Posted on July 28th, 2017
The Effects of High Temperatures on Your AC
In Utah, we have had one of the hottest summers with severe heat waves. With streaks of hot weather averaging above 90 degrees since the beginning of June, you are probably already feeling some of the effects of the extreme heat.
Not only will you feel the effects when you take the kids to the park, but your air conditioner will experience it while you’re cooling off at home.
Air conditioners are a type of “heat pump”. That means they transfer heat from one place to another (from inside your house to outside). Normally, heat travels from a hotter area to cooler area so it naturally enters your home on a hot day. The air conditioner works to remove this heat and discharges it to the air outside.
The hotter the outdoor temperature, the harder your AC has to work. One of the effects of high heat is a drop in efficiency.
Your air conditioner efficiency drops when it has to work harder to cool your home, costing you money as your electricity consumption rises.
Since your air conditioner has to work harder and longer, it’s inevitable that the lifespan of the unit will be reduced. Moving parts like the fan motor and compressor components burn out quicker and your AC needs more thorough maintenance to reduce and postpone total failure.
To help improve your air conditioner’s performance locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby, and that will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air. Setting the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C), will allow your unit to work less. If it’s still too warm, combine your air conditioner with other means of cooling, like a standing fan or ice packs.
If your unit is close to its end of life, consider replacing it sooner. You will have the benefit of a unit that’s more efficient and will reduce the risk of sudden failure on the hottest day.
Keep your AC in the best shape
Give us a call at Western Heating & Air Conditioning if you need us to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer. Utah’s Most Wanted Techs are ready to help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves that are yet to come.
Posted on July 13th, 2017
Tired of seeing a sharp increase in your energy bill? According to a study by The Demand Institute, American household spending on electricity has grown an average of 56% since 2000. According to the same report, 71% of American home owners say a home’s energy efficiency is important. 67% of the study has taken some measure to increase efficiency, but only 35% were satisfied with the results. It now seems that going green is no longer only about sustainable living, but also lowering energy cost as well.
So, suppose you’ve seen the light and have taken action to go as green as heating and cooling technology allows. You’ve insulated your home to the hilt, installed the highest efficiency HVAC equipment, and coupled it with a programmable thermostat. You’ve had your home zoned to suit characteristics of different rooms, sealed all the leaks in your duct-work, and made sure your refrigerant is fully charged. Your home is set for maximum energy efficiency, well, maybe.
A recent study by Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction determined that energy-efficient technology is only as effective as the people using it. MSU researchers found that personal habits can waste even more energy than technology can save. The researchers collected data from 320 certified green residential units and calculated that around 43% of energy efficiency is determined by the equipment used. The rest owes to occupant behavior. Here are examples of the various ways you can become more energy efficient:
Most residents set their thermostat to 68 degrees during hot weather, or even lower depending on the humidity. Instead, set your air conditioners at 72 degrees to achieve its highest efficiency.
Open windows also diminish energy efficiency, whether done intentionally to “let in fresh air” or inadvertently because someone forgot to close them. There is no harm done if your HVAC equipment is turned off, but many have discovered their furnace or heat pump is running with the windows cracked open. The greenest HVAC technology known to man cannot hope to efficiently cool or heat the outdoors!
Use fans (in summertime) and space heaters (in cold weather) to reduce the burden on your furnace and compressor. This is especially useful if a system is imbalanced. Rather than cranking up the A/C to cool the hottest spot in your home, a ceiling fan can do the job; a space heater might be called for in that household nook far away from a furnace register.
Energy savings also can be achieved by running dishwashers, clothes washers, and dryers at off-peak hours. Many modern appliances are equipped with time-delay settings that make this easy to do. Western Heating & Air Conditioning can help you select, install, and maintain an HVAC system to provide maximum comfort and energy efficiency. However, your lifestyle and commitment to green living will ultimately help you reach the highest savings potential.
To learn more, or have one of Utahs Most Wanted techs evaluate the efficiency of your HVAC system, visit www.TimeForComfort.com or call our office at 801-921-5250.
Posted on June 30th, 2017
Women in HVAC
When someone says “HVAC,” what do you think of? You probably think about men coming into your home and repairing or replacing ‘things’ in your utility closet. That’s a pretty accurate thought you might have. Rarely do we see women in the HVAC industry. At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re hiring and giving opportunities to women who have a desire to learn more about HVAC and becoming technicians!
