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Things to Consider When Considering an HVAC Replacement 

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We know the decision to replace an old HVAC system causes customers some uncertainty and confusion. We get it, a HVAC replacement is a big investment. At Advance Mechanical we want our customers to know exactly what they are investing in and how long we expect their existing system to last. Depending on the age, wear and tear, and maintenance performed on your HVAC system, a replacement could be in your future sooner than expected.

At Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning, we tell our customers that the average life expectancy of their HVAC system is between 12 to 15 years. However, the life of your HVAC is based on the quality of your system, how it is used and how it is maintained. For example, does your unit get much snow or ice, is it subject to extreme heat, and how often has maintenance been performed on the unit? 

This blog will outline some things you should consider when replacing your HVAC system. Some things can be fixed with a repair, while other issues may warrant a replacement. Whatever you decide, Advance Mechanical can help!

Current HVAC Unit Condition and Age

Is your HVAC unit younger than 12 years? Does it run efficiently? If you answered yes, it may be more beneficial to repair and continue to maintain your current unit versus replacing it altogether. However, newer units come with warranties, and can cool and heat your home more efficiently, which could save you money down the road. 

How Often You Use Your System

If you are someone who uses their system all day, every day, your unit could need replacing sooner rather than later. Older HVAC systems do not run as efficiently as newer ones, and you could save money on energy bills by choosing to replace your HVAC, rather than repair it.

Type of Unit & Size of Your Home

It is important to know the type of unit you currently have when considering a replacement. Is there anything you don’t like about it? For example, if you have a single zone unit and you are considering replacing it with a multi-zone system, you will need to think about size and efficiency. Don’t assume something is best for your needs just because it’s the type of system your neighbor has.

The size of your home will also come into play when selecting a new HVAC system. The larger the home, the more HVAC capacity you will need to keep it comfortable. Knowing the size of your home will make it easier to choose the correct system. For example, selecting undersized system can lead to higher energy consumption and more frequent repairs.

Modern HVAC Unit Upgrades

In recent years, upgrades have been made to HVAC systems that allow them to be cost-effective and energy efficient. Newer units are quieter and are made with insulation and comfort in mind. When you replace your unit, you will likely see the difference in how quickly your home cools or heats up, and the cost of your utility bill. 

Protect Your New HVAC System

Advance Mechanical encourages customers to consider our Comfort Club Plan. This plan helps customers keep up with their HVAC maintenance which minimizes system downtime. Regular maintenance to your HVAC system can increase the efficiency and lifespan of the system. With our Comfort Club plan, you receive regular maintenance twice a year and peace of mind knowing that your system is getting the care it needs from a knowledgeable team you can trust.

There are many things to think about when replacing your HVAC system and we can help! Advance Mechanical can answer all your questions and provide you with sound advice to ensure you get the best HVAC system for your home. 

Whether you decide to replace or repair your unit, Advance Mechanical’s team of trained, certified, professional technicians can help you from start to finish. Let us answer any questions you may have and make a recommendation based on your current system and needs. Call us today to schedule service or a replacement quote at 252-355-9191.

Debunking Duct Cleaning Myths

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Duct cleaning is a service we provide that uses a vacuum to remove the buildup of dirt and dust from air ducts. This service has many benefits and is a very important part of indoor air quality and HVAC maintenance. We’ve heard some myths surrounding the importance of duct cleaning … and we’ve busted them!

Myth 1: Air Duct Cleaning is Not Necessary

Many people believe that with regular HVAC maintenance, air duct cleaning is not essential. While twice-yearly HVAC service is beneficial and recommended, having your air ducts cleaned can help improve the quality of your indoor air. Over time, dust, debris, and dirt accumulates in your ducts and continues to build up. If left, these contaminants are cycled through your vents, impacting your indoor air quality. Take control of your IAQ and contact Advance Mechanical to schedule your duct cleaning service.

Myth 2: You Can Clean Your Ducts Yourself

Another myth is that you can clean your air ducts yourself—and technically, you can. However, performing this service incorrectly could lead to injuries or problems with your HVAC unit. Trying to clean your own ducts will likely not result in clean vents. Our staff is professionally trained and equipped with the proper tools to efficiently perform duct cleaning services in a safe way.

Myth 3: Duct Cleaning Will Create a Mess in Your Home

Cleaning anything will create a small amount of dust and air duct cleaning isn’t an exception to this. You will see a small amount of dust in your home following your duct cleaning, but it will clear up within a few days. When you hire Advance Mechanical to provide air duct cleaning services, we will do everything we can to reduce the amount of dust produced in your home.

Myth 4: Air Ducts Have No Effect on Your Health

Did you know that the quality of air outdoors is usually less dirty than indoor air? When air ducts are left uncleaned, the accumulation of pollutants is constantly recycled through the air in your home. Breathing this type of air in can result in worsened allergies or increased symptoms of asthma. Don’t put your health at risk, contact us for your duct cleaning service today. 

Myth 5: You Will Need Monthly Duct Cleanings

There are some people who have not yet scheduled their duct cleaning because they believe you will have to have monthly duct cleanings. In fact, we recommend scheduling an air duct cleaning service every 5 years – as long as you are practicing regular HVAC maintenance with routine services, repairs, and regular air filter replacement. 

Myth 6: If You Have Your Ducts Cleaned, You Won’t Need Regular HVAC Maintenance

Finally, some think that once you have your air ducts cleaned, you won’t need to upkeep your HVAC unit with regular maintenance. Even though your ducts may have been recently cleaned, it is important to continue changing your air filters and scheduling routine maintenance. Continuing HVAC upkeep will give your unit a longer lifespan and keep everything working efficiently. 

No matter how much regular HVAC maintenance is performed, a duct cleaning service will greatly reduce the amount of dust and pollutants in your home, lower your electric bill, and keep your unit running smoothly. Contact Advance Mechanical at 252-355-9191 with any questions, or to schedule your duct cleaning service today. 

How to Protect Your Indoor Air Quality from Outside Air

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Air pollution comes from vehicle exhaust, smoke, road dust, industrial emissions, pollen, gas-fueled yard equipment, and many other sources. Each day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analyzes the levels of five major air pollutants in various locations around the country and assigns it a number 0 to 500. This measures the Air Quality (AQI) in your area. The higher the AQI, the more pollution in the air.

It is important to keep your indoor air clean, and many people try to stay ahead of the game by regularly changing air filters, sweeping, dusting, and having regular maintenance performed on their HVAC units. Even with these precautions, pollutants can find themselves in your home. Here are some things you can do to keep the air within your home safe:

1. Keep Your Doors and Windows Closed

Make sure your windows and doors that lead outside are well-sealed when closed and try to limit keeping your doors and windows open on days when your AQI is high.

2. Turn on The Air Conditioning

Poor air quality is most common in the summer. The good news is most air conditioners operate by cooling your home’s air inside by recirculating it versus pulling it from outside. And your air conditioning can actually improve your indoor air quality—so it’s a win-win! You stay cool inside your home with healthy air to breathe.

3. Check Your HVAC Filter

If your air filter is dirty or clogged with dust and debris, it will be more difficult for your system to run properly and it will decrease your indoor air quality. Your air filter should be regularly replaced to ensure your unit stays in proper working condition for as long as possible.

On top of the pollutants that seep into your home through open windows and doors, your indoor air quality is also affected by internal sources such as pet dander,  dust or mold, and cleaning chemicals. Your home’s indoor air quality affects your health and well-being. Here are some ways Advance Mechanical can help keep the air within your home safe:

1. Have Advance Mechanical Perform Regular Maintenance on Your HVAC Unit

An HVAC unit that is properly cleaned and maintained is the simplest way to protect your home’s air quality from outdoor air pollution. Call to schedule regular maintenance today so you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the air in your home is safe and healthy!

2. Consider an IAQ Package

Advance Mechanical offers several Indoor Air Quality packages, from a plan that focuses on covering allergies, to an overall healthy home that includes every feature we offer to improve your IAQ. 

3. Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Another important part of keeping outdoor air from affecting your indoor air is to have your air ducts regularly cleaned. Duct cleaning improves your air quality, reduces dust around your home, eliminates odors, and improves the efficiency of your HVAC unit, while lowering the cost of your electricity bills. With three different options to choose from depending on your needs, duct cleaning is a great way to clear out the dust and grime that outdoor air and other sources have accumulated in your vents. Contact us to schedule yours today.

4. Talk to Us About Other Air Quality Products

We offer plenty of products that can benefit you and your family by reducing germs, eliminating pollutants and contaminants, and removing bacteria that can harm you. From carbon monoxide detectors, special filters, UV Guards, and more – we’ve got everything you need to clean up the quality of your home’s air to improve your health and well-being!

Outdoor air pollution can infiltrate your home and change the quality of the air you and your family are breathing in. It can also be brought in through your HVAC’s ventilation system. Sources including ozone, toxic air pollutants, and different gases from sources like vehicles, industry plants, or even nature may seem like “outside” dangers but are affecting you even indoors. 

For more information on indoor air quality products and packages, contact Advance Mechanical today. We can help you choose the solution right for you.

When Should I Get My Air Ducts Cleaned

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Did you know the air ducts in your home contribute to the quality of your indoor air – and that it’s extremely important for your IAQ to have these ducts cleaned every so often? Or maybe you’re not aware of the signs that it’s time to have your ducts cleaned! Whatever the case may be, we’ve got some tips for you to know when to call Advance Mechanical to schedule your duct cleaning service!

Mold/Mildew

Have you noticed mold or mildew around the air vents in your home? This could be a sign that it’s time to have your ducts cleaned. Mold can be a hazard to your family’s health and can cause sickness and allergy-like symptoms and needs to be professionally cleaned from your ducts to get rid of it for good.  Mold grows from moisture in the air and can severely damage your indoor air quality.

Dust

Noticing an increased amount of dust in your home is another sign to get your ducts cleaned. Dust buildup can occur in or around your vent registers, and significantly affects the quality of air you inhale every day. If you see dust outside your vents, find yourself constantly dusting your home with no success, or feel like you must change your air filters every few weeks, there is no doubt your ducts could use a cleaning.

System Malfunctions

Maybe you have noticed that your unit is taking longer to heat your home, or you can hear loud, frequent noises. If so, you may need to have your ducts inspected. Regular noises when your unit turns on are normal, but any noises you have never heard before should be investigated. It could be a sign that the buildup in your ducts is affecting the efficiency of your system.

Smells

Your home should smell normal, especially if you keep it relatively clean. If you have smelled a musty odor in your home and can’t figure out what it is – you should give Advance Mechanical a call for a duct cleaning service. Smells could mean anything from dust accumulation, mold or mildew growth, or even vermin or insects hiding in the ducts.

Cost and Lifespan

If your ducts are covered in dirt, debris, or dust, your HVAC unit must work a lot harder to ventilate your home – and you’ll notice it on your electricity bill. If your system is having to work harder, the cost of heating or cooling your home will be noticeably more expensive. This also puts more stress on your unit to function, shortening its lifespan. Scheduling a duct cleaning service could save you money in the long run.

Never Been Cleaned Before

Your last sign to have your ducts cleaned is if you have never had them cleaned before. It is recommended that your home’s ducts be cleaned every 3 – 5 years.  Staying on this schedule will prevent allergies and smells and allow your system to work as efficiently as possible.

If you’ve experienced any of these signs in your home – give Advance Mechanical a call! Our team is professional, drug-free verified, and background checked. Trust Advance Mechanical to keep your home and family safe from poor indoor air quality. Schedule your duct cleaning service with us today!

Reasons You Should Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

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Have you noticed extra dust and dirt around your home? Or your electricity bill has been higher than usual? Or maybe you are still smelling Thanksgiving AND Christmas dinners in the New Year and can’t figure out why?! All these could be signs you need your air ducts cleaned. Here are 6 benefits of hiring Advance Mechanical to clean your ducts!

  1. Your home will be cleaner.

Duct cleaning will help reduce dust, dirt, and allergens that build up over time. Many homeowners will find that air circulates quicker, and is cleaner, once they have had their air ducts professionally cleaned. Duct cleaning gets rid of the particles that would otherwise spread around your home.

  1. Reduce allergens.

Allergens like dust, pet dander, pollen, and bacteria accumulate in your air ducts and remain there, exposing you and your family to these allergens over and over again. Having your ducts cleaned could significantly reduce the allergens and limit the spread of them in your home, alleviating some allergy symptoms.

  1. Removes smells and odors.

Between owning pets, cooking, dust accumulation, and using chemicals to clean, odors can remain in air ducts and begin to smell stale. These smells will continuously circulate through your home as your HVAC unit runs. Cleaning your ducts gets rid of these odors and leaves your home smelling fresher.

