December—it’s one of the most crowded times of the year. If you need service, make sure you schedule it as soon as possible so you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of this time of year.

Lastly, we at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning want to conclude with a thought from the late Earl Nightingale to help remind us all that we do not need to wait for a holiday to have a reason to enjoy or celebrate ourselves, our lives or our family:

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

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How Does Ductwork Affect My Heating System?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Every homeowner has heard of heating ducts, and if you have a gas powered furnace, you’ve probably had to deal with them in one form or another as well. Heating repair in Avon often includes ducts as well as the centralized furnace in their services, since they play such an important role in distributing heat to your home. That fact leads to a natural question: how does ductwork affect my heating system?

It’s simplest to think of ducts as a road to a destination. The heater generates hot air which then travels that road into it gets to the various rooms in your house, warming the temperature and making everyone more comfortable in the process. But if the road gets torn up or a tree falls across it, the path to that destination is blocked. Your heater can be running at maximum efficiency, but if there are problems in the ducts, it’s just not going to be able to do its job.

What kind of problems are those? They can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Dust and build-up, which can restrict the flow of air and damage air quality. Dust in the ducts can spread throughout the home, and build up will keep the heater from warming the air sufficiently.
  • Breaches or leaks in the ducts can pull hot air out of the system and/or allow cold air to leak in.
  • Crimped or damaged ducts will further reduce the flow of air, and may even cut it off entirely.
  • Ducts that pass through uninsulated parts of the home – especially those near an outside wall – might leech heat out of the air passing through them.

If you know how ductwork affects your heating system, the next step is to pinpoint any specific problems and have them dealt with as soon as possible. This includes direct fixes like repairing breaches in the ductwork, but can also include tangential effort, like scheduling a maintenance session to clean the dust off of your heater (and thus prevent it from entering the ducts in the first place). The experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning handle heating repairs in Avon, and can help you keep your ducts working at their best. Give us a call today!

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Are Boilers Better Than Furnaces?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Are boilers better than furnaces? Both systems have advantages and disadvantages, and both see a lot of use in our neck of the woods. In towns like North Ridgeville, boiler technology often appears in older homes, while forced air furnaces show up in newer homes. Boilers use heated water to provide heat for the home while furnaces depend on heated air circulated through a series of ducts. Which one is better? That depends.

Boilers tend to be more expensive to set up, at least initially. The pipes and radiators upon which boilers depend can be fairly expensive, as opposed to forced-air furnaces which use cheaper and simpler ducts. Furnace also tend to result in less mess when they experience problems (unlike boiler systems, which can spring leaks almost anywhere in the house).

On the other hand, boilers often cost less in terms of month-to-month energy bills, since they require less energy to run. Furthermore, they operate much more quietly then forced-air furnaces, and don’t create drafts or cold spots the way that furnaces do. Because they don’t blow air, boilers don’t circulate dust or allergens, and you can utilize zone control much more easily you can with a centralized air conditioner.

In terms of efficiency, there is a common barometer that can help determine the best system for you. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUS) ratings measure the efficiency of furnaces and boilers. The higher the rating, the more of the unit’s energy goes into actual heating, as opposed to being lose through waste. You want the most efficient system you can find and the AFUE rating helps you directly compare different systems to determine the best one for your home and budget.

So are boilers better than furnaces? Depending on the circumstances, they might very well be. Regardless, however, you need an expert to help you decide. Here in North Ridgeville, boiler and furnace installation can be performed by Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We can inspect your home and discuss your options with you, to help you decide if one particular technology is better for your home or not. Give us a call to set up a consultation today!

 

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How Does a Pool Heater Work?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

There are a couple different types of pool heaters on the market that homeowners have to choose from. Probably the two most popular are gas and heat pump pool heaters. They’re both very different and each has specific advantages over the other. Here at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer total service for pool heaters in Fairview Park. We wanted to share a little bit about how pool heaters work.

Call us today if you need installation, repair, maintenance or replacement for your pool heater in Fairview Park.

Gas Pool Heaters in Fairview Park

Gas pool heaters operate in a similar fashion to a gas furnace. The pool heater burns natural gas which heats up a series of metal coils. A pump draws in cold pool water and passes it through the coils which heats up the water. The pump continues to circulate the newly-heated water back to the pool.

One of the main advantages of a gas pool heater is that it can operate in even the coldest temperatures. While you’re probably not going to heat up your pool or spa in the dead of winter, there may be some times during the fall or spring that you want to enjoy your pool and a gas pool heater is going to be able to get the job done a lot more efficiently and effectively in those cases. Also, natural gas is almost less expensive to buy than electricity which can be a big deal for some homeowners.

Heat Pump Pool Heaters in Fairview Park

Unlike gas pool heaters that need to consume a fuel to create heat, a heat pump pool heater actually absorbs heat from the outside air in order to heat your pool. This makes them incredibly efficient which many homeowners enjoy—especially if you like to heat your pool or spa a lot.

However, when the temperature drops below a certain temperature, usually around the freezing point, heat pump pool heaters stop operating efficiently because of the lack of heat in the air. This is one of the main disadvantages to heat pumps in general. However, many homeowners choose the heat pump pool heaters because of their efficiency.

Call us here at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning if you have any questions or if you need any heating service in Fairview Park.

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