Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for March, 2015

How Geothermal Systems Help the Environment

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

There are many excellent reasons to consider installing a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a ground-source heat pump) for your home. Like other heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, but they also work at higher efficiency during cold weather than standard air-source heat pumps because they use the stable temperature under the ground at their medium for heat exchange. This energy-efficient performance translates into long-term savings on heating and cooling bills. Geothermal heat pumps also have a lifespan that surpasses most other comfort systems, giving homeowners an even longer period to enjoy the energy savings capabilities.

But investing in geothermal power for your home is also an investment in the environment as a whole. In fact, the eco-friendly benefits of ground-source heat pumps are one of the main reasons that many people choose to install them.

To find out more about the many advantages of a geothermal heat pump in Bay Village, OH, call up our experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We have a history of excellent geothermal heating and cooling services in the area.

The environmental benefit of geothermal systems

If you are concerned about greenhouse gases, you’ll be glad to know that a geothermal heat pump produces far fewer harmful emissions than a furnace and less even than a conventional heat pump—and that’s even when you consider the emissions from the power plant that provides the electricity to run the heat pump.

Here’s an example of the difference that geothermal can make on a large scale: A 3-ton geothermal heat pump (about average for most homes) generates around one pound less of carbon dioxide per hour than an air-source heat pump. Because a geothermal heat pump’s interior components will last around 20 years, which is an average of 6–7 years more than an air-source heat pump, it will result in a significant lifetime reduction of carbon monoxide emissions. When you take into account that the carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. from residential and commercial air conditioning and heating systems is equivalent to all the carbon dioxide from vehicles, you’ll see what an important contribution to air quality a geothermal system can be. Installing 100,000 geothermal systems would be equal to removing the pollution from almost 60,000 cars.

If you would like to contribute to the growing number of homes that are helping the environment through geothermal power, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our professionals will find out if your house and property are suited for the installation of a geothermal heat pump in Bay Village, OH and then arrange to have the work done.

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Health Issues a Humidifier Can Help With

Friday, March 20th, 2015

People often associate high humidity with an uncomfortable environment. There’s no doubt that when the moisture level is too high in a home that it will cause discomfort and end up placing additional strain on the AC. However, the opposite problem, low humidity, can also create severe issues. Not only does it make it harder to keep warm, but excessively dry air can also trigger health problems in a home.

If you have experienced low humidity in your home (a good indicator is if static electricity has become a nuisance), then get in touch with Westland Heating & Air Conditioning and arrange for installation of a humidifier in Avon Lake, OH. Our indoor air quality professionals offer both humidifier and dehumidifier services so you can have the balanced indoor humidity necessary for comfort, energy savings, and better health.

Health conditions and low indoor humidity

Low humidity is principally an issue during the winter, and it can lead to an increase in colds and flus in a household. Dry air leads to inflamed and dried-out mucus membranes along the respiratory tract. Since these membranes are one of the body’s principle defenses against communicable diseases, when they dry up it will become easy for illnesses to spread from person to person. Dry conditions also allow for a number of viruses to survive longer outside of the human body, making the chance of catching a cold or flu even higher.

Dry air will also cause skin, nose, eye, and throat irritation. There is a specific danger to eyes, because low humidity causes tears to evaporate faster, leaving the eyes exposed to damage.

As skin loses moisture to the dry air (which also takes heat with it, the reason low humidity makes cold temperatures feel worse), it will start to develop cracks and become itchy. Cracked skin also serves as a path for illness to enter your body.

Although there are a number of methods you can use to increase humidity in your home, you must be cautious about maintaining balance. Too much humidity and you will have a whole different set of problems. The best way to be certain of achieving the correct balance is to contact indoor air quality professionals and schedule the installation of a whole-house humidifier.

You can count on the experience of the technicians at Westland Heating & Air Conditioning to see that you receive our professional installation of a humidifier in Avon Lake, OH. Give us a call today if you are suffering from dry air in your home.

