Posted on September 19th, 2019
Why Ventilation Matters During Cold Weather
Ever since we’ve discovered the impact of our energy consumption on the environment, we’ve taken more and more steps to reduce use. By limiting the heating and cooling loads of our HVAC systems, we help both the environment and our pockets.
But as we strive to reduce the energy we use, it’s important to remember that some loads are worth keeping, like ventilation. Bringing in fresh air might use more gas and electricity but if we limit outside air, the effects can be detrimental.
Here are the reasons why ventilation is vital to your family, especially as winter starts creeping in.
Exhaust removes moist air
Ventilation consists of introducing fresh air as well as getting rid of stale air. Exhausting air from moisture-prone areas like your kitchen and bathroom is important for preventing issues like mold and bacterial growth.
A simple exhaust fan can do wonders as long as you use it when required and it works to its full capacity. Ensure that your exhaust fans are well-maintained to keep these areas well ventilated.
Ventilation reduces the buildup of unwanted gases
Too much carbon dioxide and exposure to gases like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can make you sick. Carbon dioxide builds up in your home if it isn’t replaced with fresh outdoor air. This can lead to fatigue and restlessness as well as headaches. VOC exposure causes eye, throat and lung irritation in the short term but can lead to problems with the liver and central nervous system with ongoing exposure.
For many years we dealt with outdoor air pollution but studies show that poor ventilation leads to higher levels of indoor air pollutants. Adequate ventilation is the only way to ensure acceptable indoor air quality.
In addition to unwanted gases, ventilation reduces the buildup of germs during flu season. Since you’re more likely to spend time indoors during winter, getting rid of viruses and bacteria will keep your family healthier and reduce the spread of winter misery from colds and the flu.
The best part is that you don’t need to accept a massive increase in your heating load to get enough ventilation. Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) help with energy while allowing you the benefit of fresh air. If you want fresher, healthier air in your home, especially as it gets colder, give the professionals at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can help keep your family healthy. Call us at 385-273-3200 or visit us at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on September 11th, 2019
Commercial HVAC systems seem to get all the love with engineers devoting months to designing them to be just right. Many homeowners don’t have this luxury and their systems are often sized based on square footage. And while these rules of thumb are quick and easy, the long-term effect of poorly sized equipment can be costly and stressful.
It may seem obvious that if your furnace is undersized, you just won’t get the heating you need. You’ll shiver winter after winter while you wait for the temperature to go up. But that’s not the only indicator. You may find some parts of your home get warm while others are cold. One typical reason is that the airflow isn’t properly balanced. Another possibility is an undersized furnace that simply can’t heat your entire house.
More often than not, though, the problem is that your unit might be oversized. Unfortunately, this means a higher initial cost and potentially higher energy consumption to power a larger fan. If you have a single stage furnace, you might find it cycling on and off more frequently. Your home’s temperature will fluctuate and your furnace will experience more wear. Modulating furnaces aren’t prone to this problem but they will run at a less than optimum efficiency, consuming more fuel than if properly sized.
Poorly designed cooling
In northern climates, air conditioners are sometimes considered less important. While heating is more critical for severe winters, cooling systems are vital for both temperature and humidity control in the summer. An undersized air conditioner will struggle to cool your home and run longer, drawing more power. It will also take a long time to bring the temperature and humidity down, leaving you at risk for all the issues associated with high humidity.
Similar to furnaces, some air conditioners may be oversized, especially in hotter climates where air conditioning is critical for extreme temperatures in the summer. The problem is that oversizing your air conditioner can increase wear as the compressor cycles on and off for single stage cooling systems. It can also lower humidity too much, leaving your home dry and uncomfortable. Added to that is the higher initial cost and energy use for a unit that is bigger than it needs to be.
There’s no question that much thought needs to go into choosing the right equipment for your home. If your HVAC system isn’t performing despite proper repair and replacement, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can assess the design to help you deal with those issues. For a limited time, we are offering a free home analysis ($79 value). Call 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on September 3rd, 2019
Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced
Your water heater is a very important appliance in your home. Many people may not even think about their water heater until the hot water is gone. The last thing we would want is for you to wake up to a cold shower, or a flooded home from a broken water heater. Here are a few signs that may indicate your water heater needs to be replaced.
Is your water heater keeping up with the needs of your family? I have four children, and when we all want to shower or bath around the same time, we often run out of hot water. The recovery time is measured by how long it takes to heat the water up after all the water is used from the water heater. If it takes a while or if it is running out of hot water frequently, then that may indicate a problem.
