Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Know When To Fix Air Conditioning in Your Ann Arbor Home

Are you having trouble staying comfortable in your home during the summer?

As the temps outside rise, are they rising indoors, too?

Are you worried that something’s wrong with your air conditioning unit?

Trouble with your air conditioning during the summer is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, especially if you have elderly family members or pets living with you!

If you’re tired of all the little quirks of your system and want to know if you need to get it replaced, talk to the experts!

air conditioning Ann ArborOur technicians work on air conditioning in Ann Arbor full-time in the summer, and they say the biggest factors to consider are:

  • Unusual sounds
  • High energy costs
  • Old age
  • Seasonal clean and checks
  • Frequent air filter changes
  • Low air flow
  • Odors

If you go through the list above and think any of it applies to your AC unit, it’s time to call the pros. 

Don’t wait until the middle of July to get your unit inspected! Call CMR Mechanical today to schedule an appointment. We’ll visit your home and evaluate your unit to make sure everything is working properly. If your unit needs repairs or replacing, we have the expertise to advise you on that, too.

Call us right away at 734-424-9555 if you think you need work done on your air conditioning unit!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Get to Know the Parts of Your Air Conditioner

Love the cool, fresh air your AC provides, but have no clue how it works? Interested in an intimate look at your air conditioning unit? Want to impress with your knowledge of AC pieces and parts?
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Naming all the parts of your air conditioning unit probably isn’t a great conversation starter, but as a homeowner, getting to know this important piece of equipment is to your benefit. If a problem with your HVAC ever pops up, you’ll be better equipped to handle it. Or, if you’re ever in the market for a new unit, knowing something about air conditioners will make you a smarter consumer.

Without further ado, meet five basic components of your AC unit!

  • Evaporator: a series of coils which convert refrigerant liquid to gas, creating a cooling effect. A fan blows across the cold coils to bring cool air into the house.
  • Expansion Valve: de-pressurizes liquid refrigerant, allowing the evaporator to do its job. 
  • Condenser: condenses refrigerant vapor into a liquid which is used by the evaporator. 
  • Compressor: pressurizes refrigerant so the condenser can work its magic, turning gas to liquid.
  • Lineset: the copper highway which transports refrigerant between the other components.

With a few simple definitions, you now understand the basics of how an AC unit works. Now put that knowledge to work!

Still want to know more about your air conditioner? Give us a call! We’re happy to answer questions or provide heating and cooling services in Ann Arbor. CMR Mechanical prides itself on honest, quality service and we are ready to help you today!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

10 Tips for Controlling Humidity in Your Home

Looking forward to the heat of summer, but not a fan of humidity? Need more options to control humidity in your home? Think you’ve tried everything?

No matter where you are, too much humidity can be seriously frustrating and uncomfortable! Whether humidity problems are keeping you up at night or putting a damper on your day, we have some tips to help you get the humidity under control. 
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  1. Ventilate areas that create moisture like the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Ventilation is more effective when directed out of the house. 
  2. Take shorter or cooler showers to minimize steaminess. 
  3. Keep your kitchen concoctions covered with a lid when possible. 
  4. Open a window to let moisture out of the bathroom, kitchen, or other steamy rooms. 
  5. Turn on your heat or air conditioning. 
  6. Make sure your HVAC condensation lines are clear and not trapping excess moisture. 
  7. Avoid overwatering house plants and consider moving plants outside for a few days. 
  8. Remove rugs and carpets temporarily or permanently. Their fibers can hold onto a lot of moisture. 
  9. Keep rainwater outside with clean gutters and downspouts, and landscaping that slopes away from the house. 
  10. Consider a dehumidifier for a damp basement or a bathroom without sufficient ventilation. 

Putting these tips to work in your home will surely help you get a sticky humidity problem under control. You might be surprised how a few small adjustments can make a big difference!

If you have questions about the humidity level in your home or about services for heating and cooling in Ann Arbor, give us a call. CMR Mechanical prides itself on honest, quality service and we are ready to help you today!

