Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘North Olmsted’

Which AC Is the Most Efficient?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

blue-question-markWe don’t want to disappoint you later, so we’ll just say it now:

The most efficient AC depends on you and how you use it.

We know that’s not exactly the answer you want to hear. It would be better if there was one simple answer, but that won’t be the case when it comes to finding the most efficient AC for your home.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t help you. Some HVAC configurations are wiser than others, depending on how your home was built and what heating or AC systems you may have already. We’ll go over a few common scenarios and tell you which AC would be the most efficient for you.

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Leave Furnace Repair Services to the Professionals

Monday, February 26th, 2018

furnace-repair-serviceWe tend to see more furnace breakdowns and similar repair issues late in the season. Months of daily use have increased the strain on your heating system, and the chances of a breakdown or repair call tend to go up. Enterprising do-it-yourself-ers may be tempted to try repairing a heating problem themselves, or even just “patch” the issue until the spring when you don’t need your furnace to run. This is always a huge mistake. Furnace repairs require professional training and licensing to deal with. More specifically, the professional technician brings a number of components to the table that even the most talent layman can hope to match.

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Low Air Flow Indicates a Need for Furnace Repair

Monday, February 12th, 2018

low-air-flow-heatingMost homes in the area rely on forced-air furnaces to stay warm in the winter. These furnaces heat the air via burners or electric coils, then blow the heated air through a series of ducts into the various corners of the home. It’s effective and inexpensive, which is why it’s such a common form of heating. But like any system, it can run into trouble from time to time. You need to be able to notice when that happens with your furnace, and call in a repair service when it does.

Homeowners should never attempt to formally diagnose a problem with their furnaces: that requires proper licensing and training. You can, however, note when something isn’t right with your furnace and call in a repair service. Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match your system’s normal behavior is cause for concern.

More specifically, a lack of air flow from your system usually indicates a significant problem. The sooner you spot it, the better.

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Why Would I Want to Raise the Humidity Levels in My Home?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Humidity levels in your home play as much a role in your comfort levels as the temperature itself. Simply heating or cooling the air is only one step in the process. You also need to make sure that humidity levels are neither too dry nor too moist. Here in North Olmsted, humidifier technology can be installed in your HVAC system to help when the air feels too dry. “But why would I want to raise the humidity levels in my home?” you ask. A few of the answers can be found below.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, humidity levels should be between 30% and 60% for most human beings to feel comfortable. (Air in the desert usually has a humidity level of between 20% and 25%.) If you heat your house on a chilly day, that number can drop to 15% or below. You can definitely feel the difference. More importantly, it can caused cracked, dry skin, chapped lips and other health problems. Breathing, in particular can become ragged or even painful, and if someone in your family has asthma or a similar respiratory issue, then excessively dry air can exacerbate his or her condition. In addition, dry air can damage your furnishings: cracking furniture glue holding your couches or chairs in place, drying out painting, increasing static electricity as you walk and damaging house plants.

A whole house humidifier can be an easy solution to improve your indoor air quality. It systematically adds moisture to the air until it reaches a level comfortable to you and your family. (You can achieve that with portable humidifiers as well, but if the issue recurs and/or you need to buy multiple portable units to cover your whole house, then something more elaborate may be in order.) Humidifier technology can be installed in your HVAC system by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We can explain why you would want to raise the humidity levels in your home, then install a reliable system to do it for you. Call us today to set up an appointment! We offer quality HVAC system services in North Olmsted to help keep the air quality as high as possible for your home.

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Professional Chillers Installation and Repair

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Chillers form an important part of a commercial HVAC system. They remove heat from liquid vapor using a compressor, an evaporator, a condenser, and a metering device. The cooled liquid then circulates through a heat exchanger to cool down air for an air conditioner, or to cool down equipment.

The work of the four different components in a chiller mean they are devices that require highly trained and professional work to install and repair them. When you need this level of service for your commercial chillers in North Olmsted, OH, make sure you only work with qualified technicians to help you with your chiller installation and repair.

Contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Homeowners and business owners alike have trusted our work for over 25 years.

Installing and repairing chillers

If you need a new chiller, you can have it integrated into your existing HVAC system, which will require the installers to help you select the chiller model that will match up with your system’s requirements for cooling. You can also choose to have a new chiller installed as part of a full installation of a new HVAC system in North Olmsted.

