Month: March 2019

Tradesformers Aims to Build Careers

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A partnership between local businesses, including Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, and schools aims to transform the way teens view jobs in skilled trades. Known as Tradesformers, the youth apprenticeship program is designed to connect students with trades that are facing a talent shortage.

‘Tradesformers’ Aims to Help Build Careers, Combat Talent Shortage Through Apprenticeships

Advance Mechanical Supports Tradesformers

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Upcoming career and technical education programs were in the spotlight during a presentation to the Pitt County Board of Education on Monday night. Beth Ann Trueblood, director of career and technical education, informed the board about two initiatives her department is working on — Tradesformers and Grow Local. Tradesformers is a pre-apprenticeship program designed to connect high school seniors with industry trades in Pitt County.

New Career, Tech Ed Classes in Spotlight

Get To Know: Ductless Mini-Split Systems

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Ductless mini-split systems

When it comes to finding a way to heat or cool rooms in your home, you might have visions of lugging out a heavy window unit. But, have you considered a ductless mini-split system? These ductless HVAC units are efficient and can provide continuous room comfort.

The Basics:

A mini split is comprised of two parts – a wall-mounted indoor unit and an outside compressor. It is most often used where a window unit or baseboard heating would be considered. But, unlike window units, ductless units only require a very small hole to be drilled into the wall which makes them less vulnerable to energy-wasting air leakage. Plus, they are less obtrusive in rooms and much quieter than window units.

Believe it or not, ductless mini-split systems are also exceedingly energy-efficient. In the average home, 25 percent or more energy is lost in ductwork. By taking ducts out of the equation, you end up with a more efficient system.


To properly maintain a ductless mini-split system, you will have to wash the unit filter each month, or more often if you have pets in the home. It is very important that you don’t forget to do this, as the ductless fans operate much less efficiently when they accumulate debris. Not to mention, it could possibly shorten the life of your unit.

Where They Are Used:

Depending on your home’s construction, ductless mini-split systems can be a solution for a variety of areas, even including whole-home heating and cooling. Here are just a few situations where this unit has a clear advantage:

  • New additions to a home: like garage apartments, bonus rooms, sunrooms.
  • Downsizing efforts: won’t have to heat and cool rooms in your home you don’t use.
  • Adding air conditioning to a home with no existing ductwork: adding ductwork to an existing home is costly.

Considering This Option for Your Home?

It is important that you choose the proper system size and installation location for your space. Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide on the best option for your space. Give us a call today!