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6 Ways to Upgrade Your Heating System

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Is your heating system running just the way you want it to? Or could you use an upgrade for your comfort, your health, or your system’s efficiency? We’ve got some recommendations on how you can upgrade your heating system and feel much more comfortable throughout the years.

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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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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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What Are the Differences Between a Honeywell WiFi and Honeywell RedLINK Thermostat?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The thermostat is the great secrets of any heating and cooling system for a home. It’s a secret that hides in plain sight: a panel on your wall with a display and a few controls. You probably think of it as simply the location where you can turn the air conditioner and heater on and off and set the minimum and maximum temperatures. If the thermostat is programmable, you can also set the time for it to turn on and off.

However, a thermostat can make or break a comfort system. An outdated thermostat with poor calibration steals away efficiency and comfort, often without you noticing at first. A cutting-edge thermostat with programmable and WiFi power permits you control over temperatures in your home with unmatched precision and complete freedom—which also means unmatched comfort and energy savings.

Air Mechanical, Inc. offers installation of a variety of thermostats in Blaine, MN that will take your air conditioning and heating to the next horizon of technology. Among the available models, we often recommend a Honeywell WiFi or a Honeywell with RedLINK™ technology. Both have superb features, although there are some key differences between them.

Honeywell WiFi Thermostat

With this digital unit, you have access to your home’s comfort through any wireless device. Using a dedicated app, you can set the thermostat’s 7-day program from anywhere you have WiFi access with a simple and easy to understand interface. The Honeywell WiFi is also a “smart” thermostat: it learns your heating and cooling patterns and adjusts itself to reach precision temperatures no early digital thermostat can achieve. It also has an indoor humidity sensor and alters to tell you when it’s time to change the air filter or when the unit detects extreme temperatures.

Honeywell RedLINK™ Wireless Comfort Systems

RedLINK™ wireless technology is an exclusive development from Honeywell available for both commercial and residential comfort systems. It has all the functionality of a WiFi system, but goes beyond with numerous other options through the RedLINK™ portal: over 90 different system alerts, zone control for zone control systems, memory logs to keep track of setting history, a 20-40-60 minute timed ventilation boost, outdoor temperature and humidity displays, and precision controls over staging, fan circulation, and indoor air quality settings. With a RedLINK™, you have total control from almost any spot in the world over your home’s environment available through desktops, tablets, and smart phones.

Choosing a thermostat

Although the RedLINK™ thermostats have many more options than the WiFi, you may not necessarily need all of its extra features. With our assistance, you’ll have the power to achieve energy savings and superior comfort at your fingertips from across the globe. Call us today to explore your options.

Consult with one of our specialists in thermostats in Blaine, MN at Air Mechanical, Inc. to learn about which choices for controlling your home comfort will best fit your lifestyle, HVAC system, and budget.

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Problems Caused by Faulty Thermostats

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The thermostat has a tremendous amount of power for so small an object. This unobtrusive unit attached to a wall in your house has full control over the heating and cooling systems that make indoor life comfortable year round. But because people often overlook the thermostat, they don’t realize when a thermostat with a fault is creating trouble with their HVAC system. Sometimes, what seems like a malfunction in the system cabinet will turn out to be a problem with the thermostat.

Bringing in professional technicians when you have problems with your heater or AC will make sure that you discover thermostat problems. Experts will know how to track repair issues to their source and avoid unnecessary tampering with unrelated components. And thankfully, thermostat repairs are among the faster ones for technicians to accomplish.

Air Mechanical, Inc. performs heating system repairs for thermostats in Anoka, MN, as well as installations of thermostat upgrades to help homeowners get the most from their heating and cooling.

Problems That Can Stem From Thermostat Faults:

  • The heater/air conditioner won’t start up – Whenever a home comfort system refuses to turn on when it should, the usual conclusion is that the system has broken. However, the problem could be that the thermostat isn’t working right. Sometimes this is due to a miscalibration in the unit that makes it read the temperature incorrectly and consequently not turn the heater/AC on when it should. At other times, wiring defects can cause the thermostat to lose its connection to the system.
  • The heater/air conditioner won’t stop running – This is the opposite problem, although the cause is similar. Either a miscalibrated thermostat keeps sending incorrect instructions to the HVAC system to keep working, or the specific wire that turns the heater/AC off has broken.
  • Uneven temperatures Thermostats that develop quirks will lead to your home experiencing hot and cold spots where they shouldn’t be. If the thermostat keeps switching the HVAC system on and off at the wrong times, it will lead to poor distribution of temperatures to the rooms farthest from the central unit.