Monday, May 15, 2017

3 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Looking for ways to improve the air quality in your home? Not sure where to begin?

When you’re cleaning your house, it’s easy to tell when your kitchen counters and bathroom sink are clean, not so much when you’re talking about the air. But that doesn’t mean the air quality in your home should be neglected! IAQ can be a crucial element to maintaining the comfort level of your home.

Below are three tips to significantly improve the indoor air quality of your home fast!
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1.      Avoid Chemicals

When cleaning surfaces or freshening the air in your home, avoid harsh chemicals as much as possible. Some of the standard products we’re accustomed to using to clean household surfaces are incredibly toxic and should only be used if completely necessary. Vinegar and baking soda solutions are a great alternative to many cleaning products and don’t pollute your air. Essential oils are better for air freshening than many commercial chemical products.

2.      Keep It Clean and Dry

Regularly cleaning your home and making sure it stays relatively dry will cut down on the potential for indoor allergens like mold and dust mites. Upgrading your vacuum to one with a HEPA filter will help you purge your fabrics of many allergens. Don’t forget to vacuum surfaces like couches and drapes. Wash your sheets and pillows frequently to get rid of allergens. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom are ventilated well to get rid of moisture and deter mold. If your basement or other rooms tend to be moist, you may also want to invest in a dehumidifier.

3.      Encourage Ventilation

Promote ventilation in your home to avoid staleness, stuffiness, and pockets of hot or cold air. Good ventilation complements your other efforts of keeping your house clean and dry and avoiding chemicals. To assure good ventilation, perform maintenance tasks on your HVAC system such as cleaning vents, ducts, and blowers. When outdoor air quality is good, you should also try to open windows to circulate air. Ceiling fans can also be useful for ventilation.
Our three tips for improved indoor air quality are simple and easy to remember, but they do cover a lot of ground. If you have any questions about IAQ and how to make it better in your home, give us a call! We are here to help with all your HVAC needs from furnace inspection to air conditioning repair in Ann Arbor. Contact us today!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Maximize the ROI on Your New Air Conditioner!

Have you recently installed a new air conditioner in your home?

Are you planning to install a new AC unit in your home?

Wondering how to get the most return on your investment?

You need our 10 strategies for maximizing the return on investment (ROI) on your new AC!
The strategies fall into two basic categories: take care of the unit and use it only when necessary. We won’t ask you to do anything crazy like service your HVAC every quarter or suffer through 90 degree weather without air conditioning, but these tips should help your AC unit last and operate at its highest efficiency, maximizing your ROI.
  1. Open windows at night when temperatures drop to a comfortable level. If you’re experiencing 80s during the day and 60s at night, there’s no need to leave your AC running while you sleep!
  2. Close shades in the morning to prevent the sun from heating up your house. Some quality insulating shades or drapes will really help keep the heat out of the house and allow your AC unit more downtime.  
  3. Perform an annual AC tune-up by carefully removing the cover and cleaning the fins, interior, and fan blades. If you’re not comfortable doing this on your own, call the pros!
  4. Clean evaporator and condenser coils to maintain your unit’s efficiency.
  5. Clean the HVAC blower components to make your AC up to 15% more efficient.
  6. Change your HVAC filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Make sure your ducts are sealed to boost your AC efficiency by 20%.
  8. Cover the unit in the winter to protect it from the elements. A tarp weighted with a couple heavy rocks or bricks can do the job just fine!
  9. Clean HVAC drains with a bleach solution, 1 part bleach to 16 parts water.  
  10. Call us at CMR Mechanical for service, maintenance, or an air conditioning repair in Ann Arbor.

Schedule an Air Conditioning Repair in Ann Arbor Today!

Following these 10 strategies will keep your new AC unit running at high efficiency, saving you money! If you have any questions about your new AC unit or other components of your HVAC system, give us a call today.

If you'd like a free in-home evaluation of your existing system during an air conditioning repair for your Ann Arbor home, or any other professional advice about heating and cooling please feel free to contact us at or call (734) 424-9555. CMR Mechanical prides itself on honest, quality service!