Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Archive for January, 2013

Heating Tip: Does Humidity Affect Heating Efficiency?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you in need of a indoor air quality service? Call the Ramsey heating experts at Air Mechanical. We can help you choose the right indoor air quality system for your home and situation. Humidity and moisture control issues do affect heating efficiency, as well as the efficiency of your AC system in the summer. Here’s how too much or too little humidity in the air can affect your heating system.

If the air inside your home is too dry due to the heater drying it out, then you should consider a whole-home humidifier. Dry air can cause dry skin and other health concerns, and it can also increase your heating bills without you realizing it. Dry air also feels colder, so many homeowners crank up the thermostat unnecessarily.

Adding room humidifiers can actually add too much moisture to a certain area, and they only cover that room. A whole-house humidifier will add moisture back to the air inside your entire home and will also add just enough and not too much moisture. If there’s too much moisture, then it promotes mold growth and other moisture problems. Make sure your home has adequate ventilation, insulation, and sealing to ensure better indoor air quality overall.

When you start to notice dry air, too much moisture, or high heating bills, call a Ramsey heating contractor. Be sure to call the  Ramsey indoor air quality experts at Air Mechanical to help you out with all your humidity control needsContact Air Mechanical today!

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How Can I Ventilate My Home Without Reducing Efficiency?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Because modern homes are very energy efficient, it means that they don’t allow very much outside air in or very much inside air out. While this is very good for your heating and air conditioning bills, it can cause your indoor air quality to suffer. The importance of proper ventilation in your home cannot be understated. However, many homeowners wonder how they can allow fresh air in without losing energy at the same time. At Air Mechanical, we’ve been offering complete heating and air conditioning services in Blaine for almost 30 years. We thought we would offer some of our experience and training to describe how homeowners in Blaine can efficiently ventilate their homes. Contact Air Mechanical today!

The Importance of Proper Ventilation

  • Indoor air quality – One of the main benefits of proper ventilation is air quality. During the winter and summer, we shut up our homes to keep in as much of that conditioned air as possible. But this allows airborne contaminants like dust, insect droppings, pet dander and other allergens out, those things to get trapped inside and accumulate.
  • Efficiency – While opening a window is one way to ventilate your home, it isn’t very efficient—especially in the middle of winter or summer. Proper ventilation allows your home to get fresh, clean air without sacrificing efficiency. In fact, keeping your attic properly ventilated can actually increase energy efficiency.

Heat Recovery Ventilators vs Energy Recovery Ventilators

Two of the most popular ventilation systems on the market heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilators (ERV). Here is how they work and how they are different.

  • HRV –With an HRV, your heating system will be able to pre-heat the incoming air and pre-cool the incoming air during the summer. It does this by passing the incoming and outgoing air through a heat exchanger. For example, during the winter your heating system will pull in cold air from outside and exhaust warm, stale air from inside through the HRV. The two air streams will not mix, but the hot, outgoing air will give off some of its heat to a heat exchanger. The cold, incoming air will pick up that heat and carry it back inside.
  • ERV – An ERV does all of the things that an HRV does. The only difference is that it allows you to recapture some of the humidity that would be lost during normal furnace or air conditioning operation.

If you’re interested in learning more about heat recovery ventilators or energy recovery ventilators in Blaine, call Air Mechanical.

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Heating Tip: Gas Furnace Safety Features and Other Settings

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Be sure to call one of the Ramsey heating experts at Air Mechanical the next time you need any type of service for your gas furnace. It’s important to know how your furnace works and how to control the safety features and other settings.

If you think your furnace is not working at all, first check the power switch, which is typically located on a wall near the furnace. Make sure it is in the on position, and also make sure that the emergency gas cutoff switch is on as well. That is usually located near the furnace or if the furnace is in the basement, on the wall next to the steps to your basement.

Also make sure a fuse or circuit breaker has not flipped. Check the service panel. Make sure you know which one is for the furnace. A dirty or clogged filter can also turn the furnace off in some models. Check the filter to see if it needs to be cleaned or changed. If your furnace is part of dual fuel system, make sure it is on the right setting.

On older furnaces, the pilot light is also a safety device. If the pilot light has gone out, be sure you check the owner’s manual to see how to safely light it again. Most models will have instructions on a metal plate or sticker on your furnace. Newer gas furnace models usually have an electronic pilot igniter. If the pilot light won’t light or stay lit, call us. There could be something wrong with the igniter or another issue.

You can always call the Ramsey heating professionals at Air Mechanical if you have further questions. Contact Air Mechanical today!

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Geothermal Tip: Saving Energy with Geothermal

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Keeping your home comfortable should be a top priority for any homeowner. The high costs of energy, though, can dissuade many people from keeping their homes as comfortable as they would like. With the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in Ham Lake you can greatly reduce the amount of energy you consume while still keeping your home effectively heated and cooled. If you would like to learn more about Ham Lake geothermal heating and air conditioning systems, contact Air Mechanical today. We have some information for you about how you can start saving energy with geothermal technology.

One important factor to keep in mind in order to maintain high efficiency heating and cooling output from your geothermal system is to know precisely where your geothermal loop system is installed. If you have any work done on your home you need to keep the digging away from this loop system. The geothermal loop system is responsible for drawing heat from the ground surrounding your property for use in your home. If this loop system is compromised or damaged your geothermal heating and cooling system will not operate efficiently.

You may also want to consider using your geothermal system to heat the water you need for showering and cleaning around the house. During operation in the cooling season your geothermal system will dump excess heat right back into the ground. You can use this heat to heat water that can be used in your home. Why pay for hot water service when you are just putting heat back into the ground anyway?

Be sure to fully understand the temperature controls of your geothermal heating and cooling system as well. A lot of inefficiency stems from simple human error. Get to know your thermostat or zone control systems in order to get the most out of these devices. This will allow you to use them, and your system as a whole, more efficiently.

If you have any questions about how you can get a more efficient performance out of your geothermal heating and cooling system in Ham Lake, call Air Mechanical. We have all the answers you need. Let us help you save money by reducing the amounts of energy you use.

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