Westshore Mechanical Blog

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

November 19th, 2018

sick-woman-blowing-her-noseEven with the latest air conditioner or the best furnace, there’s one thing that won’t fix itself on its own:

Air quality.

You could be living with poor indoor air quality right now and not realize it. Those with strong immune systems may not notice anything, except for maybe some stale or stuffy air. But when fall comes around and the cold begins lowering our immunities, that’s when you might realize you have an air quality problem.

In this post, we’ll talk about the negative effects of poor indoor air quality, their causes, and what you can do about them.

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Are Furnaces My Only Choice for Heating?

November 5th, 2018

family-warming-hands-on-radiatorNo, there are plenty of other heaters available!

It’s no secret that furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in Grand Rapids, MI and in the country. Statistically speaking, you most likely have a furnace in your home, too! For those who have only owned a furnace their entire lives, they may not realize that there are other options out there. And, since each system is different, that could mean they’re missing out on some benefits that a furnace isn’t able to provide.

You might find that your furnace is still the best choice, but just to be sure, we’ll go through several heating options and their main differences.

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It’s Time for Furnace Maintenance

October 22nd, 2018

technician-inspecting-furnaceNow that the cold season is in full swing here in Grand Rapids, MI, that time has come again. Which time, you ask? Yes, the time for hot cocoa with marshmallows and warm blankets is on that list, but what we’re referring to is furnace inspection time!

Sorry if that doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s something that every furnace owner should make time for every year. Furnace maintenance is the best way to keep your heating costs low and to extend the lifespan of your system. We’ll explain in more detail below.

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Common Heater Problems

October 8th, 2018

turtle-neck-man-experiences-heating-problemsWhen it gets cold, most people call it the “cold season,” or they simply call it fall and winter. In the HVAC industry, we call it the “heating season.” It sounds a little backward, but it makes sense when you think that the “heating season” is the season for turning on your heater.

Of course, we’re talking about the heating season because we’ve just entered it! It’s been half a year since most homeowners have turned on their heaters, so now’s the perfect time to pay attention to how they’re performing. We’ll give you a few tips on how to do that down below.

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Is High Velocity Air Conditioning for You?

September 24th, 2018

historic-homesWere you recently told that your home is too old to accommodate an air conditioner? What does that even mean, anyway? Older homes weren’t designed with as much space between the walls and floors, making it difficult to install central AC systems—unless you want to pay excessive remodeling costs. Luckily, the little-known high velocity AC system might be the perfect solution for you:

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4 Tips for Year-Round HVAC Efficiency

September 10th, 2018

worker-sealing-ductsThe cold season is coming up, and it’ll be time to switch on our heaters. There are plenty of tips and ideas for how to make the most of your HVAC system depending on the season, but why should we stop there? Wouldn’t everyone benefit more if they used year-round efficiency tips?

In this post, we’ll go over four tips to improve your HVAC efficiency for any time of the year.

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Get HVAC Service for Your Heater at the End of Summer

August 27th, 2018

tech-speaking-with-coupleIn almost industry requiring an appointment or reservation date, you’ll often hear that booking service in the off-season is always the wisest decision. Typically that’s because business is slower and there will be plenty of coupons and discounts! But in the case of HVAC, it’s always too hot or too cold for someone. In this case, booking during the off-season can save you a lot of stress and time.

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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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