Why Furnace Safety Checks Are Important

November 18, 2020

When you have a technician tune-up your furnace, one of the most important things they do is make sure it’s operating safely. By doing so, they’re helping to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards. A technician will check several things to make sure your furnace is operating as it should. Test Gas Levels The technician will use a combustion analyzer to determine how clean your furnace is burning gas. It measures oxygen and carbon monoxide levels produced by combustion. They use these measurements to improve the performance and safety of your furnace. Cleaning Flame Sensor Your furnace has a flame sensor that determines when the flame should be on. The technician will make sure it’s clean and working properly so your ignition system won’t be stressed. Prevent Overheating Your furnace has a control safety switch that turns it off should it begin to overheat. The technician will trip it to make sure it resets and it’s working correctly. is a company in Solon, OH, that performs furnace tune-ups. The technician will thoroughly inspect your system to make sure it’s operating safely and efficiently. Heat Exchanger Inspection There’s a heat exchanger in your furnace that separates...

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Making the Decision to Repair or Replace your Furnace

October 21, 2020

It’s that time of year again! Time to think about how much we depend on our furnaces/boilers to keep us warm in our homes during the winter months. Did you know that the average furnace will run 2500 hours per year to keep you comfortable in your home? To put this in perspective, it’s like driving your car for 24 hours each day for100 straight days. Without a doubt, your furnace works very hard for many months. What if your furnace were to break down? At KW Lang Mechanical, Inc./Stovicek Heating and Cooling we have been servicing and installing all types and brands of HVAC equipment since 1927. The decision you make regarding repair vs. replacement should be made based on the age of your existing equipment and the cost of the repair. Furnaces from yesteryear were very simplistic and you can count on them lasting 25 years or more – there were not a lot of parts to break. Today’s furnaces are much more energy-efficient and provide better comfort – the drawback is that they will not last as long as the more simplistic furnaces of the past. A similar comparison would be a car from the 1950s or...

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Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner After Summer?

September 20, 2020

Summer is coming to an end and winter looming in the distance. Thus, you need to prepare for a change in seasons as a homeowner. Check the doors and windows of your home. Clean the gutters as you prepare for the falling seeds and leaves. Additionally, ensure you change the filters of your air purifier ad cover any unprotected water lines. Subsequently, check the air conditioner. It is vulnerable, and you are not sure whether to cover it or not. Here are some things to consider when making the choice. Designed for the Job An outdoor air conditioner is designed as an all-weather device. Once it’s operational, the airflow around it should not be impeded since the AC transfers heat from the inside of your home to the outside. Covering any airflow routes will complicate the unit’s ability to function. Wait until you’re sure you won’t be using it to cover the unit. Leaves and Seeds The falling of flowers and seeds characterizes the fall season. Ventilation slots in the air conditioner are located at the top. Thus, some debris from the trees can get into the AC and form moisture, which can corrode the AC. Large nuts like walnuts...

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The Dangers of Reusing AC Filters

August 11, 2020

In order to save some money, you may try to clean off your HVAC’s air filter and reuse it. This is not worth the possible money that it may save you. Here are four reasons why it may be counterproductive to try to reuse an air filter. A Backed-Up Filter Can Damage Your HVAC A dirty AC filter can place your HVAC system itself in jeopardy. You can never quite clean and reuse air filters well enough. As a result, the filter may pile up with debris on its second usage. When that happens, it could damage the HVAC system, which has to work even harder to do its job with a dirty filter. It Can Contribute to Indoor Air Pollution Reusing an AC filter will also pollute the air inside your home. There will still be old particles in the filter, and these will get recirculated in your home as the HVAC blows air. If you have allergies or any type of respiratory condition, they will be aggravated by the dirty air that you are breathing. A Wet Filter Gets Moldy There are several different ways that you would try to clean a filter to reuse it. One is...

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Recommended Thermostat Settings for your Home

July 15, 2020

A commonly asked question about thermostats is what is the best setting. The temperature should be comfortable for your family, but you also want to save money on your energy bills. Here are some guidelines about what temperature you should set your home’s thermostat to. Cold-Weather Setting In the fall and winter, you should set the thermostat to 68 degrees when your family is home. This setting is a great balance between comfort and energy savings. When you’re away from your house, set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees lower. You should keep the temperature of your residence between 60 and 65 degrees at night for optimal sleep conditions. You can save around 10% on your energy bills by reducing the temperature on your thermostat for eight hours each night. Hot-Weather Setting You should set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer when you’re home. If you’ll be leaving for four hours or longer, raise the temperature setting by 10 degrees. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more you can save on your energy bills. When you set your thermostat higher in the summer, every degree you set it higher saves you about 2% on...

