Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Avon Lake’

Benefits of Geothermal Systems in Avon Lake

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A lot of homeowners are looking for more efficient ways to both heat and cool their homes in light of the continuous rise in energy and fuel prices. Still more homeowners are concerned with heating and cooling their homes in more environmentally friendly ways. In both instances, a lot of homeowners wind up coming to the same conclusion. They contact a local Avon Lake HVAC contractor such as Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about the benefits of a geothermal heating and cooling system installation in Avon Lake. If you are one of those homeowners looking to reduce the cost and environmental impact of operating your heating and cooling system, contact us today.

A geothermal heating and cooling system offers a variety of benefits over other heating and air conditioning systems, even traditional heat pumps. While a geothermal system does use a heat pump in its operation, this heat pump does not draw heat from the air around it. Rather, a geothermal loop system is buried on your property and that loop system circulates an antifreeze solution. This allows the system to draw heat from the ground or even a water supply on your property. The benefit to this is the fact that temperatures at this depth are much more constant than in the air, making a geothermal system more dependable and consistent than air source heat pumps.

The biggest benefit of a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the efficiency with which it works. It does not consume a fuel to heat or cool your home but rather uses just a bit of electricity in order to transfer ambient, preexisting heat into or out of your home. This greatly improved efficiency allows you to keep your home comfortable all year long, during the heating and cooling seasons, with just one convenient system. The best part is that it allows you to do so affordably.

If you want to learn more about the installation or operation of a geothermal heating and cooling system on your Avon Lake property, contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our geothermal experts can answer any questions that you may have. Let us help you heat and cool your home more efficiently.

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Why You May Be Paying Too Much for Heating in Avon Lake

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Don’t let the high costs of energy dissuade you from keeping your Avon Lake, OH home as comfortable as possible come this heating season. Did the cost of heating your home last winter come as a shock? Are you hesitant to heat your home to the same degree this winter? If so, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. We have the products, services and supplies to help you heat your home more effectively and more efficiently this winter.

When it comes to reducing your home heating costs, efficiency is the name of the game. You deserve total comfort in your home, even when energy costs are high. By boosting efficiency you can heat your home to your heart’s content while keeping the process more affordable. Here are some helpful tips to help you get started and, as always, feel free to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today for more help and advice on how to heat your Avon Lake home more efficiently.

The first step that you must take in order to heat your home more efficiently, allowing you the monetary savings you need to feel comfortable turning up the thermostat, is to call your professional heating service provider to schedule regular heater maintenance. A poorly maintained heater is not only one of the leading causes of damage to heating systems requiring costly, professional repair service; it is also one of the main contributors to inefficient heating. Failure to provide your home heating system with regular maintenance allows small problems and basic wear and tear the opportunity to cause serious damage to your system. Even minor issues can cause your heater to work less efficiently, costing you more money for less performance and heat output. Schedule heating maintenance today to get the journey to heating efficiency started.

Of course if you cannot keep the heat that your home heating system produces inside your home it is impossible to use that heat efficiently. Poor insulation and drafty doors or windows allow the heat that you have paid for to slip right through the cracks in your home, meaning that your heater will have to work harder and more continually to keep your home warm. Make sure that your heat is staying inside by having your insulation inspected and, if necessary, repaired or replaced. Also, affordable items such as window shrink wrap kits and weather stripping are great, do-it-yourself ways to boost energy efficiency.

These are just a couple of reasons that your Avon Lake, OH heating system may be costing you more than it should to keep your home comfortable. For a complete inspection and diagnosis of your heating system call the heating professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. We’ll help you lower the cost of comfort in your home.

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New Home HVAC Considerations in Avon Lake

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system for your Avon Lake home is a big decision, and with all of the choices and options on the market it can be a tough one to make. When you add the stress that comes with the construction of a new home to this situation, though, you can really have trouble figuring out where to begin. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning we like to make the home heating and air conditioning system installation process as pain-free as possible for our clients. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips and items to consider before commencing with the HVAC system installation project in your new Avon Lake home. Feel free to contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning with any additional questions that you may have. We’re always happy to help you make the best decisions for your home and comfort.

