Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keep Your Home Comfortable For Pets!

Looking for tips for cool pets as temperatures rise? Need some creative ways to keep your furry friends comfortable despite the heat?

Our pets seem to deal with hot days surprisingly well for most being covered in fur! Luckily with your help, they don’t just have to get by! You can help them be cool and comfortable all summer long. 

Try a few of our tips for keeping pets comfortable at home this summer:

1. Exercise Timing

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Help keep your pet cool all day by timing their exercise right. Take your dog out in the morning or evening when it’s cooler and allow other animals to be lazy and undisturbed in the afternoon when it’s hottest. 

2. Humidity Control


Most animals have different mechanisms to control body heat than we do, and high humidity tends to be particularly uncomfortable for our fur babies. Keep them indoors on humid days and consider dehumidifying the house if it’s an issue in the home. 

3. Bath Time


A cool bath inside or out offers your pet an instantly satisfying retreat. Children’s pools are great for dogs and other pets that enjoy the outdoors. A lounge in a sink full of cool water can be great for birds, rabbits, and other small pets. 

4. Spot Selection


On hot days, make sure your pet’s bed, crate, or cage is set up in a shady spot with ventilation so they can rest comfortably. 

5. Water Access


Water is the key to staying cool. Make sure your pet has easy access to fresh water all day. Increase the chill factor with a few ice cubes or refrigerated water. 

Put these tips to use today and your pet will thank you for it! 

We know you and your pet will be feeling cooler with our strategies, but sometimes nothing beats good old air conditioning. If you’re interested in a new air conditioner in Ann Arbor this summer or need other ways to beat the heat, give us a call today!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Is a Mitsubishi System a Right Fit for Your Ann Arbor Home?

Do you have an older home without space for ductwork?

Are you tired of settling for a space heater or a window air conditioner?

Are you ready to experience comfort at home like never before?

Whether you have a single uncomfortable room, you’re renovating your entire house, or you’re building a home from scratch, Mitsubishi Electric has a Zoned Comfort Solution that will fit your unique needs. 
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Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling systems provide advantages you won’t find in most traditional heating and cooling systems like:

  1. Air quality – these systems have advanced filters and no dusty ductwork to dirty up the air you breathe.
  2. Efficiency – with zoning capabilities, you can turn off zones that aren’t in use and only cool or heat the rooms you choose.
  3. Hyper-heating – these systems use instant hot-start technology so you’ll feel warmth immediately.
  4. Whisper quiet – these systems are designed to work quietly with insulated compressor compartments and vibration dampeners.
  5. Smart controls – with these systems you’re able to control it from your smart phone anywhere in the world!
  6. Constant comfort – with zoned monitoring these systems can measure return air and adjust automatically.



Want more information on Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling systems? Visit our website or give us a call at (734) 424-1560. We pride ourselves on honest, quality service, and we’d love to help keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and comfortable all year long!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Hoping to save on energy bills by ditching the AC this summer? Committed to a greener AC-free lifestyle? Need help staying cool in a home without AC?

Over the last 50 years or so, AC has become an everyday commodity. We often don’t even think about any other ways to keep our homes and ourselves cool when the mercury starts rising. You might be surprised to know you can be more than comfortable indoors without resorting to running your AC!

We have put together a few tips to help you stay cool this summer and beyond:

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Close your blinds and draw the curtains before peak temperatures during the day. Take things a step further with insulated drapes to keep the heat out. If you’re really serious, install awnings over your windows and plant trees around your house. This will help maintain cooler temperatures indoors throughout your home.

Breeze


Make sure you’re taking advantage of nature’s AC, wind, and creating a bit of your own when needed! When it’s cooler outside, open several windows to create a cross breeze in the house. To draw more cool air in, turn ceiling fans to reverse, consider box fans in the window, or use your attic fan or whole house fan. When temperatures climb, close your windows, but keep a fan running: you’ll feel more comfortable in moving air than still air. 

