Posted on January 24th, 2019
Answer: Because they get dirty!
Many people don’t think about air duct cleaning until it is absolutely necessary. Because the air ducts are hidden from sight, it is easy to forget about them. However, nothing is more important to your indoor air quality than your duct system. To have a healthy and efficient home, you need to schedule regular duct cleaning.
The Facts About Indoor Air Quality
Through normal occupation in a home, we tend to generate a lot of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. This re-circulation can cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork over time.
In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:
- Cigarette or cigar smoke
- Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
- Home renovation or remodeling projects
Some occupants may be more sensitive than others to these contaminants. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly, tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.
With a professional duct cleaning, here are two of the many benefits you will experience.
Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out. Dirt, bacteria, and even viruses can lurk in your duct system and then are blown all around your home. Dirty ducts can cause the following symptoms:
- Increased asthma symptoms
- Increased allergy symptoms
- Runny nose
- Tightness in the chest
These symptoms can be quickly resolved with a thorough duct cleaning. If the symptoms persist or get worse, you should seek medical attention.
Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the right temperature in your home. As a result, less energy is used, saving you money in energy bills.
Choose a Quality Air Duct Cleaning Company
There are many companies out there that claim ridiculously cheap pricing for their duct cleaning. The truth is, you get what you pay for when it comes to air duct cleaning. You should never trust just anyone with the health and safety of your home. Western Heating & Air Conditioning are Certified Comfort Experts who take pride in doing a job the right way, even if it’s not the easy way. Westen has a long history of customer satisfaction.
JANUARY ONLY DUCT CLEANING SPECIAL
For the month of January, Western is offering a FREE duct cleaning with the installation of a new high-efficiency furnace. To learn more about the benefits of air duct cleaning or to take advantage of our January special, contact the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.TimeForComfort.com.
Posted on January 18th, 2019
Furnace Repair Can Reduce Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risk
At Western Heating & Air we know that nothing is more important than the health and safety of your family. As winter time arrives and families spend more time indoors with their heaters turned up, the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases. This is why it is so essential that you call us early for furnace maintenance. Whether your furnace simply needs a tune-up or furnace repair service, we can be there to help keep you and your family safe and warm all season long.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Each year in the United States, carbon monoxide poisoning results in 450 deaths and over 20,000 visits to the emergency room. This is particularly tragic as most of these deaths and illnesses could have been prevented. One of the reasons carbon monoxide is so dangerous is because it is completely odorless and colorless and can cause death long before you are even aware that it is in your home. Any type of fuel-burning appliance or device can give off carbon monoxide, including furnaces. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, every home should have a CO detector on every level of the home, and homeowners should call for furnace repair at least annually to diagnose or prevent problems (The Beacon).
Call Us Today
Take an important step towards protecting your family from carbon monoxide poisoning by calling us at Western Heating and & Air for furnace repair or service. We are dedicated to providing the quality service you can count on. Contact us at 801-375-COOL to set up an appointment today.
* The Beacon- News, Get Furnace Checked for Fall, Jim Rhodes, Nov. 2, 2013
Posted on January 3rd, 2019
Dealing with cold, yucky weather for months on end is hard enough. But paying more for heat just makes it worse. Here are some tips for saving cash on your heating so you can go therapy shopping to get you through the winter misery.
Get a thermostat that allows setback
Lowering your thermostat will undoubtedly lower your gas consumption. Setback allows you to vary the temperature setting according to your daily schedule. So for the days at work (when you’re using the boss’s heat), you can leave your home cooler. In the evening, you can enter a warm house without having to wait for it to heat up while sitting in your parka.
You have two main options for this: a programmable thermostat that lets you input the temperature settings you’d like throughout the week and a smart thermostat that learns your schedule and connects to your phone so you can remotely increase the temperature before entering the door. Discuss with a professional so you can choose the right one for you.
Tighten up leaks in your home’s construction
Having better control over your temperature settings won’t help much if cold air is leaking in or warm air is leaking out. Make sure your windows and doors are well sealed to keep the indoor air in so you use less heat to make up for losses.
In addition to sealing leaks, you can replace windows with high-performance ones that have higher insulation values. You can choose from multiple panes of glass (double or triple glazed) or windows with special coatings as well as vacuum sealed air spaces for even better insulation.
Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace or boiler
Reduce energy consumption at the source by upgrading your furnace or boiler to one that has high efficiency and watch your bill drop. Annual efficiencies on residential heating equipment can be as high as 98%, an improvement of 18% over older equipment in the 80% range.
Insulate ducts and pipes in unheated spaces
If you have a high-efficiency furnace but lose heat through ducts in the attic, you’ll still end up consuming more gas and paying more. This is a simple fix that can save you up to 35% of unnecessary heat loss. Even if you already have insulation, you might want to consider re-insulating older ducts. Before you do, however, make sure to seal any leaks as these are responsible for even more losses.
If you’re tired of spending more than your fair share on your heating bill, give us a call and we can assess the best ways to save you energy and help you bring those costs down. Western Heating & Air Conditioning have Comfort Certified Experts available 24-7 to help keep you warm and comfortable. Call 801-682-4840 to schedule a home analysis or visit us at www.TimeForComfort.com.