Reasons to Install a Honeywell WIFI Thermostat in Ham Lake

July 22nd, 2014

Thermostats have always been an important tool by which to manage your indoor air comfort. With recent technological advances, they have also become important tools for energy efficiency. There have been a number of new types of thermostats to hit the market, but one that is truly advanced is the WIFI thermostat from Honeywell. If you want to achieve great energy efficiency with the comfort and convenience of smart technology, installing the Honeywell WIFI thermostat in your Ham Lake home may be the answer.

Benefits of a Honeywell WIFI Thermostat

There are multiple benefits to installing a Honeywell WIFI thermostat:

  • Control from anywhere – Honeywell’s reliable and highly-rated, free app allows you to program your thermostat from your computer, tablet and/or smartphone, whether you’re across the room or around the world
  • Easy setup – the WIFI smart thermostat’s easy setup guides you through a few basic questions to get your 7-day program up and running for immediate energy efficiency
  • Customizable color touchscreen – the bright, easy-to-read touchscreen can be color-customized to match your indoor decor
  • Built-in smart response – the thermostat learns your heating and cooling cycle times to deliver the right temperature when you want it
  • Advanced fan/comfort control – improves air circulation and helps regulate the temperature throughout your home
  • Auto alerts – extreme temperature alerts and filter change reminders are sent to your connected network devices and are also displayed on your Honeywell WIFI smart thermostat, so you’ll never miss an alert
  • Indoor humidity sensor – your indoor humidity is displayed right below the temperature
  • Locking touchscreen – advanced locking features and password options provide security and convenience
  • Compatible with heating, cooling and heat pumps
  • 1-Year Warranty

One item to note about this thermostat: it does not work with heat pumps with electric baseboard heat (120-240V).

Ready to Have the Best? Call Us!

A Honeywell WIFI thermostat in Ham Lake offers the best in thermostat technology for your home.

If you are looking for the comfort, convenience and energy savings a WIFI thermostat can offer, call Air Mechanical, Inc. today to learn more.

Is a Whole House Dehumidifier Right for Me?

July 14th, 2014

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes… and that also means it’s the land of high levels of water vapor in the air during the summer. Excess moisture in the air means more discomfort during the heat, water damage to your home, and spending extra money to run your air conditioner.

There are methods to reduce humidity in your home, but the most effective is to have a whole-house dehumidifier installed. This requires the work of professionals, who must select the right type of dehumidifier and the correct size, and then install it in your ventilation system so that it does the job it’s supposed to do.

If you are on the fence about whether whole-house dehumidifiers in Andover, MN are right for your home, call our indoor air quality specialists at Air Mechanical, Inc.

How a whole-house dehumidifier can benefit you

  • Greater comfort: High humidity makes it more difficult to release body heat through perspiration; the moisture in the air slows down the rate of sweat evaporation. This makes the air feel hotter than it actually is, and can make the summer days quite unpleasant. Balancing the humidity will make your home much more comfortable for the warm months.
  • Save money on air conditioning: Lowering humidity from 80% down to 50% will usually make you comfortable enough that you can reduce your use of the air conditioning system by a third. If you feel that you must keep the air conditioning running most days to combat the sweltering heat, then installing a whole-house dehumidifier will make a significant reduction in your cooling costs.
  • Stop mold, mildew, and wood rot: High moisture is a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other biological growths that you do not want developing in your home. All of these growths can cause significant damage to wood and drywall. In addition, mold can release dangerous toxic spores that will harm your indoor air quality. Mold and mildew inside a home is often a major warning sign that you need to have humidity controls installed.

Call for professional assessment of humidity in your home

When you notice the signs of high humidity in your home, call Air Mechanical, Inc. and talk to one of our staff members knowledgeable about whole-house dehumidifiers in Andover, MN. An assessment of your home will help our team determine if you will benefit from a dehumidifier, and what type and size will do the right job. The process of selecting a unit is more complicated than your may think, and you will be thankful for the professional assistance of our technicians.

