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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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3 Signs a New Furnace May Be the Best Choice

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We understand that nobody wants to replace an appliance if it isn’t the right time. But this does not mean you should wait for a heater to break down completely before you call in a technician. A furnace that is nearing the end of its life can cause a lot of trouble.

Typically, it is better to replace it than to wait for an emergency situation, when you need a technician to rush to your home for a replacement. Here are a few reasons to replace a furnace, even though it may not be completely out of order.

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What Does the AFUE Mean for My New Heater?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

AFUE is an acronym for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it measures how efficiently your furnace can utilize its fuel. Essentially, the more efficient your furnace is, the more heat you will get per unit of fuel. When it comes to getting a new heater, it’s essential to learn how to properly read AFUE ratings.

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Replace Your Heater with a High Efficiency System

Monday, March 7th, 2016

When your heating system finally fails, you want to get it replaced fairly quickly. But we think you should take a little time to consider the benefits of choosing a high-efficiency heater, rather than going for a fast and inexpensive option. Your high-efficiency furnace, heat pump, or hydronic system can last longer, use less energy, and save you more in the long run. Learn more below.

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Don’t Let an Amateur Install Your Heater

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Many homeowners look for ways to save money during a heating installation, but hiring an amateur to put in the system is not the way to do this. There are other ways to save money—financing your system, for example, and choosing an efficient unit that saves you money each month so that the total cost of operation is low. But letting a handyman with little experience put in the new system may actually cost you more in the end.

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Ensuring a Successful Heating Installation: Why Size Matters

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It doesn’t matter if you are in the process of building a brand new home which requires a brand new heating system, or if you are finally ready to replace your older heating system with a newer, more efficient model; you must schedule your heating installation in Blaine with a skilled, trained, and experienced professional. Doing so, fortunately, is quite easy. You need only call upon the experts here at Air Mechanical, Inc. We will work closely with you to ensure that you find the perfect heating system for your home’s requirements and your personal preferences. We will then install your heating system with the skill and expertise that only seasoned veterans in the heating industry can offer. This includes the proper sizing of your heating system, without which you will just not be able to effectively or efficiently heat your home.

There are a few reasons as to why it is so vital that your heating system is of the right size for your home. First and foremost is the fact that this is the only way in which you can hope to enjoy the very best performance that your new heater has to operate. The failings of an undersized heating system are fairly simple to anticipate. If your heater is too small to handle the heating output that you require of it, it will run longer than it should have to in order to heat your home. In all likelihood, it will fail to do so effectively in spite of its best efforts. This can leave you paying more money for an underwhelming performance from your heater.

Of course, a heater that is too big for your home has its own drawbacks. They begin at the time of purchase, when you will pay money for heating capacity that you will never need. An oversized heater can also bring temperatures in your home up too rapidly. While heating your home quickly may sound great, heating it too quickly can result in short cycling, meaning that your system will turn on and off more frequently than it ought to. Not only can this waste energy, but it can result in unnecessary wear and tear to your system. Ultimately, this wear and tear can lead to damages to your heater.

If you really want to heat your home with outstanding results, then it is absolutely necessary that you schedule your heating installation in Blaine with a qualified professional.

That way, you’ll surely not only have the right heater for the job, but one of an appropriate size. Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today for more details.

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Does the Size of My New Heater Matter?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

One of the reasons you should always seek advice from professionals when selecting a new heating system for your home is that you need expertise not only to select the proper type of heater that will satisfy your home’s needs, but also to select the proper size of heater.

Why should size matter so much? It seems logical to simply go with the largest model available within your budget. Isn’t it better to err on the side of a heater that’s too large rather than one that’s too small?

This may sound rational if you’re unfamiliar with the technical aspects of home heating and cooling. But having a heater that is too large and powerful for your home is as bad as having one that’s too small. Make sure you avoid either error when you have a heating installation in Mounds View, MN done: hire experienced, NATE-certified technicians to take care of sizing your heater and installing it correctly. You’ll find the right professionals for the job at Air Mechanical, Inc.

A heater that’s too small

You probably understand the disadvantages of installing a heater that’s too small for your home. The system will need to run almost constantly to attain the temperature you desire, which will drain power and lead to a short system life. Even with near-continual operation, the heater will probably never manage to provide even warmth through your home, and some rooms will remain chilly.

A heater that’s too large

What’s so problematic about an overlarge heater? It’s called “short cycling”: the heater will raise the temperature so rapidly that it will reach its target too quickly and shut off before completing its heating cycle. The indoor temperature will soon drop again, and the heater will turn back on for a brief time before shutting off once more… and so on and so on until your heater breaks down from all this unnecessary work. Because a heating system draws the most power during start-up, this constant start-stop cycle will also add up to large heating bills.

Professionals will find the right sized heater for you

Because modern heating systems are complex devices with numerous technical specifications, you will have a difficult time determining the right size one for your home. However, HVAC technicians with the proper training will encounter few problems narrowing down the choices. After performing a heat load calculation in your house to find out the level of heat it requires to make it comfortable, the technicians will know the heater size that will do the job.

