Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Is It Time To Replace Your AC Unit?

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Having the ability to retreat to a comfortably cool home during the summer is important. An overly hot house can lead to general discomfort which, more specifically, can negatively impact mood, appetite, and sleep! So when you discover that your air conditioning in Andover, MN isn’t able to do its job properly, you have every right to be upset.

Here’s the truth: If your AC system isn’t working right you will need to find a way to get a reliable source of cool air for the home again. If your AC needs repairs, that solution may only be a few hours away. If your air conditioner needs to be replaced though, you have a bigger issue to deal with.

So, is it time to switch out your old AC for a new one? Let’s dive into how you can tell so you know when to reach out for effective and efficient professional help.

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5 Reasons to Consider a Heat Pump

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Do you have a reliable system in your home to provide you with comfort all year long? If you aren’t sure, we would love to tell you about the opportunities that come with installing a heat pump as a part of your Andover, MN HVAC system.

Heat pumps are great for energy-efficient heating and cooling. These home comfort units can be the solution to a home that needs reliable cooling or heating. If you are curious about what makes heat pumps such a great option for the modern or vintage homes, we can give you those details.

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5 Signs You Need AC Repairs

Monday, August 17th, 2020

When your air conditioner starts to malfunction you don’t want to ignore the issue. It will only get worse and summer will only become more uncomfortable. Instead, you want to reach out for professional AC repair in Plymouth, MN so that whatever is going wrong can be made right again.

If you have noticed that your home isn’t as cool as usual or something just seems off about your AC system, you shouldn’t ignore it. It may actually help to know what the signs are to look for that you do need to get a repair for your cooling system. The more you know the sooner you can get the issue fixed.

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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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