Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Archive for February, 2015

Ensuring a Successful Heating Installation: Why Size Matters

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It doesn’t matter if you are in the process of building a brand new home which requires a brand new heating system, or if you are finally ready to replace your older heating system with a newer, more efficient model; you must schedule your heating installation in Blaine with a skilled, trained, and experienced professional. Doing so, fortunately, is quite easy. You need only call upon the experts here at Air Mechanical, Inc. We will work closely with you to ensure that you find the perfect heating system for your home’s requirements and your personal preferences. We will then install your heating system with the skill and expertise that only seasoned veterans in the heating industry can offer. This includes the proper sizing of your heating system, without which you will just not be able to effectively or efficiently heat your home.

There are a few reasons as to why it is so vital that your heating system is of the right size for your home. First and foremost is the fact that this is the only way in which you can hope to enjoy the very best performance that your new heater has to operate. The failings of an undersized heating system are fairly simple to anticipate. If your heater is too small to handle the heating output that you require of it, it will run longer than it should have to in order to heat your home. In all likelihood, it will fail to do so effectively in spite of its best efforts. This can leave you paying more money for an underwhelming performance from your heater.

Of course, a heater that is too big for your home has its own drawbacks. They begin at the time of purchase, when you will pay money for heating capacity that you will never need. An oversized heater can also bring temperatures in your home up too rapidly. While heating your home quickly may sound great, heating it too quickly can result in short cycling, meaning that your system will turn on and off more frequently than it ought to. Not only can this waste energy, but it can result in unnecessary wear and tear to your system. Ultimately, this wear and tear can lead to damages to your heater.

If you really want to heat your home with outstanding results, then it is absolutely necessary that you schedule your heating installation in Blaine with a qualified professional.

That way, you’ll surely not only have the right heater for the job, but one of an appropriate size. Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today for more details.

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How Can an ERV Benefit Homeowners?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

In an effort to be energy efficient, many homes have become as air-tight as possible. This is good for maintaining energy efficiency, but not so good for healthy ventilation. It can be hard to find ways to properly ventilate your home during winter without losing heat, but there is a device that can help: an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). An ERV can bring fresh air into your home without compromising your energy efficiency; in fact, it can improve your energy efficiency. How does an ERV work? Let’s take a look.

How It Works

An energy recovery ventilator is a box-like device that has a heat exchanger at is core. The way an ERV works is this: in the winter, your stale, warm indoor air is expelled to the outside; at the same time, a small fan inside the ERV draws the cold air from the outside into the ERV. In the heat exchanger, the energy from the outgoing air is applied to the incoming air; this adds heat and moisture to the incoming fresh air, pre-treating it before it can enter your HVAC system. During the summer, the opposite happens: the outgoing cool, dry air is applied to the fresh incoming warm air, which cools and dehumidifies it. Why pre-treat? Pre-treating the air helps to either pre-cool or pre-heat the fresh incoming air, depending on the season. This means less work for your HVAC system.

Why Install an ERV?

The pre-treating of the incoming air takes some of the work load off your HVAC unit; this helps increase energy efficiency, which you’ll see in your monthly energy bills. An ERV also allows for a continuous stream of fresh air into your home, increasing the ventilation and indoor air quality. Reducing the amount of work your system has to do helps increase the system’s longevity and can reduce the incidence of repair.

An ERV should be installed by a trained expert, so if you think an energy recovery ventilator is a good fit for your home in Ham Lake, call the professionals at Air Mechanical, Inc., today!

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Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at Air Mechanical.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at Air Mechanical hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

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Benefits of Honeywell WIFI Thermostats

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Regardless of whether your existing thermostat has run into trouble or not, you can benefit tremendously from installing a WIFI thermostat for home heating and air conditioning control. A Honeywell WIFI thermostat has programmable settings much like any modern digital thermostat. However, a Honeywell smart thermostat contains features that help homeowners to monitor their heating and cooling systems, control them with greater precision, and keep temperatures at an energy efficient level—no matter where in the country the homeowner may be.

The majority of people in the United States has access to the internet in some form or another, and a Honeywell WIFI thermostat takes advantage of this increased access by hooking up to your heating and air conditioning system and connecting to the wireless router in your home. You can access the thermostat directly from the wall unit, or you can program the HVAC system from your smart phone, tablet, or computer. All you have to do is download an application, and you can control your unit from almost anywhere.

This benefits homeowners in many ways. First and foremost, WIFI thermostats help homeowners to save a lot of money over the course of the year. Coming home late from work? Access your thermostat online and delay the thermostat settings for another hour. You can also track your usage and get information about the humidity in the home. A WIFI smart thermostat will figure out exactly how long it takes to get your home to the right temperature so it doesn’t waste energy running a second longer than it needs to.

Furthermore, Honeywell WIFI thermostats essentially “learn” your preferences within about 7 days. It can even learn to adapt to your preferences if your schedule changes over time. In fact, these systems are “smart” enough to realize that changing the temperature on the thermostat once or twice throughout the week doesn’t mean that it’s a permanent revision to the programming settings. It should learn to set it to the most energy efficient temperature while you’re away and turn it back to your preferences when you or your family arrive home.

A professional is the best person to install a new thermostat to make sure it’s in an energy efficient location and to test it for accuracy.

Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today to learn more about Honeywell WIFI thermostats and how they can improve the heating and cooling of your home.

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