Posted on January 20th, 2021
Why you should schedule your furnace repair TODAY
There’s nothing quite like walking into your warm and comfortable home at the end of a cold winter day, at least that is if you haven’t forgotten to schedule that essential furnace repair! Forgetting to call on your furnace repair can do more than just make your home too cold, it can sometimes cause big problems for your family. We get it, sometimes you save by using generators, space heaters, and candles for warmth instead. These are good temporary solutions but sometimes they don’t always help your family as much as you think.
The cost of delaying your furnace repair can often be more than just financial. Here are just a few reasons why you should schedule your furnace repair TODAY!
When your furnace goes out you’ll probably compensate by using a space heater or generator to keep your family warm. These are good for a time, but if you get in the habit of leaving these unattended it can cause problems! The NFPA has reported that 86% of deadly residential fires were caused by portable space heaters. Scary! Don’t rely on these short term fixes, repair your furnace instead!
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a scentless gas that can cause severe illness or death when overexposed. It can come from a broken furnace, or even from gas and oil burning portable heaters. Improperly vented heating sources can release this harmful gas into your home! When a technician maintains and repairs your furnace they will check for carbon monoxide leaks, keeping your family’s safety top of mind!
Living in a cold home is never comfortable, but it is harmful to your health as well! Living in a cold home leaves your family susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and even high blood pressure. While living in the cold may save a little money, it will never be worth the health risks!
When your pipes get too cold they could be in danger of freezing. This not only means that your water won’t come when you want it, but you risk burst pipes! When water freezes in the pipes it can expand to the point of cracking. When spring comes and these pipes thaw out you’ll find leakage and water damage around your home. A properly working furnace is essential for the function of many systems in your home!
Don’t Hesitate to Call
Calling for a furnace repair can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Western Heating and Air will always take care of your family first, keeping your budget and safety at the top of our priority list!
If your furnace isn’t working properly give us a call at (385) 273-3200, or visit us online at westernheatingair.com! Technicians are available to assist you 24 hours a day. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Posted on January 13th, 2021
What’s in a tune-up?
If you’ve spoken to anyone in the home comfort industry you’ve heard about tune-ups! Furnace and air conditioning manufacturers recommend that your equipment receives maintenance annually, and it is usually necessary in order to keep warranties valid. You may have heard about them, but do you really know what’s in a tune-up?
So why do we focus so much on tune-ups? Any mechanical equipment is going to require regular maintenance to properly function and prevent breakdowns. You shouldn’t drive your car with low oil or flat tires, and you shouldn’t run your furnace without proper maintenance. Yearly tune-ups extend the life of your equipment and save you money on costly repairs.
What happens during a tune-up?
An experienced technician will follow a thorough process to maintain your equipment. During a Western Heating and Air tune-up, your technician will use a detailed checklist to determine the health of your unit and take steps to adjust anything that is out of spec.
Here’s what your certified technician will do during your tune-up:
Test your thermostat
Your technician will ensure that the thermostat has working batteries and that it operates correctly.
Check for water damage, dents, and rust
Water damage and rust can mean that the system is compromised and could be leaking in some way. It may also mean that there is too much condensation in your system.
Inspect your blowers for cleanliness
A dirty blower can mean that it has to work harder to blow air through your home. It can also mean that too many particles enter your home through your system, making it harder to breathe clean air.
Inspect exchangers for damage or rust
A cracked heat exchanger can leak gas into your home. Inspection of the heat exchanger is extremely important for your family’s safety!
Clean dust and debris off the system
Like anything in your home, your system is prone to collect dust over time. The various moving parts in your furnace perform much better without dust particles getting in the way!
Test static pressure to guarantee proper airflow
If your static pressure is too high or low it may mean that your system is working extra hard to keep your home at a proper temperature. This may be a problem with duct sizing, or simply be that your system needs to be adjusted for proper airflow.
Test the furnace and water heater for gas leaks
Gas leaks can be poisonous, causing illness or worse in your home. Our technicians will carefully inspect your system for gas leaks so you can have the peace of mind that comes with clean air in your home!
Give us a call!
A Western Heating and Air tune-up includes more than 30 steps to guarantee the proper functionality of your system. (Is that thorough or what??) Our biggest priority is your comfort!
Give your system a proper rejuvination now! Call us at (385) 273-3200 and schedule your tune-up today!
Posted on January 6th, 2021
How Can Your HVAC Reduce Coronavirus Risk?
Since the coronavirus first made its appearance in the western world last year, scientists have been working to reduce its spread. The details of the virus may take time to unravel but we can use what we know now to reduce your family’s risk.
2020 was a year full of unexpected twists and turns throughout the world. Because of this, customers often ask us what we can do to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus at home.
HVAC systems can either improve air quality or make it worse. In many ways, the best way to reduce the spread of this virus is similar to reducing any virus in your home. Based on current research, here are three ways to reduce your risk of exposure and spread in your home through your HVAC system.
Boost fresh air
Researchers tell us that how much of the virus you are exposed to impacts how sick you get. Of course, your own immune system’s function and whether you have underlying conditions will also affect this. Reducing the amount of stale air buildup in your HVAC system will both reduce your risk of exposure and help boost your immune system.
Proper ventilation, which requires both the removal of stale air and the introduction of fresh outdoor air, is a step in the right direction for keeping your exposure down and reducing your risk of infection.
Tighter humidity control
The risk of getting and spreading coronavirus goes up as winter sets in, caused in part by reduced humidity. Drier air allows smaller aerosols containing the virus to remain suspended longer. This suspension exacerbates the spread of airborne viruses like the coronavirus. Lower humidity also dries out mucus membranes, making your body more welcoming to the virus as this defense mechanism becomes weaker.
Add humidity to your home, ideally via a whole house system, and reduce your risk due to poor humidity.
Upgrading your home’s filter to a HEPA filter can remove particles like viruses from your home’s air. Individual room purifiers can help further reduce the virus count in specific areas like bedrooms. When you replace your furnace filter, have your technician check the fan for proper performance. HEPA filters can slow airflow so it’s always good to double check.
Give us a call
Note that there is no guarantee that you won’t get coronavirus, but you can minimize the risk. Remember, as more research is conducted, more information will come forward. If you need help assessing and upgrading your HVAC system to reduce your COVID risk, give one of our knowledgeable System Advisors a call at (385) 273-3200 or visit us at westernheatingair.com. We’ll come to give you a free system assessment!