  1. Improve IAQ

The indoor air quality in your home is affected by how clean your air ducts are. Dirty air ducts lead to dirty air being circulated throughout your home, causing you and your family to breathe in harmful chemicals, dust, and other allergens. Hiring Advance Mechanical for a duct cleaning service will improve your home’s IAQ, making it a safer and healthier place to live.

  1. Extend lifespan.

The state of your air ducts also affects how well your HVAC unit is running, and whether it is operating efficiently or working overtime to keep up. The additional work your unit will have to do to keep air circulating in your home will reduce the lifespan of the unit by years and could lead to costly repairs. Have your air ducts cleaned and give your unit a break – it will last longer and save you money!

  1. Keep your home safe.

Finally, the collection of dust and dander in your vents, and especially your dryer vent, could be a fire hazard for your home. A simple duct and dryer vent cleaning could significantly reduce the risk of fire, and keep your family, pets, and possessions out of harm’s way.

Advance Mechanical is here to help. Our staff is background checked and drug-free verified, giving you peace of mind. We offer three levels of duct cleaning service, and being a Comfort Club Member will get you $100 off your duct cleaning service! For more information, visit https://advancemechnc.com/air-quality/duct-cleaning/, or contact Advance Mechanical at 252-355-9191 to schedule your service today!

The Most Common Winter Heating Repairs

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Winter in NC can be all over the place, but we bet that you’ve turned your heat on already. The last thing you want this December is for your home to be cold. Advance Mechanical is here to make sure your heat is running efficiently all winter long. Here are the most common heating problems we see during the North Carolina winter.

1. The Furnace is Switching On and Off.

Irritating? Yes. A problem? Absolutely. Not only is your heat not running properly, but it’s wasting energy and costing you money. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as a clogged or dirty filter, while other times you might need a whole new thermostat.

2. There’s No Air Coming from the Heating System.

This is one of the last things you want to happen when it’s cold out. If you notice that your furnace isn’t working at all, first check and make sure it has power. If it does and still isn’t blowing, there are several other reasons it might not be working. The motor may have blown, the thermostat could be malfunctioning, or the pilot light may have gone out. Either way, you’ll need a technician to assess and repair your system.

3. Your Heating System is Blowing Cold Air.

Your system is working… kind of. You’re getting cold air instead of warm, which isn’t ideal during winter. The first thing you need to do is make sure your thermostat is set on heat. Next, check your filters. Sometimes a dirty or clogged filter can cause your heating system to overheat and start blowing cold air.

4. Your Furnace is Making a Loud Noise.

Your furnace can make noise, but it shouldn’t be a loud noise. If you hear banging or clanking noises, then there may be a screw, nut, or bolt loose. Any unusual noises from your HVAC system warrants a call to a professional right away. When left unattended, the problem can become more serious and expensive.

5. Increased Energy Bills.

If you’ve noticed a sharp increase in your energy bill but don’t know why, your furnace might not be working correctly. A properly maintained system is an efficient one, so it’s worth having someone come and inspect your furnace regularly. High bills can mean that something is blocking the airflow, a problem that a professional can fix.

With any of these heating problems, Advance Mechanical is only a phone call away. Our team of trained, certified, professional technicians are here to make sure you and your family stay nice and toasty during the winter months. Call us today to schedule a service at 252-355-9191.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Your Pet

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We love our pets, and we know you love yours. Pets can be a great addition to your household but can have negative effects on the indoor air quality of your home. Pets can track in dander, hair, dirt, and allergens from outside, giving you allergic reactions or even making you sick. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep you – and your pet – safe with better indoor air quality.

First, what is pet dander and what are pet allergens? Just like humans shed teeny tiny pieces of skin, your pets do too. Pet allergens can be found in urine, feces, and saliva. Dogs, birds, cats, rodents, whatever pet you have, has pet dander and allergens. It’s been estimated that 10% – 15% of Americans are allergic to pet dander and allergens rather than pet fur. Both dander and allergens are tiny and lightweight, meaning they can easily travel through your air ducts settling in your furnace or air handler, and cause you problems.

When dander and allergens become airborne, they will circulate through your HVAC system – just like the rest of your air. This means you, your family, and your pet will be breathing them in. Larger things like pet hair can also circulate through your HVAC system, but most likely will be caught by your air filters. These two things can tremendously decrease the quality of your home’s air.

How can you have pets in the home and maintain better air quality? Our first suggestion is to keep your pet regularly bathed and groomed. This will help cut down on shedding, dander, and allergens. Another great habit is to vacuum frequently. By vacuuming up your pet’s hair and dander, you are preventing it from continuously circulating throughout your home and your HVAC system.

Aside from regular vacuuming and grooming of your pet, there are ways Advance Mechanical can help. First, we suggest replacing your home’s air filters more frequently. Air filters will help capture pet hair, dander, and other debris they bring into your home. And the easiest way to ensure you always have filters on hand is to sign up for FilterFetch and have filters delivered to your door. Use code CZB to receive special pricing, search for your filter size, and order – it’s so easy!

Advance Mechanical also offers duct cleaning services that remove the buildup of dust and dirt from your air ducts. Duct cleaning also helps your HVAC operate more efficiently, leading to a longer lifespan of the unit. Other benefits include less dust, better indoor air quality, and a lower electricity bill. There are 3 different levels of protection to choose from—and if you join our Comfort Club, you receive a $100 off your duct cleaning service!

If you want to protect your family’s health even more, Advance Mechanical offers a wide range of IAQ products and solutions to reduce allergens, germs, and toxins in the air. Give us a call, we would be happy to discuss what IAQ options are right for you.

Don’t feel like you have to choose between good indoor air quality and your pet – Advance Mechanical is just a phone call away – 252-355-9191!

5 Signs It is Time to Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

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Did you know that your dryer is one of the leading causes of house fires in the US? And the leading cause of dryer fires is lint. Lint is highly flammable, and it accumulates in your dryer and your dryer’s exhaust system. In order to prevent the accumulation of lint and a lint fire, you need to do more than simply clean your dryer’s lint filter – you need to clean the dryer duct.

When was the last time you cleaned out your dryer duct? Many people may answer, “never,” when it is recommended that you clean your dryer ducts annually. Here are some signs that it is time to call Advance Mechanical to inspect and professionally clean your dryer ducts.

1. If your clothes are coming out damp.

If you run a drying cycle that normally completely dries your clothes and they still come out damp, odds are that your vent needs to be cleaned. It is easier to notice this on things like jeans or cotton towels that usually take longer to dry. The purpose of your dryer vent is to make sure all water is gone from your clothes and released outside. If this is not happening, then water and moisture can pool up in your vent with the build-up. This is the perfect breeding ground for mildew and mold.

2. Your clothes or dryer are abnormally hot.

If you feel that your clothes or dryer feel hotter than usual after you finish a drying cycle, it’s probably time to get your vent cleaned out. This excessive build-up of heat can create a fire risk, especially when lint is built up in your dryer vent. There are almost 3,000 dryer fires a year, and the leading cause is failure to clean out the dryer vent.

3. Your dryer shuts off prematurely.

If your dryer shuts off before the dry cycle is over, then it is a sign that you need your dryer vent cleaned out. When your dryer vent is clogged with debris and lint, it means your dryer is not running efficiently and it will shut off early. A clean duct will keep your dryer in peak performance for longer.

4. Something smells burnt.

If you are noticing a burning smell when you are doing laundry – it could be a sign your dryer has a buildup of lint. Often, lint will accumulate and block the vent line in your dryer, causing the lint to remain in place and get really hot while the dryer is running – which produces the burnt smell. If you are experiencing this, give Advance Mechanical a call.

5. The outside lint flap is not open.

When your dryer is running, the outdoor lint flap should be open. If it is not, it is possible that the duct’s air flow is obstructed by lint that got stuck. It is important to get this cleaned out as soon as possible, as this can be a breeding ground for mold, it can affect the lifespan of your dryer, and it can even lead to laundry room fires.

Remember this, no matter how often you clean your lint filter, lint will make it into your dryer vent. This could clog your system and potentially cause a fire. If you have noticed any of these warning signs, have never cleaned your dryer vent or it has been over a year since it has been cleaned, call the professionals at Advance Mechanical to schedule a cleaning today, 252-355-9191.

Colds, Flu and Indoor Air Quality

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Fall welcomes the start of a new school year, the holiday season and cooler weather. But it’s also the beginning of cold and flu season – which means it is the perfect time to talk about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Indoor air quality should be talked about all year long because the average person spends more time inside than outside. But it is an especially important topic during cold and flu season since the flu is an airborne virus and can spread rapidly indoors. If you take steps to improve your home’s IAQ now, you can actually fight the flu virus, reduce germs, and lessen your chances of getting sick.

Did you know that your indoor air quality is usually worse than the outdoor air quality? The World Health Organization predicts that your home’s air quality can be up to 8 times worse than the air quality outside your home. There are actually more pollutants and allergens inside your home than outside of it. Dust, dirt, cleaning products, pet debris, smoke, and more cause the air quality in your home to decrease.

IAQ is important to you and your family’s overall health. If you or a family member is exposed to poor indoor air quality regularly, you could experience other health issues overtime. Those issues could include headaches, allergy symptoms, or respiratory problems. Cold and flu season just adds another health risk into the mix this time of the year. If you improve the indoor air quality in your home, you will have cleaner air, meaning you will actually minimize viruses within your home.

The elderly, young children, and people who have preexisting health conditions are impacted greater by poor indoor air quality than others. They may already have immune compromised systems and adding poor indoor air quality to the mix increases the impact on their immune systems. Making some small changes to your home’s IAQ can make a big impact on the health of you and your family members.

Advance Mechanical offers a variety of products, solutions, and new technologies to reduce particles, cold and flu germs, and many toxins that may be in the air. We offer several IAQ options, and right now we are offering a $100 discount on our Healthy Home Package which includes:

  • Air Cleaner That Magnetically Attracts Particles
  • UV Light Disinfects Your Air Without Chemicals
  • Deodorizes Air Naturally with Hydrogen Peroxide
  • May Relieve/Reduce Allergy Symptoms and Asthma Attacks
  • Less Cold and Flu Episodes
  • Controls Odors
  • Removes/Reduces Particles and Allergens
  • Removes/Reduces Germs and Infectious Agents
  • Removes/Reduces Chemical Gases and Odors

There are many ways you can increase the indoor air quality in your home or business, but one of the simplest ways to increase your indoor air quality is changing your filters monthly. With the service FilterFetch, you can get quality, professional grade filters sent to your home every month with an email reminder of when to change them out.

If you are interested in learning more about our IAQ products and packages, or the FilterFetch program, please contact us at 252-355-9191. One of our trained professionals will be happy to answer all of your questions. We’re here to help you find the right indoor air quality solution for your family’s needs and put you on the path to cleaner indoor air ahead of the fall and winter seasons.

Why Does My AC Smell Like That?

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Have you noticed a musty smell around your home? The smell could be coming from your AC unit! When did you last change your air filter? Or, have your HVAC system cleaned? If these things are not done regularly, you can get a build-up which could lead to moldy, musty air being recirculated into your home.

Here are some things that might cause this smell in your home.

1. The drain pan is full.

If your drain pan is full, it could produce a musty smell. It could also indicate that your drainpipe is clogged and could lead to flooding. This extra production of water can also lead to more mold and bacteria growth.

2. The evaporator coils are frozen.

Your AC unit takes the warm air inside your home, removes the humidity and cools it, and then pushes it back through your vents. To make this process go smoothly, the air flow needs to be unobstructed. Dirt and debris can block and prevent smooth airflow if your air filters are old or ineffective. This makes the water droplets (caused by humid air indoors) to build up on the evaporator coils of your unit. As the AC unit cools the air, these droplets will freeze, leading to musty smelling air. Other signs of frozen evaporator coils are ice around the refrigerant line, a full drain pan, and ice around the evaporator coils. If you notice any of these signs, go ahead and call Advance Mechanical so we can send a technician out to you as soon as possible.

3. There is an excessive amount of moisture built up.

High humidity and drainage leaks can cause moisture to build up in your air ducts and vents. Mold and mildew can begin to grow in your ductwork because of it, causing your air to smell musty. Exposure to mold and mildew can also cause respiratory issues, meaning it’s all the more reason to get an HVAC technician out right away. Advance Mechanical offers duct cleaning, and we will make sure that your air ducts are mold-free and good as new in no time.

4. Your condensation line is blocked.

A condensation line is used to drain water from your AC unit. This pipe is one of the top locations for mold, mildew, debris, and sludge to build up. When clogged, the line cannot properly function, causing a musty smell as the water on the line sits.

