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Protecting Your Electronics is a Year-Round Priority

December 11th, 2017

Service technician testing a furnaceIf you’ve never considered having whole home surge protection, we urge you to consider it now. In recent years, many homeowners throughout the country have become increasingly dependent on electronic devices and high-efficiency appliances. As such, power surges pose a threat—more so than you may even realize—to appliances, electronics, and home. Many people think of surge protection as “storm protection,” but it’s much more than that.

You might think you’re doing just fine getting by with small, portable surge protectors that you can purchase at the hardware store (power strips). After all, you can conveniently plug in your TV, stereo, computer, lighting, and more, all into one area. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t enough to offer the level of protection needed for your home’s electronics and electrical system—in fact, overloading power strips is a fire hazard! Contact our team for reliable Andover electrical services, and in the meantime, keep reading to learn more about why you should make protecting your electronics a year-round priority.

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What Are You Doing to Protect Your Pipes This Winter?

November 27th, 2017

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWe’ve officially entered the time of year known for chilly temperatures, falling snow, and, unfortunately, freezing pipes. Frozen plumbing can actually cause a good deal of damage if not addressed right away. The reason for this is because as water freezes it expands, which puts pressure on the walls of the pipes, increasing the chance that they will burst.

Managing leaking or ruptured plumbing is probably the last thing you can envision yourself facing this winter, particularly over the holidays. If you truly want to protect your pipes from such incidences, there are a few steps you can take. Read on to learn more, and contact our team to be put in touch with a professional Andover, MN plumber, whether you have damaged plumbing or would just like more information about preventive plumbing care.

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Merv who?

November 16th, 2017

No, Merv is not your grandfather’s new best friend. MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a rating system for the effectiveness of an air or furnace filter. In other words, how well is your air being filtered? This rating is measured by how small and how many particles the filter catches. As you can see on the chart below, the higher the MERV rating, the better the filtration. A MERV value of 16, for example, is catching the most and the smallest particles, where a lower MERV rating is only catching the biggest particles. So why does it matter? Well, in our business, we say you are what you breathe. So, breathe cleaner, healthier air with a higher rated MERV filter!

You can get ALL of your filters at our filter site!

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Why You Should Never Skip Out on Water Heater Maintenance

November 13th, 2017

technician performing maintenance on a water heaterThis is typically the time of year that homeowners schedule maintenance for their heating systems so that they’re ready to handle the colder temperatures. But there are other parts of your home that also deserve this type of attention—such as your water heater.

The water heater is one plumbing appliance that needs regular checkups and inspections, and this is the perfect time of year to arrange for it. Even though water heaters work on almost every day of the year, they do receive additional work stress during the winter. Plus, winter is typically the time of year when you least want to have your water heating suddenly break down and cut off the hot water supply.

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What Traits Should You Look for in an HVAC Contractor?

October 30th, 2017

male technician going over paperwork with female homeownerMany HVAC companies boast their good qualities, but do they all deliver? When you’re on the lookout for a company to install a heating system, fix a broken down air conditioner, or even give you tips and tricks on how to improve your indoor air quality, you want a Bethel, MN HVAC company that you can trust. But how do you know when you’ve found that company?

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To Suffer or (Ductless) Split?

October 28th, 2017

I live in an attic. Let me clarify, I live in an attic which is not properly ventilated. This means that at any given time, my bedroom feels like it’s either ten degrees warmer or cooler than the temperature in the rest of the house. And right now it’s summer, so while the temperature on my thermostat is set at 72 degrees, it feels more like a sweat lodge in my room. It makes little difference what I set the thermostat to, my bedroom seems to have a mind of its own. Indeed, in older houses or houses that have not been properly ventilated, the temperatures in some rooms can be vastly different from the temperature in the rest of the house.
This is where a Ductless Split comes in. When a room (most commonly a master bedroom or a low-level family room) needs individual temperature control, a ductless split is the most effective solution. A Ductless Split can be controlled remotely (from your cell phone in some cases) and blends perfectly with the air in the rest of your home.
Take it from someone who has spent far too many nights either shivering beneath six blankets or sweating and running a fan all night: getting a ductless split in your bedroom is not an extravagance, it’s a necessity.

