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

What Does SEER Stand For?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you’ve examined your air conditioner, you may have noticed a label detailing its SEER rating, and wondered what it means. The term stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s a way of measuring the system’s efficiency. That can have a huge impact on your system, especially with our hot summers here in Westlake, OH. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, it pays to understand what the SEER rating means and why it matters so much to you.

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Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We rarely think about our water heaters, since they’re often tucked in an out-of-the-way part of the house and do their job quietly and without complaint. Trouble can always arise, however, especially if your system hasn’t been serviced in a while and/or you have an especially old water heater. Here in Westlake, OH, professionals can repair most problems with your water heater, but you need to be able to spot the signs that your water heater needs repairs before you can summon assistance. Here’s a few telltale signs to watch for.

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How Do Humidity Levels Affect Home Comfort?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We live in Westlake, OH, which means our summers are hot and humid and our winters are cold and dry. Humidity levels—both high and low—play a huge role in our comfort levels, and can be as important as temperature control when establishing a comfortable household. You can purchase a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier to correct the imbalance, but you can benefit by understanding exactly how humidity levels affect home comfort.

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What Causes Low Air Flow in Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

When most people think of air conditioner troubles, they assume it’s a lack of cool air or an inability to turn on entirely. Both of those are huge problems to be sure, especially in the middle of our steamy Westlake, OH summers. But equally as problematic is a system that turns on and produces plenty of cool air, but can’t blow that air into your home effectively. As with a lack of cool air, the issue forces your system to work harder than it has to, which both raises the cost of your monthly bills and increases the risk of a breakdown due to increased strain. So what causes low air flow in your air conditioner? Here are some possible causes.

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Fan Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The fan is an integral part to your air conditioner. After all, the system can cool all the air you want, but if the fan can’t blow it through the ducts into your home, it’s not going to do you a bit of good. Problems with the fan tend to create a cascading effect, as reduced air flow forces the system to work harder and increases the strain on individual components. Your monthly bills will go up and the chances of a significant breakdown—in the middle of our Westlake, OH summer no less—tend to go up considerably. There are a number of specific fan problems with your air conditioner that you should watch out for. If you spot them, shut off your system and contact a repair technician immediately.

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