5. Your AC unit is the incorrect size for your home.

If your AC unit is not the right size for your home, it will not work efficiently. If it is too small, it will turn on and off repeatedly and cause premature failure. If it is too large, the air will be cycled far too quickly, which can lead to moisture build up.

Your AC should produce clean, fresh smelling air. If you start to smell an unpleasant, musty odor throughout your home, call Advance Mechanical at 252-355-9191 to schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians. We will diagnose your HVAC problem and make sure that your AC unit is running efficiently in no time.

 

Regular HVAC Maintenance

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Regular HVAC maintenance is crucial to extending the life of your system and to keep your home comfortable throughout the summer months. An HVAC system that has not been maintained will have to work harder to keep your home cool during the hottest times of the year. Here are some things you can do each month to ensure your system is running smoothly and efficiently.

Replace Your Filters Monthly!

The most common tip to maintaining your HVAC unit is to regularly replace your air filters. These filters should be replaced every month to keep dust from piling up in your home and keep your HVAC running smoothly. By replacing your filters regularly, you will allow your HVAC system to last longer because it will not have to work so hard. You can get professional grade filters shipped straight to your door monthly by visiting FilterFetch.com and using code CZB! Not only is delivery fast and free, but you get an email reminder to change your filter, and there is a complete satisfaction guarantee!

Clear the Space Around Your Unit.

The space around the HVAC unit should always be clear of debris. Take time each month to ensure there are no leaves, limbs, or bushes overgrowing near your unit. Keeping this area clear allows the unit to function properly and helps with proper air flow.

Dust Around Vents and Registers.

Keeping vents and registers free of dirt and dust allows the air flow to remain clean. Vents tend to get dusty, even with regular filter replacement, so wiping these down monthly is a great way to extend the life of your HVAC unit. Keeping these areas clean will also allow your home to cool more efficiently. Plus, it will help with your home’s indoor air quality!

Check for HVAC Leaks.

It is not uncommon for an HVAC system to leak. If your air conditioning is not holding the temperature, that could be a sign of a leak. If you notice water or excessive condensation under or near your HVAC unit, this could be a sign that your HVAC system has a leak, and it is time to place a service call with the trained technicians at Advance Mechanical.

Consider Programmable Thermostats.

To keep your HVAC system running efficiently and to keep your energy bills down, consider switching to programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule when you want your AC to cut on and off and allow you to change temperatures throughout the day.

It is a good idea to hire Advance Mechanical to inspect and perform regular maintenance to your HVAC system twice a year. During routine maintenance we will inspect your unit, clean coils and condensers, check for leaks, and make sure your fan, blower and blades are all working properly. With regular maintenance from Advance Mechanical and following the above tips, your HVAC system should be in tip top shape! If you need assistance with your unit or would like to schedule routine maintenance, give us a call at 252-355-9191!

A Crash Course on HVAC Surge Protectors

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Chances are you’ve probably experienced an electrical surge. Sometimes, electrical surges are so small you won’t even know it’s happening. Small surges don’t always mean there’s something wrong with your electrical wiring, nor are they usually dangerous. But repeated surges can damage your electronics and household appliances causing damage and premature failure.

Power surges can be caused by a number of things and happen both in and outside of your home. If you don’t notice a power surge, then chances are it’s caused by an inside force. If you are able to notice it, or the power surge is larger than usual, then odds are it’s caused by an outside force. The causes of power surges can include:

Internal:

  • Wiring
  • Circuit Breaker Box
  • Appliances

External:

  • Lighting Strikes
  • Fallen Power Lines
  • Blown Transformers
  • Electrical Service Issues

As areas grow, develop, and increase in population, the power grids can become dated and provide a lower quality of service to homes and buildings. You need to remember that all of the homes and buildings around you are also using power, so when the seasons change and people are turning on their heat or AC, brownouts,  and power outages are likely to increase.

Regardless of whether a power surge is big or small, noticeable or not, it takes a toll on your appliances – including your AC unit. Your HVAC unit is often the most expensive thing in your home, so you’ll want to make sure it’s protected. Here are some tips from Advance Mechanical.

  1. When you aren’t using high amp appliances, unplug them. Examples of high amp appliances can be your toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer, and tea kettle. However, it can also include things like your microwave, space heater, and window air conditioners. We know unplugging some of these appliances can be a hassle, so we recommend unplugging them when leaving your home for an extended period of time.
  2. Have your electrical system inspected, especially if you’re noticing increased and disruptive power surges.
  3. Get a surge protector for your major appliances – including your HVAC system.

Power surges, especially larger ones, can cause damage to your HVAC system by:

  • Overloading and damaging the air conditioner capacitor.
  • Frying the unit’s circuit board.
  • Causing the compressor to short

All of these things can happen without you even knowing it, making it all the more important to protect your system with a surge protector. Surge protectors will keep your HVAC system running longer, more efficiently, and will save you money. Homeowners insurance traditionally doesn’t cover replacement or repair of appliances, and the cost to have a professional install a surge protector is far less than being forced to pay thousands for a new unit.

If you have any questions about surge protectors, call Advance Mechanical at 252-355-9191 and talk to our team of trusted and trained professionals. Our team is dedicated to keeping you happy, healthy, and cool all summer long.

HVAC Hurricane Prep

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Though North Carolina is lucky enough to typically enjoy great weather during the spring and summer, June welcomes in hurricane season. As many people in eastern North Carolina know, we are susceptible to the damage of hurricanes from June through November. Hurricanes are destructive and can leave millions of dollars’ worth of damage in their wake.

By now, many of us are experienced and know how to prep for an upcoming storm, but have you thought of the steps you should take to protect your heating and air conditioning system? Below are a few tips to help you prepare your HVAC unit for incoming hurricanes and reduce the possibility of damage to your system.

Know the Risks

First, homeowners need to recognize the risks your HVAC system could face during hurricane season.

  • Wind — If you live off the water, high winds are your biggest risk. If the winds are severe enough your HVAC unit could become dislodged and cause damage. It is also possible that trees or electrical poles could fall on an outdoor unit causing serious problems. If you have a collapsed roof it could lead to damage of an indoor HVAC system.
  • Water – If you live on the water, water damage is also a serious risk for you. Although outdoor units are designed to withstand normal weather conditions, hurricanes can bring more water than the system can handle. Heavy rain or flooding could overwhelm or submerge the equipment causing damage that is beyond repair.

Be Ready

Second, prepare your home and HVAC system now so you won’t have to worry about your HVAC system once the storm is upon you.

  • Regular Maintenance – You should have your HVAC system regularly checked by a professional. Routine preventive maintenance will increase your equipment’s chances during the high winds of a hurricane. For example, a licensed professional HVAC tech can tighten loose components and fix any places where water could get into the unit.
  • Consider Surge Protection – Your HVAC is the most expensive appliance in your home to replace or repair. If your HVAC system doesn’t have a surge protector, you need to contact Advance Mechanical and talk to us about adding one. Power surges happen all the time and adding one to your HVAC system could save you money in the event of a power surge during a storm.
  • Relocate Your HVAC Unit – If your HVAC system is located in an area that is prone to flooding or sits under trees, you may want to speak with the technicians at Advance Mechanical about either relocating the unit or moving it to a raised platform. Again, changes like this now can prevent issues with your HVAC system later.
  • Cut Back Trees and Plants – Make sure all trees and shrubs around the HVAC system are cut back and clippings and weeds are removed. This will prevent unwanted sticks from falling on or getting into the system components.

Stay Informed

Lastly, follow the weather in the likelihood of a hurricane. By staying informed you will have time to make any last-minute preparations before a hurricane hits. These last suggestions could help protect your HVAC unit from the impending storm.

  • Shut Off the System —You may want to shut off your HVAC system at the thermostat and the circuit breaker to reduce the chance of an electrical surge. This can also help prevent damage if power is lost and then it needs to be restored.
  • Final Check – You may want to make one final check of your yard and HVAC system. Make sure any loose items around your house are secured to prevent flying debris from hitting the unit.

Once the storm has passed, if your equipment was exposed to flooding or experienced any type of damage, you need to have your unit inspected by a licensed HVAC technician. It is important that any inspection and replacement work needed be performed by a qualified heating and cooling technician like the professionals at Advance Mechanical.

If you have any questions about prepping your system so you will be ready for a hurricane, contact the certified and licensed professionals at Advance Mechanical! At Advance Mechanical, your comfort is our top priority, and we’re happy to help in any way we can. Call today at 252-355-9191 or visit advancemechnc.com to schedule an appointment or talk to a technician.

Save Money by Upgrading to a Programmable Thermostat

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Saving money appeals to everyone. But you may ask, “how can I save money on my energy bill without sweating or freezing?” Our suggestion is to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats help you maintain indoor temperatures appropriate to your home’s daily schedule and your personal preferences.

According to Energy Star, approximately half of a home’s energy is used for heating and cooling. Imagine your savings if you lowered your energy usage each month. Trading in your traditional thermostat with a programmable thermostat will allow you to do just that.

Programmable thermostats allow you to stop wasting energy when you’re away at work or sleeping. If you turned your regular thermostat down in the winter, you would be faced with the cold when you tossed the covers off in the morning. Or, if you turned it up in the summer, you could come home from work to a warm, stuffy house and you’d have to wait for the AC to cool your house down. A programmable thermostat provides the best of both worlds allowing you to stay comfortable and save money!

Does Adjusting the Thermostat Make a Difference?

The answer is YES! For every degree you adjust your thermostat, you use up to 3% less energy. Reducing your heat by 5 degrees while sleeping, you could use up to 15% less energy. If you use 15% less energy each month, you should see a decrease in your monthly energy bill and all you did was eliminate energy you never needed.

The Key is Consistency and the Perfect Schedule

Lowering your energy usage during times when it is being wasted is key to saving money, However, you don’t want your thermostat in constant flux as that will waste more energy in the long run. Consistency is key to getting the most from a programmable thermostat.

Look at your daily habits and schedules to find large blocks of time where you can dramatically lower your energy usage. Then set the thermostat to change during those same times each day. The two most obvious times are while you are working and while you are sleeping. There may be others such as a planned vacation or a business trip that has you away for a couple days.

When you are at home, the general rule of thumb is to set it and forget it. Changing your thermostat during this time will only force your unit to work harder, which will cost you more money in the long run. So, don’t change your settings for short time frames like a trip to the movies or dinner with friends.

Don’t Forget About Energy Saving Temperatures

You want to be comfortable in your home, but when possible don’t set the temperature too high or too low. Consider setting your thermostat to a cool, but comfortable 68 degrees in the winter and lowering it while you sleep. You can follow the same strategy during the summer. Keep your home warmer when you are away and set the thermostat as high as possible for your comfort level when you are home and need cool air. This will ensure that humidity is controlled in the heat of the summer.

Remember to give the thermostat roughly an hour to return to your comfortable temperatures before you wake up or return home from work. By using a programmable thermostat, you will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.

Your energy bill is probably the bill that is in constant flux which makes monthly budgets difficult. A programmable thermostat is the best tool to control your energy usage. This will keep your monthly bills lower and more consistent. They are easy to use and effective. Trust us, once you take the time to learn how to use your new programmable thermostat, you’ll be glad you switched.

For more information on programmable thermostats, or for AC repair, maintenance or replacements, don’t hesitate to contact us at 252-355-9191.

Signs You May Need to Replace Your HVAC System

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Many homeowners struggle with knowing when the right time is to replace their HVAC system. We wanted to provide you with ten indicators that could help you determine if your HVAC is ready to be replaced.

We know the purchase of a new HVAC unit is a large investment. However, investing in a new, more energy-efficient system, can save you money. A new HVAC system should not have unexpected maintenance issues or drive up your utility bills. If you find yourself checking yes to any of these indicators, it may be time for you to consider a replacement unit.

1. YOUR UNIT IF OVER 10 YEARS OLD
If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, it probably uses freon (or R-22) coolant. R-22 is not being manufactured as it is harmful to the environment. Although recovered or recycled R-22 is available, the cost is getting higher as the supply diminishes. So, if your heating and cooling system is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace it instead of continuing to pay the high costs of R-22 and other repairs.

2. HIGH OR RISING ENERGY BILLS
If your utility bill is increasing more than the temperature outside, it could mean that your system is working harder than it should. An overworked HVAC system means it is not running efficiently. The less efficient your HVAC system, the higher the utility bill. Plus, if your air conditioning is running constantly, more repairs could be in the future. A new more energy efficient system could save 15% or more on your utility bill. Call Advance Mechanical and let us determine why your system is running overtime. If it needs a lot of repairs, it may be time to invest in a new, more energy-efficient HVAC system.

