Posted on August 27th, 2020
Benefits of an HVAC Tune-Up
The summer heat is still here and your HVAC system tune-up should be a top priority. It’s not too late! Western Heating and Air is here to remind you of the benefits of an HVAC tune-up and why they are so important – at any time of year. Here are five reasons to tune-up your HVAC system today.
Improves Your Air Quality
All year long, the air from outside blows through your HVAC unit and circulates inside your home. An HVAC tune-up ensures fans are clean so that the air you breathe isn’t dusty or harmful to inhale.
Regular tune-ups by a Western Heating and Air Comfort Technician will help to identify potential HVAC problems before they turn into major (and costly) repairs.
Keeps You Cool
During the summer, your HVAC unit shouldn’t take hours to cool your home, and the temperature should be even throughout it. A seasonal tune-up can ensure you and your family are comfortable all year round.
Saves on Energy
Neglecting HVAC maintenance can impact your system’s efficiency. When your unit works harder than it needs to, it will consume more gas. A tune-up can stop unnecessary energy consumption and decrease those energy bills!
Save With Our Monument Savings Club
We want all our customers to experience a whole new level of comfort and savings. Our Monument Savings Club is like having insurance for all your heating and cooling needs! Ask your Certified Comfort Technician about how the Monument Savings Club can save you money on your next tune-up!
We would love to answer any further questions you have about the benefits of having an HVAC tune-up. Call Western Heating & Air Conditioning at 375-273-3200 or visit us online at WesternHeatingAir.com. We are happy to help!
Posted on August 19th, 2020
5 Harsh HVAC Lessons You Want to Avoid
Some lessons in life are best learned the hard way (like the fact that all-nighters never work and there is such a thing as too much cheesecake). Others, however, turn out to be too costly and painful, like HVAC lessons. Here are 5 harsh HVAC lessons you want to avoid to save you from dealing with the negative consequences.
Ductwork needs to be cleaned
If someone in your family has respiratory issues, dirty ductwork may be part of the problem. Even if you have never had to deal with wheezing, coughing, or reaching for an inhaler every hour, letting your duct build up dust and pet hairs will catch up with you. Take the time to call in professionals to clear out your home’s air system and you will breathe easier.
Your furnace and air conditioner need to be tuned up
Like cars, furnaces and air conditioners don’t run all day and night without needing attention. Seasonal tune-ups prevent a myriad of issues from developing so you are spared the stress of a dead furnace in the middle of winter and higher repair costs.
Ventilation is not an option
Fresh air in your home is key to maintaining your family’s health. Exhaust fans need to work and, ideally, your HVAC system should also have fresh air intake. Commercial building HVAC systems always have fresh air intake and considering how much time you spend at home, your house should have the same. Opening windows is out of the question during winter and if you have certain allergies. An energy recovery ventilation system will boost indoor air quality and lower your risk of illness.
Humidity affects everything
Avoiding the dreaded mold is not the only reason to be concerned about humidity. Keeping it low is important to avoid other allergens and bacterial growth as well as to protect your home’s structure from slow damage. Too low and you risk damaging electronics and increasing your risk of catching a cold (and other yucky germs trying to get past your now-dry mucous membranes).
Clearances are important
HVAC equipment needs enough clearance to operate properly. Furnaces need adequate oxygen for burners, air conditioners need airflow to cool the condensing unit and exhaust venting needs to be clear to allow dangerous flue gases to escape. Air intakes and exhaust terminals need to remain clear of loose items and debris. Don’t wait for spring cleaning to remove waste from these areas. Your safety and the operation of your equipment depends on it.
As you can see, these are five HVAC lessons you should take to heart. If you need help heeding HVAC advice before it becomes a hard lesson, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 375-273-3200 or visit us online at WesternHeatingAir.com. We are happy to help!
Posted on August 13th, 2020
Why Is My Air Conditioner Constantly Running?
We have seen some unusually hot days these last few weeks, and your air conditioner may seem to be running nonstop. You might ask yourself, “Why is my air conditioner constantly running? Is this normal, or is something wrong?”
Before calling a repair company, ask yourself a few things. Are you staying comfortable? Does the airflow from your vents seem reasonable? Are your energy bills staying about the same as they were last year? If not, here are a few things to consider.
Check your air filter
A dirty air filter will restrict airflow, and this will cut down on the amount of cold air your air conditioner unit can produce. When your air filter is clogged, your unit must work harder to compensate, making your air conditioner run more throughout the day.
Air conditioning coils are covered in dirt
Similar to your air filter, if your condenser coils are dirty, the airflow will be blocked. You can maintain condenser coil efficiency by merely hosing down your unit. Make sure to turn off any electrical power to your system first.
Something else is blocking air to the blower
Open all return and supply vents and make sure rugs, curtains or furniture are not blocking them.
The thermostat is not working
If it seems like your system never shuts off, the issue could be your thermostat. Your home may have reached the correct temperature, but if the thermostat isn’t working, it will not correctly register it. When temperatures reach triple digits, keeping your home between 74 and 78 degrees to make sure your unit doesn’t overwork.
Home has air leaks or poor insulation
If you are losing cool air through air leaks and poor insulation, your home may never reach the desired temperature, causing the air conditioning unit to run continuously.
