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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.

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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.

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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. Or, if you’re looking to join our comfort club, visit www.advancemechnc.com.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 – 0% financing is available on some systems.
  • 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!

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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

Benefits of UV Lights in HVAC System

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.

 

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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!

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At Advance Mechanical, the health and well being of our customers and community is our top priority! We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers. We are taking the following measures to ensure everyone’s safety:

To protect you and your family, our technician will:

  • Wear new floor savers so that they aren’t bringing dirt and germs inside your home
  • Apply hand sanitizer to ensure their hands are clean upon entering your home
  • Wear gloves throughout the job, when appropriate
  • Wear a mask

We have put these extra measures in place to help prevent the spread of germs in your home.

Our team will perform a thorough inspection of your home which will outline any potential issues in order to minimize the need for any return trips.

Next, for the safety of our team members, we will ask that customers answer a few quick safety questions:

  • Has anyone in your household traveled in the last 2 months?
  • Has anyone in your household experienced any respiratory illnesses in the last month?
  • Does anyone in your household currently have a fever?
  • Does anyone in your household currently have a dry cough?

Thank you so much for your honesty and patience in answering these questions. We owe it to our team members to help keep them safe & healthy, too, and to protect their loved ones at home.

We appreciate our customers and look forward to continuing to provide the best HVAC service, maintenance and installation in Pitt County and surrounding areas.

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It’s only March. So, is it too early for an air conditioning tune-up? Nope! Sure, you may not plan on turning on your air conditioning anytime soon. But there is no better time than now to start thinking about the hot, eastern North Carolina summer days to come. Now is the time to schedule your air conditioning tune up. Getting an AC tune-up before summer comes knocking at your door is the best way to save both time and money. Pre-season service will ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable summer, because if your system is need of repairs you will have plenty of time to get them done before the heat arrives.

What is maintenance all about?

You may think, why do I need maintenance? My air conditioner works “just fine”. But, “just fine” isn’t good enough. Maintenance helps your unit work better than “just fine”. It’s also preventative. Think about it like this, you go to the dentist once a year, right? Even though you may not be having a problem. Remember, maintenance isn’t some luxury service for a select few, but rather a preventative measure to ensure the longevity, functionality and efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Did you know, a well-maintained ac system should last between 10 – 15 years before it requires a replacement? Having an air conditioning tune-up will help protect your investment.

Can I do an AC tune-up myself?

Some people may be tempted to do their own AC tune-up to save a little money. After all, there may be a YouTube video for it. But this isn’t a good idea. You should only hire a professional for your AC tune-up. HVAC technicians are highly qualified and experienced to handle any air conditioning issue that may be discovered. They know what to look for and how to keep your system operating at its best. Don’t let an attempt to save money by doing it yourself or hiring an amateur end up costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Get it right the first time!

Call the professionals at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC today to schedule your tune-up. Don’t wait until summer, when you need your air conditioning to be in tip-top shape!

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Many people may wonder, is it really necessary to get my furnace inspected annually? What do the HVAC technicians do when they give my furnace a “tune-up”? These are great questions and we’re glad people are thinking about their heating systems. Some folks don’t think about it, that is until it breaks down! Here are a few reasons your furnace really DOES need an annual inspection.

Manufactures Warranty

First of all, ALL finance manufacturers recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a licensed HVAC technician. Many also have language in their warranties that stipulates that damages caused by improper maintenance are NOT covered under the warranty. So, that’s one reason to schedule an annual inspection in itself.

Efficiency

But, the main purpose of having your furnace inspected annually is to make sure that it is operating as efficiently as possible. The tune-up includes, making sure that there are no blockages, leaks, rust or corrosion. Having your furnace checked, by a licensed technician, before the onset of winter can ensure that you have a properly working unit. After all, no one wants a unit to break down in the winter!

Safety

In addition to having a properly working unit, an annual inspection will also ensure that you have a safe unit. Because furnaces rely on fuel that includes oil, propane and natural gases to generate heat, you don’t want to take any chances with the safety and health of your family and slack on inspections. A minor hitch in your furnace’s performance can result in a gas leakage in your home that could expose your family to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Saves Money

AND, if that isn’t enough reason for an annual inspection, having a technician check your furnace significantly reduces the number of repairs you may need in the future. You’re fixing small problems before they turn into major, costly problems! This also extends the life of your equipment.

To sum in all up for you –

Reasons to get your furnace inspected annually:

  • To keep the manufacturer’s warranty
  • To make sure your system is operating efficiently
  • To keep your home and family safe
  • To reduce the number of repairs needed
  • To extend the life of your equipment

As you can see, the benefits of having your furnace inspected annual are numerous! Contact Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC to learn more about what an inspection/tune-up really means! Don’t forget to ask about our Comfort Club as well. And, if you can’t remember the last time your furnace had a tune-up, it isn’t too late to get back on the right track. Call us today to schedule yours!

