Monday, May 14, 2018

What You Need to Know about Air Conditioner Cages

Are you worried about copper theft affecting your home and property? Wondering if there’s more you can do to prevent theft and protect air conditioning for your Ann Arbor home? Curious about the costs and benefits of air conditioner cages?
When you think about the targets for theft and vandalism, your air conditioning unit probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. But with its copper wiring and vulnerable location on the outside of your house, the appliance can look like a quick payday for a criminal scoping out your neighborhood. 
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At a metal scrapping facility, almost anything copper translates into fast cash, which makes AC theft a worthwhile risk for the thief. That’s where the extra strength security of air conditioner cages comes in!

Air Conditioner Cages: Basics and Benefits


  • Protect your AC from vandalism and your home from being a target for criminals. 
  • The tough metal cages are typically secured to the concrete pad below your air conditioning unit, but many options are available. 
  • Cages aren’t cheap, but they’re only a fraction of the cost of replacing your air conditioner with a new unit. 
  • If you choose a security option with a lock and key, make sure you keep the key in an accessible, easy-to-remember location to make maintenance quick and simple. 
  • Increase your security with motion activated lights, yard fencing and foliage around your AC unit. 

Trust CMR Mechanical for Your Air Conditioning Needs in Ann Arbor


Not only do you want your appliances to be safe from vandals to save you money, but you also want to reduce the chance your house will ever become a target for crime. Protecting your property with products like an air conditioning cage sends a clear message to would-be vandals!


If you want to know more about what you can do to protect and extend the life of your air conditioning in your Ann Arbor home, give CMR Mechanical a call today. With our experience and your satisfaction guaranteed, you can trust us to deliver quality service every time. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What You Need to Know about Air Conditioner Covers

Want to know if you can be doing more to protect your air conditioner? Are you worried about the effect the elements have on your air conditioning unit? Not sure when to use a cover or if it’s necessary?

There’s a lot we need to be protected from in the great outdoors: wind, rain, cold, heat, sun, snow, ice, and even the occasional bear! Our air conditioning units tend to be a little tougher. However, the biggest threat nature seems to pose for this appliance is trapped moisture. That’s where air conditioner covers come in handy!
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Air Conditioner Covers: Basics and Benefits
- Protect your air conditioner from falling and decomposing debris, like leaves, in autumn. 
- Leaves can trap moisture and cause rust and corrosion, which will cut the life of your air conditioner short. 
- Cover the top of your air conditioner and down the sides only six inches. 
- Completely covering your AC will trap air and moisture and can also lead to corrosion. 
- Covering your air conditioner at the end of every summer will extend the life of the unit and save you money. 

Trust CMR Mechanical for Your Air Conditioning Needs in Ann Arbor

Whether you’re a newer homeowner and have never covered your air conditioning unit before or you’ve been doing it for years without totally knowing why, it’s important to understand the best way to protect your appliance to delay the sizeable expense of replacing it. 


If you want to know more about what you can do to extend the life of your air conditioning in Ann Arbor, give CMR Mechanical a call today. With our experience and your satisfaction guaranteed, you can trust us to deliver quality service every time. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

What You Need to Know about a Spring Tune-Up for Your AC!

Considering a spring tune-up for your AC but need more information first? Want to make sure your AC is in good shape heading into a hot summer? Think your AC can handle neglect?
The temperatures may only be starting to peak above bitter cold, but it’s already time to start thinking about your AC! That’s right; a little foresight right now could save time, headaches, and money as summer rolls around. Learn everything you need to know about a spring tune-up for your AC right here:
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1. Boosts Efficiency: A standard element of any spring tune-up is cleaning! Cleaning the components of your AC will help your appliance run more efficiently, which has many benefits that come along with it.
2. Extends the Life of Your AC: Running at peak efficiency will help your appliance last longer than it otherwise would have. Scheduling regular maintenance can also help you see repairs and replacements coming down the line and avoid surprises. 
3. Avoids Repairs: Regular maintenance will keep your appliance running smoothly. With little fixes and tweaks each year, you’re much less likely to run into an unexpected breakdown and major repair. 
4. Saves You Money: A better efficiency, longer life, and fewer repairs all add up to some serious money you can save with regular spring tune-ups for the air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home. 
5. Provides Peace of Mind: Budgeting and taking the time to schedule a spring tune-up for your AC give you peace of mind. When the hottest days of summer hit, you’ll have an AC unit ready to work for you and you won’t have to call a technician in the peak season for AC repairs. 
The benefits of a spring tune-up for your AC are far reaching and more than worth the maintenance call. If you have more questions about the air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home or spring-tune ups, give us a call today!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

How a Spring Tune-Up for Your AC Saves You Money!

Looking for ways to save money as winter wraps up and temperatures soar? Not sure how spending money can save you money on your air conditioner in Ann Arbor? Not sure what to think about the benefits of a spring tune-up for your AC?

