Posted on February 25th, 2021
Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?
It is not always completely obvious when you need to replace your furnace. The signs may be subtle and easy to ignore. This is a question that our technicians at Western Heating and Air Conditioning get all the time, particularly when it gets so cold at night. There are a few key factors that play into replacing a furnace. If your system meets any of the characteristics below, it may be time to replace it.
Your Furnace Is Old
If your furnace is older than 15-20 years old, it likely needs to be replaced. If you have not maintained it properly, then its lifespan may be a bit shorter. Newer models of furnaces are much more energy-efficient. Choosing a newer model will save you monthly on utility bills.
If you find that your furnace needs frequent repairs just to have it work properly, it may be time to call it quits. If your repairs are getting expensive, it may be worth it to just put that money towards a new unit. A general rule of thumb is, if the cost of repair is 50% of the cost of a new furnace, you should just replace it instead of repair it.
Increased Energy Bills
If you have noticed that each year your heating bills have gone up without more usage (taking into account your rate) then you may need to replace your unit. As stated above, a newer unit will be much more energy-efficient and will help you save on a monthly basis.
Replacing your heating equipment is an important decision and an investment that can save you money in the long run. As a company you can trust, Western Heating & Air Conditioning has many cost-effective options that will align with your family’s budget and needs.
If you need replacement, you can always count on Western Heating and Air Conditioning for installation and maintenance. Call us at (385) 273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com for more info!
Posted on February 10th, 2021
We all know February is LOVE month, but I bet you didn’t know that could involve your heating system too. It’s true! Your furnace needs just as much care and special treatment as your significant other. (Ok maybe not quite as much!) If you want your “relationship” with your furnace to last, you have to treat it extra special once in a while. So, does your furnace need more love?
Here are five signs your furnace needs more love:
You’re seeing higher gas bills despite normal usage patterns
A furnace that hasn’t been properly maintained may use more resources to do the same heating it’s always done. If you are keeping your home at the same temperature but your gas bill is going up, your furnace may be telling you it needs more love!
You hear a vibration or rattling from the furnace
You know what they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. A noisy furnace is telling you it needs some work.
You need to set the thermostat higher in order to keep rooms comfortable
Are you finding that some rooms are feeling colder than normal, despite the thermostat staying the same? If turning the thermostat up is all you can do to stay comfortable then your furnace might need some help.
There is rust around the furnace or feeder pipes
Everyone knows rust on metal isn’t a good thing, especially on mechanical equipment! If you find rust on or around your furnace it may be a symptom of a greater problem. It’s just one more sign your furnace needs a little TLC.
You can’t remember when it last had a full tune-up
This one should be self-explanatory! If you can’t remember the last time your furnace was tuned-up then it’s been too long. We recommend a tune-up prior to each cold season, so it’s time to get that maintenance scheduled!
If your heating system is showing any of these signs of distress, don’t wait any longer! Apologize fast and shower your furnace with some tune-up love. A special tune-up will have your furnace feeling factory fresh in no time! Schedule yours today and we will send one of our expert technicians right to your door. Just give us a call at 385-273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com today to find out more.
Posted on January 27th, 2021
Looking for a check list that you can use year-round to make sure your heating & cooling system is ready for the changing seasons? We got you covered with this HVAC Seasonal Check List.
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 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 October 29th, 2020
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WESTERN HEATING AND AIR AND FM100.3 ANNOUNCE THE 2020 GIFT OF HEAT AND HEART
OREM, Utah (October 29, 2020) —
Western Heating and Air and FM100.3 have partnered together to bring the Gift of Heat and Heart to one special household this year. The giveaway has started accepting nominations for the fifth consecutive year.
“We’re proud to be able to give back to the community in this way,” said CEO and President Ryan Snow. “It’s a long-standing tradition that has provided comfort to many families over the years. We prioritize the safety and comfort of our customers, and the Gift of Heat is one of many ways we accomplish our mission.”
Nominations are being accepted through November 15, 2020. Nominations began on Monday, October 26. The household selected to receive the Gift of Heat will be provided with:
- A brand new Western Signature Series Furnace
- Installation provided by certified Western technicians
Western Heating and Air has been giving the Gift of Heat to families in need since 2016, starting with two families in need. The giveaway has become an anticipated tradition ever since and has gained the support and partnership of FM100.3.
The winner will be chosen by representatives from FM100.3 and Western Heating and Air on or before November 20 and announced the following week.
