How Often do My Filters Need to be Changed?

August 30, 2018

Air conditioning helps keep your home or office at a comfortable temperature, but it also maintains a stable humidity level and cleans the air. When the pollen count goes up, it is the filter in your air conditioning unit that keeps the allergens on the outside, so you can breathe comfortably while indoors. How effectively your air is cleaned depends on your filter. Filters come in a range of quality levels and need regular replacement. Higher quality filters last longer, but they can also reduce air flow through your system. Lower quality filters need more rapid replacement, but they are inexpensive and don’t affect system performance until it is time to change them. So, how often is the average replacement time? It all depends. Here are a few of the factors that can affect the life of your filters. Read the Filter Packaging Many filters come with a recommended replacement time. Once a month is a fairly common time frame, but even that can depend on external factors. In Akron, OH, you won’t need to run your system all year long. That means you can probably avoid filter changes during the winter season and much of the fall. Once you...

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Are Air Filtration Systems Worth it?

July 17, 2018

When you are looking to make an improvement to your home, one great thing that you could do would be to invest in a new home HVAC system. Having a new air conditioner and furnace will help to ensure that you are able to get the air output that you desire. This can also help to ensure that you are home stays cool in summer and warm in the winter. When you are looking to improve your home HVAC system, you may also want to consider purchasing a home air filtration system. There are a variety of benefits of home air filtration systems that can make them work the investment. Reduce Allergy Risk If you are like the millions of people that suffer from allergies during the spring months of the year, having a home purifier for your HVAC system is a practical necessity. When you have a home air filtration process installed, the system will work to remove all pollen out of the air in your home. In fact, more than 99% of all pollen can be removed from your property when you have a purifier in place. This can reduce the chances that you will suffer from a...

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What Are the Benefits of Green Technology?

June 7, 2018

Green technology is a general term that deals with the use of science and technology to protect our environment. Some of the conventional techniques that fall under green technology include environmental monitoring and the use of green chemistry. All processes that fall under green technology must deal with ensuring that the environment remains protected at all times. The primary goal of this technology is to reverse the damage that has been done to the ecosystem. Green technology is also referred to as clean technology. A lot of focus has been on clean technology since 1990’s. The benefits of green technology span beyond protecting the nature itself. Here are some of the top benefits of green technology. Energy Conservation Energy is being conserved through the use of green energy in Cleveland and other parts of the world. Companies are striving to produce alternatives to devices that use a lot of fuel and electricity. For instance, the use of electric cars that are energy-efficient is on the rise, especially in U.S and UK. Citizens are also being encouraged to adopt the usage of environment-friendly devices and appliances. Although the initial installation of such devices such as solar panels may be high, the...

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

May 29, 2018

The first air conditioning system to run on modern principles was built in 1902 by an imaginative electrical engineer named Willis Carrier. His design solved a critical humidity issue that severely limited other designs of the time. The basic idea of cooling air is simple. It’s about transferring heat energy from the air and into another medium. If you are sweating, even imperceptibly, you benefit from this basic principle by turning on an electric fan. As the air moves over your skin, the heat you feel is transferred into the moving air and carried away from you. Of course, the electric motor contributes to the heat in the room, but as long as you sit within the moving air, you’ll feel cooler. How Air Conditioners Work Today’s advanced air conditioning machines take this process and enhance it with a four-step process; evaporation, compression, condensation, and expansion. Evaporation & Compression Air is first moved over the evaporator. On the surface of the evaporator, a refrigerant contained inside the cooling coil is used to absorb the heat of the air. Because the refrigerant has a very low boiling point, it goes from being a cold liquid to a very warm vapor. The...

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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 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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