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

Employee Profile: Christian Wimmer

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Christian is Westland Heating & Air Conditioning’s newly promoted Comfort Consultant. Christian has been in the HVAC Industry since 1999. Christian was born and raised in Avon where he attended school through graduation. Christian lettered in Football and Basketball and continues to use the lessons he learned on the field and the court at home and in his career.

Here is Christian’s first-hand account of his experience in the HVAC Industry:

I started in the field as a helper, just an extra set of hands and a gopher (go get this or go get that). I learned right away that this business is not always a 9-5 day and sometimes a day could be 16 or more hours. I worked in many different capacities in all the years I’ve been with Westland; from helper to foreman in the install department, maintenance tech to lead service tech on equipment that’s more expensive than a lakefront mansion. Every day was different and an opportunity to learn something new, or teach something new to an up-and-coming tech. Our industry was changing when I entered it and hasn’t stopped to this day. It’s that reason that I really enjoy what I do and feel as though I was very lucky to start my career at Westland. I’ve been a part of many projects at Westland that I’ve said, “Nobody else could do this”. I’m thankful that Jeff Mitchell (the original owner) was the one who hired me and helped me along the way as I worked into different areas within the company. His tireless work ethic and endless knowledge of the industry showed me what it took to be successful in this business. He is still involved in the business as our Service manager, and is has been an incredible resource to me as I move into the Comfort Consultant role. To put it simply, Jeff is Westland’s Siri and Google rolled into one.

As I transition into my new role at Westland, I want to educate our clients and potential clients on proper system operation and help them understand their systems. There are many different options that range from simple Wi-Fi thermostats and efficiency systems, to the filters that will make your home “pet hair free” or “reduce your sick time”. Some of these options sound great, but can actually reduce system performance or eventually lead to costly repairs. Most homeowners are unaware of the products and services that can increase system performance or make their home more comfortable. I feel that my real life experience in the field, and time spent performing projects our clients are looking to have done, provides an assurance to the homeowner that they are in good hands with Westland.

My time away from work is spent with my family, my wife Kristina and our three kids, Madison, Seth and Fynnley; and our dogs Remington and Cole. Kristina has been the most important person in my career. She sacrifices a lot so I can put the time and energy into my work. Our two oldest, Maddie (16) and Seth (13), were the driving force in making HVAC a career and not just a job. Providing for them and giving them a solid foundation was and is one of my top priorities. Our youngest, Fynnley (22 months) gives me energy to keep advancing within the industry and learning every day. With the varying ages, our family is in constant motion and always going different directions. My favorite days are the ones we all are able to sit down together and eat dinner as a family. We enjoy camping and the outdoors together, whether it’s walking the dogs or a family game of horse. My son and I enjoy fishing and taking turns beating each other in intense games of basketball.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Decision for You?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Heat pumps form an alternative to traditional heating and air conditioning systems, using the principles of air conditioning to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. We don’t see as many heat pumps here in Bay Village, OH, as we do boilers or forced-air furnaces. But heat pumps have come a long way in the past few years, and depending on your circumstances, a new one might be a great fit for your home. Here’s a rundown on how they work:

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Consider the Benefits of a Heat Pump

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Avon, OH suffers from cold winters and hot summers, and with spring currently in full bloom, now is a good time to considering installing a new heating and air conditioning system in your home. Heat pumps used to be a casual consideration at best: a combined heater and air conditioner that sometimes struggled during the cold fronts in the winter. But recent advances have improved its versatility considerably, and today it has become a smart choice for homeowners looking to improve their HVAC system’s efficiency.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Over?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We have a fair number of heat pumps in Westlake, OH homes, which combine the function of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit. They work by circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils, just like an air conditioner. The only difference is that the cycle can be “reversed,” which vents warm air inside your home and cool air outside. (The opposite of what most air conditioners do.) But what happens if that reversal won’t take place? What if your heat pump won’t switch over and keeps pumping out cool air instead of the warm air you need? You should call in a qualified repair technician the moment you do, but it pays to understand what some of the possible causes might be.

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Did You Know Heat Pumps Need a Special Thermostat?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

It would require work to locate a superior option for year-round comfort than an air-source heat pump. Heat pumps work as both air conditioners and heaters, giving you the temperature control you need, no matter the season. As a plus, heat pumps require less energy to run when it comes to heating than most other systems, such as furnaces. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a family of four can save 30%-40% off their yearly heating costs when they switch to a heat pump.