To nominate a household please visit https://fm100.com/contest/gift-of-heat-heart/
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Posted on October 2nd, 2020
Celebrating 25 Years of Excellent Service
Western Heating and Air Conditioning is celebrating 25 years of excellent service this month! We kicked off the month with a small birthday party that featured an unveiling of new logos, vans, and an updated website. Our employees gathered early on the morning of Thursday, October 1st to view the unveiling.
“We have endured a lot as a company through the years, but we’ve always come out the other side stronger than ever,” said Co-owner and President Ryan Snow in a speech on Thursday. “[Company Founder] Rod Black built something amazing, and we are honored to continue his legacy of honesty and hard work each day. We’re grateful for all the growth we have seen, and all the individuals who have joined our team.”
We had planned to have a community gathering to celebrate 25 years in business, but due to community safety guidelines, we opted to have a small gathering with employees only. Instead, our company held twelve days of giveaways leading up to the unveiling of the new brand to include the community in its celebration.
“We were sad that the community and families of our employees couldn’t attend the celebration in person,” said Angie Snow, Co-owner. “We hope that the community felt as involved as possible during our twelve days of giveaways. We couldn’t be more thankful for our loyal customers who are the reason we have lasted so long, and we look forward to 25 more years of service!”
At the party, we had the unveiling of new logos, the unveiling of new branded vans and trucks, and swag and giveaways for our employees. We also had an amazing breakfast, complete with a cake featuring our new logo!
We’re grateful for the loyal customers who have been with us throughout the years. We pride ourselves on excellent, honest work and look forward to many years of continued service.
Posted on September 23rd, 2020
In Memory Rod Black, Founder of Western Heating & Air Conditioning
By Angie Snow
Thirteen years ago Ryan and I got a phone call from Rod Black, a successful heating and air conditioning contractor in Orem, Utah. He told us he was ready to sell his HVAC business and asked if we would be interested in purchasing the company. Little did we know that phone call would change our lives for good.
In 1995, Rod Black took a risk and started up Western Heating & Air Conditioning. At 49 years old, he had learned a new trade that not only supported his family but blessed the lives of customers with greater comfort in their homes. With his wife, Carol, running the administration of the business he purchased a van and some tools from a retired contractor. Western Heating & Air Conditioning was officially open for business!
As a devoted father of four, Rod was an excellent example of hard work and loving service for others. He frequently donated his time and services to help those who couldn’t afford to help themselves. He spent many late hours fixing furnaces and air conditioners for neighbors and friends. His kindness, honesty, and hard work built him an amazing reputation in the community.
Western Heating & Air Conditioning quickly became known as the company with an owner you could trust! Folks knew that he was honest and would give fair pricing for a job done right. As the demand for Rod’s services increased he concluded that it was time to hire some help. Within the first year of business, Rod had already hired his first technician. Western Heating & Air was taking off!
Carol has said that the only form of advertising that they ever had to do was put a photo of Rod in the phone book. Customers used to simply see his photo and call Western Heating for service. Callers often said they called because Rod “just looked like a guy I could trust.”
By 2007, Rod and Carol had been running a quality business for over 12 years. They had a loyal customer base, great community relationships, and their work demand continued to grow. Having hired their fourth technician and owning a thriving business they realized their hearts were pulled in a different direction. Rod and Carol were ready to serve a mission for their church.
Having built an amazing company, and strong relationships with their customers, Rod and Carol wanted to ensure that they could find new owners who would care for their customers the same way they had for the past 12 years. That’s when Rod called Ryan. . . and the rest is history!
Rod and Carol were thrilled to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois. Rod worked on heating and air conditioning projects for the Church while Carol served tourists at the church historic sites with other sister missionaries. She also used her musical skills on the piano to accompany stage shows and various other performances. Upon the completion of their mission, they moved to Washington, Utah, where Rod served as a bishop in his congregation. His love and faith have blessed the lives of countless individuals.
Rod’s service did not end there. He continued to fix air conditioners for his neighbors, and help friends and family with home and yard projects. His son once said that you could always find Rod on his knees, whether it was working on a home project, a furnace, or praying for help.
We were heartbroken to hear of Rod’s passing on August 6th of this year following a tragic accident. His legacy of love, service, and kindness lives on with his wife, children, and grandchildren. We are honored to continue his legacy at Western Heating & Air Conditioning.
As we celebrate 25 years of service at Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we honor Rod and the legacy that he left by continuing with a company built on integrity and trust.