Cool Hacks


It may be getting hot in your house, but you can cool yourself down fast and effectively with some simple hacks. Place a bowl of saltwater ice cubes behind your fan and create a faux sea breeze. Or take a quick cold shower, or cold foot bath. Soak a towel or handkerchief in cold water and wrap it around your neck. You’ll be surprised how long the cool lasts!

Sleep


One of the most tempting times to turn to AC is to cool down your house before bed… is there anything worse than sticking to the sheets!? Sleep cool without AC by using cotton sheets, putting an icepack in the foot of the bed, cooling off with some ice water before turning in. If you have a multi-level, sleep downstairs or in the basement where the air is cooler. 

Get Out


Plan to cook, eat, and maybe even sleep outdoors when you can. Grilling outside will save you from heating up your home with the oven or range. Keeping all the warm food and body heat outside during the meal will also do its part for a cooler house, not to mention allowing you to enjoy the natural breeze while dining al fresco! If you have a tent, consider a night or two sleeping under the stars!


As experts in heating in cooling, we know these tips will keep you cooler this summer if you’re living without AC. But if this isn’t quite enough for you, we can help you install a new cooling system or air conditioner in Ann Arbor to beat the heat! Give us a call today.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Don’t let Your HVAC System Open the Door for Pests

Are pests getting inside your home?

Does an odor come out of your vents when your system is running?

Are you concerned about your indoor air quality?

It’s important to ensure that pests stay out of your air ducts and out of your home, as they can wreak havoc on your air conditioner’s health and your own. Gaps allow pests like stink bugs, silverfish, and rodents to find a home right in your air ducts. 
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How Do You Stay Protected?

  1. Seal ducts, vents and flues.
  2. Clean air ducts regularly.
  3. Clean out debris in your outdoor unit.
  4. Make sure your unit has been properly mounted on a raised slab.
  5. Cut grass and weeds away from your unit.


If you have a problem with pests infiltrating your HVAC system, you can set traps for them. However, if you continue to have a problem, you may need to call your local pest control company, and hire a heating and cooling company to ensure the air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home hasn’t been damaged. 

Pests can often chew air ducts, and leave nests and dander behind, creating a disgusting odor and potential health problems. It’s absolutely critical that you consult with a professional regarding the air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home to prevent future problems. Regular maintenance can help resolve issues and identify problem areas.

Hire CMR Mechanical for Preventative Maintenance

At CMR Mechanical, we offer a free in-home evaluation to make sure your air conditioner unit is working properly. If you’d like to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help improve the air quality of your home, contact us today!


Friday, September 1, 2017

4 Common AC Problems and How To Fix Them

Are you frustrated with your air conditioner?

Are you sick of calling a service man to fix a simple problem?

Do you spend too much paying others to work on your ac?

These are problems the average homeowner goes through. But you don’t have to anymore! We know you don’t want to be an expert air technician, but with our help, you can have a more basic understanding of your ac unit. It’s important to have your ac unit serviced so that it runs for many years to come. It’s also important to know when you should call your ac service man and when you should fix it yourself. 
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Here are 4 common problems with your air conditioner and how to fix them! 

  1. Your air filter is dirty- Your filter should be changed once a month! This is especially important if you run it constantly or have pets. When the filter is clogged, your unit is running harder to produce cool air causing it to run inefficiently and waste energy and money.
  2. Your registers are dirty and blocked- Blocking your registers with big furniture like couches can cause you to waste money. Your house will not cool as quickly and your system will be working hard to force the air out of a blocked or dirty register. Blocking your registers is good in the winter when you’re trying to save money by heating the important rooms in your house, but not good when its done in the summer by accident. Vacuuming registers regularly is also helpful especially with pets or if you have asthma. 
  3. It’s too sunny in your house- Newer homes are putting their AC units on the second floor instead of the basement. Just because it’s a new unit doesn’t mean it’s not working overtime. Make sure your unit is not by a sunny window. As a result, your unit will heat up and your home will feel warmer than it actually is. If your unit is in a room with windows, try using sun out curtains and keep them drawn during the day. 
  4. Warm air is leaking into your unit- Checking the seals around your unit is good maintenance. If the seals are leaking, warm air can get in and cold air can get out. Reseal your unit with weatherstripping to avoid air loss. 