Repairs for chillers go far beyond those required for any residential HVAC system because they contain numerous subsystems, which means that necessary repairs often combine knowledge of many different types of HVAC systems. Chillers can require electrical work, refrigerant leak sealing, water leak sealing, plumbing fixes, and compressor repairs—all on a larger scale than that for any residential unit. For service on a chiller, you need technicians with specialized training and experience.

You can help avoid expensive repairs for a chiller with routine maintenance checks. We recommend you have professional maintenance done on your system once a year to see if it requires any parts replacements and to have a technician perform adjustments, lubrications, and any necessary minor repairs.

If you need repair for chillers in North Olmsted, OH, look to the commercial HVAC services of Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We have experience with the complex technology involved to deliver the repairs you need. We also perform full installation for new chillers, and carry an excellent line of products so you’ll get the chiller you need. Our maintenance program will help keep your system up and running.

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Heating Repairs Caused by Lack of Maintenance

Monday, November 4th, 2013

In matters of heating repair, North Olmsted, OH residents can’t afford to take chances. Our winter nights are too cold to simply leave a heating problem be, and the faster a repairman can do his job, the better off you and your furnace are likely to be. But in many cases, repair begins with prevention, rather than reaction. A good maintenance session can stop a number of problems before they start. On the other hand, a lack of maintenance can lead to much more serious issues requiring considerably more out-of-pocket expenses. Heating repairs caused by a lack of maintenance can hit much harder than you think.

Maintenance sessions essentially act as a tune-up for your heater. The technician starts by cleaning dust and grime which have accumulated on the internal components (always important, but especially after the summer season when the heater has likely sat idle). He or she also tightens any fittings that have become loose, to seal up potential fissures and keep components like the fan motor from rattling around in their housings (which increases stress and decreases efficiency). If something more serious is brewing, the technician can note it and plan to get it fixed via a more serious repair session.

All of that is a necessary part of keeping the heater running: no different than taking your car in for an oil change or replacing a burnt-out light bulb. When you don’t plan for that kind of maintenance, however, repairs immediately become more serious. Loose fittings lead to increased strain on motors, while accumulated dirt creates friction in moving parts. Little problems have a way of suddenly turning into big ones in those conditions, as the lack of maintenance catches up to the heater and creates much larger issues than might have been present otherwise.

An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as the saying goes. Heating repairs caused by a lack of maintenance have an easy solution: schedule an upkeep session from a reliable service technician. For maintenance or heating repair in North Olmsted, OH, we at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning are the solution. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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The Benefits of Air Filtration

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we care about the quality of the air in your home as much as you do. We want you to be comfortable and safe in your home, so we offer air filter installation services using the best brands. If you want better air in North Olmsted, OH, our filtration services will get you the results you need.

The biggest benefit of air filtration is that it will improve your indoor air quality. Why is this important? The U.S. Department of Health has identified poor air quality as one of the major threats to health in the country today. Modern homes are designed to allow as little air to escape as possible so they are easier to heat and cool, but this has the negative side effect of trapping low quality air inside, where it continues to circulate. With an air filter installed in your home’s HVAC system, you can remove the most unhealthy particles and allergens from the air you breathe. A quality air filter can take care of removing such pollutants such as pollen, dander, animal hair, and dust from your indoor air.

Poor air quality is linked to variety of ailments: Dry and cracked skin; respiratory trouble; nose bleeds; eye irritation; sleeping difficulties – just to name a few. For people with allergies to airborne pollutants, low air quality is particularly dangerous. With proper filtration, you can reduce these effects without having to open up your house during hot and cold weather, losing the benefits of your heater or air conditioner.

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we carry a variety of different air filters that we can add onto your existing HVAC system. We will perform a thorough test on your indoor air to discover which contaminants you need to have removed. Based on this information, we can select an air filter system that will do exactly what you need it to do. We also offer maintenance to make sure that your air filtration system is always working to keep your air healthy.

To get the best quality air in your home, contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today and we’ll manage your North Olmsted, OH filtration service needs.

