Choose Whole-Home Air Cleaners over Portable Models

May 25th, 2015

Are you still relying on a portable air cleaner for your indoor air quality control? Unfortunately, the air filter of your air conditioning and heating system may not be enough to clean the air in your home. So to combat allergies and asthma symptoms, many homeowners choose to purchase air cleaning systems in order to keep the air free of more contaminants. Continue Reading

4 Things You Should Know about Sump Pumps

May 18th, 2015

Sump pumps are powerful tools when it comes to removing water from your home. If your home is prone to filling up with water, a sump pump is a necessity, but it may also be important for homes that are not inclined toward flooding. Learn more about the importance of sump pumps and professional sump pump services in today’s guide. Continue Reading

What Is Zone Control and Why Should You Consider It?

May 11th, 2015

Think of how many times this has happened to you: one member of the family prefers a room to be colder than another person does, resulting in an argument about the temperature in the house. This is common in households that frequently use their central heating and air conditioning systems, since you are usually forced to keep the temperature throughout the home consistent. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

May 4th, 2015

Winter is finally gone, and for residents of Andover, MN, it couldn’t happen quickly enough. But even as we enjoy the warm spring weather, summer isn’t far away, bringing high temperatures and Minnesota’s patented humidity in its wake. Now is the time to get ready for it, when the weather is still cool and you have the luxury of making any preparations according to your schedule rather than scrambling to stay ahead of the next heat wave. Here are 3 ways to prepare your air conditioner for summer: helping you stay cool and comfortable while cutting down on those expensive bills. Continue Reading

How a Dehumidifier Can Lower Your Bills

April 27th, 2015

When there is moisture in the air, you can feel it. High levels of humidity leave people with a feeling often described as “sticky” and can make you feel a lot warmer than the temperature on the thermostat would indicate. It can even lead to the development of mold. The solution? A whole-house dehumidifier. This installation helps to remove moisture from the air, and it can even reduce your monthly spending. Continue Reading

Why Should You Install a New Air Cleaner?

April 20th, 2015

Everyone deserves to breathe in clean air every day, but unfortunately, achieving clean air is not always easy. The air in your home may have a number of particulates like dust and pollen or bioaerosols (living organisms) like bacteria. But how do you know whether these are a problem in your home? And doesn’t your air filter already help to trap these and keep them out of the air? We’ll answer those questions in today’s guide. Continue Reading

4 Tips for Quality Air Conditioning Installation

April 13th, 2015

A brand new air conditioning system can provide you with greater comfort, more energy savings, and advanced features which your older unit did not have. But an improperly installed air conditioning system will not do you any good at all. Make sure your air conditioning system runs properly and efficiently for years to come by following these tips. Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Install a Ductless Air Conditioner

April 6th, 2015

The days are warming up, and soon enough it will be time to think about switching on your air conditioning once again. Many homeowners in our area do not have any ducts in the home already, which means that we sometimes have to find alternative ways to have whole-home air conditioning in the house. While installing ducts in the home is certainly an option, wouldn’t it be nice to find an efficient, ductless, whole-home solution instead? Here are 3 good reasons to consider installing a ductless mini-split today.

1. Ducts Can Develop Leaks Easily

One of the problems with the traditional ductwork layout is that ducts are susceptible to holes and cracks that can seriously affect the performance of a forced-air AC system. Experts at the US Department of Energy estimate that the typical ductwork system in the United States loses up to 30% of the heated or cooled air that moves through it, resulting in greater energy spending.

2. Installation Takes Less Time and Hassle

Installing new ductwork involves major home renovations which take up your time and result in some annoying inconveniences. Installing a ductless mini split, on the other hand, only involves drilling a hole in the wall to feed through a conduit holding the refrigerant line and the electrical wiring. One outdoor compressor unit (like that of a conventional home air conditioning system) can hold up to 4 indoor  air handlers, which are mounted high up on the walls in different zones of the home.

3. Built-In Zone Control!

A final reason to install a ductless mini-split is the built-in zone control. While you most likely need to purchase several indoor air handlers to blow cool air throughout the house, each unit also comes with its own thermostat. You can control all of the handlers at once from a single master thermostat or you can control any individual unit separately from the others. This means no arguments from family members about the temperature in their own rooms, as they can set this on their own. And you can save some money by shutting off indoor air handlers in rooms that are not in use.

Call the experts at Air Mechanical, Inc. for ductless air conditioning installation in Andover, MN and the surrounding areas.

What is a Sump Pump and Why Should I Consider One?

March 27th, 2015

If you feel that your home is not at risk of flooding, think again. A flood can happen anywhere and at any time, and, as it turns out, is the most common natural disaster in the country. And when you’re unprepared for a flood to hit your home, you may end up with hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages. One of the best ways to avoid the type of structural damage that may result from a major flood is by installing a sump pump.

What Is It?

A sump pump is a device which is generally installed in the lowest area of a basement. A hole is dug into the ground and the pump is placed inside. This unit has a motor and an impeller to force water out of the hole and to an outside drain. You may choose from a pedestal pump, which perches above the sump, and a submersible pump which is encased in a waterproof container. Which one is best for you will depend on a few different factors, and it’s best to work with a contractor to help you make the choice.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Anyone who owns a home can benefit from a sump pump. While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, you should always keep in mind that a flood is often unexpected and that little can be done to reverse the damage without spending a lot more than the cost of a sump pump. Sump pumps discharge water quickly to keep your home safe from harm.

If a flood were to hit your home, it could end up costing you quite a bit. In many cases, the water damage is so destructive, you’ll have to make some major renovations. You may end up with a mold problem, or you could end up replacing your furniture or your valuables.

Call Air Mechanical, Inc. for more information about sump pumps or to schedule professional installation for your new unit in Ham Lake.

Is Maintenance Still Necessary with a Ductless System?

March 20th, 2015

Ductless HVAC systems, commonly referred to as ductless mini splits, have gained a considerable following in the residential sector. They offer many benefits, including the use of heat pump technology in order to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the year, as well as outstanding efficiency and the ability to control temperatures throughout the house by zone. Of course, they also eliminate the need for ductwork in the home altogether. However, you must remember that this seemingly simpler design does not mean that your ductless cooling system does not require the same attention that any other system does. You must still schedule professional ductless cooling system maintenance, and Air Mechanical, Inc. is the company to call for doing so.

It is true that many issues with different types of cooling systems can stem from problematic ductwork, including issues with improper air balancing, leaks, and poor sealing. However, routine HVAC maintenance services entail much more than simply evaluating air ducts. Ductless cooling systems share a lot in common with more traditional systems, and this can include many of the problems that those types of systems encounter.

Like any other cooling system, for instance, your ductless air conditioner requires refrigerant in order to facilitate the heat transfer process. If you have even a minor refrigerant leak, your refrigerant charge is going to be low. This will seriously impede the cooling capability of your ductless cooling system. The additional strain on that system and its components, as it struggles to effectively cool your home, can lead to a number of different problems, including high energy costs and subpar performance quality.During routine maintenance, though, we’ll check your refrigerant levels, charging your system and pinpointing any leaks as needed.

Additionally, we will thoroughly clean your ductless air conditioner during routine maintenance. This may sound like one of the simpler aspects of a tune-up, but never underestimate just how important it is to have a clean system. Should your air filters be dirty and clogged, or if any electrical contacts and components are coated with dust and debris, there is just no way in which you can hope for your system to function as effectively and efficiently as possible.

All mechanical systems require professional maintenance services to function at peak performance levels, and your ductless AC is no exception to this rule.

Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today to schedule your ductless cooling system maintenance services. That way, you can cool your home with the quality of performance that you deserve.