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How to Save Money on Your AC Energy Bill This Summer

Posted on September 8th, 2020

How to Save Money on Your AC Energy Bill This Summer

It’s the hottest part of the summer and you can’t be blamed for looking for just about any solution to keep cool. The heat can be overwhelming, but so can the energy bill. If you keep blasting your AC the whole summer as many Americans do, you’ll have a huge bill to look at on the other side of the season.

Luckily, there are steps that you can take that can help to relieve you of some of the costs of your AC use. You just need to be smart about your usage.

What can you do to help save money on AC use? Read on and we’ll walk you through everything that you need to know.

Install an Automatic Thermostat

Does your AC stay running even when you’re away from home, blowing cool air out for no one? Taking steps to conserve energy when you’re actually away from the home can be a huge help when it comes to cutting costs on your energy bill.

The best investment you can make towards this goal is installing an automatic thermostat. This is a thermostat that can monitor the current temperature in your home and turn on the AC (or turn it off!) to keep your intended temperature more or less constant.

Even more important is that you can set it so that the temperature can be higher when you’re away from home and cooler when you’re actually there. If you’re not spending much energy keeping things cool in the middle of the day, you can save a large deal of money.

It might be little savings at first, but these little savings can quickly snowball into something much greater.

These kinds of thermostats can be a huge help to your home, but you’ll need to make sure you install them in a smart place in your home as well. Choose the location with care.

It’s a good idea to make sure you install the thermostat a decent distance away from televisions and other technology that tend to produce heat. These devices can mess with your thermostat and convince it things are actually hotter than they are.

That could result in excessive cooling and an increase in energy use— the exact opposite of your intended result. Install it away from these potential dangers for better results.

Rely on Alternative Cooling Options

Your AC isn’t the only way to stay cool during the summer months. There are plenty of other things you can do to keep your house cool and save money in the process.

For one: if you have ceiling fans, use them. If you don’t have one, it could be a worthy idea to invest one, especially if you plan to stay in the home you’re in for a long period of time. An energy-efficient fan can help to decrease the use of your home’s AC system and help you remain cool in the process.

You can also rely on natural cooling. Instead of running your AC through the night, open the windows around your home and allow the cooler night air to flow in.

When you wake up in the morning, you can shut all the windows and trap this cool air inside your home. This will help to prevent things from heating up for at least some time.

Once the day has gone and the sun is beating down, consider closing the blinds around your home. Blocking the sun out will prevent a good deal of heat from getting in, helping to keep things cooler for longer.

Assisting Your Air Conditioner

Your home might be of a decent size, creating a lot of work for your AC unit. All of that work is going to end up costing you money. If you can determine ways to assist in getting the job done, your wallet will thank you later.

Investing in an attic ventilator is one way to help take a load off your air conditioner. As you’re likely aware, your attic can get incredibly hot during the summer months. An attic ventilator can help to exhaust all that hot and humid air from your attic and bring in cooler air from outside in the process.

The circulation of air in this portion of your home can help to reduce the overall heat load that your AC system has to work against. In the long run, installing this kind of ventilator can help to save you money and make you much more comfortable.

You might also want to consider adding additional air runs to your system. Older systems frequently have design flaws that make them poorly equipped for cooling purposes. Adding additional returns to a system will allow for a much greater supply of air into the home.

Other benefits might also include increased airflow and a need for fewer repairs down the line. The better equipped you can make your AC unit, the more efficient it’ll be able to run for the years to come.

Saving Money on Your Energy Bill

The summer months can be a lot of fun, but they can bring a few things the average homeowner dreads – a high energy bill is prime among them. However, there are many things homeowners can do to help rectify the situation and save some cash. The above are just a few helpful starting points.

Need more help with your home system or need assistance getting that energy bill lowered? Give us a call anytime for assistance. We’ll be able to help you with any questions you might have.


