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Why Clean Air Ducts?

Posted on January 24th, 2019

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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:

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.

Healthier Home

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:

These symptoms can be quickly resolved with a thorough duct cleaning. If the symptoms persist or get worse, you should seek medical attention.

Energy Savings

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 December 13th, 2018

6 Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacement

Water heaters, like every appliance in your home, has a limited lifespan. There’s only so much dishwashing, bathing, cleaning and laundry it will do before it’s time to say goodbye. When deciding between repair or replace, sometimes replacing it is the best option.

Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your water heater:

1. It keeps failing
Warm water is something we take for granted until it’s not there. The most obvious sign that you need a new water heater is that it fails multiple times despite your efforts to have it repaired. You might choose to replace it the first time your water runs cold or replace parts to keep it running longer. If you choose to stretch its life and it fails you again, then it needs to go.

2. It’s leaking
Water heater tanks are exposed to temperature fluctuations between hot and cold water. This thermal variation causes stresses that eventually lead to cracks and leaks. While it takes years for you to see the effects, once it occurs, it’s time to replace your heater.

3. Your water isn’t getting as hot
If you have to crank the shower lever all the way just to have a lukewarm bath, your heater may need to be replaced. Despite the lower supply temperature, however, a poorly performing heater will consume large amounts of energy as it attempts to heat your water, sending your bills up.

4. It takes long to reheat water
If you’re getting the right temperature coming out the taps but it takes an inordinate amount of time to reach that temperature, your heater might be underperforming and in need of replacement.

5. You hear noises
If your heater bangs, sizzles, knocks, shrieks, whistles, bubbles or makes any strange noises, you need to call in a professional to assess. Causes vary from limescale buildup to malfunctioning burners and electrical elements. Your heater might pose a fire or carbon monoxide risk depending on what’s making noise. Replacing your heater becomes a safety issue if you’re faced with more serious malfunctions.

6. You’ve had your water heater for more than ten years
Water heaters have a lifespan and if you take care of yours, it will last for many years. However, the cost saved by postponing replacement will quickly get consumed by rising utility bills. Let a professional assess its condition and advise you how close it is to its end of life.

If you think it might be time to replace your water heater, call the Comfort Certified Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-224-8899. Our trained technicians can assess your needs, and give you the best options for your home. Visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com to learn more.


Posted on November 30th, 2018

Dry Air Problems? We Have a Solution!

Dry air can cause respiratory problems and increased allergy symptoms for many people, especially during the cold Utah winters. Dry air in your home can draw moisture out of porous materials like wood, including furniture, woodwork, wood floors, pianos, and other musical instruments. It makes the air temperature feel cooler than humidified air so you might find yourself setting your thermostat higher to reach the same comfort level.

Two main types of humidifiers are commonly used to alleviate these dry air conditions. Room units are small and portable, while whole-house humidifiers are permanently installed with your central heating and cooling system. We find more and more homeowners are installing whole-house humidifiers and these are the reasons why:

Convenience

Once a whole-house humidifier has been installed on your forced air furnace system, you can set the humidity level and forget about it. A whole-house humidifier operates with a hygrometer to measure the humidity level, and it automatically humidifies the air as your furnace warms it, distributing it to every room through your ductwork.

Humidity Level

A whole-house unit monitors the humidity level, adding moisture only when it is needed and limits the level of humidity to the setting you select. Many room units do not have regulators to stop the humidification process when the proper humidity level has been reached. Too much humidity can increase mold, mildew and dust mites.Image result for aprilaire humidifier

Maintenance

In a room humidifier, the water tanks and other parts must be cleaned often to prevent mold and bacteria buildup. In contrast, a whole-house humidifier will need cleaning once or twice a year to remove white dust mineral deposits left by the evaporated water. A simple water filter exchange is usually the only maintenance necessary. Technicians from Western Heating & Air Conditioning change those filters regularly as part of their annual maintenance routine on the heating equipment.

Health

The even humidity level maintained by a whole-house humidifier keeps the air you breathe healthier, no matter which room you are in. Dry air can aggravate sinus problems and cause nose bleeds, and it can encourage the spread of some viruses that cause respiratory illness. Humidified air can help reduce snoring for some people, and it reduces chapped lips, dry throat, static hair, and dry skin.

