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 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 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.
Posted on December 28th, 2018
Tasteless, colorless, odorless, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by almost every fuel-burning appliance, including furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, grills and gas space heaters. When something goes wrong with the equipment or the venting, CO becomes one of America’s most deadly household hazards.
Here are 5 things every homeowner should know about CO and how to guard against it causing a tragedy in your home.
1) Headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness, sleepiness, and disorientation are all symptoms of CO poisoning, though a victim may not experience everyone. Unfortunately, these same symptoms are associated with flu, food poisoning, and other afflictions, leading to many misdiagnoses. A cherry red face is a possible sign of CO poisoning.
2) For healthy adults, CO becomes toxic when it reaches a level higher than 35 ppm (parts per million) with continuous exposure over an 8-hour period. This is the maximum exposure tolerated by OSHA.
3) If anyone in your home is experiencing signs of CO poisoning symptoms, vacate the home immediately and notify your local fire or police department. Don’t just open doors and windows because that makes it hard for authorities to determine whether there is a CO problem when they inspect the home.
4) The best place to install CO detectors is outside of bedrooms where family members sleep. The greatest danger from CO occurs when people are asleep and unable to detect any of the symptoms. Installing a detector near a furnace, water heater, or other CO-emitting appliance will likely result in many false alarms.
5) Broken or blocked vents and flues are probably the most common cause of CO buildup. If you see any holes or disconnections or rust stains indicating corrosion, call us immediately. Be sure to put a guard on top of rooftop vents to prevent birds’ nests or other debris from falling into the chimney and blocking the escape of harmful gases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Carbon monoxide kills an average of 374 people each year. Nobody thinks about carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes until it’s too late. A carbon monoxide detector could be the peace of mind you need. Make sure you invest in the right one! Some of the cheaper models don’t detect lower amounts of carbon monoxide which could affect your health or your life.
Ask the Comfort Certified Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning about the carbon monoxide detectors we recommend, and even install in our own homes. Call 801-224-8899 or visit www.TimeForComfort.com today.
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!
Posted on June 28th, 2018
Nothing is more frustrating than having your air conditioner coil freeze up just as the temperature outside is climbing. Coils freeze when the temperature in your evaporator coil drops too low. Moisture in the air freezes on contact, building up ice on the coil. This buildup blocks airflow and can cause your unit to fail completely.
Why do AC coils freeze?
Low air flow prevents heat from being absorbed by the refrigerant in your evaporator coil. The temperature in the coil then plummets below freezing and ice accumulates. A dirty filter, malfunctioning fan or motor are possible causes of low air flow. Restrictions of any kind in your ductwork can also prevent the air from flowing across the coil.
A faulty thermostat can overwork your air conditioner, reducing the temperature in the coil to the point of freezing it. The unit’s internal controls can also cause problems so have the entire control system checked.
Low refrigerant pressure results in a lower temperature in the evaporator coil as the refrigerant expands. This is typically caused by leaking refrigerant which must be repaired immediately.
How to prevent frozen coils
Clean and replace filters at least four times per year to maintain airflow across the coil. If you have pets or live in a dusty area, you’ll have to change them more often.
Keep your blower fan and motor well-maintained to ensure that it blows enough air across the coil.
Check your thermostat and controls so the unit operates within its designed temperature range while maintaining your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.
Have a professional recharge your refrigerant if the levels get too low. Checking refrigerant pressure should be part of routine maintenance.
Keep your evaporator coil clean to allow sufficient heat transfer from the air to the refrigerant flowing through the coil. This keeps the unit operating at a higher efficiency, lowering the risk for
frozen coils as well as reducing your utility bills.
If you have a frozen coil and manage to melt the ice, the problem will remain unless you address the root cause. If your unit is properly maintained, the chance of it happening drops
considerably. If you need help with a frozen coil or want to ensure it doesn’t happen to you, give Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com!
Posted on June 13th, 2018
Water Heater Regulations Have Caused Prices To Increase
Due to high energy costs, water heater regulations have recently changed. Water heaters are now required to contain certain energy efficiency materials which in turn are increasing the manufacturing and distribution costs.
What this means for you…
As your trusted Comfort Experts, we are reaching out to notify you of this price increase, before we raise our water heater prices. In order to cover our costs, we will be raising our prices on all of our water heaters by several hundred dollars.
If your water heater is 10 years old, or is underperforming in any way, now is a good time to consider replacing or upgrading your water heater.
CALL 801-375-COOL FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Schedule an Estimate
Benefits to Upgrading Your Water Heater System
- Reduce your energy costs/lower utility bills.
- Have more consistent hot water. No more cold showers.
- Special features of Tankless Water Heaters
- We offer rebates, warranties, and special financing. Call us for details.
Always Happy to Help
If you have any questions about your heating & cooling system, or whether it’s time for you to upgrade your water heater, please make sure to contact our Certified Comfort Experts today at 801-375-COOL and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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!
Go To TimeForComfort.com or Give Us A Call: 801-375-COOL
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!
Posted on March 15th, 2018
Being able to simply turn on the cool or warm air in your home is ideal to help keep you comfortable. With spring right around the corner, it’s important to take the proper care of your HVAC system so that it will take care of you as necessary.
There are specific things you should do with each change of season during the year. Knowing tips for maintaining your HVAC system when spring is arriving and winter is ending are sure to help keep it functioning well for you.