How Excessive Dust Build-Up Can Lead to Air Conditioning Repair

July 7th, 2014

You clean your home as often as you can. Vacuuming the floors, cleaning the oven, dusting the shelves, and doing the laundry are all normal parts of your routine. But did you know there’s one component of your home that may cost you a lot if you don’t keep it clean? Your air conditioner needs attention too. If you are missing one important step in your cleaning routine—regularly changing air filters and scheduling maintenance—you may end up paying big for air conditioning repair.

One of the most common reasons air conditioners need repair, and one of the most preventable reasons, is excessive debris build-up. Your AC needs the proper conditions to operate efficiently, including a certain level of airflow throughout the system. If anything prohibits this airflow, your system will not operate as well as it should, and it could mean costly repairs in the future.

There are many ways that dust can affect your system. A couple of these include:

  • Dirty Air Filters: It may be easy to forget to change an air filter, but dirty air filters can lead to a whole host of problems. Airflow issues can the indoor evaporator coil to freeze, which could lead to a serious repair issue. Furthermore, the accumulation of debris in the ducts can lead to efficiency and performance issues.
  • Blocked Coils: Your system relies on an indoor and outdoor coil to remove heat from your home and release it outside. If either of these coils becomes blocked due to excessive dust build-up, your system may not be able to deliver cool air into your home, and your system may become overworked and could eventually fail.

To prevent issues caused by dirty air filters, you should clean or replace your filters once every month or so. To prevent any other problems caused by excessive dirt build-up, call an AC technician to look at your system during a once-a-year maintenance call to clean any dirty system components that could lead to problems.

If you need maintenance or air conditioning repair in White Bear Lake because your system has gotten a little too dusty lately, or for any other repair issue, call Air Mechanical, Inc. today!

Denmark Also Celebrates the Fourth of July

July 4th, 2014

Maybe an elementary school teacher tried to trip you up with this test question: “Do other countries have a Fourth of July?” If the teacher had phrased the question as, “Do other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?” you would be less likely to slip up and answer “no.”

Except… and your teacher probably didn’t know this at the time… there is another country that celebrates the Fourth of July. They don’t celebrate a holiday that happens to fall on July 4 (there are quite a few of those spread across the globe), but the actually celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

That country is—Denmark.

Every July 4, in the Rebild Region in the north of Denmark, thousands of people gather in Rebild National Park to hold the largest Fourth of July celebration outside the U.S.A., an events known as Rebildfesten. This tradition has continued for over a hundred years now, starting in 1912. The origins of this unusual celebration is that in 1911 a ground of Danish Americans purchased the 140 acres of the parkland between the woods in Rold and the Lindenborg stream. The next year, they deeded the land to the Danish King and people of the country as a memorial to Danish Americans, under the condition that the place remain undeveloped, open to the public, and used to celebrate U.S. holidays. Today, the park also hosts a museum on the history of Danish immigrants to the U.S., housed inside a log cabin.

This display of solidarity with the U.S. is because of the country’s warm welcome of 300,000 Danish settlers who were among the earliest to migrate across the seas. The celebration continues as sign of the long friendship between the two nations.

Since its inception, the celebration has hosted famous speakers such as the members of the Danish royal family (the queen and princess both attended for the 100th anniversary), Walt Disney, Keith Carradine, and Richard Chamberlain. The festivities actually start two days earlier, but on the fourth is when the major parade is held (which marches over 3 miles from the train station) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performs a selections of music from both countries.

Although we doubt you will be celebrating your Fourth of July in Denmark this year, we at Air Mechanical hope you have a fantastic Independence Day.

Signs That You Need an Air Purifier in Your Home

June 27th, 2014

Throwing open the windows is great in springtime, but if you are finding that the outside air, even on hot days, seems more refreshing than your inside air, it may be time to consider installing an air purifier to your air conditioning system in Oak Grove.