Have Professionals Find Out What is Wrong

There are many causes for a thermostat to begin working incorrectly: miscalibration, incorrect placement in the way of direct sunlight or drafts, wires wearing down, computer system errors in digital models. Don’t try troubleshooting any of this yourself beyond making basic temperature adjustments. (Remember, the thermostat may not be the issue.) Instead, speak with a professional heating service in Anoka to help you find out what the issue is with your thermostat.

Air Mechanical, Inc. has technicians ready 24-hours a day to help you when your heating or cooling starts acting abnormally. Give us a call today and ask us about how we can upgrade your thermostat as well.

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Which Thermostat is Right for My Home?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

It’s amazing what thermostats can do these days. At Air Mechanical, we carry and install a wide variety of thermostats to meet your budget and needs. These can range from thermostats with basic temperature controls to programmable thermostats that run their own diagnostics and can be adjusted remotely via your smart phone.

Keep in mind that your thermostat plays a major roll in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. If you use a wireless thermostat, be sure to place it away from direct sunlight so it can properly gauge the temperature of your home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your temperature conservatively if your home will be empty most of the day and adjust the temperature controls on your phone so the house is cool and comfortable by the time you get home.

Check out our Air Mechanical Tech Moment below for more information about different types of thermostats, or call us today to schedule an appointment!

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Heating Tips: Small Heating System Upgrades That Add Up!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Ham Lake heating technicians at Air Mechanical have a few tips to help you save on heating costs this winter! Here are some small upgrades and changes you can make that really add up in the long run. Call Air Mechanical any time if you have questions or would like more heating tips and ways to save energy throughout the heating season.

Programmable Thermostats

Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy way to save on heating costs, especially if you have an older system. The new high-efficiency heating systems are designed with energy-saving features, such as variable speed fans, that help reduce energy usage and lower heating bills. However, older, two-speed systems run at full speed for longer periods.

By installing a programmable thermostat with an older heating system, you can set the thermostat to automatically turn the system down according to the times you don’t need it. There are many different models to choose from, including models that have weekend and vacation settings.

Weatherization

There are quite a few simple and easy ways to make your home more efficient. Sealing doors and cracks is an easy way to start the weatherization process. You can also seal off attic spaces and garages to help reduce wasted heat. Upgrading doors and windows or adding insulation are other ways to increase overall home efficiency.

Duct Sealing and Cleaning

Duct sealing is another great way to reduce air loss in a central heating system. In addition, duct cleaning can also help ensure proper airflow, which increases the efficiency of a forced air system. If you are upgrading any component of your heating system, it is a good idea to have your ducts inspected and sealed.

Install a Humidifier

The air inside your home can become excessively dry because of the heat output from your heating system. Installing a whole-home humidifier that works with your heating system can help improve indoor air quality. Adding the right amount of moisture to the air can also help protect furnishings, wood furniture, and wood floors.

Call the Ham Lake heating professionals at Air Mechanical any time to learn more about ways you can upgrade your heating system to help save on energy bills.

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Heating Tip: How to Replace a Thermostat

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

There are a lot of common household tasks that Eden Prairie do-it-yourselfers can handle beyond changing light bulbs or replacing a fuse. One of those is changing out a thermostat. The reasons for replacing a thermostat can vary from making an upgrade to changing out a thermostat that is not working right – or at all. Whatever the reason, the task is pretty simple and require s very little time and very few tools.

Let’s set the stage.

The materials you will need are the replacement thermostat, wire connectors, electrical tape (optional), needle nose pliers, and a screwdriver.

Here are the steps:

