Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for October, 2016

Preventive Maintenance You Can Do: Change the Air Filter

Monday, October 31st, 2016

During the fall, we place a heavy emphasis on regular heating system maintenance. Annual inspections and tune-ups for residential furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps are essential for reliable heater performance through the winter. This service also helps cut down on high energy costs.

Heating maintenance is a professional service; you can’t go DIY with the tasks involved. However, there is one important maintenance step for a heating system that you need to take care of yourself during the season, and that’s regularly changing the air filter. A technician will do this for you during maintenance, but after that, you’ll have to handle the filter changes for the rest of winter season. (Unless you have a boiler, which is a radiant heating system that doesn’t use a filter.)

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How a New Thermostat Can Help You Save Energy

Monday, October 24th, 2016

There are many ways you can cut down on your energy bills during the winter, such as caulking windows and putting weather stripping around doors. If you are looking to make a large difference, we recommend that you replace an aging heating system like a furnace and put in a new high-efficiency model.

But in this post, we’re going to look at an energy-saving method that may not have occurred to you: putting in a new thermostat.

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Reasons to Choose Radiant Heating for Your Home

Monday, October 17th, 2016

What is radiant heating? Scientifically, it refers to the movement of heat from one object to another without heating the air between. For example, pavement that bakes in the sun sends out radiant heat that you can feel when it reaches your body. It’s also the heat you feel coming off of a bright light bulb.

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How Does a Heat Pump Both Heat and Cool?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

A comfort system that is increasingly popular for homes in Paramus and the surrounding areas is the heat pump. The special appeal of a heat pump is that it takes care of indoor comfort all year. You only have to make one adjustment on the thermostat to change a heat pump from acting as an air conditioner to working as a forced-air heater… and a very energy-efficient forced air-heater at that.

How is a single system capable of working as an air conditioner and heater? We have details below.

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Standard Water Heaters vs. New Compact Models

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

When you think of a water heater, what image first comes to your mind? Probably a large cylindrical metal tank filled with a supply of water kept at a high temperature. This is a storage water heater, or “tank” water heater, and it’s still the most common type of water heater found in homes today. But it has competition from more compact models, which are better known as tankless water heaters. If you are looking for a new water heater installation, we recommend you take a look at a tankless model as a possibility.

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