Posted on October 30th, 2019
5 Things That Happen When You Don’t Change Your Air Filter
Getting the most value out of your home can be as easy as changing out your air filters. Homeowners that ignore the filters in their heating and air conditioning systems risk higher energy costs, damaging expensive equipment, and diminishing indoor air quality and personal health. See below to find out what can happen if you don’t change your air filters.
There are many particles floating in the air around us at the microscopic level: flakes of skin, pet dander, and the fumes and residue from cooking, to name just a few. And with the holidays around the corner, these particles increase with more activity and more time spent in your home.
Changing your air filters is one of the most important and overlooked basic home maintenance tasks. If you want to keep the air in your home clean and avoid unnecessary repairs, consider replacing your air filters every 30 to 90 days.
In our experience when talking to customers, contractors, and other industry experts, here are the five harmful effects of not changing your air filters regularly:
- You Spend Money on Energy Costs without Seeing the Benefits
No matter the rate of airflow, your HVAC system is either running or not running. If the conditioned air sits around the coils, then you are heating or cooling the same air and not pushing it through into the ducts. Slow-moving air in the ducts will not stay the same temperature by the time it reaches each room.
With a dirty air filter, expect to increase the run-time of your HVAC system while only changing air temperature in small increments.
- Your Air Conditioning System Runs Longer, Gets Clogged and Fails
Air conditioning systems can be big, complex, and very expensive. All of the air in your home, along with airborne particles, cycle through this single point multiple times in a single day. Similar to dust that settles on a flat surface, the spinning fan blade and air pressure in your HVAC system can force particles onto different surfaces, crevices, heating and cooling coils, and electrical and mechanical components.
The longer particles remain in the air, the more likely they will build up inside the unit, block air flow and cause damage.
HVAC components are engineered and manufactured with an expected lifespan of 15 years. The faster you can heat or cool your home, the less you have to run your HVAC system and the longer the equipment will last.
- Heating and Cooling the Air Takes Longer with an Old Air Filter
Your HVAC system is one of the only methods of moving air inside of your home. Consider the location of your HVAC unit relative to air vents. As air filters load, the ability for air to move through the filter diminishes.
Have you ever noticed some rooms are warmer while others are cooler in your house? Depending on the distance, hot or cold air may need to travel further through ductwork. Without adequate air flow, rooms further away may stay cold in the winter and hot in the summer, while other areas get the majority of the air flow.
- The Air in Rooms Becomes Stagnant
When air doesn’t move, it becomes stagnate. Odors, dust, moisture and other particles sit in the same space and fall onto surfaces, into carpeting, and places you don’t see. Wiping down surfaces isn’t enough, especially if you are using a chemical spray. The ingredients in cleaners get into the air with the other particles. Just because surfaces look clean doesn’t mean the room is clean.
Some people have reported that rooms with poor air flow can even change the color of walls and furniture.
If you have a home in Miami or other areas where there is often moisture in the air, other problems can occur, including bacterial growth that can make you sick, and mold that can take over and be expensive to remove. Even more reason to make sure air flow is unrestricted throughout your home.
- Indoor Air Quality Gets Even Worse When You Don’t Change Your Air Filter
According to the EPA, indoor air quality is on average two to five times worse than the air outdoors. In some locations, air quality can be 100 times worse than the air outdoors. Much of this results from the energy crisis in the 1970s. To save energy, we improved our methods of construction and changed the materials we used to better seal buildings.
This is good news for energy costs but bad news for our respiratory systems, especially for allergy sufferers.
Sealed buildings that are using old filters allow poor quality air to recirculate indoors. We inhale these particles, and depending on your sensitivity, they can cause minor problems like watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, or trigger asthma-related symptoms and other long-term respiratory complications.
Changing out filters can have a profound impact on indoor air quality, energy costs and maximizing the value of your home on the US housing market.
Consider that shopping for air filters online is not only convenient, but bulk purchase discounts and auto-renewal options can save you time and money.
How often should you have your furnace/HVAC unit serviced?
Calling an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace/HVAC unit once a year can save a lot of hassle and money in the long run. Your unit likely contains moving parts like belts that can get cracked and dry if not taken care of. Additionally, your ventilation ductwork needs to be inspected for gaps, rusting, and cracks, and your coils and fans require lubrication to ensure clog-free operation. Unless you have the training required to perform this maintenance on your own, it is recommended that you call your local professional.
Originally posted on Redfin by Ryan Smith
Posted on October 28th, 2019
Posted on October 9th, 2019
Get to Know your Friends at Western Heating
Both Ryan and I were born and raised in Utah. We met in 1997 while attending Snow College and were married shortly thereafter. (Yes, the Snows met at Snow!) We have four children and reside in Salem. My career goals led me to elementary education, while Ryan’s education in Technology Management and work experience was focused in the HVAC industry.
After working as a technician, an installer, project manager, distributor, and general manager, Ryan decided in 2007 that it was finally time to purchase his own Heating and Air Conditioning Company – Western Heating & Air Conditioning in Orem, Utah. I knew nothing about HVAC, but I loved my husband and I wanted to help him make his HVAC dreams come true!
I officially hung up my 2nd grade teacher hat to help him and our four technicians as we ventured in the business of HVAC and home comfort. It was tough running the business out of my home with three small children. We knew that we wanted to grow and become be the best HVAC service company in Utah. We joined amazing organizations, received phenomenal training, and put in the work to help us build the reputation that we have today.
Here we are 12 years later and I now understand my husband’s passion for this amazing industry! Over the last 12 years we have grown to 35 employees, 2 locations (Orem, and Lehi) and received national and local awards for our growth and innovative practices in this industry. We attribute our success and growth from the values and standards that we have put in place in our business.
