Posted on April 18th, 2019
Home Insulation Basics
The level of insulation in your home’s walls affects the amount of heating and cooling you need to stay comfortable. It does this by providing a resistance to the flow of heat (or thermal energy)
into and out of your house.
The resistance is called its R-value and the higher the value, the more effective the insulation is at keeping your indoor temperatures where you want it.
Hence, the decisions about what insulation to use, and what R-value you should have are critical and will impact the size of your equipment as well as the gas or electricity consumption
and cost. The long term operating costs must be weighed against the initial cost of the insulation.
The types of insulation depend on whether it’s new construction or whether you’re insulating an existing building.
Here are the main types of insulation used in home construction.
Insulating concrete forms (ICFs)
These are used for new construction or major renovations and additions. Typically found in unfinished areas like basements and foundations, these walls consist of interlocked hollow
blocks made of rigid foam. Concrete is poured into the spaces and the insulation becomes part of the structure itself.
Insulation board, or rigid insulation
This is usually made from polystyrene or polyurethane and is used in external walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. It can be installed on the inside or outside of the main structure with gypsum
board or weather-proofing material over it. The advantage of board is that it can bridge thermal gaps created by structural frames and its R-value is high per inch of thickness. The main
disadvantage is that it is difficult to install in irregularly shaped locations where it leaves gaps.
Batt insulation is cheap and is usually placed between studs in walls and attics. It is relatively cheap and easy to install, making it popular for renovations and homeowners who want to do
the work themselves. It can be made from mineral wool, natural fibers or fiberglass.
For tight corners and areas where rigid or shaped insulation won’t fill, blown insulation is the best choice. It allows for insulation around obstructions and is installed using special equipment.
Blown insulation is not for do-it-yourself projects and must be done by a professional
The best heating and air conditioning system in the world is powerless against a poorly insulated home. If you need help with your home’s insulation for improved heating or cooling performance, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-515-2448 or chat with us online at TimeForComfort.com.
Posted on April 4th, 2019
4 Reasons to Tune-Up Your Heating and Cooling Equipment
When was the last time you changed the oil in your car? Probably when the manufacturer recommended, based on the mileage and time since the previous oil change. Your heating and cooling equipment should be no different. It might be stationary equipment, but it’s certainly not something you can set and forget. Maintenance is a must for your furnace and air conditioner, not an option. Here’s what you can expect from a tune-up:
1. A thorough inspection of the fan, burners, pulleys, belts, motors, heat exchanger and controls.
2. Burner cleaning.
3. Filter replacement if needed.
4. Lubrication of bearings.
5. Tightening of connections.
Reduce the risk of shutdowns at the wrong time
The first reason to keep on top of your HVAC equipment is to prevent a major catastrophe. Having no furnace in the middle of winter is like shutting down at the side of the highway. You never want to be in that situation. Preventative maintenance on your furnace reduces the likelihood of being left out in the cold.
Keep your equipment working longer
The harder your equipment has to work, the shorter its lifespan. As with any machine, wear and tear will take a toll. The inevitable shutdown happens much sooner if you keep pushing your equipment without proper maintenance. Regular tune-ups will lengthen your equipment’s life, saving you money.
Lower your energy bill
No matter what shape your equipment is in, it has to provide the same amount of heating or cooling on a given day. A unit in top shape will do so with less effort, using less electricity and gas to keep your home at the right temperature. A proper tune-up will allow your furnace or A/C to work without emptying your pockets to pay outrageous energy bills.
Keep your family safe and improve air quality
Furnaces can introduce deadly carbon monoxide into your home if not maintained. A cracked heat exchanger can allow combustion gases to enter the supply air. A dirty burner can result in incomplete combustion, which in turn increases the amount of carbon monoxide produced. A professional inspection and tune-up will prevent these situations from happening, keeping you and your family safe.
Getting it done
To keep your home’s air system working well, give Western a call and we’ll tune-up your heating and cooling equipment so you’ll be cool this summer and toasty in the winter! Call 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com.
Posted on March 29th, 2019
7 Reasons Your Hot Water is Cold
Have you ever jumped into your shower only to be welcomed by icy water? Well, that can be explained! Here are seven reasons why your hot water is out, and how to fix it..
Leaking hot water pipe
If water is leaking in the basement, it won’t reach your bathroom, especially if your shower is on the second floor. As long as the pipe isn’t hidden in a wall, you should be able to find the problem easily. Have it repaired immediately and everything will be back on track.