Why install a separate air purifier when your system has a built-in air filter? The air filter that comes standard with your air conditioner is there to protect your system from engulfing too much dirt and dust during normal usage. While this can help somewhat with indoor air quality, improving indoor air quality is not the main job of this filter, so it will not capture microbes like pollen, mold and mildew spores, odors or other things an air purifier can. Following are some of the most common reasons Air Mechanical, Inc., customers have chosen to add an air purifier to their Oak Grove air conditioning systems:

  • Allergy sufferers are suffering – the conditioned air in your home should be a relief to the people in it. If your allergy sufferers are exhibiting the sneezing, coughing and watery eyes that come with allergic reactions inside your house the same as outside your house, this can mean there are too many allergens floating around your home. Using an air purifier will help strain those allergens from the air, capturing them effectively so they can’t keep circulating through your air conditioning system.
  • Lingering smells – are there smells in your home that don’t seem to disappear? We’re talking about things like cooking smells, cleaning supply smells, smells from hobbies, like glue or paint – all odors that should dissipate once the task is completed. With an air purifier, smells don’t have the chance to linger as they are quickly filtered through the purification system, returning as fresh, cool air.
  • Problems with combustion sources – a combustion source is any appliance that burns when in use. Examples of combustion sources would be wood-burning stoves, candles, oil lamps and any kind of tobacco consumption. Anything that burns can become an air pollutant and can contribute negatively to your indoor air environment.

Don’t Let Your Lungs Go It Alone

The average adult inhales and exhales around 11,000 liters of air per day; if your indoor air isn’t healthy, that’s a lot of poor air your lungs have to filter on their own.

If you think your home could benefit from the installation of an air purifier in Oak Grove, call the people with almost 30 years of experience: call Air Mechanical, Inc. today.

Stages Involved in Air Conditioning Maintenance

June 20th, 2014

If you’ve never scheduled air conditioning maintenance, you may be curious about the process an HVAC technician goes through to make sure your AC is working properly. Sometimes it seems as if your air conditioner is working exactly as it should and that your system doesn’t require any maintenance. However, it’s a good idea to get your air conditioner serviced once a year to provide any necessary adjustments and cleaning and to make sure your system won’t break down when you need it most.

When you decide to schedule your Andover air conditioning maintenance, your system will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned and any necessary adjustments will be made. Here is a description of the stages involved in AC maintenance.

Inspection

A technician will inspect every aspect of your system and inform you if any repairs are needed. While your system may appear to be running the way it should, there may be parts that are loose or damaged, such as a damaged evaporator coil or a leaky duct. If left unaddressed, a small problem can eventually cause your system to become less efficient or break down. During maintenance, a technician can tell you whether the damage will become worse and will recommend any additional services that may be needed.

Cleaning

Though you may clean or replace your air filters every month, the evaporator and condenser coils should be disassembled and cleaned by a professional once a year. A professional will also check for and clean any additional dust on the indoor and outdoor fan blades that may affect the performance of your system.

Adjustment

When needed, a technician will adjust your refrigerant and check for the proper charge. Because refrigerant is responsible for absorbing the heat in your home and moving it outside, low refrigerant levels will result in a poor cooling experience. The HVAC specialist will also check for any adjustments that can be made without a repair, such as straightening out bent cooling fins.

When you decide to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system, call Air Mechanical, Inc. for the best air conditioning maintenance in Andover.

How Do Reverse Osmosis Systems Work?

June 13th, 2014

Do you know what’s inside the water that comes out of your taps? It’s more than water, and often it consists of contamination, such as bacteria and suspended solids and high levels of salt, that you definitely don’t want in there. The most common option people take to achieve healthy drinking water is to purchase bottled water; however, bottled water is expensive and rarely much better in quality than tap water (because it often doesn’t cross state lines, bottled water has no federal health restrictions it must obey). The plastic of the bottles also clogs up landfills and is terrible for the environment.

