Love it or hate it, we are no strangers to snow in Minnesota. Most likely, you run your heater throughout the day for much of the colder season. And today’s heaters are built to withstand all this work durably and safely.
Many homeowners are proud to have a tankless water heater keeping their water warm, as opposed to a conventional tank water heater. Both systems can work well for your needs, but tankless water heaters use significantly less energy.
Many people in our area have furnaces heating their homes. They are durable, and today’s models are highly efficient, which may lead many of us to believe they are relatively safe and secure most of the time.
The furnace is the most common whole-home heating installation in the US. In our area, most households have gas or oil furnaces. Gas furnaces are typically preferable since natural gas is relatively available in most homes.
Chances are high that you’ve got a fan somewhere in your home, whether it’s a ceiling fan or a desk fan. And if your air conditioner breaks down, you might hope to get through the rest of the summer without it.
The goal of many water filtration, conditioning, and purification products is to clean out contaminants that could make people sick. A water softener is a little different. Most of what it removes from your water supply would not make you sick. But it can still protect many parts of your home from the effects of hard water.
If you have a central heating system, you know that it consists of only one unit, located somewhere inside of your home. An air conditioner, however, has two connected units that make up the whole system, and one is located outdoors.
When parts of your home seem warmer or cooler than the rest, your air conditioner or heater may not be at fault. Your forced-air system is designed to produce a certain amount of cool or warm air and move it into the rooms of the home.
When you think of spring cleaning, you think of dusting hard-to-reach places, vacuuming in corners, and sorting through closets and storage spaces. All of this cleaning can make you feel a lot better about clutter and the surfaces in your home, but it can make matters a lot worse when it comes to your air quality.
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.
Most homeowners have a furnace inside of their homes, a heating system that often uses natural gas (although it may use electricity or oil) to heat up the air and send it throughout the home. But because the furnace itself tends to be out of your sight, you might not think much about how it operates.
Frozen pipes have the potential to turn into a costly problem. Water expands when it freezes, and even the sturdiest of pipes can break under the pressure. If you live in a cold area, avoid steep plumbing replacement costs and all the added hassle by taking the right steps to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place.
As the weather changes, our bodies become more susceptible to illnesses like the common cold or even the flu. Eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, and staying warm can help to prevent illness to an extent. But upgrading your HVAC system can do even more, since the quality of the air you breathe has so much to do with your health.
Our whole-home heating specialists are often faced with the task of helping homeowners find a single-room solution for a space without any ducts. If you’re having the same issue, we’ve put together some of our best advice of what to install without going through the hassle of installing ductwork.
Sump pumps are a valuable tool for homeowners with high water tables and a history of home floods. This simple device pumps water to the outdoors before it has a chance to damage your property, and it should hold up for many years without many problems.
One of the best ways to save money, time, and hassle on your home heating system this year is to schedule a heating maintenance visit with a trained professional. Your heater is an intricate system, and it probably got a lot of use last winter.
Air conditioning and heating systems don’t tend to malfunction only when it’s convenient to replace them. Sometimes, an older air conditioner only starts to fail just as the cooling season is ending, when you’ll only need to use it for a few more weeks anyway.
You may know already that there is a chemical blend called refrigerant that pumps through your air conditioner (also sometimes referred to as Freon). And you also may have heard that “topping off” the refrigerant can help an air conditioner to perform better. But for the most part, filling up a system with more refrigerant won’t address the actual problem.
When you notice a small drain clog in your home, there are a couple of things you can try without calling a plumber for help. For drains that are moving a little slowly, there could just be some minor buildup in the drains, which a mixture of baking soda followed by vinegar may be able to help.
Bathroom plumbing issues are the last thing you want to have to deal with in your home. If sewage backs up through your drains or if there is a sudden leak from your shower, you may have to drop everything just to schedule repairs.
A quality air conditioning system can make it feel like there is a winter chill in the air, but the system itself is not actually supposed to freeze. Many homeowners who experience cooling issues this summer will take a look at their air conditioners only to find that the unit seems to have frozen over.
Around this time of year, you start running your air conditioner often enough to tell if there is an issue with the system. This may be a big problem—like an air conditioner that shuts off shortly after you turn it on—or it may be a smaller problem like an odd noise.
Are you still relying on a portable air cleaner for your indoor air quality control? Unfortunately, the air filter of your air conditioning and heating system may not be enough to clean the air in your home.
The days are warming up, and soon enough it will be time to think about switching on your air conditioning once again. Many homeowners in our area do not have any ducts in the home already, which means that we sometimes have to find alternative ways to have whole-home air conditioning in the house.
When weather reports detail the relative humidity outdoors, most people pay no attention. But if you’re way more concerned with the temperature than you are with the amount of moisture in the air, you may be missing out on a chance to better control your climate...
Your family’s health and happiness is the most important thing. And one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy is by drinking plenty of water. Studies show that drinking more water increases concentration, wards off sickness, gives you energy throughout the day...
Replacing your heating system can be an opportunity to help you and your home become more energy efficient and comfortable. How? Thanks to technology and advancements in the cooling and heating industry, there are a number of heating choices available to homeowners...