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No matter how you heat your home, your energy bills can skyrocket during the winter. Don’t let bills eat up your budget this winter! The professionals at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC have put together a list of the best ways to reduce your heating bills, while boosting the efficiency of your system and reducing wasted energy! And a bonus – many of these tips won’t cost you a dime!

 

1. Turn the Thermostat Down

Did you know that you save up to 3% on your heating bill per degree lowered over a 24-hour period? Those saving can really add up! Consider lowering your thermostat to cooler than normal when you aren’t home or when you are asleep. Installing a programmable thermostat makes regulating the temperature easier!

2. Use Your Fans

Here’s a quick and easy tip – to circulate the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling, set your fans to rotate clockwise at a low speed. The gentle updraft forces the warm air back down.

3. Keep Vents Clear

Make sure that your vents and radiators are not blocked by any type of furniture or rugs. By keeping these clear you will be able to take full advantage of the warm air entering your home, plus it puts less strain on your heating system!

4. Change Air Filters

If we’ve said this once, we’ve said it a million times! Clean air filters allow a better flow of air from your heating system. Make sure that you are changing your air filters monthly, or whenever they are dirty. Not only does this help to heat your home more efficiently, it also reduces strain on your equipment and provides cleaner, healthier air to your home! Check out our Filter Fetch program – it makes changing your air filters easy!

5. Seal Leaky Windows and Doors

It is estimated that up to 12% of heat loss in a home is due to leaky windows and doors. Check your home for any problem areas where you may be losing heat to leaks. Weather stripping, caulking and rubber installation are great ways seal these leaks. Also, if you can see daylight under any exterior doors, install a door sweep to prevent warm air from getting out and cold air from getting in.

6. Get an HVAC Tune-Up

It pays to have your heating and cooling system serviced at least once a year. An Advance Mechanical technician will go over your entire system, clean out debris and remove clogs, and ensure that your system is working at maximum efficiency.

Following these tips can help put a major dent in your monthly heating bill. Even better, these simple steps cost little to nothing to put into place, so most of your savings can stay right in your wallet. If you have any questions or want to learn more ways you can save on your heating bill this winter, call the experts at Advance Mechanical in Greenville, NC. We’re here to help!

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It’s the holiday season! And, gift giving season. But, what do you give the person that has everything? How about something unique that will keep giving all year long? Sign them up for Advance Mechanical’s Comfort Club Plan! We know this may sound like an odd gift at first. But, it’s actually thoughtful and practical. They will receive regularly scheduled maintenance on their HVAC system, which will help save them money on energy bills and extend the life of their equipment. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

In addition, they will get:

  • FREE priority service! Our technicians guarantee service within 24 hours of their call.
  • FREE 77 Point Inspection of their entire system!
  • 15-20% discount on all parts and repairs.
  • 15-20% discount on all indoor air quality products.
  • Discount on service tip charge.
  • Discount on all new equipment purchases.
  • Twice-yearly system cleaning and tune-ups!

Plus, as a member of our Comfort Club, they will have peace of mind knowing that their heating and air systems will be at peak performance all year long!

So, if someone on your list just purchased a new home, tends to neglect his or her home’s HVAC, or has a balky or ancient system this membership could be the perfect gift!

To learn more about the benefits of our Comfort Club, please contact Advance Mechanical today!

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Winter is coming! Are you ready? Is your home and heating system ready? If not, no need to worry! The experts at Advance Mechanical have put together a checklist of everything you need to know to make sure you and your family stay warm and cozy all season long.

  1. Clean and replace all air filters.
  2. Set your ceiling fans to spin clockwise at low speed. This will circulate the warm air trapped at the ceiling throughout the room.
  3. Listen closely for any strange noises when you turn your heat on for the first time. This may be a sign that you need to have a professional check it out.
  4. Make sure that there is nothing obstructing the warm air flowing from your vents, like furniture, toys and rugs.
  5. Protect your homes heating capabilities by sealing cracks, drafts and doorways to eliminate cold air from entering your home.
  6. Schedule a tune-up from a professional at Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning.

Knowing these tips to prepare your home for winter and getting help from the experts at Advance Mechanical will ensure that you save money and time in the long run. Don’t delay and avoid being left in the cold this winter!

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We all know that air filters are an important component of the HVAC system. But many people probably don’t realize that these cardboard-looking boxes full of fibers and pleated material actually affect several crucial areas of your indoor comfort and HVAC performance. So, for all of our friends, our team at Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning is going to help you get to know air filters.

