Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog

How a Heat Pump Cools and Heats Your Home

August 7th, 2017

Heat-pump-ac-unitWhile you may not know it by looking at the name, a heat pump is, by design, a refrigeration system. As you know, refrigeration is used to keep spaces cool, so it may seem odd to use refrigeration as part of the heating process. And yet, a heat pump continues to use refrigerant to operate well into the heating season. There are no burners lighting up to keep you warm—just the same components as are in a conventional air conditioner and a few extra.

Contact a local technician to find out whether a heat pump is the right choice for your home, or read on for a primer on heat pump operations and the basics of why people choose a heat pump in Minnesota homes.

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What’s the Best Way to Clean an Air Conditioner?

July 24th, 2017

cleaning-ducts-vacuum-techYou do your best to clean the hard-to-reach places throughout your home. That may mean dusting the tops of a ceiling fan or bookshelf once a month, sweeping behind the refrigerator, and cleaning out the gutters. You care about your home, and want to keep every part of it in the best condition for as long as possible.

But a complex piece of equipment like an air conditioner presents a challenge. How can you ensure proper maintenance without damaging the equipment? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, you’re on the right track! Let our experts tell you how it’s done.

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Humidity and Home Comfort: Start Taking Control!

July 10th, 2017

man-fan-chair-hatChances are, you’ve heard this phrase or some version of it quite often: “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity!” Humidity levels in the air make us feel uncomfortably hot, clammy, or sticky. In some areas, dry air is the biggest problem, but humid air can often be much worse in the summertime, even as you run your central air conditioner.

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Do Air Conditioners Really Need Regular Tune-Ups?

June 26th, 2017

question-mark-blueIn our area, winter tends to be a much harsher season than summer. If you live in the upper Midwest, you might have a collection of winter coats but very few flip-flops and pairs of shorts. Still, we all know there are days throughout the summer that would be quite difficult to get through without air conditioning. So if you have a central air conditioner, it’s important that you take care of it.

This means changing the filter each month, or at least every few months, and doing whatever you can to keep your air conditioner in good shape for longer, so you don’t have to replace it after only a handful of seasons. We recommend annual AC tune-ups, but many people aren’t sure these are really necessary in our region.

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Why Is Water Leaking from My AC Unit?

June 13th, 2017

drip-drop-waterThere have been a few times when we’ve sent out plumbers to repair a home leak, only to discover a leak is actually coming from a homeowner’s air conditioner! Many people are surprised to hear about water leaking from their air conditioning system, as they didn’t know their air conditioner used water to operate. Here’s the thing: it doesn’t.

Today, we’ll explain how your air conditioner works in order to help you understand why water would leak from the AC unit. What’s important is that you schedule regular maintenance to detect these issues early and schedule AC repairs ASAP when you notice a problem. A leaky water heater can be quite destructive, costing thousands to repair your home!

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How One Hidden Part of Your Home May Be Costing You

May 29th, 2017

vent-heating-coolingWhen we’re done using our heaters for the winter, we tend to feel some relief knowing the constant need for heat won’t drive up our bills. But the air conditioning season is coming up in full force, and you’re going to need nearly as much energy as you did back then. For the most part, you can expect your bills to run higher when you’re using heating and cooling equipment the most during extreme temperatures. However, one hidden part of your home may be forcing you to spend way more on air conditioning than you should.

The air ducts hide behind walls and in the ceiling. After all, you wouldn’t want these metal tubes interfering with the decor in your home. However, that makes your home susceptible to leaks that you’ll never know about unless you hire an HVAC technician for an inspection.

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This Popular Cleaning Solution Can Ruin Your Drains

May 15th, 2017

Drainage-Draining-Sink-WaterWe’ve all been there at some point in time. You’re using the kitchen sink, when suddenly wastewater fills up the sink, and turning on the disposal doesn’t help. Or, you’re brushing your teeth in the bathroom sink, watching it fill up with water instead of draining the way it’s supposed to. Clogged drains can be frustrating, and if the problem is serious, you want a solution—fast.

Many homeowners turn to chemical drain cleaners to do the trick, hoping they will solve a problem with a slow drain faster. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. And even when it is, chemical drain cleaners can still ruin your drains. Learn more in the guide below, and find out what expert plumbers recommend as an alternative.

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Get Your House Ready for Summer with a Tune-Up for Your AC

May 1st, 2017

AC-wrench-condenserAs we move into warmer days, you might not worry much about how your air conditioner is performing. While it may seem fine for now, it’s not getting much of a workout just yet, and hot, humid days are still ahead. An AC system is most likely to break down when it’s hottest outdoors, and those days are coming to stay before you know it.

It’s time to get your home ready for summer with an air conditioning tune-up. With this service, you can save money and stay comfortable all summer without hassle. Learn more below or call our team for AC service in the Blaine, MN area.

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Get Ready for Summer with Ductless Cooling You Can Count On

April 17th, 2017

ductless-wall-unitIn our area, some homeowners are left to fend for themselves when it comes to summer cooling. They opt to purchase noisy window AC units that rarely do an effective job rather than spend the time and effort renovating a home just to add in ducts. But what if you could go with an entirely different option?

One of the most reliable home cooling solutions is made just for those of us without any ductwork in the house. Ductless cooling (and heating!) acts just like regular central air conditioning (or, more accurately, a central heat pump) without all of the trouble involved with making major renovations.

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4 Ways a Dirty Air Filter Affects Your Home

April 3rd, 2017

air-filter-air-conditioningWhy do we tell you to change your filter? The answer might surprise you. Many people assume that a dirty filter is a problem because it contaminates the air—and that’s the reason technicians tell you to clean or replace it once a month. It’s a nice thought, but not completely correct.

The air filter is there to do more than prevent allergens from moving back into your airstream. It blocks particles from damaging the inside of your air conditioner by pummeling it or jamming the fan. But when an air filter is dirty, it may do just as much damage. Find out the real reason we tell you to change your air filter once a month; here are 4 ways a dirty filter affects your home.

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