The best way to combat poor quality water from the municipal system is to install a whole-house water filtration system. We often recommend reverse osmosis systems in Blaine, MN to cleanse your family’s water. These do one of the most thorough jobs of eliminating contaminants from water of any system on the market. Call Air Mechanical, Inc. for an appointment to see how to best fit your home for a water treatment system.

The workings of a reverse osmosis system

Osmosis is the movement from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. A reverse osmosis system uses pressure areas creates within plumbing force water through a filter that would otherwise prevent water flow.

The reverse osmosis system separates the water coming from the municipal supply into two compartments, with a semi-permeable membrane between them. The water coming from the supply side is put under heavy pressure, which forces the water to push through the membrane toward the low pressure side. The membrane finely filters out the particles and pollutants suspended in the water, trapping far more contaminants than a standard filter can.

Reverse osmosis is useful for a variety of issues that can affect your water. Because they are excellent at filtering out salt to balance pH levels, they are often installed along with water softeners, which place salt into the water to counteract the hardness of the minerals. Sometimes, the salt level becomes too high, and a reverse osmosis system can restore the pH balance—along with removing numerous other undesirable particles.

Is a reverse osmosis system the ideal water treatment solution for your home? The best way to answer that question is to schedule water testing from Air Mechanical, Inc. Our water quality experts will determine the issues in your home’s water supply and recommend a filtration option.

For installation of reverse osmosis systems in Blaine, MN you can depend on our professional plumbers to handle the installation that will make sure you have the healthiest, best-tasting water possible.

Is a Central Air Conditioning System My Only Option for Replacement?

June 6th, 2014

When most people think about home air conditioning, they either imagine of a window unit (which is only effective for small apartments, and even then can struggle) or a central air conditioning system connected to a series of ducts that spread throughout a house.

But is the central air conditioner the only option you have for cooling down your home in the summer? (We’re ignoring the window unit.) No, it’s not. There are two viable alternatives available to you that you can select for your air conditioning replacement in Blaine, MN for this summer: the heat pump and the ductless mini split. We’ll look into both so you’ll see the sort of choice you have.

Air Mechanical, Inc. installs all types of comfort systems: central air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless mini splits. Call us for more information and the necessary installation work that will deliver you the best comfort option for your home.

The heat pump

Don’t let the word “heat” in the name trick you: heat pumps can produce cooling the equal of any air conditioner of comparable size. Heat pumps work in the exact same fashion as air conditioners, the movement of heat from one place to another. However, heat pumps have a significant advantage over air conditioners: they can reverse the direction that they send heat and bring warm air into your home. With only a simple adjustment, a heat pump changes from an AC into a heater. For year-round comfort, heat pumps are ideal solutions.

The ductless mini split

This is air conditioning that is still “central” in that it uses a single outdoor unit. But ductless systems do not have a single indoor unit connected to ducts. Instead they have separate blower units that are mounted in rooms and send conditioned air directly into the living spaces—no duct required. Without ducts that lose energy and pick up dust and dirt, ductless mini splits are more energy-efficient and cleaner than ducted air conditioners. Another major benefit is that they are also heat pumps, so you’ll receive great cooling and heating in one package.

Both systems have fantastic advantages. But are they right for you? That depends on your home and your short and long-term budget plans. The best route is to consult with an HVAC installer who is familiar with all three types of cooling; he or she can analyze your home and take into account various important factors to help you make a final decision.

Air Mechanical, Inc. has almost 30 years of history bringing quality air conditioning replacement to Blaine, MN.

Our experts are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding heat pumps, ductless systems, or central air conditioning. Call us today!

How Geothermal Cooling Systems Work

May 30th, 2014

Most people understand the basics of geothermal power: the planet Earth generates heat from its core, which then radiates outward toward the surface. Only about 10 feet below the ground, the Earth’s temperature starts to rise. Anyone who has gone into an underground cavern for any distance during cold weather will attest to the increase in temperature down below the surface. Systems that harness this heat are accessing a natural, clean, and renewable source of energy.

