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HVAC filters are the part of your HVAC system that requires maintenance regularly – and that we all tend to forget about the most. Filters that are ignored can hurt your HVAC system’s efficiency, which can increase your energy bill and also lead to more unexpected repairs.

Here are some tips and tricks for making sure you get the most out of your HVAC system by regularly checking, cleaning and replacing your filters:

  • If you have pets, smokers or allergy-sufferers in your family, your filter is at a higher risk to get dirtier, quicker. Whether you have disposable or permanent, they need checking every month.
  • If you’re changing your filter on your own and have to go out a buy a new one – bring your old one with you in case you’re not sure what size to get!
  • If you’re cleaning the filter instead of replacing it, make sure you always turn off your system before starting the cleaning process.
  • Disposable filters made of cardboard are much cheaper than permanent ones made of metal or fiberglass, but also have to be replaced more often and require more attention. In the long run, the metal or fiberglass filters may be more cost effective.
  • You should vacuum, soak and sanitize the filters during your cleaning process. After that, drain them so that they are completely dry before re-installing.
  • The MERV (Minimum Efficiency Report Value) is important when choosing what type of filter works best for your HVAC system. The higher the MERV value, the better the filter!

Cleaning and/or changing your filters regularly helps your system run better, but this is only one small part of your HVAC system. To ensure that you are getting everything out of your system, you should have the whole thing checked at least twice every year. If you’re having trouble cleaning your filter, or are ready for a full system tune-up, give us a call!

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With 35 years of experience in this industry, the team at M&M Mechanical can understand how expensive unexpected repairs on your heating and cooling system can be. We started to notice a lot of our service calls are for the same repairs, and we realized these repairs could easily be avoided if an appliance is taken care of year-round.

Having repairs done on your HVAC unit every month can get costly. So, to solve this problem, we’ve developed a maintenance agreement for our customers that will help lower costs and prevent the little problems from occurring.

People tend to think getting your appliances checked once a year is enough, but with our maintenance agreement, we come out twice a year to do a check-up. You will also receive priority service if you have an emergency; just one of the perks of being a loyal customer.

We’ll check your filters, and check amperage, voltage and much more. If you’d like to see a list of what we check when we come for a tune-up, please visit our Maintenance Agreement Plan page. If you have any questions, or aren’t ready to sign up yet but still have a few questions give us a call!

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There are plenty of reasons why any business or commercial building should have a properly working heating and cooling system.

Not only would it be bad for morale to keep your employees in the literal cold, but if the HVAC unit isn’t working, there are plenty of detriments. It takes a lot of time and effort to take care of a commercial building, but HVAC maintenance should be at the top of your to-do list for a number of reasons.

Regular maintenance can prevent much larger (and much more costly!) problems from coming into play. If you’re maintaining a commercial building, you’re expected to maintain the HVAC system, too. That way, your system is in the best shape it possibly can be.

Keeping the HVAC system in check, you’re not only going to increase the performance of your HVAC system, but you’re improving the energy efficiency of the unit which ultimately can put money back into your pocket.

Ultimately you’re saving money by playing it safe and scheduling routine maintenance checks! That way you’re aware of any issues before they break the bank. Schedule your maintenance check-up today!

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In an ideal world, your water heater would never need to be replaced. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Before calling in the cavalry, take a look at these five tips for selecting a new water heater for your home!

  1. Do Your Research: You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing the details, would you? So, spend some time educating yourself about the different types of water heaters on the market before going into the shopping process. You’ll thank yourself later when you get into the nitty gritty of the shopping and selection process!
  2. Costs: Before you make this important purchase, make sure to factor in not only the initial cost of the water heater, but the annual operating cost of each unit. Make sure to compare those costs with other units.
  3. Fuel Type: Are you aware of the type of fuel used in your area? Electrical water heaters are widely used in the U.S. but others use natural gas, solar energy or propane! Look into what type of fuel is available in your area; it may narrow your water heater search even more.
  4. Size: The size of your water heater should be proportional to the amount of hot water you need for your household. Revisit the types of water heaters, and try to determine how big a water heater you’ll need for your home before setting your sites on a new heater.
  5. Energy Efficiency: If you look into energy efficient water heaters before you begin the shopping process, you might be able to choose a water heater much quicker than you had originally thought! These energy saving water heaters are much more cost efficient and environmentally friendly.

If you’re still unsure or need advice on how to go about buying a water heater that is appropriately sized for your home call us at M&M Mechanical! Our trained experts can walk you through the process of purchasing, installing and maintaining a new water heater with ease. Schedule your appointment today!

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Your furnace is a huge investment, and can also come with unexpected costs if you don’t take care of it properly. Here are some signs that it might be time for you to stop paying for those repairs every month and invest in a replacement.

Furnace Life Span: Did you know the average life span of a furnace is 15-20 years? If yours is older than that, it’s definitely time to consider replacing it! If you’re not sure how old your furnace is, give us a call – we can help!

Unexpected Costs: Do you find yourself making frequent unexpected repair payments because of your furnace? It might be time to think about buying a new one. In the end, it could be saving you bundles!

Utility Bills: If you’ve compared your heating bills with your neighbors and found yours are significantly more expensive, it could be a sign that your furnace needs to be replaced.

What’s That Noise: Older furnaces sometimes make some odd noises as they get near the end of their lifespan. Have you heard any banging, rattling, popping or squealing noises coming from your furnace? If this is the case, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.

Air Quality: Is there too much dust in your home? Old furnaces can cause your home to accumulate more dust than it normally should. If you’ve noticed your family suffers from allergies a lot more during the winter, it might be time to replace your furnace.

All of the above may mean that it’s time for you to invest in a new furnace. If you’re unsure or nervous about taking the jump, just give us a call – we’d be happy to go over the benefits and costs of upgrading!