Comfort

Humid air feels warmer than dry air at the same temperature. Western Heating & Air Conditioning recommends adding a whole-house humidifier to your furnace. The humidified, heated air allows you to keep your thermostat set several degrees lower while you enjoy the same comfort level throughout your home. A lowered thermostat helps you save money on your heating bill.

Operating Cost

Room humidifiers need expensive distilled water to operate at maximum efficiency. A whole-house humidifier is plumbed into your household water system, so you never need to purchase special water. It may only add a few cents per month to your water bill.

A whole-house humidifier is a perfect gift that will contribute to the comfort and health of your family. It is an affordable investment that will keep your family healthy and smiling through the holiday season and the rest of the winter. To learn more or have a whole-house humidifier installed in your home, call the Comfort Certified Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-224-8899 or visit www.TimeForComfort.com


Posted on October 24th, 2018

Haunted Household Humidity

 

When it comes to comfort, temperature is only one part of the picture. The amount of moisture in the air is just as important. Getting humidity right affects your real comfort levels but more importantly, it affects your health… and nothing is more spooky than an awful, yucky cold!

How much humidity should you aim for?

The ideal range is 40-50% in the summer and 30% in the winter. The slightly lower target in winter is to prevent condensate from forming on cold windows. Typically for the colder months, low humidity is the issue since cold air holds less moisture, especially in an already dry state like Utah.

Effects of low humidity

How to prevent a dry house

By far the best way to keep your humidity levels up in winter is to use a humidifier. You can use a vaporizer or install a humidifier in your HVAC system. Regardless of what you use, remember not to let the air get too humid because this comes with its own frightening problems.

You need the right-sized humidifier

To get the right amount of humidity in your home, the first step is to have a humidifier that’s the right size. A professional knows how to calculate the required pounds per hour (lb/hr) of moisture or steam to be added to the air. The amount of moisture needed is based on the temperature of air entering the furnace (a mixture of outdoor air and return air from your home) as well as relative humidity. Moisture is added to get humidity levels up to where they should be. Having a humidity sensor ensures you never go too high or too low with humidity levels, and that’s a spell that you don’t want to miss out on.

 

Don’t deal with winter dryness this year

Don’t get tricked with the cold dry air this year. Give us a call at Western Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll treat you with $50 off a whole house humidifier to cure your home’s low humidity problems. Call 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com


Posted on July 12th, 2018

Most Common AC Problems During The Summer

Keeping your home cool in the heat of summer can be a challenge. You’re sure to lean on your A/C to help your home stay as comfortable as it should be when the weather outside is extremely hot. Knowing some of the most common A/C problems that you may be forced to deal with may be helpful to any homeowner.

Inadequate Maintenance
It’s important to get the most out of your A/C by keeping it tuned up at least once a year. There are a number of things that will be done during this process that may include checking the electrical components of your unit, cleaning the condenser and making sure all of the coils are clear and free of debris.

Refrigerant Leaks
One thing that frequently occurs during the summer is refrigerant leaks. This can prevent the air in your home from getting as cool as it should be.

Freon is the necessary component that helps get the air in your A/C unit as cool as you want it to be. It’s necessary to check to ensure there is enough of this in your unit and leaks can decrease the necessary amount.

Clogged Air Filters
It’s important to help your A/C unit run efficiently as it should to keep a fresh air filter in place at all times. When these get overly dirty or clogged because they haven’t been changed, this can prevent the air in your home from getting as cool as necessary.

Take the time to change the filter at least once every three months for optimal results.

Give Us A Call!
We want to help you keep your home as cool as you want it to be. This means addressing any A/C problems as they occur to help you enjoy a cool home when the weather is out outside. Be sure to visit TimeForComfort.com or call us at 801-375-COOL and schedule an appointment with us!

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Posted on April 26th, 2018

What Do You Mean There’s No Hot Water?!

Believe it or not, tankless water heaters have been around for a long time. In 1868, a painter from England named Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the first tankless water heater called the geyser. It used hot gases to heat water flowing through a pipe and into a tub. Today tankless heaters work in a similar way but with added features like flue gas exhaust.

Tankless Water Heaters
Typical installation
Tankless heaters can be installed centrally to provide hot water for the entire home or they can be installed at the point of use for a fixture or group of fixtures. They are sized based on the fixture flow rate and have a higher energy input than tanked equivalents because of how quickly the water is heated.

