Advanced Mechanical Services Blog

What Does a “Dual Fuel” System Really Do?

April 8th, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeWhen you are looking around for a heat pump installation for your house, or any type of new HVAC system, you’ll come across an appliance called a “dual fuel heat pump” or “hybrid heat pump.” If you aren’t sure what this is, or if it’s something that could benefit your home, then this post is here to clear everything up for you.

We offer installation of dual fuel systems and other HVAC services in Wayne, NJ, and our technicians can explain the pros and cons of installing one for your year-round comfort needs. Below are the basics—please get in touch with one of our technicians to find out if dual fuel is your ideal choice for a new HVAC installation.

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There’s Smoke Coming From My Heat Pump!

December 24th, 2018

scared-womanWhen cold weather starts and you switch your heat pump to heating mode for the season, you don’t have to make many adjustments. A heat pump works in a similar fashion whether it’s in cooling or heating mode.

But you might look out a window one cold morning and see something alarming: smoke rising off the heat pump’s outside cabinet. That doesn’t look good! Are the heat pump motors burning out? Is the unit on fire?

Before calling an HVAC contractor in Clifton, NJ to rescue your heat pump, read about the most likely explanation for what you’re seeing. In most cases, you don’t have a problem—the heat pump is working as it should.

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Why Boilers Make Great Home Heating Systems

December 10th, 2018

boiler-pressure-sensorThe furnace rules the roost when it comes to sheer numbers: there are more furnaces heating homes in the US than any other type of comfort system. But numbers alone don’t mean a furnace is the best pick for every house. Boilers have been around for hundreds of years, and they aren’t going to vanish any time soon—not unless someone discovers something as convenient and inexpensive as hot water for transferring warmth!

If you are currently thinking about installing a heating system for a new home that doesn’t have a ventilation system in place yet, we recommend you place a boiler high on your home comfort shopping list. Boilers offer some terrific benefits when it comes to winter comfort, and a boiler may turn out to be perfect for your new household.

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Furnace Filters and Air Quality Filters: There’s a Difference!

November 26th, 2018

pleated-air-filterProtecting and improving the quality of the air inside your home is an important part of comfort and health. It’s almost as important as caring for the furnace keeping you warm in winter.

But often people assume their homes have a decent defense against unwanted particles circulating through the ventilation system because they have a furnace filter. But this is a misunderstanding about what the furnace filter (or filter for another forced-air system, such as a heat pump) actually does. If your home is suffering from low indoor air quality that’s making your winter unpleasant, you’ll need different types of filters or other IAQ products.

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Does a Furnace Dry Out the Air in a House?

November 12th, 2018

gas-jetsThe gas furnace is such a common type of home heating system that there are few objections to having one installed. Yes, people sometimes have concerns about using natural gas in a house, but if a furnace receives annual professional maintenance and proper care, it rarely poses any safety hazards.

But there is one negative often raised about the gas furnace, which is that it dries out the air in a house. Because dry air makes the inside of a house feel colder than it is and can also lead to health problems, this isn’t a situation anyone wants. But is there any truth to this?

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Is Your Furnace Already Giving You Trouble?

October 29th, 2018

furnace-oldIf you’ve turned your furnace on at least once so far this season, you’ll have some idea if it’s working the way it should. We still recommend you have it properly maintained by our professionals if you haven’t scheduled this service yet (it’s necessary every fall), since this is the best way to ensure quality furnace performance.

But what if your furnace—even with maintenance—is already showing signs that something is wrong with it?

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How Your Air Quality May Suffer This Winter

October 15th, 2018

smoking-chimney-in-winterWe’re busy now helping local homeowners prepare for the coming winter weather. A large part of this job is doing routine maintenance on furnaces and other heating systems. It’s the essential step to ensure a home has a steady heat supply without unwieldy bills—and that the heating system works for many winters to come.

But there’s another part of winter comfort that isn’t connected to indoor temperatures. It’s the quality of the air inside the house. Unfortunately, winter can bring with it stuffy and pollutant-filled air, and you may need the assistance of our indoor air quality specialists to help you prepare for a healthier season.

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Furnace Installation Is Everything! (Even More Than the Furnace)

October 1st, 2018

old-furnaceNow that it’s October, that means it’s fall—no question about it, even if we still have lingering hot weather. This is the best time of the year to arrange for upgrades to your residential heating system, such as a professional furnace installation in Fair Lawn, NJ. HVAC contractors have less crowded schedules in October, and you’ll have enough time to find the ideal new furnace for your needs before the major cold weather strikes.

When it comes to furnace installation, we often hear people ask about the best brands. There are many excellent furnace brands, and you really can’t go wrong with any of the leading ones as long as you work with a professional HVAC installer. Because—and here’s the big secret—the actual installation work is far more important than the furnace brand being installed.

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Preventing Heating Disasters With Regular Maintenance

September 17th, 2018

serve-ice“Wait, I should start worrying about my heater now? It’s still warm outside!”

Yes, that’s one of the reasons that “now” is a great time to take care of your home’s heating system to prepare it for the colder weather (not as far away as you might like). You don’t need to cut into your cold weather comfort while a technician maintains the heater—because you don’t have cold weather!

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Start Planning for the Rest of the Year With Commercial HVAC Maintenance

September 3rd, 2018

commercial-hvac-fans-in-rotationWhen is the first official day of fall? (Don’t worry if you have to check a calendar first, that’s why we have calendars in the first place.) This year, it’s September 22. That’s not far away, and although the colder weather doesn’t immediately set in after midnight on the 21st, now is the right time to start making plans for the change in seasons.

If you own and operate a business, we recommend you start making plans to care for the heating system necessary for climate control in your commercial building. The easiest way is to schedule annual commercial heating maintenance from HVAC professionals.

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