Posted on January 4th, 2018
Tips for Preventing Furnace Breakdowns
When winter rolls around, keeping that furnace going is top priority as the outdoor temperature falls. Here are some tips for making sure you’re not faced with a furnace breakdown this winter:
Clean or replace filters
Dirty filters will cause your fan to work harder to push air throughout your house. Replacing filters regularly will help prevent a fan from overworking and breaking down.
Dirty blowers also have to work harder to push the same airflow. Motors can burn out if not maintained. Start with a visual inspection to make sure there’s no sign of rust or debris. Check the fan belt to make sure it’s not too loose. If the blower makes noise when it’s on, call a professional to do a more thorough inspection.
Clean your burners to make sure they work at maximum efficiency. Observe the flame color, which should be blue. A yellow flame indicates poor combustion producing toxic gases like carbon monoxide. Verify that all burners are working and have faulty burners replaced.
When a furnace burns gas, the heat is transferred to the air blowing throughout your house using a heat exchanger. Over time, this component can corrode, placing you at risk for flue gases entering your home. Do a visual inspection for signs of corrosion and if you see evidence of holes or cracks, call in a professional to replace it immediately.
Make sure your furnace comes on and responds when you turn your thermostat up or down. It should come on when you increase the set point above the room temperature and should turn off when the temperature reaches the desired set point. A furnace that fails to come on and off when needed can also have a faulty onboard control system. Have a technician look at both your thermostat and the furnace itself.
When to upgrade
There will come a time when maintenance and repair won’t be enough to keep your furnace going for the entire winter season. Consider upgrading if gas usage climbing despite milder weather or efforts to use less heat or if you find yourself spending more and more time and money on repair.
Give us a call at 801-375-COOL to keep your furnace in shape so you don’t have to face a freezing night this winter! Utah’s Most Wanted Techs at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help. Visit us online at TimeForComfort.com to learn more.
Posted on November 16th, 2017
Last Chance to Nominate for the Gift of Heat
Our Nominations for 2017 Gift of Heat are coming to a close.
If you know of a homeowner in Utah County who is in need of a new furnace but doesn’t have the means to purchase one, please HELP US give them THE GIFT OF HEAT!
Watch us on Fresh Living share a tip for your furnace + more information about The Gift of Heat.
Our selected nominee will receive a brand new furnace plus installation free! Help us make someone warm and happy this winter :).
Nominations end at midnight on November 17th, 2017.
Posted on November 9th, 2017
3 Reasons You Might Want A Humidifier This Winter
The winters here in Utah are very dry. Maintaining the ideal indoor humidity level is important to ensuring that your home isn’t growing mold or mildew. Not only is this hard on your home, but it can also cause a myriad of health problems for those living in your home.
Why is having a humidifier important? These three reasons might surprise you.
The TOP 3 Reasons to Install a Whole Home Humidifier Today:
1. Improve your health.
- Decrease colds and flu.
- Reduce sinus infections and stop bloody noses.
- Avoid dry skin, hair and nails.
Our bodies are made up of between 60 and 65% of water. When the humidity levels in our home are below 40% that causes our bodies to work harder to retain moisture. Often times we end up with chronic dry coughs, stuffy noses, very dry and cracking skin, headaches from dehydration, and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms. Our nasal passages dry out, leaving us more susceptible to colds and sinus infections.
2. Protect the wood in your home.
- Hardwood floors
- Wooden furniture
- Musical instruments
- Wood trim, doors, and walls
Many homeowners do not realize what the proper humidity levels are for a home. Ideal humidity levels should be between 45 and 65%. With each winter the loss of moisture to a home, dries out wood and can actually cause walls to shift. It is also damaging to any other wood materials or items in the home.
3. Maintain correct humidity levels.
- Avoid static shock.
- Keep mold at bay.
- Reduce dust.
If too much humidity is happening in your home, it can cause mold and mildew to grow. We definitely don’t want that! Humidifiers are also known for reducing dust and dust mites in your home, keeping those with dust allergies happy and requiring you to dust less. There’s also nothing worse than being shocked just from walking across the room. Humidifiers help to eliminate that from happening by maintaining the proper humidity levels.
Don’t let the cold dry air harm your home and family this year. Give us a call and we’ll come assess your home and humidity levels to see if a humidifier is a good investment.
Need tips to know what to do if you have high or low humidity? CLICK HERE to learn more!
Choose to protect your family and home this winter by installing a Whole Home Humidifier today with $50 off! Click here to learn more, or give us a call at 801-375-COOL to set up an appointment.
