Western Heating & Cooling Blog

How to Tell if You Need Duct Sealing Services

June 18th, 2018

duct-sealingOut of sight, out of mind. That’s how most homeowners feel about their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork given its location behind walls and above ceilings. You can’t afford, however, to take it for granted. Heating and cooling power is reduced by 25% even in a properly sealed system as air from a central unit is distributed via ductwork throughout your home. Any duct leaks can reduce efficiency by another 25–40%. Given this, we’ll go over the three most common signs you need duct sealing below.

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Does Your Home Need an Air Purifier?

June 4th, 2018

pleated-air-filterIt all depends: how much do you like sneezing? All joking aside, the air in the average home can be absolutely full of allergens and many pollutants, even if the house is spic and span. Luckily, there’s an easy fix that can improve the air in your house practically overnight: the simple and affordable air purifier. Below, we will discuss some of the wonderful benefits of air purifiers and how they can improve both your health and your life!

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Schedule an Air Conditioning Tune-Up Before Summer

May 21st, 2018

air-c opnditioning-ac-tuneupSummer is right around the corner. School is nearly out and the kids are ready to spend their days sleeping in and playing outdoors with friends rather than waking up early and doing homework.

With summer comes heat and the need for an air conditioning system you can rely on. If you’re like most folks, you haven’t used your air conditioner much since the snow started falling and the wind began to howl. If that’s true, you would do well to consider a tune-up for your home’s AC system.

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Is Ductless Air Conditioning Right for You?

May 7th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningHomes in the area often rely on traditional centralized air conditioners to keep cool during the heat and humidity of summer. They’re comparatively simple and very efficient, which is why they work so well. But every home is different, and what works for one may not work so well for others.

If a centralized system isn’t the best fit for your home, you might want to consider a ductless system, which uses a more decentralized approach to the same problem. Now is the perfect time to have such a system installed in your home, when the weather is still mild and the high temperatures of summer have not yet begun in earnest.

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Sizing a New Air Conditioner

April 23rd, 2018

Air Conditioning EfficiencySpring is the time of year when homeowners replace their old outdated air conditioners with new ones. If your air conditioner has struggled the past few years, it makes perfect sense that you may want to get a new one installed before the summer heat starts. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of all the benefits to your new system, including improved efficiency, lower bills, and a much lower risk of a breakdown.

Those benefits depend upon a number of factors, however, not the least of which is the proper sizing your new air conditioner. By sizing, we don’t mean the physical size of the system, though that can be a factor as well. Instead, we’re referring to the power levels of the system, representing the amount of cooling power the new system generates. Arriving at that number can be a surprisingly challenging prospect.

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High Humidity Is Coming—Be Ready for It

April 9th, 2018

dehumidifier-servicesAs spring turns to summer, the temperature in our area goes up, which necessitates the use of an air conditioner. But humidity levels rise as well, and there your air conditioner can’t always do the job. It’s set up for temperature control, not humidity control, and the added strain can increase both monthly costs and the chances of a serious breakdown in your system.

A whole-house dehumidifier makes a much better option for homes that struggle with high humidity: solving issues that air conditioners can’t and helping your HVAC system do its job without spending an arm and a leg. How does it work? Read on for the answers.

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Is a UV Air Purifier a Good Fit for Your Home?

March 26th, 2018

UV-air-purifiersSpring is here and summer won’t be too far behind. In addition to high temperatures, that will bring a lot of humidity to our community. That in turn means a lot of germs, mold, and bacteria spores, which can create a number of problems for your home. There are ways to fight it, and one of the most effective may be a UV air purifier, which can be installed in your existing heating and air conditioning system. If you’re looking for some home improvement options and want your air to be healthier and cleaner, it makes an excellent choice.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Spring?

March 12th, 2018

air-c opnditioning-emergency-repairSpring will be here in just a few short days, and with it comes rising temperatures and increased humidity. Soon enough, it’s going to be summer, but you’ll likely have need of your home’s air conditioner well before then. The last thing you want is to experience a problem the first time you turn your system on, or ignore signs of wear and tear only to face a breakdown later in the summer.

The good news is that our team is ready with swift and effective air conditioning repair. But we also believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, and rather than fixing a problem that has already come to light, we prefer to stop it when it’s still small and manageable. That means scheduling a maintenance session for your air conditioner this spring, before the weather gets too hot. Doing so can provide some huge benefits to your system.

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What to Look for in a New Furnace

February 26th, 2018

new-heating-systemWe’re in the last few weeks of winter, and if your furnace is starting to feel the weight, it may be time to think about installing a new one before next winter rolls around. Doing so can provide a number of benefits, including more efficient operation and all the bells and whistles your existing unit might not be able to handle. And now is the perfect time to start planning for the installation, giving you plenty of time to set a schedule once the weather warms up and your furnace is no longer needed.

Proper planning means nailing down a few specifics as far as what you need in a furnace and what kind of options are available. Specifics vary widely based on your unique needs, but there are some details that every furnace needs to have. The sooner you establish what you need on those fronts, the better.

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If You Need a New AC, Now Is The Time

February 12th, 2018

Winter is still here and cool temperatures will likely be with us for some time. But warm weather will arrive before you know it and when it does, you’re going to need your air conditioner to perform on a daily basis. If you have an older AC or a unit that hasn’t performed as well as you might like this past summer, now is the time to take a long, hard look at it and decide if you need a new one.

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