Posted on September 1st, 2020

Angie’s Advice On Studio 5

August had multiple days with triple-digit highs, which is very unusual for Utah. The first week of September has brought some slight relief, but it’s supposed to heat right back up for Labor Day Weekend. Is your air conditioner continually running, but it can’t keep your home cool, no matter how low you set your thermostat? Recently featured on Studio 5, our very own Angie Snow shares some reasons why your air conditioner may not be keeping up. View the segment now!

Why Isn't My Air Conditioning Keeping Up

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 isn’t my air conditioning keeping up?” 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 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. 

Why is my AC constantly running

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:

HVAC Tune-Up Benefits

Benefits of an HVAC Tune-Up


Posted on July 1st, 2020

3 Things to Check when your AC Stops Working

The summer months can be challenging, and your AC unit can be the best way to keep you cool when the weather outside is scorching hot. You may feel that the air inside your home isn’t as cool as you’d like it to be. This could motivate you to seek the assistance of an HVAC professional. However, does your AC actually need repairing, or is this something you can fix on your own time? Knowing these 3 things to check when your AC stops working can save you time and money and without a call to a service company.

Check the Breakers

It’s not uncommon for the breaker in your home to trip and need resetting. If this happens, it can prevent your AC from coming on, and this will instantly cause your home to be uncomfortable.

Before you call on a repairman, simply check the breakers to ensure it hasn’t tripped, because this is something you can fix yourself.

Check the Thermostat

It’s important to look at the thermostat on your unit if the AC suddenly goes out of service. Be sure to check the batteries to ensure these are still working properly.

Consider replacing the batteries before calling a professional to look at your AC unit because this could fix the issue entirely.

Checking batteries on thermostat

Checking the batteries on your thermostat

Check the Filter

The last of the 3 things to check if your AC stops working is your filter. If you have a filter that is dirty or clogged it may need replacing. One sign that indicates this should be done is if the air in your home isn’t getting as cool as it should. We find that 75% of our service calls in the summer could have been prevented if the filter had been changed.

Doing this one simple thing could also reduce your energy costs as much as 5% or more annually.

Let Us Help!

At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re here to help if you can’t resolve your AC problem by yourself. Be sure to visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com or give us a call at (385)-273-3200 today to schedule an appointment!


Posted on June 17th, 2020

Is your Dad afraid to use the AC because of the utility bills? He might be concerned that your energy usage is about to climb with the temperature. However, there are some simple ways to reduce your power consumption while staying cool. Let us help you cool Dad off on this Father’s Day, and every day, with these 9 simple ways to reduce your AC usage this summer!

Fans

In the days before air conditioners were standard for residential use, fans were the default cooling devices. When the temperature isn’t too high, like in the early morning or evening time, shut down your AC unit to save on energy.

Increase your thermostat setting by one degree

You might be comfortable at 70 degrees, but your body won’t notice if it’s 71 degrees instead. Over the long term, this small change can help save on energy, especially if you raise the temperature by a couple more degrees.

Night setback

As with heating, you can reduce energy consumption at night by lowering the demand for cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to set this and forget it while reaping the benefits.

Wading pools and sprinklers

On a really sweltering day, make use of the cooling effects of water. As long as your city isn’t dealing with drought conditions, pull out the blow-up pool or run through the sprinkler while you wet the lawn. The kids will love it!

Stay hydrated

Staying cool involves keeping your body’s internal temperature just right. Stay hydrated with cold water to lower the demand for your AC unit.

Strategic tree planting

Trees provide shade and can lower the temperature around your home by a couple degrees. Shading your windows and even the air conditioning unit itself will reduce its energy demand.

Close your curtains or blinds

A tree outside your window isn’t the only way to get shade. Close your curtains to buffer your room from the heat and reduce your AC’s energy consumption.

Maintain your unit

A properly maintained air conditioner uses less energy. Have your unit tuned up to keep it running without consuming too much power. We have a great savings program, our Monument Savings Club, that will give you priority service, repair discounts, and keep your system maintained for only $10 a month!

