Why is an AC Tune-Up Important

April 27, 2018

Air Conditioners need proper maintenance just like your trusty car does. Waiting until a problem occurs costs time and money and often can be prevented with a regular AC tune-up. It is important that your unit has a routine check. There are several benefits to routine maintenance. Saves Money Air conditioners consume a large portion of the average electric bill. A proper tune-up finds and fixes any issues that could be causing an excessive electric bill. This could include things such as dirt in the system or faulty parts. In addition, not fixing minor issues results in major problems down the road. An AC without proper routine care could result in the need for a new AC sooner than you planned. Regular tune-ups save money both with the electric bill and in the extended life on the AC and its components. Improved Air Quality A poorly maintained unit or excessive dirt and debris often results in poor air quality in a home. With regular checks, issues with poor air quality can be greatly reduced or eliminated. This is especially important for those with lung issues, for the young and the elderly. Even pets are affected by air that is not...

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How Are We Helping the Environment? We Love Green Technology

March 30, 2018

At KW Lang Mechanical, we pride ourselves on being a company that employs green technology. We want to help the world be a better place, and we understand it starts with protecting the environment. What Is Green Technology? Green technology takes technology to the next level by using methods and materials that have been proven to be friendly to the environment. For example, green cleaning makes use of non-toxic cleaning supplies. At KW Lang Mechanical, we use green practices to perform our services and we always use state-of-the-art materials and equipment during installation. We want your HVAC system to be performing to its optimal ability, which will help save money and energy; this is a very green way to give back to Mother Nature. If your system is more than 10 years old, there is a good chance that it needs to be replaced with one of our green comfort systems. These systems will keep you cool in the summertime and warm during the winter, and they boast equipment enhancing efficiency and helping to save you money. Doing Our Part for Ohio Located in Cleveland and providing services to many of the nearby and surrounding areas, we have become an industry...

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What are Benefits of a Zoned System?

February 10, 2018

Benefits of Zoned Climate Control Ohio weather can range from moderate spring temperatures to well below freezing in the winter and a muggy mid-80s in the summer. Keeping your home comfortable regardless of the outside weather depends on a solid heating or air conditioning system. Standard central systems can leave the living room too hot and kitchen too cold. A single thermostat that controls all heating and cooling functions doesn’t adjust for micro temperature conditions. Creating a true climate controlled environment in every room of your home starts with a zoning system. What is a Zoning System? Zoning systems use multiple thermostats to control what areas in your home get the most airflow. This can be accomplished with smaller, individual systems linked to each thermostat or with a single larger unit that uses zone dampers to control where heated and cool air flows. In either case, thermostats in different areas of the home allow you to control the interior temperature as a more direct level. Why Choose a Zoning System? The benefits of heating and air conditioning zoning don’t end with superior comfort. By directing and controlling heating and cooling placement, you can also save on energy costs. Why heat the kitchen...

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What is the Importance of Duct Cleaning?

January 29, 2018

Most things in life don’t work too well without some effort. You need to change the oil in your car, change the air filter in your furnace or air conditioner, and similarly, you need to have your ducts properly cleaned every now and again. Clean ducts mean clean air and better efficiency and can help keep things running for longer in general. Here’s why it’s so important. Indoor Air Quality You may not know it, but a dirty heating and air conditioning system can actually run dirty air through your home. If you don’t change your air filter for a long time, you can be left with low indoor air quality, which can actually affect the health of you and other occupants of your home. The same is true for leaving ductwork caked with dirt and dust. These ducts are the pathways through which all the air in your HVAC system travels, so they’re bound to pick up some debris on the way if it’s left behind in the ducts. Cleaning your ducts improves indoor air quality, making it easier for you and your occupants to breathe and improving your overall health. Energy Efficiency As we previously mentioned, all of...

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Is Your Home Under Insulated?

December 11, 2017

Nothing is more important than adequate insulation when it comes to the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Below are indicators that you’re living in an under-insulated home. Increased Energy Bills Carefully evaluate your home’s energy bills, and if you notice a significant increase in the bills for the past few months or years, then it means that your home is under-insulated. Sometimes the bloated insulation in the walls and attics may have come down causing the insulation to be less efficient hence resulting in areas that aren’t protected from extremely cold temperatures. Sometimes you may fail to notice the extreme changes in temperature in your home since your AC and Heat pumps are overworking which translates to increased energy bills. Uneven Temperatures One of the most significant factors that affect the temperature of your house from room to room is poor insulation. Sometimes you may notice that your master bedroom is comfortable while the kitchen is extremely cold in winter and too hot in the summer. This may be a clear indicator that your master bedroom is well insulated while your kitchen is under-insulated. Frozen Pipes This is another huge sign of insulation problems in the home. Poorly...