3. YOUR AIR FLOW IS WEAK OR REDUCED
If you turn your air conditioning on and you notice that the airflow from the return vents is weak or not pushing out cool air, then your system could have a problem. The issue could simply be a clogged air filter and you would replace the filter, but it could also be a broken motor, fan, or something more serious. If your system is running harder than average it will put a strain on the unit, and on track for more repairs, leading to higher energy bills.

4. YOUR UNIT BLOWS WARM, NOT COOL AIR
When temperatures start to rise in Eastern North Carolina, homeowners turn on and turn down their air conditioners. Your system has one job – to keep you comfortable, which means warm in the winter and cool in the summer. So, if you turn your air conditioner on and you are feeling air that is not cool, you could have a problem. It could be the compressor or the refrigerant, but either way, the repair costs are going to add up, so you may be ready for a new HVAC system.

5. HUMIDITY IN THE HOME
Your air conditioning should help keep humidity at bay, so if the inside of your home feels as humid as outside it could need recalibration. If your unit is not doing this simple job, then other issues could be on the way.

6. LOUD OR UNUSUAL NOISES
HVAC systems make noise when they start up and shut down, however noises such as bangs, grinding, buzzing, or whistling could mean your system is not well. Those sounds require attention, and if the unit is over 10 years old, it could be the first repair and maintenance of many. Call Advance Mechanical and let us evaluate your system, we can help you determine if maintenance or a replacement is best.

7. BAD SMELLS FROM YOUR SYSTEM
If you begin noticing foul odors coming from your HVAC system, it could mean there is a problem with your unit. Musty smells coming from your vents could mean that mold or mildew is growing in the unit. Other odors, such as burning metal, indicate a serious HVAC issue. It could mean you have a burned-out motor. Turn your unit off and call the professionals at Advance Mechanical for an evaluation today!

8. TOO MUCH CONDENSATION OR LEAKS
While minor condensation around your cooling system is expected, leaks could be a sign of another issue with your HVAC. The drain line draws condensation away from your cooling system to outside of your home. If the drain is clogged, your system’s drip pan may overflow and cause damage to ceilings or walls, depending where your AC unit is located. If you spot a leak, there could also be an issue with your refrigerant. And, as we previously noted, recovered or recycled refrigerant is expensive and becoming harder to get, so a new unit may need to be considered.

9. FREQUENT OR SHORT CYCLING
It is normal for your HVAC system to cut on and off keeping your house a comfortable temperature. However, it is not normal for it to turn off before a cycle is complete. This is also known as short cycling. Short cycling could be an indicator that your HVAC system is running harder than it needs to be which could be a sign that your compressor is failing. If you notice frequent cycling, call the technicians at Advance Mechanical.

10. FREQUENT REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
We all have a tipping point when it comes to major repairs, and there comes a time when the cost of repairs outweighs the investment of a replacement unit. If you are continuing to put money into repairing your old HVAC unit, then a new, more energy-efficient system could be your best bet.

CALL ADVANCE MECHANICAL
If you have one or more of these indicators, it may be time for a new HVAC system. Contact the experts at Advance Mechanical to evaluate your unit and guide you picking the best HVAC system for your home. If repairing your system is the best route, we will let you know and handle it. If it’s time to get a new unit, we can handle that too! Call us today at 252-355-9191.

New Energy Tax Credits Can Save You Money!

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President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law in August in an effort to lower the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions. The Inflation Reduction Act is the United States’ largest investment in reducing greenhouse gases to date.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 increased tax credits, rebates, and financial incentives for energy-saving heat pumps in 2023. If you’ve been considering replacing your heat pump, you’re in luck. Now is a great time for homeowners to make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient.

The federal income tax credit for heat pump installations increases this month, but to be eligible for the credit, you have to install a qualifying heat pump. On November 18, 2022, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) announced its updated appliance efficiency rating (formally called the CEE tiers) which is used to determine which heat pumps will qualify for the federal tax credits beginning this year.

How much is the heat pump tax credit?

Beginning in 2023, you could be eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,000 for qualifying heat pumps under the new tax guidelines included in the Inflation Reduction Act.

What heat pump rebates and incentives are included in the Inflation Reduction Act?

In addition to tax credits, the new heat pump incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will be based on a variety of factors, such as annual income and program type. For households with low incomes, the new law provides a rebate of up to $8,000 on installation.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 51% of your home’s energy use is for heating and cooling. So, new energy efficient heat pumps are a great way to cut energy waste and make your home more comfortable.

What heat pumps qualify for federal tax credits?

You may be eligible for the new 25C Energy Efficiency Home Improvement tax credit, a $2,000 federal income tax credit for heat pumps. To qualify for the $2,000 heat pump tax credit, you need to know two things:

  • What type of heat pump (ducted or non-ducted) you plan to install, and
  • If the heat pump you are looking to purchase is eligible for the tax credit.

Are you interested in taking advantage of the new tax credit for heat pumps? If your answer is yes, Advance Mechanical can answer your questions about the tax credit and help you select a heat pump that qualifies. Call us at 252-355-9191 to schedule an appointment for a free replacement quote today.

Your Winter HVAC Checklist

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Winter’s not over yet; and in order for your HVAC to effectively do its job, your HVAC unit needs regular maintenance. Advance Mechanical is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of some things you should check with your unit as the temperatures drop.

  1. Move debris, fallen leaves and twigs, or anything else, away from your HVAC unit.
  2. Clean or replace your air filters.
  3. Make sure your furnace and thermostat are working properly.
  4. Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Keeping a clear area around your furnace helps to ensure that air can flow freely so your unit doesn’t have to work overtime. Putting a cover on your unit will keep it free from snow, sleet, or whatever else our eastern NC weather decides to send your way. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Replacing filters regularly not only makes your air cleaner but allows your HVAC system to run more effectively. It is recommended that you change your filters once a month. Advance Mechanical offers a service called Filter Fetch where you can get new filters delivered to your door monthly.

Aside from replacing filters, checking and replacing the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are also an important part of having a safe, healthy home. Checking your furnace and thermostat to see if they’re working properly helps you to stay warm and cozy all winter.

If you do run into any troubles with your HVAC system, the professionals at Advance Mechanical are always here to help. Members of our Comfort Club get a free 77-point HVAC inspection and two system clean-ups and tune-ups a year. Our Comfort Club is the perfect way to ensure your HVAC system is ready to keep you and your family warm all winter long. To schedule service, learn more about Filter Fetch, or join our Comfort Club, visit advancemechnc.com or call (252) 355-9191.

HVAC Vocab You Need to Know

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We know you’re not an HVAC expert, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few important pieces of terminology that you should know. There are hundreds of terms that HVAC professionals use, but we’ve picked a couple of terms that may help you when speaking to an Advance Mechanical HVAC technician.

HVAC – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

ACH (Air Changes per Hour) – the number of times a room is supplied air in one hour

Coil – the piece of equipment that implements heat transfer to the air; it’s heated or cooled with either electricity, circulating liquid, or circulating steam into it

Ductwork – special pipes or channels used to direct airflow within a space

Heat Pump – a compressor that cycles hot and cold air and is designed to move thermal energy in the opposite direction of the way heat flows by absorbing the heat from a cooler space

OAT (Outside Air Temperature) – the measure of the air temperature on the outside of a building

Packaged Unit or RTU (Rooftop Unit) – an air unit that is made for outdoor installation

Refrigerant – the substance that produces the cooling effect used in most air conditioning and cooling systems

Subcooling – where liquid refrigerant is colder than the minimum temperature required to keep it from boiling

Thermostat – a device used to control the temperature of your home and monitors your heating and cooling system

SEER – SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s what’s used to measure cooling.

HSPF – HSPF stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, and it’s what’s used to measure heating.

To learn more about SEER, HSPF, and how the new government energy requirements will affect the measurements, read our blog: New Government Efficiency Standards

If you’re having trouble with your HVAC unit or just have questions, contact the certified and licensed professionals at Advance Mechanical today! At Advance Mechanical, your comfort is our top priority, and we’re happy to help in any way we can. Call today at 252-355-9191 or visit advancemechnc.com to schedule an appointment or talk to a technician.

What exactly is SEER2?

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With the new government efficiency standards going into place for HVAC units, there is one significant change that everybody keeps talking about – the switch from SEER to SEER2. But what is SEER2 and why should we care about this switch? Advance Mechanical is here to help explain the difference and importance of SEER2.

SEER2” stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2. Specifically, SEER2 is the total heat removed from the conditioned space during the annual cooling season. The new M1 testing procedure will increase the system’s external static pressure by a factor of five to better reflect field conditions of installed equipment. With this change, new nomenclature will be used to denote M1 ratings (including EER2 and HSPF2).

M1 Testing Requirements

To meet new testing requirements, manufacturers are redesigning system components. In fact, all air conditioning and heat pump systems must be renovated by January 1, 2023, even if they meet current SEER ratings. In addition, matching components such as furnaces and air handlers will be redesigned to meet changes in the airflow setpoint. Depending on your region, additional field installation equipment, such as Thermal Expansion Valves (TXVs), may also be required.

M1 Testing Procedures

The goal of new SEER2 testing procedures is to better represent external conditions seen in the field. Current SEER testing does not accurately emulate the influence of ductwork and external static pressure on HVAC products. Because of this, it is not often representative of real-world applications. By increasing the systems’ external static pressure from current SEER (0.1 in. of water) to SEER2 (0.5 in. of water), new M1 testing procedures more accurately reflect current field conditions.

If you’d like to know more about the purpose of the government efficiency standards or how they will affect you as a home or business owner, read our blog, The New Government Efficiency Standards & What it Means for You. If you have any questions about what the new standards mean for you, check out our blog, FAQs About the New Government Energy Efficiency Regulations.

If you have additional questions about the upcoming efficiency changes, or if you’d like to request a quote on a new system, call the professionals at Advance Mechanical today at 252-355-9191.

FAQs About the New Government Energy Efficiency Regulations

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With the new government energy efficiency standards going into effect on January 1st, 2023, many homes and business owners affected by the changes have questions. We have compiled a frequently asked questions list so you can get all the information you need quickly and effectively.

What is the estimated cost increase on new equipment?

The estimated cost increase is 20% to 25%, depending on the unit you are interested in. This can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

What are my region’s new standards?

To meet SEER2 requirements in the southeast region, residential central air systems below 45,000 Btu must have a SEER2 rating of 14.3 (15.0 SEER). Residential central air systems 45,000 Btu and above must have a SEER2 rating of 13.8 (14.5 SEER). In addition, heat pumps in any region must meet 14.3 SEER2 (15.0 SEER) and 7.5 HSPF2 (8.8 HSPF) requirements. 

What does SEER mean?

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, the ratio used to measure cooling.

What is the difference between SEER and SEER2?

SEER2 still stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, but the way of evaluating the efficiency has been updated. SEER2 will be introduced on January 1, 2023, like the rest of the updated standards.

What does HSPF mean?

HSPF stands for heating seasonal performance factor, which measures heating.

What is the difference between HSPF and HSPF2?

HSPF still stands for heating seasonal performance factor, but similarly to SEER2, the way of assessing the efficiency has been updated and will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

Will I need to change my unit?

You won’t be MADE to change your unit, but manufacturers will stop making non-regulation units. This will make repairing your unit and finding parts for it difficult in the coming years.

Should I look into changing my unit?

If your unit is 10 years or older or has been giving you a lot of difficulties, it may be worth considering changing your unit.

When is the last day to install non-regulation units?

The last day for non-regulation units to be manufactured is December 31, 2022.  Straight A/C units cannot be installed after December 31st.  Currently all other types of non-regulation systems can be installed after January 1st.

What does Advance Mechanical recommend I do?

If your unit is 10 years or older, especially if it has been giving you trouble, we recommend getting a quote so you can decide if it is in your best interest to change your unit possibly avoid the next price increase.

Where can I find more information?

We have another blog about the new government standards and the changes they will bring. You can find that here.

Who should I call for a quote or any other HVAC needs?

Advance Mechanical, of course! We have proudly served eastern North Carolina for over 35 years and are always looking for ways to best serve you. Call us today at 252-355-9191.

Easy HVAC Maintenance to Do Every Quarter

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Your HVAC unit works year-round to keep your home comfortable, and you, happy. But working 24/7/365 means there’s some general wear and tear to the system over time. Here are five easy steps that you can do every three months to help keep your HVAC unit running smoothly.

1. Change your filters.

Changing your filters is step #1 to effective HVAC performance. Old, dusty, clogged filters pollute your air and cause your HVAC system to work overtime to maintain an even temperature throughout the home. If you’re looking for an easy way to remember to change your filters, try the Filter Fetch program! To learn more, visit advancemechanical.com and go to our filters tab.