Why go tankless?
Tankless water heaters are ideal for a number of reasons. Whether you want one central heater or multiple point-of-use heaters, here are the reasons to go tankless:

1) You save energy by not having to keep 60 gallons of water hot all day while the house is empty. Tanked heaters also have losses through the tank walls, further adding to the energyconsumed.

2) There’s no wait time for water to reach the right temperature in a tank. Water has a high heat capacity, which means that it needs a lot of heat to raise the temperature by one degree. In a tank situation, this means time waiting for the water to heat up if you happen to be the unfortunate one who gets in the shower last. Tankless heaters eliminate this problem by heating the water to the right temperature while it flows to you.

In addition to eliminating the wait times for heating a tankful of water, there’s no limit on how long you can run a tankless before the water gets cold. So even if you just finished a full load of laundry and need to wash the dishes, you’ll always have the hot water you need.

3) Tankless heaters are smaller and take up less room than tanked heaters. So if space is tight, you can reclaim an average of ten square feet of your home’s floor space for other important items.

4) They last longer than tanked heaters. Typical tankless heaters have a life expectancy of 20 years as opposed to the 10-15 years of tanked heaters.

If you want to find out whether tankless is ideal for you and to assess how to make it work for your family, give us a call and we can help you get these benefits with special pricing!

801-375-COOL  |  TimeForComfort.com

 

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Posted on April 19th, 2018

Do You Need All That Stuff?

Is your home cluttered? If so, it’s probably causing you some problems. This spring, make an effort to clear out the mess that’s harming you and your family.

Physical risks of clutter
Items on the floor can cause slipping and tripping while items on tables and other surfaces can fall off and become tripping hazards.

Excess clutter creates hiding spots for vermin. Just because you don’t see spiders and cockroaches doesn’t mean they’re not there.

Too many items in your mechanical room is dangerous. It might seem like a convenient storage area but clutter can inhibit airflow to your furnace, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide production.

Decluttering has psychological benefits too.

You’ll be able to focus better. Fewer distractions in the form of a mess to clean up and things left undone. Each trinket takes up space in your mind as well as physical space in your home, distracting you from important tasks and creating stress.

You’ll save time because you’ll be able to find everything you need faster. Once everything has its place, you won’t waste time searching for important items.

Here are some tips to get it done:

Set aside a block of time. Depending on how much you have to sort through, it will take time.

Take one space at a time. This might mean a room or just one cupboard or closet. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you survey your entire house so break it down into small chunks.

Sort into three piles: “Keep” (for things you use regularly), “Discard” (this includes items to donate or throw away) and “Unsure”. This last pile is to prevent you angie with cellphonefrom wasting time with indecision. It keeps the momentum going so midnight doesn’t come and go with everything still strewn across the floor.

Pack your “Keep” items away in specific spots so you have easy access to them.

Deal with sentimental items separately. Put them in the “Unsure” pile to start with. Have a box or chest specifically for sentimentals and make sure that everything fits into this one box. As new items are added, discard something else.

Actually get rid of your “Discard” items. The whole point of this is to make space, remember?

Create a system for dealing with new items entering your home. Maintenance is the hardest part. Without a plan that you can easily follow to keep your home clear, more “stuff” will migrate into your empty spaces and pile up again.

If part of your decluttering means clearing out your mechanical room to keep you and your family safe, give us a call and we can help you figure it out!

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Posted on March 22nd, 2018

 

Vacation Dilemma

For some climates, you need to leave your heat on from October to April (or May!). For others, summers are brutal and for health reasons, your air conditioner should stay on. In most cases, though, there are times where leaving your equipment running is optional. The question is: should you?

Reasons to leave your system running:

1) You don’t have to wait for the temperature to reach where you want it. Your home will be a consistent temperature throughout the day with more opportunity to even out throughout the house.

2) During summer, your air conditioner takes care of humidity as well as heat. Leaving it on keeps your humidity within reasonable limits and doesn’t overburden the unit if you leave it off for a long time then put it on.

3) You may be tempted to turn off the heat to save energy on a mild winter day, or if you’ll be away for a while. This can lead to frozen pipes if the temperature drops unexpectedly. Leaving it running keeps your home safe from too-low temperatures. Turn down your thermostat to a minimum of 50F to save on energy without the risk of freezing.

4) Forced air systems have the option of running the fan continuously, even when heating or cooling isn’t required. This circulates the air continuously, passing it through the filters and improving indoor air quality.

