Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Is a Ductless Mini Split a Good Choice for My Home?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

ductless-mini-splitThe ductless mini split air conditioning system isn’t a recent invention—but it’s only now that it’s making inroads into residential homes and making a big difference in how people enjoy cooling. You may have considered if a ductless mini split makes sense for your house. It’s true they aren’t right for every home and every situation. But with the right house, they offer enormous benefits that make them superior to standard split system air conditioners.

The easiest way to find out if a ductless AC in Edgewater, NJ, matches your needs is to speak with our experts. To get you started thinking about the ductless possibilities, we’ve listed a few questions below that can give you an idea of when going ductless might be the best option.

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Is a Packaged HVAC Unit Good for a New Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

question-markThe type of air conditioning system that you’re probably the most familiar with is what’s known as a split system. There’s an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The outdoor condenser holds the compressor and exhaust fan, and it connects through power and refrigerant lines to an indoor unit that holds the evaporator coils and the air handler which sends the cooled air into the ventilation system.

This isn’t the only type of configuration for an air conditioner, however. The packaged unit is the kind used for most businesses. Essentially, all the components are housed in one cabinet that is placed outside. But since most homes use split systems, does that mean a packaged unit isn’t effective for a home AC?

Not at all! For some homes, packaged HVAC units may be a great alternative to split systems with excellent benefits.

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How Can I Cut Down on My Air Conditioning Costs This Season?

Monday, June 25th, 2018

money-in-piggy-bankElectric bills go up during the summer, just as sure as water is wet and east is east and west is west. But do they need to go up so much? Probably not. Air conditioning systems cost extra money to run on top of other home electrical needs, but you may be surprised at the many ways you can reduce how often you need your AC running. You don’t have to sweat it out for a few hours each day to lower those summer electrical bills—there are some basic tips as well as professional air conditioning services that will get those costs under control. Here’s our advice as a Ridgewood, NJ, HVAC contractor with many years of experience.

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It’s Still Not Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, June 11th, 2018

filling-in-calendarJune is here, and even though it isn’t officially summer yet, June means “summer” to most people. The June gloom at least gives you an opportunity to have maintenance done on your air conditioning system if you haven’t done it yet. We recommend all homeowners schedule this inspection and tune-up for their AC during the early spring. But it’s still not too late to have it done. Believe us, it’s much better to have it done a bit later in the spring than to miss having it altogether.

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My Air Conditioning System Isn’t Cooling Enough

Monday, May 28th, 2018

flushed-man-feels-hot-in-front-of-manWhen the temperature heats up in the summer, you want to know you can trust your air conditioner to do the job it was built for. If you set the thermostat to a comfortable level (we recommend keeping it around 78°F during the day), you should expect the air conditioner to keep up with the heat and maintain a pleasant temperature throughout the house.

But what if your AC has trouble this summer? It could happen, and there are a number of reasons—most of which you can have solved with Livingston, NJ air conditioning repair from our professionals.

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Don’t Miss Your Commercial HVAC Pre-Summer Tune-Up!

Monday, May 14th, 2018

covered-commercial-hvac-fansWe’re both a residential and commercial HVAC contractor for the area. We care about our many commercial clients the same way we care about the homes and families we service. That means we want you to enjoy the best possible comfort and climate control for your commercial space. Whatever your business needs when it comes to commercial HVAC in Bergenfield, NJ or elsewhere in the Tri-State area, you can rely on us.

Right now, the big concern for commercial HVAC is getting that all-important tune-up done before the summer heat arrives.

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Why You Shouldn’t Abandon AC Repairs at the End of the Season

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The weather is turning cooler in September, with days in the mid-70s and occasional rain. The air conditioner in your home is probably putting in less work, running with lower frequency. Soon it will shut down for a couple of months during winter, and your heater will take over to handle its share of the annual comfort workload.

But just because your air conditioning in Cliffside Park, NJ is about to go on break doesn’t mean you can ignore possible mechanical or other issues with it. If you have reason to suspect—or you know for certain—that you air conditioning system needs to have professional fixes, don’t put it off until next season. Letting your AC go without prompt repairs is never a good idea, and this is the time of year when you’re most likely to give into the temptation to shrug off any malfunction that isn’t a total breakdown!

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What Can Go Wrong with a Clogged HVAC Filter

Monday, September 4th, 2017

air-fliter-cuWe make an effort to remind our customers to change the air filter for their HVAC system on a regular basis throughout the year. It’s especially important during the summer, when the AC blower fan does a large amount of labor to circulate cool air around a house. The blower fan draws air through the return ducts, and the dust, lint, hair, and other debris in this air is trapped in the filter to prevent it from causing damage to the interior of the HVAC system. It only takes a few months, sometimes only one, to lead to a fully clogged filter that must be changed for a clean one.

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Some Considerations with Zone Control Systems

Monday, August 21st, 2017

hot-cold-house-iconsYou may have heard about advances in climate control for homes that allow for the division of the house into a series of “zones,” with each zone having its own thermostat and climate adjustments. The standard form for central heating and air conditioning is an “all-or-nothing” system where heated or cooled air travels through the ducts of an HVAC system to every room vent, regardless of whether the room is occupied or needs conditioned air. Using a zone control systems, this no longer needs to be the case. Instead, each room only receives the level of climate control that matches its needs.

Installing zone control systems for homes is becoming increasingly popular. However, there are some considerations to think about if you’re debating on zone control as a way to lower your comfort costs or create more even distribution of heating and cooling around your household.

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No, You Don’t Need to Regularly Put More Refrigerant in Your AC

Monday, August 7th, 2017

question-markThis is a misunderstanding we often run into with customers: the idea that the refrigerant that circulates through an air conditioning system must be regularly “refueled.” (The actual correct term is “recharged,” because, as we’ll discuss below, refrigerant isn’t a fuel.) The truth is that as long as your central air conditioner doesn’t have leaks along the refrigerant line or at any of connection points, it should never need to have any more refrigerant added to it. The amount of refrigerant in it when it’s installed should work for the rest of the system’s service life.

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