Have you ever heard strange noises from your water heater? You may not unless you are close to your water heater when it turns on. Listen closely and if you hear crackling, bubbling or popping noises, that could indicate that your tank is getting full of sediment. This can be harmful to a water heater, causing it to not heat the water properly. When this happens, the water heater over works and it causes unnecessary, extra stress on your water heater.
Water heaters typically last 8-10 years. If your water heater is getting in this age range, you may notice some of the symptoms above. At this age it’s best to consider replacing it if these symptoms are occurring.
To keep your water heater running safely and efficiently, we suggest an annual water heater safety check. Our friendly, certified technicians are trained to effectively test and maintain your water heaters for optimal performance. They recommend installing a water sensor by your water heater to alert you of any flooding.
Western Heating & Air Conditioning’s owner, Ryan Snow, shares additional insights and information on water heaters here.
Schedule your annual furnace tune-up now, and get a complimentary water heater check for the month of September 2019 only. Or if it’s time to upgrade that water heater, we have our BLOWOUT water heater pricing for this month only. Our certified technicians are Utah’s most wanted and most trusted technicians. They treat you like family and leave your home nicer than they found it. Visit Western Heating & Air Conditioning online at www.TimeForComfort.com or call 801-515-2448 to schedule today!
Posted on August 21st, 2019
Finding the Right Summer Indoor Temperature
The ideal temperature setting is something we rarely think about when fiddling with the thermostat in summer. Though the perfect temperature may seem purely based on opinion, there are some factors we must all consider before setting the dial.
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the ideal indoor temperature for comfort is between 75°F (24°C) and 80.5°F (27°C) in the summer. This temperature range is based on factors like clothing, humidity levels, individual metabolic rate and airflow speed. Your personal comfort levels may deviate from this range, based on your body’s metabolism, but not by very much.
We must consider our health when setting our home temperature. The ideal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) so try to maintain that when possible. When you set your thermostat, the humidity of your home is also affected. Air conditioning lowers humidity, which can then dry out mucus membranes. This leaves you susceptible to colds other respiratory issues.
Temperature also affects sleep quality, which impacts your immune system and overall health. For most people, a temperature range of 65°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) works best. In the summer, this might mean running your air conditioner on hot nights. As with daytime temperatures, ideal sleep temperatures will vary depending on your body and how bundled up you are.
You can save energy on cooling by finding other ways to cool down in summer. Keeping your thermostat set to slightly higher temperatures will cut your energy bills by 6-8% per degree. You can use a fan with your air conditioner set to a higher temperature to keep cool while consuming less electricity.
Equipment performance and life cycle
Depending on how your equipment is sized, setting the temperature wrong may cause it to cycle on and off or cause it to run excessively. This has the undesired effect of reducing your equipment life cycle as it works harder and experiences more wear and tear.
Make sure that whatever your preferred indoor temperature, your air conditioner is correctly sized so it doesn’t experience too much run time or too much cycling. Have a professional from Western Heating & Air Conditioning review your system to make sure it’s the right size for your home.
Keep your cooling equipment ready to go
With more hot days ahead, you will want your cooling equipment running at its best. Give Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 385-273-3200 for any maintenance issues or simply to review your air conditioning so you’re never stuck without cooling. Learn more at www.WesternHeatingandAir.com.
Posted on July 26th, 2019
Your HVAC Independence Plan
Nearly two hundred and fifty years ago, the United States gained independence from the British Empire. It took dedication, hard work and tenacity.
But how independent are we in our own lives? Figuring it out requires close self-examination. Even the small aspects of our daily existence affect our independence. One aspect is our home environment, figuratively and literally.
In the literal sense, our home’s systems affect the freedom we experience. Here are some tweaks you can do to ensure your HVAC system helps boost your independence.
Independence from high utility bills
You’re unlikely to gain full independence from utility bills but you can be independent from the ones that keep you up at night. HVAC systems use a substantial percentage of energy so lowering consumption with the right upgrades will bring those bills down.
High efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, boilers and water heaters are designed to reduce energy use and bring you closer to independence. Using solar collectors for hot water can lower your bills even more.
Independence from indoor air pollution
Indoor air pollution is an invisible enemy that can make you sick and you won’t even know why. You can’t gain true independence with health problems, especially ones you can avoid.
Keep indoor air pollution at bay with properly maintained exhaust fans, filters upgraded to high efficiency or an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) that boosts air quality with minimal impact to your heating and cooling bills.