Western Signature Series

Western Signature Series system

Upgrade to a high-efficiency AC

On a hot day, there is only so much that an alternative form of cooling will provide. The best way to reduce the energy consumption of your air conditioning unit is to select one that uses less electricity. Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency unit to keep cool without overspending on energy.

If you need help upgrading your system, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call, and we can help keep you cool and save on energy this summer. Learn more about our new Western Signature Series line of AC equipment on our website at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.

Follow these 9 simple ways to reduce your AC usage this summer, and you’ll see the savings on your next utility bill.

We also want to wish all of our Western Heating & Air fathers a very Happy Father’s Day!


Posted on April 27th, 2020

5 Signs That You Need to Replace Your AC

When it comes to replacing your home’s cooling equipment, you have two options: wait until it dies or do it before. Keep in mind that if your air conditioner dies, it won’t happen when the air is cool outside.

Your best option is to get a new air conditioner before your unit fails. So how do you know when to replace it? Here are some guidelines for making the decision.

You don’t get the cooling you need
If, despite proper maintenance, your unit struggles to cool your home, it may be time to replace it. One of the early signs of a unit about to go kaput is a drop in performance.

It makes funny noises
An air conditioner isn’t quiet but if your unit becomes excessively loud and your neighbors start giving you dirty looks, it may be time to replace it. Moving parts wear out over time and the longer you force it to work, the closer you’ll be to the inevitable demise of your cooling system.

Your electricity consumption rises
As your unit ages, the efficiency drops off. The first place that will feel this effect is your pocket. Your air conditioner will consume more electricity to meet your cooling demands, increasing your bill.

It uses R22 refrigerant
R22 refrigerant is an HCFC (or hydrochlorofluorocarbon) that depletes the ozone layer. It was the standard refrigerant for residential units for many years but is being phased out as part of an international agreement. Even though you are not required to replace your unit, obtaining replacement R22 for servicing will become more difficult as it is phased out. The replacement refrigerant, R410A, can be used in R22 units but it needs a retrofit kit. Considering the age of most R22 air conditioners, your best bet is to replace it with the environmentally friendly alternative.

It’s old
Speaking of age, not everything improves like fine wine. After ten or fifteen years, keeping an air conditioner just doesn’t make sense. Even if you’ve managed to keep it well-maintained, the drop off in performance means you’ll be spending way more to keep your home comfortable. It might cost you up front, but upgrading to a new unit (with a higher efficiency) will save you in the long run.

If you’re seeing any of these signs that you need to replace your air conditioning unit, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning call at 385-273-3200 and we can keep you cool this summer. We are also offering virtual replacement calls to ensure your safety. Visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com to schedule yours today!

 


Posted on September 11th, 2019

hvac design

Commercial HVAC systems seem to get all the love with engineers devoting months to designing them to be just right. Many homeowners don’t have this luxury and their systems are often sized based on square footage. And while these rules of thumb are quick and easy, the long-term effect of poorly sized equipment can be costly and stressful.

Heating
It may seem obvious that if your furnace is undersized, you just won’t get the heating you need. You’ll shiver winter after winter while you wait for the temperature to go up. But that’s not the only indicator. You may find some parts of your home get warm while others are cold. One typical reason is that the airflow isn’t properly balanced. Another possibility is an undersized furnace that simply can’t heat your entire house.

More often than not, though, the problem is that your unit might be oversized. Unfortunately, this means a higher initial cost and potentially higher energy consumption to power a larger fan. If you have a single stage furnace, you might find it cycling on and off more frequently. Your home’s temperature will fluctuate and your furnace will experience more wear. Modulating furnaces aren’t prone to this problem but they will run at a less than optimum efficiency, consuming more fuel than if properly sized.

Poorly designed cooling
In northern climates, air conditioners are sometimes considered less important. While heating is more critical for severe winters, cooling systems are vital for both temperature and humidity control in the summer. An undersized air conditioner will struggle to cool your home and run longer, drawing more power. It will also take a long time to bring the temperature and humidity down, leaving you at risk for all the issues associated with high humidity.