Posted on September 17th, 2020
Western Heating and Air Contest Rules and Regulations
- By participating in any Western Heating and Air Conditioning Facebook or Instagram contest, each participant releases Facebook and Instagram from any liability.
- Western Heating and Air Conditioning promotions and contests are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram.
- Participants must be at least 18 years of age or have parents written consent to enter. Written permission can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 235 Mountainlands Dr., Orem, UT 84058.
- Must live in Western Heating and Air’s service area to be eligible for prizes.
- Participants must be able to pick prizes up at 235 Mountainlands Dr., Orem, UT 84058
- Participants must not have won a prize from Western Heating and Air within the last 60 days.
- Participants must follow all entry specifications outlined in Western’s Facebook or Instagram post.
Posted on September 17th, 2020
Western Heating and Air Conditioning: Celebrating 25 Years of Service
It’s our birthday! Western Heating and Air Conditioning is celebrating 25 years of exceptional service to customers in Utah. We have served over 30,000 customers and cannot wait to serve thousands more in the coming years. Leading up to an unveiling of the refreshed brand, we are celebrating Western Days with 12 days of giveaways on Facebook! Be sure to follow our page to participate.
Below is a press release that was recently sent to the media announcing the celebration. Thank you for being a part of our splendid history!
Western Heating and Air Conditioning, a heating and cooling repair and service contractor, is celebrating 25 years of service and awards. The family-owned and operated HVAC company focuses on community involvement, customer satisfaction, quality workmanship, and guarantees its work with its Red Handkerchief Promise. This brings Western recognition as one of the most trustworthy HVAC establishments in Utah. Western serves Utah County, Salt Lake County, and Wasatch County with heating, cooling, air quality, solar heating and installation, and home comfort solutions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orem, UT, September 17, 2020 – Local Utah heating and cooling repair and service contractor, Western Heating & Air Conditioning, is currently celebrating 25 years of service and honorable awards. The company is kicking off Western Days, which will consist of 12 days of fun giveaways and prizes. Western Days will start on September 19 and culminate with a refreshed brand unveiling on October 1! The family-owned and operated HVAC company focuses on community involvement, customer satisfaction, quality workmanship, and its Red Handkerchief Promise. This brings them the recognition of being one of the most trustworthy HVAC establishments.
The proactive HVAC company has received multiple awards and honors for its continued care to the community and dedicated service to customers. Western has once again been given the “Best of Utah Valley” 2020 award, having received this bestowal every year since 2016. Angie Snow, Vice-president, and co-owner of Western, also won the Service World Woman of the Year award for 2016. The company recognizes that families support each other and treats each client as part of their ever-growing family.
Western Heating and Air Conditioning is proud to be the number one choice when consumers are seeking heating and cooling experts. Over years of community support and giving back, Western initiated its famous Red Handkerchief Promise. This promise ensures each team member at Western will always be honest and get the job done right. Western is also a proud supporter of The Emily Effect Foundation and has participated in the “Gift of Heat” program for the past five years by providing a free furnace to a family in need. For more information about the promise and Western’s community support, please visit https://www.timeforcomfort.com/.
About Western Heating and Air Conditioning
Western started in 1995 and quickly became an integral part of the community by building integrity and trust. It is a family-owned business that has supported the community and Utah Valley throughout the last 25 years. Over the years, Western has continued to prioritize family, community, and exceptional service. It’s little wonder that it has been voted “Best of Utah Valley” since 2016. With the newly refreshed brand, Western Heating and Air renews their commitment to their customers.
Western offers a wide variety of services in Orem such as air conditioning, heating, virtual diagnostics, solar installation, air duct cleaning, air quality inspections, and home comfort solutions. Their Red Handkerchief Promise originated with the owner’s father, who used a red handkerchief while working on his farm. This promise is a reminder of the “great values that he taught” to his family. The next time you need a reliable technician and service, expect Western to get the job done right! For more information about the Red Handkerchief Promise and Western’s story, please visit https://www.timeforcomfort.com/.
Posted on September 1st, 2020
Outdoor Camping Safety
Our employees at Western love camping with their families, and this year camping has been one of the biggest go-to vacations for so many families! Camping is a fantastic experience that makes memories for your family for many generations to come. To keep your memories positive, here are some essential outdoor camping safety tips so you and your family can truly enjoy the experience.
Don’t forget the insulin…
… or EpiPen or any other vital medication. Packing for a camping trip can be so exciting (especially for kids) that you might rush out without the essential items. Make sure critical meds and your first aid kit make it onto your packing list and into your car.
