Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Westlake’

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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Could You Use an Air Filtration System?

Monday, December 30th, 2019

So many homeowners think they don’t need an air filter or air purifier, but we don’t think they’re as right as they assume. Sure, your home might be an exception to the rule, but don’t count out an air filtration system just because you don’t know about the benefits it could provide.

The truth is, our homes are full of systems that produce toxic byproducts that enter our air. From wood-burning fireplaces, to stoves and ovens, even with our pets that are constantly shedding, our houses can become bogged down with thousands of contaminants and particulates that can become irritating and dangerous for our health. If this has become an increasing concern for you and your family, like it has for so many homeowners across the country, make sure to look into purchasing an air filtration system in Westlake, OH to combat the problem of poor air quality.

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New AC? What About a New Heat Pump?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

AC-technicianSummer didn’t get off to the fastest start this year, but the heat is certainly making its presence known now, isn’t it? Hopefully you already have a reliable and efficient AC in place, freshly tuned-up and ready to go. If you are on the cusp of an air conditioning replacement in Westlake, though, or if you have a new home that’s ready for the HVAC installation step, then we urge you to pause and consider your options carefully.

Yes, there is a lot to recommend the use of a standard split central air conditioning system. However, you’d be missing out if you didn’t at least consider the use of a heat pump in your home. Heat pumps have soared in popularity throughout the country, and trends show that this isn’t changing anytime soon. What is it that makes the heat pump such an attractive residential HVAC option? Well, you need only read the following post to learn more. 

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A Short Cycling Air Conditioner Is a Big Problem!

Monday, June 17th, 2019

technician-manifoldIt is truly amazing what some homeowners will convince themselves of if the alternative is simply dealing with a problem that they’d rather ignore. You may not know the term “short cycling,” but there’s a chance that you’ve encountered the problem yourself and that you’ve turned a blind eye to it. Unfortunately, doing so can have some pretty serious ramifications for your air conditioner in Westlake, OH. We’ll get into those problems and potential causes of short cycling below.

We’ll also offer up one explanation for the problem that can actually be resolved by the homeowners themselves. Typically, any problem with your air conditioner is going to demand professional attention. If the solution to the problem is not obvious, as in this one specific case, then it is time to call in a qualified technician. Ours are the ones that you want on your side when your AC goes south. We diagnose problems accurately the first time, and we fix them completely.

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Changing Your Furnace’s Air Filter Is Super Important

Monday, December 17th, 2018

air filterGas furnaces are some of the most popular heating systems in the country. There’s little to dislike about them: they’re fast, they’re effective, and they can be decently efficient. It’s true there is the risk of complications with the gas and heating components, but as long as you’re getting regular maintenance on the furnace from a heating repair expert in Westlake, OH, there’s nothing to worry about.

But there is one part of your furnace you have to be really careful about … and that would be the air filter. Luckily, all you have to do is change it out. We’ll explain below a few serious problems that can be caused by a dirty air filter (and in case changing the air filter doesn’t help, we’ll offer a few alternatives, too).

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Finding a New Heater for the Cold Season

Monday, November 19th, 2018

cat-on-radiatorOne of the trickiest parts about having your heater replaced is knowing exactly when you’ll need to have it replaced.

Hardly anyone wants to install a new system too soon—the money could be spent elsewhere. But waiting for too long to install a new system isn’t much better. An old system will cost more to run, will experience more repair issues, and take longer to warm the home.

So when you confirmed with a heating expert in Westlake, OH that it’s almost time to replace, the best thing you can do is plenty of research on all the kinds of heaters out there. Here are just a few different types:

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3 Ways to Assess Your Heater This Fall and Winter

Monday, November 5th, 2018

clipboard-checklistAs we advance further into the cold season, we’ll soon be turning our heaters on during the day and not just at night. Naturally, the more we use our heaters, the more wear and tear we’ll be putting them through. Paying extra close attention to them can help you find some repair problems before they arise. Also, now’s the perfect time to assess if your HVAC system is doing everything it needs to.

In this post, we’ll give you some advice on how to assess your system.

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Beat the Heat with a Spring AC Tune-Up!

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Spring is on the way and that means summer won’t be too far behind. When it comes to your air conditioner, you’re going to need to keep it in good condition, and ensure that it will respond in the middle of our patented heat waves. That starts now with a spring AC tune-up. And with the deal we have going now, there’s never been a better time to schedule a tune-up today.

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Heating Maintenance Benefits Older Furnaces (Even When They’re New)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

heating-maintenance-servicesWe’re reaching the end of heating season, even though there are still plenty of cool days left before the weather really starts to warm up. This is the right time of the year to schedule a maintenance session for your heating system and give the technician a chance to look it over for any damage that may have been incurred over the winter. This is especially the case for older heating systems, which suffer more from the wear and tear, but it can serve as a preventive measure for new systems as well.

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Heating Maintenance Can Prevent Repairs

Monday, March 12th, 2018

furnace-repair-serviceWe’re coming to the end of winter. Your heating system is likely going to get a bit of a break after months and months of daily use. This is the time of year that breakdowns become the most common, as heating systems continue to see regular use and the strain finally catches up with them.

If your system undergoes a sudden breakdown or similar serious problems, a licensed repair service can be dispatched to get it fixed promptly. But we believe that an ounce of prevention can beat a pound of curse. Regular heating maintenance can prevent repairs before they start, as well as giving you an early jump on any issues that need addressing. Now is an ideal time to schedule heating maintenance—in the spring, right as heating season ends. And if you can set a regular annual date for heating maintenance, it can benefit your system a great deal.

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