Posted on October 27th, 2017
Repair or Replace?
As a home owner, the time will come when you will have to decide whether you should repair or replace your furnace. You may wake up one freezing, cold morning with a broken furnace and hope that it only needs a minor fix.
Unfortunately, some problems are much larger than expected. When faced with a decision to repair or replace your furnace, it can be a tough financial decision to make. Western Heating & Air Conditioning knows what it’s like to be in those situations and we want to help make your decision an easy one. Here is a real life example of a family in Eagle Mountain who faced the dilemma to repair or replace.
Customer’s challenge: The Cook family own a home in Eagle Mountain. For days they noticed their furnace was making a quiet, yet high pitched sound whenever it turned on. It ended up breaking down and that’s when they knew they needed to call Western Heating & Air Conditioning. They had only lived in this home for a year and didn’t know anything about the furnace. They plan on moving and selling the home in a few years.
Western’s solution: One of Western’s Most Wanted Technicians was sent to visit The Cooks to see what the issue could be. At first glance, the technician could tell the furnace was old and not properly maintained. He saw that the furnace was 17 years old and noticed there were small cracks in the heat exchanger which could potentially leak carbon monoxide. The blower motor bearings had gone out due to old age. The older furnace had not been properly maintained, and a large amount of the gas used to heat the home was going to waste.
Final Results: The technician let the Cooks know that the best solution would be to replace it now. The technician then showed them where the cracks on the heat exchanger were located. That was all the Cook family needed to see to know that replacing the furnace would be the healthiest, cheapest choice for their family and the future owners of the home when they sell it.
** REMEMBER THIS: Most furnaces last 15-20 years IF they are properly maintained. Annual maintenance can save hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars over the years on your utility bills, and fewer if no repairs.
If your furnace is over 10 years old and it has not been maintained yearly, call Western to have us thoroughly check, clean and tune up your unit. It’s better to catch potential problems than neglecting it and having to replace your furnace earlier than necessary.
If you’re considering replacing your furnace or your furnace is in need of repairs, give us a call and we can help you make the best choice for your home, family and budget! Visit us at TimeForComfort.com or call 801-921-5250 to schedule an appointment!
Posted on October 12th, 2017
When it comes to comfort, temperature is only one part of the picture. The amount of moisture in the air is just as important. Getting humidity right affects your real comfort levels but more importantly, it affects your health… and nothing is more spooky than an awful, yucky cold!
How much humidity should you aim for?
The ideal range is 40-50% in the summer and 30% in the winter. The slightly lower target in winter is to prevent condensate from forming on cold windows. Typically for the colder months, low humidity is the issue since cold air holds less moisture, especially in an already dry state like Utah.
Effects of low humidity
- Static build-up is one of the first things you’d notice when the humidity drops. While this might be ok for Frankenstein, getting small shocks when you touch metal, and static-charged hair can bring some discomfort. However, for your expensive equipment and devices, static electricity can actually lead to damage.
- Dry skin and membranes: Low humidity causes the dreaded “winter skin” which can become zombie-like and painful as your skin cracks and opens you up to infection. Not only does your skin dry out, but so do your nasal membranes. This increases your susceptibility to colds and other respiratory illnesses.
- Damage to furniture and your home’s structure occurs if the air is so dry that it removes moisture from wood. Your floors may begin to creak more and your doorways might warp slightly. This is something that happens over time so you may not notice it right away but to keep your home from appearing and sounding haunted, you need the right humidity.
How to prevent a dry house
By far the best way to keep your humidity levels up in winter is to use a humidifier. You can use a vaporizer or install a humidifier in your HVAC system. Regardless of what you use, remember not to let the air get too humid because this comes with its own frightening problems.
You need the right-sized humidifier
To get the right amount of humidity in your home, the first step is to have a humidifier that’s the right size. A professional knows how to calculate the required pounds per hour (lb/hr) of moisture or steam to be added to the air. The amount of moisture needed is based on temperature of air entering the furnace (a mixture of outdoor air and return air from your home) as well as relative humidity. Moisture is added to get humidity levels up to where they should be. Having a humidity sensor ensures you never go too high or too low with humidity levels, and that’s a spell that you don’t want to miss out on.
Don’t deal with winter dryness this year
Don’t get tricked with the cold dry air this year. Give us a call at Western Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll treat you with $50 off a whole house humidifier to cure your home’s low humidity problems. Call 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com