Saturday, April 15, 2017

7 Tips to Quickly Improve Indoor Air Quality



Wondering if the air in your home is top quality? Hoping to reduce your exposure to allergens and other air-borne irritants?

Even if you don’t seem to be overly sensitive to dust, pollen, mold and other fun, air-borne particles, it is still important that the air you’re breathing a home is clean.

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From the experts in heating Ann Arbor homes, here are some of the top tips for improving indoor air quality.

  1. Keep your home dry by controlling humidity levels, fixing leaks, addressing water damage, and not overwatering house plants.
  2. Open doors and windows when the conditions outside are comfortable.
  3. Check your air filters to make sure they fit well and are changed regularly.
  4. Vent your appliances to the outdoors, away from windows and HVAC intakes.
  5. If you have an attached garage, don’t leave cars, lawnmowers, or other equipment to idle in the space.
  6. Use a vacuum with a high efficiency air particulate (HEPA) vacuum.
  7. Pay attention to the chemical you use to clean and freshen your home and chose products that are less likely to cause irritation.

Still have questions about the air quality in your home? Give us a call! Not only are we your go-to source for heating your Ann Arbor home, we can assist you with many of your needs related to the major appliances in your home. We are available 24/7, so get in touch today!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Which Type of Thermostat is Right for You?



Wondering if you could benefit from an upgrade to your thermostat? Need more information to figure out what type of thermostat is best for you?
As the master control for the heating and cooling your Ann Arbor home, the thermostat is pretty important. But do you need anything more than to simply be able to set the temperature? If you’re interested in efficiency and saving some dollars on your electric bill, yes!
Learn the basic features of four main types of thermostats available today so you can make the ideal choice for your home.

Manual

heating and cooling Ann ArborThese thermostats feature a dial or switch you move manually to set your temperature. Nothing digital on these guys! Because the technology used in these thermostats to detect room temperature can be unreliable, manual thermostats aren’t the best option for precisely managing temps in your home.
You won’t run into many mechanical thermostats these days, except in homes that haven’t seen updates in a while. They aren’t much less expensive than the next model up, and because they aren’t too reliable, the savings may not be worth it.

Non-Programmable

One step up from the manual thermostats, a non-programmable thermostat uses an easily readable digital display to show you the current temperature, temperature setting, fan setting, and HVAC setting (Heat, A/C, or Off).
These units are more reliable than their manual predecessors, but if you set your system to different temperatures throughout the day, you’ll have to remember to do that on your own. This upgrade won’t cost you much and delivers on function and accuracy.

Programmable

Take efficiency to the next level with a programmable thermostat. There are a wide range of options available with this type of thermostat, from simply setting different temperatures during night and day to setting different temperatures for days of the week or even different areas in your house!
With a range of features also comes a range of prices. If you value maximum efficiency and would like to save on your monthly energy bill, spending a little more on your thermostat could definitely be worth it.

Wireless

heating and cooling ann arborHere is where thermostats get really techy! Taking temperature control to the max, wireless thermostats connect to your wireless network so you can make changes to your settings remotely. If you’re suddenly called out of town, you can set your house to a more economic temperature from the road.

The access comes at a price, however, about ten times as much as your basic manual thermostat. The added features are nice for efficiency, but if you don’t see much use for the ability to change your settings when away from the house, the upgrade might not benefit you much.

If you’re looking for a new thermostat or are considering any upgrades to your heating and cooling in Ann Arbor, we’re here to help. We can answer your questions, introduce you to new products, provide installation services, and more. Give us a call today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“Why Does My Furnace Turn On and Off Frequently?”

Are you having trouble with your furnace?

Does your furnace turn on and off frequently?

Are your energy bills high as a result of your furnace running excessively?

