Westshore Mechanical Blog

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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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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