Similar to furnaces, some air conditioners may be oversized, especially in hotter climates where air conditioning is critical for extreme temperatures in the summer. The problem is that oversizing your air conditioner can increase wear as the compressor cycles on and off for single stage cooling systems. It can also lower humidity too much, leaving your home dry and uncomfortable. Added to that is the higher initial cost and energy use for a unit that is bigger than it needs to be.

There’s no question that much thought needs to go into choosing the right equipment for your home. If your HVAC system isn’t performing despite proper repair and replacement, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can assess the design to help you deal with those issues. For a limited time, we are offering a free home analysis ($79 value). Call 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


Posted on August 21st, 2019

Finding the Right Summer Indoor Temperature

The ideal temperature setting is something we rarely think about when fiddling with the thermostat in summer. Though the perfect temperature may seem purely based on opinion, there are some factors we must all consider before setting the dial.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the ideal indoor temperature for comfort is between 75°F (24°C) and 80.5°F (27°C) in the summer. This temperature range is based on factors like clothing, humidity levels, individual metabolic rate and airflow speed. Your personal comfort levels may deviate from this range, based on your body’s metabolism, but not by very much.

Health
We must consider our health when setting our home temperature. The ideal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) so try to maintain that when possible. When you set your thermostat, the humidity of your home is also affected. Air conditioning lowers humidity, which can then dry out mucus membranes. This leaves you susceptible to colds other respiratory issues.

Temperature also affects sleep quality, which impacts your immune system and overall health. For most people, a temperature range of 65°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) works best. In the summer, this might mean running your air conditioner on hot nights. As with daytime temperatures, ideal sleep temperatures will vary depending on your body and how bundled up you are.

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Energy savings
You can save energy on cooling by finding other ways to cool down in summer. Keeping your thermostat set to slightly higher temperatures will cut your energy bills by 6-8% per degree. You can use a fan with your air conditioner set to a higher temperature to keep cool while consuming less electricity.
Equipment performance and life cycle
Depending on how your equipment is sized, setting the temperature wrong may cause it to cycle on and off or cause it to run excessively. This has the undesired effect of reducing your equipment life cycle as it works harder and experiences more wear and tear.

Make sure that whatever your preferred indoor temperature, your air conditioner is correctly sized so it doesn’t experience too much run time or too much cycling. Have a professional from Western Heating & Air Conditioning review your system to make sure it’s the right size for your home.

Keep your cooling equipment ready to go

With more hot days ahead, you will want your cooling equipment running at its best. Give Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 385-273-3200 for any maintenance issues or simply to review your air conditioning so you’re never stuck without cooling. Learn more at www.WesternHeatingandAir.com.

 


Posted on July 26th, 2019

Your HVAC Independence Plan

Nearly two hundred and fifty years ago, the United States gained independence from the British Empire. It took dedication, hard work and tenacity.

But how independent are we in our own lives? Figuring it out requires close self-examination. Even the small aspects of our daily existence affect our independence. One aspect is our home environment, figuratively and literally.

In the literal sense, our home’s systems affect the freedom we experience. Here are some tweaks you can do to ensure your HVAC system helps boost your independence.

Independence from high utility bills 
You’re unlikely to gain full independence from utility bills but you can be independent from the ones that keep you up at night. HVAC systems use a substantial percentage of energy so lowering consumption with the right upgrades will bring those bills down.

High efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, boilers and water heaters are designed to reduce energy use and bring you closer to independence. Using solar collectors for hot water can lower your bills even more.

Independence from indoor air pollution 
Indoor air pollution is an invisible enemy that can make you sick and you won’t even know why. You can’t gain true independence with health problems, especially ones you can avoid.

Keep indoor air pollution at bay with properly maintained exhaust fans, filters upgraded to high efficiency or an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) that boosts air quality with minimal impact to your heating and cooling bills.
Independence from allergies
Speaking of health, allergy symptoms can rob you of true independence by leaving you too miserable and sick to function.