Sometimes you’ve got to spend money to save money! It can be tempting to keep your wallet closed tightly when your household appliances seem to be running smoothly and you don’t notice any obvious problems. 
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When it comes to your AC in particular, a regular spring tune-up will save you money in the long-run:

  • Efficiency: If you don’t budget for the regular maintenance of your AC unit, the components will get bogged down with dirt and grime and run less efficiently. Instead of paying for your machine to work harder for the same results, get a tune-up for your AC and start seeing the savings generated by an efficient machine!
  • Preventative: Regular maintenance appointments for your AC will keep your unit running smoothly and help you avoid breakdowns that require costly repairs. Your maintenance technician will also let you know about the condition of the machine so you won’t be surprised by the cost of a repair or replacement that may be coming down the line for older appliances. 
  • Extended Life: Scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups will keep your AC running longer. Operating at peak efficiency will put less stress on the machine and keep it going. A few extra years of quality operation should be well worth the cost of maintenance! 


A spring tune-up for your air conditioner in Ann Arbor is an effective way to save money over the life of your AC unit. If you have questions about or want to schedule a spring tune-up for your AC, give us a call today. 


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tips for Better, Cozier Sleep This Winter!

Struggling with your sleep this winter and not sure what’s to blame? Sacrificing cozy slumber for a lower electric bill? Need tips for a cozier night without breaking the bank?

You may know that keeping your room cool is a good trick for restful sleep and helps save money on your electric bill! But taking a good thing too far can leave you uncomfortable, and make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. If you’ve gotten used to the savings, but are missing your restful sleep, check out our tips for better, cozier sleep this winter.  
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• Sleep with socks: the temperature of your feet can be tough for your body to regulate and cold feet won’t help anyone get to sleep. 

• Hot water bottle: this is definitely an old-fashioned hack, but it works! Fill a hot-water bottle and place it at the foot of the bed, under the covers. You’ll be warmer without having to touch the thermostat. 

• Use insulated drapes: with insulated drapes, keep the heat in the house instead of letting it go out the window. If you put them up in your room, you’ll notice a difference in temperature right away. 

• Clean ducts: a good duct cleaning will help your furnace run more efficiently. More comfortable temperatures, lower bill, and better air quality are some of the benefits you can look forward to!

• Furnace inspection: if your furnace is older that 12-15 years and seems to be giving you a little trouble, an inspection could help spot and deal with a problem, and maybe even extend the life of your appliance!


These tips should help you feel cozy and sleep well at night without seeing a sky-high price reflected in your electric bill. If you have more questions about saving money or servicing the furnace in your Ann Arbor home this winter, give us a call today. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How to Stay Cozy at Night without Spending a Fortune!

Are you losing sleep with frozen feet, but don’t want to pay to run your furnace all night? Trying to save money and paying for it with lost sleep? Want to know the trick to saving on your electric bill while staying cozy all night?

You might think that you can sacrifice a little comfort for a lower electric bill every month. But when you start losing sleep in a room that’s simply too chilly, you have to consider the true price you’re paying! 

Imagine taking control of your utility bill while keeping your sleeping quarters cozy all night and all winter long. The trick is to optimize the work of the furnace in your Ann Arbor home, and we have just the tips to help you do it. 
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• Improve your insulation: this could be as easy as adding some sheets of insulation to your attic or hanging insulated curtains in bedrooms. 

• Consider zoned heating and cooling: instead of heating the whole house to your most comfortable sleep temperature, only heat the zone of the house where your bedroom is! This can really save money long-term. 

• Duct cleaning: if your ducts haven’t been serviced in a while, dust and buildup could be causing the furnace to run inefficiently. A professional clean could lower your bill without you even touching the thermostat. 

• Programmable thermostat: this tool helps you take control of your electric bill with greater control of your home’s temperature. Program the thermostat to lower temps when you’re away and to drop a few degrees after you’re comfortably asleep.

• Lower temps during the day: to compensate for higher temps at night, lower the temperature during the day. When you’re up and moving around, you might be surprised how comfortable a lower temp can feel. 

• Furnace inspection: if your furnace is older that 12-15 years and you feel like you have to adjust the temperature more frequently to feel comfortable, a professional inspection could be worth your while.


These tips should help you feel cozy and comfy at night without bringing tears to your eyes when you get your electric bill. If you have more questions about saving money or servicing the furnace in your Ann Arbor home this winter, give us a call today. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How Wi-Fi Water Sensors Help Prevent Frozen Pipes and Mold

Are you concerned about the possibility of frozen pipes in your home? Think your damp basement could be a mold problem waiting to happen? Curious about technology that can help avoid common maintenance issues in your home?

If you’re losing sleep at night worrying about common home maintenance problems like frozen pipes and mold, there’s a perfect solution out there to help you rest easier! Wi-Fi water sensors are not only handy gadgets that can help you quickly detect a leak in your home, they can also help prevent frozen pipes and mold. 

How does it work? Read on to learn more!
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Concerned about frozen pipes? 


Install a Wi-Fi water sensor that can measure the temperature and it will alert you when the temperature drops to levels that could cause issues. 

Think a room in your house has a potential for mold? 


Get a Wi-Fi water sensor that measures humidity and it will alert you when there may be too much moisture in the air. 


Worried a pipe is at risk for a leak? 


Get a Wi-Fi sensor and place it near any problem or potential problem areas to be alerted to leaks and avoid serious water damage. 


Wi-Fi water sensors can help you quickly detect several home maintenance issues and address them quickly. By connecting to the Wi-Fi you already have at home, the device can let you know almost immediately when there’s a problem. For answers to more of your questions about home maintenance and heating your Ann Arbor home, give us a call today!