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

3 Ways To Improve Your Water Quality

Monday, February 17th, 2020
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The water that you use to stay hydrated and clean needs to be clean and clear too. It isn’t that a little higher mineral concentration will hurt you, as much as the issue lies in how it can impact your plumbing lines. With that said, you should be absolutely sure that the water coming from your taps is safe for consumption too!

Your water quality matters for more than one reason. For your daily living and health, clean water is vital. For the care and quality of your clothes and dishes, clean water is also pretty important. So when you notice that your water isn’t tasting quite right, or your dishes seem to have a layer of something on them no matter how well they are washed, it may be time to consider making an addition to your Plymouth plumbing system to clear up your water supply.

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4 Geothermal Heating Maintenance Requirements

Monday, December 9th, 2019

If you are one of the many homeowners in the United States that enjoys the energy-efficient benefits of geothermal heating, it is likely that you really like your system. Not only is this a highly reliable source of both heating and cooling all year round, but it also is relatively cost-effective too.

Setting aside the initial installation cost, the price of repairs is less of a worry for geothermal systems. Why? Because the biggest part of the system, the pipes under the home, last up to 50 years! As long as the parts of the system that are above ground are well taken care of, your system will save you money in more situations than not.

However, this doesn’t mean it won’t need regular care. Just like any Plymouth HVAC system, your geothermal heating system has maintenance needs.

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Drain Cleaners Aren’t Your Friend! Here’s Why.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
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“Gurgle, gurgle gurgle.”

Ugh, the kitchen sink is clogged again! Go get the drain cleaner, right?

But wait, how many times this year have you had to dump that toxic liquid down the same drain only to have the results turn out to be temporary? This isn’t because your drain is just a strange piece of plumbing. Instead, you can actually blame this repetitious issue on that bottle of drain cleaner.

Believe it or not, drain cleaners aren’t effective ways to clear a clog in your pipes. And when you do use them to try to accomplish this feat, they can end up doing more harm than good.

When it comes to dealing with a stubborn drain clog, you should always reach out to a professional Plymouth plumber for assistance. And here is why.

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5 Ways to Tell You Need Draining Cleaning Services

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

You know that feeling when you pull a wad of hair out of your shower drain? It isn’t a good one. If anything, it’s pretty disgusting. Well now, imagine just how much hair has slipped beyond your shower drain and down into your plumbing system. It’s probably more than you can picture!

You see, things like hair, grease, grime, and other particles can all make their way into your pipes, leading to clogs and all sorts of other issues! Therefore, it is important to invest in the services designed to keep your drain pipes clean and clear! To do that, all you’ve got to do is schedule annual drain cleaning services! There are plenty of signs that suggest your plumbing in Plymouth is in need of these services, and below, we’ve listed them for you. 

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Here’s Why You Should Install a Furnace

Monday, April 1st, 2019

There’s a reason they are the most popular choice for home heating in the country. Furnaces are excellent heaters and have been providing homeowners with comfort and efficiency for decades. Especially here in Minnesota, you need a great heater to get you through the cold, bitter winters, and a furnace can do just that!

There are a number of reasons why you should consider installing a furnace in your home. Furnaces offer numerous benefits and are great for providing warmth and comfort. Below, we have listed just some of the many reasons as to why you should install a furnace in your home. If you are in the market for a new heater this year, you should definitely keep reading!

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Here’s What Makes Zone Control Awesome

Monday, March 18th, 2019

With winter well underway, and with no early signs of spring yet, it is probably safe to say that you are going to be using your heater quite a bit over the next few weeks. So, why not strive to get the most out of it by making your home as energy efficient as possible? When your home is energy efficient, you’ll spend less time worrying about costly HVAC repairs and sky-high energy, and instead, enjoy the warmth and comfort your heater has to offer.

Of course, ensuring that your home is energy efficient is a great way to save money from month to month. So, how do get there? Well, installing a zone control system is a great way to maximize your heater’s efficiency and performance. So, if your home heating in Plymouth, MN could use a boost, contact a professional who can determine if zone control is right for you. And be sure to keep reading below!

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How You Benefit from Whole-Home Surge Protection

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Are you keeping your home safe? Think past home security systems, locks, and secure windows—are you safe in the face of disaster? We experience extreme weather conditions here in Minnesota, so you need to make sure your home is prepared in for anything life throws your way. So much of your home runs on your electricity—make sure you can still have access to these faculties in a bind.

The best way to protect your home from damage is to remain proactive. You need whole-home surge protection in Plymouth, MN, and we can provide the best services for you in the area. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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Plumbing Repair Tip: How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A leaky faucet can be a real annoyance. The rate at which the drips come out can determine how much water you are actually losing on a given day, week, or even year. For a home that has one leaky faucet which drips only once a minute, that is the equivalent of 1,440 times a day. Although it may not seem like a significant number, over the course of a year that single drip will equal 34 gallons.