2. Check for debris.

Debris can include weeds, vines, and other greenery that grows around your HVAC unit. You don’t want your unit to be overgrown with shrubbery – this can be damaging and can shorten the life of your system.  If the unit has had debris in, or around it, you may need a full system cleaning.

3. Clean your blowers.

What’s a blower? A blower is used to push air out of your HVAC system. If your blower is too dirty, the air won’t come out as it should. It may sound like your system is on and working, but dust build-up can quickly make your HVAC unit ineffective.

4. Clean your coils.

Your HVAC unit is sitting outside, so of course, it will gather dirt, dust, and pollen particles. You’ll want to clean your coils from the inside out using a water hose and cleaner. Why? Like a dirty filter, dirty coils can affect the efficiency of your HVAC unit.

5. Research ducts.

If the duct work for your HVAC system is too small, it’s comparable to you breathing through a straw. You’ll want to ensure that your HVAC unit has the proper size.

Different ducts have different advantages. Popular ducts include:

  • Sheet Metal Ducts, which are the least likely to grow mold, have the least air flow resistance and last the longest.
  • Fiberglass Lined Ducts don’t collect condensation when your air is cold
  • Fiberboard Ducts are great for hot air and are soundproof
  • Flex Ducts are easy to install and inexpensive

Even with regular maintenance on your HVAC system, you can run into trouble. One way to avoid this is by joining our Comfort Club! We’ll send out a team of trained and certified experts to make sure that your HVAC system is working exactly as it should – meaning that you can move your HVAC maintenance to the back burner. If you’re having issues with your HVAC system or have questions about which ducts are right for you, reach out to Advance Mechanical and schedule your consultation today! You can reach us at 252-355-9191.

New Government Efficiency Standards

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The New Government Efficiency Standards & What it Means for You:

Beginning January 1st, 2023, new government efficiency standards are going into effect that will drastically affect the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. Advance Mechanical wants to make you aware of the coming changes and let you know how they will affect you in the future.

The new standards promise drastic savings in energy, carbon emissions, and overall savings for HVAC unit owners.

The overall breakdown of savings according to the Department of Energy (DOE):

  • Over the next 30 years, there is an estimated $15 billion in overall savings.
  • An estimated 2.2 quads of energy saved in one year – the amount of energy it takes to power 13 million homes for one year.
  • It is predicted that over the next 30 years, carbon emissions will be reduced to the equivalent of 14.4 million homes.
  • Households can plan to save $100 a year with the new regulations.
  • The total savings for all utility bills in 30 years is $244 billion.
  • In 30 years, 40 quads of full-cycle energy and 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon emissions will be saved.
  • The equivalent of the savings is shutting down 10 coal power plants or reducing cars on the road by 7.9 million every year for the next 30 years.

The main change in 2023 is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) standards. The government initiative requires a 7%, or one point, increase in the minimum efficiency of HVAC units. This means that units in the southern region will mandate a SEER total of 15. There will also be an update on how SEER will be tested, effectively re-branding SEER as SEER2 in 2023.

SEER Equation:

HSPF Equation:

What do these changes mean for you?

  • These new regulations are causing a sharp increase in prices on new equipment to come 2023, ranging from 20% to 25% depending on the unit.
  • New HVAC units will rise in price by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
  • Manufacturers are no longer producing units with a SEER rate below 15 and are having to redesign most units.
  • Any HVAC unit manufactured after December 31st, 2022, will be under the new government energy guidelines.

Advance Mechanical recommends checking in on your AC unit to see if it is 10 years or older. If it is, it may be worth considering getting a quote before the new standards are in place and you end up paying significantly more for your unit. Don’t wait – time is running out! If you are looking for a quote or have any other HVAC troubles, contact Advance Mechanical today at 252-355-9191.

 

 

Tips to Keep Your Home Allergy Free

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If you have lived in eastern North Carolina, you know a thing or two about allergies. The pollen here is intense. It is known for painting your car yellow in the spring, summoning sneezing fits, and having you visit your local drug store to buy more allergy medicine. But did you know Ragweed pollen is the culprit during the fall, finding ways to infiltrate our lives – including inside your home.

Make the inside of your home a safe haven from pollen with these tips to keep your home allergy-free!

1. Keep your windows and doors closed; run your A/C instead.

To limit your interactions with pollen, keep your windows and doors closed during peak allergy season and run your A/C instead. If your A/C system is working correctly, all of the rooms in your household should be kept cool, and there will be no need to let in a summer breeze.

2. Change your air filters regularly.

If your air filters are dirty, they will prevent the air from flowing properly throughout your home. Filter blockage can also collect dust and grow mold, which can trigger asthma and allergies. Have a professional come and inspect your air filters once a year to ensure that your air travels safely and efficiently.

3. Try Electrostatic Filters.

I bet you’re wondering, what exactly is an electrostatic filter? An electrostatic air filter uses static electricity to give particles positive charges as they enter a filter. The charge is released as the air continues through the layers of the filter, and results in the particles becoming trapped. These are great for allergy sufferers since particles such as dust, pet hair, and mold, which are common allergy culprits, become trapped preventing particles from being released.

4. Use an air purifier to get rid of pollutants.

Air purifiers are used to filter your house’s air. These systems kill and remove pollutants and allergens from your home, allowing you to breathe easier. This can also help your home to smell nicer!

Advance Mechanical is here for all of your HVAC needs – including cleaning your air ducts, checking your filters, and offering more recommendations on making your home allergen-free during ragweed pollen season. Call (252) 355-9191 or visit our website, advancemechnc.com, to schedule a service today.

How To: Find the Best Residential HVAC Contractors in my Area?

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When it comes to having your heating and air conditioning fixed, you don’t want just anyone doing the work. Your HVAC is an investment, so you will want to invest in the best. The trouble is… how can you find the best of the best for your area?

Ask About Their Services

Actions speak louder than words, so if you want to know if the team working on your HVAC unit is the best, inquire about their services and products. The person serving you shouldn’t just be installing or repairing your unit, they should also be passionate about ensuring the best for their customers. Your HVAC contractor should want you to have an increased quality of air and an energy-efficient, cost-saving unit. The air you breathe is just as important as the money you save.

Ask for References

Whether it’s family, friends, members of your community, or simply checking their online reviews, you should search for people who have worked with the HVAC company you are considering. If they’re happy with the work that has been done, they’ll be glad to pass that information along to you. If they weren’t happy with the company’s service, they will be happy to pass that along as well. If you’re struggling to find references, ask the company directly. A good HVAC company will happily provide you with references if you ask – and if they won’t that is your sign to move on.

Check for Licensure

Before you have anybody work on your HVAC unit, you’ll want to ensure that they have the proper credentials. Make sure you are only talking to HVAC companies who are properly licensed. If you have any questions about licensure, ask your technicians! Information about their license shouldn’t be difficult to find because licensed HVAC companies are happy to share that with you. Remember this, to legally perform heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration work in the state of North Carolina, you must be a licensed contractor or working under someone who is licensed.

Ask for a Written Estimate

You will want to get an estimate on your project, that way you will know what your investment is going to be. Anybody can give you an estimate, but an HVAC professional will look at your unit before recommending specific pieces of equipment or parts needed, and they should be willing to give you a written estimate before starting the work.

Though many people may try to say that they are able to do the HVAC work you need done, few can be considered “the best.” With over 30 years of experience and over 2,000 5-star reviews, Advance Mechanical is proud to be considered one of the best in the area.

For more information about Advance Mechanical’s services, to schedule an appointment or receive an estimate for service, call (252) 355-9191 or visit our website.

The Fallout of Filthy Filters

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Say that three times fast…now, let us discuss the havoc dust and debris ridden filters can wreak on your health, HVAC system and your wallet!

Filters literally do as they are named, filter dust, dirt, dander, allergens and more from the air circulating through our homes. When filters are clogged, they cannot do their job, dust and dirt may accumulate and allergens become more prevalent. As a result, the indoor air quality is not up to par and can lead to irritated eyes, nose and throat; headaches; respiratory issues and fatigue.

Not only does your health suffer from a filthy filter, BUT your HVAC does ALSO. Dirty filters and a dirty unit are the #1 cause of HVAC breakdowns. The excess dirt and grime will restrict air flow into the air handler. Your system will work harder, only to perform less efficiently. So if you are fortunate enough for your system not to break, it will definitely use more energy, resulting in a higher utility bill.

There is an easy fix to all of these problems – check and change your filters regularly! Do NOT vacuum filters, always replace them with a new one. FilterFetch is a service that can help make this task even easier. Visit FilterFetch.com, search your filter size and order; filters will be sent directly to your home.

Do you have questions about air filters, or other HVAC maintenance needs? Call the professionals at Advance Mechanical!

Managing the Temperature Swings of Spring

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Sweating one day, shivering the next…the temperature swings of spring can wreak havoc on your comfort. Here are a few ways to ensure your HVAC system is prepared to handle any extreme spring weather may bring.

1. Schedule Pre-Season Maintenance

HVAC units can lose up to 5% of their efficiency each year if not properly maintained. Advance Mechanical’s professional maintenance service is designed to improve your system’s performance and extend the life of your equipment. We clean your unit as well as identify and correct small issues to make certain it is running efficiently. This helps avoid costly issues in the future!

2. Make Repairs a Priority

Warmer temperatures will be here to stay before too long, but don’t let that discourage you from having repairs made to your heat. If the furnace, for example, is malfunctioning, call to set up an appointment for repair. When left unattended, you risk running into bigger problems down the road. 

3. Change Air Filters

Filters are meant to catch dust, dirt and other debris, however when clogged with pollutants, air flow becomes restricted. In fact, a dirty air filter is the top reason for HVAC failure. To help your system function at peak performance, change the air filters regularly.

4. Utilize Programmable Thermostats

Constant adjustments to your thermostat cause your HVAC system to work harder. TRY to let your programmable thermostat do what it does best and don’t manually switch the temperature around. This not only reduces strain on your unit, but it helps cut energy waste as well. 

At Advance Mechanical, we are committed to providing our customers with quality maintenance and repair services and offer 100% satisfaction guarantees. To schedule pre-season maintenance (or a repair), give us a call today!

Is Your Furnace Keeping Up with the Cold?

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With the recent record breaking lows we have seen in eastern North Carolina, it’s imperative that your furnace be in prime working order. If it’s not keeping up with the cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing, there are a few things to assess that may be hindering its performance.

Too big…too small…or just right? If your HVAC system is too small, it will become overworked trying to keep up and the motor will eventually burn out. Set your thermostat to a high temperature, if it takes an overly long time, or never reaches the temperature at all, the unit could be too small.

Advance Mechanical offers free, in-home consultations, we take pictures of your current system and ductwork as well as take measurements of your home. We can provide you with the most efficient system based on size and needs.

Heat running non-stop, but the house doesn’t seem to be getting warm? A faulty thermostat may be the culprit. Turn the temperature up a notch, listen for the system to turn on, then check for warm air blowing through your vents. If you don’t feel anything, more than likely, your thermostat is not working properly. 

Contact Advance Mechanical, our digital thermostats offer reliable, accurate temperature control and are easy to use. Some even offer filter change reminders and remote control.

Changed your filters lately? A clogged (dirty) air filter could be contributing to the lack of warm air circulating through your home. If filters need replacing, this is an easy fix, simply swap for new. However, if you have checked the filters and that does not seem to be the issue, you could have a broken blower motor.

The HVAC experts at Advance Mechanical provide quality maintenance and repair. Our specialists have the proper training, certification and experience to get your furnace up to speed. 

Whether you are in need of a new unit or repairs to an existing system, we can help. Give the professionals at Advance Mechanical a call, we’ll find the best solution for you and your home!

Energy Costs – Simple Ways to Save

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This heating season the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated the average household will spend $746 on natural gas, $1734 on heating oil, $1268 on electricity and $1789 on propane. Since heating (and cooling) make up a large portion of your family’s energy usage, exploring ways to be more efficient could help lower your bill.

Here are a few simple steps to save and cut your energy costs:

1. Utilize window treatments to help control temperature – keep curtains, shutters, etc. open during the day to take advantage of the sun’s warm rays.

2. Upgrade to Energy Star – when purchasing new equipment, Energy Star-qualified will be the most energy efficient choice.

3. Change air filters regularly – check your filters every time you switch the calendar to a new month…or even set a recurring reminder on your phone.

4. Purchase a programmable thermostat – don’t spend money on energy being used to heat/cool when no one is home, with a programmable thermostat, you can create a schedule that best accommodates your family’s routine.

