Posted on July 30th, 2014
Summer is almost half-way over, but the days are just heating up. With temperatures reaching into the triple digits, chances are your air conditioning system is working overtime to keep you and your family cool. At Western Heating & Air, we believe that our customers should maintain their systems in order to prevent costly repairs. In the second part of our summer maintenance series, you will find more tips to help you save energy and money.
Seal Your Ductwork
The ducts that move warm and cold air through your home need to be air tight in order to prevent energy loss. Leaks and holes allow the air to escape, but you will still have to pay for it. Take the time to inspect the entire ventilation system for leaks as part of your summer maintenance plan. Use tape designed specifically for air ducts to repair any trouble spots and ensure that all connectors are secure. You should also make sure to seal the following:
- Nooks and crannies
Prevent as much air from escaping from your home as possible to save on your energy bill.
Open and Clean Out the Vents
Your HVAC unit will have to work harder than it needs to if your air vents are dirty or left closed. Over time, dirt and debris can build up in your vents, causing clogs and allowing dust and debris to flow through your home. Make sure to check each vent to ensure that it is opened and that air is flowing properly into all the rooms you would like cooled.
Replace Inefficient Units
If your outdoor compression is inefficient, it may be time to install a newer model. The compressors available today use much less energy and can prevent the need to call for Orem, UT HVAC repair.
Following these summer maintenance tips should help you stay cool during the last few months of summer, but should you need extra help contact Western Heating & Air today.
Posted on July 22nd, 2014
Now that the summer is officially upon us, chances are you are running your HVAC system practically non-stop in an attempt to stay cool. At Western Heating & Air we know that your system needs regular summer maintenance in order for your air conditioner to run full blast during the hottest days of the year. The following tips will not only keep your unit up and running when you need it most, but can also help you save energy and money.
Clean Around the Outdoor Unit
As the weather warms up, plants and weeds begin to grow all around your yard. If you are not careful, debris from vegetation can build up around your outdoor unit, which can keep it from pulling air inside efficiently. Keeping the area around the unit clear is an easy summer maintenance tip that anyone can do.
Change the Air Filters
If there is one HVAC maintenance tip that can save you a lot of time and money, this one is it. When you change or clean out your system’s air filters, you can reduce the amount of energy consumed by your air conditioner by up to 15 percent. We tell our customers to wash their reusable filters or replace their disposable ones once a month during the summer, due to heavy use.
Find the Ideal Temperature
Instead of setting your thermostat to a colder temperature in an attempt to cool your house down faster, set it to your ideal temperature. This will prevent the unit from working longer that it needs to. Making your AC work too hard may result in the need for repairs more often.
If you follow these summer maintenance tips, but still need a professional to come take a look at your HVAC system, do not hesitate to contact Western Heating & Air today.
Posted on July 17th, 2014
If you have asked yourself the question, “What size HVAC system should I have?” you are not alone. This is one of the most commonly asked questions in the heating and cooling business. You want to make sure that you are purchasing a unit that is large enough to cool your entire home or office without having to be larger and more expensive than you need. We at Western Heating & Air can help you determine the right HVAC system size so that you can stay cool and comfortable all year long.
While some rule of thumb techniques are used by laymen to determine the right size of unit for an indoor space, these practices are generally discouraged. One ton of air conditioning can cool anywhere from 300 to 800 feet of indoor space, but these numbers may change depending on a building’s temperature regulating abilities. A licensed professional can give you an accurate estimate only after a home evaluation.
Is a System With a Higher Capacity Always Better?
Contrary to popular belief, a larger system with more capacity actually delivers less comfort than a system that is correctly sized. Not only that, but larger system are generally more expensive than smaller systems. If your home or office is equipped with a larger system than is needed, the system will run numerous short cycles and will often turn on and off. These shorter cycles do not remove humidity from the air as well, and the entire system runs less efficiently. Only a licensed HVAC repair specialist can assess the correct HVAC system size for your home or office.
Contact Us Today
Do not leave your HVAC system size to chance. Contact the friendly HVAC professionals at Western Heating & Air today to answer the question, “What size HVAC system should I have?”