Minimize your exposure to allergens in your home with proper furnace maintenance: replace filters (or upgrade them to HEPA filters), clean the fan and ductwork and install an air purifier. Proper ventilation combined with the right filtration and purification will bring you closer to allergy independence at home.

Independence from humidity issues 
Achieving comfort at home is about more than just getting the temperature right. Your home must be at the right humidity as well, and not just for comfort. Humidity that is too high or low can cause problems with your home (damage to walls and structure) and your health (triggering allergies, making you more susceptible to colds, drying skin and mucus membranes).

When evaluating the health issues that your family has, and because of the dryness in Utah Valley, you may want to consider installing a humidifier, or air conditioner to control the moisture levels and keep you independent of humidity problems. If you need help achieving more independence in your HVAC life, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.

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Posted on July 18th, 2019

Summer Utility Bills High? Let Us Help!

Some Utah County home owners tell us that they try to NOT run their air conditioner in the summer because they don’t want the high utility bill that tends to accompany an AC that is constantly running. It is no secret that the two biggest appliances that run up your energy bill are your furnace and your central air conditioner. We have some great tips that can help you get the most money out of your cooling dollars this summer, as well your heating dollars in the winter. Watch our full video on Youtube.

Make sure your air filter is clean.

Check your filter often. If you are not sure how clean or dirty it is, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If there is not a lot of light coming through, then you know it’s time to change it. Some filters will last up to a year, and some need to be changed every month. It will depend on the circumstances of your home and the size and quality of your filter. For example, if you own pets, have been doing remodeling or live in a dusty area, then your filter will need to be changed more often. There are different sizes, types and qualities of filters. If you would like suggestions for improved filtration please contact the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Regular tune ups are very important.

When scheduling a tune up, make sure it’s not just a quick check over, but that it includes a thorough cleaning. A complete tune up should include cleaning burners, coils, blower wheels, motors, etc. It should also include a complete inspection of safety and mechanical components. When you schedule a furnace or AC rejuvenation with Western Heating & Air Conditioning, you will get a complete cleaning and inspection which will give you a peace of mind that your system is running at peak efficiency. Some studies have shown that a professional tune up can save up to 30% on your utility bills.

Keep air flow clear.

This is especially important when it comes to your outside condenser. Keep the shrubs away from the unit so it has room to breathe and get maximum air flow. We also have a lot of cotton trees in our area, so beware of the cotton that can easily plug up your condenser fast. We recommend having a professional clean the cotton out so that you do not damage the fragile aluminum fins in the condenser. Inside the home, do not cover return air grills, and keep all vents open so the air can flow freely. When vents are closed, the system has to work harder to cool or heat the home.

air flow clear

When it comes to keeping your family comfortable, that also includes your family budget. At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we strive to educate our clients to help them save the most money on their utility bills and keep their families comfortable. If you have questions or would like a trained technician to rejuvenate your AC or furnace, give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


Posted on July 9th, 2019

Is Your AC in Need of a Repair? Try These Tips before Giving Us a Call

It’s a sweltering summer day when your air conditioning goes out or just doesn’t cool enough. Your first instinct may be to call us to send a technician out. We appreciate your business, but we hate to see you waste your time and money having us come out and troubleshoot a problem you may be able to fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, do a few of the following casual checks.

 If your window unit doesn’t run when turned on.

It’s not unusual for our technicians to come into a home and discover that the unit is not plugged in. Plugs can get pulled out accidentally for numerous reasons. If the unit is plugged in, check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Replace the fuse or trip the circuit if necessary.

 If your condenser is running but not cooling enough.

First, check the thermostat and make sure someone hasn’t set it higher than your comfort level. If that’s the case, lower the temperature setting and see if that makes you feel better. If not, it could be that you have a dirty filter, condenser and/or evaporator coil. Check your filter first and make sure it has been changed recently.

With most systems the condenser unit is located outside your home, where it is likely to accumulate dirt and debris. To clean the coil you need to remove the protective grille and use a specialized coil cleaner that can be obtained from home centers. Warning: do not use a garden hose. The fins are made of light aluminum and could be damaged by water pressure. Cleaning the condenser can be a tricky and dirty job, so unless you have a lot of experience and expertise with HVAC systems, we don’t recommend you try it yourself.

