Western Heating & Cooling Blog

How to Get Cleaner Air in Your Home

August 13th, 2018

woman-blowing-noseWithout even thinking about it, you might naturally assume the air inside your home is better than the air outside. It makes sense, right? Your home isn’t filled with automobile emissions, pollen, and the other things—man-made or natural—that taint our outdoor air.

That is correct, but not entirely right. Our indoor air is full of its own batch of contaminants, ranging from germs that we bring inside, chemicals from cleaning supplies and furniture, and more. Worst of all, the air in our home rarely gets exchanged for new air, leaving us with stale and dry air.

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to get better air quality.

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Low Air Flow Means You Need AC Repairs

July 30th, 2018

flushed-man-in-front-of-room-fan“Is it hot in here, or … ?”

It’s not just you! Low air flow is a common air conditioning problem that usually means you need repairs. We’ll explain why with a few common reasons for low air flow.

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3 Alternate Types of Air Conditioner

July 16th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioner-remoteEven if you didn’t know exactly what it was called or how it works, central air conditioning is the system that all other types of AC systems are based on. Central AC consists of one outdoor unit, one indoor unit, and a series of ducts and vents that transport cold air throughout your home or business. It’s still used all the time because it’s a solid and reliable system.

As it turns out, though, not every home or property is best suited to the central air system. In this post, we’ll go over three alternative choices for air conditioning in Scappoose, OR.

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How Do Modular Systems Benefit Commercial Air Conditioning?

July 2nd, 2018

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In the world of HVAC, modular air conditioning is about as straightforward as it gets. It’s only one unit, and it both heats and cools. If you need more power, you just get another one. Simple and easy.

Your typical air conditioning system is a little less convenient for commercial buildings. It’s installed in two parts, as an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, and upgrades require complete replacements. Not so easy.

There are several reasons why modular air conditioning remains the best choice for commercial air conditioning in Lake Oswego, OR, and we’ll explain them here.

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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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