  • Our digital thermostats offer reliable, accurate temperature control and are easy to use https://advancemechnc.com/products/thermostat/

5. Seal heating/cooling ducts – this will help ensure that air doesn’t leak, saving up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

6. Schedule routine maintenance – regular cleanings and tune-ups are a crucial component to the proper operation of your

  • Regularly scheduled maintenance is offered through Advance Mechanical’s Comfort Club Plan https://advancemechnc.com/services/comfort-club/

By taking these simple steps, you can help reduce energy usage and, in turn, your utility costs! 

If you need help choosing a programmable thermostat for your home, installation of a new unit or repairs to an existing one, call the professionals at Advance Mechanical.

Total Connect Comfort – Anytime, Anywhere

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With the Honeywell VisionPRO® 8000 WiFi Programmable Thermostat and Resideo’s Total Connect® Comfort services, you can easily manage comfort and energy usage – anytime, anywhere. Suitable for residential or commercial settings, VisionPRO® 8000 is set up on an existing wireless network, offers 3 Heat/2 Cool stages and can be operated manually on the touch screen display, or remotely through the Resideo Total Connect® app.

ENERGY STAR® certified, the VisionPRO® 8000 features 7-day programmability, equipment checks and Filter change reminders as well as a built-in ventilation controller. All of these services can be conveniently monitored on your phone, computer or tablet – view and change settings, receive temperature alerts and even access multiple locations if additional systems are connected.

Do you want comfort, convenience and connectivity? Look no further!

  • Intuitive programming for easier setup
  • Remote comfort control via computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Universal application across more system types
  • Equipment checks
  • Filter change reminders
  • Programmable for annual energy savings
  • Large touchscreen display
  • TH8321WF1001 is ENERGY STAR® Certified

Total connect comfort is just a phone call away and during the month of December we are offering $50 off the Honeywell VisionPRO® 8000. Give Advance Mechanical a call today!

As Temps Fall, Carbon Monoxide Risks Climb

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As temperatures fall and we begin to use our heating systems, the risks of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning climb. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas byproduct – produced whenever a material burns. CO reaches dangerous levels in areas that are not properly ventilated. Some common household sources of carbon monoxide are fuel-burning space heaters, gas stoves, furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces.

When CO fumes accumulate, your body replaces oxygen in your bloodstream with carbon monoxide. Early symptoms of exposure can include nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness, headache, fatigue and chest pain. Prolonged contact may result in respiratory illness and/or brain damage. Getting fresh air and seeking medical care are crucial if you have been exposed.

Though the characteristics of carbon monoxide make it more difficult to detect, the CDC does say, “CO poisoning is entirely preventable.”

Help protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that’s not vented
  • Be sure there is ventilation in areas with fuel-burning appliances
  • Keep gas-powered engines 20 feet away from windows, doors and vents (generators, pressure washers, etc.)
  • Never heat your house with a gas oven
  • Have detectors on each level of your home as well as outside of bedroom areas

Maintaining your heating system is another important step you can take to prevent CO exposure. Advance Mechanical offers a comprehensive furnace safety assessment. Our qualified technicians will check for leaks, cracks and seal integrity, inspect the ignition system, flue piping, carbon monoxide detectors and more.

Call to schedule your heating system assessment and maintenance today!

The Benefits of Switching to a Variable Speed System

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Looking to lower your utility bill…reduce your carbon footprint…breathe cleaner indoor air? A variable speed system just may be the update your home needs.

Variable speed systems can run at multiple capacity levels, moving air through your ductwork more efficiently. By gradually increasing power, versus cranking up at full blast each time, these systems use less electricity than standard, single speed units. And not only do they reduce your carbon footprint, but a variable speed system also better reduces impurities in the air throughout your home. There is a steady stream of air circulated by the fan, instead of short bursts, this allows for your filters to trap more pollutants.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, variable speed systems keep a more precise temperature by utilizing longer cycles. Longer cycles give way to steady performance, in turn, the set temperature is held for a longer period of time. During the summer months, these longer cycles also help remove more humidity from the air. Additionally, with less cycling, the wear and tear on your system is minimized.

Variable speed systems are more energy efficient than traditional models, provide better quality air and offer the ultimate level of comfort in your home. If you’re considering switching, our professionals can help. Contact Advance Mechanical, we’re here to answer any questions you may have!

FAQs About IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)

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What is IAQ?

IAQ is the air quality in and around buildings and structures. No matter how clean you keep your home, there will still be particles in the air that you continually breathe in.

Why is IAQ important?

Individuals spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, the air quality inside has a major impact on your health. Pollutants in the air can cause irritated lungs, eyes and throat, runny nose, headaches, fatigue and more.

What are some common indoor air pollutants?

  • Asbestos
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Mold and mildew
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are found in paints, glue, varnish, solvents, home and laundry cleaning products, cleansers and disinfectants, repellents, air fresheners, scented candles, varnishes, cosmetic products, dry-cleaned clothing, furniture, etc.

  • Wood Smoke

How does my HVAC affect IAQ?

Your HVAC system circulates air through your home, which means mold, bacteria and viruses can easily spread.

What can be done to reduce pollutants in my home?

Some homes may need technology to greater reduce the pollutants in the air, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. At Advance Mechanical we offer a wide range of products to reduce particles, germs and many toxins in the air. We also offer monitoring systems so you will know exactly what is in the air you breathe. Improving air quality in the home is a goal that is easily attainable. Start with the little fixes and then undertake the more complex remedies as needed. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve the air you breathe.

Protect your home’s indoor air quality and enhance the comfort of your home, call Advance Mechanical today.

Air Balancing: Resolve Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home

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Air balancing helps distribute proper air flow to each room in your home. Not only does it make for a more comfortable environment, but it also improves the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. There are several things you can try before contacting a professional:

1. Change dirty filters – A buildup of dust and dirt in your filters can obstruct the flow of air.

  • Inspect all of the air filters and replace it at least every 3 months

2. Utilize window coverings – Close shades/blinds or pull your curtains to lessen the sun’s effect on the temperature of a room.

  • You can save up to 25% on your monthly utilities by utilizing window coverings

3. Clear the area around your vents – Make sure rugs, curtains and furniture are not inhibiting air flow.

  • In this case, more is better, but at least 10”

4. Weatherproof windows and doors – Proper sealing helps decrease the effect outside air has on the interior temperature.

  • This can also increase your home’s efficiency by up to 30%

5. Adjust vent louvres – Simple, but effective, adjusting the louvers of a vent allows you to increase or decrease airflow as needed.

  • Don’t close vents all the way, as this causes a buildup of pressure and makes your system work harder

Still experiencing a room that’s too hot…or one that’s too cold? Call Advance Mechanical, our technicians will evaluate your ductwork and other systems, then make the necessary adjustments to ensure each room feels just right!

Is Your Air Conditioning on the Decline?

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July 3rd through August 15th are Air Conditioning Appreciation Days. Your AC doesn’t just receive one day of recognition…and for good reason! With the dog days of summer upon us, we are grateful for this invention. Is your air conditioning ready for the heat or is it on the decline? If you answer yes to one or more of the following, it may be time to replace your unit.

Experiencing inconsistent airflow and uneven cooling?

A new part or filter could fix this issue, if ignored, your unit could also stop working altogether.

Hearing strange noises?

Again, a new filter may solve the problem, if dust buildup is the culprit, however it could be more serious, an issue with the motor for instance.

Smelling electrical/burning type odors?

Mold and mildew can form on your air conditioning’s evaporator coil and/or in the drip pan, resulting in a musty smell. A thorough cleaning of the outside unit can help alleviate this issue. Electrical type odors may indicate a wiring problem which is a potential fire hazard.

Seeing a sudden surge in the utility bill?

Your system could be working overtime trying to cool your home; in doing so, more energy is used, yielding a higher electricity bill.

Do any of these sound familiar? Call Advance Mechanical, our technicians are experienced in repairing, servicing and installing all types and models of air conditioning systems – including HVAC, Split Systems and Ductless AC Units.

Whether your air conditioner is on the decline and you are in need of a replacement, or your unit simply needs a tune-up, the team at Advance Mechanical will be happy to take a look.

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity.

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If you live in eastern North Carolina, you’ve probably uttered the phrase, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” When walking outside during the summer months, we are immediately greeted by a wall of hot, humid air. This extra moisture in the air, humidity, is not something we want to feel in our homes. Air conditioning regulates indoor humidity so that the air in our home stays cool and dry. 

How does air conditioning help control humidity?

  1. Warm air inside your home passes over the evaporator coil of the AC unit
  2. The evaporator coil contains a cooling agent called refrigerant
  3. Refrigerant absorbs heat and moisture from the air
  4. Condensation drains into the condensate pan under the evaporator coil
  5. Cool, dry air is blown back through your home

Keeping the humidity level at bay can reduce the strain on your unit. Humidity holds heat, so if there’s an excess of humidity in your home, your AC unit has to work harder to remove it. Ideally, the humidity level in your home during summer months should be between 30 and 50. Staying within this range helps ensure healthy indoor air quality.

If you notice condensation on the windows, a musty smell or a feeling of dampness in your home, these could be signs that the humidity level is too high…give the professionals at Advance Mechanical a call, we will help assess the issue and find the best solution for you and your home!

Asthma? Allergies? It’s Time to Address Your Indoor Air Quality.

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and peak season for those affected by asthma and allergies. According to the World Health Organization, air in the average home can be up to eight times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air is made up of outdoor air, plus all the pollutants and allergens generated from cleaning products, pets, dust, smoke, etcetera. Addressing your indoor air quality can help alleviate some of these asthma and allergy triggers.

Advance Mechanical offers a range of options to provide effective removal of air pollutants.

HEPA Filters

High-efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filters are critical in the prevention of the spread of airborne bacterial and viral organisms. Scientists have determined that the most penetrating particle size to pass through air filters is 0.3 microns. For this reason, to qualify as HEPA by US government standards, an air filter must remove 99.9% of particles from the air that have a size of 0.3 microns or larger.

MicroPower Guard®

The MicroPower Guard® uses an active electromagnetic field to magnetize airborne particles and the fibers of the disposable filter pad. Each 1” filter pad remains at peak operating efficiency for about four months before needing to be replaced. When the air is recycled through the MicroPower Guard® in your ductwork, this air cleaner will remove 97% of particles at 0.3 microns.

Ultra Violet Air Purification System

This duct-mounted air purification system provides superior control of air-borne particles, organisms and gas. When installed properly, it is completely silent, and all UVC and UVV light produced is safely contained within the duct work.

Pan Pad Treatment

During the cooling process, moisture is released from your home. As warm air hits the cold evaporator coils in your HVAC system, condensation builds and is collected in the drip pan under the coils. This standing water can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and algae. An EPA registered, time released, pan treatment strip will keep your drain system clean and protect your home from damage caused by buildup.

Minimizing indoor air pollutants is paramount in keeping you and your family healthy. You can breathe a little easier knowing Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of products to reduce pollutants in the air…call today!

Your HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring is in full swing, and for many folks that means it’s the season to give the house a thorough “spring cleaning.” Spring cleaning is the perfect time to dust off and shine up those areas of your home that are often overlooked. Remember, the components of your home’s HVAC system need cleaning too. To help you out here’s a HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist.

 

Clean the Return Air Vents

Dust, dirt and other debris accumulates on your return air vents as air flows through the system. We suggest, for best cleaning, remove them and use your vacuum to suck off any loose debris. Then, to get between the individual slats, try using a rag over a butter knife to get in those tough places. Using an all-purpose cleaner is enough to do the trick!

 

Don’t Forget the Floor Registers
While you may vacuum over them, your floor registers may need a deeper clean. It is very easy for dirt, small items, pet hair, and other debris to get knocked into the floor vents around your house. To clean them thoroughly, remove the register by lifting or unscrewing it from the floor. Then place the register in soapy water and use a sponge to clean off any dirt or rust. Once the register is completely dried, reinstall it. In the meantime, make sure nothing gets accidently knocked down into your exposed ductwork!

 

Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit
Over the winter season, debris and foliage may have built up around your exterior unit. This can restrict airflow causing system performance issues and interfere with your home comfort. Remove any yard waste and cut back vegetation growing around your unit.

 

Schedule Professional Maintenance
While there is a lot you can do to spring clean your HVAC system; some things should be left to the professionals. A lot of dirt can collect in your condenser unit, blower unit, and in the ducts. This causes decreased efficiency, diminished air quality and even higher electric bills! Advance Mechanical offers professional maintenance service that is designed to clean out your system, improve HVAC performance and extend the life of your equipment. The professionals at Advance Mechanical will even identify and correct small issues with your system before they become big, costly issues!

 

Happy spring cleaning, everyone! To schedule your professional maintenance, give Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning a call today!

