Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Ham Lake’

Merv who?

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

No, Merv is not your grandfather’s new best friend. MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a rating system for the effectiveness of an air or furnace filter. In other words, how well is your air being filtered? This rating is measured by how small and how many particles the filter catches. As you can see on the chart below, the higher the MERV rating, the better the filtration. A MERV value of 16, for example, is catching the most and the smallest particles, where a lower MERV rating is only catching the biggest particles. So why does it matter? Well, in our business, we say you are what you breathe. So, breathe cleaner, healthier air with a higher rated MERV filter!

You can get ALL of your filters at our filter site!

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Humidity and Home Comfort: Start Taking Control!

Monday, July 10th, 2017

man-fan-chair-hatChances are, you’ve heard this phrase or some version of it quite often: “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity!” Humidity levels in the air make us feel uncomfortably hot, clammy, or sticky. In some areas, dry air is the biggest problem, but humid air can often be much worse in the summertime, even as you run your central air conditioner.

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This Popular Cleaning Solution Can Ruin Your Drains

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Drainage-Draining-Sink-WaterWe’ve all been there at some point in time. You’re using the kitchen sink, when suddenly wastewater fills up the sink, and turning on the disposal doesn’t help. Or, you’re brushing your teeth in the bathroom sink, watching it fill up with water instead of draining the way it’s supposed to. Clogged drains can be frustrating, and if the problem is serious, you want a solution—fast.

Many homeowners turn to chemical drain cleaners to do the trick, hoping they will solve a problem with a slow drain faster. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. And even when it is, chemical drain cleaners can still ruin your drains. Learn more in the guide below, and find out what expert plumbers recommend as an alternative.

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Heating Tips for the End of the Season

Monday, March 20th, 2017

furnace-service-heatingWe’ve been hit by some surprises recently in terms of weather. While you may have spent some time in the fall preparing your home and your heating system for the long winter ahead, it’s been a while, and unexpected weather patterns are wreaking havoc for some local homeowners.

As stormy weather takes its toll, we recommend taking one last look around the house before spring weather is in full swing. That way, you don’t have to worry about a broken-down heater when you really need it or any other troubles within your home common towards the end of the season. We’ll be using our heating systems for a while longer anyway, so it’s worth it to be prepared for storms or whatever else may come.

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Is Your Sump Pump Ready for a Change of Seasons?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

home-living-room-underwater-floodIn some parts of the country, people have no idea what a sump pump is—and they never really need to know. Their home may be in such a position that flooding is rather unlikely, and a sump pump—which pumps water out of a basement or crawlspace—would never get use.

However, where we live, sump pumps are common and often necessary. Spring temperatures thaw out the ground and may send water flooding into your home fast. Is your sump pump prepared for the work?

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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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Setting Your Thermostat Efficiently in Cold Weather

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We’re on a mission: to keep local homeowners as comfortable as possible this winter while helping them spend less. Efficient heating is as easy as knowing how to set your thermostat the right way. More efficient thermostat settings can also reduce the amount of repairs you need to make to your heater, since it will not wear down so quickly. Learn more below!

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5 Things We Recommend Every Homeowner Do This Fall

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Winter is a time when a lot can go wrong within your house, and you may not even notice until the fall. We want to help prevent disasters and improve efficiency and safety, so follow our tips for a happier, healthier home.

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Winterize Your Outdoor Faucets ASAP

Monday, October 31st, 2016

It’s that time of year again. You have to start preparing your home for the cold in whatever way you can if you want to have an easier winter—and spring. The steps you take now can help to ensure that you’re not throwing money away in a few months on costly plumbing problems that were 100% preventable!

Every homeowner in our area should start to winterize outdoor faucets before the first freeze. Learn why and how in the guide below, and contact our friendly specialists with any plumbing questions.

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What Does It Mean to Hire NATE-Certified Technicians?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

When you need service for your heating and air conditioning system, call technicians who have the proper training for the job—and can prove it. Contact NATE-certified technicians to know that you have hired some of the finest contractors in the industry.

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