Our certified technicians at Air Mechanical, Inc. are ready to assist you with all stages of heating installation in Mounds View, MN. Don’t start the process without our trained help!

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Andover Heating Question: Why Get a New Heating System?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

With cold weather fast approaching, it’s natural to think about making sure your Andover heating system is in good shape for the coming winter. Most of the time, that just means getting a tuneup, but if your system is getting older or you have some concerns about its performance, it may be time to consider getting a new heating system.

Upgrading for Efficiency

Especially if your current heating system is more than 10 years old, it can be worth upgrading to a newer model. That’s because the systems now available are so much more energy efficient than their predecessors that you can sometimes cut your heating costs dramatically by switching to a new system.

To determine if that’s the best course of action for you, you’ll have to calculate your current heating costs, projected heating costs with a new system and balance that against the cost of the installation. But more often than not, you’ll find that the new system will quickly pay for itself, making it a sound investment.q

Eliminate Frequent Repairs

If your heating system requires even minor repairs on a regular basis, it’s probably time to invest in a new system. Having a professional come out that often is costly, and even if the repairs themselves aren’t that complex, a system in this state probably isn’t operating at peak energy efficiency. Basically, that means you’re paying extra to heat your home and extra in repair bills, both of which could be eliminated by installing a new system.

Your current system will also probably break down completely relatively soon, meaning you’ll have to make that investment in the next year or two anyway. By upgrading now, you can make the same investment without paying for a year or two of repairs and higher than necessary energy bills.

For more information about installing a new heating system in Andover, give Air Mechanical a call today!

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Reasons To Install Garage Heating in Ham Lake

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Heating is expensive in Ham Lake. Probably the largest expense you have related to the comfort control of your home. So, why would you consider installing a heating system for your garage when no one spends a significant amount of time in it during the winter? it may seem strange, but extending heat into your garage or installing a standalone system can actually be very beneficial. Here are a few reasons why.

  1. Pipe Protection – Water pipes running through your garage need to be kept warm. While the weather may not always be cold enough to damage them, if it ever becomes that cold, you’ll want to be sure those quasi-indoor pipes are protected.
  2. Cold Air Barrier – If nothing else, you need to have some kind of barrier between the garage and your home – insulation or weather stripping on the door. Even still, cold air from your garage can leak into your home and heat from your home can leak out through the garage. You may already be heating the garage to some degree, but in the least efficient way possible.
  3. More Uses for Your Garage – Think about it. You can use your garage as a work space, a place to relax or any number of other things when you have a heating system in there. While you may not spend every day in the garage, it can be a fun place to spend time away from the usual areas of your home and with a heating system, it is possible to get some real work done there.

A garage heating system in Ham Lake doesn’t need to be extensive and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to operate, but when properly installed and well maintained, it can provide ample heating for your garage and protect your home against heating loss or cool air coming inside. Consider a new garage heater for your home and see the benefits they bring.

For more information on how to improve your homes heating and plumbing this winter, contact Air Mechanical today! Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been a trusted provider of heating services in in Ham Lake since 1985.

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What Size Furnace is Right for My Stillwater Home?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

When it comes to your Stillwater home’s heating equipment, the right size is very important. If your furnace is sized correctly, you will enjoy a high level of indoor comfort, which you should. However, an incorrectly sized furnace may result in many cold spots in your home, an overworked furnace, or higher utility bills.

An undersized furnace will turn off and on frequently, which is called short cycling. Short cycling can lead to moisture in the system, causing less efficiency and damage to equipment from accumulating moisture in the heating system. The constant cycling adds to wear and tear on equipment, too. An oversized furnace may not be able to keep up with the demand for heat during the coldest days. The furnace may be constantly running and unable to keep up – adding to higher utility costs. So size really does matter when it comes to selecting the right heating equipment for your home.

But a big furnace does not mean it is right-sized. Have you ever seen a “five-way” gravity furnace? It was manufactured in the mid-1900’s and took up a lot of room – as much as half of a basement – while being extremely inefficient. The key here is efficiency. A furnace that works right is sized to the space it is heating, which does not include attics, crawlspaces, or uninsulated rooms (porches, mud rooms, etc.).

A furnace must make efficient use of its Btu’s, which is abbreviated for British thermal unit. Btu is used to measure a furnace size. Furnaces are often rated by input Btu, which is the amount of energy consumed when running. The output Btu may be different based on the system. And output Btu is the best way to select a furnace, since this is the actual heating capacity.

When sizing a furnace, the first thing to do is to determine the inside space that will be heated. If you are looking to heat your home, you can measure the square footage of each room (multiply width by length). The rooms should include bathrooms and hallways but exclude attics and crawlspaces. Add up the totals and match up the Btu output to the total square footage. If you aren’t sure of your calculations, call a qualified heating and cooling contractor.

There are many factors that go into heating a home and today’s energy efficient furnaces give homeowners many more choices. Whatever furnace you choose to purchase, make sure you do your homework and hire a qualified professional HVAC contractor to determine the best size furnace for your home.

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