Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Archive for April, 2014

How Does Duct Cleaning Save Me Money?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

You should schedule professional duct cleaning for your ventilation system every one or two years, depending on how rapidly your system gathers dust and other pollutants. A team of duct cleaning specialists will come to your home and use power vacuums and special agitation equipment to thoroughly remove the contamination from inside your ducts. You will not only receive better indoor air quality as a result, but you’ll also end up saving money. We’ll look over the ways that professional duct cleaning will lower your bills.

For this job, hire only the most experienced technicians available. At Air Mechanical, Inc., we specialize in many types of air quality services, from duct cleaning to installing air cleaners. We are one of your best choices for expert duct cleaning in Ham Lake, MN.

How you can save money with regular duct cleaning

  • More energy-efficient HVAC system performance: It only takes a thin layer of dust inside your ducts to create friction against the airflow from your air conditioner and heater. With a significant build-up over a year or two, dirty ductwork will have a major impact on how efficiently your HVAC system operates, and this will result in an increase in your electrical bills. Duct cleaning will make your ducts “like new” and allow your forced-air HVAC system to breathe free again.
  • Fewer HVAC repairs: Congestion inside ducts will also lead to damage to an HVAC system. The increase in stress on the components will cause an air conditioner or heater to prematurely age and break down. Debris can also infiltrate the cabinet and damage motors, fans, and burners, leading to repairs as well. Clean ducts will protect your HVAC system from early and unnecessary repair needs.
  • Fewer ductwork repairs: Dirty ducts can eventually lead to damage to the ducts themselves from destructive debris that can form inside and weaken the ductwork material. This will result in leaks and gaps, which will require professional repair work to seal.

Whatever services you need for improving your indoor air quality, you’ll find it at Air Mechanical, Inc. Check out our indoor air quality tips for more information on how to keep the air in your home as clean as possible.

Our extensive services for duct cleaning in Ham Lake, MN will not only improve your air, but save you money as well. Call us today to schedule an appointment for professional duct cleaning.

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What Is a SEER Rating?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

As intricate electro-mechanical devices, air conditioning systems come with a lengthy list of technical specifications. Most of these are unimportant for you to know as a consumer; trusth the expertise of your professional installers and repair technicians to handle the mechanical side of the air conditioner when you need help.

There is one specification about which you should have some basic knowledge: the SEER rating. Understanding SEER means understanding how efficiently your current or future air conditioner uses power to provide you with cooled air. Although the SEER rating isn’t the only specification on an air conditioning system that matters, it will often be a deciding factor on whether you choose to install a particular model, or to judge the performance of your current model.

For the repair and installation assistance on your air conditioning in Oak Grove, MN that takes into account all the complexities of an AC, look to the experience of Air Mechanical, Inc.

Seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER)

SEER is an acronym of “seasonal energy efficiency rating,” and the number represents how well a unit transforms available electrical energy into cooling power. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the unit uses electricity, which will mean lower power bills (if the unit is installed and sized correctly and receives annual maintenance).

SEER is a ratio: The amount of cooling power the unit provides (measured in BTUs, or British Thermal Units) ÷ the amount of electricity it uses (measured in watt-hours), as measured over a full season of cooling. This separates SEER from another important rating, EER, which measures the ratio over only a single test.

What numbers can you expect to see for SEER? For an air conditioning unit to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label of efficiency, it must have SEER of a minimum of 14. High-efficiency air conditioning systems can score around 21–22 SEER. In general, the higher the SEER of a unit, the more expensive it will be to install. However, the savings from efficiency will allow the unit to eventually pay off these higher installation costs.

Keep SEER in balance with other criteria

Just because a unit has high SEER doesn’t mean it’s the best unit for you to install. Efficiency doesn’t mean an AC will provide you with sufficient cooling, only that it works with less energy waste. Rely on professional installers to factor all your needs in order to find the air conditioning system in Oak Grove, MN that will keep you cooled down and also deliver excellent energy savings.

Call Air Mechanical, Inc. if you need AC installation or repairs to restore a system to the promise of its SEER rating. We’ve created custom comfort since 1985.

