Posted on June 14th, 2019
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.
An attic fan 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.
Air circulation keeps moisture from condensing, which can ruin rafters and floors and soak insulation. In winter, heat and humidity from inside the house can rise up into a cold attic. This not only loses heat, the humidity wafting up into the attic will dampen and create frost on the wood framing of your house, eventually leading to mold and rot.
Compared with your air conditioning system, fans are simple devices that don’t require a condenser and evaporator. A fan simply draws in cooler outside air to replace the stifling air that gets trapped in your sweltering attic. The fans have sensors that enable you to set the temperature at which they automatically shut on and off. In summertime a fan will typically start operating when attic temperature reaches 100 degrees or so.
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. Solar attic fans have few moving parts, no tricky wiring and battery storage that enables them to continue operating for several days even when the sun doesn’t shine. Solar attic fans are so quiet you will not notice them running and they are built to tough weatherproofing standards.
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 the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-224-8899. We’ll evaluate your circumstances and offer the options that best suit your needs and your budget. Learn more at www.TimeForComfort.com.
Posted on May 24th, 2019
School is out and kids everywhere are celebrating! If you have kids like I do, you know that every summer is different. Once this summer passes, the next one will be you’re your children a whole year older.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make great memories. Here are some tips for at-home summer fun.
Not every day is sunny in the summer (plus some days are just too hot to go out). Playing card and board games are a great way to bond while developing useful life skills like fairness, analytical thinking, and patience.
Even if you feel guilty about letting your kids watch too much TV, time spent watching a movie together is different. You can laugh together, discuss important lessons, and enjoy the physical closeness of sitting together in front the screen.
You can do crafts any time of the year, but some crafts are best done outside. Let the kids go wild with paint, chalk, glitter, and whatever else you can think of. Cleanup is only a hose-down away.
Speaking of hoses, you don’t have to wait for an epic mess to have fun in the water. As long as there’s no drought, an occasional run (and slide and jump) through the sprinkler turns an unbearably hot day into memorable fun.
Camping in the backyard can be almost as much fun as camping in the forest (without the scary wildlife). If you can’t make it into the woods this summer, bring this outdoor adventure to your home.
Gardening can be a terrible chore or an amazing activity. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, your kids (especially little ones) will love an excuse to play in the dirt. And who knows? Your efforts might yield beautiful flowers or a side dish for summer barbecues.
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to dress the kids in costumes. Have them make their own and let their imaginations run wild. You could even have them put on a show for visiting extended family.
Harness your children’s imagination by having them put on a puppet show. Like the costumes, they can make their own and turn it into a family production for you or visitors.
You can let kids do this on their own or with your help. Turn it into a bonding opportunity that will develop fine motor skills and produce something to make everyone proud.
Regardless of what you choose to do with your kids this summer, the most important thing is to enjoy it. The years go quickly, even if the days seem long. Make them memorable.
At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, your family’s comfort is our number one priority, so please keep us in mind for your cooling needs. Contact us at www.TimeforComfort.com or 801-375-COOL.
Posted on May 2nd, 2019
The Perfect Gift for Mom?
by Angie Snow
With Mother’s Day soon approaching, my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I am a very practical thinker and don’t really need extra gifts. So jokingly, I replied, “I want healthy kids and clean house!” Isn’t that what all moms want?
I’m very excited to share that there is a wonderful solution, and gift that will meet both of those demands! It’s a wonderful home comfort solution I use in my home, and it’s called an Air Scrubber.
The Air Scrubber protects your home by eliminating viruses, bacteria, mold, odors and harmful pollutants in the air and on surface areas. It goes beyond typical air purification systems by using certified space technology. In fact, it’s the only air cleaning technology that has been given the Space Certified Seal of Approval by the Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA.
This innovative machine is professionally installed in the ductwork near your furnace. As the air and water molecules travel through the device, it transforms the molecules into super charged oxidizers that seek to destroy contaminants, fungi, mold and odor-causing bacteria. It’s very similar to how trees in nature clean the air that we breathe outside.
After having this device in my home, I feel confident knowing that the air in my home is fresh and clean. My family members with allergies find immediate relief in my home because of the reduced allergens in the air. My children tend to stay healthier and viruses do not spread. I also love it when I cook bacon and the odor it leaves behind is gone in about an hour. People with pets love the way it freshens their homes. Another huge bonus is that with the Air Scrubber, I only have to dust about once a month! The Air Scrubber clears the fine dust in my home.
The results are so amazing, that KSL’s Studio 5 will be featuring Western Heating and the Air Scrubber on their show tomorrow! Tune in to Studio 5 at 11am on Friday to watch! All mothers should enjoy these benefits so they can have peace of mind about their family’s health and well-being. Breathing fresh, clean air will improve your health and help you feel safe in your home.
Western Heating & Air Conditioning has installed hundreds of these units in Utah County and we get amazing feedback from our clients. From mothers of cancer patients… to fire evacuees, they are all so grateful for the protection the Air Scrubber provides.
As an added Mother’s Day ONLY bonus, the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are offering a FREE Roomba (iRobot) with the purchase of an installed Air Scrubber. We have 12 Roombas available, so schedule your Mother’s Day Installation before they are gone! Call the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-375-COOL or visit www.TimeForComfort.com. You may also learn more about the Air Scrubber here: https://www.timeforcomfort.com/lp/airscrubber.html
Angie Snow with Brooke Walker of Studio 5
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.