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

Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

You need to be able to stay comfortable in your home and this summer you’re probably going to be running your air conditioning system in order to stay cool. But if you’re like most homeowners you’re looking for any way that you can improve the efficiency of your home. Here at Air Mechanical Inc., we understand that energy prices seem to be always rising which is why we’ve put together a quick list of some of the things that you can do to reduce your air conditioning energy usage. If you’re interested in learning more about Andover, MN air conditioning efficiency just give us a call today.

How to Increase Air Conditioning Energy Efficiency

There are a few different ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and they range in cost effectiveness. Here are a few options that many homeowners find effective in their home.

  • Duct cleaning and repair – The ducts in your home have the huge responsibility to carry all of the cooled air from your AC throughout your home. If there are any leaks or cracks in your ducts it could allow a lot of the cooled air to leak outside. Not only is this incredibly wasteful but it could also negatively impact the comfort of your home.
  • Check the air filter – Your air conditioning system has an air filter in it that is there to make sure that any dust or dirt doesn’t get into the inside of the system. If the air filter gets clogged it will restrict the flow of air through the system and cause it to have to work harder to pull air through. This will reduce the efficiency of the system and decrease the comfort of your home.
  • Get regular maintenance – Probably the best thing that you can do for the efficiency of your air conditioning system is to get regular Andover, MN air conditioning maintenance. During regular maintenance visits your AC technician will look for any small problems and issues that could be causing the system to lose efficiency. They repair those things and make sure that your AC system is working at peak performance levels.

If your air conditioning system has started to consume more energy than it used to, the Andover, MN air conditioning maintenance pros at Air Mechanical Inc can definitely help. Give us a call today to talk with one of our friendly specialists.

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How Heat Pumps Provide Cooling in your Home

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Heat pumps are a great way to get efficient cooling in your home. Here at Air Mechanical Inc we offer complete Blaine, MN heat pump repair, installation and maintenance services for all different kinds of heat pumps. We wanted to help our customers be able to recognize when they need repairs by putting together a quick explanation of how a heat pump producing cooling for your home.

How Heat Pumps Work

If you’ve ever used a can of compressed air to dust your computer then you’ve likely noticed how the outside of the can gets cold. This is because as you release gas from the can, the remaining gas in the can has to expand in order to fill the space left. In order to expand, the gas sucks in heat energy from the space around it. Your heat pump uses the exact same principle of physics to cool your home except that they use a compressed refrigerant.

Your heat pump has two units: an indoor unit and an outdoor one. In the outdoor unit is a compressor that compresses the refrigerant. It then circulates that compressed refrigerant inside to the evaporator coil where the refrigerant gets released. A fan inside the unit blows warm air over the cool coils and absorbs heat out of the air. The cool air gets pushed through into your home and the refrigerant continues to the outdoor unit once again where the heat is exhausted.

If you’re interested in Blaine, MN heat pump installation or if your current system isn’t working well, the experts at Air Mechanical can help you with any services that you need.

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Signs You Need Plumbing Repair

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The plumbing system that runs throughout your home serves a number of extremely vital functions. It is your plumbing system that brings clean water into your home, and it is your plumbing that also allows waste water to be brought back out. Every time you take a shower, wash your hands or do your laundry you are depending on the operation of your plumbing system. Considering how important a role your plumbing system plays in your day to day life, it should come as no surprise to hear that any necessary plumbing repair services ought to be completed as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for recognizing the need for Andover, MN plumbing repair service from the professional plumbers at Air Mechanical Inc.

One serious sign that it may be time to schedule professional plumbing repair is a spike in your water bills. If you have not made any real changes in your water usage, there is no reason that you should see these costs rise considerably. Rising water bills are most likely a result of a water leak somewhere in your home. The source of the leak could be a damaged pipe, a leaky faucet, a rusted water heater or even a burst water line. Whatever the cause, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

Another sign that it is time for professional plumbing repair service is a drop in water pressure throughout your home. If it is a localized issue there may be a problem with the delivery of water to that one area of your house. However, if your water pressure has dropped throughout your entire home the problem is most likely with your main water line. Contact your professional immediately if your water pressure drops off.