 

 

Signs it is Time to Replace Your Commercial Building’s HVAC System

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The HVAC system in your commercial property is probably the biggest and most important investment. Think about it, if your heat or air conditioning were to malfunction, it could bring a stop to business! Knowing when it is time for a replacement and planning ahead, can save you from stress and allow you to prepare for this investment, instead of it being a surprise emergency situation. The experienced technicians at Advance Mechanical can assess your commercial HVAC system and give you an estimate on how much life it may have left in it. However, there are a few tell-tell signs that you may notice that could point to a failing system.

Here are five signs your commercial HVAC system is in need of replacement.

  1. Utility Bills are Rising Unexpectedly

If you notice your utility bills are increasing suddenly and by a large amount, this can be a sign that your HVAC system is running inefficiently. If this is a chronic occurrence, chances are your HVAC equipment will need to be replaced with newer, more efficient systems. An investment in an efficient system will actually save you money in the long run!

  1. Heating or Cooling has Become Uneven

If your commercial space is experiencing unexplained swings in temperature, or if different parts of the building have different temperatures, your HVAC equipment isn’t working right. If usual maintenance and professional service isn’t fixing the issue, the equipment may be beyond repair and need replacement.

  1. Unusual Noises

There’s definitely something amiss if your heating and air conditioning system is making grinding or squealing noises. These noises should be addressed immediately, as this is a sign that equipment could break down soon. Depending on the cause of the problem, typical maintenance may not be enough to fix the problem.

  1. Unusual Odors

Unusual odors coming from your HVAC system are a serious sign of trouble and should not be ignored. In this situation, your commercial property’s indoor air quality may be compromised, putting everyone in the building at risk of airborne illnesses. Unusual odors can indicate partial system failure and may require a replacement.

  1. Equipment is Reaching the End of Its Expected Lifespan

If your HVAC equipment is reaching the end of its lifespan, even if you’re not experiencing any significant trouble, it’s not a bad idea to consider planning a replacement before something costly does occur. If you are experiencing trouble with old equipment, regular maintenance is less likely to solve the issue.

As we mentioned before, replacing commercial HVAC equipment before it fails entirely can save you time, money, and a lot of worry. All commercial HVAC systems will need to be replaced at some point, so keep an eye on yours before a costly failure happens.

If you think your commercial HVAC system may need to be replaced, call Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

Reasons To Love Your HVAC System

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Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show love and appreciation for things in our life all year long! Why not show some love to your HVAC system. After all, if you care for your heating and air conditioning unit it will return the favor by running smoothly and that’s something you’ll always appreciate! Like we’ve said before, the best way to love and care for your HVAC system is through regular maintenance and professional HVAC service.

Having been in the business for over 30 years, Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning understands exactly how heartbreaking HVAC problems can be for home and business owners. We offer a range of heating and cooling services meant to address and solve a variety of issues. Whether you have an emergency, or just need a simple tune up, we are the folks for the job. Our passion is providing top notch HVAC services to Pitt and Beaufort Counties, and surrounding areas.

Here are three reasons why you should love your HVAC system and keep up with its maintenance.

It keeps you comfortable all year round.

Imagine trying to survive an eastern North Carolina heat wave without air conditioning, or shivering through a winter without heat? It doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Thankfully, you’re always able to stay comfortable no matter how hot or cold it is outside due to climate-control. A comfortable indoor temperature makes loving life a whole lot easier.

 

It protects you from illnesses.

In addition to keeping you comfortable, your HVAC system can even protect you from harm. A heatstroke is a serious condition that can even be fatal for those who may already have a difficult time regulating their body temperature; such as the sick, young children and the elderly. Similarly, hypothermia also poses its own risks. Your HVAC systems protects you from these conditions. It even helps you smell better during the summer by keeping you cool and sweat-free which means your loved once won’t mind getting close.

 

It helps you stay healthy.

Indoor air quality is always a concern, especially for those with allergies, asthma, and similar conditions. At any given time, the air inside your home can contain a combination of pollen, dust, artificial fragrances, and toxins from outside pollution. Luckily, your HVAC system’s filter helps to drastically reduce the levels of these allergens and chemicals to safe amounts. This goes a long way in keeping you healthy! That is why it is so important to change your air filters regularly.

Like any sweetheart should, your HVAC system works day and night to keep happy, healthy, and comfortable. This year make sure to return the favor by calling Advance Mechanical! Our HVAC maintenance and repair services can save you the heartache of heating and cooling problems in the future!

Good Habits to Keep in 2021 to Preserve Your HVAC System

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A new year means new resolutions! Why not make ones that protect and preserve one of your biggest home investments? Implementing these good habits can help maintain your HVAC system. Your home’s heating and cooling system often gets neglected and isn’t really thought of until there is a problem. Let’s change that in 2021! Be proactive and keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

 

Schedule Professional Maintenance

The most important gift you can give your HVAC system this year is regular maintenance. This includes tune-ups twice a year! This will ensure that your system is clean, functioning efficiently and ready for changing temperatures ahead. Regular maintenance can also help you avoid costly repairs in the future. A small leak, if left unattended to, can become a ruptured refrigerant line; and a rattling belt can snap and throw off your entire system. Join Advance Mechanical’s Comfort Club this year – it’s the easiest way to stick to your resolution!

 

Use a Smart Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, a smart thermostat can take even more strain off of your HVAC system by giving you personalized control over your home’s heating and cooling. You can set your thermostat to a schedule that meets your lifestyle, and if you’re out of town you can even adjust the settings from hundreds of miles away.

 

Change Air Filters Regularly

While a lot of the chores involving your HVAC system should be left to experienced professionals, you can take some system care into your own hands. Changing you air filters regularly, at least every three months, will reduce the load on your system. These filters are meant to catch dust, dirt and other airborne pollutants, but when the filters become clogged, they hinder airflow, forcing your system to work harder.

 

Do a Little Decluttering

If decluttering or cleaning is on your 2021 to-do list, great! This will even benefit your HVAC system. A clean home often has better indoor air quality and reduced strain on the heating and air conditioning system. The more clutter in a home, the more air flow is restricted. Make sure that nothing is covering or blocking your registers, vents or indoor air handler. You can also do a little cleaning around your outdoor compressor unit by removing any dirt, weeds or other debris.

 

Keep these good habits in 2021! And, as always for professional maintenance, repairs, installation or any indoor air quality needs, give Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning a call!

Christmas Trees and Your Heating System

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It’s finally the holiday season! And after the year we’ve all had it’s about time to have some Christmas cheer. But, before you start decking the halls, take a look at these tips from all of us here at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

 

  1. Pick a Safe Place for the Tree

    Make sure your Christmas tree isn’t placed too close to a vent or heating source. This can present a potential fire hazard, and that would make for a not-so-Merry Christmas.

 

  1. Choose Real vs. Artificial Trees

    Real and artificial trees are both beautiful! The type of tree you have in your home is completely up to you! If you decide on a real tree, make sure it stays hydrated. Do the “Needle Test” before you bring it home. Remember, needles should be flexible, but should not break. You should also be able to run your hands through the branches without needles falling off. If you go with an artificial tree each year, make sure to dust it off before putting it up. Always make sure it is stored in a dry place. Artificial trees can sometimes develop mold over a humid summer in the attic which can lead to poor indoor air quality.

 

  1. Keep Vents Clear

    With decorations, presents and additional seating for guests, make sure that all floor vents are clear and unobstructed.

 

  1. Change Your Air Filters

    Make sure to check your air filters throughout the holidays. It’s a good idea to change them before you start decorating. Bringing boxes and decorations out of the attic can stir up dust and debris. Make sure your air stays clean and your HVAC is operating at maximum efficiency.

 

  1. Keep an Eye on Your Plants

    If you have indoor plants or a real Christmas tree, turning up the heat can dry them out. This can cause leaves and needles to fall, sometimes ending up in your vents which can affect your indoor air quality. Instead of touching your thermostat when the temperature drops a little lower, warm up by the fireplace or by baking some Christmas cookies for friends and family.

 

  1. Be Mindful of Flammables

    Blankets, discarded wrapping paper and other holiday packages are a sure sign of great time spent with friends and family. However, they can present a fire risk. Be sure these items are kept away from space heaters, radiators and fireplaces.

 

 

We’re your heating experts this holiday season, if you need anything give Advance Mechanical a call. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Your Guide to Home Heating Safety

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Ready or not, cooler weather has arrived in eastern North Carolina. If you’re a Pitt or Beaufort County resident, chances are you’ve had your heat on for a couple of weeks now. In the interest of keeping you cozy and safe this winter, we’ve put together a home heating safety guide full of information to help you get through the cooler weather.

 

General Heating Safety Tips

 

  • Keep objects at least three feet away from heating equipment, including furnace, fireplace, and portable space heater.
  • NEVER use your oven to heat your home.
  • Do not leave portable heaters unattended and make sure to turn them off when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Only have one heat-producing appliance plugged into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Never leave candles burning unattended.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.
  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • If you smell gas in your home or coming from a gas heater, do not light the appliance! Leave your home and call your local fire department or gas company.
  • Make sure you have functional carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

 

Carbon Monoxide Safety

 

Carbon monoxide (CO) is the invisible, odorless gas by-product of flame combustion. In more simple terms, carbon monoxide is produced whenever a material burns. Although there are easy ways to prevent CO exposure in your home, an estimated 21,000 people visit an emergency room each year due to unintentional CO exposure. Mild symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, fatigue, and chest pain. More serious cases may result in respiratory illness and brain damage.

 

Here are simple steps you can take to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide this winter.

  • Never run gas powered generators inside your home.
  • Do not burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.
  • Have at least one CO detector in your home, preferably placed near the bedrooms. Having one on every level and in every bedroom is even better.
  • Leave your home and call 911 immediately if your CO detector every goes off.

 

Finally, the most important steps you can take to preventing carbon monoxide in your home is having your heating system inspected and serviced by a qualified technician each year! An important part of this inspection also includes heat exchanger checks.

 

At Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide a comprehensive furnace safety check that also evaluates the following components that can affect carbon monoxide exposure.

  • Heat exchanger inspection to look for cracks, leaks and efficiency.
  • Gas and oil connections are checked for leaks and seal integrity.
  • Ignition system is checked for proper function.
  • Carbon monoxide detector(s) is checked.
  • Flue piping is checked.
  • And much more!

 

Your safety is our number one priority this winter! Make sure to schedule your heating system inspection and maintenance – give Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning a call today!

Common Heating System Repairs

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Winter is quickly approaching here in eastern North Carolina, and if you haven’t already turned your heating system on, chances are you’ll need to soon. While the days are still warm enough, the temperatures are starting to drop at night. And, we all know that nothing is worse than waking up to a cold home. But what happens if you go to turn your system on and it isn’t working properly, or possibly not even working at all?

 

Pitt and Beaufort county residents, your first step should be to call the professionals at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. When it comes to heating repair and heating system service, there are a few common problems we see each year. Here are five problems and common heating system repairs used to fix the issue and make your home comfortable again!

 

  1. The Furnace Is Cycling On and Off

    Not only is it annoying, but a furnace that is cycling on and off constantly is extremely energy inefficient. To discover why this is happening, start by checking the air filter. A clogged or dirty air filter can cause many problems with your system. If the air filter isn’t the problem, it could be that you need a new thermostat.

 

  1. No Air Is Coming From the Heating System

    If you find that your furnace isn’t working at all, the first step is to check that it has power. Sometimes the power can be tripped. If this isn’t the case, it could be that the motor may have blown, the pilot light may have gone out, or your thermostat could be malfunctioning. Our technicians will get to the bottom of it and make repairs to get your heating system back in working condition.

 

  1. The Heating System is Blowing Cold Air

    If your heating system is blowing, but it is cold air, not warm, there are a few possibilities as to why this is happening. First, it is important to make sure that the furnace thermostat is set to heat. Another issue could be that your heating system has overheated. This can happen when filters get blocked or dirty.

 

  1. The Furnace is Making Loud Noises

    Your furnace shouldn’t make loud noises. A banging or clanking sound could be happening for a few reasons. A screw, nut, bolt, or other piece of equipment could have come loose inside your vents. If your system is making unusual noises, call a professional right away. It could be a small problem, but if left unattended could cause bigger issues.

 

  1. Increasing Energy Bills

    If you notice skyrocketing energy bills for no explainable reason, it is likely that your furnace isn’t working correctly. Your heating system needs to be properly maintained to keep it energy efficient. Higher energy bills could mean that something is blocking air flow.

 

Each heating system problem is unique. That’s why it is so important to call a professional to take a look at the issue. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Our trained HVAC technicians will assess your heating system problem and recommend a repair to get your home back comfortable as quickly as possible! Give Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning a call today!