Independence from allergies
Speaking of health, allergy symptoms can rob you of true independence by leaving you too miserable and sick to function.
Minimize your exposure to allergens in your home with proper furnace maintenance: replace filters (or upgrade them to HEPA filters), clean the fan and ductwork and install an air purifier. Proper ventilation combined with the right filtration and purification will bring you closer to allergy independence at home.
Independence from humidity issues
Achieving comfort at home is about more than just getting the temperature right. Your home must be at the right humidity as well, and not just for comfort. Humidity that is too high or low can cause problems with your home (damage to walls and structure) and your health (triggering allergies, making you more susceptible to colds, drying skin and mucus membranes).
When evaluating the health issues that your family has, and because of the dryness in Utah Valley, you may want to consider installing a humidifier, or air conditioner to control the moisture levels and keep you independent of humidity problems. If you need help achieving more independence in your HVAC life, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on July 18th, 2019
Summer Utility Bills High? Let Us Help!
Some Utah County home owners tell us that they try to NOT run their air conditioner in the summer because they don’t want the high utility bill that tends to accompany an AC that is constantly running. It is no secret that the two biggest appliances that run up your energy bill are your furnace and your central air conditioner. We have some great tips that can help you get the most money out of your cooling dollars this summer, as well your heating dollars in the winter. Watch our full video on Youtube.
Make sure your air filter is clean.
Check your filter often. If you are not sure how clean or dirty it is, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If there is not a lot of light coming through, then you know it’s time to change it. Some filters will last up to a year, and some need to be changed every month. It will depend on the circumstances of your home and the size and quality of your filter. For example, if you own pets, have been doing remodeling or live in a dusty area, then your filter will need to be changed more often. There are different sizes, types and qualities of filters. If you would like suggestions for improved filtration please contact the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning.
Regular tune ups are very important.
When scheduling a tune up, make sure it’s not just a quick check over, but that it includes a thorough cleaning. A complete tune up should include cleaning burners, coils, blower wheels, motors, etc. It should also include a complete inspection of safety and mechanical components. When you schedule a furnace or AC rejuvenation with Western Heating & Air Conditioning, you will get a complete cleaning and inspection which will give you a peace of mind that your system is running at peak efficiency. Some studies have shown that a professional tune up can save up to 30% on your utility bills.
Keep air flow clear.
This is especially important when it comes to your outside condenser. Keep the shrubs away from the unit so it has room to breathe and get maximum air flow. We also have a lot of cotton trees in our area, so beware of the cotton that can easily plug up your condenser fast. We recommend having a professional clean the cotton out so that you do not damage the fragile aluminum fins in the condenser. Inside the home, do not cover return air grills, and keep all vents open so the air can flow freely. When vents are closed, the system has to work harder to cool or heat the home.
When it comes to keeping your family comfortable, that also includes your family budget. At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we strive to educate our clients to help them save the most money on their utility bills and keep their families comfortable. If you have questions or would like a trained technician to rejuvenate your AC or furnace, give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on July 9th, 2019
Is Your AC in Need of a Repair? Try These Tips before Giving Us a Call
It’s a sweltering summer day when your air conditioning goes out or just doesn’t cool enough. Your first instinct may be to call us to send a technician out. We appreciate your business, but we hate to see you waste your time and money having us come out and troubleshoot a problem you may be able to fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, do a few of the following casual checks.
If your window unit doesn’t run when turned on.
It’s not unusual for our technicians to come into a home and discover that the unit is not plugged in. Plugs can get pulled out accidentally for numerous reasons. If the unit is plugged in, check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Replace the fuse or trip the circuit if necessary.
If your condenser is running but not cooling enough.
First, check the thermostat and make sure someone hasn’t set it higher than your comfort level. If that’s the case, lower the temperature setting and see if that makes you feel better. If not, it could be that you have a dirty filter, condenser and/or evaporator coil. Check your filter first and make sure it has been changed recently.
With most systems the condenser unit is located outside your home, where it is likely to accumulate dirt and debris. To clean the coil you need to remove the protective grille and use a specialized coil cleaner that can be obtained from home centers. Warning: do not use a garden hose. The fins are made of light aluminum and could be damaged by water pressure. Cleaning the condenser can be a tricky and dirty job, so unless you have a lot of experience and expertise with HVAC systems, we don’t recommend you try it yourself.
The evaporator coil also accumulates dirt and is typically located inside the home in a chamber above the furnace and usually is not easily accessible. Most home owners prefer that a trained technician handle this task.
