Posted on November 30th, 2018
Dry Air Problems? We Have a Solution!
Dry air can cause respiratory problems and increased allergy symptoms for many people, especially during the cold Utah winters. Dry air in your home can draw moisture out of porous materials like wood, including furniture, woodwork, wood floors, pianos, and other musical instruments. It makes the air temperature feel cooler than humidified air so you might find yourself setting your thermostat higher to reach the same comfort level.
Two main types of humidifiers are commonly used to alleviate these dry air conditions. Room units are small and portable, while whole-house humidifiers are permanently installed with your central heating and cooling system. We find more and more homeowners are installing whole-house humidifiers and these are the reasons why:
Once a whole-house humidifier has been installed on your forced air furnace system, you can set the humidity level and forget about it. A whole-house humidifier operates with a hygrometer to measure the humidity level, and it automatically humidifies the air as your furnace warms it, distributing it to every room through your ductwork.
A whole-house unit monitors the humidity level, adding moisture only when it is needed and limits the level of humidity to the setting you select. Many room units do not have regulators to stop the humidification process when the proper humidity level has been reached. Too much humidity can increase mold, mildew and dust mites.
In a room humidifier, the water tanks and other parts must be cleaned often to prevent mold and bacteria buildup. In contrast, a whole-house humidifier will need cleaning once or twice a year to remove white dust mineral deposits left by the evaporated water. A simple water filter exchange is usually the only maintenance necessary. Technicians from Western Heating & Air Conditioning change those filters regularly as part of their annual maintenance routine on the heating equipment.
The even humidity level maintained by a whole-house humidifier keeps the air you breathe healthier, no matter which room you are in. Dry air can aggravate sinus problems and cause nose bleeds, and it can encourage the spread of some viruses that cause respiratory illness. Humidified air can help reduce snoring for some people, and it reduces chapped lips, dry throat, static hair, and dry skin.
Humid air feels warmer than dry air at the same temperature. Western Heating & Air Conditioning recommends adding a whole-house humidifier to your furnace. The humidified, heated air allows you to keep your thermostat set several degrees lower while you enjoy the same comfort level throughout your home. A lowered thermostat helps you save money on your heating bill.
Room humidifiers need expensive distilled water to operate at maximum efficiency. A whole-house humidifier is plumbed into your household water system, so you never need to purchase special water. It may only add a few cents per month to your water bill.
A whole-house humidifier is a perfect gift that will contribute to the comfort and health of your family. It is an affordable investment that will keep your family healthy and smiling through the holiday season and the rest of the winter. To learn more or have a whole-house humidifier installed in your home, call the Comfort Certified Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-224-8899 or visit www.TimeForComfort.com
Posted on November 9th, 2018
What To Expect From A Professional Furnace Tune-Up?
All over Utah County the leaves are changing colors, the harvest is here, and the crisp smell of autumn is in the air! You know what that means… it’s time to start thinking about getting your furnace tuned up! But do you really need a furnace tune-up?
Would you drive your car without ever getting the oil changed? Much like your car, a furnace is a well-oiled machine that will run properly and more efficient when correctly maintained. Manufacturers recommend having a tune-up each year. In fact, if regular maintenance is not performed on new equipment most manufacturers will not warranty parts or faulty equipment. It is so beneficial to the home-owner to have this done annually to guarantee fewer breakdowns, save money on utility bills, and prolong the life of your furnace.
As a homeowner, you have many choices when it comes to furnace tune-ups. There are some contractors or companies that will come dust off your furnace and give it a quick look over… maybe even change the filter. But as an intelligent homeowner, you are going to want to make sure that your furnace receives a professional, precision tune-up.
Here are a few of the most important things that a technician should do during a professional tune-up: clean the flame sensor, inspect the heat exchanger, adjust the gas pressure, test the safety controls, inspect the electrical connections, check for combustion air, test for carbon monoxide, pull and clean the burners, pull and clean the blower wheel, check for gas leaks, check the capacitor, check the blower motor, calibrate the thermostat, and of course… change the filter!