Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Six Reasons you need annual furnace maintenance.

Every year, about this time, you probably receive several direct mail pieces from different heating and cooling companies telling you to schedule a furnace tune-up.  But what most companies fail to tell you (and the reason most of these offers are ignored) is exactly why furnace maintenance is essential.  At Air Systems Mechanical Inc., we won’t sell you something you don’t need. So here is a list of reasons an annual inspection is so important to the efficiency of your furnace and the safety of your home.     

Six Reasons You Need Annual Furnace Maintenance

Ensures proper airflow

During the furnace inspection, the technician should check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow. Restricted or limited airflow places unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to high repair bills, higher operating cost, and a shortened life span.

Keeps you safe

Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. This combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of you and your family.

Reduce repairs

Every winter, we receive calls for heating problems that could have been easily prevented with regular maintenance. A furnace inspection not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.

Save time and money

Getting a furnace inspection and cleaning now, before the weather is cold, is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman during the winter in a cold house without heat. It is also much cheaper.

Improves energy efficiency

A furnace inspection should include the cleaning and inspection of the burners, heat exchanger, and condensate drains. This keeps your furnace running efficiently all winter.

Maintains manufacturer’s warranty

If your furnace is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it is especially important for you to get an annual furnace inspection and cleaning. Manufacturers stipulate that their warranty becomes void if the heater is not regularly maintained. A furnace inspection can satisfy that requirement and maintain your warranty.

All of these things boil down to this: keeping you safe, and saving you money.
We all do maintenance to our cars without question, but fail to do proper maintenance to our heating and cooling systems. Just changing the air filter regularly is not maintenance! Our heating and cooling systems are mechanical devices just the same as our cars.  So, I have crunched some numbers, just to try to put things into perspective and show the importance of annual maintenance on your heating and cooling system.

The average family “drives” their home comfort system 2,500 hours per year, at full speed!
If you were to get into your car and drive it for 2,500 hours at 55 mph, you would have put 137,000 miles on your odometer and changed your oil 45 times.

The only way your home comfort system will be reliable and efficient to heat and cool your home is with proper maintenance.

Call our office at 724-774-9030 to schedule your full system cleaning and inspection. We are offering this valuable service for only $130 for a limited time only, so call today! Once we are done with our inspection and our service technician gives your system a clean bill of health, if you have an issue with your system this winter, we will come back to diagnose your issue free of charge.

EVEN MORE SAVINGS: If you call to schedule your furnace inspection and cleaning before October 1st 2018, you will receive $20 off!  We look forward to hearing from you.            

Bill Gagric
Service Manager

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Hidden Danger of Breathing

These are the kind of statistics that really make you catch your breath:
  • Indoor air is said to be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air – and in some cases, it can be 100 times more polluted!
  • Whether we are asleep, working, going to school or staying in for the evening, we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors.
  • The EPA estimates that the home is the place where the average person gets 72 percent of his/her exposure to chemicals. In other words, nearly three-fourths of chemical exposure is taking place right at home.
So, poor indoor air quality can be a problem – and a big problem if anyone in your family has a sensitive respiratory system or is prone to allergies and asthma. But how do you know if it’s a problem at your house?

Well, you can start here. If you want to learn more about seeing, feeling and smelling the signs, take a look at this info, What Are Your Lungs Telling You About Your Home. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What Everyone Should Know About Contractor Scams

We've all heard these stories and seen the images. When a natural disaster hits a community, friends, neighbors and charities rush in to help. It always warms the heart to see the outreach in services and donations. And yet … there’s that other side of the response. There are selfish people who try to take advantage of a bad situation and use the natural disaster as an opportunity to scam.

Often during these times, law enforcement agencies make announcements about what you should and should not look for when hiring someone to work on your home. People become aware, alert. And yet … scam artists come into communities and neighborhoods even when our fellow citizens are warned to be hyper-vigilant, even when the skies are blue, and the wind is calm, and the weather is perfect.

