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

Boost HVAC Efficiency with This Electrical Component

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

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You might think of a ceiling fan as a cooling feature that’s only for use in lieu of air conditioning—never in tandem. Most homeowners use their ceiling fan for mild cooling needs and choose to switch on their air conditioning when temperatures start to rise. When used with your air conditioning, ceiling fans can help save money by reducing your reliance on your air conditioning. One of our qualified Andover Electricians can service your ceiling fan to ensure that it’s functioning at full capacity so you’re getting the best results.

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Prevent Repairs with This One AC Service

Monday, May 14th, 2018

technician working on outdoor ac unitIt’s that time of year again—temperatures are still on the cool and rainy side for now, but soon enough they’ll warm up and you’ll have to start thinking about your air conditioning system. Our summers require their use on a pretty regular basis. That means they go through a lot of stress and natural wear and tear, which can lead to Columbus, MN HVAC repair needs.

The good news is, there is a way to prevent the biggest and costliest of repair needs, with one AC service—preventive maintenance! This should be done on a yearly basis for your air conditioner, unless you’re using a heat pump. Since heat pumps are year-round systems, maintenance should be done twice a year for these units. Checking for repair needs is an important part of HVAC maintenance, and if you manage them ASAP you’ll reduce the chance of running into a much bigger problem later on.

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The Benefits of Honeywell Redlink Thermostats in Ham Lake

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Have you ever come home to a cold house in the middle of winter and wish you’d gotten some kind of message from your heating system that a problem developed before the chill set in? With the Honeywell Redlink thermostat, you can. Using Honeywell’s specialized Redlink technology, not only can your HVAC system tell you when something’s wrong, it can help you become more energy efficient and even keep your system running should the thermostat’s batteries run out. Interested? Let’s take a look at some of the features and benefits of installing a Honeywell Redlink thermostat into your Ham Lake home.

Redlink Technology

Redlink technology isn’t just wi-fi for your thermostat; it is a dedicated, protected wireless communication technology between your Redlink thermostat, your HVAC system and you. One of the strongest benefits of using a Redlink system is that it won’t suffer interference from other wireless devices, such as neighbor’s wireless routers, baby monitors or cordless phones. This is because Redlink was designed specifically for the HVAC industry and it supplies your home and HVAC system with a strong, secure, interference-free and reliable wireless communication.

How It Works

A Honeywell Redlink thermostat does not need to be wired into your HVAC system. This is because the system uses a component called a push terminal is installed directly onto your HVAC system and communicated directly with the thermostat. All the thermostat needs to operate are batteries; the simple press of a button connects the two components. As the homeowner, all you have to do is download the free app on a smart device once the thermostat and push terminal are installed, and you can begin to manage your home’s entire system.

Benefits

Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy with a Honeywell Redlink thermostat:

  • Programmability (not all models)
  • View and change HVAC system settings, including humidifiers and dehumidifiers
  • View and set the temperature
  • View outdoor temperature and humidity
  • Access multiple thermostats if the system is zoned
  • Access multiple locations if more than one system is connected
  • Receive temperature and humidity alerts via e-mail
  • Access over 90 system alerts via the web
  • Get automatic upgrades as new features are available

A new thermostat can increase your comfort and energy efficiency and reduce the stress on your HVAC system. If you are interested in seeing what a Honeywell Redlink thermostat can do for you, call Air Mechanical, Inc., today!

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My HVAC System Has a 10 Year Warranty – Why Do I Need a Maintenance Agreement?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

While every new furnace sold comes with a limited 10 year warranty for the unit and parts, it is a good idea to supplement your warranty with a more complete maintenance agreement with your HVAC provider. Why pay for a secondary maintenance plan when you already have a warranty?

For the most part, the limited warranty provided by the manufacturer is meant to cover things like faulty parts, abnormal breakdowns or recalls. If your system simply needs to get a checkup because you use it a lot or there is a clog that isn’t caused by the actual furnace or air conditioner, you will likely end up paying the maintenance cost. So, by paying for an upgraded service plan, you cover all potential breakdowns and you’ll never again need to worry about your system. It’s like getting the upgraded warranty for a new car that covers everything from a busted crankshaft to old windshield wipers.

Help Your System Last Longer

Another benefit of a maintenance agreement for your HVAC system is that the system lasts longer when it is regularly maintained. The best maintenance agreements come with unlimited checkups and service visits, any day of the week, any time. So, if you think your system is running poorly, call a professional in to check it out and it won’t cost you anything. The ability to do this will ensure your HVAC system lasts significantly longer than if you were forced to wait until you could afford an extra visit from your repair man.

So, not only do you ensure your system keeps working, you add a lot of valuable years to its lifespan. Imagine how much money you’ll save if your furnace or air conditioner lasts for 20+ years instead of just 10. Any breakdowns after the 10 year mark would require hefty repairs or replacement since your warranty is expired. So, it’s in your best interest to keep your system running smoothly throughout its lifespan.

Ultimately, an HVAC system is only as good as what you put into it. If you’re careful about your investments and are willing to spend a little extra now, you’ll stand to benefit far more in the future from a smoothly operating, efficient heating system.

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IAQ – Filters

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Installing air filters in your home is a great way to make sure the air your family breathes every day is safe and free of contaminants. But you shouldn’t just go out and buy the first air filter you see. When it comes to quality air filtration, HEPA filters are the industry leaders, and for good reason. They can remove up to 99.97% of indoor air contaminants that measure 0.3 microns or larger, a phenomenal success rate unmatched by any other filters on the market.

Proper HEPA Filter Practices

To be effective, even HEPA filters need to be installed and maintained properly. Consulting with an HVAC professional is the best way to ensure that the air filtration system you get is completely compatible with your home heating and cooling system. The filter must also be installed in the appropriate place so it can catch the most contaminants. Especially if you have a forced air heating and cooling system, there are a lot of potential locations for your filters. A good HVAC professional can help you determine which spots will serve you best.

Changing Your HEPA Filters

Once your filtration system is in place, you should maintain it properly so it continues to catch and remove all those unwanted particles from your indoor air. Keeping up with the proper filter changing schedule is a big part of this. Every HEPA filter comes with manufacturer’s recommendations on how often the filter needs to be changed. Prefilters often need to be changed more often, sometimes even once every 90 days, so you should find out if your system has one of these as well.

Many HEPA filters only need to be changed once every year or two, but the conditions in your home can make it necessary to change them more often. For example, if your home has a lot of dust or other specific air contaminants, you may need to change your HEPA filter as often as once a year.

Both HEPA filters and prefilters are quite easy to remove and replace. If you’re not sure how to do it, have your technician show you the next time they come out for a routine maintenance visit or when they put install the system. As long as you replace your filters regularly, you should have no trouble maintaining high indoor air quality with a HEPA air filtration system.

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