AC unit by bushes

The evaporator coil also accumulates dirt and is typically located inside the home in a chamber above the furnace and usually is not easily accessible. Most home owners prefer that a trained technician handle this task.

By the way, cleaning condensers and evaporators is among the services performed during our AC Rejuvenation, which is more than a tune up. If you are a service agreement customer (part of our Monument Savings Club), these chores will be performed automatically.

Another reason your air conditioner could operate sluggishly is it may be low on refrigerant. Replenishing refrigerant is NOT something you want to do yourself. This task requires special equipment and is governed by EPA restrictions that prohibit the venting of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere. When systems are low on refrigerant you could possibly have a leak, which are also difficult to detect on your own and require a special leak detection kit.

The Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are fully trained and know exactly what your AC needs to run cool again. We have been helping Utah Valley stay cool and comfortable for over 24 years. If you have checked these simple items and your AC is still not working, we would love an opportunity to serve you! Give Western a call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.

 

 


Posted on June 26th, 2019

Ready or not, the hot summer temperatures are here. 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.

Here are a few tips you can do to help improve air conditioner’s performance during a heat wave:

  1. Locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby. That will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air.
  2. Set the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C). This will allow your unit to work less.
  3. If it’s still too warm, combine your air conditioner with other means of cooling, like a standing fan or ice packs.
  4. Have a certified comfort expert give your air conditioner a rejuvenation! A complete and thorough cleaning and tune up done annually will keep your system running strong. Mention this post and you can receive $30 off our normal $129 AC Rejuvenation (cannot be combined with other offers).

If your AC unit is close to the end of its life (15+ years), consider replacing it sooner. You may even want to consider a heat pump for your cooling and heating needs. With an upgraded unit, you will have the benefit of a unit that’s more efficient and will reduce the risk of sudden failure on the hottest day.

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Give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at (801)375-COOL if you need to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer and we’ll help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves. Visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com for more information.

 


Posted on June 14th, 2019

If you own a home with an attic, temperatures can get as high as 150°F up there in the summer. That intense heat leaks into the home below to raise your cost of cooling. While your air conditioning thermostat may be set in the 70s for your comfort down below, the temperature at your ceiling may measure in the 90s. You’ll be paying for the air conditioner to cool down the ceiling as well as your living space.

An attic fan can reduce attic temperatures by as much 50°-60°F. Studies have shown that this can reduce your air conditioning bill by as much as 30%. It also helps prevent your floors from warping and the rafters and shingles on your home from deterioration.

Air circulation keeps moisture from condensing, which can ruin rafters and floors and soak insulation. In winter, heat and humidity from inside the house can rise up into a cold attic. This not only loses heat, the humidity wafting up into the attic will dampen and create frost on the wood framing of your house, eventually leading to mold and rot.

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Compared with your air conditioning system, fans are simple devices that don’t require a condenser and evaporator. A fan simply draws in cooler outside air to replace the stifling air that gets trapped in your sweltering attic. The fans have sensors that enable you to set the temperature at which they automatically shut on and off. In summertime a fan will typically start operating when attic temperature reaches 100 degrees or so.

Most attic fans run on conventional household electricity. Yet some homes can be fitted with a solar-powered attic fan that costs virtually nothing to operate. Solar attic fans have few moving parts, no tricky wiring and battery storage that enables them to continue operating for several days even when the sun doesn’t shine. Solar attic fans are so quiet you will not notice them running and they are built to tough weatherproofing standards.

A solar attic fan is an ideal way to experience the savings and comfort made possible by solar energy. An existing electrical attic fan can be changed out to a solar-powered unit without much trouble, and with considerable energy savings. Whether you prefer a conventional electrical fan or a solar-powered unit, if you want to protect your home while lowering your energy bill, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-682-4840 . We’ll evaluate your circumstances and offer the options that best suit your needs and your budget. Learn more at www.TimeForComfort.com.