It’s important to have your ac unit serviced regularly. At CMR Mechanical we offer great deals on routine maintenance for your air conditioner in the Ann Arbor area. And as for the bigger jobs, you don’t have to worry about us trying to upsell you! 

Alisa M. from Dexter said, “I was very concerned about being taken advantage of since the service person could have easily said that we needed a whole new system. All my questions were answered. I wasn't pushed to buy any more than I needed! Thank you.” 


Let us be your friendly neighborhood HVAC contractor! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

When Do You Need to Change The Coolant in Your HVAC?

Is your air conditioner failing to cool your home?

Does it take forever to see a change in temperature after you set your thermostat?

Do you think your system is working harder than it should to cool down your home?
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These problems may be the direct result of being low on Freon or Puron. At CMR Mechanical, we always recommend a seasonal clean and check on your system to ensure that it’s running smoothly and efficiently to avoid potential problems later in the heat of summer.

Making sure that your system is serviced each year will help keep your unit operating at manufacturer standards. This will affect both the energy efficiency and longevity of your system, saving you money over time. Imagine how comfortable your house will be all year round by making sure your system is properly maintained!

If your air conditioning unit is older, it uses Freon. If your air conditioner is newer, it probably uses Puron as a refrigerant. Puron was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to help phase out Freon. It’s the first long term solution to Freon’s harmful effects to the environment! Unfortunately, you can't just replace Freon with Puron if you want to be eco-friendly. You have to purchase a whole new air conditioning unit to make the environmentally friendly switch.

How Often Does the Air Conditioner in Your Ann Arbor Home Need Service?


Once a year! According to Angie’s List, “it’s a good idea to have it inspected, serviced and cleaned once a year — ideally in the spring — to ensure it operates at peak energy efficiency and is ready to cool your house during the months you need it most.

As your HVAC system runs, it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency, like the condensing coils and air filters. Left unchecked, your A/C system can lose 5 percent of its operating efficiency each year because of this buildup, meaning it can’t cool your house as capably as it could if it were clean.”

Your HVAC will start to work harder and eventually wear out. You’ll have to spend a lot more money on service calls and repairs if you wait till the air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home fails. 


Contact us at info@cmrmechanical.com or call (734) 424-9555. We pride ourselves on honest, quality service, and we’d love to help keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and comfortable all year long!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Could Your Air Conditioner Problems Be Compressor Related?

Has your air conditioner been giving you problems?

Are you spending a lot of money on expensive fixes, only to have the problem come back time after time?

The air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home could stop working for many reasons. However, if the problem is with the compressor, those problems can be prevented!
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What is an Air Conditioner Compressor?


The compressor for your air conditioner is sometimes called “the heart of the unit”. It’s one of the key components, your air conditioning system won’t function without one. If your compressor fails, it can be costly to replace.

The compressor’s job is to compress refrigerant air through the system and remove heat and humidity from the air.

Problems with AC Compressors Can Be Prevented!


The most common problems with air compressors are:

  1. Dirty coils – Dust and grime build up on the condenser coil, and that causes the air conditioner to be unable to expel enough heat from the system. When your air conditioner runs constantly, the increased pressure can cause the compressor to overheat.
  2. Too much refrigerant – If you accidentally add too much refrigerant, or the wrong type of refrigerant, you can kill your compressor.
  3. Blocked suction lines – If your unit isn’t cooling as effectively as it used to, it could be due to blocked or damaged suction lines. This can also lead to your compressor overheating and failing.
  4. Electrical problems – An electrical failure can cause a buildup of acids that damage other parts in addition to the compressor. 
  5. Inadequate oil lubricant – If there’s not enough lubricant running through the system, your compressor can’t work properly. To ensure you have the right type and enough lubricant, you should have your unit regularly maintained by a professional.


Hire CMR Mechanical for Preventative Maintenance



If you take care of your compressor, it will last much longer and save you a lot of money in the long run. At CMR Mechanical, we offer a free in-home evaluation to make sure your air conditioning unit and compressor are working correctly! If you’d like to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help improve the air quality of your home, contact us today!