Posted on September 21st, 2017
Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
Fall is the perfect time to get your home ready for winter. Your highest priority for this season is heating and that’s where your furnace comes in. Take care of it now so you’ll be spared the freezing consequences later.
1. Replace filters you probably spend most of your time indoors during the cold months. Dirty filters will contaminate the air you breathe, decrease the efficiency of your furnace and overwork your blower. Regular replacement will prevent this problem, and keep your winter breathing clearer.
2. Clear your mechanical room of debris remove unrelated items from the room, particularly flammable items. Make sure to leave the areas around your unit clear for servicing or repair. Concentrate on the area around the duct opening from outside. This outdoor air is critical for your furnace to burn gas completely so you don’t get carbon monoxide in your home when it’s all fired up in winter.
3. Do visual checks on internal parts like the blower and burners Open your furnace and take a look at the blower belt and motor. Make sure the belt is tight and clean any dust from the motor and blower. This ensures your furnace’s efficiency is maximized and reduces the likelihood of failure when the fan is running at top speed during winter. Inspect your burner and gas connection for signs of corrosion, dirt or loose connections. This is critical for safety of you and your family.
4. Clean ductwork and check for leaks have a Western Technician clean your ductwork before the season starts to keep the air in your home safe and breathable this winter. Turn on your furnace (you can use the fan-only setting on your thermostat) and listen closely for air escaping from ductwork. Note whether there are grilles with not enough air coming through as this can indicate a leak in that branch of your duct system.
5. Clean the area around your flue exhaust as with the combustion air intake, make sure the area around the flue exhaust is clear of debris to keep your furnace working safely and to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Remove branches and other debris from the flue outlet and when the snow comes, make sure it’s not piled around your flue vent. If the vent is on the roof, make sure there are no birds’ nests blocking the air from your furnace exhaust.
Have a professional technician from Western Heating & Air Conditioning inspect your furnace. Give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com for us to do a full inspection and tune up so your furnace is completely ready for the coming winter.
Posted on September 14th, 2017
Tankless Water Heater VS. Storage Water Heater
Have you ever had the problem in your family where someone takes a hot shower and all the hot water is gone? Or maybe the hot water just doesn’t not come quick enough? There’s a way to fix that! Now more than ever are people considering the switch to a tankless water heater… and rightly so. Tankless water heaters take up less space, save you money on your monthly bill, require less maintenance, and provide hot water all the time without heating a storage water tank.
Sounds too good to be true, right? You may want to do your homework on whether or not a Tankless Water Heater is right for your home and family. Here are the basics that you need to know!
Our winner: The Tankless Water Heater
We have found that in Utah your best bet is to eventually switch to a Tankless Water Heater. With some bitter winters and the amount of hot water that most people go through, it can save consumers thousands of dollars in the long run. But, that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for every home and family. If you have a Storage Water Tank that is performing well then it may be a better idea to run it until it’s time for a replacement. Keep in mind that a Tankless Water Heater will cost more for the initial installment but will cut down on monthly costs year after year.
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If you’re considering your options for which type of water heater to use or yours is in need of repairs, we can take a look at what you have and can help you figure out the most cost efficient solution! Visit us at TimeForComfort.com or call 801-375-COOL!
Posted on August 31st, 2017
Is Your Home Connected?
We are so fortunate to live in a time where we have the technology and ability to automate our homes. But it can be a pain to control your devices when they each have a different app that you must log into. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all connected on one system that you can access and control directly from your smart phone, anywhere?
Well now you can have that and more with the NEW Western Connected Home App!
Benefits of a Western Connected Home
- Whole home control at your fingertips through one dedicated app for your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- Security cameras and sensors allow you to monitor the comings and goings of guests and alert you when suspicious activity is detected.
- Customizable alerts help families with young children or elderly relatives enjoy added peace of mind knowing that they’re safe.
- Voice commands can greatly improve the quality of life for disabled or elderly family members.
- Increased home efficiency means you save money on utilities each month. Smart thermostats alone save the average household 10%-30% each month on their energy bill.
- Future proof platform ensures that adding additional components is always easy.
- Friendly, professional installation makes setup quick and easy.
- Devices include an interactive panel, motion and contact sensors, fire alarms, smoke alarms, leak detectors, doorbell cameras, in home cameras, atomistic door locks and much, much more!
Western Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping customers experience a whole new level of comfort for over 20 years. Let us help you experience a peace of mind and convenience with a connected home.
CALL 801-375-COOL to learn more or visit www.timeforcomfort.com.
Posted on August 17th, 2017
Protect your HVAC Equipment with a Maintenance Agreement
Most people go into a panic when things go wrong with their heating or cooling equipment. One way to reduce the panic and keep your house in order is to have a maintenance agreement with a professional company. For a fixed monthly or annual fee, a professional will keep your equipment in top working order. Here are some reasons why you should have a maintenance agreement in place for your home:
1. Lower cost over time. When you maintain your equipment, the repair cost tends to be lower, and failure happens less frequently. Your equipment operates more efficiently when well maintained, saving money on operating costs like your utility bills. This may also reduce the pressure on emergency funds for sudden breakdowns and repair.
2. Peace of mind. Besides saving you money, regular maintenance will reduce the chance of you getting stuck in the heat with no air conditioning or taking cold showers for days while your water heater is being replaced. A maintenance agreement will also lengthen the lifespan of the components in your equipment. This postpones replacement and allows you to maximize the use of your equipment.
3. Keeping Your Warranty. Some manufacturers won’t replace a part if the unit has not been maintained by a professional. Rather than having to remember to book and keep up with maintenance yourself, having an agreement in place ensures that you keep the added protection of a warranty should your parts fail.
4. Relationship. You can count on your regular service company who will want to keep your business rather than one-off servicing by a stranger. If there are any ongoing issues, a maintenance agreement will provide you with better follow up on work done. The technicians who take care of your home will also become familiar with how everything works and will be better able to make suggestions and pick up on issues early on.
5. Safety. For routine maintenance, you may be able to take care of it yourself. You might even be tempted to do more complex maintenance on your own. However, a professional will know the safest way to carry out the work. Protect yourself and your family by having a professional do regular, planned maintenance on your equipment.
Get your home’s maintenance in order. We invite you to find out more about Western Heating & Air Conditioning’s maintenance agreement for your heating and cooling equipment which is called the Monument Club. In addition to the benefits listed above, we also give you priority service, and discounts on all repairs, services, and new equipment. Utah’s Most Wanted Techs from Western Heating are ready to help! Find out more at www.TimeForComfort.com or give us a call at 801-921-5250.
Why become a member? Click HERE to learn more!
Posted on August 9th, 2017
The Air Scrubber
Hey Moms and Dads! We know your kids are getting ready to head back to school and you want to keep them healthy and protected from all the harmful viruses that are easily spread. We can’t always prevent illnesses from spreading at school, but there IS something you can do in your home to prevent them from spreading to the rest of your family.
Have you heard of an Air Scrubber? An Air Scrubber releases positively charged particles into the air, and creates a peroxide – just like trees do in nature. These oxidizers can kill viruses not only in the air, but also on surfaces. It’s a very proactive technology that attacks harmful particles before they attack you!
To find out how this revolutionary system has helped many families stay healthy and protected from harmful particles and viruses found in the air and on surfaces, CLICK HERE.