  1. Turn off electrical power to the existing thermostat. You can do this by flipping a breaker switch or removing a fuse from your home’s electrical panel. This would be a good time to make a note of the circuit’s location, writing the circuit number on the panel door or using a sticker.
  2. Remove the cover from the existing unit. You should be able to locate the screws that hold it to the wall mounting plate. Remove the screws and pull the unit away from the wall and mounting plate. Be careful not to touch the electrical wires together on the thermostat.
  3. Disconnect the wiring. Carefully remove the electrical wiring from the unit and keep the wires apart. You might want to tape the bare ends and also ensure that the wires don’t fall back through the wall. If the wires are not color coded, mark each one and which terminal they were removed from. Remove the mounting plate.
  4. If you are using a new mounting plate, make sure it fits over the existing hole and then pull the wires through the opening of the plate. Make sure the mounting plate is secured to the wall with the proper screws.
  5. Now match the wires to the terminals on the new thermostat. The wires are usually color-coded but if not, make sure you attach the right wires to the corresponding numbered terminals on the next thermostat. A green wire, which operates the furnace fan blower, is connected to the “G” terminal. The white wire operates the heater and attaches to the “W” terminal. The yellow wire operates the air conditioner and connects to the “Y” terminal. Use a wire nut to secure the wires and keep them apart from other wires. Ignore any other wires coming out of the wall as they are not necessary and may have been added by the original builder for other purposes.
  6. Carefully move the wires back into the wall as you line up the new thermostat on the mounting bracket. Install the new bracket and secure the thermostat to the bracket.
  7. Turn your power back on and check your thermostat by setting the temperature high or low, to engage the furnace or air conditioner.

This simple procedure can be done in less than 10 minutes. But if you have any doubts and want greater peace of mind, call a professional heating and cooling contractor to perform the installation.

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Troubleshooting Thermostat Issues: Is it the Thermostat or Something Else? A Tip from Andover

Friday, October 21st, 2011

If your the room temperature in your Andover home is too hot or cold, what is the first thing you check? Probably the thermostat. If you are a homeowner, you probably have played around with the setting on a thermostat, much to the chagrin of other occupants who don’t share your same comfort level. And if you try and adjust a thermostat at work – well forget about it. Most companies now have locking thermostats or “false” ones that don’t actually connect to the heating and cooling system.

So if you have a temperature problem, is it really the thermostat that causes it? Maybe yes and maybe no. One physical characteristic to check is the location of the thermostat. If it is in a drafty hallway or near a heat source, it only reads the temperature for that area and other parts of the building are neglected. You will often find more than one thermostat in a home that is tied into more than one furnace or air conditioner.

The older more popular round thermostats are manually controlled and do not adjust to any conditions in the home. They simply control the heating and cooling functions based on a human turning a dial. It’s as simple as that. So if you use this method to adjust the temperatures, blame yourself and not the thermostat. You might want to consider installing a digital, programmable thermostat.

With that in mind, let’s look at some typical ways to troubleshoot a thermostat.

  • Check the anticipator, which is a small metal tab on the front of the printed scale. Give it a light push in either direction. It may be stuck.
  • Clean the interior of the thermostat housing and clean the contacts (small metal plates)
  • Check loose wires or wires that may be corroded.
  • Read the thermostat manual (if not available, look online) for other tips such as ensuring there is voltage to the terminals.

If you have checked everything and the thermostat seems to be in working order, look for other things within the heating & cooling system. These include blocked or restricted registers and vents, leaks or cracks in ductwork, and dirty air handling filters.

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New Thermostats – Are they Worth the Investment? A Question From Bethel

Monday, September 19th, 2011

When you are trying to save money around your Bethel house, a new thermostat is definitely worth looking into. Sure, your old thermostat works fine. But there are a lot of features available on newer models that can help you save money on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year.

And you do not need to wait until it is time to replace your home comfort system to upgrade your thermostat. Most thermostats can work with many different types of heating and cooling systems. So no matter what type of HVAC system you have or how old it is, you should be able to integrate some type of new thermostat into it.

But how can a new thermostat save you money? Well, they simply offer a lot of features that you can use to your advantage. For instance, even the most basic programmable thermostat can let you set different temperatures for different times of day. You can program the thermostat to turn the heat down during the day when no one is home and then you can have the heat switch back on just before you get home.

That way, you can come home to a nice, warm house without having to pay to heat it all day long when it is empty. Many newer thermostats also are more accurate and can provide more pinpoint control of your heating and cooling system. That means that you will not be wasting money because your heating system gets the actual temperature in your house up to 75°F when you only really need it to hit 72°F.

Newer thermostats help you to save money in a variety of ways, and that savings will more than pay for the cost of having a new thermostat installed. That is because thermostats are actually quite cheap and easy to install. A relatively basic programmable thermostat should not run you more than $100, and even if you opt for one of the more advanced systems out there, you will not pay more than a few hundred dollars.

That is a small price to pay considering the increased comfort possible with a state of the art thermostat and the potential for savings every month on your heating or cooling bills. Plus, you likely paid a considerable amount to have that state of the art HVAC system put in. It is worth paying just a bit more so that you can get the most possible out of it. If you have questions about getting a new thermostat installed, talk to your local Bethel contractor.

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