Check the weather
Even if it’s bright, sunny, and mildly warm, this can change in a heartbeat. Continuously monitor the daily and extended forecast. Look out for major storms, temperature drops at night, and extreme heat warnings.
Summer is winding down, and the sun isn’t as intense, so it’s okay to feel the heat, right? Not so fast. Your skin still needs protection to avoid painful burns and other, more severe long term issues.
So this one is probably already high on your list. Bug bites can turn your fun camping trip into a miserable experience. Research safe, effective repellents that work, especially if you have children.
Know the area
Adventures in the bush are great, but getting lost as night falls and darkness surrounds you isn’t an adventure you want to have. Knowledge of wild animals in the area is also critical. Learn how to handle an encounter without putting yourself at risk and avoid locations known for dangerous animals.
Have an emergency plan
Don’t venture into the woods without knowing what to do in case of an emergency. Plan your route to the nearest hospital and ensure that someone outside knows when to expect you back. By all means, disconnect from electronics, but keep a phone on hand in case you need it.
Store food in containers that minimize the risk of spoilage and consume everything within a reasonable time frame. Plan meals ahead, especially if you have health issues or allergies. If you choose to eat fruits from the forest, make sure you know exactly what you are eating. Don’t be adventurous with this one.
It might be inconvenient to have to go to the bathroom on a camping trip, but that doesn’t mean you should slow your fluid intake. Staying hydrated will limit the risk of heatstroke and other unpleasant side effects like dizziness, headaches, and fainting.
At Western Heating and Air, our main concern is for you and your family’s comfort and safety. As long as you follow these outdoor camping safety rules, you and your family can enjoy the experience for as many years as you return to nature. If you have other safety and comfort needs in your home, we are always happy to help! Give us a call at 375-273-3200, or visit WesternHeatingAir.com to learn more.
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 July 15th, 2020
6 Ways to Lower Your Hot Water Energy Consumption
If you are looking for ways to reduce your hot water energy use, the first thing you might consider is lowering your heater’s set point, especially for a tanked water heater. After all, your tank stores hot water that stays unused for most of the day, right? Unfortunately, you cannot lower this temperature too much, or you increase the risk of legionella and other nasty germs growing in your heater. Here are 6 ways to lower your hot water energy consumption.
The most basic way to use less energy for hot water is to use less water overall. Most people have longer showers than necessary, and even a small reduction in running water time will save you money in the long run.
Turn off water
Speaking of reducing the amount of time for running water, the old water-saving advice of turning off the faucet while soaping your hands and brushing your teeth apply here. You will save on two bills: water consumption and energy.
Lower temperature of water at faucets
You might not be able to set your tank temperature too low, but you can certainly control the temperature of the water coming out of your shower and faucets. You don’t have to have cold showers to save. A slightly cooler temperature is enough to reduce your hot water energy consumption.
Use your dishwasher
Reap the benefits of germ-killing and grease removing heat without the consumption. Dishwashers use less water per full load than continuous running water to do the same amount by hand. Just be sure to fill up the dishwasher to reap the benefits. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill your sink with soapy water and get those dishes done without excessive amounts of hot water pouring down the drain.
Wash clothes in cold water
With the right detergents, you can get clean clothes while using little to no hot water. Some items need to be washed in hot water, but for everything else, use cold water and see your energy bill go down.
Install a high-efficiency water heater
Most of the ways mentioned here are related to your everyday habits. However, switching to a high-efficiency water heater will help you even more. Maintain your water heater to ensure maximum efficiency or consider a full upgrade altogether.
We know these 6 ways to lower your hot water energy consumption will come in handy and save you money. If you need to discuss your options for saving water heater energy, give us a call at 385-273-3200, and we can help you. Learn more about saving energy on our website at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
Posted on July 9th, 2020
Tired of High Utility Bills? Try Solar!
Are you tired of high utility bills? Try solar! There are a lot of solar companies in Utah, so you might be wondering why we decided to partner with Complete Solar instead of some other option. The short answer is Complete Solar is just better.
A Wide Range of Panel Options
- From the lowest priced panels to the highest quality LG panels, you can get almost anything you need from Complete Solar.
- We’ve already negotiated the price for you. Whether you’re doing a loan or a cash deal, you’ll get the best price on solar just because you’re a Western Heating and Air customer.
Tying everything together is their specialty
- Complete Solar has spent 10 years finding the best installers, financing options, and permit partners. They brought them all together to build an inclusive platform for all the best solar partners.