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Water Source Heat Pumps 101

November 21, 2017

What is a water source heat pump? While referred to as heat pump, the water source system provides both heat and air conditioning to a home, with both enclosed in the same casing.  Driving its refrigerant cycle (reversible from heat to air as needed) are a tube-in-tube heat exchange mechanism, a heat / cool coil, a compressor, a fan, and reversing controls and valve. How does a water source heat pump differ from a standard system? In choosing a heat pump system for your home, you have two options: air-to-air, or geothermal. Air-to-air –  The standard heat pump option, this process transfers heat between your house and the outside air. Geothermal – A heat unit that gathers heat for the home from either the ground (ground source) or a nearby body of water (water source.) Why Geothermal? Despite the higher heat pump installation cost, the advantages to choosing a ground source or water source heat pump, over an air-to-air system are numerous: Ongoing costs are lower, because ground or water temperatures remain relatively constant. Energy use is reduced by as much as 60 percent, over air-to-air heat-pump options Humidity is considerably reduced Less complicated, smaller units, water source and ground source...

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Water Source Heat Pumps 101

November 7, 2017

What is a water source heat pump? While referred to as heat pump, the water source system provides both heat and air conditioning to a home, with both enclosed in the same casing.  Driving its refrigerant cycle (reversible from heat to air as needed) are a tube-in-tube heat exchange mechanism, a heat / cool coil, a compressor, a fan, and reversing controls and valve. How does a water source heat pump differ from a standard system? In choosing a heat pump system for your home, you have two options: air-to-air, or geothermal. Air-to-air –  The standard heat pump option, this process transfers heat between your house and the outside air. Geothermal – A heating unit that gathers heat for the home from either the ground (ground source) or a nearby body of water (water source.) Why Geothermal? Despite the higher heat pump installation cost, the advantages to choosing a ground source or water source heat pump, over an air-to-air system are numerous: Ongoing costs are lower because ground or water temperatures remain relatively constant. Energy use is reduced by as much as 60 percent, over air-to-air heat-pump options Humidity is considerably reduced Less complicated, smaller units, water source and ground source...

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Tips for First Time Home Buyers in Solon OH

October 13, 2017

Home buying in Solon, OH can be overwhelming. There are so many things to compare. First-time home buyers lists of preferences usually include preferred location, house size, and quality of the room decor. Don’t ignore the details of a home. You can quickly change bad paint colors and old carpet, but not an HVAC system. Here are a few tips for first-time home buyers. Age Matters A house can receive a surface upgrade at any time. Construction built in 1970 likely included interior design elements like gold shag carpet and paisley printed wallpaper. Looking at that same house today, with new carpet and wall colors, upgraded light fixtures and beautiful granite countertops it’s easy to assume the house is in excellent condition. With all those surface upgrades it’s possible the house still has the original plumbing, electrical system, and HVAC unit. When considering a home purchase, focus on high-dollar issues before making a decision. Get an Inspection It might be tempting to skip a home inspection, but it’s a necessary step when buying a home in Solon, OH. According to Realtor.org “The home’s vents, flues, and chimneys should be inspected. The inspector should be able to tell you the water heater’s...

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Upgrading Your Basement in Solon

September 22, 2017

Your basement is probably one of the most overlooked areas of your home. Many people forget they have one other than using it for storage or safety. Even though your basement may be unused the majority of the time, it can still have a huge impact on your energy bill. According to the US Department of Energy, your basement uses as much as a quarter of your energy budget each month. For most families, this means they are spending hundreds of dollars a year on a space that is mainly unused. In order to make your basement more energy efficient to save you money, follow these five easy steps:     Upgrade your appliances. A good place to start is with your furnace. If you have an older furnace, you are throwing money away every month. Contact KW Lang for heater installation Ohio residents trust. If you have any refrigerators or freezers in your basement, consider upgrading them to Energy Star rated efficient models. Making these few appliance changes can save you hundreds of dollars every year.       Insulate your basement. At this point, you need to decide if it going to be an indoor space or an outdoor space. If you want to...

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Common HVAC Issues

August 16, 2017

Your HVAC system is a complex arrangement of heating, cooling, and ventilation components that work together to make your home comfortable. If one of the components of the system breaks, it can make your equipment function less efficiently or not at all. Keeping your system in good working order helps your family feel more comfortable while also decreasing energy costs. Even if your HVAC system breaks, many common problems are easy to troubleshoot on your own. A few common HVAC problems are: A dirty filter. Your filters need to be changed monthly but many homeowners lose track of time and forget. A dirty filter can clog and cause your HVAC unit to quit working properly. This increases strain on your equipment and can cause it to break down. If you notice your air conditioner is not working correctly and you cannot remember when you last changed your filters, a clean filter is a good place to start to see if you can get it up and running properly. A breaker is tripped. If your air conditioner is completely unresponsive, the culprit may be a tripped breaker. Go to your breaker box and flip the switch connected to your HVAC unit...

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