By the way, cleaning condensers and evaporators is among the services performed during our AC Rejuvenation, which is more than a tune up. If you are a service agreement customer (part of our Monument Savings Club), these chores will be performed automatically.
Another reason your air conditioner could operate sluggishly is it may be low on refrigerant. Replenishing refrigerant is NOT something you want to do yourself. This task requires special equipment and is governed by EPA restrictions that prohibit the venting of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere. When systems are low on refrigerant you could possibly have a leak, which are also difficult to detect on your own and require a special leak detection kit.
The Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are fully trained and know exactly what your AC needs to run cool again. We have been helping Utah Valley stay cool and comfortable for over 24 years. If you have checked these simple items and your AC is still not working, we would love an opportunity to serve you! Give Western a call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on June 26th, 2019
Ready or not, the hot summer temperatures are here. 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.
Here are a few tips you can do to help improve air conditioner’s performance during a heat wave:
- Locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby. That will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air.
- Set the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C). This 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.
- Have a certified comfort expert give your air conditioner a rejuvenation! A complete and thorough cleaning and tune up done annually will keep your system running strong. Mention this post and you can receive $30 off our normal $129 AC Rejuvenation (cannot be combined with other offers).
If your AC unit is close to the end of its life (15+ years), consider replacing it sooner. You may even want to consider a heat pump for your cooling and heating needs. With an upgraded unit, 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 the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at (801)375-COOL if you need to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer and we’ll help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves. Visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com for more information.
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.
Posted on March 29th, 2019
7 Reasons Your Hot Water is Cold
Have you ever jumped into your shower only to be welcomed by icy water? Well, that can be explained! Here are seven reasons why your hot water is out, and how to fix it..
Leaking hot water pipe
If water is leaking in the basement, it won’t reach your bathroom, especially if your shower is on the second floor. As long as the pipe isn’t hidden in a wall, you should be able to find the problem easily. Have it repaired immediately and everything will be back on track.
The pilot light is out
This is a potential problem for gas-fired water heaters. If you don’t know how to check your heater for the pilot light, look in your heater’s manual. Follow the instructions to relight it and if it doesn’t work, you have a bigger problem that needs special attention.
The burner isn’t working
Electric heaters have an element (sometimes two) that heats the water. If there’s no hot water and no leak, your element might not be working. These water heaters typically have a lifespan of about 7-10 years so if your heater is around this age, it’s possible that the element has failed and needs replacement.
Thermostat is set wrong or not working.
Water heaters have a thermostat to set the supply temperature. It might be set too low, not giving you hot enough water to have your shower. Follow the instructions to change the thermostat setting. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to change your thermostat.
The Breaker Tripped
Your water heater might have tripped the breaker. Check your panel and reset the breaker. If it happens again, that signals an electrical problem and you should call in a professional. You may have to replace your heater, depending on the severity of the problem.
Tank is too small
If everything is working well but you constantly face a cold shower if you’re the last one in, your heater might be undersized. You can either race to the bathroom before everyone else, wait for the water to heat up again, or replace your heater with one that has a larger capacity.
Call in a professional
Don’t take chances with your hot water system. Give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western a call to make sure everything is working well and keep your hot water running hot. Reach us at 801-224-8899 or visit TimeForComfort.com today! PS, you can get $50 off a new water heater when you call before April 5th!
Posted on February 15th, 2019
Have you noticed a change in water pressure lately?
How about scum build up in your showers? Dishes not getting clean? All of these are probably due to, you guessed it, HARD WATER. Utah is known for having very hard water. The damage to your home over time can be pretty drastic if left untreated.
Water softeners can help, but remembering to purchase salt or chemicals for them can be a hassle and costly. Plus, most water softeners are not good for the environment. That’s why we recommend the Flow-Tech Home anti-scale water system.
Here are 10 reasons why we think you’ll love the Flow-Tech Home System:
- Comes with our “Perfect Installation” checklist
- Treats all of your water whether it’s flowing or not
- Works with most types of plumbing
- Water feels soft but not slimy
- Most advanced chemical-free water treatment system available today
- Keeps new limescale from growing
- Removes old limescale
- Cost efficient and uses less energy than water softeners
The Flow-Tech MAX Anti-Scale System is revolutionizing water treatment.
The Flow-Tech MAX Anti-Scale System is a maintenance-free, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient water treatment device that controls limescale build-up and removes pre-existing limescale. Using technology derived from years of research and development from a team of chemical engineers and scientists.
