Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for September, 2016

Picking a Great Boiler: Steam, Hot Water, or Condensing

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Although the furnace is the most common type of heating system in homes today, it doesn’t have the world of winter comfort all to itself. Many homeowners have boilers to provide warmth to their households. The energy-efficient performance and cozy heat of a boiler—whether sent through radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor elements—makes them attractive alternatives to forced-air heaters.

There are different types of boilers available today, and we’re going to look at the three main ones: steam, hot water, and condensing.

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5 Reasons You Need a Furnace Tune-Up This Fall

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The furnace that keeps your home warm during a New Jersey winter must have regular inspections and tune-ups much the way that a vehicle does. You wouldn’t want to start on a cross-country road trip in a vehicle that wasn’t tuned-up. Well, three solid months of winter is much like a cross-country trip for a furnace: that amount of stress and strain can end up causing problems.

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A New HVAC Installation? Consider a Ductless Mini-Split

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The fall is a time of year when many homeowners look over their options for new HVAC installations. It’s easier to schedule replacements and installations between the two times of the year when HVAC technicians are at their busiest. If you’re one of the many people thinking about arranging for a new heating and cooling system during the fall, we recommend that you give serious consideration to a ductless mini split.

What’s a ductless mini split system?

It’s a type of heat pump (i.e. a comfort system that works as both a heater and air conditioner) that operates through a series of small indoor air handlers mounted throughout a house. This is different from the conventional split system, where there’s only a single large indoor air handler that blows conditioned air into a ventilation network and then to the various rooms. The air handlers in a ductless system have their own refrigerant coil and blower fan, and they send conditioned air straight into the living spaces.

What benefits does this type of system offer?

  • Automatic zone control: Each of the air handlers of a ductless mini split heat pump can be turned on and off separately from the rest of the system. This means you only have to heat/cool rooms that require it. Leaving the air handlers off in empty rooms will help you save money.
  • Space saving: Ductless systems are fantastic choices if you’re building a new home, remodeling, or have an older home without room for ducts. You can enjoy central heating and cooling without surrendering valuable space to ductwork.
  • Energy saving: Ducts both lose and gain heat along their length, reducing system efficiency. Ductless systems don’t have this energy loss. In addition, ductless air handlers use smaller motors and consume less energy than standard systems.
  • Indoor air quality improvements: Ductless systems don’t pick up the dust and debris that often collect inside of ductwork. A home will enjoy air with less contaminants in it, and this can make a huge difference for people in a household who suffer from respiratory problems or allergies.

Find out more about ductless mini split systems, and call Advanced Mechanical Services. We offer service in Palisades Park, NJ and throughout the Tri-State area.

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It’s Time to Change the Air Filter: Here’s How

Monday, September 5th, 2016

As summer ends and we move into the fall, you’ll need to make a few changes around your home to prepare for the cooler weather that will arrive in the approaching months. One important job to take care of is changing the air filter in your HVAC system. This filter protects the interior of the air conditioner and the furnace from dust and debris that comes through the return air ducts. Over the summer, the filter will gradually become congested, and this will reduce airflow through the system. If you keep the HVAC system running with a clogged filter, you can expect poorer performance from your AC/heater and higher bills.

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