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Are You Paying Too Much to Keep Your Pets Comfortable?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Portrait of happy family with their pet looking at cameraYou’re probably surprised to see the title of this post on an HVAC and plumbing blog, but bear with us, and read on.

Whether we’re talking about winter or summer, the fact is that we get a lot of use out of our home appliances—from our heating and cooling systems to our water heaters and lighting. Naturally, you want to save as much money as possible when using these appliances and fixtures. But if you’re a cat or dog owner, you might find yourself at war between your wallet and what’s best for your animal.

Well, we have good news! There are actually a couple misconceptions about how pet-owning homeowners use their Andover, MN air conditioning systems, heating systems, and even plumbing and electrical systems. By debunking them, we hope to get you well on your way to saving some money while still keeping your furry friends comfortable.

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Why Is Water Leaking from My AC Unit?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

drip-drop-waterThere have been a few times when we’ve sent out plumbers to repair a home leak, only to discover a leak is actually coming from a homeowner’s air conditioner! Many people are surprised to hear about water leaking from their air conditioning system, as they didn’t know their air conditioner used water to operate. Here’s the thing: it doesn’t.

Today, we’ll explain how your air conditioner works in order to help you understand why water would leak from the AC unit. What’s important is that you schedule regular maintenance to detect these issues early and schedule AC repairs ASAP when you notice a problem. A leaky water heater can be quite destructive, costing thousands to repair your home!

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How One Hidden Part of Your Home May Be Costing You

Monday, May 29th, 2017

vent-heating-coolingWhen we’re done using our heaters for the winter, we tend to feel some relief knowing the constant need for heat won’t drive up our bills. But the air conditioning season is coming up in full force, and you’re going to need nearly as much energy as you did back then. For the most part, you can expect your bills to run higher when you’re using heating and cooling equipment the most during extreme temperatures. However, one hidden part of your home may be forcing you to spend way more on air conditioning than you should.

The air ducts hide behind walls and in the ceiling. After all, you wouldn’t want these metal tubes interfering with the decor in your home. However, that makes your home susceptible to leaks that you’ll never know about unless you hire an HVAC technician for an inspection.

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Have You Scheduled Air Conditioning Maintenance Yet?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance yet today, now is the time. The weather is finally heating up, and a maintenance visit may do wonders for your home comfort in the spring and summer. Tasks such as changing the air filter are an important part of maintenance, but only professionals can handle some of the more difficult parts of the process. Find out what a professional AC maintenance visit can do for your system.

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What Is Zone Control and Why Should You Consider It?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Think of how many times this has happened to you: one member of the family prefers a room to be colder than another person does, resulting in an argument about the temperature in the house. This is common in households that frequently use their central heating and air conditioning systems, since you are usually forced to keep the temperature throughout the home consistent.

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Winter is finally gone, and for residents of Andover, MN, it couldn’t happen quickly enough. But even as we enjoy the warm spring weather, summer isn’t far away, bringing high temperatures and Minnesota’s patented humidity in its wake. Now is the time to get ready for it, when the weather is still cool and you have the luxury of making any preparations according to your schedule rather than scrambling to stay ahead of the next heat wave. Here are 3 ways to prepare your air conditioner for summer: helping you stay cool and comfortable while cutting down on those expensive bills.

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What Is a SEER Rating?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

As intricate electro-mechanical devices, air conditioning systems come with a lengthy list of technical specifications. Most of these are unimportant for you to know as a consumer; trusth the expertise of your professional installers and repair technicians to handle the mechanical side of the air conditioner when you need help.

There is one specification about which you should have some basic knowledge: the SEER rating. Understanding SEER means understanding how efficiently your current or future air conditioner uses power to provide you with cooled air. Although the SEER rating isn’t the only specification on an air conditioning system that matters, it will often be a deciding factor on whether you choose to install a particular model, or to judge the performance of your current model.

For the repair and installation assistance on your air conditioning in Oak Grove, MN that takes into account all the complexities of an AC, look to the experience of Air Mechanical, Inc.

Seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER)

SEER is an acronym of “seasonal energy efficiency rating,” and the number represents how well a unit transforms available electrical energy into cooling power. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the unit uses electricity, which will mean lower power bills (if the unit is installed and sized correctly and receives annual maintenance).

SEER is a ratio: The amount of cooling power the unit provides (measured in BTUs, or British Thermal Units) ÷ the amount of electricity it uses (measured in watt-hours), as measured over a full season of cooling. This separates SEER from another important rating, EER, which measures the ratio over only a single test.

