Posted on December 31st, 2020
How to Stay Motivated to Finish
With 2020 coming to close many people are setting New Year’s resolutions for 2021. It’s a time where we reflect on the past year and set goals for tasks and habits to improve in the coming year.
If you’re one of those blessed people who finishes everything consistently, stop reading. However, if you’re like most people, you probably have a laundry list of half-finished projects and unmet resolutions haunting you.
We’re here to help! We all want to change nasty habits and improve ourselves, so here are some tips for reaching the end of the road.
Imagine the feeling of finishing
In the midst of hard, ugly work, it’s difficult to see the beauty of a finished project. Whether it’s a novel, artwork, or home improvement project, there’s always a discouraging middle piece that makes you want to quit. Focus on the feeling of accomplishment you get when it’s done.
Set aside daily blocks of time
Feelings aren’t reliable. It’s inevitable that some days you just won’t want to face it. Organize your days and weeks with blocks of time to work on your project regardless of how you feel. It will eventually get done as your good days make up for the slow ones.
Set up your workspace
If set up and cleanup are part of the task every single time, then you have an automatic barrier to working on your project. While you need to keep a tidy work area, have as much ready to go as possible so you can dive right in with minimal fuss.
Take a break
Lack of motivation is one thing but burnout is quite another. Take breaks to rejuvenate and make sure you have a set time to return to the project so you’re not more tempted to abandon it.
This may not seem critical to staying focused on a project but it’s more important than you think. Taking time to nourish relationships closest to you will keep you going longer with less stress and guilt (especially if you have small children).
Life gets busy and with ups and downs, tasks can take longer than we plan. Try not to be discouraged if you haven’t reached your deadline. Instead, review your progress from the beginning. As long as you’re consistent, you’ll see the growth from the beginning and will want to keep going.
Focus on actions, not outcomes
This is a biggie. We tend to get lost in the desire for an outcome, whether it’s weight loss or completion of a fantastic project. This leads to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated when we’re working and progress is slow. Focus on putting in the time and doing the work.
Here’s hoping that you stay motivated and finish your projects!
Posted on December 23rd, 2020
Merry Christmas from Western!
We are wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Western Heating and Air! May your homes be cheery, bright, and WARM this winter!
One of our favorite ways to get into the spirit of the season is the yearly Gift of Heat and Heart giveaway. For two weeks this fall we asked for nominations from around the state for families in need of heat in their home. We read dozens of nominations and wish we could pick all of them!
Gift of Heat 2020
On December 21, we partnered with FM100.3 to bring the gift of heat to Rebecca and James Jenson, a family in dire need of better heating in their home. We arrived with FM100.3 and delivered gifts, gift baskets, and, of course, a brand new furnace! Our expert technicians spent the day installing the furnace and ensuring that the system will work well for years!
The Jenson’s were nominated by Rebecca’s sister Julie, who told us a little about their extremely difficult year. “They have had such a tough year already with flooding in their home, which displaced them for weeks,” said Julie. “Their son has autism and struggles to live in other places so they really struggled to manage that whole situation. Then with COVID and a car accident that left my sister injured, they have just been in real need this year. I was heartbroken when their heater went out this fall and there was no money to fix it.”
Here at Western, we are so grateful for the opportunities to give back to our community. The yearly Gift of Heat giveaway is one of the highlights of our year, but it is only possible because of our loyal customers. Thank you all for being part of our ever-growing family! If you have heating and air concerns this holiday season, please call Western Heating and Air at (385) 273-3200.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Posted on December 18th, 2020
Your Winter HVAC To-DON’T List
When it comes to your HVAC system, your to-don’t list is just as important as your to-do list. Avoiding these common mistakes and poor habits can help you avoid stress related to your HVAC this winter.
Here are the top six activities to put on your HVAC to-don’t list this winter.
Crank up the heat
Of course, you have to turn up the temperature to keep your home liveable during the coldest time of year. But to keep your energy bills down and lengthen the operating life of your furnace, resist the urge to turn your home into a toasty haven. Keep it comfortable but leave the shorts packed away for the season.
Ignore your humidifier
Winter is typically associated with low humidity and adding a humidifier is the best way to deal with this. But a humidifier is not a set-it-and-forget-it piece of equipment. You can end up with moisture problems when you least expect it. Monitor areas like your basement for too much moisture and make adjustments if necessary.
Leave old insulation on ductwork
If you have ductwork passing through unheated spaces, it might already be insulated (if not, another “to-don’t” would be to ignore this situation – add insulating it to your to-do list!). You may not think much of it but insulation degrades over time, causing heat to be transferred from your ductwork into this unheated space, wasting energy and costing you more.
Run an untuned furnace
After everything that has happened throughout the year, tuning your furnace might be lower on your to-do list. But running your furnace for another year without inspection and a tune-up can cause more problems, making this a critical to-don’t for winter.