The average install time is 30 days
- This is way faster than anywhere else.
- With the best partners on the Complete Solar platform, you get the best and fastest service in all of Utah.
Here’s what some of our customers say about their solar.
- My electricity bill used to range from $25 in the winter to $200 in the summer. Since getting solar, my bill ranges from $7 in the winter to only $70 in the dead heat of the summer! I’m saving hundreds each month during the summer, and I get to keep my home nice and cool without worrying about a huge energy bill.
- Yay for Solar! Our electric bill is a whopping $14.70!! That is running two old AC units, the pool, reef tanks (so many lights and pumps), my tumbler 24/7, etc., etc. ☀️🌞☀️
When you combine solar panels with a heat pump, you’re savings jump even more! With the fantastic financing options available, there’s a good chance you won’t have a monthly increase in payments because of all the money you’re saving on your utility bills.
So if you’re tired of high utility bills, try solar! To learn more about solar or a heat pump, give Western Heating and Air a call at 385-273-3200 or visit us at www.WesternHeatingAir.com, and we can go over all the ways we can help save you money.
Posted on June 10th, 2020
Western Heating and Air Awards over $1,500 to local High School Seniors and Creates a Virtual Yearbook for the Class of 2020!
Orem, Utah: Western Heating and Air Conditioning recently announced the three high school seniors from Utah County high schools that received a $500 Scholarship to the school of their choice! This scholarship program is a significant move for Western Heating and Air on its mission to support the class of 2020 and continuously give back to the communities in which they service!
The winners of the $500 scholarships were Jaysha Palumbo of Salem Hills High School, Spencer Standing of Mountain View High School, and Emilynne Carr of American Heritage School.
“It’s always been our goal to stay connected to our community. Giving back to these seniors has been so fun, especially since this was a rough ending to their senior year,” says Angie Snow, Co-Owner of Western Heating and Air Conditioning. “These amazing seniors are the leaders of our future, and we need to support them and their future endeavors. We also awarded each senior that submitted their photo for our virtual yearbook a Maverik gas card to help give them a little motivation to “not take their foot off the gas pedal” with their future! It was just so much fun!”
Western Heating is also awarding Salem Hills High School with an additional $500 in cash on behalf of the class of 2020 because their school had the most participation in their virtual yearbook.
This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including:
· Giving back to local schools and non-profit charities in recent giveaways
· Supporters of the Emily Effect
· Annual Gift of Heat Program, awarding a new furnace to a family in need
“Our mission is to serve our community, and always do the right thing,” said Western Heating’s President, and Co-Owner, Ryan Snow. In referring to his company’s Red Handkerchief Promise, he adds, “We come from a great heritage of doing things the right way. I know that’s why our company has had so much success. We love building relationships with the members of our community.”
About Western Heating & Air Conditioning: Western Heating has been providing heating and cooling repair, service, and replacement for over 25 years to Utah Valley and South Salt Lake County with an office in Orem and Lehi. They service, repair, and replace all makes and models of air conditioners and furnaces. They specialize in indoor air quality, airflow, and overall home comfort.
Posted on May 14th, 2020
Summer is coming! As the warmer weather begins to set in, many of us in Utah County are turning on our air conditioners, ready to feel the nice air cool down our homes. But when the air isn’t coming out cold – you know there’s a problem!
We get many calls from our clients in the summer saying that they can hear their outside unit running, and air is flowing, just not very much. Sometimes the air is even warm. Many people think that this warm air flow means that their unit is low on refrigerant, and that it needs to be “topped off.” Most of the time they are mistaken. That is only one of many reasons why the air coming from your vents is not cold.
Often, the biggest culprit is a dirty air filter. That’s right, 75% of the time, a simple filter change can fix the problem. A dirty air filter can restrict the airflow and cause even more problems. The best way to know if your filter is clean, is to hold it up to the light and see if you can see the light through the filter. If not, it’s time to replace it.
Also check and make sure that all of your vents are open. Sometimes home owners will shut supply vents to route the air differently in their home. Other times they block the return air vents with furniture. This is not good. Air conditioners need air to function, so make sure that no vents are blocked.
It is super easy to check filters and vents. When the air flow is blocked, it can possibly freeze the indoor air coil. This coil sits on top of your furnace. When the indoor coil is frozen, the refrigerant cannot move through it properly, thus the air flow does not cool off.