5) Another reason to have your fan run continuously is to provide better temperature distribution throughout your home. Constant air movement mixes air throughout your home. This prevents stagnant air pockets from forming and giving you unpleasant hot or cold spots.

Reasons to shut it down:

1) While your system draws more electricity during ramp up, it also consumes more power if left on 24/7. Leaving your system running continuously results in more energy consumption overall.

2) Most residential air conditioning systems use a refrigerant. Peak efficiency for these units is close to full load. So when the air conditioner is working hard to lower your home’s temperature, its efficiency is high. If you leave on the air conditioner to maintain your home’s temperature, the unit’s efficiency falls. Ultimately this adds to your summer energy bills.

3) You’ll see quicker wear and tear on parts. This translates into higher maintenance costs and a shorter lifespan.

4) When your fan runs continuously, it passes more air through the filters. Because your filter is taking care of more air, it clogs faster and needs replacing sooner.

Whether or not you decide to run your A/C or Heating equipment continuously, you need it working well. Give us a call at 801-375-COOL to make sure your unit is at peak performance!

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Posted on March 15th, 2018

Welcome Spring!

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.

Schedule Soon

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!

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Posted on January 4th, 2018

Tips for Preventing Furnace Breakdowns

When winter rolls around, keeping that furnace going is top priority as the outdoor temperature falls. Here are some tips for making sure you’re not faced with a furnace breakdown this winter:

 Clean or replace filters 
Dirty filters will cause your fan to work harder to push air throughout your house. Replacing filters regularly will help prevent a fan from overworking and breaking down.

 Blower motors 
Dirty blowers also have to work harder to push the same airflow. Motors can burn out if not maintained. Start with a visual inspection to make sure there’s no sign of rust or debris. Check the fan belt to make sure it’s not too loose. If the blower makes noise when it’s on, call a professional to do a more thorough inspection.

 Burners 
Clean your burners to make sure they work at maximum efficiency. Observe the flame color, which should be blue. A yellow flame indicates poor combustion producing toxic gases like carbon monoxide. Verify that all burners are working and have faulty burners replaced.

 Heat Exchangers 
When a furnace burns gas, the heat is transferred to the air blowing throughout your house using a heat exchanger. Over time, this component can corrode, placing you at risk for flue gases entering your home. Do a visual inspection for signs of corrosion and if you see evidence of holes or cracks, call in a professional to replace it immediately.

 Controls 
Make sure your furnace comes on and responds when you turn your thermostat up or down. It should come on when you increase the set point above the room temperature and should turn off when the temperature reaches the desired set point. A furnace that fails to come on and off when needed can also have a faulty onboard control system. Have a technician look at both your thermostat and the furnace itself.

 When to upgrade 
There will come a time when maintenance and repair won’t be enough to keep your furnace going for the entire winter season. Consider upgrading if gas usage climbing despite milder weather or efforts to use less heat or if you find yourself spending more and more time and money on repair.

Give us a call at 801-375-COOL to keep your furnace in shape so you don’t have to face a freezing night this winter! Utah’s Most Wanted Techs at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help. Visit us online at TimeForComfort.com to learn more.


Posted on October 27th, 2017

Repair or Replace?

As a home owner, the time will come when you will have to decide whether you should repair or replace your furnace. You may wake up one freezing, cold morning with a broken furnace and hope that it only needs a minor fix.Furnace Case Study

Unfortunately, some problems are much larger than expected. When faced with a decision to repair or replace your furnace, it can be a tough financial decision to make. Western Heating & Air Conditioning knows what it’s like to be in those situations and we want to help make your decision an easy one.  Here is a real life example of a family in Eagle Mountain who faced the dilemma to repair or replace.

Customer’s challenge:  The Cook family own a home in Eagle Mountain. For days they noticed their furnace was making a quiet, yet high pitched sound whenever it turned on. It ended up breaking down and that’s when they knew they needed to call Western Heating & Air Conditioning. They had only lived in this home for a year and didn’t know anything about the furnace.  They plan on moving and selling the home in a few years.

Western’s solution:  One of Western’s Most Wanted Technicians was sent to visit The Cooks to see what the issue could be.  At first glance, the technician could tell the furnace was old and not properly maintained.  He saw that the furnace was 17 years old and noticed there were small cracks in the heat exchanger which could potentially leak carbon monoxide. The blower motor bearings had gone out due to old age. The older furnace had not been properly maintained, and a large amount of the gas used to heat the home was going to waste.