Run your furnace with dirty ductwork
Every time your furnace comes on, it circulates the dust and other particles accumulated in the ductwork. With extra time indoors from the chill of winter, your family is exposed to more allergens, dust, dander, and germs. Even if you’ve used your central system for summer, the higher temperature from your furnace provides the ideal conditions for bacteria to multiply.
Use your mechanical room for storage
Mechanical equipment like furnaces and water heaters require clearances around them for proper operation and maintenance. For anything burning fuel, a lack of oxygen causes incomplete combustion, resulting in the dreaded production of carbon monoxide. For your family’s safety, it’s better to have a messy living room than a crowded mechanical room.
Give us a call
If you need to take care of your to-don’t list with some to-do’s, give Western Heating and Air a call at 385-273-3200. We are always ready to help you prevent issues with your HVAC system this winter.
Posted on December 10th, 2020
5 Ways to Warm Up Your Home This Winter
Winters in Utah are long and cold, but that doesn’t mean your home can’t be a haven of warmth and comfort for you and your family. Taking some steps to warm up your home, both literally and aesthetically, can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. So, without further ado, here are Western Heating and Air’s five essential ways to warm up your home this winter!
Get a thermostat that allows setback
How about ensuring that your heating is on when you’re home, but saving energy when you’re gone? 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 a little 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.
Warm-up your window treatments
Thin curtains can let a lot of cold air in at night, especially if you have older windows in your home. Consider swapping your sheer linen curtains for a heavier material that contains a thermal lining. This can insulate your home as well as help the room look warm and cozy.
Add warmth underfoot
Do you ever have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because your bathroom floor is so cold in the winter? Adding a rug to hard floor surfaces can make a world of difference for your home comfort. In the winter you’ll want a rug with a little pile and place these in strategic areas around the house where the cold floor is most likely to annoy. Avoid sisal and flat-weave rugs during the cold seasons, save those for the summer when heat retention isn’t as necessary.
Use warmer lighting
Ever heard of ambiance? Lighting is a huge factor in creating the ambiance you want in a room. White lighting is often used in workplaces and schools to foster productivity, but yellow light is calming, relaxing, and can encourage a cozy environment. Warm lighting can make all the difference in the warmth of your home, even though it doesn’t change the actual temperature.
Create comforting smells
Smell influences a lot about our lives. Good and comforting smells can change the way a home feels. Flowers can make a home smell fresh, and cooking can make a home smell pleasant and comfortable. Find candles or flowers that create familiar and comforting scents, or spend time cooking or baking your favorite dishes.
Give us a call
If your home isn’t feeling warm and comfortable then try these tips. If these don’t help you then give one of our comfort advisors a call at 385-273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com for a system assessment. Stay comfortable with Western Heating and Air this winter!
Posted on December 2nd, 2020
Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
It’s officially December and that usually means cold and snowy weather. When the weather turns cold the air outside tends to get pretty nasty, so coming indoors should be a haven of fresh and comfortable air! Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Air particles, improper humidity, and unwanted bacteria and viruses can enter your home and wreak havoc on your family’s health. That’s why it’s important to take steps to improve the quality of the air in your home.
Clean indoor air can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. It can be an escape from the muggy, smoggy air that persists in the Utah winters. While you may know that good air quality is important, it’s not always so easy to understand exactly how to accomplish this. So, without further delay, here are four benefits of improving your indoor air quality.
Removing Harmful Particles
There are plenty of air particles floating around and many of them can be harmful to your health. Taking care of your indoor air quality can rid your home of these pesky harmful particles for safe and clean air to breathe. Replacing your air filters will take care of many of the particles that try to enter your home through your system.
Getting Rid of Bad Odors
Nobody wants to be stuck inside on a cold day when there are funny odors coming from the vents. Humidity is nice but when it is too humid it can cause mold and mildew to build up. This fungal growth can be harmful to those living in the home. Proper ventilation and humidification are a must, so if you sniff a foul smell in your home be sure to get your vents checked.
Mold spores, viruses, and bacteria may try to enter your home through your system. While these may get blocked by your furnace filter, anything that gets through can still cause a lot of problems. That’s why we recommend an air scrubber for your system. Air scrubbers use UV lights to kill harmful viruses and bacteria. You will have the comfort of knowing the air you breathe is healthy and clean, even during seasons where sickness is common.
Making Breathing Easier
Clean air makes breathing easier! Aside from the obvious health benefits, quality indoor air just feels nice. Whether it’s through clean filters, air scrubbers, or adjusting your home humidity, having clean and comfortable air is good for your lungs. Breathe easy by taking care of the air you and your family breathe this winter.
If you need better indoor air quality then give Western Heating and Air a call at (385) 273-3200 or visit us online at westernheatingair.com.