How to Minimize Wear & Tear on Your HVAC System

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Cooler weather is finally here. Which means, soon, you’ll be putting your HVAC to work to keep your home comfortable. You depend on your HVAC system all throughout the year, and with proper care it can last you 10 to 15 years. However, without proper care, it can have a much shorter lifespan. Eliminating a few bad HVAC habits and properly caring for your system can deliver better performance, use less energy and help your unit to last longer.

 

Here are a few ways to minimize the wear and tear on your HVAC system.

 

  1. Regular System Maintenance
    Many home and business owners neglect to maintain their system through regular maintenance. Because you use your heating and air conditioning throughout the year, it can put excessive wear and tear on its essential components. From belts to motors, these parts need to be maintained. Schedule professional maintenance twice a year. A technician will make sure that your system is ready for both the winter and summer seasons.

 

  1. Check Your Filters
    One of the simplest ways to minimize the wear and tear on your unit, is to check your air filters. The purpose of filters is to help the furnace or air conditioner remain energy efficient and improve indoor air quality. Dirty or clogged filters require your system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Replacing air filters is something you can do on your own! Be sure to purchase a filter that matches your system’s dimensions and model. Replace the filter when there is collection of duct or dirt present.

 

  1. Monitor Your Thermostat Settings
    It is never a good idea to turn your thermostat completely off during the day. Turning the system on and off is a complete waste of energy and can damage your system. Instead, install a programmable thermostat that controls the temperature to your family’s schedule. When you are home, try to set the thermostat as close to the outdoor temperature as possible, without sacrificing your own comfort of course!

 

  1. Don’t Block Your Vents
    In the same way that dirty filters put a strain on your HVAC system, blocked vents do as well. Do not close or cover your air vents because it impedes airflow in your home. Make sure your vents are free from obstructions.

 

  1. Inspect Your Outdoor Unit
    Every month, inspect your outdoor unit for any signs of damage. Remember, even little things can end up being costly if they are not fixed properly or promptly. Make sure your exterior unit is clear of debris, leaves or anything else that can clog up critical parts.

 

By avoiding unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system, you can enjoy a more efficient system for years to come. Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning is here to serve you! Our NATE-certified technicians can give you the best service in the area. Give us a call for any repair, replacement, maintenance or inspection needs!

Why You Should Consider a Dehumidifier

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It has been a hot summer here in eastern North Carolina. To add to the heat, we’ve had some extra humidity to go along with it. We all know that this heat, combined with the high levels of humidity, can make things pretty uncomfortable. When humidity is high it is harder to cool off because airborne moisture holds on to the heat. In the same way this happens outdoors, it can happen in your home too. Here at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we have a solution for you. A whole-home dehumidifier can be an effective solution to keep your home cooler while tackling high moisture levels.

 

Here are a few reasons you should consider a dehumidifier in your home.

 

Reduce the Strain on Your Air Conditioner
Less humidity in your home means that your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, because it doesn’t have to battle with the moisture that is holding on to the excess heat. Also, your air conditioner will last longer if it doesn’t have to strain to cool your home.

 

Improve Your Comfort
Without the presence of extra humidity, your home is going to be a lot more comfortable for you and your family.

 

Reduce the Growth of Organic Matter
Excess moisture in your home can lead to the growth of organic matter. By utilizing a dehumidifier, you are reducing the risk of this growth over time.

 

Improve Your Air Quality
A whole-home dehumidifier can also provide some relief from allergies that stem from germs, dust mites and other airborne particles that can accumulate in your home’s air. Allergens thrive in a damp environment. The use of a dehumidifier discourages this growth thus improving your indoor air quality.

 

Protect Your Valuables
There are many items in your home that can benefit from proper humidity control. These items include: books, posters, baseball cards, pictures, comic books, musical instruments, and more. If you are collector of any of these items, a humidifier can insure that they stay in great condition and aren’t damaged by damp air.

 

Do you want to know more about the many benefit of a dehumidifier in your home? Contact the professionals at Advance Mechanical in Greenville, NC today. We are here to answer any questions you may have!

Common Household Items That Can Pollute Your Air

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We hear a lot about air pollution in the news. But, rarely do we consider the air within our own homes. Here at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re on a mission to educated homeowners in Pitt and Beaufort counties about the importance of their indoor air quality. The startling truth, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is that the air circulating through your home is actually two to five times more polluted than the air outside! You may also have not been aware, many of the everyday household items you’re using can actually be contaminating your home’s air. Here are few common products that can diminish your home’s indoor air quality and pollute your air.

1. Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products are full of chemicals and can release harmful airborne particles. Using natural products, or making your own cleaning concoction with water, vinegar and baking soda, can help you avoid releasing these pollutants into your home’s air.

2. Paint
If you have recently painted inside your home, the paint fumes could have taken a toll on your air’s health. We recommend disposing of empty paint cans immediately. We also suggest using paints with low levels of VOC.

3. Aerosol Sprays
Hair sprays and other aerosols can seriously affect the air in your home and contribute to outdoor pollution.

4. Air Fresheners
Just one air freshener can contain hundreds of chemicals. Some of these chemicals can even trigger headaches, coughs, allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

It is impossible to avoid all products that pollute air. But there are steps you can take to make your home cleaner, safer and healthier. At Advance Mechanical, we can recommend several solutions to improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep you and your family healthy. These products include things like humidifiers, professional air purification systems and UV lights. If you’re ready to breathe safer air in your home, give us a call today!

HOT Tips for a Cool Summer

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The scorching eastern North Carolina summer heat is quickly approaching. Sweating through the summer sure gets old. Your air conditioner works hard to keep you and your home cool. To help your system accomplish this difficult job (and not increase your energy bill), we’ve got a few hot tips to help you stay cool this summer.

Show Your Air Conditioner Some Love

These few small steps can help your AC run better.

  • Give your system a little shade so that it has an easier time cooling air.
  • Remove debris from around your system. This includes overgrown grass, weeds, bushes and anything else that could be impeding airflow.
  • Regularly replace your filters. This is crucial not only for efficiency and overall performance, but for the lifespan of your system.
  • Keep your thermostat away from the heat. Lamps, TV’s, other heat-producing appliances and sunlight near your thermostat can cause your system to run longer than necessary, increasing energy bills and making your home uncomfortable.
  • Schedule a professional tune-up!

Don’t Overdo the AC

Prevent your AC from overworking.

  • Stop lowering the temperature. Cranking down the thermostat won’t cool your home any faster – it just puts your system under immense strain.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat for automatic energy savings!
  • Make sure ductwork is insulated and air leaks are sealed around windows, doors and fixtures to keep cool air in!
  • Make sure that no vents in your home are covered by furniture, rugs or other items.

Other Tips

Aside from AC, here are a few other things that can cool you off.

  • Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Try keeping a few bottles of water in the freezer, when you leave the house you can drink it as it melts to keep you cool for hours!
  • Cotton sheets can help keep you cool at night.
  • Head to the water! One great thing about eastern North Carolina is our access to the beach and water. Enjoy your summer with a trip to the coast to cool off!

As always, Advance Mechanical is here to help make your family comfortable all year long. Give us a call today for an AC tune-up, maintenance or inspection. We hope you have the BEST summer yet!

Everything You Need to Know About Purchasing a HVAC System

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Purchasing a new HVAC system can seem intimidating, but Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help and make the process as easy as possible! We’ve put together a list of everything you need to know before you buy your new system.

Prepare

The first step is to prepare. Of course, you need to make sure that your old unit actually does need to be replaced. It is possible that your system can be repaired, if there are only minor issues. But, if your system still uses R-22, also known as Freon, an upgrade is necessary to comply with federal regulations. You can learn more about the R-22 phase out in our blog, “How Will The R-22 (Freon) Phase Out Affect Your HVAC System”. Generally, a furnace can last 12 to 18 years with proper maintenance, and an air conditioner can last 10 to 16 years. If your unit is older it may run inefficiently and/or require a lot of maintenance. In the long run, replacing the system can save you money!

Make sure you know these facts about your system:

  • The age of your system.
  • The maintenance history of your system.

Research

Once you’ve prepared and know a little more about the life of your old system, it’s time to contact Advance Mechanical. We can help you determine if you need to replace it. If so, we’ll suggest the right size and efficiency your home will need. It is important that you work with a reputable company on picking the right unit. If you purchase a unit that is too big, it can cause uneven temperature problems in your home. In this case, bigger is not always better. You need to have an appropriately sized system.

You also need to consider energy efficiency. The SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) can help you make your decision. In eastern North Carolina, the minimum SEER rating is 14, anything above 16 is considered high efficiency. Higher efficiency systems are not only great for your home’s comfort, but for your wallet as you can save on monthly energy bills!

Here are a few more things you should look into when researching a new system.

  • Who manufactures the system you will have installed? Do they have a good reputation in the heating and air conditioning industry? At Advance Mechanical, we proudly offer a wide range of brands including Trane and Goodman, and are certified Trane Comfort Specialists.
  • Get prequalified for financing on your new system.
  • What kind of warranty comes with the purchase and installation of your system?

Click HERE to learn more about our warranties and 100% satisfaction guarantees.

Purchase and Install

Now that you’ve worked with us to determine the perfect system to meet your needs, it’s time for installation. Typically, installation takes about a day, although it can take a little longer if you are having an air cleaner or humidifier installed at the same time. We also recommend installing a programmable thermostat to maximize your system’s energy efficiency!

Finally, almost as important as the system you are purchasing, you need to have confidence in the installation technician. At Advance Mechanical, all of our team members are background checked, highly trained and experienced!

If you think it may be time for a new HVAC system, don’t hesitate to give us a call today!

Protect Your Family with the Power of UV Lights

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The air in our home may contain millions of particles, most so small they are impossible to see. No matter how clean you keep your home, there will still be particles in the air that you continually breathe in. Your HVAC system circulates air through your home, which means mold, bacteria, and viruses can easily spread.

How Does UV Light Work?

HVAC Ultraviolet Light acts as a cleaning agent, fighting against bad microorganisms. UV light disrupts the DNA and RNA of germs, which ultimately kills their ability to multiply. Using UV lights in your home’s HVAC system is a great way to disinfect the air inside without using chemicals.

Hospitals, healthcare facilities and even office buildings have adopted UV light for HVAC. Along with keeping germs from spreading, UV light may be a last defense against bacteria and viruses that have become drug resistant.

Benefits

Fights Mold, Germs, and Odors

Removes Allergens

Improves Indoor Air Quality

Provides Cleaner Central Air

Helps System Efficiency

Reduces Energy Consumption

Chemical-Free Disinfection

Safe & Effective

Love the Air You Breathe

Protect your home’s indoor air quality and enhance the comfort of your home with the power of UV Lights! Call Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more.

 

Why Air Purifiers Are Important

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Not only is clean air important, but it is essential to us all! But, with so much air pollution it can be hard to achieve clean air in your home. Did you know that, the EPA has found that indoor air can be anywhere from two to five times more polluted than outdoor air! Shocking, right? Even the cleanest room in your home can be filled with invisible particles and dirt that can be bad for your health and intensify existing health issues, like asthma and allergies.

Luckily, there is a way to have cleaner indoor air – air purifiers! Air purifiers are appliances that assist in the removal of pollutants from the air. They are especially helpful and important to those who suffer from illnesses! At Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer many types of air purifying systems to improve your indoor air quality.

Air Purifying Options:

HEPA Filters

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filters are very effective at preventing the spread of airborne bacteria and pollutants. These filters are critical in preventing the spread of bacterial and viral organisms in the air. To be considered a HEPA filter, the filter must meet certain standards set forth by the United States Department of Energy. This includes an air filter that removes 99.9% of particles that are 0.3 µm or larger.

Oxy Quantum

The Oxy Quantum UV Light is the ultimate device in duct-mounted air purification. It reduces or eliminates mold, germs, viruses, bacteria and toxic gases from the air in your home.

MicroPower Guard

This product uses an active electromagnetic field to magnetize both airborne particles and fibers of the disposable filter pad. This creates a “force field” within your ductwork that can capture even the smallest of dangerous, submicron airborne particles.

To see even more of our indoor air quality products, click here.

Why They Are Important

Now that you know more about the products we offer to improve your indoor air quality, you may be asking, “Why are air purifiers so important?”. You may think that your air is “healthy enough”, but can you really be sure? After all, many different things can contribute to unhealthy indoor air, including pets, cleaning products, pollen (and it is pollen season!) and more.

Here are just a few reasons why air purifiers are so important.

  1. They reduce respiratory diseases and allergies.
  2. They help circulate cleaner air in your home.
  3. They filter out large particles like hair, dust and pet fur.
  4. They can remove bad odor from the air.

If you’re ready to improve your home’s indoor air quality or learn more about what differences an air purifier can make for your family, give us a call today!