Final Results:  The technician let the Cooks know that the best solution would be to replace it now. The technician then showed them where the cracks on the heat exchanger were located. That was all the Cook family needed to see to know that replacing the furnace would be the healthiest, cheapest choice for their family and the future owners of the home when they sell it.Don't do this canva

 

** REMEMBER THIS:  Most furnaces last 15-20 years IF they are properly maintained. Annual maintenance can save hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars over the years on your utility bills, and fewer if no repairs.

If your furnace is over 10 years old and it has not been maintained yearly, call Western to have us thoroughly check, clean and tune up your unit.  It’s better to catch potential problems than neglecting it and having to replace your furnace earlier than necessary.

If you’re considering replacing your furnace or your furnace is in need of repairs, give us a call and we can help you make the best choice for your home, family and budget! Visit us at TimeForComfort.com or call 801-921-5250 to schedule an appointment!


Posted on October 12th, 2017

Haunted Household Humidifiers (1)

 

When it comes to comfort, temperature is only one part of the picture. The amount of moisture in the air is just as important. Getting humidity right affects your real comfort levels but more importantly, it affects your health… and nothing is more spooky than an awful, yucky cold!

How much humidity should you aim for?

The ideal range is 40-50% in the summer and 30% in the winter. The slightly lower target in winter is to prevent condensate from forming on cold windows. Typically for the colder months, low humidity is the issue since cold air holds less moisture, especially in an already dry state like Utah.

Effects of low humidity

 

How to prevent a dry house
By far the best way to keep your humidity levels up in winter is to use a humidifier. You can use a vaporizer or install a humidifier in your HVAC system. Regardless of what you use, remember not to let the air get too humid because this comes with its own frightening problems.

You need the right-sized humidifier

To get the right amount of humidity in your home, the first step is to have a humidifier that’s the right size. A professional knows how to calculate the required pounds per hour (lb/hr) of moisture or steam to be added to the air. The amount of moisture needed is based on temperature of air entering the furnace (a mixture of outdoor air and return air from your home) as well as relative humidity. Moisture is added to get humidity levels up to where they should be. Having a humidity sensor ensures you never go too high or too low with humidity levels, and that’s a spell that you don’t want to miss out on.

 

Don’t deal with winter dryness this year

Don’t get tricked with the cold dry air this year. Give us a call at Western Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll treat you with $50 off a whole house humidifier to cure your home’s low humidity problems. Call 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com

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Posted on August 17th, 2017

Protect your HVAC Equipment with a Maintenance Agreement

Most people go into a panic when things go wrong with their heating or cooling equipment. One way to reduce the panic and keep your house in order is to have a maintenance agreement with a professional company. For a fixed monthly or annual fee, a professional will keep your equipment in top working order. Here are some reasons why you should have a maintenance agreement in place for your home:

1.  Lower cost over time. When you maintain your equipment, the repair cost tends to be lower, and failure happens less frequently. Your equipment operates more efficiently when well maintained, saving money on operating costs like your utility bills. This may also reduce the pressure on emergency funds for sudden breakdowns and repair.

2.  Peace of mind. Besides saving you money, regular maintenance will reduce the chance of you getting stuck in the heat with no air conditioning or taking cold showers for days while your water heater is being replaced. A maintenance agreement will also lengthen the lifespan of the components in your equipment. This postpones replacement and allows you to maximize the use of your equipment.monument club logo

3.  Keeping Your Warranty. Some manufacturers won’t replace a part if the unit has not been maintained by a professional. Rather than having to remember to book and keep up with maintenance yourself, having an agreement in place ensures that you keep the added protection of a warranty should your parts fail.

4.  Relationship. You can count on your regular service company who will want to keep your business rather than one-off servicing by a stranger. If there are any ongoing issues, a maintenance agreement will provide you with better follow up on work done. The technicians who take care of your home will also become familiar with how everything works and will be better able to make suggestions and pick up on issues early on.

5.  Safety. For routine maintenance, you may be able to take care of it yourself. You might even be tempted to do more complex maintenance on your own. However, a professional will know the safest way to carry out the work. Protect yourself and your family by having a professional do regular, planned maintenance on your equipment.