You should also contact a plumber for repair services if you cannot get reliable hot water from your water heater. There are a number of reasons that your water heater may fail to deliver hot water. It may be too small for your home or overburdened. It may also be filled with sediments as a result of hard water, though. Whatever the issue, we can repair it.

Contact Air Mechanical Inc. today to learn more about professional Andover, MN plumbing repair services. We know how important the plumbing in your home is to your daily life. Call now to learn more about how we can help improve your plumbing experience.

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Why Am I Not Getting Enough Cooling?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

If your home isn’t getting enough cooling there are a number of possible causes. Insufficient cooling is a very common problem that we get called for. The Ham Lake, MN air conditioning repair specialists at Air Mechanical can repair any type of system that you might be having. We understand how important it is for you to be able to stay comfortable in your home which is why we wanted to put together a few of the most common sources of insufficient cooling.

Common Causes of Insufficient Cooling

If your air conditioning system blows warm air when you turn it on or if it just doesn’t cool your home enough call the Ham Lake, MN air conditioning repair pros at Air Mechanical. These are a few of the most common causes of this issue.

  • Bad thermostat – If your home’s thermostats aren’t working well then they could be telling your air conditioning system that your home is already cool enough. If this is the case then all you may need is to replace your thermostats, change the batteries or reset them.
  • Clogged air filter – Another common cause of insufficient cooling is a clogged air filter. The air filter in your home’s AC system is there to protect it from dust and dirt. If it gets clogged it could restrict the flow of air into your home. This means that the cool air that should get into your home can’t.
  • Broken fan motor – The fan motor in your home’s air conditioning system is responsible for pushing the cooled air throughout your home. If the fan motor is broken it could mean that you aren’t getting enough cool air moving into your home.
  • Broken compressor – If the compressor in your home’s air conditioning system is broken it could also be causing the insufficient cooling.

For all your Ham Lake, MN air conditioning repair make sure that you call Air Mechanical. We have experience working on all different types and brands of systems and issues.

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Getting Ready for Summer

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Summer has officially arrived and higher temperatures are right around the corner. Right now is a great time to get your home ready for the heat. Keeping your home’s cooling system running in good order will ensure a comfortable temperature inside your home and save you money.

As a home owner, there are a few simple things you can do to extend the life of your air conditioner. Your cooling system works by circulating the air in your home, drawing it through the system, cooling it and then blowing it back into your home to reduce the ambient temperature to a comfortable level. One of the ways to make sure your system is running at optimum efficiency is by changing your air filters on a regular basis. Most manufacturers recommend changing your filters on a monthly basis. However, if you live in a high traffic area, have a lot of pets or traffic in and out of your home, you may want to change them on a bi-weekly basis (depending on how quickly they are getting dirty). If you are an allergy or asthma sufferer, you may want to upgrade the filters in your unit. There are disposable filters with a much higher filtration rate (check the MERV rating) designed to contain allergy and other contaminants that most traditional filters will not. Be prepared, these filters can be expensive. Another alternative is to get electrostatic filters installed. Electronic filters use an ionizer to trap smaller particles like allergens.

One item that is constantly overlooked by most homeowners is having your cooling system serviced. Usually most homeowners only call a professional when their unit is not working properly. A trained service technician can save you money in the long run by making sure your system is working properly and in some instances prevent costly repairs down the road. Most inspections will cover the amount of coolant in your system known as Freon. Low levels of Freon will make your unit less efficient and cause it to run longer because the air coming out will be warmer than normal. Seals and fitting will also be inspected and the condenser will be cleaned of debris to ensure maximum efficiency. For more information about indoor air quality, check out the EPA guide: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidestory.html

Lastly, a programmable digital thermostat is a must have for every home owner. If you are still using an older manual thermostat you are throwing money away. Not only will a digital model extend the life of your cooling system but it will save you money by only running the cooling system when necessary. Selecting the right one can be a bit confusing, as there are tons of options available, including wireless thermostats.

About the Author:

Charles Richey lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Jacqulyn and their many pets. He maintains his wife’s website about the Las Vegas homes market with listings of luxury homes for sale in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.

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