In other words, contractor scams get more attention during natural disasters, but they can occur at anytime, anyplace. And that means right here in New Brighton. Oh, I don’t mean to scare you about any particular situation. I’m not reporting news, just tendencies. I’m talking about possibilities that call for wise practices. For example, here are some of the tips the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends for hiring someone to work on your home: 
  • Get recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, insurance agents or claims adjusters.
  • Deal only with licensed and insured contractors. Check with the local Better Business Bureau and Home Builders Association to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractor you’re considering.
  • Get a written estimate that includes any oral promises the contractor made. Remember to ask if there’s a charge for an estimate before allowing anyone into your home.
  • Take your time about signing a contract. Ask for explanations for price variations, and don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.
Please know, we’ll be glad to help you with whatever home comfort problem you may be experiencing. At Air Systems Mechanical, we’re proud to have grown a business through referrals and recommendations from satisfied customers, and we hope our list of satisfied customers includes you too. So, if you need us, just email or call.

Friday, April 10, 2015

U.S. Government Breaks Your A/C System

Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone day in, day out. But some folks do. And the groups and agencies who keep a close eye on environmental concerns have prompted some actions in recent years that will ultimately affect the operation of central air conditioners across this country.

The issue is the refrigerant, R-22, also known as Freon, which has been the predominant refrigerant used in air conditioners for the last 40 years. The federal government has begun a phase-out of equipment that uses this refrigerant because of concerns about ozone depletion. So, as of 2010, no new R-22-based equipment has been manufactured. Sure, the pre-2010 systems can still be operated and repaired, but you’ll still be looking at some logical limits.

The R-22 refrigerant can’t be produced or imported after 2020 (only recycled), and the reality is that will affect the cost and availability of this replacement refrigerant as well as the availability of replacement parts for equipment that is no longer being manufactured.
To learn more about this issue and how it could affect you, take a look at this info, Why Did the Government Secretly “Break” Your HomeComfort System?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Once-a-Year Step for Everyday Comfort

You've probably heard of Poor Richard’s Almanac even if you have never read it. This was a work by Ben Franklin back when the country was young, and it had a calendar, weather predictions and some wise sayings.

Well, if Ben Franklin were writing weather predictions for New Brighton, he’d say, “It’s going to be hot this summer.” Seems to me, it happens every year around that time, and this year, we’ll be true to the calendar again.

Yet, if only Franklin had had central air conditioning, I think he could have added some updated helpful advice like this:

“If you want something to last, you take care of it. If you want something to do its job, you make sure it’s running well. If you want something to protect you in the night, you make sure it doesn't have any hidden dangers.”

Why do I think that? Because here’s what Franklin actually did say: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

You've heard it, I've heard it, and we all know it’s true.

So what ounce of prevention can you bring to your home comfort this spring? One simple step of a preseason checkup on your system can make a world of difference in your comfort all summer long. To learn more about the value of routine maintenance, take a look at this info, The Nutty Way to Solve a Problem Before It Happens.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Is Your Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?

Time to Dust Off a Few Energy Saving Ideas
Have you ever considered how much the dust that’s gathering in your home is costing you in energy bills?

When dust builds up on the registers and vent covers in your home, for example, it becomes “insulation” that blocks the air’s path into the room. The harder a system has to work to keep your home comfortable, the more you pay in utility costs.

So as you look ahead, a thorough dusting with special attention to registers and vent covers is a good idea. Other ideas?

  • Close drapes to keep out the hot daytime sun, especially on south- and west-facing windows.  Sunny windows make air conditioners work 2 to 3 times harder.
  • Close fireplace dampers or glass doors. Going up the chimney with a bound may serve as a dramatic exit for Santa, but don’t allow your cooled air to use that same escape hatch.
  • Position your refrigerator away from sunny windows, hot water heaters, warm air from heating ducts, radiators, stoves and other heat sources. The heat makes cooling harder for your refrigerator.

These are just a few natural, free ways to help reduce your energy costs and increase your comfort. Other small steps can also make a big difference. For example:

It’s no news that energy costs are a big expense for homeowners. And not surprisingly, heating and cooling account for more than half of this amount. If you’d like to learn more about conserving energy in your home, this info will get you started – IsYour Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Just Another Part of Your Routine

There are certain routines that are as common as having a cup of coffee in the morning. (Or, if you prefer, a big glass of orange juice or soft drink of choice.) When that’s your routine, you don’t keep deciding every day whether that’s how you’ll start your morning. You just keep doing it.

That’s how we’d like for everyone to think about routine service on your heating system. As winter sets in strong, it’s in your best interest (by far) to have your system serviced so that you can be assured of repair-free, safe operation throughout the season – and with the best energy efficiency your system can provide.

But what’s the best way to integrate this great idea in your routine? Start by reading this quick report, Making Routine Maintenance a Part of Your Seasonal Routine.