Get your home’s maintenance in order. We invite you to find out more about Western Heating & Air Conditioning’s maintenance agreement for your heating and cooling equipment which is called the Monument Club. In addition to the benefits listed above, we also give you priority service, and discounts on all repairs, services, and new equipment. Utah’s Most Wanted Techs from Western Heating are ready to help! Find out more at www.TimeForComfort.com or give us a call at 801-921-5250.

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Posted on August 9th, 2017

The Air Scrubber

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Hey Moms and Dads! We know your kids are getting ready to head back to school and you want to keep them healthy and protected from all the harmful viruses that are easily spread. We can’t always prevent illnesses from spreading at school, but there IS something you can do in your home to prevent them from spreading to the rest of your family.

Have you heard of an Air Scrubber? An Air Scrubber releases positively charged particles into the air, and creates a peroxide – just like trees do in nature. These oxidizers can kill viruses not only in the air, but also on surfaces. It’s a very proactive technology that attacks harmful particles before they attack you!

 

To find out how this revolutionary system has helped many families stay healthy and protected from harmful particles and viruses found in the air and on surfaces, CLICK HERE.  


Posted on August 3rd, 2017

Western Heating & A/C is always looking for ways to give back to our community.
Earlier this summer, FM 100 teamed up with Western Heating in search of a family in need of a new AC for the Coolest House on the Block contest. The contest was designed to award a “cool” person that had helped or served in the community with a new central air system. The nominations came pouring in! On July 20, we joined up with FM 100 to surprise our winners, the Fisher family.
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The Fishers were nominated by their friend, Nicole. She said, “The Fishers are a hard working family of 7. The husband has been volunteering in the military for over 15 years which has not stopped him from coaching hundreds of children in basketball, softball, football and baseball. The mom works hard at making Utah Child Care Centers a better place for Utah children. The five children are honor students, well-behaved, and always willing to help the next person.”
We later found out that the Fisher’s actually helped Nicole get her AC working last summer, so it was awesome to be able to award them with a new AC and see the circle of giving complete. This was definitely a cool family deserving of the new AC and title, “The Coolest House on the Block!”
Watch our LIVE Facebook feed with FM100 as we surprised the Fisher family with the new A/C!
Watch here.


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.

Visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com or give us a call at 801-921-5250.

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Posted on June 15th, 2017

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Owning a home is highly emotional, despite what the financial experts say about it being your biggest investment. At a certain point it becomes more than just the house you live in.

Here are 5 signs that you love your home:

1. You daydream about how you‘ll make it better and then proceed to invest in it
Wanting to change the kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean you’re not satisfied. In fact, it means the exact opposite. Like raising children and watching them grow and develop, making upgrades shows how much you care about having your home grow with you.

2. You visualize the future in it – children growing up, moving out then visiting you in that same house
If you sit in the backyard on a summer afternoon and daydream about your six-year-old bringing her friends over in ten years, or bringing her own kids over in twenty (or thirty) years, it’s a sign you love your home.

3. You make sure it’s in top shape, attending to repairs immediately
If anything goes wrong, you make sure to address it as soon as possible. You’re in it for the long haul so leaving problems unattended for the next owner is not an option. Upkeep takes time and money and, just like home improvement projects, doing it is a sign that you mean to take care of this house and want to stay there for the long term.

4. Walking in the door calms you down after a tough day
Having your dwelling bring out the best in you and relax you after a tough week makes the difference between a house and a home. If your home has a positive effect on your mood and you look forward to returning every night, it’s a sign you love your home.

5. Your fondest memories are there
Of course, home is about more than just the building. Family makes it all worthwhile and relationships are what make life worth living. Look back at the photos from the last few years. Besides vacation pictures, if the majority of your everyday photos were taken at home, it’s a sign that your best memories are being made there.

Professional Care
If you need help with the comfort level in your home, call us to help you take care of the home you love. Western Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in HVAC repair, maintenance, equipment replacement, indoor air quality solutions, water heaters, duct cleaning and fireplaces.

Visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com

or call our friendly office staff at 801-224-8899.


Posted on June 6th, 2017

Why AC Units Leak

A leaking air conditioner is a red flag that something’s wrong with your system. Besides the inconvenience of having to clean water from the ground, leaking AC units can cause water damage, mold, and even a fire if the moisture gets near electrical equipment.