The pilot light is out
This is a potential problem for gas-fired water heaters. If you don’t know how to check your heater for the pilot light, look in your heater’s manual. Follow the instructions to relight it and if it doesn’t work, you have a bigger problem that needs special attention.
The burner isn’t working
Electric heaters have an element (sometimes two) that heats the water. If there’s no hot water and no leak, your element might not be working. These water heaters typically have a lifespan of about 7-10 years so if your heater is around this age, it’s possible that the element has failed and needs replacement.
Thermostat is set wrong or not working.
Water heaters have a thermostat to set the supply temperature. It might be set too low, not giving you hot enough water to have your shower. Follow the instructions to change the thermostat setting. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to change your thermostat.
The Breaker Tripped
Your water heater might have tripped the breaker. Check your panel and reset the breaker. If it happens again, that signals an electrical problem and you should call in a professional. You may have to replace your heater, depending on the severity of the problem.
Tank is too small
If everything is working well but you constantly face a cold shower if you’re the last one in, your heater might be undersized. You can either race to the bathroom before everyone else, wait for the water to heat up again, or replace your heater with one that has a larger capacity.
Call in a professional
Don’t take chances with your hot water system. Give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western a call to make sure everything is working well and keep your hot water running hot. Reach us at 801-224-8899 or visit TimeForComfort.com today! PS, you can get $50 off a new water heater when you call before April 5th!
Posted on February 15th, 2019
Have you noticed a change in water pressure lately?
How about scum build up in your showers? Dishes not getting clean? All of these are probably due to, you guessed it, HARD WATER. Utah is known for having very hard water. The damage to your home over time can be pretty drastic if left untreated.
Water softeners can help, but remembering to purchase salt or chemicals for them can be a hassle and costly. Plus, most water softeners are not good for the environment. That’s why we recommend the Flow-Tech Home anti-scale water system.
Here are 10 reasons why we think you’ll love the Flow-Tech Home System:
- Comes with our “Perfect Installation” checklist
- Treats all of your water whether it’s flowing or not
- Works with most types of plumbing
- Water feels soft but not slimy
- Most advanced chemical-free water treatment system available today
- Keeps new limescale from growing
- Removes old limescale
- Cost efficient and uses less energy than water softeners
The Flow-Tech MAX Anti-Scale System is revolutionizing water treatment.
The Flow-Tech MAX Anti-Scale System is a maintenance-free, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient water treatment device that controls limescale build-up and removes pre-existing limescale. Using technology derived from years of research and development from a team of chemical engineers and scientists.
When you order from Western Heating and Air, we guarantee you are getting a high-quality product, with our “Perfect Installation” process. Our technicians will walk you through every step of the process and show you how to operate your new equipment before leaving your home. You can learn more about the Flow-Tech HERE.
On sale for a limited time. Special financing is available. Call us today 801-375-COOL or visit us online at TimeForComfort.com!
Posted on February 8th, 2019
We all know February is the month of LOVE, but I bet you didn’t know that could involve your heating system too… It’s true! Your furnace needs just as much care and special treatment as your significant other, ok maybe not quite as much. But, if you want your “relationship” with your furnace to last, you have to treat it extra special once in a while. Do you show your furnace the love that it needs and deserves?
Five Signs Your Furnace Needs Some Love:
- You’re seeing higher gas bills despite normal usage patterns.
- You hear a vibration or rattling from the furnace.
- You need to set the thermostat higher in order to keep rooms comfortable.
- There is rust around the furnace or feeder pipes.
- You can’t remember when it last had a full tune-up.
If your heating system is showing any of these signs of distress, don’t wait any longer! Apologize fast and give your furnace a Tune-Up from Western Heating & Air this February! A Tune-Up performed by our Certified Comfort Experts will have your furnace feeling factory fresh in no time!
Does your furnace need more than a Tune-Up? Our Certified Comfort Experts can perform a health inspection on your equipment and let you know the best options for repairs or even replacement. If replacement is the best option, take advantage of our February Installation special with a free duct cleaning!
That’s right! When you invest in a new furnace or AC in February you will get a FREE Duct Cleaning ($550 value)!
Let your friends and family know you love them by sharing this important information with them! We look forward to serving you! Give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit us at TimeForComfort.com today to find out more.