First of all, you must have total confidence in the contractor that you choose to hire for the heating and air conditioning installation project. Do not rush into anything without getting a few estimates, and be sure to ask all of the contractors that you are considering for a few business referrals. Talk to as many real customers as you can; anyone can write a testimonial online. Find out what accreditations and qualifications they have and what their field experience is like. Do your homework and make sure that your contractor is up to your high standards. After all, not every company provides the same level of exceptional HVAC installation services that Westland Heating and Air Conditioning does.

You will also have to decide what type of heating and air conditioning system you would like to have installed in your home. Whether you are using a furnace, heat pump, ductless mini splits or other HVAC systems will affect the design of the system and inform your contractor whether components such as ductwork will be necessary. The more information you have about your options the better, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

It is important that once all of the installation work is completed you have everything inspected to be sure that it is up to local codes and regulations. There is a reason that these codes are in place. Total compliance with these laws and expectations is necessary to ensure that you can heat and cool your home safely and with confidence.

You deserve total comfort in your new home, and Westland Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Let us handle the installation of your HVAC equipment in Avon Lake. We’ll make sure that every aspect of the project is handled with the exceptional service that we are known for.

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Westlake Heating Tip: Increase Energy Efficiency This Winter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If your Westlake house is struggling with energy efficiency problems, you might actually be wasting quite of money on your energy bills each month. We’ve put some suggestions together to help you increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Insulation

Insulation is absolutely vital to increasing the energy efficiency of your home. The insulation in your home is what helps keep all that nice heated air actually inside your home. If you have old or deteriorated insulation, that hot air might be slipping away outside. The first place to check is your attic. Because your attic is at the top of your house, it is the first place where all that toasty warm air going to go. You can use weather stripping or cans of foaming insulation to seal up your window and door frames. There are also window insulation kits that are basically invisible and will help keep your hot air in and the cold air out.

Heating Tune-Up

If you have an older furnace that hasn’t received any attention recently, it might be operating below its optimal level. Regular maintenance on your vehicle is something that is common knowledge. But performing regular maintenance on your heating system is just as important. As your system wears down over time, it gradually has to work harder to produce the same results. This reduces its efficiency and can cost you extra money. Having it tuned up can potentially lead to more efficiency and energy savings.

Upgrade Your Heating System

While this may not seem like an economical investment up front, it can actually save you money. This is especially true if you have an older heating system. In the case of furnaces, older models typically have an efficiency rating of 60%. This means that 40% of the fuel you buy is wasted. Newer models can have an energy efficiency rating of up to 97%. In the case of furnaces, they are one of the cheapest heating systems to replace. Also, in some areas there are energy rebates for upgrading your system.

If you have any questions about the energy efficiency of your home, contact the heating experts at Westland Air. We have years of experience offering exceptional heating services in Westlake.

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Rocky River Water Heater Guide: Why Your Water Heater is Underperforming

Monday, October 1st, 2012

An underperforming water heater can be a frustrating problem to have. Whether it results in the water in your Rocky River home being cooler than you’d like or if you are simply frustrated with how high your bill have been lately, there are a number of reasons why your water heater might be under performing and not all of them involve replacement or even needing repairs. Here are some and the best ways to handle each:

  • Sediment or Mineral Build Up – Over time, the bottom of your water heater can build up a layer of dirt or sediment due to hard water. This is perfectly natural and doesn’t damage your water heater, but it does block absorption of heat from the burners by the water in the tank and can reduce efficiency.
  • Dirty Air Vents or Grates – The air vents below your water heater can get clogged with dirt or dust which can lead to not enough air getting to your pilot light and it going out on occasion. This can also result in poor burning and inefficient heating which is bad for your system as a whole.
  • Bad Pilot Light Igniter – If the pilot light refuses to stay lit or if you have an electronic igniter that doesn’t always work, it can affect the performance of your water heater in a number of ways. For this reason, it is recommended that you have it inspected immediately for possible issues.
  • Clogged Lines or Bad Thermostat – A bad thermostat may simply read the water temperature wrong and force you to turn up or down your water heater to accommodate. Clogged water lines due to old pipes can also be a problem.

When a problem develops in your water heater that has a negative impact on your home’s hot water supply, the first thing you should do is do a quick check of these things. Whatever the case, an underperforming water heater is almost always something that can be repaired.

For water heater repair or replacement in Rocky River, give Westland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today!

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