Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Cool Air Mechanical wants to wish you a very happy New Years! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new.

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Call Cool Air Mechanical to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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Happy Holidays from Your Local Atlanta HVAC Contractor!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Everyone at Cool Air Mechanical wishes you a very happy holiday! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who make our business possible. We look forward to working with you in the future. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

And a quick reminder, if you haven’t yet scheduled a maintenance visit for your heating system, you could be losing money. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your system is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Cool Air Mechanical!

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How Air Duct Conditions Affect Efficiency: An Atlanta Duct Repair Tip

Monday, December 17th, 2012

If you use a forced air heating or air conditioning system in Atlanta, you rely on your ductwork more than you may realize. Not only is conditioned air dispersed throughout your home by this ductwork system but air is also supplied to your heater and air conditioner through it.  The effectiveness and efficiency of your heater and air conditioner depend, in large part, on these air ducts. Many homeowners fail to acknowledge the important role that air ducts play in the efficiency of their home comfort systems, though, and wind up paying more money for weaker performance as a result. To have your air duct system evaluated and, if necessary, repaired, contact Cool Air Mechanical.

One of the most common problems with air duct systems that can affect efficiency is poor ductwork design or installation procedures. Your air ducts must be designed to suit the individual challenges that your home presents. If the installation is not carried out correctly, featuring a lot of twists, turns or dead ends in the ductwork, you cannot expect high efficiency levels.

Another common problem is insufficient air duct insulation. Energy can be lost through your air ducts if they do are not properly insulated. This is especially true in parts of the ductwork system located in attics, basements, or other unfinished areas with harsh temperatures.

Air ducts may also be torn, damaged, or corroded. This allows heated and cooled air to escape through holes and gaps in the air ducts. As more and more air is heated or cooled to make up for this loss you can expect to see your heating and air conditioning bills rise.

Finally, air ducts can reduce efficiency simply by being dirty. If dirt, debris and other pollutants are allowed to build up in your ductwork system it can make it more difficult for air to be forced through the ducts. This puts unnecessary strain on your home comfort systems and will lower efficiency levels.

If you are concerned that the condition of your air ducts is affecting efficiency levels in your Atlanta home, contact a professional service provider right away. This is the only way to fix the situation. Cool Air Mechanical is happy to help you get a better performance from your ductwork system.

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Atlanta Heating Installation Tip: Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you are considering a heat pump installation for your Atlanta area home, call the HVAC experts at Cool Air Mechanical. We can provide you with information about the different types of heat pumps available and help you decide whether or not this is a cost-effective choice for your home.

Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump system, and they provide both heating and air conditioning for your home. They are highly efficient at both in the right conditions because they draw in the air from outside the home and either warm it up or cool it. This means that the only energy used is the electricity to operate the compressor, which uses refrigerant to compress or evaporate the air depending on the time of year.

Typically, ductwork is connected to the indoor unit, and then the air is distributed throughout the home through the supply vents. The main disadvantage is the expense of installing ductwork if your home does not already have a heat pump system or furnace.

Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

If your home does not have existing ductwork, you can also choose to install a ductless heat pump system. These are also called mini split systems because they are not “split” into just the indoor and outdoor units. They consist of many smaller units installed throughout the home that are connected to the main compressor through conduits inside the walls. They are efficient mainly because there’s no chance of air loss through leaky ductwork.

The next time you are in the market for a new heater, call the Atlanta heating specialists at Cool Air Mechanical. We take pride in our installation services, and we can help you make an informed decision about which heating system is right for you.

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Weighing Your Water Heater Options in Atlanta

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

When it comes to the appliances in your home in Atlanta, there might not be one that you rely on more than your water heater. You use your water heater probably every day to shower, wash dishes and do your laundry. With such a huge roll in your home, it might make sense to consider the options available to you when you start to think about replacing it. At Cool Air Mechanical, we’ve been working with our customers throughout the Atlanta area to help them choose the right water heating system for their home. We decided that it would be helpful if we put together some of the available options to our customers.

Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters

When it comes to the fuel type that you use to heat your water, there are many options. We decided to focus on two of the most popular: gas and electricity. Here are some of the pros and cons with each one.

  • Electric water heaters – Electric water heaters are a great idea if you don’t already have a gas line running into your house. Since your home already has electricity, this type of water heater is usually easy to install.
  • Gas water heaters – Many homes in the Atlanta area have a gas line running into their home for one or more of their appliances. If you have an electric water heater and already have a gas line, it might make a lot of sense to switch to natural gas. In many cases, gas is less expensive than electricity. However, unlike an electric water heater, a gas water heater will need an exhaust flue to let out the combustion fumes.

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

This has become a popular debate for some homeowners in the Atlanta area. Here is a comparison between tank and tankless water heaters.

  • Tankless water heaters are wall mounted units that only heat water when it is needed. It uses an intense amount of heat to heat the water as it passes through it. In this way, it uses less energy because it doesn’t have to constantly heat a large tank of water even when the hot water is not in demand. However, installation costs tend to be more with tankless models. Additionally, if you have a large household, multiple water heaters may be required to keep up with the high demand.
  • Tank water heaters, on the other hand, can be sized to your home and provide sufficient hot water. However, they normally require more energy to run over time because they have to always heat the water that is in the tank.

If you have any questions about the water heater in your home or if you’re interested in replacing it, call the experts at Cool Air Mechanical. Our technicians are highly knowledgeable and can help you determine which system is right for your home in Atlanta. Call us today!

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