So why does it happen? Here are some possible reasons:  AC

Frozen evaporator coils
If the evaporator coils form ice on them, this build-up can melt and overflow from your drain pan. There are three main causes of a frozen coil:

  1. Dirty filter: If your filter has a build-up of dust, it will slow the airflow through the coil, causing it to get too cold and form ice on the surface. Luckily, this one’s an easy fix. Simply clean or replace your filter and keep monitoring to make sure it never gets too dirty.
  2. Low pressure in refrigerant lines: If there is not enough refrigerant, the pressure will be too low, reducing the coil’s ability to remove heat from the air, which causes it to freeze. Low refrigerant can damage your compressor so turn off your unit and call a professional immediately. You might be leaking refrigerant.
  3. Fan problems: Your filter might be clean but the air flowing through your coil still isn’t enough. If you notice low airflow through the vents in addition to the frozen coil, your fan is likely the cause. Shut off your unit and call a professional to repair this problem.

Condensate problems
Air conditioners do more than cool the air. They remove humidity as well, which forms condensate that has to be removed. Usually it happens without an issue but if your condensate is building up and overflowing, you might have condensate drainage problems. Here are three main reasons why:

  1. Blocked condensate drain: as with all drains, a blockage will cause a backup. Clear the drain if you can or call a technician to clean or replace the line if needed.
  2. Damaged drain pan: your drain pan might be cracked and leaking condensate. While you can temporarily repair a crack with sealant, it’s best to replace the drain pan completely.
  3. Broken condensate pump: depending on where your unit it, you might have a pump to remove condensate. If this pump is broken, water will build up and overflow. You’ll need to replace your pump to solve this problem.

Utah’s Most Wanted Techs at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are trained and ready to help you detect and identify the cause of the leak in your air conditioner. Our goal is to fix it right the first time, and help you experience a whole new level of cool comfort in your home. Give us a call at 801-921-5250 or schedule an appointment online at www.TimeForComfort.com

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Posted on May 17th, 2017

Case Study: A/C Tune-Up

 

Western Heating & Air Conditioning provides solutions to your HVAC problems.  See how we helped this customer cool his home again.

CUSTOMER’S CHALLENGE:

Russell and his family live in Provo and noticed that they couldn’t feel as much cold air coming through their vents and figured it was just a problem with their blower filter being clogged.  Like most people, they put the issue aside and forgot about it.  Thankfully they are Monument Club Members, so Western gave them a call reminding them that it was time for their routine tune-up at a discounted price.

WESTERN’S SOLUTION: 

One of Western’s Most Wanted Technicians, Adam, was sent to visit Russell for a tune-up.  Adam first checked the outside A/C unit before going inside to make sure the unit itself was working properly.  From the outside, Adam saw that the A/C looked clean and damage free.  It wasn’t until he unscrewed the cover to see how dirty and cluttered it was inside the A/C unit.

AC case studyThere were cobwebs, leaves, and dirt everywhere.  After a 30 point Precision Tune-Up, Adam found that the A/C was working properly.  Like every tune-up Western does, Adam took the time to properly clean and clear out the inside of the A/C unit to prevent it from potential break downs or issues in the future.

FINAL RESULTS: 

Adam spoke with Russell and let him know that his diagnosis of the issue was that the system just needed to be cleaned and serviced.  He also mentioned that there was nothing wrong with the A/C unit besides that it was dirty on the inside, which could cause several problems in a few years since his A/C was 10 years old.  Adam helped switch the filter in Russell’s vents and had the A/C blowing cold air again.  Russell was glad he got a tune-up to rejuvenate his A/C and keep it in great shape and that Adam showed him how to keep his A/C clean so that it’d extend the life of the unit.

REMEMBER THIS:

1)  A/C units have an average 15 year lifetime.  Around this time different parts begin to wear and the unit can break down.  If your A/C is routinely maintained then you may be able to extend the life for several additional years.  That’s why we’ve provided the Monument Club for customers so we can keep track of their A/C for them!

2)  A/C units are easy to clean!  Adam has said that anyone can simply screw the cover off their unit, check what’s inside, and clean it out. Simply, all you need to do is to remove any debris, hose the outside and inside, and if any of the outside fins are bent, grab a butter knife and straighten them out!  There is a lot more to a tune-up than that, but those 3 things are basic things that homeowners can do.

3)  Every A/C is different, so be sure to call Western Heating & Air Conditioning today to have a technician come out to give your A/C tune-up to keep it running great.  It could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars down the road to take a few minutes to clean and service your A/C unit.

 

Call 801-375-COOL or visit our website at timeforcomfort.com!

 


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