Posted on August 4th, 2016
Summers can be pretty hot here in Utah and homeowners know it can be expensive to keep your home cool. If you own a home with an attic, temperatures can get as high as 150°F up there in the summer. That intense heat leaks into the home below to raise your cost of cooling. While your air conditioning thermostat may be set in the 70s for your comfort down below, the temperature at your ceiling may measure in the 90s. You’ll be paying for the air conditioner to cool down the ceiling as well as your living space.
One simple trick that can help reduce ceiling temperatures and lower your energy costs is to install an attic fan. This can reduce attic temperatures by as much 50°-60°F. Studies have shown that this can reduce your air conditioning bill by as much as 30%! It also helps prevent your floors from warping and the rafters and shingles on your home from deterioration.
Most attic fans run on conventional household electricity. Yet some homes can be fitted with a solar-powered attic fan that costs virtually nothing to operate. A solar attic fan is an ideal way to experience the savings and comfort made possible by solar energy. An existing electrical attic fan can be changed out to a solar-powered unit without much trouble, and with considerable energy savings.
Whether you prefer a conventional electrical fan or a solar-powered unit, if you want to protect your home while lowering your energy bill, give us a call at 801-375-COOL or click here to schedule an appointment. We’ll evaluate your circumstances and offer the options that best suit your needs and your budget.
Posted on May 12th, 2016
One of the most stressful situations to be in is realizing that your furnace is broken late at night, the chill begins to set in, and you may be kicking yourself for not seeing the signs earlier. While Western Heating & Air Conditioning offers fast emergency furnace repair, we never want our customers to be caught by surprise. Here are a few warning signs that signal that you need furnace repair and service.
Your Furnace Is Getting Old
Like any home appliance, furnaces have a lifespan. Once a furnace starts pushing 20 years old, it may be time to replace it. Between 16 and 20 years old is the average time when furnaces start needing more service. To prevent a sudden breakdown, call a professional furnace technician for an inspection. They will be able to tell you if your furnace is able to last a few more years.
Utility Bills Increasing
If you notice a sudden spike in your utility bills, it may be your furnace. If your furnace is not working optimally, it may take more energy to get your home to a comfortable temperature.
Burner Flame Yellow
If you notice that your pilot light is burning yellow instead of blue, it is a sign of something that could be really wrong. In fact, a yellow flame is a sign of carbon monoxide leaking into your home. Make sure you have a functional carbon monoxide detector in your home and contact a repairman right away.
If you suddenly start to hear your furnace making odd sounds, you shouldn’t ignore it. Instead, contact a furnace repair technician right away. Strange noises can mean there is something broken or loose in your furnace that needs attention.
If you notice any of the above warning signs, contact Western Heating & Air Conditioning today. We are happy to assist you!
Posted on April 26th, 2016
Even with the best maintenance, your HVAC system will need to be replaced at some point. If your HVAC system is in need of repair and is on the older side of a typical system’s life span, you are probably considering replacement. The best way to decide if your system needs repair or replacement is to speak with a licensed HVAC technician. Western Heating & Air Conditioning has a team of experienced professionals that are ready to assist you when you are thinking of replacing your system. Here are the top questions to ask your tech when you call our office.
How Long Does an HVAC System Last?
This question is tricky because it depends on both the brand of the HVAC system you have purchased along with how well you maintained it. Well-maintained systems can last upwards of 20-25 years. If you are starting to experience multiple HVAC system malfunctions, it may be time to replace your unit.
When Should I Choose Replacement Over Repair?
If your system’s repair is more than 50% of the cost of a new system, then you should strongly consider replacement rather than repair. Putting more money into an HVAC unit that will likely continue to fail is better spent on a brand new system that is also more energy efficient.
Are There Other Considerations for Replacement?
Sometimes clients decide to replace their HVAC system based solely on eco-friendly or energy efficiency concerns. Brand new systems are much better at utilizing energy, and therefore, you pay less on your utility bills each month. By saving on your electricity bill, a new HVAC system practically pays for itself.
If you have questions about HVAC replacement, contact the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning today. Call [phone] to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.
Posted on April 19th, 2016
When you are looking for ways to cut costs in your home, you may not immediately think about AC maintenance. However, keeping up regular maintenance of your cooling system not only will make your system more efficient, but it also can significantly lessen your chances of having to bear the brunt of a costly air conditioner repair. Here are just some of the benefits you will enjoy by investing in professional AC maintenance.
Lengthen Your System’s Lifespan
AC systems that have been given regular maintenance can last much longer than cooling systems that haven’t. Routine maintenance usually means a regular change out of air filters, cleaning, and monitoring of the system itself. Any problem that arises can be caught and repaired quickly rather than manifesting into a larger, more expensive repair. A typical AC system can last 15, even 20 years with optimal maintenance. Without annual maintenance at the minimum, you may be replacing your system much sooner.
Cleaner Air, Less Repair
Part of regular maintenance means you are changing out and cleaning your system on a regular basis. This can have a profound effect on the air quality in your home. It also can prevent gunk and buildup from clogging up your AC system and making it less efficient. One of the most common repairs we see is due to an AC system being loud and not as effective as cooling the house. Many times, this is because of a clogged filter. With a regular change out of your AC filters, your family will breathe clean, healthy air and your AC system will need less repair.
If you are interested in regular professional maintenance for your cooling system, contact Western Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us to schedule our HVAC professionals today!
Posted on April 15th, 2016
I know what it’s like to deal with springtime allergies… I have suffered with them since I was a little girl. My eyes get swollen and itchy. My nose runs, and my throat can feel sore. It seems like on high pollen days I can only be outside for a short period of time. While there are medications and other remedies, I have found the best way to find relief in my own home!
We simply had our technicians install an Air Scrubber Plus! It is an amazing product that produces active, pure air, cleaning the air that is sent out from your central air system. It uses a non-toxic, natural process to reduce pollen, mold, odors, and it attacks 99.9% of the bacteria in your home, not only in the air, but also on surfaces and door knobs! That’s something that every mom needs in her home!
Not only do we see benefits from our Air Scrubber in the springtime with allergies, but all year long… especially during cold and flu season. Viruses are zapped! Even more amazing is the fact that an Air Scrubber can actually protect your heating and cooling system. Filters are simply not enough. An Air Scrubber keeps your system cleaner and lasting longer. To find out more about Air Scrubbers, watch this short video.
Since we have installed our Air Scrubber, my family is healthier, my allergies are less severe, and I can breath healthy again! Call our office to find out about the Springtime Special we are running and start seeing the benefits now!