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Air conditioners are prized for their primary function: cooling your home. However, air conditioners also have other benefits, such as lowering the humidity of your home. They also can help to improve the air quality of your home, but only with the help of a homeowner.

If you live in an area that is heavy with pollution or simply have bad allergies, an air conditioner can help make your home a comfortable place by actually cleaning the air that it pumps in. The way an air conditioner works is by siphoning the air from your home, passing it through a filter, pumping it into the air handler which runs it over a cool coil, and pushes it back in your home.

The largest particles of air contaminant, such as dust, are caught by the filter. However, smaller particles are then filtered out in the air handler if they are water soluble. They are taken away with the excess humidity from your home. If you find that your home’s air quality is a little stuffy, then this can be caused by several factors.

  • Dirty Filter – The cleaner your filter, the cleaner your air will be. The air filter not only protects your air conditioner, but it creates cleaner air. If your home is stuffy, then a dirty air filter could be restricting clean air flow.
  • Dirty Evaporator Coils – Evaporator coils should be cleaned with yearly air conditioner maintenance, but if you have neglected in making this call, it can affect air quality. As this coil helps catch particles that make it through the filter, it can get quite dirty.
  • Dirty Ducts – This is usually the cause of poor air quality in a home. It doesn’t matter how good your air conditioner cleans your air if it only blows out all the dust in your ducts when it comes back in. Dirty ducts can be a sign of a breach somewhere, which is likely also causing your energy bills to rise.
  • Contact our team at M&M Mechanical, Inc. today for more information on improving your indoor air quality today.

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With the warm months quickly approaching, you might be thinking of how to keep your home cool at a reasonable cost. In order to do this, it is important to know what will not raise your electricity bill. Here are 5 cooling myths busted about raising your electricity.

1. Dirty air filters will not cause harm to your AC system. Many homeowners neglect to change their air filters which can cause higher energy bills and problems with your AC unit. Air filters help prevent mold from growing inside the unit, making the indoor air quality better to breathe. It also traps dust and dirt which causes it to become clogged over time. A clogged filter causes the AC to work twice as hard to cool a home, which leads to unit problems and an energy bill increase.

2. Operating a ceiling fan in addition to AC helps cool down your home. Fans actually work best cooling people, not actual rooms. Fans help the body evaporate sweat from the skin and lowers body temperature, which makes a room feel cooler; however, the room actually isn’t cooler. Ceiling fans constantly running helps increase your energy bill.

3. Your AC unit doesn’t need routine maintenance. Think again! If you want to pay an expensive electric bill, then skip out on your unit’s annual maintenance. A professional should service your unit every year. During a routine maintenance check-up, the technician ensures everything is operating properly, and checks for future problematic areas.

4. Turning the thermostat down low will cool your home faster. This doesn’t make your air conditioner work faster. Unless you have a two-stage system, your air conditioner only works at one speed. Lowering the temperature setting past what you need just makes the air conditioner run longer to reach the desired setting.

Have you scheduled your AC maintenance? If not, give us a call today to find out more about protecting your unit and keeping your electric bill at a reasonable price.

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As a homeowner, you know that there are just some things which are essential. One of those main items is an air conditioning unit. Decades ago, people somehow managed to live without air conditioning, but now it’s one of the first things homeowners, renters, and even guests ask about. AC units work hard and behind the scenes to keep your home cool and circulating fresh air. However, when the unit is compromised for any reason, it could be detrimental to your health and hit your pockets hard. Here are 4 reasons why yearly AC maintenance during the springtime is crucial.

Enhanced Air Quality

Clean air is important for all. However, individuals who suffer with allergies are more susceptible to severe conditions when clean air is compromised. When AC filters in the home get clogged with dust and dirt, allergens and other particles enter the home and often cause breathing problems. Most people with seasonal allergies begin to notice problems with the quality of air during springtime.

Increased Comfort

Your cooling needs vary from day to day, and because of this your HVAC unit needs to be able to adjust to deliver air the best temperature. AC units with condenser failure, dirty evaporator coils, worn out thermostats, leaks, and dirt will not function properly. The unit will not be able to cool your home, causing the system to work overtime and possibly fail. It is best to recognize the problems early to avoid a system failure in the middle of summertime.