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Common Kitchen Plumbing Repair Issues

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Considering the amount of water that flows into and out of a kitchen on a daily basis, it’s surprising that the plumbing there doesn’t require more repairs than it does. However, modern kitchen plumbing is designed to endure a great deal of stress, and proper cleaning helps keep away issues like clogged sinks and leaking pipes.

But no kitchen can avoid repairs entirely. Because of this, we have decided to highlight a few of the common repair issues you may encounter in your home’s kitchen.

When you need expert kitchen plumbing repair in Anoka, MN, call up the company with almost four decades of experience servicing the 7-County Metro area: Air Mechanical, Inc.

3 common repairs for kitchen plumbing

  • Eliminating clogs: Clogs occur in a kitchen more often than anywhere else in a house because of the amount of food that goes down the drains, which includes the major nemesis of pipes: liquid fat, oil, and grease (collectively known as F.O.G.), which turns into waxy solids that rapidly congest drainpipes. Although a sink plunger can handle basic clogs, when the build-up inside drainpipes reaches a level where clogs happen consistently, you’ll need professionals to clean out the drains. Also, never resort to the use of chemical drain cleaners, which can damage pipes and leave behind toxic residue.
  • Fixing broken garbage disposals: Kitchen disposals take plenty of abuse, and some of it is unnecessary. You should never put anything down a disposal that human teeth couldn’t chew. Chicken bones and unpopped popcorn kernels are major offenders, but people sometimes put actual “garbage” items like paper products into disposals. (Perhaps the “garbage” part of the name should be retired.) Disposals can clog or break because of these objects. You should never reach your hand into a disposal to attempt to fix a jammed flywheel or any other issue. Call professionals to handle these repairs, which could include fixing electrical problems.
  • Grease trap repairs: Not every kitchen has a grease trap to prevent F.O.G. contamination, although we definitely recommend installing one. But grease traps sometimes need repairs as well, especially if they don’t receive routine cleaning. If a grease trap starts causing a sink to back up, call for repairs.

Although there are some simple kitchen plumbing issues you can handle on your own (such as plungering away a simple clog), a trained plumber should take care of most problems so you’ll avoid accidental damage and leaking. Air Mechanical, Inc. can perform the kitchen plumbing repair in Anoka, MN that will restore your appliances, drains, faucets, and anything else that might encounter difficulty.

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3 Problems with Gas Piping That Require Repair

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Gas piping is used with your furnace, hot water heater and similar appliances, bringing natural gas into your home to provide fuel for heating. Gas piping in Spring Lake Park is very common, and usually quite reliable to boot. But like any other appliance, gas piping can run into trouble from time to time. When they do, you need to call in a professional to handle it. Here are 3 problems with gas piping that require repair.

At Air Mechanical Inc. we professionally handle gas piping in Spring Lake Park and throughout the surrounding communities, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction!

  • Leaks. Leaks in your gas line don’t happen very often, but when they do they constitute a serious danger to your home: not only can they poison you or your family members, but they could result in an explosion. Natural gas is normally odorless, which is why a specific scent, like rotting eggs, is added. If you smell it, you need to turn off the gas and call a repair technician immediately. If possible, clear your home of all pets and family members, and refrain from doing anything involving open flame, such as turning on a gas range or lighting up a cigarette.
  • Blocks. Blockages in your gas piping can be caused by contaminants in the line, damage to the pipe or a build-up of gunk at the access point. Regardless of the exact cause, the result is the same: the gas won’t flow and the appliance relying on it will not function. In some cases, it might not entirely restrict the flow of gas, but merely slow it down.
  • Valve issues. Valves at the end of a gas line can result in either leaks or blocks, depending on the exact nature of the issue. The good news is that they’re fairly easy to replace, but as with other repair issues, you need to address the issue immediately in order to avoid real trouble.

If you encounter problems with gas piping that require repair, keep your home and family safe, first by evacuating the house, and then contact the gas company. Once they have allowed people back into the house, call the experts at Air Mechanical, Inc.

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