Your unit needs maintenance
If your ducts, coils, and air filter aren’t clean, you will likely encounter airflow problems. It is recommended that a licensed technician perform maintenance twice a year to ensure your system is clean and properly lubricated. He/she will also conduct efficiency tests, replace worn parts, and confirm that your thermostat is functioning correctly.
Undersized unit for your home
Air conditioners must be adequately sized for your home. If it’s undersized, your air conditioner can’t keep up and runs continuously. This can cause your coils to freeze and refrigerant to flood back into your compressor and break it, which can be a very costly repair. You can read our previous blog to learn more about how we can come in and do an analysis of your home.
Your unit needs to be replaced
All air conditioning units have a lifespan of typically 15-20 years. Even if you’ve done everything you can to keep it properly maintained, it will eventually wear out. You may want to consider replacing your old, inefficient unit with a new one. This will also save you money in the long run, because newer units run much more efficiently, saving you money on utility bills.
At Western Heating and Air Conditioning, our goal is to make you and your home as comfortable as possible. If you find yourself asking “Why is my AC constantly running?” Or if you’ve got further questions or would like to schedule an appointment for general maintenance or repair, don’t hesitate to call us at 375-273-3200 or visit www.Westernheatingair.com. Our dedicated team is here to help you with all your home comfort needs.
Posted on August 10th, 2020
Summer is here and your HVAC system tune-up should be a top priority. Western Heating and Air is here to remind you why tune-ups are so important–at any time of year. Here are five reasons to tune-up your HVAC needs today:
Posted on August 6th, 2020
Four Common Questions About HVAC
By Sharee Landers
As a Comfort Advisor for Western Heating and Air Conditioning, my job is to help homeowners identify and evaluate the best system and solutions for their home comfort. Every day I get asked many of the same questions. Here are four common questions about HVAC homeowners ask.
How do I get rid of the hot and cold spots in my home? (For example: The upstairs is roasting, while downstairs is an icicle! OR… The east side of my house is so hot, but the west side is cold?)
This is a great question! Here are the first things you can do to try and solve the problem yourself.
- Check your air vents for blockages. A rug or a piece of furniture can be covering up your vents, causing a blockage of airflow.
- Check your air filter for dirt. If your filter is clogged by dirt & dust, your entire HVAC system is forced to work twice as hard for air to pass through it.
- Put up shades or blinds. If certain parts of your home are being hit by direct sunlight, those spots could be a little too warm for comfort.
- Change your thermostat location. Your thermostat regulates the temperature in your home, and if it’s exposed to a heat source like direct sunlight, it could be forcing your unit to work overtime.
- Check your doors and windows for air leaks. Check for any possible spots where air could seep in from the outside. The main culprits are usually cracks & crevices around windows and doors. You will want to seal off as many of these leaks as possible.
Call us if these 5 things don’t fix the problem
If these things don’t fix your issues, it may be time to give us a call. Often when the home is first built, the contractor will size the furnace and air conditioner for the size of it, but when they go to install the ductwork, they don’t put in the correct ducting. The great news is that there are solutions!
My job as a Comfort Advisor is to come up with the best solution for you. The first thing I will do when I come into your home is perform a load calculation and duct analysis. This will help me figure out which size of heating and air conditioning system is right for your home. With that into consideration, we also need to measure your ducting system.
We can replace the furnace and air conditioner with the correct size. Often, we can add one or more air returns to your system, which allows the system to breathe better. Adding more returns isn’t as scary as it sounds, and it can usually be done easily without any significant construction.
How do I eliminate the dust in my home and get better filtration?
Did you know there are some great filters we can install to your heating and air conditioning system? We can put in a larger filter that is anywhere from 4 inches to 24 inches in width. This creates more room to collect all of the dust particles without restricting airflow. These filters last anywhere from 6 to 12 months! I suggest that homeowners get rid of that 1″ filter, which must be replaced every month because they get so clogged with dust and dirt and restrict the airflow.
“I have been looking at my gas bill and see that I am using a lot more fuel than my neighbor. How do I figure out how efficient my furnace and air conditioner are?”
Furnace efficiency can range anywhere from 60% to 98%. Government standards at the present time is 80% efficient, but there are many older homes that still only have a 60% efficient furnace.
Air conditioning systems are rated in SEER ratings, which stands for Seasonal \Energy Efficiency Rating. The government standard is 13 SEER, but if the air conditioner is over ten years old, there is a possibility it’s a lot less. Usually, we can evaluate this by just looking at the equipment. However, we can dive deeper into the system and have our trained professionals use specialized equipment to measure how efficient the gas is that is burning in the furnace, as well as how many amps we are pulling on or air conditioner. This deep dive will tell us how efficient your equipment is running.
“What is the average life of a furnace and air conditioner?”
The average life of a furnace is 15 to 18 years and for an air conditioner, it is 10 to 13 years. But, if your furnace has been having to work extra hard because it is not the right size for your home, that could shorten the life of it considerably.
If you have any additional questions for our Home Comfort Advisors, please call to -schedule a complimentary visit ($89 value) today. Give us a call at 375-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com. Our team of dedicated Comfort Advisors love to educate homeowners and help them make the best decisions for their home!