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

Why You Should Upgrade to a Honeywell RedLINK Thermostat

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Thermostats are one of the basic components of an HVAC system, but one that most homeowners take for granted. Often, a home will have the same thermostat sitting on the wall for over a decade, remaining the same no matter the changes in the air conditioning and heating system. But thermostat technology has gone through enormous advances in only the last decade, and it may be time to replace the old model on the wall with a cutting-edge one.

“But why is this so important?” you might ask. The reason is that thermostat precision helps with HVAC system performance and energy savings. Beyond that, the many new features on modern thermostats can provide huge leaps in comfort and ways to cut back on power waste. One of the best examples of this is the Honeywell RedLINK Thermostat, an advanced thermostat that offers functions and accessibility that will make drastic differences in comfort and energy use.

You can contact Air Mechanical, Inc. for information about Honeywell RedLINK Thermostats in Andover, MN. We offer many different types of thermostats and can locate the ideal model for your HVAC system and your budget.

The Honywell RedLINK Thermostat

RedLINK™ is a wireless technology that Honeywell developed for their commercial and residential thermostats. It works similar to Wi-Fi, but expands on the standard Wi-Fi enabled thermostats with additional features. The RedLINK™ portal uses over 90 difference system alerts, is outfitted for zone control, contains memory logs that will track setting history, and displays outdoor and indoor temperature and humidity readings. The controls, which you can access through a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone, allow you to adjust staging, fan circulation, and the settings for indoor air quality.

Essentially, with a RedLINK thermostat, you have both complete control over your HVAC system and access to full data from it—available from almost anywhere in the world.

Call us for Honeywell RedLINK Thermostat Installation

Although the REDLink™ Portal is easy to use, it is complex to install: you cannot purchase it off the shelf and put it in on your own. We will help you select and install the thermostat that will best improve your comfort and your energy bills.

Contact the professionals at Air Mechanical, Inc. to schedule an appointment to look into your options when it comes to Honeywell RedLINK Thermostats in Andover, MN.

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How Ductless Cooling Can Save You Money

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Installing a ductless mini split heat pump or air conditioner in your home offers a number of excellent advantages. These comfort systems are especially useful if you live in a houses that lacks room for ductwork (such as an older or historic house), or if you plan on new home construction and wish to have the complete freedom to design the interior without worrying about fitting in a ventilation system.

Ductless cooling can also save you money. In fact, it also certainly will if you make sure that you have the system installed professionally and schedule regular maintenance for it during the year. To start out right with ductless cooling in Ham Lake, MN, contact the company that has provided the 7-county Metro Area with quality home comfort since 1985: Air Mechanical, Inc. We offer excellent ductless installation, repairs, and maintenance.

The money-saving properties of ductless mini splits

At first, a ductless mini split AC/heat pump may seem more like a construction convenience and a method to improve indoor air quality than as a way to conserve energy. But there are two important ways that going ductless will lower your bills during the year:

  • Reduced energy loss: Air traveling through ducts loses energy along the way, no matter how well-sealed and maintained the ventilation system. Because ducts are placed in closed-off and stuffy areas of a home (between the walls, in the attic), heat will enter through the duct walls and raise the temperature of the area, making the air conditioning less efficient. (The reverse applies for a heat pump in heating mode: heat radiate out of the ducts.) The development of dust and dirt inside ductwork also causes air resistance that lowers system efficiency. Ductless systems give you cooling sent straight from blower units mounted on walls, providing you more efficient heating and cooling.
  • Zone control: Because ductless mini splits use individual blower units placed throughout a home, each with its own individual controls, you can shut off cooling to sections of the building that don’t need it. You no longer have to cool down the entire house when your central cooling comes on, only the rooms that are occupied. You will significantly reduce your cooling bills when you get rid of the need to wastefully condition empty rooms.

We also offer annual maintenance from trained technicians to make sure that your ductless system runs in the best condition and saves you money the way it should.

Ductless mini split systems are not the ideal option for every home, so before you choose to have installation of ductless cooling in Ham Lake, MN, contact our specialists at Air Mechanical, Inc.