If you happen to have two leaky faucets in your Ham Lake home which each drip on average 10 times a minute, you will be losing over a gallon of water a day from each, or over 694 gallons a year. Many faulty faucets can drip much more often than that, even up to a drip a second. When this happens, one faucet alone can cost you five gallons a day or 2,082 gallons a year.

If you’re interested in just how much water your home is losing due to one or more leaky faucets, there is a great website that will calculate it for you. The U.S. Geologic Survey has a quick drip calculator anyone can use to figure it out. What may seem like a little, insignificant drip can wind up being a lot of wasted water and money, literally going right down the drain.

In addition to losing water and increasing your water bill, this wasted water can have a negative impact on the environment, especially for people living in areas with drier climates or places that haven’t gotten as much rainfall as normal. When water isn’t conserved or is wasted, the supply can’t be replenished and the entire ecosystem will suffer as a result.

To save you both the annoyance and increased cost on your water and energy bills, call an Ham Lake plumber at Air Mechanical to come and fix the problem or install a new faucet. Leaky faucets are usually a quick fix that can end up saving you money the minute they quit dripping.

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Rosemount HVAC Experts Q/A: What Is Geothermal Heating?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Having a geothermal heating system installed in your Rosemount residence means that you will actually be able to heat your home with heat extracted from the ground. If this sounds a bit preposterous to you, you are certainly not alone. But this type of home heating does actually work and the technology is not actually that much different from what is used in a standard heat pump system.

Regular heat pumps are able to remove heat from the outdoor air and transfer it into your house to maintain a comfortable temperature in the winter. You may think that there is no heat in the outdoor air in the winter, but that is not actually the case.

Air contains a substantial amount of heat even at very cold temperatures, and heat pumps are able to work quite well, particularly when the outdoor temperature is above freezing. Conveniently, the same process used to heat your house in the winter can be reversed in the summer to extract heat from the indoor air, providing you with a year round home comfort solution.

Geothermal heating works in much the same way, except that geothermal heat pumps extract heat from the ground rather than the air. In order to accomplish this, a loop of pipes is installed in the ground near your house and your geothermal heating system will pump a liquid, generally either antifreeze or water, through those pipes.

As it passes through the pipes, the liquid will absorb heat from the ground and carry it back to a heat exchanger within your house. At that point, the heat from the liquid will be released into air, which is then blown throughout your house.

And just as conventional heat pumps can cool your house in the summer by removing heat and pumping it outside, so too can geothermal heating systems. They do this simply by letting the liquid flowing through the pipes absorb the heat from inside air and then release it into the ground as it travels through the pipe loop below your house.

Because the ground is never as cold in the winter or as hot in the summer as the air, geothermal heat pumps are actually able to work effectively in more extreme conditions than many traditional heat pumps. However, because they require an entire system of pipes to be installed underground, they can be quite a bit more expensive initially as well.

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How a Furnace Works: A Guide from Champlin

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Do you know how your furnace works? Believe it or not, lots of Champlin homeowners probably can’t explain the operation of furnace. It probably isn’t at the top of your “to do” list. It’s only important to know that once you set your thermostat to a desired temperature, the furnace comes on and warms the house.

The most common furnace is fueled by natural gas but there are other examples of heating equipment such as boilers, electric baseboard, or geothermal. But let’s look at how a gas furnace works since natural gas is found in most U.S. households. Gas furnaces use natural gas or propane to provide energy used for generating heat.

When the temperature in your home falls below the level set on the thermostat, an electric pilot light automatically ignites to heat a burner inside the furnace. This burner uses gas to generate heat within a combustion chamber inside the furnace. After the furnace senses that the thermostat has triggered the flame and that it is properly lit, the actual spark (or ignitor) is turned off.

Simultaneously, a motor in the furnace pulls in air from an exchange or return, which could be a grill in the floor, ceiling, or wall of a house. That air flows through ducts into the plenum of the furnace. The plenum is on the opposite side of the heat exchanger from the burner.

Gas will typically burn for at least two minutes before the blower starts to disperse heat throughout your home. This extra time gives the air an adequate period of time to warm up and also so that cold air won’t be pushed through the vents into the rooms in your house at the start. After either the preset time (roughly two minutes) or pre-established temperature is reached, the blower’s motor is turned on and it blows air over the heat exchanger, which usually consists of a series of copper tubes or pipes. When a fan blows air onto the heat exchanger, the air is heated. This heated air is then blown through a series of ducts to heat your home via vents in the floor, walls or ceiling. Exhaust fumes from the combustion process exit the furnace through a gas flue or chimney.

Just as the heat in your home turns on when a certain temperature is reached, it also turns off after the rooms are warm enough, thanks to your thermostat. The thermostat again senses the temperature in the room. When the room warms up to the temperature set by you at the thermostat, the gas valve is switched off, stopping the flow of gas. After the gas is turned off, the blower motor will still run for a few minutes, allowing the heat exchanger to cool off a bit. In some furnaces, the blower motor never shuts off, but operates at low speed to keep air circulating throughout your home.

In a nutshell, your thermostat is the brain in your heating system and your furnace is the brawn, doing most of the work.

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