 


Posted on June 7th, 2018

Five Reasons You Need an AC Tune-Up

Regular air conditioning system tune-ups are an important part of keeping your system running smoothly. However, check-ups are often forgotten or viewed as an unnecessary expense. Here’s five reasons you should take check-ups seriously:

Minimize Costly Maintenance

Regular AC check-ups can help you avoid costly maintenance. Typically, when you avoid being proactive about potential problems with your system, problems simply build up until they are catastrophic. The big problems will add up to expensive repair costs and this may occur when you are not prepared for the expense.

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Avoid Inconvenience

You probably don’t want to be stuck in the extreme heat without air conditioning, but that is a likely result without proper check-ups. Contractors do their best to make service calls as soon as possible. However, during extreme heat, the number of service calls increases and you might be stuck without air longer than expected.

Reduce Utility Bills

Regular AC check-ups can help reduce your utility bills by checking the efficiency of your system. Just because your system seems to be working fine, does not mean it is working at optimum levels. A small investment in a check-up can pay for itself in the money you save on your monthly cooling bills.

Reduce Allergens

Problems with in your AC can compromise the air quality in your home. You want to make sure your air filters are doing their job and there are no problems with clogged ductwork. Not only can both affect the performance of your system, but they can increase household allergens.

Improve Household Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance and problems in your AC can put your family at risk. Regular check-ups can prevent electrical problems or fires that can occur if your AC malfunctions or the possibility of dust and debris catching fire.

Don’t neglect routine AC maintenance. Call Western Heating & Air Conditioning at (801) 682-4840 or visit TimeForComfort.com. Schedule an appointment for your next service appointment.


Posted on March 29th, 2018

10 things that make us different

 

When you are researching a contractor to work on your heating and cooling equipment, we know that you have a choice. That’s why we have chosen to be different, and to offer exceptional value at an affordable price. Besides being named best in the valley for the last three years, here are ten reasons that we hope you will trust us to maintain and care for your heating and cooling equipment.

 
1 – Exceeding Expectations. We go above and beyond to give our customers the best experience with Western. Our technicians look for extra ways to serve you and your family.

2 – Integrity and Trust. Our company is built on these values. We are always honest and we work hard to do the right thing. We never compromise our integrity.

3 – Happy Customers. Don’t take our word for it – we have over 1,000 online reviews from happy customers. Visit WesternHeatingAir.com to read them!

4 – Monument Savings Club. Our Monument Savings Club members are like family! They receive VIP service, discounted repairs, regular maintenance which extends the life of their system, and our very best pricing. Join the club and save!

5 – Old Fashioned Values. We conduct business by always adhering to our company’s mission and values.

6 – National Best Practices. We belong to national best practice organizations to make sure we continually improve our service for our customers.

7 – Local and National Awards. We have won the Best of Utah Valley for three years straight, along with several national awards, including the Service World Woman of the Year award in 2016.

8 – Exceptional Value, Fair Price. Our pricing is fair and we go above and beyond to provide exceptional value for our customers. We take time to educate customers on their equipment and provide energy saving tips.

9 – Treat You Like Family. Our customers are like family – and family deserves the best!

10 – Available 24 Hours. We are available 24 hours a day to help with your heating and cooling needs. Call us day or night at 801-375-COOL and our friendly office staff will address your needs.

 

Have you experienced service from Western Heating & Air Conditioning?  If you haven’t yet, don’t hesitate!

Schedule a Pre-Season A/C Tune-Up online or call us today!

 


Posted on November 9th, 2017

3 Reasons You Might Want A Humidifier This Winter

The winters here in Utah are very dry. Maintaining the ideal indoor humidity level is important to ensuring that your home isn’t growing mold or mildew.  Not only is this hard on your home, but it can also cause a myriad of health problems for those living in your home.

Why is having a humidifier important? These three reasons might surprise you.

