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!