Shortly after I started working with Western, I began to hear many horror stories from clients who had worked with other contractors who were very dishonest. I knew that if we could set ourselves apart by simply being honest, we would be able gain clients for life. Western has truly been built on integrity and trust. We are gratefully for the relationships we have with our clients. They trust us and often refer us to their friends and family. Their reviews and referrals they give us are the icing on the cake.
It is also an honor to have won the “Best of Utah Valley” award for Heating & Air Conditioning four years in a row. I believe it is because we treat our customers and our employees like family. My employees love their job and love the culture that we have developed here. We invest a lot in their training and education so that they can have the tools, knowledge, and resources to be the best technicians out there. They really take time to educate our clients on their equipment and HVAC systems, and our clients really appreciate that.Community is another one of our company values. We are continually striving to find ways to give back to the community. Our deepest connection is with the Emily Effect, a non-profit organization that helps spread awareness for new mothers who may be suffering with postpartum depression or other anxieties. This organization was created in behalf of Emily Dyches, who lost her life due to the effects of post-partum depression. She was my dear friend, and no one should have to lose a mother, daughter, sister, or friend in that way. She would have been celebrating her birthday this month. You can learn more about their organization at www.theEmilyEffect.org. We have wrapped two of our vehicles in Emily’s honor and give a portion of our revenue to this special organization.
We thank you for welcoming us into your neighborhood and into your homes. Our goal is to help your family stay comfortable by providing affordable solutions to keep you healthy, save you money, and protect the investments in your home. We would love an opportunity to maintain your heating and cooling equipment and improve your indoor air quality with solutions such as humidifiers and air scrubbers. We thank you again for the opportunity and hope to meet you soon! Please give us a call at (385) 515-2448 or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com
Angie Snow, owner and VP of Western Heating & Air Conditioning
Posted on October 2nd, 2019
Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. Many home owners are already thinking about getting their furnace serviced, cleaned, and tested to make sure it’s in prime condition before winter arrives. The last thing you want is for a cold spell to hit and find that your furnace isn’t working as it should. Here are 4 simple steps to make sure your furnace is working great so your family stays nice and warm this winter.
1 – Test
We always advise that you start running the heating system early on in the fall. This allows you to make sure that it is actually working as it should. It also allows the system to run through its proper cycle to make sure all the safety sensors and switches are working properly. A simple test also can give you the peace of mind that you will have plenty of time in case a repair is needed.
2 – Filters
Changing the filters in your system will improve efficiency and ensure you that there will be no debris circulating. A dirty or plugged filter is typically the most common repair that we encounter. A good maintenance schedule will mean that filters are generally replaced anyway, but they are always worth checking. How often should you change them? That depends on the quality and type of filter. Most standard 1-inch filters need to be changed monthly, while pleated filters can last longer. An indicator is to hold the filter up to a light to see if the light can filter through. If not, it is time to replace. We are upgrading many systems with advanced filters that only need to be changed yearly. Ask us if your system eligible for an upgrade.
3 – Inspection
Depending on where your unit is located (ie. attic, basement, crawl space), could mean an extra bit of work before getting the system running again – make sure that the unit is thoroughly cleared of any debris before use. Give the system a thorough inspection and make sure that there aren’t any major & visible problems. Call out a professional if something seems wrong.
4 – Professional
Having a professional look at the system before running it is always sensible. They can advise you as to what should or shouldn’t be done to run the system. They can also ensure that the system is working at peak efficiency, meaning your bills will be the lowest they can be. At Western Heating, our service is more than a check up or tune up, it’s a rejuvenation. Mention this article to receive an additional $50 off our $129 rejuvenation for October only.
For more information on fall maintenance, talk to one of our friendly and professional team members at 385-273-3200 or visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com and we’ll be glad to help.
Posted on September 19th, 2019
Why Ventilation Matters During Cold Weather
Ever since we’ve discovered the impact of our energy consumption on the environment, we’ve taken more and more steps to reduce use. By limiting the heating and cooling loads of our HVAC systems, we help both the environment and our pockets.
But as we strive to reduce the energy we use, it’s important to remember that some loads are worth keeping, like ventilation. Bringing in fresh air might use more gas and electricity but if we limit outside air, the effects can be detrimental.
Here are the reasons why ventilation is vital to your family, especially as winter starts creeping in.
Exhaust removes moist air
Ventilation consists of introducing fresh air as well as getting rid of stale air. Exhausting air from moisture-prone areas like your kitchen and bathroom is important for preventing issues like mold and bacterial growth.
A simple exhaust fan can do wonders as long as you use it when required and it works to its full capacity. Ensure that your exhaust fans are well-maintained to keep these areas well ventilated.
Ventilation reduces the buildup of unwanted gases
Too much carbon dioxide and exposure to gases like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can make you sick. Carbon dioxide builds up in your home if it isn’t replaced with fresh outdoor air. This can lead to fatigue and restlessness as well as headaches. VOC exposure causes eye, throat and lung irritation in the short term but can lead to problems with the liver and central nervous system with ongoing exposure.
For many years we dealt with outdoor air pollution but studies show that poor ventilation leads to higher levels of indoor air pollutants. Adequate ventilation is the only way to ensure acceptable indoor air quality.
In addition to unwanted gases, ventilation reduces the buildup of germs during flu season. Since you’re more likely to spend time indoors during winter, getting rid of viruses and bacteria will keep your family healthier and reduce the spread of winter misery from colds and the flu.
The best part is that you don’t need to accept a massive increase in your heating load to get enough ventilation. Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) help with energy while allowing you the benefit of fresh air. If you want fresher, healthier air in your home, especially as it gets colder, give the professionals at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can help keep your family healthy. Call us at 385-273-3200 or visit us at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.