What Is Duct Sanitizing?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

If you worry about the quality of the air in your home, duct cleaning may be a great choice for your family. With duct cleaning, professionals go after the most common contaminants in your ducts which may affect your family’s health. And in some cases, you can get duct sanitizing for further protection against bacteria and viruses. Talk with the experts at Cool Air Mechanical for more information and to schedule complete duct cleaning service in Alpharetta.

What is involved with duct sanitizing?

Duct sanitizing is the very last step in duct cleaning, and it is entirely optional. In some case duct cleaning is already sufficient. Technicians use agitators and high-pressure vacuums to knock debris loose from the lining of the ducts and suck it up. They’ll use professional inspection equipment to make sure the job was completed properly. And finally, some companies ask clients whether they would like duct sanitizing as well.

With duct sanitizing, our technicians use an EPA-approved cleaning agent to further eliminate microbes and other contaminants from the ducts. There are very few products out there approved for this by the Environmental Protection Agency and OSHA–the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is why it’s important to choose the right company for this task.

Do I really need duct sanitizing?

The fact is that not every home will require duct sanitizing. We usually recommend this service only to our customers who suffer from asthma, allergies, or severe immune disorders. You may decide to add on duct cleaning at the end of your service for this reason, or you may choose to if the level of dust in your ducts was particularly high. The choice is yours, but keep in mind that this process is safe for your home and for the air you breathe. However, we can only sanitize sheet metal ducts at this point, as there is no approved process for fiber duct board.

When you decide it’s time to schedule duct cleaning in Alpharetta, choose a company who uses the right tools and methods and who gives you the option to add in duct sanitizing. Not every company offers this valuable service, so put your trust in Cool Air Mechanical. Call our highly skilled indoor air quality team today.

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The Best Ways to Heat a Small Space

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

If a part of your home is not hooked up to your central heating system, you cannot get much use out of this room during the cooler months. Some homeowners attempt to install point-of-use single room heaters to compensate for this, but these are highly inefficient and cannot heat up the whole room as effectively as a forced-air heating system can.

If you’ve recently added onto your home, or if there’s a small space in your home that goes unused when it’s cold outside, call the experts at Cool Air Mechanical. We can install a new efficient ductless or high velocity comfort system for you small space heating needs in Decatur, GA. These systems are described briefly below.

Ductless Heat Pump

A ductless heat pump has all of the same components as a traditional heat pump, which is an air conditioning and heating system combined. The only difference is that these units don’t need any ducts. Instead, an individual blower unit is mounted high up on the walls or suspended from the ceiling, and it connects to an outdoor compressor unit. You can use multiple indoor units to heat or cool a whole house, or you can have one indoor unit for a smaller space. These are highly efficient in both the heating and cooling season.

High Velocity Comfort Systems

High velocity comfort systems use very small ductwork to deliver cool or warm air from your central AC and heating systems to the various rooms of your home. This flexible ductwork can move air from your existing air handler into any new room addition or you can have an entirely new system installed in your home. The small size of the air handler and ductwork means it can fit into multiple different areas of the house. And the flexible ductwork won’t require any renovating. It’s designed to fit into most structures with ease, as it can snake through the walls, attic, basement, or even a closet. However, the small size means it should not occupy too much of the space you need for other purposes.

The experts at Cool Air Mechanical install and service ductless heat pumps and high velocity comfort systems. Call us today for superior air conditioning or heating service for your small (or large) space in Decatur, GA.

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Is Solar Heating a Possibility in My Home?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

If you need a new heating system for your home, there are many energy efficient units you can choose from. You might choose a new heat pump if you’re looking to replace both your air conditioner and heater. A dual fuel system combines the efficiency of a heat pump with the reliability of a furnace. And today’s furnaces are more efficient than ever.

By far, one of the best ways to save money and protect some of the earth’s most valuable resources is if you decide to switch to solar heating. Many homeowners are not sure whether solar energy is a possibility for their homes. If you’re not ready to go 100% solar, why not test it out by first installing solar for a single portion of your home?

Your home heating and air conditioning system occupies a good percentage of your monthly bills. Solar heating and cooling systems may cut your bills dramatically. And, solar energy is long-lasting and require few repairs. Installing a new solar heating and cooling system is a wise decision for any homeowner, but will it fit into your home?

Solar heating is a possibility in nearly any home, especially when you choose the Lennox SunSource home energy unit. Installation works in much the same way that a standard HVAC installation does. You must have the technician install both an inside and outside unit. Your new heat pump works like a standard air conditioning unit, moving heat from inside of your home to the outside. In the winter, the heat pump runs in reverse, pumping heat from the outside air back into your home.

The technician must also install solar panels outside, usually on the rooftop. These will absorb solar energy and convert it into electricity to power your HVAC unit. Sometimes, these panels will absorb enough energy to power other parts of your home as well. And you can always upgrade to more panels if you want to cut your bills even more. With a Lennox SunSource system, you can even monitor your home energy use from the internet.

As long as you have space for an indoor and outdoor unit, a set of ducts, and room on the rooftop, solar is most likely a possibility. Call Cool Air Mechanical today to upgrade your home and find out about your other options for heating installation in Kennesaw.

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Water Heater Repair FAQ: Should I Flush My Tank?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

You may have heard before that you’re supposed to flush your water heater tank every year or so. This is partially true. Your water heater does need regular flushing, although how often the tank is drained depends on a couple of factors. However, this is not a job for average homeowners to take on by themselves. Flushing a tank is a job for professionals only if you want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Talk to the people at Cool Air Mechanical for information about water heaters in Marietta. We can recommend professional services for prevention or to resolve any potential issues.

Many technicians advise that you service your water heater every year. This includes draining the tank to eliminate any sediment buildup. Sediment builds up in the tank as a result of minerals commonly found in the water supply. Over time, these minerals can increase the pressure in the tank to dangerous levels or they may block the pipes. Flushing the tank from time to time gets rid of these minerals and helps keep your tank in good working condition.

However, if you attempt to handle this service on your own, there are a couple of ways it can go wrong. Electrical trouble is perhaps the most jarring of possibilities. You’ll need to make sure that the power is off to the water heater unit before servicing it and that the water is shut off while draining the tank.

There are a few other things that may go wrong with a D-I-Y tank flushing. Flooding is always a possibility. And if you don’t open and shut all of the right valves, you may create a vacuum in the pipes that leads to noisy operation the next time you turn on the hot water. Besides, when you call professionals for the job, you’ll get comprehensive maintenance service for many of the different parts of your unit as well.

Call Cool Air Mechanical today to ask a professional to flush your water heater tank in Marietta. Our technicians will also go over all of the most important components of your system to keep everything running in top shape and can recommend services to improve the quality of your water heater.

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