Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘North Ridgeville’

5 Gas Furnace Safety Tips

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Gas furnaces are inherently built in a safe manner. However, we’d be lying if we didn’t mention that there are a few problems that can arise with furnace neglect that can eventually turn into safety issues. These systems run on the combustion of flammable gas, and like any fire in your home, there is always a safety risk if the system is not maintained appropriately

That’s why we’ve chosen to discuss a few safety tips that come with your gas furnace in order to ensure you stay safe and happy. These five tips won’t keep your system completely clear of all problems, however, and you’re going to need to contact professionals for furnace repair in North Ridgeville, OH if you suspect anything more serious happening in your furnace.

So, let’s get started!

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Everything You Need to Know About Air Conditioner Leaks

Monday, October 8th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairEven for those who aren’t mechanically adept, most of us know that leaks in a machine are never a good sign. For your air conditioner, that’s also true most of the time. Sometimes it could be harmless condensation dripping off the machine. But in other cases, it could be something like…

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Is It Time to Call an AC Repairman?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

ac-repairman-going-over-paperworkWe understand no one really likes calling in for air conditioning repairs. If you’re absolutely desperate, sure, you’ll reluctantly call in. But before it gets to that point, you might be wondering if you can put off that call just a little bit longer.

You could, but you’d be placing your AC at risk of damage and possibly add some unnecessary dollars to your energy bill. We’ll give you a few scenarios where you really don’t want to put off that AC repair call any longer.

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What Do You Need in a Commercial HVAC Service?

Monday, July 16th, 2018

employee-enjoying-air-conditioning-in-officeWhat makes a commercial HVAC company a good one? It’s when they understand the needs of a business. Most HVAC companies are fully equipped to perform residential services, but it doesn’t mean that they know commercial HVAC. Commercial HVAC requires different systems, methods, and strategies for cooling or heating your building with the utmost efficiency.

Here are a few services and products that a good commercial HVAC company in North Ridgeville, OH should be proud to offer.

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3 Things You Need from Heater Repair Services

Monday, January 29th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesWe’re in the throes of winter and heating systems are being put to the test like they won’t be for more of the rest of the year. Ideally, your system won’t encounter any problems (which is why we recommend regular maintenance for your heater every fall before the cold weather begins in earnest). Sooner or later every system runs into trouble, however, and when heating repairs are needed, they often are needed now, when the system is under strain from extended daily use.

There are a number of qualified heating repair services in the area, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. In the end, only you the homeowner can make that call. There are, however, several factors you can use to help make the decision.

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Signs You Need Heater Repair

Monday, January 15th, 2018

heating-system-repairsCold air is a part of life in our neck of the woods these days, and you’re going to need your heating system to run every day without fail. When it runs into trouble there’s no time to waste. An unexpected breakdown in the middle of a cold front isn’t just a nuisance: it can pose an actual health risk as the cold temperatures turn your home into an icebox in a matter of hours.

The good news is that heating systems almost never just break down without warning. Most give out signs and symptoms of trouble that a canny homeowner can spot, allowing you to call in a repair service before the situation gets too dire. Not only does this prevent you from having to scramble after an unexpected breakdown, but it will often reduce the cost of repairs since the damage doesn’t have as much time to spread.

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Whole-House Humidifiers: Why They Are Better Options than Portable Units

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Dry air becomes a big problem in the winter, when the cold air can’t hold as much moisture and we can feel the difference in myriad ways. Static electricity gives us a shock when we walk across a rug, while dry noses and throats can increase irritation and allergic reactions. We feel uncomfortable in dry air, and in the worst cases it can actively damage your furnishings. In Ohio towns like North Ridgeville, humidifier installation can help alleviate the problem, which crops up every winter and usually sticks around until well after the snows melt in spring. Portable humidifiers are inexpensive and easy to use, but if you suffer from an excessively dry household, a whole-house humidifier may be a better solution to help improve your indoor air quality. Here’s a quick breakdown on whole-house humidifier and why they are better options than portable units.

In the first place, a whole-house humidifier allows complete humidity control in every corner of your house. A portable humidifier works well for just a single area, and while it might work, say, in a section where you’re raising plants, or in your bedroom to help you sleep, it just can’t provide that kind of comprehensive coverage.