At CMR Mechanical, we’re the experts when it comes to heating and cooling in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. When it comes to furnaces turning on and off frequently, the possible causes may include:

  1. Dirty furnace air filter
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  2. Blower motor problem
  3. Thermostat sensor problem

Possible Furnace Repairs

  1. First, always work safely ... understand the guidelines for working on your furnace!
  2. Adjust thermostat heat anticipator
  3. Replace dirty air filter
  4. Oil blower motor lubrication ports (usually at each end of shaft) with light weight oil
  5. Check for proper belt tension  (belt should depress about 1" at center of span)
  6. Tighten belt if too loose
  7. Replace frayed belt

We always advise our clients to get their systems checked on a regular basis. If you’re unsure about how to maintain your HVAC system, it’s important that you hire an experienced technician to keep it performing well. We provide a “$99 Clean and Check Inspection” for homes throughout our service area! It’s a great value, because your HVAC will receive proper care and you’ll learn how well your system is working.

Get Started Today: Schedule Your Appointment


Call us today at 734-424-9555 to schedule an appointment. We’ll measure your home and survey your needs to recommend the correct heating and cooling system to maximize your comfort. CMR Mechanical is committed to providing you excellent service. In fact, we put our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for equipment and all services in writing.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What Everyone Should Know About Contractor Scams

Are you worried about contractor scams?

Are you afraid of wasting your money on a contractor who won’t perform the job to your 100% satisfaction?

Are you wondering where you can find a qualified contractor in Ann Arbor?
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At CMR Mechanical, we want to ensure your families safety when you’re choosing a contractor. Please know that you’re not alone when it comes to contractor scams.

One common contractor scam includes paying for work that’s unnecessary. If you’re unsure whether the work that’s recommended by a contractor is truly needed, seek out a second or sometimes a third opinion if you think it’s necessary.

Another common contractor scam includes paying an advance for work that never gets completed. Never let a contractor whom you’ve never met take advantage of you. If they require payment up front, be sure to get a written agreement that can help protect you if your contractor fails to complete the work or goes missing.

To avoid getting scammed yourself, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends the following for hiring someone to work on your home:

  • Get recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, insurance agents or claims adjusters.
  • Deal only with licensed and insured contractors. Check with the local Better Business Bureau and Home Builders Association to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractor you’re considering.
  • Get a written estimate that includes any oral promises the contractor made. Remember to ask if there’s a charge for an estimate before allowing anyone into your home.
  • Take your time about signing a contract. Ask for explanations for price variations, and don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.

Bryant Diamond Dealers for Heating and Cooling in Ann Arbor


Our strong commitment to doing the job right led us to the Bryant line of equipment. According to Bryant, “Factory Authorized Dealers stand with the unparalleled performance he/she offers—from reliable service to technical know-how. When choosing a dealer, look for the Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer symbol, which means your dealer has met our highest standards for superior skills, service, and a promise of 100% satisfaction guaranteed.”

We’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service and installation in the industry. Whether you're scheduling an appointment, reviewing payment options, or following up on services already provided, we go out of our way to make everything as convenient as possible for you.

Heating and Cooling in Ann Arbor: Get Started Today!


We offer our customers peace of mind. All our technicians are highly trained professionals who continue their education through ongoing training, so they stay up to date to assure you the best service available.

CMR Mechanical has the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to service and repair all brands of HVAC systems for your home or business. Call us today at (734) 424-9555 to schedule a “$99 Clean and Check Inspection” with one of our heating and cooling Ann Arbor technicians.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Plan Ahead: Space Heater Safety!

Do you rely heavily on a space heater?

Are you worried that relying on a space heater may cause your house to catch fire?

Do you follow space heater safety guidelines to help prevent a catastrophe?

According to the East Side Fire Department, “the most important facts in planning ahead, before a tragedy occurs include:

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  1. Keep your smoke detector working at all times. Never remove the batteries. Saving the price of a battery is not worth deactivating one of the most valuable protection systems in your home. And don't forget to test your detector monthly!
  2. Keep a charged fire extinguisher handy at all times. However, if you have a fire that’s large or spreading rapidly, don’t try to extinguish it by yourself. Leave the house immediately and call 9-1-1.
  3. Practice family fire drills. If equipment is needed, such as a rope or a chain ladder to escape from a second-story window, purchase it as soon as possible and store it in a readily accessible place (under your bed, perhaps). Emphasize the importance of each family member escaping and meeting outdoors at a pre-selected location (such as sidewalk, mailbox, or curb) away from the fire.
  4. Memorize the emergency number for fire, emergency medical service and police response: 9-1-1. When you call this number from a safe location, know your address and the name of the closest intersecting street to your location. Remain calm. Do not hang up until the fire department tells you.
  5. Clear the fire hydrant of snow while cleaning your driveway and walkway to ensure easy access.
Are you tired of using your space heater to warm your home? If you want to ensure your family’s safety by installing a new furnace, we’re your go-to guys for heating and cooling in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas of Milan, Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea.