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Bio-Clean Treatment V.S. Draino

October 21st, 2017

You’ve been there before: standing in the shower, up to your ankles in water, praying this isn’t what you think it is. Your drain’s clogged again and you really don’t want to deal with it.
Depending on how large and how hairy your family is, this can be a monthly issue. And it’s a pain to fix. Even if you manage to get ‘draino’ onto your shopping list, and even if you do manage to find the time to perform an exorcism on your drain, you’re going to be faced with the overwhelming guilt of pouring raw chemicals down the drain. And after the running around, the exorcism and the guilt storm, your only prize is going to be pulling up a disgusting shampoo covered hair creature out of your drain. This entire process could be avoided simply and cleanly with Bio-Clean Treatment. There are a couple key reasons why Bio-Clean tops chemical cleaners, like Draino, every time:
1.) Save Your Pipes
Chemical Cleaners, like Draino, may be corrosive and harmful to your plumbing. These chemicals are made to break up organic products, but in the process they also damage the pipes in your walls. Bio-Clean harnesses the natural power of bacteria to attack only organic materials, leaving your pipes unharmed. This can save you money in the long run because your plumbing will not be damaged by chemicals!
2.) Clean everywhere…even behind your ears!
The plumbing behind your walls is full of pipes twisting and turning. Rarely if ever do pipes head directly down. Chemical Cleaners must adhere to the laws of gravity, therefore they only get the gunk that is in the path of least resistance. Bio-Clean, however, goes wherever there is organic waste to be eaten up. This gives your pipes a fuller, deeper cleaning!
So, what’s it going to be? Another time of pulling up some chemical drenched hair terror out of your drain? Or are you going to go for the clean, efficient, non-nausea inducing solution: Bio-Clean Treatment.
Call Air Mechanical Today for more information!

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How to Get the Most from Your Heater This Winter

October 16th, 2017

vent in wallWe live in Minnesota, and we’re already halfway through October. You know what this means, right? Winter is just around the corner—cooler temps even closer. Is your heater prepared for all the work it’s about to go through? Even if you’ve had your heating system maintained already before starting to use it on a daily basis, are you certain that it will function as efficiently as it should, in order to keep your home comfortable at an affordable price?

An important factor to note is that no matter what type of heating system you have, it has its limits on how efficiently it can operate. Even those heating systems with the highest ratings have a stopping point. However, there are certainly ways in which to get the most out of your heater, and potentially boost its efficiency beyond what you’d be getting otherwise. Contact us for reliable Centerville, MN heating services, and keep reading to learn more about how to utilize your heating system as efficiently as possible this winter.

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Here’s What Could Happen If You Skipped Furnace Maintenance

October 2nd, 2017

male technician working on the inside of a furnaceTemperatures around here are mild for now. In fact, if it weren’t for the occasional rain we’re sure you’d be quite content in shorts and sandals. However, for those who are new to the area or even those who are experienced with how fast and how hard winter weather can hit, now is the time to think about your heating system.

What kind of shape is it in? Do you need furnace repair in Shoreview, MN? Have you scheduled your fall heating maintenance appointment yet? This last question is particularly important. Furnace maintenance should be scheduled at least once a year, to fend off repairs, extend the life of your heating system, and more.

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Is Hard Water Really a Big Deal?

September 18th, 2017

water softener salt tank being filledThese days, most municipal water supplies have a good level of filtration and conditioning before they reach your faucets. And if you use ground water from a private well, you probably have some sort of water treatment system on site. However, something that most people don’t realize is missing from their homes is protection from hard water. But is it really that big of a deal?

Hard water is the name given to water with a high concentration of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but can do a lot of damage to your plumbing system, not to mention your quality of life. You can resolve this with a Brooklyn Center, MN water softener installation from experienced professionals. In the meantime, we’ve covered below why hard water is, in fact, a big deal.

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