Posted on April 26th, 2018
What Do You Mean There’s No Hot Water?!
Believe it or not, tankless water heaters have been around for a long time. In 1868, a painter from England named Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the first tankless water heater called the geyser. It used hot gases to heat water flowing through a pipe and into a tub. Today tankless heaters work in a similar way but with added features like flue gas exhaust.
Tankless heaters can be installed centrally to provide hot water for the entire home or they can be installed at the point of use for a fixture or group of fixtures. They are sized based on the fixture flow rate and have a higher energy input than tanked equivalents because of how quickly the water is heated.
Why go tankless?
Tankless water heaters are ideal for a number of reasons. Whether you want one central heater or multiple point-of-use heaters, here are the reasons to go tankless:
1) You save energy by not having to keep 60 gallons of water hot all day while the house is empty. Tanked heaters also have losses through the tank walls, further adding to the energyconsumed.
2) There’s no wait time for water to reach the right temperature in a tank. Water has a high heat capacity, which means that it needs a lot of heat to raise the temperature by one degree. In a tank situation, this means time waiting for the water to heat up if you happen to be the unfortunate one who gets in the shower last. Tankless heaters eliminate this problem by heating the water to the right temperature while it flows to you.
In addition to eliminating the wait times for heating a tankful of water, there’s no limit on how long you can run a tankless before the water gets cold. So even if you just finished a full load of laundry and need to wash the dishes, you’ll always have the hot water you need.
3) Tankless heaters are smaller and take up less room than tanked heaters. So if space is tight, you can reclaim an average of ten square feet of your home’s floor space for other important items.
4) They last longer than tanked heaters. Typical tankless heaters have a life expectancy of 20 years as opposed to the 10-15 years of tanked heaters.
If you want to find out whether tankless is ideal for you and to assess how to make it work for your family, give us a call and we can help you get these benefits with special pricing!
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Posted on April 19th, 2018
Do You Need All That Stuff?
Is your home cluttered? If so, it’s probably causing you some problems. This spring, make an effort to clear out the mess that’s harming you and your family.
Physical risks of clutter
Items on the floor can cause slipping and tripping while items on tables and other surfaces can fall off and become tripping hazards.
Excess clutter creates hiding spots for vermin. Just because you don’t see spiders and cockroaches doesn’t mean they’re not there.
Too many items in your mechanical room is dangerous. It might seem like a convenient storage area but clutter can inhibit airflow to your furnace, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide production.
Decluttering has psychological benefits too.
You’ll be able to focus better. Fewer distractions in the form of a mess to clean up and things left undone. Each trinket takes up space in your mind as well as physical space in your home, distracting you from important tasks and creating stress.
You’ll save time because you’ll be able to find everything you need faster. Once everything has its place, you won’t waste time searching for important items.
Here are some tips to get it done:
Set aside a block of time. Depending on how much you have to sort through, it will take time.
Take one space at a time. This might mean a room or just one cupboard or closet. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you survey your entire house so break it down into small chunks.
Sort into three piles: “Keep” (for things you use regularly), “Discard” (this includes items to donate or throw away) and “Unsure”. This last pile is to prevent you from wasting time with indecision. It keeps the momentum going so midnight doesn’t come and go with everything still strewn across the floor.
Pack your “Keep” items away in specific spots so you have easy access to them.
Deal with sentimental items separately. Put them in the “Unsure” pile to start with. Have a box or chest specifically for sentimentals and make sure that everything fits into this one box. As new items are added, discard something else.
Actually get rid of your “Discard” items. The whole point of this is to make space, remember?
Create a system for dealing with new items entering your home. Maintenance is the hardest part. Without a plan that you can easily follow to keep your home clear, more “stuff” will migrate into your empty spaces and pile up again.
If part of your decluttering means clearing out your mechanical room to keep you and your family safe, give us a call and we can help you figure it out!
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Posted on April 12th, 2018
Why Get A Western Pre-Season AC Tune-Up?
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 AC should be no different. It might be stationary, but it’s certainly not something you can set and forget.
Maintenance is a must for your AC, not an option. Here’s a few things you can expect from a Western Tune-Up:
- Checking on the Blower Wheel for balance, damage, and dirt.
- Cleaning of the Condensing Coil.
- Inspecting the Condenser Motor bearing and shaft for wear.
- Checking the Contactor for pitting and/or loose connections.
- Utilizing the temperature readings to determine if refrigeration levels are correct.
Plus much more! Though there’s many reasons you should keep your AC maintained, here is 4 that we believe is the most important:
1. Reduce Risk of Shutdowns at the Wrong Time
The first reason to keep on top of your AC is to prevent a major catastrophe. Having no AC in the middle of the summer is like your car shutting down at the side of the highway. You never want to be in that situation. Preventative maintenance on your AC reduces the likelihood of being left out in the heat.
2. Keep Your AC 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 AC equipment life, saving you money.
3. 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. Proper tune-up will allow your AC to work without emptying your pockets to pay outrageous energy bills.
4. Improve Indoor Air Quality
A well-functioning AC can help with humidity levels in your home, which can help your IAQ (indoor air quality) by reducing airborne allergens and mold growth. Mold can be a huge IAQ problem because of moisture and high temperatures. Your AC is a vital tool that can help keep these things at bay. A professional inspection and tune-up will help prevent these kinds of problems from happening, keeping you and your family healthy.
Getting it done
To keep your home’s air system working well, give us a call and we’ll tune-up your AC so you’ll be cool this summer!
Call 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com
Posted on April 5th, 2018
Is Your Air as Delicious as Mine?
There was a time when the air outside was more polluted than indoor air. Nowadays, pollutants can be two to five times more concentrated indoors than outdoors. To compound this problem, most people spend up to 90% of their time inside.
Why indoor air quality (IAQ) matters
The air you breath has a huge impact on your well-being. Health issues caused by poor IAQ can be immediate or long term depending on the type and concentration of pollutants. Short term symptoms include sore throat, fatigue or headaches. Long term effects include the development of respiratory illnesses and even cancer.
Here are 4 ways to improve your home’s IAQ:
Air cleaners and purifiers
You can clean the air throughout your house or you can deal with it room by room. Whole house air cleaners are placed in the return duct to your furnace. The air first passes through the purifier’s filters to remove allergens and pollutants before entering the furnace. Then it gets distributed throughout your home via ductwork.
Alternatively, you can opt for a purifier that takes care of only one room. These units clean more air in that space but the obvious disadvantage is that the rest of the house won’t benefit.
UV light is used in air purifiers to kill bacteria and mold spores so it helps reduce allergens in the home. Depending on the technology used, it can sometimes produce high levels of ozone, which is a pollutant. If you choose to use UV light, consult the manufacturer about the potential for ozone creation.
Depending on the weather, you can use natural ventilation to introduce clean air into your home. Open the windows and doors on opposite sides of your home to allow outdoor air to flow through. Be careful if you have allergies to pollen and dust as this can introduce more allergens into your home.
To increase the amount of outdoor air in your home, exhaust fans and ventilators can give you measured flow rates so you know you’re getting the right amount of air. Whether or not you decide to go with an air purifier, you will still need proper ventilation to replace stale air with fresh air so this is fundamental to all homes.
If you need help cleaning out your home’s air, give us a call and we can talk about the best options and how to implement them. Don’t forget to take a look at our Air Scrubber and Whole Home Humidifier, which will help improve your IAQ drastically!