But how does this relate to cooling down a home? A geothermal heat pump can both warm up and cool down a home, and we’ll explain how this works.

To find out the necessary information to see if geothermal cooling in Andover, MN is appropriate for your household, call up the geothermal experts at Air Mechanical, Inc. today. Since 1985, we’ve cooled and heated the 7-county Metro Area.

The operation of a ground-source heat pump in cooling mode

A geothermal heat pump works much the same way that a standard air-source heat pump does: to cool your home, it removes heat from your indoor air and deposits it in the air outside. The process reverses for heating. The difference is that a ground-source heat pump (i.e. a geothermal heat pump) uses the ground for half of the exchange: it removes heat from the earth and moves it indoors for heating, and when you switch the system over to cooling, it removes the heat from indoors and puts it in the ground.

Because the temperature in the ground remains at a steady level that is hardly affected by the fluctuations of surface weather, the geothermal heat pump always has a heat supply for the exchange: at around 55°F, it works ideally to remove and deposit heat. The ground loops that carry out the exchange run water through them to move the heat from one place to the other, and without causing any damage to the soil. Ground-source heat pumps are both reliable and clean, with few emissions that might endanger the environment.

But will a geothermal heat pump work for my home?

That’s a good question. It isn’t one we can answer here: every house and property is different. Limitations on space and differences in the soil can make a geothermal system impractical in some locations. However, our specialists at Air Mechanical, Inc. will find the best way to either apply a geothermal configuration for what you have available, or suggest an alternative for heating and cooling that will bring you comfort and energy savings.

We are strong advocates of geothermal energy for homes, and we want you to take them into serious consideration.

At Air Mechanical we do our best to see that you have excellent geothermal cooling in Andover, MN if it is the finest option for your home.

How Sump Pumps Work in Oak Grove

May 23rd, 2014

The combination of heavy rainfall and high water tables in many places in Oak Grove means the lower parts of homes can face trouble from flooding and excess moisture. Water entering basements and crawlspaces causes damage to building material and objects in storage, contributes to an uncomfortable rise in humidity, encourages the growth of unhealthy molds and mildew, and attracts pests like cockroaches and rodents. This is a problem you must solve.

The best solution is to install a sump pump to remove the excess water. A sump pump takes the worry off your mind and automatically keeps your basement dry and safe. For more detailed information about sump pumps in Oak Grove, MN, specifically to find out what type and size of sump pump will protect your basement and/or crawlspace, contact Air Mechanical, Inc. Your comfort is our concern, and has been since 1985.

The operation of sump pumps

At their basic, sump pumps are electrically-powered impeller pumps that remove water from an excavated area called a sump and transport it into the wastewater system (or sometimes a well). The sump is created in a location where water flows naturally into it and begins to collect so that the water level is high enough for the pump to be able to remove it.

There are two standard sump pump models.

  • Pedestal sump pumps, as their name implies, perch on a pedestal over the sump. The impeller is located at the bottom of the pump, and from it a pipe extends down into the sump. A float in the sump activates the impeller when the water level rises too high, and the water is pumped out until the water in the sump returns to its original level. Pedestal pumps need more power to run than the other model, but they are easy to service and suffer from less water damage because they are not in the sump.
  • Submersible sump pumps sit down within the water of the sump and draw water directly into their intakes. Whenever water is high enough to enter the intakes, the impeller motor turns on. Although sealed to prevent water damage, submersible pumps will wear down faster and need more repairs than pedestal pumps. However, they are more visually appealing than pedestal sump pumps (because they are mostly hidden) and use less energy because they do not need as much suction power.

What kind of pump should I get?

This is a question best left to a professional installer to answer. He or she can determine based on the layout of your basement and the amount of water it collects the type and size of pump to do the job. The installer will set the unit up for you, and you can rely on him or her for repairs and necessary regular maintenance.

Our staff at Air Mechanical, Inc. has many years of experience with sump pumps in Oak Grove, MN. Trust to us to protect your home from flooding and excess moisture.