CMR Mechanical – Your Heating and Cooling Experts in Ann Arbor


We offer a free in-home evaluation of your existing system for heating and cooling your Ann Arbor home. We service and repair residential, commercial and industrial equipment; while specializing in all types of heating and cooling in Ann Arbor, furnaces, radiant floor heat, refrigeration, water heaters, boilers, and back-up power generators, as well as many other products and services.

Contact us at info@cmrmechanical.com or call (734) 424-9555. We pride ourselves on honest, quality service!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to Light a Gas Furnace Pilot

Are you having problems with lighting your gas furnace pilot light?

Is your furnace on the fritz?

Are you unsure how to light your pilot light safely?
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According to How Stuff Works, “To relight the pilot, follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly; they are usually fastened to the furnace. If instructions for relighting the pilot are not provided, follow this general procedure:

Step 1: Find pilot light assembly. It typically has a gas valve with on, off, and pilot settings.

Step 2: Turn valve to “off” and wait three minutes.

Step 3: Switch valve to pilot setting. Hold lighted match to pilot opening while you push reset button on pilot control panel. Keep this button pressed until pilot flame burns brightly, then set valve to “on” position.

Step 4: If pilot flame won't stay lit, the opening may be clogged. Turn gas valve “off”, and clean opening with piece of fine wire. If it won't stay lit after several attempts, you may have faulty thermocouple.”

If you’re still having problems lighting your pilot light, call a professional to help. All our technicians are highly trained professionals who continue their education through ongoing training, so they stay up to date to assure you the best service available. CMR Mechanical prides itself on honest, quality service!

CMR Mechanical – Your Heating and Cooling Experts in Ann Arbor


If you'd like to add value to your home by installing a new HVAC system, we’re your guys! We offer a free in-home evaluation of your existing system for heating and cooling your Ann Arbor home. We service and repair residential, commercial and industrial equipment; while specializing in all types of heating and cooling in Ann Arbor, furnaces, radiant floor heat, refrigeration, water heaters, boilers, and back-up power generators, as well as many other products and services.

Contact us at info@cmrmechanical.com or call (734) 424-9555. We pride ourselves on honest, quality service!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Prepare Your Home for Winter


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Are you prepared for winter?

Is your home prepared as well as it can be?

Have you performed a routine seasonal check-up on your furnace?

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for winter the right way, including:


  1. Caulk or weather-strip to seal air leaks
  2. Seal air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes
  3. Close gaps around your chimney, recessed lights, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets
  4. Remove all large obstructions that block your air vents
  5. Schedule a flue and chimney inspection before each heating season

If you still have a hard time staying comfortably warm in your home this winter, you should contact CMR Mechanical as soon as possible. We have the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to service and repair all brands of HVAC systems.

At CMR Mechanical, we always advise our clients to get their systems checked on a regular basis. If you’re unsure about how to maintain your HVAC system, it’s important that you hire an experienced technician to keep it performing well. We provide a “$99 Clean and Check Inspection” for homes throughout our service area! It’s a great value, because your HVAC will receive proper care and you’ll learn how well your system is working.

CMR Mechanical – Your Experts For Furnace Installation in Dexter

If you'd like to add value to your home, we’re your guys for furnace installation in Dexter and the surrounding areas! We offer a free in-home evaluation of your existing system. We service and repair residential, commercial and industrial equipment; while specializing in all types of heating and cooling, furnaces, radiant floor heat, refrigeration, water heaters, boilers, and back-up power generators, as well as many other products and services.

Contact us at info@cmrmechanical.com or call (734) 424-9555. We pride ourselves on honest, quality service!