What numbers can you expect to see for SEER? For an air conditioning unit to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label of efficiency, it must have SEER of a minimum of 14. High-efficiency air conditioning systems can score around 21–22 SEER. In general, the higher the SEER of a unit, the more expensive it will be to install. However, the savings from efficiency will allow the unit to eventually pay off these higher installation costs.

Keep SEER in balance with other criteria

Just because a unit has high SEER doesn’t mean it’s the best unit for you to install. Efficiency doesn’t mean an AC will provide you with sufficient cooling, only that it works with less energy waste. Rely on professional installers to factor all your needs in order to find the air conditioning system in Oak Grove, MN that will keep you cooled down and also deliver excellent energy savings.

Call Air Mechanical, Inc. if you need AC installation or repairs to restore a system to the promise of its SEER rating. We’ve created custom comfort since 1985.

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Air Conditioning System Options

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

As important as choosing the right air conditioning system for your home may be, it is equally important that you schedule your Blaine, MN air conditioning services with a skilled professional. That is why you should contact Air Mechanical to learn more about your air conditioning installation options. No matter how great an air conditioning system you may invest in, you will never get the efficient, reliable performance you deserve from your AC if you do not match the right system to your home and personal cooling habits. Luckily, our skilled air conditioning technicians are always available to help you find the best cooling system for your personal needs and cooling habits.

As far as air conditioning systems go, there is a great variety to choose from. Split central air conditioning systems remain the standard. These air conditioners feature an outdoor condenser unit, as well as a system of air ducts to distribute cooled air throughout your home. There are a few issues with such systems that dissuade homeowners from using them, though. Air ducts, when not properly installed or professionally maintained, can be a serious source of energy loss. Plus, many homes cannot accommodate the installation of an air duct system.

Ductless mini splits are a great option for homeowners in this situation. These systems eliminate the need for bulky ductwork altogether. By using individual, wall mounted blowers to cool rooms directly, you can enjoy great comfort levels with the added benefit of simple zone controlled cooling. Call today to learn more.

For even greater air conditioning efficiency, consider the installation of a heat pump on your property. This is a great way to cut down on your energy use and the environmental impact of your air conditioning system at the same time. By transferring ambient heat out of your home, a heat pump is able to keep you cool in an incredibly affordable way.

To learn more about your air conditioning system options, give Air Mechanical a call. We can answer any questions you may have about air conditioning in Blaine, MN. When you schedule your air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance services with us, you can count on a great, energy efficient performance from your home cooling system.

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Which Thermostat is Right for My Home?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

It’s amazing what thermostats can do these days. At Air Mechanical, we carry and install a wide variety of thermostats to meet your budget and needs. These can range from thermostats with basic temperature controls to programmable thermostats that run their own diagnostics and can be adjusted remotely via your smart phone.

Keep in mind that your thermostat plays a major roll in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. If you use a wireless thermostat, be sure to place it away from direct sunlight so it can properly gauge the temperature of your home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your temperature conservatively if your home will be empty most of the day and adjust the temperature controls on your phone so the house is cool and comfortable by the time you get home.

Check out our Air Mechanical Tech Moment below for more information about different types of thermostats, or call us today to schedule an appointment!

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AC Problems You Need A Mounds View Air Conditioning Professional to Fix

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Doing the Basics

For small or big central air conditioning systems in Mounds View, regular cleanings and a filter change should be a part of every season. It’s not hard to remove the cover and replace the panel of webbing that catches lint and other particles out of your conditioned air.

Make sure the drain is clear, always cover the unit when more naturally cool temperatures take over and you’ve got conditioned air and relative peace of mind in the years ahead.

Big Problems

Without the regular service, however, an air conditioner begins to work much harder to produce the same amount (or less) of cool air and parts begin to break down.  With total neglect, the unit itself may need replacement much sooner than was promised when you paid for it. These are repairs that could be avoided and require a Mounds View air conditioning professional to make.

The key ingredient to cooling is a chemical called a refrigerant that is capable of transforming rapidly from gas to liquid and back again at low temperatures. This runs through two intricate tubes, a compressor, and a critical expansion valve that controls the process.  It is a delicate and complicated process that calls for expertise and the right tools, especially since the refrigerant is considered hazardous and requires special handling.

When the air gets stuffy, it could be that the fan is the problem.  Belts could be worn, loose or broken.  The motor may be low on oil and is stained to the breaking point.

If mysterious signs of water or mold are showing up on the inside of the house near the unit, there could be a problem with the condensate that is released with the heat when air is cooled.  This could be a simple or complicated fix, but should be checked out by a Mounds View AC contractor.

For any AC repairs in the Mounds View area, give Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call!

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