Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

3 Steps to Help Retire Your AC This Year

Monday, September 21st, 2020

It can be sad to say goodbye. Our air conditioners did an excellent job of keeping us cool, or perhaps they struggled a little bit. Either way, we’re going to need to retire them soon. As temperatures drop, you’ll need a heating solution for your home’s HVAC in Westlake, OH that can get the job done. While our next few blog posts will be talking about heating needs, we’re still going to mention a last few bits of advice about air conditioners before we say goodbye to them.

The truth is that most homeowners don’t retire their air conditioners the right way. When they pull them out at the start of summer the following year, they’re often surprised by problems that were either already there before, or the product of neglect during the winter. So let’s talk about what we can do to better help our cooling systems hibernate while we get ready for fall.

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Here Are Your AC Options

Monday, September 7th, 2020

When considering a new AC installation or a replacement, you’re going to need to know what’s out there. You don’t want to just replace your old air conditioner with another old, out-dated model, do you?

No, don’t worry. We’re not here to upsell you on the latest and greatest AC gadget you don’t need. What we’re here to talk about are reliable, effective cooling methods that not enough homeowners know about. From a heat pump installation to a central AC installation in Strongsville, OH, there are options out there that you’re better off knowing more about.

Do you think the subject of air conditioning is boring? Well, we’d beg to differ! We promise the information we’re about to get into has everything to do with saving you money and keeping that extra few bucks in your pocket for your next vacation.

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4 AC Noises You Should NEVER Ignore

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Let’s say you’re sleeping soundly one night and you hear a bump. If you had a long day or you’re having some great dreams, it’s usually a good idea to ignore it and go back to sleep. While horror movies might have us think that everything that goes “bump in the night” is bad, that’s not usually the case for any homeowners out there.

However, the real horror story are the noises you might hear in the night coming from your AC that signal big problems. When these type of noises occur, regardless of if they’re during the day or at night, they typically require AC repair in Strongsville, OH. When they’re ignored, unlike other noises that might come up in our home, they tend to become more expensive to fix and can lead to your air conditioner breaking down!

How about we avoid a breakdown and talk about what these noises mean and why you shouldn’t ignore them!

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Assess the Condition of Your AC

Monday, July 27th, 2020

How is your air conditioner doing? No, we’re not asking you to go outside and physically ask your outdoor AC cabinet how it’s doing. It’s not going to give you any answers. We’re talking about the condition of its mechanical components and the cooling power it produces. Is it working to your standards?

Too many homeowners think that their air conditioner works, and that’s all they need to know. Not many people like to think about how their air conditioner is working, or more specifically if it’s working well enough. How long does it take for your home to cool off? How high are your energy bills? Does it cool your home without making strange noises or causing a ruckus?

Be sure to keep reading as we prompt you to pay closer attention to your air conditioning in Strongsville, OH. We’ll get to the bottom of whether or not your AC is in good condition.

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AC Repair FAQ

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Air conditioners need to be repaired at least a few times during their service lives. The only problem is that in order for a professional to perform sensible repairs that are needed for your AC, you’ll need to call us when you suspect a problem. This is probably the most important, and often neglected, part of the process.

In order to mitigate that issue, we’ve included a brief FAQ centered on repair issues and when to call a professional for help. Ideally, we’d ask that you call us even if you’re not sure if there’s a problem or not, but most homeowners want a more specific response than that—so here you go!

AC repairs in Westlake, OH aren’t to be scoffed at. Don’t let heatwaves take you by surprise and cause a small issue in your AC to get much worse. Call us today!

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Choosing the Right AC Unit for Your Home

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes, and in order to choose the right one, you’re going to have to do a little bit of research. From central air conditioners, to ductless mini splits, to even heat pumps, you’ve got a wide selection to choose from if you’re in the market. The only problem is, unless you’re familiar with the HVAC industry, you’re probably confused as to what the differences are between them.

You’re not the only one! Homeowners everywhere get confused when signing up for AC system installation in Westlake, particularly because air conditioners are so different these days. Different models have different functions, different SEER ratings, and cool homes using different technology.

So today we’re going to dive into the three main types of air conditioners we offer and talk about what separates them.

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Enjoy the Benefits of a Filter Change

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Changing your air filter is one of the best things you as a homeowner could do for your heater, full stop. While it might not be the be-all-end-all for any heating problem, it can definitely provide relief for your system if it’s dealing with efficiency problems or a decrease in effectiveness.

Today, we’re going to talk about what a filter change in your heater can do and when you should look outward to a member of our team for anything requiring professional attention. For instance, heater maintenance in Rocky River, OH can be a great boon to your heater’s efficiency when combined with the replacement of an air filter in your heater, ensuring the system is working properly and consuming only as much energy as it needs to.

So, if you’re interested in seeing what you can do for your heater as a homeowner, keep reading below!

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Refrigerant Phaseout 2020: Everything You Need to Know

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The term “Freon” has become a household name in most areas of the country. That’s not a coincidence: this type of refrigerant has been associated with air conditioners for decades. The problem is, as we’ve grown more environmentally conscious in the last 10 to 20 years, we’ve realized that Freon is an incredibly toxic, ozone-depleting material that has escalated the degradation of the environment.

While there are some tradeoffs for this if the material provides useful for HVAC in Westlake, OH, the difference here is that there is an alternative refrigerant that functions just as well (often better) called R-410A that is thousands of magnitudes less harmful to the environment than Freon. Legislation was passed to limit the amount of Freon used, and as of January 1st of this year, production and import of R-22 (Freon’s industry name) has been completely halted.

So what does this mean for you? Keep reading and we’ll tell you.

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Why Newer Air Conditioners Are More Efficient

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on your air conditioner 20+ years ago, all models produced today are going to run more efficiently. According to the EPA, replacing your old AC with a newer, more energy-efficient model, could reduce your utility bills by 20–40%. That’s a huge amount of savings, right?

Now, you’re probably asking yourself about what the big difference is between an old and new air conditioner, right? Well, components like a variable speed air handler, a thermal expansion valve, and other pieces can provide immense differences over time as you use your air conditioner. Certain types of air conditioners are getting better at high humidity, which also makes them more efficient. The bottom line is that there are much more efficient models out there to look into if you’re in the market for HVAC service in North Olmstead, OH. We can help explain a little bit why these models are more efficient if you keep reading!

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Central AC FAQ: Common Questions

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Central air conditioning is the most commonly installed, repaired, and maintained type of AC in the United States, and that’s for good reason. They’re a solid choice for cooling, even if we like to talk about ductless heat pumps and geothermal, we should give credit where credit is due. However, central air systems aren’t without their own set of misconceptions and questions that we sometimes get.

To make this a little bit easier for the both of us, we’d like to talk about the different questions we often hear about central air systems. When you’re thinking about purchasing air conditioning in North Olmstead, OH, a central air system is definitely a great idea if you’re ready for a new installation.

So, let’s get into some of our frequently asked questions, and perhaps we can shed some light on them for you.

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