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

What is a Sump Pump and Why Should I Consider One?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

If you feel that your home is not at risk of flooding, think again. A flood can happen anywhere and at any time, and, as it turns out, is the most common natural disaster in the country. And when you’re unprepared for a flood to hit your home, you may end up with hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages. One of the best ways to avoid the type of structural damage that may result from a major flood is by installing a sump pump.

What Is It?

A sump pump is a device which is generally installed in the lowest area of a basement. A hole is dug into the ground and the pump is placed inside. This unit has a motor and an impeller to force water out of the hole and to an outside drain. You may choose from a pedestal pump, which perches above the sump, and a submersible pump which is encased in a waterproof container. Which one is best for you will depend on a few different factors, and it’s best to work with a contractor to help you make the choice.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Anyone who owns a home can benefit from a sump pump. While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, you should always keep in mind that a flood is often unexpected and that little can be done to reverse the damage without spending a lot more than the cost of a sump pump. Sump pumps discharge water quickly to keep your home safe from harm.

If a flood were to hit your home, it could end up costing you quite a bit. In many cases, the water damage is so destructive, you’ll have to make some major renovations. You may end up with a mold problem, or you could end up replacing your furniture or your valuables.

Call Air Mechanical, Inc. for more information about sump pumps or to schedule professional installation for your new unit in Ham Lake.

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Is Maintenance Still Necessary with a Ductless System?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Ductless HVAC systems, commonly referred to as ductless mini splits, have gained a considerable following in the residential sector. They offer many benefits, including the use of heat pump technology in order to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the year, as well as outstanding efficiency and the ability to control temperatures throughout the house by zone. Of course, they also eliminate the need for ductwork in the home altogether. However, you must remember that this seemingly simpler design does not mean that your ductless cooling system does not require the same attention that any other system does. You must still schedule professional ductless cooling system maintenance, and Air Mechanical, Inc. is the company to call for doing so.

It is true that many issues with different types of cooling systems can stem from problematic ductwork, including issues with improper air balancing, leaks, and poor sealing. However, routine HVAC maintenance services entail much more than simply evaluating air ducts. Ductless cooling systems share a lot in common with more traditional systems, and this can include many of the problems that those types of systems encounter.

Like any other cooling system, for instance, your ductless air conditioner requires refrigerant in order to facilitate the heat transfer process. If you have even a minor refrigerant leak, your refrigerant charge is going to be low. This will seriously impede the cooling capability of your ductless cooling system. The additional strain on that system and its components, as it struggles to effectively cool your home, can lead to a number of different problems, including high energy costs and subpar performance quality.During routine maintenance, though, we’ll check your refrigerant levels, charging your system and pinpointing any leaks as needed.

Additionally, we will thoroughly clean your ductless air conditioner during routine maintenance. This may sound like one of the simpler aspects of a tune-up, but never underestimate just how important it is to have a clean system. Should your air filters be dirty and clogged, or if any electrical contacts and components are coated with dust and debris, there is just no way in which you can hope for your system to function as effectively and efficiently as possible.

All mechanical systems require professional maintenance services to function at peak performance levels, and your ductless AC is no exception to this rule.

Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today to schedule your ductless cooling system maintenance services. That way, you can cool your home with the quality of performance that you deserve.

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Can’t I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The vent that exhausts heat and moisture from your clothes dryer must remain as unobstructed as possible. There are three reasons for this:

  • To help thoroughly dry clothes during the drying cycle.
  • To keep the dryer as energy efficient as possible.
  • To lower the chances of a house fire.

The third reason is the most important: a large number of house fires start every year because lint clogging the interior of a dryer vent ignites from the heat. Lint is a highly flammable material, and you want most of it removed from the vent and the hose connecting the dryer to the vent.

You need to have your clothes dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis. But this isn’t a job you should take on as a DIY project. Instead, call professionals who offer dryer vent cleaning in Blaine, MN, like the skilled team at Air Mechanical, Inc.

Why dryer vent cleaning is a job for professionals

Crude older clothes dryers had vents and hoses that were simple to access, but this is no longer true. The modern efficient dryer is built with a more complex ventilation system that isn’t one a homeowner can reach on his or her own.

But even if you could reach the vent without trouble, you should still only rely on skilled professionals. Experienced technicians have equipment that allows them to thoroughly clean out the vent in only a short time, without creating a mess or potential problems with the dryer hose in the future. Unless you have professional level equipment, you will spend hours trying to do what will end up as an inferior job. When you have experts tackling the work, it will take less than an hour to complete and you’ll have dryer in great shape.

Dryer vent cleaning does more than simply pull lint from the hose and vent opening. It also checks on other components of the exhaust system for your dryer, such as the outer wall damper. It takes experienced technicians to make these checks to see that the dryer’s exhaust is at its safest and most effective.

Hiring professionals to clean your dryer vent is an investment in speed, energy efficiency, and safety: results you couldn’t get if you tried the job on your own.

The next time you need to schedule dryer vent cleaning in Blaine, MN, you only need to give Air Mechanical, Inc. a call and we will take care of everything.

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Why Schedule Bio-Clean Pipe System Treatment Services?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Our plumbing systems are incredibly important in our day to day lives. Every time you brush your teeth, shower, or do the dishes, you depend upon your plumbing system to supply you with the clean, potable water necessary to accomplish these tasks. Of course, you must also know that your plumbing system is capable of disposing of this water in a hygienic, convenient manner when you are done with it. This is where many homeowners encounter problems with their plumbing systems. It is also why you are wise to consider scheduling Bio-Clean pipe system treatment services in Oak Grove. The professional plumbers at Air Mechanical, Inc. have some information that should help you to understand why this is such a great idea. 

When your drains back up, the last thing that you should do is to run out to the hardware store to purchase harsh, ineffective chemical cleaners. These are bad for the environment and really won’t stand a chance of effectively clearing out your drains. Bio-Clean doesn’t rely on corrosive chemicals in order to clean your drains. Instead, it uses bacteria in order to remove organic waste from the drains. This bacteria will eat its way through organic materials, such as grease, food scraps, paper, etc., without putting the integrity of your pipes themselves at risk.

This is a great way to remove clogs from your drains, but that is not the only benefit that Bio-Clean pipe system treatment services have to offer. By using Bio-Clean, you can also help to eliminate unpleasant odors in your home. A lot of these odors are the result of organic matter building up and rotting in your drains. It is precisely this type of matter that is targeted by the bacteria in Bio-Clean. Plus, this bacteria will attack organic waste in your drains from any direction necessary, meaning that it isn’t just going to flow in one direction as it follows gravity’s pull, as chemical cleaners do.

We have the answers you need to determine if this is the right step for your plumbing system. If so, our professional plumbers will ensure that the job is completed properly every step of the way.

If you have any further questions or if you are ready to schedule Bio-Clean pipe system treatment services in Oak Grove, just call Air Mechanical, Inc. today. 

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