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The summer months always seem to bring out the home remodeler in all of us. Maybe it is the longer days or the accumulation of vacation time but when summer hits, it is hard to resist the urge to begin a major home remodeling project. Before you start that addition, however, it is important to consider how it will impact your air conditioning system.

An Addition May Exceed the Load Capacity of your Current Air Conditioning System

Whenever you add square footage to your home, you add to the load capacity of the HVAC system. Very frequently, a current AC unit was fit to the home size at the time of installation without the intent of covering more area. When this happens, it is easy to exceed the system’s load capacity resulting in ineffective cooling.

The Current Configuration of Vents May Not Serve the Addition Effectively

It is important to remember that an HVAC system is precisely configured to serve the structure at the time of installation. When you add a room or reconfigure walls, the placement and direction of vents may not serve the newly designed space.

Dust and Debris can Damage the System

If you’ve ever been a part of a home renovation, you know that if there is an excess of anything its dust. Some of that dust is so fine that it infiltrates even the smallest cracks to seep into sensitive equipment. There are a lot of components in an HVAC system and many of them can suffer damage when exposed to excessive amounts of dust. This dust could take a toll on the system’s effectiveness or longevity.

Dust Infiltrates Vents and Filters

Another important consideration for your heating and air conditioning system during renovation is that dust can build up in the filters, vents, and registers. Once you turn on the system, the particles become airborne and cause poor indoor air quality.

According to the Census Bureau, nearly one-third of all remodels include major renovations or additions. Talk to a professional about how to protect your HVAC unit, and ensure that your system is adequate, efficient, and configured to your needs.

Need more information? Feel free to contact us! M&M Mechanical has proudly served thousands of clients with exceptional service.

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People push off getting an air conditioning tune-up for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s just laziness and other times it’s because people don’t view it as something worth spending money on. The truth is, however, that a tune-up will help you save money in the long run. Here are five ways getting a regular AC tune-up will save you money.

Avoid Costly Problems

If you don’t have a tune-up on a regular basis, any existing problems will fester and remain undiscovered until they grow into something big. At that point, when your air conditioning system is making weird noises or not working at all, you’ll be forced to have it repaired, and those repairs may be costly.

Extend Its Life

Similarly, a regular tune-up will extend the life of your air conditioning system. Everything decays and gets worse over time, and an AC system is no different. However, getting a regular tune-up will allow you to pinpoint any problems, replace any parts that need to be replaced, and repair any issues so that your AC lasts longer.

Extend Your Warranty

Many people are unaware that some warranties may be voided if they do not have their air conditioning system checked out and tuned regularly. Check with the manufacturer of your AC to find out if regular tune-ups are required.

Keep It Efficient

If you do not have your air conditioning system tuned on a regular basis, it will eventually wear down and become inefficient. It will use up more energy than necessary to cool down your home, resulting in a larger energy bill.

Keep Yourself Healthy

Not having your AC system tuned can also result in the air quality of your home worsening. In order to stay healthy and prevent the growth of any mold or mildew, you need to have good air quality in your home.

A properly maintained air conditioner is key to staying cool this summer. If you would like to schedule an A/C tune-up, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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If you own a small business, and your air conditioning unit is acting unusual or not cooling like it should, then you need to find an air conditioner repair contractor sooner rather than later. Although it may be tempting to just wait it out when something starts to go wrong with your air conditioner, this is never a good idea. Here are a few reasons why.

Creates unhappy customers

As a small business owner, you know how important it is to satisfy your customers. It’s not only important to supply them with the best products and services, but you want to ensure they have a great experience when they come into your business too. That means a comfortable setting. Customers are used to being spoiled with nice cool air when they go into an establishment. If they find your place hot and muggy, then they’re likely to be miserable. This may put the brakes on purchasing anything from your business. They may even leave because of the stifling heat. That’s why maintaining your air conditioning unit is a top priority to keep customers happy.

Compound the problem

You don’t want to let a potential mechanical problem go unchecked. Any time you ignore a problem, there’s a good possibility it will get worse. What may have started out as a minor glitch or some dirt in the condenser can grow to be a real issue. However, if you nip it in the bud, you save yourself a headache. Plus, you’ll likely save money. However, if you delay and ignore the signs of needed repair, then the problem progresses as well as the expenditures.

Is your air conditioner showing signs of trouble? Contact M & M Mechanical today for more information.

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During the cooling season, arriving home to a scorching hot house means one very frustrating fact; your air conditioner has stopped working. Unfortunately, when your unit is on the older side, it may also indicate that it’s time to start shopping for a new system. While avoiding a complete breakdown isn’t always possible, there are signs that can help you determine when your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life. If you’re not sure what to look for, don’t worry, we’ve created a list of symptoms that suggest your system is on its way out.

Age

Your air conditioner’s age plays a huge part in whether or not your system needs replacing. Most units have a life span of 12 to 15 years. However, improper maintenance can end-up shortening your appliance’s life expectancy. On the other hand, routine maintenance, such as a yearly tune-up from an HVAC specialist can increase the years that your air conditioner is in use. If your system is on the older side, you may want to start shopping around for a new air conditioner now, instead of waiting for your unit to break down.

Noisy Operation

While a loud air conditioner can indicate a number of malfunctions, it can also signal that your system is about to die, especially if you’ve had your unit for 12 years or more. Grinding and loud banging sounds are particularly concerning and often announce a serious malfunction.

Increased Energy Cost

While a drastic increase in your energy bill most definitely reveals an issue with your air conditioner, a slow but steady upward trend also suggests that your system is on the decline. Once again, if your system is older and your energy bills are starting to get out of hand, it’s time to consider replacing your unit.

A Need for Constant Repairs

If your air conditioner needs one repair after another, you’re probably spending too much money and would benefit from investing in a new system. While the money spent on a new unit may seem daunting at first, it’s important to remember that you’ll be saving money on repairs in the long run.

If you’re worried your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life, but aren’t quite sure if it’s time to give-up on the unit, please contact us and we will inspect the system before you make a final decision.

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Want your home to cool off quicker, have a more efficient air conditioning system, and save money on your energy bills? Here are six tips for accomplishing said goals.

Close the Shades

If your home gets a lot of sunlight, your air conditioning system will have to work harder in order to keep your home feeling cool. Since the sun’s rays will heat up your home, consider closing the curtains or the shades to keep it from shining through your windows. You don’t need to make your home dark; simply adjusting the shades slightly will do wonders.

Cook at Night

Cooking and baking can really contribute to the warmth in your kitchen. Consider cooking in the evening when it is already cool outside. If you do need to cook during the day, use an exhaust fan to move the hot air outside.

Insulate Your Home

Insulating your home is not just for keeping your home warm during the winter. Proper insulation can also prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering during the summer. Make sure the doors and windows are properly sealed too!

Avoid Humidity

Oftentimes, the reason you are sweating away is not because of the temperature itself but because of the extreme humidity. If you keep the air in your home dry, you will often feel a lot better. Use a dehumidifier to dry out your home.

Get a Tune-up

It’s important that you get a regular tune-up to make sure that your AC system is working properly. This way, you can spot any issues and have them repaired right away. We encourage you to contact us.