Westshore Mechanical Blog

What to Think About Before Installing an HVAC System

August 13th, 2018

blue-question-markThanks to the internet, consumers can now spend endless amounts of time researching their options before making a purchase. Although we personally believe that talking to an HVAC contractor is the easiest way to get your questions answered, we’re happy to give our perspective on some things to think about before installing a heating or cooling system.

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Low Airflow From Your AC? Try Checking These 3 Things

July 30th, 2018

air-ventSo you set the temperature on the thermostat. The AC starts making noise, so it sounds like it’s working. Yet, ten minutes later, you’re not feeling cooler. Maybe you’re just being impatient? Possibly. But you might be onto something. After all, low airflow is not an uncommon air conditioning problem.

You can also try putting your hand against the air vents to see if you feel anything coming out. If it seems like something’s wrong, your AC could be suffering from …

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Don’t Let Anyone Replace Your AC Unless They Do These Things

July 16th, 2018

technician-installing-air-conditioning-unitReplacing an air conditioning unit isn’t like connecting a Lego block. In fact, AC replacement requires all the same steps of an installation and more. Just because your last unit worked well during its prime doesn’t mean that your new AC can’t suffer from improper replacement.

Here are some things that you’d never want an air conditioning repair company in Grand Rapids, MI to forget about when replacing your AC.

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Fight Germs with a UV Air Purifier

February 13th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782Colds and flu bugs are a reality every winter, and chances are, your household has been hit with a bout of sickness already this year. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to prevent the conditions that make illnesses more common, but there is a way to help cut down on the spread of germs in your him. UV germicidal lights are a safe and effective step towards making your home healthier and happier. Here’s how it works.

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Do You Need Duct Sealing Services?

January 30th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_31113411Most homes in the Shelby, MI area rely on furnaces to heat their homes in the winter and air conditioners to cool them in the winter. That means a series of ducts running in the crawlspace between your walls and attic, which are supposed to be airtight. They can last a long time in most cases, since they’re protected from damage by the surrounding material, but as they age, weather and tear can take their toll. Sometimes, it can mean more than that, as when work on other parts of the house causes direct damage. Whatever the reason, however, they can be devastating to your heating and air if you allow the situation to continue.

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Drafty House? Consider a Boiler for Home Heating

January 16th, 2017

We have our share of older homes in Ludington, MI, and some of them can get quite drafty. Newer homes can feature drafts and cold spots as well, and it can be fun  to romanticize about spooks and spirits causing these strange manifestations. In truth, however, they’re usually caused by something far more mundane: an ill-suited forced-air furnace in a home that might not be right for one. Furnaces work well in some circumstances, but if your home is a little drafty and the temperatures are uneven, you might want to consider the installation of a boiler unit.

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Do You Need Emergency Service?

January 9th, 2017

In a perfect world, any HVAC problem would occur during normal business hours when you could summon a repair technician at leisure. (Well, in a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any HVAC problems to begin with, but we digress.) Sadly, some problems take place in the middle of the night or during the weekend, when most businesses are closed. The good news is that emergency services are available for those times when you just can’t wait to get the issue resolved. Considering how cold the weather gets this time of year in the Grand Rapids, MI area, and how vital our heating systems are to keeping our homes comfortable, an emergency session may be necessary.  

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Working?

January 2nd, 2017

Winters get cold here in Greenville, MI, and you need your gas furnace to work every day if you expect to keep your home warm and comfortable. It can be disconcerting, to say the least, if you turn on your furnace and don’t hear the familiar hum of the system warming up. There are a number of reasons why your gas furnace won’t turn on. In a few cases, you can solve the issue with a little quick troubleshooting. Other causes, however, require proper training to address. Here’s a brief list of some potential causes of your furnace not turning on.

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Get Your Heater Fixed Now for a Spring Home Sale

December 26th, 2016

Winter is officially here in Shelby, MI, and if you’re planning on selling your home, you’re likely looking at May or June before putting it on the market. But there’s lots to do between now and then, and the sooner your can address lingering issues in key home systems like your heater, the better off you’re likely to be.

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

December 19th, 2016

Winters get cold here in Ludington, MI, and your heating system needs to be able to work reliably for the next 4-5 months. But beyond that, it needs to be able to do its job as efficiently as possible, without wasting any unnecessary money or effort. You can help on that front by taking a very close look at your heating system’s efficiency, as well as that of your home as a whole, and making some changes to improve it. Some steps are small and easy, while others involve more time and effort. But all of them will help you get a handle on those high monthly bills, as well as lower strain on your system.

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