The TOP 3 Reasons to Install a Whole Home Humidifier Today:

1. Improve your health.

dry-skinOur bodies are made up of between 60 and 65% of water. When the humidity levels in our home are below 40% that causes our bodies to work harder to retain moisture. Often times we end up with chronic dry coughs, stuffy noses, very dry and cracking skin, headaches from dehydration, and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms. Our nasal passages dry out, leaving us more susceptible to colds and sinus infections.

2. Protect the wood in your home.

Warped FloorMany homeowners do not realize what the proper humidity levels are for a home. Ideal humidity levels should be between 45 and 65%. With each winter the loss of moisture to a home, dries out wood and can actually cause walls to shift. It is also damaging to any other wood materials or items in the home.

3. Maintain correct humidity levels.

If too much humidity is happening in your home, it can cause mold and mildew to grow. We definitely don’t want that! Humidifiers are also known for reducing dust and dust mites in your home, keeping those with dust allergies happy and requiring you to dust less. There’s also nothing worse than being shocked just from walking across the room. Humidifiers help to eliminate that from happening by maintaining the proper humidity levels.

 

Don’t let the cold dry air harm your home and family this year. Give us a call and we’ll come assess your home and humidity levels to see if a humidifier is a good investment.

Need tips to know what to do if you have high or low humidity?  CLICK HERE to learn more!

Choose to protect your family and home this winter by installing a Whole Home Humidifier today with $50 off! Click here to learn more, or give us a call at 801-375-COOL to set up an appointment.


Posted on August 31st, 2017

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Is Your Home Connected?

We are so fortunate to live in a time where we have the technology and ability to automate our homes. But it can be a pain to control your devices when they each have a different app that you must log into. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all connected on one system that you can access and control directly from your smart phone, anywhere?

Well now you can have that and more with the NEW Western Connected Home App!

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Western Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping customers experience a whole new level of comfort for over 20 years. Let us help you experience a peace of mind and convenience with a connected home. 

CALL 801-375-COOL to learn more or visit www.timeforcomfort.com. 


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 20th, 2017

We are Celebrating HVAC Tech Day!

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        On June 22nd, we celebrate HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Tech Day, showing appreciation for those awesome technicians with the special skills to keep our indoor conditions just right. These men and women come in late at night, on weekends and holidays to climb on your roof, into your crawlspace and attic to install and keep your HVAC systems going.

        They maintain equipment like furnaces, fans and air-conditioners. They install and maintain ductwork, refrigerant piping, hot water piping, controls, thermostats and combustion venting for our systems to work.

Why should you celebrate HVAC technicians? 

– They help keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Sometimes we tend to take our comfort for granted as long as everything is working well. But nevertheless, when things go array we always have technicians to help keep our equipment in check.

– They make sure you’re getting the right ventilation
Heating and cooling equipment are not the only systems critical to indoor air quality. HVAC technicians also maintain equipment that gives you the right amount of fresh air to keep your family healthy.

– They keep you safe
When things go wrong with HVAC systems, it’s more than just discomfort. Carbon monoxide leaks, electrical fire, explosion hazards and gas leaks can all put you at risk. Keeping your equipment in top shape is another way HVAC technicians help protect you from disasters.

– They save you energy
When your equipment is new, energy use is low as efficiencies are higher. As your home and HVAC equipment age, you need the right maintenance to minimize power and gas usage. HVAC technicians keep your energy consumption low by maintenance and upgrades to your systems.

– They save you money
When you use less electricity and gas, your bills go down, allowing you to keep more of your hard-earned cash. Not only do HVAC technicians help lower your bills, but their maintenance of your equipment postpones the time before you need to replace it. This saves money in the long run and allows you the opportunity to upgrade after enjoying the full lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

We’re here to serve you!

As we celebrate HVAC Tech Day, we hope you will take time to thank your technician for the hard work and dedication to serving their community. In return, we’d like to thank you for your support and letting us serve you. Give Utah’s Most Wanted Techs from Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call if you need anything done to your HVAC System and we’ll be happy to help.

Visit www.TimeForComfort.com or call 801-921-5250.

 


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