Why Schedule Duct Cleaning in Atlanta this Spring?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

As spring brings in warmer temperatures, it’s a time of opening up doors and windows, airing the home out after the winter months, and getting organized. But one aspect of spring cleaning is often overlooked: cleaning the ductwork of your Atlanta home. If you have a forced air system, duct cleaning optimizes your indoor air quality and prepares you for the cooling season. To learn more about duct cleaning or to schedule duct cleaning service in Atlanta this spring, call Cool Air Mechanical today.

Your ductwork works all year, moving heated and cooled air throughout your home. As part of both your heating and cooling systems, the ductwork in the walls, beneath the floorboards and in the ceilings, must be clean if you are to ensure fresh air in your home. The ductwork controls the three main airflows—supply, return and exhaust—and therefore significantly contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of your indoor air system. Cleaning your ducts makes sure that your air is traveling through clean spaces, without excessive dust, pollen, dander, or other allergens. Not only will these materials impact the quality of your indoor air; if left alone, they may also begin to obstruct airflow, resulting in inefficiency.

The following list of symptoms may help you decide if duct cleaning is worthwhile. Always remember to consult with your local professional to ensure you receive high-quality service.

  • Mold. While it is much disputed whether levels of dust affect your respiratory health, mold can and most likely will begin to adversely affect your health. It is a toxic microbe that must be professionally removed. It is notoriously stubborn and easily spreads to other high-moisture levels.
  • Debris build-up. If you notice the air being circulated through your ductwork does not come out as strong as it once did, your air flow may be obstructed by dust. This can reduce efficiency and cause problems in other areas of your system.

If you think duct cleaning might benefit the indoor air quality of your Atlanta home, then don’t hesitate to call Cool Air Mechanical. We also offer preventive maintenance plans that may help you keep an eye on your cooling system this upcoming summer. Call us today!

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When to Schedule Furnace Repair in Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the Atlanta winter is the first step to ensuring the comfort of your home this heating season. While furnaces are built to last, over time they suffer general wear and tear, and it may be necessary during the life of your heating unit to schedule professional furnace repair in Atlanta, GA. For more information and to schedule a service, call a furnace repair expert at Cool Air Mechanical.

There are a few different warning signs that your furnace may be in need of repair. If your furnace is making loud and/or unusual sounds, like banging, squealing or popping, it may be time to call a professional. You may have an air leak in the surrounding ductwork, a loose or faulty belt that connects the motor to the fan components, or worn bearings in the mechanical system. As an essential part of your family’s comfort, the furnace requires your attention. If your furnace does not turn on at all, its thermocouple—a safety device installed to disallow ignition when the pilot light goes out of the electric ignition is faulty—might be damaged. In cases like these, you need to call on an Atlanta, GA furnace repair specialist like Cool Air Mechanical, who can inspect, clean, mend and replace damaged parts.

Another indication that your furnace may be in need of repair is if you notice that it is no longer heating as well as it once did, or that it heats your home unevenly. An inefficient furnace may be old age, especially compared to new highly-efficient furnaces, but it may also indicate a fault somewhere in the furnace system. A professional inspection and diagnosis will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. If you feel unsure about your Atlanta, GA furnace, or if it’s beginning to make unusual sounds, it’s likely that furnace repair is necessary. Call Cool Air Mechanical today.

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Atlanta Ductless Mini Split Guide: Why Go Ductless?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

When most people think about air conditioning and heating systems they expect that they use large air ducts to move air throughout your home. However, ductless systems do exist and they actually offer homeowners in Atlanta very attractive benefits. Cool Air Mechanical provides complete ductless heating and air conditioning installation in Atlanta. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the benefits of using ductless systems.

Who Needs Ductless Systems?

Ductless systems are the only option for some homes in the Atlanta area. For old buildings or homes that don’t have the room for large ducts, ductless systems are a great option for heating and cooling.

How Ductless Systems Work

In a ductless system each room is cooled and heated by individual units. The individual units can be installed quickly and easily with a small hole in the wall. Each individual unit is connected to an outside condensing unit through that small hole by electrical and refrigerant tubes. The room units circulate the air in each room and use evaporator coils to add heat in heating mode or remove heat in cooling mode.

Benefits of Ductless Systems

  • Zone control One of the main benefits of ductless systems is that they naturally provide zone control capabilities for homeowners. Each individual unit can be adjusted independently which means that if you aren’t using a room then you don’t have to waste the energy to heat or cool it.
  • Humidity control – The evaporator coils in your ductless mini split system act as a natural dehumidifier by removing moisture from your air.
  • High efficiency – Ductless mini split systems don’t need to consume a fuel in order to provide heating for your home. Instead, they just move heat from the outside air into your home. The only energy they need is the electricity to run the individual units and the outdoor compressor unit.

If you’re interested in installing a ductless mini split system in your home, just call the experts at Cool Air Mechanical. We provide complete ductless mini split system installation in Atlanta.

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Common Heat Pump Problems in Atlanta

Monday, February 4th, 2013

When you schedule a professional heat pump installation and routine maintenance service  in Atlanta, you are taking the steps necessary to ensure the efficient, effective operation of that system. Even with a great heat pump model and regular maintenance service, though, you have to expect to run into a problem or two here and there. Heat pumps, like any other mechanical system, experience some common problems. Not all of them are terribly serious, but any time your heat pump seems to be experiencing issues you should call your local service technician. If you live in Atlanta, just call the heat pump experts at Cool Air Mechanical.

One of the more obvious problems that you may experience with your heat pump is a lack of heat in your home. There are many different causes of this issue. Before you assume there is a serious problem take a quick look around at the registers and grilles of your ductwork system. There is a possibility that these were blocked off by shifting furniture or other items. This may account for the ineffectiveness of your heat pump.

If your registers are free of obstruction but your heat pump is not performing effectively you may have a faulty thermostat. If your thermostat is not able to accurately read temperatures and relay that information to your heat pump,then you cannot expect the system to respond properly.

It is also possible that there is a problem with your outdoor unit. Have a look at the unit to see if it is covered with debris, visibly damaged or iced over. Never attempt to service the compressor or condenser of your heat pump yourself. Most heat pumps have a defrost cycle to deal with icing on the coils, but a serious icing problem or other issues can compromise the performance of the system.

Regardless of what issues your heat pump is experiencing, contact Cool Air Mechanical for the professional maintenance and repair services you need. Our expert technicians can have the heat pump in your Atlanta home working again in no time. Call us as soon as you notice a heat pump problem.

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