Thermostats are one of the basic components of an HVAC system, but one that most homeowners take for granted. Often, a home will have the same thermostat sitting on the wall for over a decade, remaining the same no matter the changes in the air conditioning and heating system.
Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes… and that also means it’s the land of high levels of water vapor in the air during the summer. Excess moisture in the air means more discomfort during the heat, water damage to your home, and spending extra money to run your air conditioner.
If you’ve never scheduled air conditioning maintenance, you may be curious about the process an HVAC technician goes through to make sure your AC is working properly. Sometimes it seems as if your air conditioner is working exactly as it should...
Most people understand the basics of geothermal power: the planet Earth generates heat from its core, which then radiates outward toward the surface. Only about 10 feet below the ground, the Earth’s temperature starts to rise.
A boiler is an excellent alternative to using a forced-air system such as a gas furnace to heat your home. Boilers use hydronic power—the power of water—to circulate heat to radiators and baseboard heaters that send out clean, dust-free warmth into rooms, and they perform more efficiently on average than furnaces.
Here in Andover, plumbing repair calls must often deal with freezing pipes. Water caught in your pipes in the winter can create all kinds of havoc. As it freezes, it expands: putting your pipes under tremendous pressure and eventually causing them to burst. Plumbers deal with more burst pipes in the winter than they do the rest of the year combined, and repairs can often be quite expensive. You can help by taking some simple preventative measures before and during the cold season. Here’s how to prevent your pipes from freezing.
If you own a boiler in Andover, you understand the need to get it repaired quickly at the first sign of trouble. Our winters are as harsh as they come, and without reliable heating, your home will soon resemble an ice box. A boiler that springs a leak won’t be able to do its job, and you need to contact a service professional to see about repairing the leak as soon as you notice one. Common types of boiler leaks can include but are not limited to the following ...
You may have heard about heat pumps as an option for retro-fitting the heating system in your home, or as an option for a new home. If you’ve spent most of your life getting warmth from furnaces or boilers during the winter, you may feel hesitant about making the heat pump a serious option. However, they are growing in popularity in modern homes, so if heater installation is on the horizon for you, you should definitely consider the advantages of installing a heat pump.
If you have a furnace in Andover, MN, you don’t want it to fail during one of our harsh cold winter days. If your furnace starts making unusual noises, it might be a warning sign of trouble. You probably know what sounds to expect from your furnace when it’s operating normally, so anything out of the ordinary needs your attention. If your furnace requires repairs, turn to the professionals at Air Mechanical Inc. We’ve serviced heating troubles since 1985 with our large and skilled staff, and can service your furnace in Andover.
No one ever wants to have their heating system break down, but eventually it will happen. Your furnace uses a number of different moving parts that can run into problems. Here at Air Mechanical, we’ve responded to countless calls for furnace repair and we wanted to put together a few of the most common ones that we see. Give us a call for all of your Andover heating repair services.
The Minnesota winter is almost proverbial throughout the country for how cold it can get—and it’s going to be on us sooner than we think. You rely on the heating system in your home to make those long months tolerable, so don’t take any chances. To stay snug and cozy this winter, you should consider having certain crucial services done on your heater before the big cold hits. Heating technicians have busy schedules during winter helping people with emergencies, so take advantage of the slower fall season to contact the Andover, MN heating service experts at Air Mechanical Inc.
When properly installed, professionally maintained and expertly repaired a heat pump is an efficient home heating and cooling method. Like any other home heating and air conditioning system, though, problems do occur...
If you’re like many people in Andover, you’re looking for ways to save money on your energy bills. With energy prices on the rise, people are doing everything they can to decrease the amount of fuel that they have to buy to heat their home. If you have a furnace, you’re likely in the same situation....
We get a lot of Ham Lake plumbing questions from our customers, and one we get frequently is about pressure vacuum breakers. The plumbing experts at Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing want to help answer all your questions...
Are you wondering what type of maintenance service to schedule for your geothermal heating system before winter arrives? While geothermal systems do require regular maintenance just like any other HVAC system...
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...
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...
Like most Andover homeowners, you’re probably asking yourself why you need water filtration – what exactly happens to your water that makes it necessary to install an entire new system in your home to keep it clean? There are a few things...
For most scenarios, air conditioning system repairs follow a handful of typical troubleshooting steps. If you would like one of our Andover air conditioning technicians to help you get your AC unit running again, give Air Mechanical Inc for assistance. We can also send someone to your home if we can’t get your system working again.
If you are interested in a geothermal installation for an Andover home, you are in the right place. If you are looking for natural a way to heat your home with the natural energy of the Earth, you have found the right heating strategy.
While it might be the last you think about when you do home maintenance, dirty air ducts can make a big difference in how well your heating and air conditioning system works. Not only do dirty air ducts lead to poor indoor air quality...
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...
If you’re thinking about buying a new heat pump for your Andover home, chances are you have some questions about these types of products and how they work. In fact, because these types of home comfort systems are relatively new to a lot of people...
The last thing you want is to be drinking or cooking with contaminated water. Of course, you can always opt for a full house water filtration system, but these are often expensive to install and maintain. If you are not prepared to make this kind of investment, you may want to consider purchasing a water filtering faucet instead.
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