Atlanta Air Conditioning Installation Guide: Examine Your Ductwork

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Installing a new air conditioning system is a big deal for most homeowners; it’s a big investment and a piece of equipment that will be in your home for a long time. Replacing your air conditioning system will not only make your home more comfortable, it will also be much more energy efficient than your old unit.

However, before you install your new system there are a few things that you should do. In addition to consulting with an Atlanta air conditioning contractor to find the best AC system for your home’s needs, you should also have your ducts examined.

Air ducts are an essential part of any forced air system. But without regular maintenance, your air ducts can become leaky or broken, resulting in inefficient heating and cooling. They can also accumulate dust and other indoor air pollutants unless they are cleaned on a regular basis. If you are installing a new air conditioning system, it’s a good idea to make sure that your ducts are clean and in good repair. A professional inspection will identify any damage, debris, or other problems that could prevent your AC from functioning effectively.

You also need to make sure that your ducts are the right size for your air conditioner, and that you have enough vents to distribute the air throughout your home. This is only of the many things that your Atlanta air conditioning contractor will check as a part of the installation process. While it might seem like a minor issue, your ductwork can have a big impact on both the comfort of your home and your utility bills.

Properly installed and maintained ductwork is vital for the operation of your HVAC system, including your new central air conditioning unit. If you are thinking about having a new air conditioning system installed, give the professionals at Cool Air Mechanical a call today! We will inspect your home and ductwork to ensure that your new system will work as effectively as possible.

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Stone Mountain Water Heater Guide: How a Storage Water Heater Works

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

For decades, millions of Americans have used storage water heaters to heat and store hot water for future use, including many people in Stone Mountain. These tanks are very simple and in many cases have become much more energy efficient, but you probably are wondering how they actually work.

The Basics

A storage water heater is exactly as it sounds. A large volume of water is funneled into a storage tank of between 20 and 80 gallons and heated for future use. When you turn on a hot water tap, water from the top of the tank is removed through the hot water outlet and cold water enters the tank through the cold water inlet – replacing the displaced volume and heated by the gas burner beneath the tank.

Water heaters can be electric, gas, propane or oil depending on what is available in your area. When the water temperature falls (as hot water is pulled from the tank), the thermostat opens and the gas burner ignites, heating the water until it reaches the preset temperature of the thermostat and it closes.

The Tank

When a tank is turned on, it is constantly heating the water supply. As a result, standby heat loss occurs. However, modern tanks are being built with exceptionally high insulation ratings (up to R-25) to minimize the loss of such heat. Additional heat loss occurs in gas and oil water heaters that must vent fumes and gasses through an internal flue. Fan assisted gas tanks and sealed combustion tanks reduce this type of energy loss in gas water heaters.

 Determining the Best Water Heater for You

If you want a new water heater for your home, make sure you do your research and learn what types of water heaters will minimize heat and energy loss without reducing your comfort level. Modern tank water heaters are surprisingly efficient, but only certain ones. Cool Air Mechanical can help you determine which option is best for you.

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Inspection and Testing for Indoor Air Quality in Loganville

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Though few people in Loganville know it, indoor air quality is one of the single worst and yet least understood health risks faced by families throughout the world. It claims the lives of more than 1.2 million people each year and results in countless illnesses. While air quality problems in the United States are rarely life threatening, the risk of long term health problems is very real, so inspection and testing is highly recommended.

When to Call for Testing

If you suspect something is wrong with your indoor air, you should call for testing. What constitutes “wrong”? Here are some specific things to watch for related to your health:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Rash
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nose Irritation
  • Throat Irritation
  • Respiratory Irritation
  • Cough
  • Chest Tightness
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Lung Cancer

When one or more of these symptoms recurs in your family without a clear cause that your doctor can diagnose, it’s a big warning bell that you may have indoor air quality issues to attend. When that happens, it’s time for testing and inspection.

Checking Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality problems frequently stem from a specific problem – either an entry point in your home where insulation fails or poor ventilation if the source is inside. The purpose of testing is to check for these problems and pinpoint specific ways to reduce the presence of pollutants and make you feel better.

Testing can be done for a number of pollutants including pollen, mold, mildew, bacteria, dander, dust mites, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, VCOs and other gases and bioaerosols. Specific testing will be done depending on the nature of your symptoms, the severity of the leak or exposure to that contaminant and the potential solutions your contractor considers.

If certain pollutants are found, filtration may not be enough to solve the problem – radon and mold especially require installation of new fans and filters to reduce the effects of the excess air contaminants.

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