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

Is a Whole House Dehumidifier a Good Investment?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

High humidity inside a home can create problems throughout the year; it isn’t only relegated to summer. Depending on where you live, winter can present some extreme problems with moisture entering your home. Some level of dehumidifying is a good idea for most homeowners.

An air conditioning system helps to remove moisture from the air through condensing excess water moisture along the indoor coil. However, an AC is a limited source for dehumidifying, and you certainly won’t want to use it during cold weather. In some situations, the best way to tackle damp air in your home is through the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier in your HVAC system.

This job requires professionals to properly select and size the unit and then fit it into your current system. To consult with Rocky River, OH dehumidifier service experts, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We carry and install top quality brands of humidity control devices.

When a Whole-House Dehumidifier Makes Good Sense

Not every home needs to have a dehumidifier installed, but you should consider one if any of the below is true:

  • You have difficulty with comfort during summer: If your air conditioning seems unable to cool you down enough in warm weather—and the problem isn’t from the AC—excess humidity in the air may be responsible. High moisture levels in the air slow down how fast our skin perspires, and this means we are unable to release enough heat to cool down. This causes us to feel warmer than the actual temperature. A whole-house dehumidifier will make the heat of summer easier to bear.
  • Your house has trouble with mold and mildew growth: High moisture levels promote the growth of mold and mildew. Both release spores that are detrimental to your health, and they also destroy construction material. Reducing humidity cuts off their growth at the source.
  • There’s an increase in other ailments in your house: High humidity allows dust mites to thrive, which pose a danger similar to mold and mildew. Excess humidity can trigger asthma and allergies and allow for the rapid spread of illnesses. You should consider a dehumidifier if you’ve noticed an increase in illness along with higher humidity.

If you are in need of indoor air quality service in Rocky River, OH such as installing a dehumidifier, give us a call today and set up an appointment. Along with installation of dehumidifiers, our technicians also handle repairs and maintenance; they will make sure your whole-house dehumidifier keeps working its best for you.

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What Can Rooftop Units Do for My Business?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Rooftop air conditioning units are a common sight in office buildings and similar commercial spaces such as malls. They’ve become the staple for most types of business and here in Bay Village, rooftop units make an easy and advantageous choice for your commercial HVAC system. If you’re considering a new system for your building, you should seriously consider such units. But why specifically? “What can rooftop units do for my business?” you ask. Here’s a quick rundown.

Commercial space, whether it be an office building, a piece of retail space or a restaurant, has much different air conditioning needs than a residential home. Homes tend to have a set number of occupants regardless of who owns them at the time. Businesses, on the other hand, must deal with a constant ebb and flow of occupants: not only customers who might come and go but expanding and contracting numbers of employees, depending upon the needs of the business in question. Not only must a commercial HVAC system support a much larger space, but it must be able to grown and shrink to meet ever-changing needs.

Rooftop units are perfect for that. They have a modular natures, which means you can add and subtract new ones as the need arises. If you expand into a new floor, there’s no need to completely revamp your HVAC system. Just add another unit or two. Similarly, if a tenant leaves one section of your office building, you can remove the extraneous units with little or no fuss. Furthermore, since space is at a premium in most businesses, you don’t want to take up precious square footage with a big system. Rooftop units are out of the way, and yet easily accessible in the event you need repair.

For more on what rooftop units can do for your business, or to schedule an installation session, give the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning a call. Our trained staff has years of experience handling commercial HVAC services in Bay Village, and we’ll set up a system that fits both your needs and your budget. Give us a call to make an appointment today!

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How Well Does a Heat Pump Work in the Winter?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

It’s a serious question if you’re considering installing a new HVAC system: how well does a heat pump work in the winter? The sad answer is, not as well as you might like. Heat pumps have a lot of benefits, which we’ll discuss in a moment. But when temperatures drop below 40 degrees, they lose a lot of efficiency, and here in Rocky River, heat pumps run into cold weather on a regular basis. Ohio winters are often more than a heat pump can handle, but don’t worry. With a little modification, you can still enjoy all of the benefits that a heat pump can provide.

Heat pumps operate in a manner similar to air conditioners, circulating refrigerant gas that is first transferred into a liquid and then converted back into a gas. The process generates both warm and cool air, which the heat pump can blow into your home via a fan. In the summer, cool air is the priority. In winter it’s the warm air. The heat pump can handle both and because it’s merely transferring heat instead of generating it, it uses a lot less energy than traditional furnaces do.

Unfortunately, it does much less well in the cold, and in this neck of the woods “cold” is par for the course during the winter months. In practical terms, it removes a lot of the benefits that a heat pump has. Enter the hybrid unit. This brings a smaller auxiliary furnace to bear on days when the temperature gets really chilly, helping the heat pump out and ensuring that you still have a warm and comfortable home no matter what. Because the furnace in a hybrid system is small, it still costs less than other forms of heating, saving you money without having to skimp on your ability to warm your home.

Heat pumps and other heating system services in Rocky River are offered by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We know that heat pumps don’t always work as well as you’d like in the winter, and we have the solutions to make your system work as well as you could wish. Call us today to discuss your options. You’ll be glad you did!

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The Principles Behind Geothermal Heating

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Geothermal heating is actually a very old concept, going back to the 14th Century. We have more modern ways of dealing with it today, of course, and here in the 21t Century, geothermal heating can be used as a viable alternative to gas furnaces for heating your home. Indeed here in, Westlake, geothermal heating makes a lot of sense, both in terms of its efficient means of warming your home and in the reduced environmental impact it makes in comparison to boilers and gas furnaces. The principles behind geothermal heating are what makes it all work.

It starts with a physical constant: once you further down than a few feet, the temperature of the earth remains constant. No matter what the temperature is like outside, it won’t impact the ground itself past the first few feet of topsoil. That constant allows the right system to facilitate a heat exchange: pulling heat from the earth or returning heat to the earth, depending upon your needs.

That’s where the geothermal heating system comes in. It buries a series of looping coils into the ground, below the frost line and well past the point where the surface temperature can affect them. It then pumps a mixture of water and antifreeze through the tubes, which facilitates the transfer with the earth: pulling in the heat and transferring it back to your home. The remainder of the system then transfers the heat from the mixture to the air, and blows it into your home via a fan or motor.

Because it doesn’t have to create any heat – merely transfer it form the ground into your home – it takes far less energy to operate than other forms of heating. And because the bulk of the system lies safely underground (and features no moving parts in those sections), it’s much less prone to breakdowns and repairs. Geothermal heating and other heating system services in Westlake is offered by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We understand the principles behind geothermal heating and our staff has considerable experience with their installation and maintenance. Call us today for a consultation and we’ll help you decide on the best heating for you.

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