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Isn’t the Air Filter in my HVAC System Enough for Clean Air?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

When it comes to the job of keeping unhealthy particles from circulating through a home, one of the best options is to have mechanical air filters professionally installed into the HVAC system. Mechanical filters require no power to operate; they capture pollutants down to 0.3 microns in size (which includes dust, pollen, dander, dust mites, and lint that can fill your air) in a mesh of fibers. You can call on the indoor air quality specialists at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning if you are interested in installing air filtration in Avon, OH for your home. Our technicians will see that you receive the best filter type to match your HVAC system and remove the airborne particles that are affecting your home.

But doesn’t my air conditioner/heater already have an air filter?

Well, it should. (If it doesn’t, give us a call right away and we will help fix that.) This filter is an important part of the operating of an AC and a forced-air heater such as a furnace. The filter is part of the return air vents that bring air from the rooms of the house into the HVAC system where it is heated or cooled. The filter prevents contamination from the inside of the house from entering and damaging the components of the air conditioner and/or heater. This filter needs to have regular changing or cleaning to make sure that it doesn’t clog up the airflow into the HVAC system and lead to inefficient performance.

This filter isn’t enough to clean the air you breathe

The air filter for an air conditioner and heater is not designed to remove airborne contaminants from the air moving around your home. It does some good, but not enough. If you are experiencing low quality air right now, chances are high that your HVAC system has an air filter in it—and it clearly isn’t taking care of the job.

The air filters that will keep contaminating particles from polluting your air are specifically designed with your health and comfort in mind. If matched correctly to your HVAC system and installed by professionals, they can remove more than 99% of the unwanted particles attempting to move through them without negatively affecting the airflow from the system.

Our team at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning is dedicated to finding the right air filtration systems for our customers. If you want excellent air filtration in Avon, OH, give us a call.

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Should My Heat Pump’s Outdoor Unit Run during Cold Weather?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A heat pump is both a cold weather and warm weather indoor comfort system. During cool temperatures, a heat pump draws ambient warmth from the outside air using refrigerant and then moves it indoors. During warm temperatures, it removes the heat in the air from the indoors and shifts it outdoors. If a heat pump is well-matched to a home and receives professional installation and regular maintenance, it should keep a house at the right temperature no matter the weather outside.

For excellent installation, repairs, and regular maintenance for a heat pump in Westlake, OH that will provide your family with comfort all through the year, always look to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

HVAC technicians sometimes receive calls from new heat pump owners regarding what seems like a malfunction: the outdoor cabinet running during cold weather. If a homeowner has only used a standard air conditioner before, this may seem like odd behavior from the system. After all, an air conditioner isn’t supposed to run during cold weather, and if the outdoor cabinet starts running, it means there is something wrong.

However, a heat pump’s outdoor unit is supposed to operate during cold weather. Although a heat pump resembles an air conditioner in many ways, it has the important difference of being able to change the direction it circulates refrigerant, which causes the indoor and outdoor coils to swap functions. During cold weather, the heat pump’s compressor (which is housed in the outdoor unit) will still run in order to place the refrigerant under high pressure and high heat. The fans in the outdoor unit must also run in order to draw the outside air across the coils where the refrigerant absorbs its heat through evaporation and then takes it indoors. You should expect to hear the components in the outdoor cabinet working whenever you switch your heat pump over to heating mode: if you don’t, then something is definitely wrong.

Nonetheless, you should stay vigilant when it comes to the sounds your heat pump makes while it operates. Always call for repair technicians when you hear clanging, banging, clicking, or hissing noises from either cabinet. And if the outside unit of your heat pump is running, but you aren’t receiving heat, you should also call for technicians right away to investigate the problem.

No matter what your concern is regarding your heat pump’s operation, you can trust to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to take care of it. When it comes to servicing a heat pump in Westlake, OH, we are the people to call.

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