Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for January, 2014

Whole-House Humidifiers: Why They Are Better Options than Portable Units

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Dry air becomes a big problem in the winter, when the cold air can’t hold as much moisture and we can feel the difference in myriad ways. Static electricity gives us a shock when we walk across a rug, while dry noses and throats can increase irritation and allergic reactions. We feel uncomfortable in dry air, and in the worst cases it can actively damage your furnishings. In Ohio towns like North Ridgeville, humidifier installation can help alleviate the problem, which crops up every winter and usually sticks around until well after the snows melt in spring. Portable humidifiers are inexpensive and easy to use, but if you suffer from an excessively dry household, a whole-house humidifier may be a better solution to help improve your indoor air quality. Here’s a quick breakdown on whole-house humidifier and why they are better options than portable units.

In the first place, a whole-house humidifier allows complete humidity control in every corner of your house. A portable humidifier works well for just a single area, and while it might work, say, in a section where you’re raising plants, or in your bedroom to help you sleep, it just can’t provide that kind of comprehensive coverage.

Then there’s the notion of control. A portable humidifier has basic controls to let you tailor the level of moisture in the immediate area, but in point of fact, it doesn’t permit the kind of precision you need for total comfort. A whole-house humidifier, connected to your home heating and air conditioning system, allows you to precisely control the humidity levels to ensure maximum comfort levels throughout the entire home. Finally, whole-house humidifiers can help moderate your monthly energy costs, since higher humidity levels will help you feel warmer without having to raise the temperature quite so much.

If you know why whole-house humidifiers are better option than portable units and you wish to install one in your home, contact the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Humidifier technology could be the best thing to establish optimum home comfort, and our trained technicians know exactly how to install such units properly. Call us today and schedule an appointment with a professional HVAC service in North Ridgeville.

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Why Businesses Use Rooftop HVAC Units

Monday, January 20th, 2014

You can see rooftop HVAC units on top of most businesses, whether they exist as stand-alone buildings or part of a larger complex like a mall. Here in Fairview Park, rooftop units remain a very popular option for business owners hoping to condition their air cheaply and efficiently. But that doesn’t explain why rooftop units are so popular with businesses, or what kinds of advantages they provide. It can be particularly perplexing since rooftop units still use the same basic system operated in most homes. Here’s a brief rundown of why businesses use rooftop units.

It boils down to two basic factors: space and flexibility. Unlike residences, which usually have back yards to set their HVAC systems, business place space at a premium. Any spot taken up by the heating system is a spot that can’t be used for another purpose: anything from storage to extra parking space. Add to that the fact that many businesses use high story buildings – which require a lot of energy to push cool air to the upper stories – and placement on the roof starts to make a lot of sense.

Then there’s the question of flexibility. Rooftop HVAC systems tend to use a set size capable of heating or cooling a certain specific amount of space. If the system is too small, it’s not going to do the job. That’s rarely a problem, however, because Rooftop systems are designed to be modular. That is, you can add more units quickly and easily in order to support every part of the building in question. That modular aspect helps you better treat the needs of different businesses occupying the same building, as well as tracking which businesses use more heating in the winter.

The combination of those two factors makes rooftop HVAC units very attractive to most businesses. Rooftop units can be assembled and installed by the Fairview Park rooftop units specialists at Westland Heat and Air Conditioning. We can discuss your options with you beforehand, then conduct the installation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone to make an appointment. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Why Can’t I Spot a Boiler Leak on My Own?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Boilers contain few mechanical parts and therefore have a reduced need for repairs compared to a heating system like a furnace or a heat pump. However, because boilers use hydronic power (water) to provide heat, they are susceptible to two specific problems: corrosion and leaking. The former is often the cause of the latter, although there are a number of other reasons for leaks to occur.

We’ll deal with leaks in this post, specifically the difficulty you can have detecting them. If you need assistance with a leaking boiler in Fairview Park, OH, contact the professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We bring more than a quarter of a century of experience to our work.

There are two principle reasons why boiler leaks can pose problems to spot:

  1. The leaks occur in hidden places: Much of the piping that comes from your boiler and connects to the baseboard heaters and/or radiators throughout the house are hidden in walls, ceilings, and floors. Leaks here are difficult to detect until they begin to cause noticeable damage, such as bulges beneath wallpaper, dark spots on walls, and warping in floorboards. Boiler repair technicians have special tools that allow them to locate leaks through drywall, wood, and even stone.
  2. The water from the leaks evaporates too fast: The temperature inside the boiler is of course very high. Few boilers today actually “boil” and use steam power as they once did. However, the temperature of the water is high enough that when it leaks it often rapidly evaporates in the outside air, not giving the water enough time to form a visible pool on the ground. It requires the work of professionals to track down leaks of this nature. Fortunately, these sorts of leaks are small, so you have time to catch them before they start to enlarge and cause more problems. (And they will get worse; that’s the nature of leaks.)

Sometimes boiler leaks are easy to spot: if the tank itself is leaking from corrosion or a broken connection, it’s hard to miss the water collecting beneath the tank—and it might mean the whole tank needs replacement. But if the leaks are difficult to find, there are a number of warning signs to look for that indicate you may have leaking problems. A rumbling boiler, a drop in heating power, or an increase in humidity in your home can point toward boiler leaks. If in doubt, you need to call in experts to discover what is wrong, locate the leaks, seal them, and find the root cause of the problem.

Leak detection and any kind of boiler repair requires training and specialized equipment, so call up experts like those at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning when you need help to rescue your boiler in Fairview Park, OH.

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Noises Your Furnace Should Not Be Making

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Your furnace is an important part of your household, providing reliable heat and comfort during the cold months of winter. In towns like Westlake, furnace technology is the best line of defense against Ohio’s notoriously bad winter weather. Whether it’s a traditional gas furnace, a boiler, or an alternative form of heating such as a heat pump or a radiant system, your heating system needs to function when you need it to. Part of that equation means spotting signs of trouble before they get out of hand. Noises, in particular, are a harbinger of problems, and if you hear any odd sounds from your heater, you should shut it off and call in a repair service immediately.

Here’s a brief list of noises your furnace should not be making.

  • Grinding noises. This usually indicates metal parts, such as the fan, grinding against other parts: increasing friction and enhancing the chances of a motor overload.
  • Booming noises; especially when the furnace starts up. This might mean a problem with the burners releasing too much gas, or a similar issue.
  • Rattling noises. Rattling noises could mean a loose bolt or other object in the heater itself, or a fan motor or similar component that is loose in its housings and vibrating as it works.
  • Groaning noises. Groaning noises sometimes arise on a cold day when you first start your furnace up. The cold metal of the ducts can sometimes stretch a bit when the warm air hits it. On the other hand, it could indicate a component under considerable stress, and in any case probably merits the attention of a service professional.
  • Clunking noise. A clunking sound could indicate a fan blade that is out of alignment, or a cracked fan belt which is thumping in its rotation.

In general, any noise you’re not accustomed to hearing is probably a noise your furnace should not be making. Furnace repair in Westlake can be handled by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. If you’re having a problem with your heating system, then don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call!

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