Air Mechanical, Inc Blog : Archive for October, 2014

How Honeywell WIFI Thermostats Save Homeowners Money

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Poorly maintained components of your HVAC system can be a major drain on your energy bills. Dirty or worn down parts keep your unit from running as efficiently as it should, although a technician may be able to make some necessary adjustments during a maintenance visit. A dirty furnace filter or AC filter can prevent the proper amount of airflow from getting to your system, causing it to work harder. But one of the most surprising drains on your energy bills is an out-of date thermostat. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how you can save money installing a Honeywell WIFI thermostat in Oak Grove.

Manual Thermostats Can Cost You a Lot More

If you currently use a manual thermostat, you may be spending a lot more than you should. Manual thermostats are sometimes hard to read, as they contain dials and sliders that may be somewhat difficult to align. You may end up setting the thermostat too low in the summer, and even if you’re only off by one or two degrees in can make a significant impact on your energy spending throughout the month.

Save Money by Scheduling Your Heating and Cooling to Come on Throughout the Day

You can save money using a digital, programmable thermostat instead of a manual model. Digital thermostats have a clear display and allow you to vary the temperature throughout the day for increased savings. Set the temperature lower at peak hours to save on heating costs at those times. Additionally, you can save a lot of money by scheduling the thermostat to come on 30 minutes before you arrive home, instead of leaving it on throughout the day.

Use Your Honeywell WIFI Thermostat Anywhere

And with Honeywell WIFI thermostats, you may be more likely to take advantage of these programmable features since you can set your thermostat from a smart phone or computer no matter where you are located. Let’s say you set your thermostat to come on 30 minutes before you arrive home, but an unexpected meeting will keep you at work an extra hour. Simply pull out your smart phone, open an app, and delay your thermostat an hour—it’s that easy!

Save money and your system by using your HVAC system sparingly with the help of Honeywell WIFI thermostats in Oak Grove. For installation services, call Air Mechanical, Inc. today!

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Which Type of Water Treatment System Is Right for My Home?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Your family’s health and happiness is the most important thing. And one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy is by drinking plenty of water. Studies show that drinking more water increases concentration, wards off sickness, gives you energy throughout the day, and may even boost your mood. So to keep your family members in the best shape that they can be, you want to ensure they get plenty of clean, potable water.

If you get your water from the municipal water supply, it usually runs through a water treatment facility first. This filters out many particles that could be contaminating the water. Furthermore, the city adds chemicals such as chlorine to kill microorganisms like bacteria and viruses and may add fluoride for residents’ dental health. But some particles may still find their way into your pipes, which is why many homeowners seek additional water treatment. Here are some of the water treatment systems you can use to protect your water.

  • Filtration Systems: A standard water filter generally filters out most of the particles that could enter your water supply, such as some bacteria and sediment. Water passes through a series of filters that strain these substances out, usually installed as cartridges attached to your pipes.
  • Specialty Cartridges: In your home, you may be concerned about specific contaminants because they are common to your area or because a family member is particularly sensitive. In this case, you can install a specialty cartridge that targets specific contaminants such as arsenic or nitrates.
  • Water Softener: Hard water is common to many homes, and for some people it may not become a problem. But the minerals in hard water—most commonly magnesium and calcium—may eventually cause blockages in the pipes, reducing the water pressure and ruining large appliances such as the dishwasher. A water softener replaces these minerals with sodium so you won’t need to replace your plumbing and fixtures too soon.
  • Reverse Osmosis System: Finally, a reverse osmosis system is perhaps the most powerful filtration system, removing even very small particles via a thin membrane which only allows water to pass through. Reverse osmosis can even filter out the sodium ions produced by your water softener.

To choose the right system for your home, you need professional advice from experts who can test your water for common contaminants.

To schedule water treatment system installation in Andover, or to have any lingering questions answered, call the technicians at Air Mechanical, Inc.

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A Guide to Whole-Home Air Purifiers in Ham Lake

Monday, October 13th, 2014

You know that there are pollutants in the air outside, but did you know the indoor air may be just as bad? Investing in an air purifying system for your house is the best way to prevent family members from developing health problems and keep from aggravating any existing allergies or respiratory problems. Today, you can purchase a variety of air purifiers in Ham Lake to ensure your family’s health and comfort at home.

Mechanical Air Purifiers

There are two different types of air purifiers that can filter out particles from the air, mechanical filters and electronic air cleaners. Mechanical air filters work with your HVAC system. As your air conditioning or heating system runs, the mechanical cleaner can filter out most of the particles that pass through. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are the most successful of these, but are rarely used for residential purposes. Instead, you may choose a high efficiency filter with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of 14-16.

Electronic Air Purifiers

Electronic air cleaners are more effective than mechanical filters because they can catch smaller particles through the use of ions. There are two basic types of electronic air cleaner—an electrostatic precipitator and an ion generator. An electrostatic precipitator sucks in air and the particles in the air become charged and collect on plates that you should clean every few months. Ion generators, also known as ionizers, use ions to charge particles so that they collect on surfaces of your home, instead of blowing through the air.

UV Germicidal Lights

UV germicidal lights are best for those with allergies and asthma and are often used in conjunction with other air purifiers. UV germicidal lights sterilize and kill living microorganisms such as bacteria and other viruses that may be airborne, particularly if your home does not have adequate ventilation.

A qualified technician can help you choose what type of system is best for your home and your family’s needs.

For more information about installing air purifiers in Ham Lake, call the indoor air quality experts at Air Mechanical, Inc. today!

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The Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating Systems

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Radiant heating systems have been around for quite a while, but the more traditional versions of them have been eclipsed by forced air systems. This was exacerbated by the problems the older radiant systems had. Copper baseboard heaters can corrode over time, causing leaks in the walls. Radiators can slowly warp the floor under them from intense heat, causing them to tilt and not operate properly. Plus, having a large, hot metal object in the corner of your room could result in injury if you aren’t careful. The newest radiant heating technologies, however, have quite a lot to recommend them. Here are the advantages of radiant floor heating systems over forced air systems.

Radiant Heating Operations

Most radiant floor heating systems work by running small tubes between the floor and the subfloor of each room in your home. The boiler then heats water and pumps it through these tubes, causing heat to radiate up through the floor and into the room. This obviously works a lot better with hardwood floors, which more easily transmit heat to the rest of the room.

Advantages

The first advantage of radiant heating is efficiency. Forced air systems lose about 30% of their thermal energy in transit between the furnace and the vent. This is due to the ducts not being air tight. Radiant heating systems deliver their heat through watertight tube systems, preserving more of their energy to be released into the rooms.

The second advantage is that of even heating. When warm air is forced through a vent, it rises to the top of a room immediately. After it has cooled, it sinks back to the floor. This can create uncomfortable striations and cold spots in a room heated by forced air. The top part of a room may be warm, while the bottom is cold. Radiant heating transmits all of its heat from the floor upwards, including through solid objects like furniture. This ensures that the inhabited area of the room is warm and comfortable, without wasting energy in a section that no one is using, like the ceiling.

If you are interested in installing a radiant floor heating system, contactAir Mechanical, Inc. We provide full radiant heating services in the Blaine area.

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