When you order from Western Heating and Air, we guarantee you are getting a high-quality product, with our “Perfect Installation” process. Our technicians will walk you through every step of the process and show you how to operate your new equipment before leaving your home. You can learn more about the Flow-Tech HERE.
On sale for a limited time. Special financing is available. Call us today 801-375-COOL or visit us online at TimeForComfort.com!
Posted on February 8th, 2019
We all know February is the month of LOVE, but I bet you didn’t know that could involve your heating system too… It’s true! Your furnace needs just as much care and special treatment as your significant other, ok maybe not quite as much. But, if you want your “relationship” with your furnace to last, you have to treat it extra special once in a while. Do you show your furnace the love that it needs and deserves?
Five Signs Your Furnace Needs Some Love:
- You’re seeing higher gas bills despite normal usage patterns.
- You hear a vibration or rattling from the furnace.
- You need to set the thermostat higher in order to keep rooms comfortable.
- There is rust around the furnace or feeder pipes.
- You can’t remember when it last had a full tune-up.
If your heating system is showing any of these signs of distress, don’t wait any longer! Apologize fast and give your furnace a Tune-Up from Western Heating & Air this February! A Tune-Up performed by our Certified Comfort Experts will have your furnace feeling factory fresh in no time!
Does your furnace need more than a Tune-Up? Our Certified Comfort Experts can perform a health inspection on your equipment and let you know the best options for repairs or even replacement. If replacement is the best option, take advantage of our February Installation special with a free duct cleaning!
That’s right! When you invest in a new furnace or AC in February you will get a FREE Duct Cleaning ($550 value)!
Let your friends and family know you love them by sharing this important information with them! We look forward to serving you! Give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit us at TimeForComfort.com today to find out more.
Posted on February 1st, 2019
The winters here in Utah are very dry. Maintaining the ideal indoor humidity level is important to ensure that your home isn’t growing mold or mildew. Not only is this hard on your home, but it can also cause a myriad of health problems for those living in your home.
Why is having a humidifier important? These three reasons might surprise you.
The TOP 3 Reasons why you should Install a Whole Home Humidifier:
1. Improve your health.
- Decrease colds and flu.
- Reduce sinus infections and stop bloody noses.
- Avoid dry skin, hair, and nails.
Our bodies are made up of between 60 and 65% of water. When the humidity levels in our home are below 40% that causes our bodies to work harder to retain moisture. Often times we end up with chronic dry coughs, stuffy noses, very dry and cracking skin, headaches from dehydration, and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms. Our nasal passages dry out, leaving us more susceptible to colds and sinus infections.
2. Protect the wood in your home.
- Hardwood floors
- Wooden furniture
- Musical instruments
- Wood trim, doors, and walls
Many homeowners do not realize what the proper humidity levels are for a home. Ideal humidity levels should be between 45 and 65%. With each winter the loss of moisture to a home dries out wood and can actually cause walls to shift. It is also damaging to any other wood materials or items in the home.
3. Maintain correct humidity levels.
- Avoid static shock.
- Keep mold at bay.
- Reduce dust.
If too much humidity is happening in your home, it can cause mold and mildew to grow. We definitely don’t want that! Humidifiers are also known for reducing dust and dust mites in your home, keeping those with dust allergies happy and requiring you to dust less. There’s also nothing worse than being shocked just from walking across the room. Humidifiers help to eliminate that from happening by maintaining the proper humidity levels.
Don’t let the cold dry air harm your home and family this year. Give us a call and we’ll come assess your home and humidity levels to see if a humidifier is a good investment.
Need tips to know what to do if you have high or low humidity? CLICK HERE to learn more!
Choose to protect your family and home this winter by installing a Whole Home Humidifier today with $50 off! Click here to learn more, or give us a call at 801-375-COOL to set up an appointment.
Posted on January 24th, 2019
Answer: Because they get dirty!
Many people don’t think about air duct cleaning until it is absolutely necessary. Because the air ducts are hidden from sight, it is easy to forget about them. However, nothing is more important to your indoor air quality than your duct system. To have a healthy and efficient home, you need to schedule regular duct cleaning.
The Facts About Indoor Air Quality
Through normal occupation in a home, we tend to generate a lot of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. This re-circulation can cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork over time.
In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:
- Cigarette or cigar smoke
- Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
- Home renovation or remodeling projects
Some occupants may be more sensitive than others to these contaminants. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly, tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.
With a professional duct cleaning, here are two of the many benefits you will experience.
Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out. Dirt, bacteria, and even viruses can lurk in your duct system and then are blown all around your home. Dirty ducts can cause the following symptoms:
- Increased asthma symptoms
- Increased allergy symptoms
- Runny nose
- Tightness in the chest
These symptoms can be quickly resolved with a thorough duct cleaning. If the symptoms persist or get worse, you should seek medical attention.
Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the right temperature in your home. As a result, less energy is used, saving you money in energy bills.
Choose a Quality Air Duct Cleaning Company
There are many companies out there that claim ridiculously cheap pricing for their duct cleaning. The truth is, you get what you pay for when it comes to air duct cleaning. You should never trust just anyone with the health and safety of your home. Western Heating & Air Conditioning are Certified Comfort Experts who take pride in doing a job the right way, even if it’s not the easy way. Westen has a long history of customer satisfaction.
JANUARY ONLY DUCT CLEANING SPECIAL
For the month of January, Western is offering a FREE duct cleaning with the installation of a new high-efficiency furnace. To learn more about the benefits of air duct cleaning or to take advantage of our January special, contact the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com.
Posted on January 18th, 2019
Furnace Repair Can Reduce Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risk
At Western Heating & Air we know that nothing is more important than the health and safety of your family. As winter time arrives and families spend more time indoors with their heaters turned up, the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases. This is why it is so essential that you call us early for furnace maintenance. Whether your furnace simply needs a tune-up or furnace repair service, we can be there to help keep you and your family safe and warm all season long.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Each year in the United States, carbon monoxide poisoning results in 450 deaths and over 20,000 visits to the emergency room. This is particularly tragic as most of these deaths and illnesses could have been prevented. One of the reasons carbon monoxide is so dangerous is because it is completely odorless and colorless and can cause death long before you are even aware that it is in your home. Any type of fuel-burning appliance or device can give off carbon monoxide, including furnaces. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, every home should have a CO detector on every level of the home, and homeowners should call for furnace repair at least annually to diagnose or prevent problems (The Beacon).
Call Us Today
Take an important step towards protecting your family from carbon monoxide poisoning by calling us at Western Heating and & Air for furnace repair or service. We are dedicated to providing the quality service you can count on. Contact us at 801-375-COOL to set up an appointment today.
* The Beacon- News, Get Furnace Checked for Fall, Jim Rhodes, Nov. 2, 2013
Posted on January 3rd, 2019
Dealing with cold, yucky weather for months on end is hard enough. But paying more for heat just makes it worse. Here are some tips for saving cash on your heating so you can go therapy shopping to get you through the winter misery.
Get a thermostat that allows setback
Lowering your thermostat will undoubtedly lower your gas consumption. Setback allows you to vary the temperature setting according to your daily schedule. So for the days at work (when you’re using the boss’s heat), you can leave your home cooler. In the evening, you can enter a warm house without having to wait for it to heat up while sitting in your parka.
You have two main options for this: a programmable thermostat that lets you input the temperature settings you’d like throughout the week and a smart thermostat that learns your schedule and connects to your phone so you can remotely increase the temperature before entering the door. Discuss with a professional so you can choose the right one for you.
Tighten up leaks in your home’s construction
Having better control over your temperature settings won’t help much if cold air is leaking in or warm air is leaking out. Make sure your windows and doors are well sealed to keep the indoor air in so you use less heat to make up for losses.
In addition to sealing leaks, you can replace windows with high-performance ones that have higher insulation values. You can choose from multiple panes of glass (double or triple glazed) or windows with special coatings as well as vacuum sealed air spaces for even better insulation.
Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace or boiler
Reduce energy consumption at the source by upgrading your furnace or boiler to one that has high efficiency and watch your bill drop. Annual efficiencies on residential heating equipment can be as high as 98%, an improvement of 18% over older equipment in the 80% range.
Insulate ducts and pipes in unheated spaces
If you have a high-efficiency furnace but lose heat through ducts in the attic, you’ll still end up consuming more gas and paying more. This is a simple fix that can save you up to 35% of unnecessary heat loss. Even if you already have insulation, you might want to consider re-insulating older ducts. Before you do, however, make sure to seal any leaks as these are responsible for even more losses.
If you’re tired of spending more than your fair share on your heating bill, give us a call and we can assess the best ways to save you energy and help you bring those costs down. Western Heating & Air Conditioning have Comfort Certified Experts available 24-7 to help keep you warm and comfortable. Call 801-224-8899 to schedule a home analysis or visit us at www.TimeForComfort.com.