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

Pollutants That Air Filtration Will Remove

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

An unfortunate side-effect of the modern energy-efficient home is that the heat sealing on the home prevents the circulation of fresh outdoor air. This results in a buildup of pollutants inside the home that cannot escape but instead continue to move about the house. Because of this, low indoor air quality has become a significant health issue in the U.S.

One of the best ways to counteract the trouble of low indoor air quality is the installation of an air filtration system into your home’s ventilation. Whether mechanical or electronic, and air filtration system will clean out the air passing through the ducts before it reaches your indoor air.

You will need air quality specialists, like those at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, to help you choose and install the right system for your home. Air filtration in Rocky River, OH can remove many types of particles, and the installers need to know which type to target so they can install the filtration system that will do the best job. Below are some of the pollutants that pass through a ventilation system that filtration will eliminate:

  • Dust and dirt: The most common contamination is old-fashioned dirt, dust, and lint. These are the easiest to stop using filtration; standard mechanical air filters can trap particles down to 0.3 microns in size, and sometimes smaller.
  • Dander: Hair dander, especially from pets, is a major trigger for allergies. Mechanical filters easily catch these nuisances.
  • Dust mites: These tiny insects are responsible for symptoms in humans similar to asthma and allergies: red, irritated eyes; stuffy nose; sneezing and coughing. High efficiency filters like HEPA filters can stop dust mites.
  • Gaseous pollutants: Numerous kinds of gases and odor molecules can circulate through your home and cause health issues. Among the more common are carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, smoke, pesticides, and residue from cleaning products, paints, and adhesives. Mechanical filters usually will not stop gaseous pollutants, and electronic air purifiers that use ionization are a better solution.

The best way to start with cleaner air for your home is to schedule indoor air testing services. Professionals will perform a series of tests that will identify exactly what is lowering your air quality and how best to treat it. They can then install an air filtration system that will eliminate the problem.

Our indoor air quality team at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning perform air testing services and the installation of a variety of systems for air filtration in Rocky River, OH. We have NATE-certified technicians on staff who are familiar with ventilation systems and will make sure that you receive the best air filtration installation possible. Contact us for other indoor air quality services such as installing humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and UV germicidal lights.

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Signs of Trouble with Rooftop Units in Bay Village

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The workhorses of the commercial HVAC world are packaged rooftop heating and cooling units. Since the earliest days of electromechanical air conditioning for businesses, these rooftop units have been the standard way to deliver comfort for a workplace. The modular nature of these systems allows for easy expansion, and because they are designed as packaged units with all the components located in one cabinet, they are convenient to repair and maintain.

If the rooftop units in your Bay Village, OH business start to show signs of malfunctions, then it’s time to call on the work of commercial repair specialists. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning handles many commercial HVAC services and has for over a quarter of a century. Place your company’s comfort in our skilled hands.

Watch for these signs of rooftop unit troubles

  • Uneven heating or cooling: It’s likely that you have more than one rooftop unit working to condition your business. If one stops working, you may at first not notice it because the others will continue to supply conditioned air from the vents. However, not all the rooms or zones of the workplace will receive the same level of heating/cooling, and you will start hearing complaints from customers and employees regarding hot and cold spots. These are early warnings that one or more of the rooftop units is encountering trouble.
  • Odd noises from the vents: One of the advantages of rooftop units is that they remove noise from the workplace. However, a malfunctioning rooftop unit can often begin to make large amounts of mechanical noise, and this can echo down through the vents. If odd noises start to disrupt your business, then you should bring in HVAC repair specialists to look into the issue.
  • Spike in utility bills: Rooftop units are durable and will often continue to produce their standard levels of heating and cooling despite having operational problems. However, they will drain far more energy to achieve their normal heating and cooling levels, and you will see this reflected on your bills. Since you keep a close watch on your company’s finances, you should quickly notice these leaps in costs. Don’t ignore them, since they will not improve over time. Instead, contact reliable repair professionals to see what work needs to be done.

