Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for December, 2016

What Are the Benefits of Using a Ductless Mini-Split?

Monday, December 26th, 2016

The ductless mini split heat pump has been around for a few decades, popular in many types of businesses. It’s only recently that ductless heating and cooling systems have made their way into homes. And they’ve proven that in many cases they’re excellent choices for home comfort.

But what about ductless mini splits is so wonderful? There are a number of reasons, and we’re going to go over a few:

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Strange Things Your Heat Pump May Do in Winter

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Did you have a heat pump installed this spring, or during the summer? Or have you recently moved into a home that uses a heat pump for comfort, and you’re not used to the way it works? If a heat pump is new to you, there are some ways it functions during the winter that will come as a surprise. You might even think the heat pump is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired.

Fortunately, two of these behaviors are normal parts of the heat pump’s regular cycle, and you don’t need to worry about them or call for repairs:

  • The outdoor unit is sending out smoke: Actually, it’s not smoke, although it is easy to make this mistake. It’s actually water vapor. What’s happening is the heat pump is in its defrost cycle. A heat pump works much like an air conditioner, except it can reverse the direction that it moves heat so that it also draws heat from the outside to move inside. There is a risk that moisture condensation along the outdoor coil will freeze. To prevent this, the heat pump periodically goes into a defrost cycle where it briefly heats up the coil, causing the ice to melt off and create the vapor you’re seeing.
  • The outdoor unit is running regularly: This is a common mistake because people are used to split air conditioners. You don’t expect the outdoor unit of the air conditioner to run in the winter, although you expect the indoor blower fan to work. But a heat pump uses the outdoor unit the draw in thermal energy, so it has to run whenever the heating cycle starts up.

But there are actual malfunctions that can occur to a heat pump over the winter. It might start sending out only cool air. It might refuse to turn on at all. Or it may experience a drop in airflow. In most cases, you won’t be able to fix the problem on your own. Don’t try to fiddle around with your heat pump: call on our repair technicians!

Advanced Mechanical Services provides heat pump repair services to Edgewater, NJ.

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Winter Thermostat Settings: The Big Mistake Many People Make!

Monday, December 12th, 2016

There are plenty of misconceptions about home heating out there, such as “Heating systems don’t need regular maintenance.” (They absolutely do! We hope you’ve already scheduled your maintenance for this year.) Another one is how to properly set the thermostat. Many people make the mistake of putting the thermostat at the highest setting, and then lowering it when they get too warm.

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ENERGY STAR and the Programmable Thermostat

Monday, December 5th, 2016

In our last post, we provided tips for ways to prepare your home for another deep-chill winter in New Jersey. We’re going to focus today on a preparation you can make that will increase your comfort not only in winter, but all around the year. But more than improving comfort, it’s a way to cut down on energy bills: an ENERGY STAR-certified Programmable Thermostat.

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