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How To Tell If You Need Furnace Repair in Westlake, OH

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Your furnace is a very important part of your home in the heating season. It is what keeps your Westlake, OH house warm and comfortable for you and your family. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning is committed to bringing you high-quality heating services, including the maintenance, repair and, if necessary, replacement of your furnace. In this post, we would like to focus on how to tell if you need furnace repair, at which point you should get in touch with a professional heating technician.

There are various signs that your furnace is not working properly. If your furnace is no longer producing sufficient heat, or is heating unevenly, that is a straightforward indication. Other more obvious indicators are strange smells emitting from the furnace or any visible leakages. But occasionally, the signs are less straightforward. For example, if your heating costs rise unexpectedly one month, without a corresponding increase in use, your Westlake, OH furnace may be in need of professional repair.

Considering these issues in furnace repair, you may also find that you simply do not have the knowledge or expertise to properly assess your Westlake, OH heating system. It is better to have the peace of mind that professional care offers, especially when dealing with a complicated system such as your furance. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning Westland can perform a heating tune-up that checks the various components of your furnace: the burners, fans and controls, vents and flues, motor, drains, as well as the pressure levels. Our Ultimate Service Plan gives you a 5 year guarantee, priority service, and discounts on service and equipment. Preventive maintenance is a key component of reducing major and emergency repairs, and a certified furnace technician can also advise you when the time for replacement comes.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning if you need furnace repair in Westlake, OH and the surrounding areas!

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Radiant Heat vs. Forced Air: Which is Better? A Westlake, OH Heating Question

Monday, February 11th, 2013

When it comes to heating your home, radiant heat and forced air systems are two of the options available to homeowners in Westlake, OH. For many homeowners, choosing between a radiant heating and forced air system can be difficult. There are advantages on both sides but also disadvantages. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we wanted to help our customers figure out which option is best for their home in Westlake, OH.

What is Radiant Heat?

Heat moves in 3 ways: convection, conduction and radiation. With a forced air furnace, heat is moved through your home using convective heating. But with a radiant heating system, heat radiates out of different heating elements like a radiator or out of heated coils in your floor.

Advantages of Radiant Heat

Many people report that radiant heat is more comfortable.  While this is a matter of personal preference it should be considered when thinking about switching to radiant heat. Additionally, radiant heating systems don’t move air through your home which has the potential to reduce allergic reactions from dust and pet dander getting picked up. Finally, the thermostats on radiant heating systems typically can be set a few degrees lower than forced air because of how effectively radiation heats your home.

Advantages of Forced Air

One advantage that forced air systems is that they allow you to filter the air that moves through your home in Westlake, OH. This could improve the quality of air in your home and reduce reactions to allergies or asthma. Forced air systems like furnaces and heat pump are also very efficient. Furnaces can also be installed very cheaply.

Radiant Heat Installation

One of the considerations that you need to think about is the cost of conversion. If you have a forced air system in your home right now, switching to radiant heat can be costly. If you have the budget for it, radiant heating systems are a terrific option for homeowners.

If you’re interested in learning more about radiant heat and forced air heat in Westlake, OH, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our expert technicians can help you figure out which option is best for you.

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Fairview Park, OH Water Heater Tip: What to Consider Before Buying a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are thinking about upgrading to a tankless water heater in your Fairview Park, OH area home, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll be glad to help you choose the most cost-effective model for your home and hot water needs. Here’s how tankless models work and some of the benefits.

Unlike tank water heaters that use a large tank of water and that have standby heat loss, tankless water heaters provide instant hot water without using a tank. They heat the water on demand – only using energy when you need hot water. They provide energy savings because they both consume less energy and don’t have any standby losses. However, if you have a large home with a big demand for hot water, a tankless water heater might have problems providing all the hot water you need. You should consult with a professional to find out if a tankless water heater is right for your home.

A professional can discuss flow rate with you. While tankless units vary in size, their capabilities depend on flow rate and how much hot water is needed. A professional can help you determine your hot water needs and help you select the right size tankless for your home. Another factor to consider is the first hour rating (FHR), which is measured by how many gallons of hot water can be delivered in one hour. Our professional installers will know which size is best for your needs.

If you are interested in a new water heater, call the Fairview Park, OH water heater experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to handle all your tankless hot water heater installation needs.

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