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The Different Types of Geothermal Loop Systems

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Geothermal energy for home heating and cooling is a rapidly growing industry that is available to more homes now than ever before. One of the reasons that an increasing number of homeowners are opting for the geothermal heat pumps—aside from their advantages in reliability, longevity, and energy efficiency—is that the variety of different geothermal systems professionals can install means even more homes can take advantage of geothermal energy.

At Air Mechanical, Inc., we can handle installation of many types of geothermal loop systems in Oak Grove, MN. There are four basic systems available; contact our experience geothermal team to find out which type will work best for your home.

at Air Mechanical, Inc. our experts will survey your property to determine the geothermal installation that will deliver you all the benefits you expect.

The four different loop systems

  1. Horizontal loops: This is the most common type of loop system, and if a home has sufficient space and the right weather conditions, horizontal loops are usually the number one choice for geothermal installation. They are highly efficient and also easy to repair. The installers dig trenches 4–10 feet deep across the property, then lay the loops flat along the bottom of the trenches and fill them in.
  2. Vertical loops: When there is less space available for the loops, or when the loops need to be buried deeper to access a stable underground temperature, a vertical loop configuration may be the best option. The installers drill holes between 100 and 400 feet into the ground, and pipes connected with a U-joint are lowered into them, which are then joined to a horizontal pipe that runs to the heat pump.
  3. Pond or lake loops: Even though it goes against the name “geothermal,” water can also be used as a heat exchange medium for a geothermal system. If a home has a body of water close enough, the loops can be placed at least eight feet below the water surface to take advantage of the stable temperatures (and to avoid freezing during winter).
  4. Open loops: All the above systems are closed loop, which means they circulate an antifreeze refrigerant through them. With an open loop system, water is used as the refrigerant, and once it is used it returns to the ground. An open loop system connects to the fresh water supply to the house so it always has water available.

Which loop system will work best for my home?

To find this out, contact Air Mechanical, Inc. and arrange for an appointment. We will bring our years of experience to the task of determining which of the various geothermal loop systems in Oak Grove, MN will provide your home with year-round comfort and energy savings.

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Common Bathroom Plumbing Repair Issues

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

No spot in your house uses more water on a daily basis than the bathroom(s). The stress put on the drains and waste water and freshwater lines in a bathroom are immense, and even the best cared-for bathroom will eventually run into plumbing issues. When this time arrives for a bathroom in your home, make sure that you call for professional plumbing repair in Ham Lake, MN. Unless the issue is a clog that is simple enough to eliminate using a plunger, you must leave bathroom plumbing to trained professionals, or else you risk massive leaks, damage to construction material, and even flooding.

Here are some of the more common issues with bathroom plumbing that can lead to repairs. Since 1985, Air Mechanical, Inc. has helped homeowners in the 7-county Metro Area with home comfort. We are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help with any plumbing emergency your house may encounter.

The common bathroom plumbing problems

  • Sink and shower drain clogs – The drains in bathrooms typically encounter two problems that will lead to clogs: hair and soap scum. Although you should keep a drain cover over both drains to help prevent excess hair and soap from entering them, you can’t stop all of it. Hair will form into thick clumps down inside the p-trap (the curved pipe section below the drain) and soap scum will develop on the pipe lining and gradually build-up. Soap scum can also create an acid that can eat through the pipes. Plumbers can use professional drain cleaning methods to clear out these blockages.
  • Leaking toilet – A toilet can start to leak water for a variety of reasons. The most frequent causes are loose gaskets between the tank and bowl, a decaying wax ring in the base where the toilet connects to the floor, and cracks along the bowl. It usually takes a plumber to detect what the exact reason for the leaking is. Whatever the cause, it must receive attention immediately. Not only can a leaking toilet lead to flooding into the bathroom and unsanitary conditions, but water damage to the floor material can weaken it to a dangerous point where the weight of the toilet can cause it to break through the floor. (Yes, this happens… far more than you might think.)
  • Weak water pressure – Build-up of scale inside the pipes of your bathroom can lead to a drop in water pressure, and even eventually a loss of water flow entirely. You will need plumbers to descale the plumbing. In many cases, a plumber will recommend that you install a water softener for your home that will remove the minerals that are causing the development of scale.

Air Mechanical, Inc. has highly trained professionals for your needs for plumbing repair in Ham Lake, MN. Call us any time of the day or night to restore your bathroom’s plumbing.

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