Our very own Angie Snow, Vice President, was interviewed by HVACSchool.org and answered questions about women in HVAC and industry related topics, such as:
HOW DO MEN ACCEPT WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY?
HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY FEEL ABOUT CONTINUING EDUCATION?
WHAT KIND OF EMPLOYEES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
To read the interview and learn more about Angie, Click the link!
Posted on June 20th, 2017
We are Celebrating HVAC Tech Day!
On June 22nd, we celebrate HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Tech Day, showing appreciation for those awesome technicians with the special skills to keep our indoor conditions just right. These men and women come in late at night, on weekends and holidays to climb on your roof, into your crawlspace and attic to install and keep your HVAC systems going.
They maintain equipment like furnaces, fans and air-conditioners. They install and maintain ductwork, refrigerant piping, hot water piping, controls, thermostats and combustion venting for our systems to work.
Why should you celebrate HVAC technicians?
– They help keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Sometimes we tend to take our comfort for granted as long as everything is working well. But nevertheless, when things go array we always have technicians to help keep our equipment in check.
– They make sure you’re getting the right ventilation
Heating and cooling equipment are not the only systems critical to indoor air quality. HVAC technicians also maintain equipment that gives you the right amount of fresh air to keep your family healthy.
– They keep you safe
When things go wrong with HVAC systems, it’s more than just discomfort. Carbon monoxide leaks, electrical fire, explosion hazards and gas leaks can all put you at risk. Keeping your equipment in top shape is another way HVAC technicians help protect you from disasters.
– They save you energy
When your equipment is new, energy use is low as efficiencies are higher. As your home and HVAC equipment age, you need the right maintenance to minimize power and gas usage. HVAC technicians keep your energy consumption low by maintenance and upgrades to your systems.
– They save you money
When you use less electricity and gas, your bills go down, allowing you to keep more of your hard-earned cash. Not only do HVAC technicians help lower your bills, but their maintenance of your equipment postpones the time before you need to replace it. This saves money in the long run and allows you the opportunity to upgrade after enjoying the full lifespan of your HVAC equipment.
We’re here to serve you!
As we celebrate HVAC Tech Day, we hope you will take time to thank your technician for the hard work and dedication to serving their community. In return, we’d like to thank you for your support and letting us serve you. Give Utah’s Most Wanted Techs from Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call if you need anything done to your HVAC System and we’ll be happy to help.
Visit www.TimeForComfort.com or call 801-921-5250.
Posted on June 15th, 2017
Owning a home is highly emotional, despite what the financial experts say about it being your biggest investment. At a certain point it becomes more than just the house you live in.
Here are 5 signs that you love your home:
1. You daydream about how you‘ll make it better and then proceed to invest in it
Wanting to change the kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean you’re not satisfied. In fact, it means the exact opposite. Like raising children and watching them grow and develop, making upgrades shows how much you care about having your home grow with you.
2. You visualize the future in it – children growing up, moving out then visiting you in that same house
If you sit in the backyard on a summer afternoon and daydream about your six-year-old bringing her friends over in ten years, or bringing her own kids over in twenty (or thirty) years, it’s a sign you love your home.
3. You make sure it’s in top shape, attending to repairs immediately
If anything goes wrong, you make sure to address it as soon as possible. You’re in it for the long haul so leaving problems unattended for the next owner is not an option. Upkeep takes time and money and, just like home improvement projects, doing it is a sign that you mean to take care of this house and want to stay there for the long term.
4. Walking in the door calms you down after a tough day
Having your dwelling bring out the best in you and relax you after a tough week makes the difference between a house and a home. If your home has a positive effect on your mood and you look forward to returning every night, it’s a sign you love your home.
5. Your fondest memories are there
Of course, home is about more than just the building. Family makes it all worthwhile and relationships are what make life worth living. Look back at the photos from the last few years. Besides vacation pictures, if the majority of your everyday photos were taken at home, it’s a sign that your best memories are being made there.
If you need help with the comfort level in your home, call us to help you take care of the home you love. Western Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in HVAC repair, maintenance, equipment replacement, indoor air quality solutions, water heaters, duct cleaning and fireplaces.