(Click to watch to our owner, Ryan Snow, share best practices for a broken a/c)
When this happens, the best solution is to change the settings on your thermostat. There will be a setting on your thermostat with options of “heat,” “cool,” and “off.” Change it from “cool” to “off,” and then set the fan from “auto” to the “on” position. This continual movement of air will help your coil to thaw so that it can start functioning properly again.
If the coil continues to freeze up, then it most likely is dirty and clogged. At that point, it’s best to have a certified technician come and clean the coil. Coils are very delicate and this process must be done carefully and thoroughly. Please thaw your coil before a technician comes to your home.
If you are certain that your filter is clean, and your vents are open, then it is possible that you are low on refrigerant. Call a certified technician so they can come and set up their gauges to measure the levels, and give an overall evaluation of the system to determine what is causing the problem.
We have fully trained and certified technicians at Western Heating & Air Conditioning that are ready to assist. Please call us at 385-273-3200 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com.
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.
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 April 27th, 2020
Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, even with an HVAC system. You might be too busy to think about it but procrastinating can cost you more in the long run.Here are some signs you need to discard the old and bring in the new.
Your furnace is noisy
If your furnace makes too much noise and you’re up to date with maintenance, it may be time for an upgrade. A noisy fan is an inefficient fan and can fail at any time. Take this as a sign that you’ve had your furnace too long and it’s time to get something new. You’ll benefit right away from a system that operates more quietly and efficiently.
You have cold or hot spots in your house
Cold spots in your house could signal a poorly working fan or struggling burners. Hot areas in the summer could be caused by an air conditioner that just can’t keep up. Get whole-house temperature control back with upgraded equipment.
You have to wait long to reach your desired temperature
A furnace close to the end of its life will struggle to keep up, as will an air conditioner that’s too old. Besides being noisy, you’ll find yourself shivering while your heating equipment tries to catch up. If you have to wait longer than usual for your home to warm up or cool down, it’s time to upgrade.
Your energy bills are climbing
Speaking of efficiency, the less efficient your system, the more you have to pay for the same output. It will consume more electricity and more gas just to keep your home at the same temperature as a newer system using less energy. Do yourself a favor and let go of the energy consuming HVAC equipment. Save money and the environment with a new, more efficient system.
Repairs are more frequent (and more expensive)
You might think you’re saving money by holding on to old equipment. But the cost of repairs can add up quickly. If you find the cost and frequency of repairs increasing, it’s time to consider an upgrade.
Your equipment is old
Even if you’re not spending a whole lot on repairs (yet), older equipment is costing you. Lower efficiency costs you money and the risk of a sudden breakdown costs you peace of mind. You also run the risk of safety issues if your burners start producing more carbon monoxide or your condensing unit starts leaking refrigerant.
Protect your family by knowing when it’s time to ditch old equipment.If you need to talk to someone about upgrading your HVAC equipment, give us a call and we can help you make the right decision.
Posted on April 10th, 2020
Get quality diagnostics for minor cooling and heating issues without leaving your couch or having someone enter your home.
Home owners all over Utah County are adapting to a new normal, and balancing a lot in these uncertain times. Many of you are working from home, home schooling your children, and trying to get your home ready for warm weather. You’re also doing your best to protect and safeguard your family and home from anything that could jeopardize your health and safety.
As your partner in Home Comfort, the HVAC professionals at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are taking great measures to follow the most recent guidelines given by the CDC and WHO. Social distancing is critical, so we are conducting “no contact” service calls where our certified technicians can still repair and maintain equipment so that it will run better than ever.
We are excited to take it one step further by offering our clients a way to virtually diagnose or quote any work you may need or be considering. We want to make it easier than ever for you to talk to a technician or service supervisor to get the advice and guidance you need on a service call or HVAC system replacement. In some cases, there’s no need to have a technician in your home, no need to sit waiting around, and no surprise bills.
These virtual visits make it easy to access assistance from a certified technician, via a secure video or phone appointment, from your home or on the go. We are pleased to announce that virtual visits are now available to help with a wide variety of non-emergency conditions. Technicians are ready to help Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Virtual support when you need it for…
- Thermostat not working
- AC not blowing cold air
- Furnace not blowing warm air
- There is a leak
- Unit is making strange noises
When you have an emergency, such as a completely inoperable system, call (385) 273-3200 and we can dispatch a technician to your home who will take extra sanitary precautions.
To Schedule a Virtual Appointment, visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com, and go to the Virtual Appointment Request box. Simply answer any prompted questions to complete the scheduling of your appointment. This hassle-free experience can save you time and money!