1. Unclog the Condenser Coils
It’s important to keep your unit well-maintained at all times. One of the common areas that may get overly dirty and can cause problems for your HVAC system is with your condenser coils. These are on the exterior unit and are subject to a great deal of debris which can cause them to clog up in the winter.
This is a job that you may be capable of doing on your own by just clearing any weeds, leaves or other debris that may have formed on your condenser coils.
2. Check the Condenser Bin
It’s important for your HVAC unit to have the right amount of moisture, but not too much. You can gauge the amount of this by looking underneath your unit that sits outside and checking the condenser bin. This item should be damp, but not overflowing with water. If there is too much moisture, you may need to rely on the expertise of an HVAC professional.
Why Get Preventative Maintenance?
Annual maintenance on your HVAC equipment is so beneficial to the life of your equipment. It will last longer, and run more efficiently, thus saving you money and unnecessary repairs in the future. A certified, professional technician can help you identify problems before they start.
Don’t wait until the weather is steaming hot to ensure you air conditioning is running properly. Simply schedule an appointment with a one the trusted, professional technicians at Western Heating and Air Conditioning to check and fix any repairs that may need doing. When you partner with us, we guarantee your satisfaction.
You can give Utah’s Most Wanted Techs at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-921-5250 or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com to learn more. We would love to help!
Posted on November 16th, 2017
Last Chance to Nominate for the Gift of Heat
Our Nominations for 2017 Gift of Heat are coming to a close.
If you know of a homeowner in Utah County who is in need of a new furnace but doesn’t have the means to purchase one, please HELP US give them THE GIFT OF HEAT!
Watch us on Fresh Living share a tip for your furnace + more information about The Gift of Heat.
Our selected nominee will receive a brand new furnace plus installation free! Help us make someone warm and happy this winter :).
Nominations end at midnight on November 17th, 2017.
Posted on November 9th, 2017
3 Reasons You Might Want A Humidifier This Winter
The winters here in Utah are very dry. Maintaining the ideal indoor humidity level is important to ensuring 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 to Install a Whole Home Humidifier Today:
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 September 21st, 2017
Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
Fall is the perfect time to get your home ready for winter. Your highest priority for this season is heating and that’s where your furnace comes in. Take care of it now so you’ll be spared the freezing consequences later.
1. Replace filters you probably spend most of your time indoors during the cold months. Dirty filters will contaminate the air you breathe, decrease the efficiency of your furnace and overwork your blower. Regular replacement will prevent this problem, and keep your winter breathing clearer.
2. Clear your mechanical room of debris remove unrelated items from the room, particularly flammable items. Make sure to leave the areas around your unit clear for servicing or repair. Concentrate on the area around the duct opening from outside. This outdoor air is critical for your furnace to burn gas completely so you don’t get carbon monoxide in your home when it’s all fired up in winter.
3. Do visual checks on internal parts like the blower and burners Open your furnace and take a look at the blower belt and motor. Make sure the belt is tight and clean any dust from the motor and blower. This ensures your furnace’s efficiency is maximized and reduces the likelihood of failure when the fan is running at top speed during winter. Inspect your burner and gas connection for signs of corrosion, dirt or loose connections. This is critical for safety of you and your family.
4. Clean ductwork and check for leaks have a Western Technician clean your ductwork before the season starts to keep the air in your home safe and breathable this winter. Turn on your furnace (you can use the fan-only setting on your thermostat) and listen closely for air escaping from ductwork. Note whether there are grilles with not enough air coming through as this can indicate a leak in that branch of your duct system.
5. Clean the area around your flue exhaust as with the combustion air intake, make sure the area around the flue exhaust is clear of debris to keep your furnace working safely and to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Remove branches and other debris from the flue outlet and when the snow comes, make sure it’s not piled around your flue vent. If the vent is on the roof, make sure there are no birds’ nests blocking the air from your furnace exhaust.
Have a professional technician from Western Heating & Air Conditioning inspect your furnace. Give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com for us to do a full inspection and tune up so your furnace is completely ready for the coming winter.
Posted on September 14th, 2017
Tankless Water Heater VS. Storage Water Heater
Have you ever had the problem in your family where someone takes a hot shower and all the hot water is gone? Or maybe the hot water just doesn’t not come quick enough? There’s a way to fix that! Now more than ever are people considering the switch to a tankless water heater… and rightly so. Tankless water heaters take up less space, save you money on your monthly bill, require less maintenance, and provide hot water all the time without heating a storage water tank.
Sounds too good to be true, right? You may want to do your homework on whether or not a Tankless Water Heater is right for your home and family. Here are the basics that you need to know!
Our winner: The Tankless Water Heater
We have found that in Utah your best bet is to eventually switch to a Tankless Water Heater. With some bitter winters and the amount of hot water that most people go through, it can save consumers thousands of dollars in the long run. But, that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for every home and family. If you have a Storage Water Tank that is performing well then it may be a better idea to run it until it’s time for a replacement. Keep in mind that a Tankless Water Heater will cost more for the initial installment but will cut down on monthly costs year after year.
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If you’re considering your options for which type of water heater to use or yours is in need of repairs, we can take a look at what you have and can help you figure out the most cost efficient solution! Visit us at TimeForComfort.com or call 801-375-COOL!
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 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.