To help avoid trouble from the rooftop units that keep your workplace comfortable for employees, customers, clients, and/or tenants, make sure to schedule twice-yearly maintenance visits.

Westland Heating and Air Conditioning provides comprehensive maintenance in Bay Village, OH for rooftop units, and we are available whenever you need repairs.

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Which Air Filtration System Is Right for Me?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Indoor air quality is an important part of your overall comfort. While your air conditioning system comes with a standard air filter, this filter isn’t made to improve air quality; rather, it is used to keep dust and dirt from clogging your system. The best way to improve indoor air quality is with a whole-home air filtration system that can remove problem particles from the air in your Avon Lake home. As air quality specialists for over 25 years, Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has the air filtration products you need and the expertise to install them.

Types of Air Filtration Systems

Mechanical Air Filters

Mechanical filters come in a frame and insert directly into your air conditioning system, just as the standard air filter does. However, mechanical filters are made to remove different particles in the air to improve air quality while the standard air filter is not. The two most common types of mechanical air filters are:

  • Pleated
  • Extended surface (this includes HEPA filters)

Each of these filters strain out particles in the air stream before they can reach your indoors.

Electronic Air Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners trap particles using electrostatic charges. There are two types of electronic air cleaners:

  • Electrostatic precipitators
  • Ion generators

Electrostatic precipitators use an external power source to draw your system’s air through an ionized area, then trap and collect the newly-charged particles onto oppositely-charged plates. These plates need to be cleaned approximately every 3 months to maximize performance.

An ion generator, also known as an ionizer, charges the air the same way as a precipitator, but does not have collection capability. Instead, the charged particles attached to oppositely-charged particles, and land on walls and other surfaces, where you can clean and remove them.

Which Air Filter Is Best For Me?

Choosing an air filtration system depends on your needs. Allergy sufferers will need an air filter strong enough to remove particles like pollen and some mold and mildew spores; asthma sufferers may need help with both allergens and certain types of indoor air pollution. The best way to determine which air filtration system is best for your Avon Lake home is to work with a trained specialist.

For over 25 years, Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has helped Avon Lake customers with better indoor air quality. Interested in improving yours? Call us today.

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Advantages to Installing a Chiller

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

If you have a business that needs cooling for a large space—especially one with industrial machinery that generates large outputs of heat—a commercial chiller is an excellent option. A chiller is a type of refrigeration equipment that uses water for cooling instead of the standard system of using chemical refrigerant to carry out heat exchange (this is how regular air conditioners work). A chiller removes heat from water that circulates through its coils, and this chilled water is what cools down the air—a process called evaporative cooling.

Whether you need to replace your current chiller or wish to install one for the first time, the people to call for the job are at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer numerous services for commercial HVAC needs, and when it comes to chillers in Westlake, OH, we have you covered for installation, maintenance, and repairs.

Reasons to Install a Chiller at Your Business

  • Protection for your equipment: The best reason to have chillers working in your business is that they protect your equipment. Losing one of your industrial machines to overheating can result in expensive replacements that can account for a huge chunk of your annual budget—one that you might not be able to afford. But with a chiller, you have a cost-effective way to cool down the vital machinery for your business.
  • Reduced costs: Chillers circulate water; they do not constantly draw outside water from a municipal source and then send it out into the sewer system. This means you will save money on utility bills for water and sewer. Water chillers are also more effective than water towers when it comes to summer operation, and will cost much less to run. And even though chillers produce heat exhaust during operation, there are special efficient units that recovery this energy to use as part of its cycle.
  • Enormous cooling output: A chiller can provide powerful cooling levels considering its reduced costs to run: depending on size, a chiller can provide between 180,000 to 18,000,000 BTUs of cooling per hour, making them ideal for large industrial spaces that standard air conditioners simply cannot handle.

If your company needs installation of chillers in Westlake, OH, contact our commercial specialists at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. You need commercial experts for this job who have extensive experience working with chillers. You can also count on our team for quality repair work for your company’s chillers, and we also handle many other commercial HVAC services.

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th—although many years later.

Our family at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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