Then there’s the notion of control. A portable humidifier has basic controls to let you tailor the level of moisture in the immediate area, but in point of fact, it doesn’t permit the kind of precision you need for total comfort. A whole-house humidifier, connected to your home heating and air conditioning system, allows you to precisely control the humidity levels to ensure maximum comfort levels throughout the entire home. Finally, whole-house humidifiers can help moderate your monthly energy costs, since higher humidity levels will help you feel warmer without having to raise the temperature quite so much.

If you know why whole-house humidifiers are better option than portable units and you wish to install one in your home, contact the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Humidifier technology could be the best thing to establish optimum home comfort, and our trained technicians know exactly how to install such units properly. Call us today and schedule an appointment with a professional HVAC service in North Ridgeville.

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Are Boilers Better Than Furnaces?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Are boilers better than furnaces? Both systems have advantages and disadvantages, and both see a lot of use in our neck of the woods. In towns like North Ridgeville, boiler technology often appears in older homes, while forced air furnaces show up in newer homes. Boilers use heated water to provide heat for the home while furnaces depend on heated air circulated through a series of ducts. Which one is better? That depends.

Boilers tend to be more expensive to set up, at least initially. The pipes and radiators upon which boilers depend can be fairly expensive, as opposed to forced-air furnaces which use cheaper and simpler ducts. Furnace also tend to result in less mess when they experience problems (unlike boiler systems, which can spring leaks almost anywhere in the house).

On the other hand, boilers often cost less in terms of month-to-month energy bills, since they require less energy to run. Furthermore, they operate much more quietly then forced-air furnaces, and don’t create drafts or cold spots the way that furnaces do. Because they don’t blow air, boilers don’t circulate dust or allergens, and you can utilize zone control much more easily you can with a centralized air conditioner.

In terms of efficiency, there is a common barometer that can help determine the best system for you. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUS) ratings measure the efficiency of furnaces and boilers. The higher the rating, the more of the unit’s energy goes into actual heating, as opposed to being lose through waste. You want the most efficient system you can find and the AFUE rating helps you directly compare different systems to determine the best one for your home and budget.

So are boilers better than furnaces? Depending on the circumstances, they might very well be. Regardless, however, you need an expert to help you decide. Here in North Ridgeville, boiler and furnace installation can be performed by Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We can inspect your home and discuss your options with you, to help you decide if one particular technology is better for your home or not. Give us a call to set up a consultation today!


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How to Get Efficient Heating This Winter

Friday, November 8th, 2013

When it comes to heating in North Ridgeville, OH, residents want to get the most bang for their buck. Midwest winters are very cold, and we need a reliable heating system to keep our homes cozy and warm. But we don’t want to have to pay an arm and a leg for the privilege. A few judicious tips and a little preparation can save you a great deal of money in unnecessary costs. Here’s how to get efficient heating this winter.

  • Get your heater serviced in the fall. Before the snows arrive in earnest, schedule a maintenance session for your heater with a qualified service technician. He or she will clean dirty parts, tighten loose bolts and fittings, and otherwise give your heater a thorough tune up. This helps cut down on were and tear, as well as ensuring that your heater will use less energy to do its job.
  • Consider an upgrade. You can improve your heater’s efficiency by adding new features and upgrades to it. For example, look in to the possibility of a zone control system, which allows you to heat each individual section of the home separately (or refrain from heating unoccupied portions of the house). Old mercury thermostats can be replaced with newer digital models as well, allowing you to turn the heater on and off automatically to reflect periods in the day when no one’s home.
  • Insulate your home. This includes not only adding formal insulation in your attic and other appropriate places, but sealing up openings around the edges of your doors and windows. They’ll help keep the heat inside your home where it belongs, instead of slipping out and costing you money in the process.

These tips on how to get efficient heating this winter come on top of more common-sense suggestions, such as setting your thermostat down a few degrees and wearing warm clothes such as sweaters in the house. In matters of heating, North Ridgeville OH can use every trick it can get. You can help yourself by making a timely call to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

We handle repairs and maintenance issues of all varieties, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

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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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