Air Mechanical, Inc Blog : Archive for January, 2017

Boiler or Furnace: Which Is Better?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Warmth-Hands-HeaterWhen you first decide that you’ll need a new heating system for a new home or a replacement heating system for an older one, there is a lot to think over. Typically, in colder parts of the country, the options narrow down to two main categories: furnaces and boilers.

Furnaces are forced-air heating systems, meaning they warm up the air in your home and send it through the ducts and to your vents. This is very different from the way a boiler works. Radiant heating, rather than forced-air heating, uses a large tank to heat water and send it through a set of pipes leading throughout your home.

So which is the better system? Like any major decision in HVAC, that will depend on your home and your particular needs.

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Why Won’t My Furnace Turn On?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Your furnace runs in cycles. After it heats up the home within a target range, it shuts off, only to start up when temperatures in the home start to fall again. So if temperatures are falling lower and lower—68°, 67°, 66°—and they’ve passed the thermostat settings, you should become concerned.

The worst thing that can happen with your furnace—aside from a potential safety issue—is that it won’t turn on at all, and you need to act fast. Below, we explain why it may be happening, along with the DIY fixes and what you should always leave to professionals.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Monday, January 9th, 2017

When pipes freeze and thaw over and over again, the pressure can force them to burst since water expands when it freezes. That’s why it’s important to find a long-term solution to freezing pipes (and because you don’t want to lose access to water!).

However, if you are looking for a temporary solution to keep water moving in a pipe that has frozen unexpectedly, we have some advice.

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3 Signs You Need a New Water Treatment System

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

It’s a new year, and it’s time for you to assess your home and figure out how to make some positive changes. A new water treatment system brings fresh, clean water to your whole home. Whether you are brushing your teeth or rinsing fruit, you know that the water coming from the tap is free of lead, bacteria, and other common water quality concerns.

But is this really necessary for your home? Here are three signs it is worth considering this addition to your home.

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