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

The Best Ways to Protect Your Furnace This Summer

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Spring is here, and with it, the cold temperatures that make your heater a daily necessity as slowly giving way to blue skies and warm days. That means your furnace probably won’t see much use between now and next fall. Here in Avon, furnace use will drop off considerably in the next few weeks until the time comes to put your air conditioning system on the same rigorous schedule that your furnace was once. Even though your heater is going into mothballs for a few months, however, you want it to perform at its best when you have need of it again next fall. Here’s a general guideline on the best ways to protect your furnace this summer.

It starts with a routine furnace maintenance session from a qualified technician. He or she can clean dirty parts, tighten loose components, unclog burners that may be choked with detritus and perform a thorough inspection designed to spot any potential problems that may still be in the development stages. If he or she notices one, you can then plan for a repair session at your leisure. Because you won’t be needing the heater for a time, you have a lot of flexibility and can fit the repair session into your schedule without worrying about the timing. (Contrast this with scheduling a session during the winter, when time is a factor and you need it to run ASAP.)

You can further protect your furnace by running it every few weeks during the summer, for at least 15 minutes or more, and checking for any signs of problems. (Ideally, you can do it at night when things are cooler.) Again, that gives you a jump on any lingering issues, and lets you take care of it before you have need of your heater.

If you know the best ways to protect your furnace this summer, the next step is to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to help you out. Furnace maintenance and other heating system services in Avon are a regular part of our service, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction at every step of the way. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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How Does Air Filtration Make for Healthier Living?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Most heating and air conditioning units have some kind of air filtration, whether it’s a replaceable screen, a UV light or an electronic air filter. Basic air filters usually need to be replaced every few months, while more elaborate ones can usually be installed to work in conjunction with your HVAC system. Here in Fairview Park, filtration systems can be readily installed by qualified professionals. But that doesn’t explain why you’d want to install such a system in your home. How does air filtration make for happier living? A few answers can be found below.

Air filtration screens out dust and detritus in your home, with an eye on improving your indoor air quality. Standard filters typically screen out larger particles while missing smaller ones, though you can improve on that front by installing HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Absorption) filters, which strain much smaller particles than a standard filter. Electronic filters use electromagnetism to capture a wide array of dust particles, while UV lights kill bacteria and other biological organisms. Both can be installed in your existing HVAC system in many cases.

Regardless of the level of protection, however, the presence of a clean filter elevates the quality of your indoor air. That means a reduced risk of nose and throat irritation, fewer colds and flu bugs, and relief for family members suffering from allergies. In the latter case, a high-end system can help make your home a haven from allergens, allowing asthmatic or allergy-sensitive family members some respite. Even if you don’t have those concerns, air filters help you breathe more easily and can reduce the risk of viruses and other common infections.

For more on how air filtration makes for healthier living, or to schedule an installation session, call on Westland Heating & Air Conditioning to help. Filtration systems are part of our standard coverage, and we are committed to making you happy at every step of the way. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to set up an appointment. We’ll find and install the right kind of air filter for you! And don’t forget to let us know if you have any other questions you may have about other HVAC services in Fairview Park.

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Why Would I Want to Raise the Humidity Levels in My Home?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Humidity levels in your home play as much a role in your comfort levels as the temperature itself. Simply heating or cooling the air is only one step in the process. You also need to make sure that humidity levels are neither too dry nor too moist. Here in North Olmsted, humidifier technology can be installed in your HVAC system to help when the air feels too dry. “But why would I want to raise the humidity levels in my home?” you ask. A few of the answers can be found below.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, humidity levels should be between 30% and 60% for most human beings to feel comfortable. (Air in the desert usually has a humidity level of between 20% and 25%.) If you heat your house on a chilly day, that number can drop to 15% or below. You can definitely feel the difference. More importantly, it can caused cracked, dry skin, chapped lips and other health problems. Breathing, in particular can become ragged or even painful, and if someone in your family has asthma or a similar respiratory issue, then excessively dry air can exacerbate his or her condition. In addition, dry air can damage your furnishings: cracking furniture glue holding your couches or chairs in place, drying out painting, increasing static electricity as you walk and damaging house plants.

A whole house humidifier can be an easy solution to improve your indoor air quality. It systematically adds moisture to the air until it reaches a level comfortable to you and your family. (You can achieve that with portable humidifiers as well, but if the issue recurs and/or you need to buy multiple portable units to cover your whole house, then something more elaborate may be in order.) Humidifier technology can be installed in your HVAC system by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We can explain why you would want to raise the humidity levels in your home, then install a reliable system to do it for you. Call us today to set up an appointment! We offer quality HVAC system services in North Olmsted to help keep the air quality as high as possible for your home.

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Things to Plan for with Radiant Heat Installation

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Radiant heat systems in Bay Village form a viable alternative to traditional boilers and forced-air furnaces. It entails a series of metal tubes installed below your floorboards, along with reflective tiles hat easily transfer heat. When installed, the tube carry heated water which radiates warmth upward and into the room itself. Because the heat is transferred directly, it eliminates many of the problems associated with forced air furnaces. It’s also very efficient, since it transfers the energy directly instead of relying on a fan or blower. Once it’s installed, it should save you a great deal of money on monthly energy costs, but the installation itself can be quite involved and take up a great deal of time. Here are some things to plan for with radiant heat installation.

In the first place, you need to be prepared to move your furnishings out of any room where the radiant system will be installed. The entire premise of radiant heating is that it sits beneath your floorboards, which will need to be removed and replaced once the system is set up. Prepare a location to store the furniture, lamps, rugs and other accoutrements while the technician is doing his or her work. In some cases, it may be necessary to rotate the location throughout your house as the technician moves to different areas.

On top of that, you need to find a place for the central pump and control unit, which usually sits nearby and allows you to operate the system effectively. Your technician can provide specific details based on the exact model you have, but it will probably need access to your electrical system and possibly the plumbing lines as well. Once you have the specifics (including dimensions and power needs), you can locate the ideal spot for you installation.

The trained professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning can provide you with quality HVAC services in Bay Village. Installing radiant heat systems is one of our specialties. We have years of experience with these systems, and we will guide you through each step with clarity and precision. So give us a call today and schedule your next appointment with us.

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