Lower Energy Costs

An air conditioning unit that is not functioning at its best works extremely hard. When this happens, the system is put at risk to overheat and ultimately fail, but it also can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. To keep this from happening, yearly maintenance is crucial. Technicians will check the unit for problems and fix the things that need prompt attention. The goal is to keep your air quality at its best and your AC unit operating in tip-top shape year round.

Long-Lasting Units

Most HVAC systems today are designed on average to last 15 to 20 years. However, they have to be properly maintained yearly. Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your unit to call an HVAC specialist. To find out more about keeping your air quality in your home safe to breathe, schedule a spring routine maintenance by contacting us today.

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Summer is around the corner, and you want your home to stay cool without breaking the bank with sky-high utility bills. Of course, you already know to keep your shades pulled, cook in the morning and evening, and don’t run things like your dryer during the hottest parts of the day. Even when you do all of these things, there are common air conditioning problems that can cause your utility bills to rise while keeping the home cool. Here’s a look at the three most common.

Incorrectly Calibrated Thermostat

You probably don’t think about your thermostat a whole lot. You set a temperature and go about your day. However, if it isn’t calibrated correctly, your air conditioning system can cut on and off at the wrong times. For instance, if you set your thermostat to keep the home 78 degrees, and it’s calibrated incorrectly, it may cut the air conditioning off when it’s 80 degrees. This makes everyone in the home hot, and you keep running down the temperature until your electric bill soars.

Dirty Air Filters

In many cases, you’re enjoying the cool in your home without any idea that your air filter is dirty. You might wonder why your utility bill is so high and shrug it off as the cost of summer. However, when your air filter is dirty enough to clog, it causes the motor to run hotter and harder, driving up your utility bills.

Frozen Air Compressor

In the simplest terms, your air conditioner works by drawing the home’s air into the system, runs it over a super cold air compressor and sends the chilled air back into the house. When the coils in the air compressor freeze, the air no longer cools. However, the air conditioner continues to run.

The good news is that there are many simple, easily fixable solutions to these problems. M&M Mechanical, Inc. can help you fix these common problems when they occur. You can also lower your chances of problems with regular maintenance that includes clean air filters and other essential services. Contact us today for more information.

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Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, as a responsible homeowner, you need to keep the health of your AC in mind. Like all HVAC systems, your air conditioning requires an annual inspection (and, most likely, a tune-up) to keep it in excellent condition and to comply with the terms of the air conditioning system’s warranty, if applicable. A quick tune-up can save you a lot of trouble, time and money in the long-run.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Even if your AC seems fine, you should still have it inspected by a licensed HVAC technician annually. A licensed technician will conduct a thorough inspection to make sure your AC is in tip-top shape. From checking the motor and the fan blades to the coolant, compressor and the wiring, the technician will go through a detailed checklist to ensure nothing is awry. If any problems are flagged, you have the confidence of knowing that they will be repaired right away, and repaired correctly the first time.

Tell-Tale Signs of Trouble

Unsure if your AC needs help? Here are a few common indicators that point toward a malfunctioning AC:

  • Poor air circulation
  • The AC does not respond to the thermostat when adjusted
  • Loud noise when in operation
  • Excessively high energy costs
  • Water leaks from the back of the unit

The Benefits of a Tune-Up

What are the benefits of having a professional HVAC technician conduct a tune-up? Here are some, to name a few:

  • Better air quality – the vents and various component parts are thoroughly cleaned
  • The filter will probably be replaced, thus eliminating pet hair, dust, dirt and other allergens
  • The AC will operate more efficiently, thus reducing your energy bills
  • You lower the risk of having an AC emergency when the temperature rises

Don’t Wait for an Emergency

In the winter, you don’t want to wait until your furnace fails and you have no heat to call for emergency repairs. Likewise, in the summer, you don’t want to wait until it’s sweltering outside and your AC fails, resulting in dangerously high temperatures within your home.

Instead of waiting for a disaster, contact us today to schedule your next tune-up.