If you think a heat pump in Bay Village, OH will work well for your needs this coming year, contact our installation experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We can also provide repairs for heat pumps and answer any questions and concerns you may have regarding them.

The heat pump thermostat

We often hear questions about how heat pumps differ from other systems—specifically from air conditioners. Among these differences, we discuss the special thermostats that heat pumps need. Why do heat pumps require a particular type of thermostat that’s different from an air conditioner’s?

The reason is that heat pumps must control both heating and cooling. To switch from one to the other, the thermostat needs to signal the reversing valve to change the direction of the flow of refrigerant. Where a standard AC thermostat uses four wires (hot wire, compressor and outdoor fan wire, indoor blower wire, battery wire) to run the unit, a heat pump thermostat requires a fifth wire to handle the change in the reversing valve. These wires are usually color-coded, and the reversing wire is the brown wire.

Don’t try this at home (unless you have experts in your home)

However… please don’t use this information to attempt to install or repair a thermostat on your own. Even if you think you’ve managed a repair correctly and the thermostat appears to be working, even a slight miscalibration can lead to serious problems with your heat pump. It will incorrectly sense the temperature in your home and begin to shut on and off at the wrong time. This means less comfort for you and more wear and tear on your heat pump.

If you need help with the thermostat on your heat pump in Bay Village, OH, look to Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We have more than a quarter of a century of experience, and our NATE-certified technicians will get any repairs done promptly and accurately. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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How Does A Heat Pump Work?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Heat pump technology in Fairview Park makes a viable alternative to more traditional forms of air conditioning. Ohio winters can get very cold, but our summers can be equally bad with heat and humidity rising to very uncomfortable levels. A heat pump combines the functions of an air conditioner and a heater in one, making it easier to keep your home comfortable while using less energy to do so. But how does a heat pump work? Individual models vary, but the basics aren’t all that different from a traditional air conditioner.

At the heart of the system is a closed loop that cycles refrigerant gas in order to cool the air. It begins when the gas passes into a compressor, which heats it up while subjecting it to a great deal of pressure. The gas then enters a series of condenser coils, which bleed off the heat and release it into the outside air. The gas reverts to a liquid state, though it’s still under a great deal of pressure. From there, it moves to an evaporator valve, which releases a set amount of the liquid into the evaporator coils. There, it returns to a gaseous state, pulling heat from the surrounding air in the process. A fan then blows the cooled air into your home through a series of ducts, cooling the household.

Heat pumps utilize this system to cool the air in the summer. Then they simply “reverse” it to warm the air in the winter. The heat released from the condenser coils goes into your home instead of the outside air, while the cool air from the evaporators is released outside your home. Heat pumps tend to be more efficient than traditional air conditioners, though they may need a supplemental heater during the coldest days of the year. That helps lower your monthly energy bills while offsetting the cost of installation.

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, our technicians can answer the question “how does a heat pump work?” as well as installing and maintaining a new one for you. In Fairview Park, heat pump systems make a lot of sense. If you’re interested in adding one to your home, give us a call today.

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How Is Heat Pump Installation Done?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system for your home, you probably have a lot of questions. What’s it going to cost? Who should I call? What type of system should I install? The first step should be finding an HVAC contractor with a strong reputation and excellent technicians. He will be able to advise you on the best course of action. There is a variety of systems available on the market today, but one of the most energy efficient is the heat pump. While there are many different types of heat pumps, only a specialist will be able to find you a model with specifications that match your home. In today’s post, we’d like to discuss the basics of how heat pump installation works. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today for comprehensive Avon Lake, OH heat pump installation services.

A heat pump system comprises two units, lineset connections, ductwork, and a thermostat. The outdoor unit is a rectangular box that contains a condenser coil and a compressor. It is typically installed close to the house, but not so close as to block the circulation of airflow around the unit itself, which brings in outside air with an exhaust fan to condense the refrigerant circulating within the coils. This is often the noisier part of the system because it houses the compressor. The indoor unit is made up of an evaporator coil and the air handler. During the summer, the blower motor extracts warm indoor air through the network of ducts in the home and sends it through the cool liquid refrigerant of the evaporator. The entire system needs to be correctly charged with refrigerant in order to absorb and dissipate heat effectively and efficiently.

The purpose of a heat pump is to move heat from the inside to the outside during the cooling season and vice-versa during the heating season. It’s equipped with a special valve so that it can produce heating and cooling, thus making it one of the more versatile HVAC systems on the market. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for comprehensive Avon Lake, OH heat pump installation services.

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