Air Mechanical, Inc Blog : Archive for June, 2014

Signs That You Need an Air Purifier in Your Home

Friday, 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.

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Stages Involved in Air Conditioning Maintenance

Friday, 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.

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How Do Reverse Osmosis Systems Work?

Friday, 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.

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

Friday, 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!

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