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.

Can’t I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?

March 13th, 2015

The vent that exhausts heat and moisture from your clothes dryer must remain as unobstructed as possible. There are three reasons for this:

  • To help thoroughly dry clothes during the drying cycle.
  • To keep the dryer as energy efficient as possible.
  • To lower the chances of a house fire.

The third reason is the most important: a large number of house fires start every year because lint clogging the interior of a dryer vent ignites from the heat. Lint is a highly flammable material, and you want most of it removed from the vent and the hose connecting the dryer to the vent.

You need to have your clothes dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis. But this isn’t a job you should take on as a DIY project. Instead, call professionals who offer dryer vent cleaning in Blaine, MN, like the skilled team at Air Mechanical, Inc.

Why dryer vent cleaning is a job for professionals

Crude older clothes dryers had vents and hoses that were simple to access, but this is no longer true. The modern efficient dryer is built with a more complex ventilation system that isn’t one a homeowner can reach on his or her own.

But even if you could reach the vent without trouble, you should still only rely on skilled professionals. Experienced technicians have equipment that allows them to thoroughly clean out the vent in only a short time, without creating a mess or potential problems with the dryer hose in the future. Unless you have professional level equipment, you will spend hours trying to do what will end up as an inferior job. When you have experts tackling the work, it will take less than an hour to complete and you’ll have dryer in great shape.

Dryer vent cleaning does more than simply pull lint from the hose and vent opening. It also checks on other components of the exhaust system for your dryer, such as the outer wall damper. It takes experienced technicians to make these checks to see that the dryer’s exhaust is at its safest and most effective.

Hiring professionals to clean your dryer vent is an investment in speed, energy efficiency, and safety: results you couldn’t get if you tried the job on your own.

The next time you need to schedule dryer vent cleaning in Blaine, MN, you only need to give Air Mechanical, Inc. a call and we will take care of everything.

Why Schedule Bio-Clean Pipe System Treatment Services?

March 6th, 2015

Our plumbing systems are incredibly important in our day to day lives. Every time you brush your teeth, shower, or do the dishes, you depend upon your plumbing system to supply you with the clean, potable water necessary to accomplish these tasks. Of course, you must also know that your plumbing system is capable of disposing of this water in a hygienic, convenient manner when you are done with it. This is where many homeowners encounter problems with their plumbing systems. It is also why you are wise to consider scheduling Bio-Clean pipe system treatment services in Oak Grove. The professional plumbers at Air Mechanical, Inc. have some information that should help you to understand why this is such a great idea. 

When your drains back up, the last thing that you should do is to run out to the hardware store to purchase harsh, ineffective chemical cleaners. These are bad for the environment and really won’t stand a chance of effectively clearing out your drains. Bio-Clean doesn’t rely on corrosive chemicals in order to clean your drains. Instead, it uses bacteria in order to remove organic waste from the drains. This bacteria will eat its way through organic materials, such as grease, food scraps, paper, etc., without putting the integrity of your pipes themselves at risk.

This is a great way to remove clogs from your drains, but that is not the only benefit that Bio-Clean pipe system treatment services have to offer. By using Bio-Clean, you can also help to eliminate unpleasant odors in your home. A lot of these odors are the result of organic matter building up and rotting in your drains. It is precisely this type of matter that is targeted by the bacteria in Bio-Clean. Plus, this bacteria will attack organic waste in your drains from any direction necessary, meaning that it isn’t just going to flow in one direction as it follows gravity’s pull, as chemical cleaners do.

We have the answers you need to determine if this is the right step for your plumbing system. If so, our professional plumbers will ensure that the job is completed properly every step of the way.

If you have any further questions or if you are ready to schedule Bio-Clean pipe system treatment services in Oak Grove, just call Air Mechanical, Inc. today. 

Ensuring a Successful Heating Installation: Why Size Matters

February 27th, 2015

It doesn’t matter if you are in the process of building a brand new home which requires a brand new heating system, or if you are finally ready to replace your older heating system with a newer, more efficient model; you must schedule your heating installation in Blaine with a skilled, trained, and experienced professional. Doing so, fortunately, is quite easy. You need only call upon the experts here at Air Mechanical, Inc. We will work closely with you to ensure that you find the perfect heating system for your home’s requirements and your personal preferences. We will then install your heating system with the skill and expertise that only seasoned veterans in the heating industry can offer. This includes the proper sizing of your heating system, without which you will just not be able to effectively or efficiently heat your home.

There are a few reasons as to why it is so vital that your heating system is of the right size for your home. First and foremost is the fact that this is the only way in which you can hope to enjoy the very best performance that your new heater has to operate. The failings of an undersized heating system are fairly simple to anticipate. If your heater is too small to handle the heating output that you require of it, it will run longer than it should have to in order to heat your home. In all likelihood, it will fail to do so effectively in spite of its best efforts. This can leave you paying more money for an underwhelming performance from your heater.

Of course, a heater that is too big for your home has its own drawbacks. They begin at the time of purchase, when you will pay money for heating capacity that you will never need. An oversized heater can also bring temperatures in your home up too rapidly. While heating your home quickly may sound great, heating it too quickly can result in short cycling, meaning that your system will turn on and off more frequently than it ought to. Not only can this waste energy, but it can result in unnecessary wear and tear to your system. Ultimately, this wear and tear can lead to damages to your heater.

If you really want to heat your home with outstanding results, then it is absolutely necessary that you schedule your heating installation in Blaine with a qualified professional.

That way, you’ll surely not only have the right heater for the job, but one of an appropriate size. Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today for more details.

How Can an ERV Benefit Homeowners?

February 20th, 2015

In an effort to be energy efficient, many homes have become as air-tight as possible. This is good for maintaining energy efficiency, but not so good for healthy ventilation. It can be hard to find ways to properly ventilate your home during winter without losing heat, but there is a device that can help: an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). An ERV can bring fresh air into your home without compromising your energy efficiency; in fact, it can improve your energy efficiency. How does an ERV work? Let’s take a look.

How It Works

An energy recovery ventilator is a box-like device that has a heat exchanger at is core. The way an ERV works is this: in the winter, your stale, warm indoor air is expelled to the outside; at the same time, a small fan inside the ERV draws the cold air from the outside into the ERV. In the heat exchanger, the energy from the outgoing air is applied to the incoming air; this adds heat and moisture to the incoming fresh air, pre-treating it before it can enter your HVAC system. During the summer, the opposite happens: the outgoing cool, dry air is applied to the fresh incoming warm air, which cools and dehumidifies it. Why pre-treat? Pre-treating the air helps to either pre-cool or pre-heat the fresh incoming air, depending on the season. This means less work for your HVAC system.

Why Install an ERV?

The pre-treating of the incoming air takes some of the work load off your HVAC unit; this helps increase energy efficiency, which you’ll see in your monthly energy bills. An ERV also allows for a continuous stream of fresh air into your home, increasing the ventilation and indoor air quality. Reducing the amount of work your system has to do helps increase the system’s longevity and can reduce the incidence of repair.

An ERV should be installed by a trained expert, so if you think an energy recovery ventilator is a good fit for your home in Ham Lake, call the professionals at Air Mechanical, Inc., today!

Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at Air Mechanical.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at Air Mechanical hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.