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How To Save Energy Dollars in the Summer

June 16, 2020

Most people expect to pay more on their energy bills during the summer, as they consistently use their air conditioning system when the temperature continues to climb. However, there are things you can do to keep summer energy bills down, and many of them require little to no money. Here’s how to save some money this summer. Use Your Thermostat Wisely It feels great to come home to a cool house after spending time outside or working out. You won’t enjoy paying inflated energy bills, though. You can save almost 3% in cooling expenses for every degree you set your thermostat above 72 degrees. You should set your thermostat higher when you’re going to be away from home. If you buy a smart thermostat, this will happen automatically. Cooling an empty residence is costing you money while providing no benefit. Keep the Sun Out You should utilize your curtains and blinds, especially on the south side of your house. The sun beating through your windows dramatically increases the temperature in your home and, thus, the amount you spend on air conditioning. Closing the blinds costs nothing but a few moments of your time. Use Your Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans make...

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Tips for Healthy Air at Home

May 13, 2020

Having clean air in your home is very important, and it’s associated with a variety of long-term health benefits. While most people believe that air quality is natural and not easy to change, there are actually ways you can improve your air quality. Here are three tips that anyone in the Cleveland area could follow to have healthier air in their home. 1. Replace HVAC Filters The first line of defense to help keep your air clean is to replace the HVAC air filters in your appliances. The air filters are designed to keep debris, dust and other particles out of your HVAC unit and ducts. This will not only help to protect the unit and prevent damage, but it will also lead to better overall air quality. Ideally, you should replace these filters at least every three months, but the frequency varies based on the equipment and type of filter. 2. Clean the Outside of Your HVAC Unit If you have an air conditioner that is positioned outside on the ground, it tends to be a spot for leaves, dirt and other debris to accumulate. It’s important that you remove this debris on a regular basis. If you do...

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How to Clean the Air in my Home to Avoid Viruses

April 16, 2020

Many people are concerned with how to remove viruses from their Solon, Ohio, home’s air. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every big city and small town throughout Northeast Ohio and around the world, and keeping your home’s air clean and healthy is more important now than ever. Here are three tips on how to clean the air in your home in order to avoid the spread of viral infections. 1. Change Your HVAC Filter Although most HVAC filters cannot capture viruses, changing them every 30 to 60 days will help your respiratory health. Choose the highest minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) rating for HVAC filters. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particles it captures. A high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) HVAC filter is also a good choice. They capture large viruses 0.3 microns in size. 2. Use an Air Purifier Air purifiers sterilize your home’s air. They may use UV-C irradiation or activated carbon. There are also air filters that use ozone to break apart the protein envelopes of viruses and cell walls of bacteria, mold and pollen. Choose a room-size air purifier for a bedroom, or consider a whole-house air purifier installed by our technicians. 3. Add Ventilation Better...

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COVID-19 Statement

March 24, 2020

KW Lang Mechanical, Inc., wishes to ensure all customers that we have continuity plans in place to deliver uninterrupted service and support to customers as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. We have implemented additional sanitization and cleaning protocols in our office and warehouse. We are following the CDC guidelines for prevention. If our employees are sick, they will not come to work and they will not enter your home. We have equipped field staff with the necessary equipment to ensure safe working procedures in homes and businesses of our customers. We have increased options for remote work where possible. The policy and procedures set in place are largely precautionary and will be constantly monitored and adjusted. We ask all customers to respect the health and safety of our team and community. Should you be experiencing any symptoms, please contact our office right away to reschedule.

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Is it Possible to Combine Heating and Cooling Systems?

March 17, 2020

Traditionally, homes have a source of heating, such as a furnace and an air conditioner. However, there are two newer heating and cooling systems that combine both comforts. Here’s a look at these two options. Air Source Heat Pump This type of system can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, using just one outdoor unit. It works by pulling heat from the air in the winter and sending it indoors through your ducts. The system works in reverse in the summer, pulling heat from your home and expelling it outside. An air source heat pump has a backup source of heat, so that if it gets really cold a house can still stay warm. A benefit of these systems is that they are more energy efficient than separate heating and cooling systems. You also just need to have one system maintained instead of two. is located in Solon, Ohio. We install, tune-up and repair air source heat pumps. We sell infinity, performance and comfort series of heat pumps. We service all other brands as well. Ductless Air System A ductless air system also heats and cools your home. It, too, has an outdoor component...

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