Let’s start with the basics. The primary function of air filters is to clean the air that circulates through your heating and cooling systems. Remember, filters equal filtration. They hold and trap many types of particles that can affect your indoor comfort and health, like:

  • Dirt and dust
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Hair (including animal hair)
  • Bacteria
  • Fibers and lint

It is important to note that not all air filters clean your air with the same level of efficiency. Filter performance is represented by its MERV rating, which stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. MERV ratings range from 1 to 16. The higher the number the better the filter removes materials from the air. For even cleaner air, beyond filters, you can also install other filtration systems and purification units along with your HVAC system. If you’re looking for the best possible indoor air quality, contact us for recommendations!

Air filters come in different sizes. One size does not fit all. If you are unsure of what filter is best for your heating and cooling system, we can help!

Air filters should be checked and changed every month. Don’t vacuum the filter! Not only does regularly replacing your filters help to maintain clean air in your home, it also helps to prolong the life of your HVAC system. A dirty air filter is the #1 cause for HVAC failure. Not to mention, a system with a dirty filter has to work harder to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Thus, dirty air filters increase energy bills!

If you have a hard time remembering to change air filters or just don’t like making an extra trip to the store to buy them, we have the perfect solution! Sign up for Filter Fetch! The correct filters will be sent directly to your home and you’ll get reminders when it’s time to replace them.

Need to know more about filters or have other questions? Give us a call today!

 

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It’s time for us to bust a few common heating and air conditioning myths. There is a lot of misconception floating around about how an HVAC unit works in your home. It’s easy to believe these myths – especially when we think they are saving us money on our energy bills or helping our systems operate more efficiently. But, to help our valued customers make the best choices for maintenance and efficiency, here are 4 HVAC myths busted!

Myth #1
Closing the vents in empty rooms increases energy efficiency.

Closing a vent to a room you don’t use can actually interfere with your homes air flow. This will cause your system to work even harder to distribute air making your system less energy efficient.

Myth #2
If nothing seems to be wrong with my HVAC system, there is no need for a professional.

You go to the doctor for a checkup, right? The same principle applies to your HVAC system. Remember that regular HVAC maintenance by a professional is always a good idea. Not having regular tune-ups can lead to an expensive repair, decrease efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your equipment. Join our Comfort Club for regular scheduled maintenance.

Myth #3
Turning your system off and on will reduce energy consumption. 

So, you turn off your lights when you aren’t using them to reduce energy. But the same logic does NOT apply to your HVAC unit. Turing your system on and off multiple times actually consumes more energy! Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that can be set to different temperatures when you’re asleep or not at home – that way you are reducing energy use and being easier on your system.

Myth #4
It doesn’t matter where I put my thermostat.

This simply isn’t true. Putting your thermostat in an area of your home that gets direct sunlight can cause your thermostat to read an incorrect in-home temperature. Which will cause your home to experience poor heating or cooling. The best place for a thermostat is on an interior wall where you and your family spend the most time. Check out our blog “Where’s the Best Place for Your Thermostat?” to learn more!

Keep all of these in mind and you’re well on your way to a more efficient HVAC system that will last longer and won’t put a strain on your wallet. If you have any more questions, contact the professionals at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC!

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Are you new to Greenville or Pitt County? Just bought your first home in eastern North Carolina? When you need heating and cooling services or repairs, choosing the right HVAC contractor for the job is the most important part of the process.

We know it can be daunting. A simple “HVAC contractor near me” Google search can lead to countless results, reviews and information. So how do you narrow in on just the right one for you? Here a few things you should look for when choosing an HVAC contractor:

1. Referrals

Talk to friends and neighbors for advice and referrals. You will want to work with a company that has a great reputation in the community and quality workmanship.

At Advance Mechanical, we’ve been customer committed for over 30 years and our long list of longstanding clients proves it!

2. Safe and Certified

Look for a company whose technicians are licensed, insured, background checked, and drug tested.

All Advance Mechanical technicians are drug free and background checked, as well as, professional trained and certified. We have even been awarded The Technician Seal of Safety!

3. Home Evaluation is a MUST

If an HVAC contractor does not come to your home to conduct measurements and a full evaluation, they are not reputable. If you are in need of a replacement, the HVAC company should come to your home to inspect your current system and perform measurements BEFORE they give you an estimate.

Advance Mechanical offers free in-home consultations and one-on-one attention to ask any question you may have.

It is so important to choose a trusted HVAC company because, often times, the person who installs your HVAC unit is more important than what type of unit you buy. A good technician will install the unit properly and make sure it is running efficiently. If you do not choose a reputable company, you will experience costly breakdowns in the future!

Are you in need of an HVAC replacement or service from a top-notch company? Contact Advance Mechanical today!

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Why should you care about your air? The answer is pretty obvious, especially in the heat of eastern North Carolina summers. We often take our home comfort for granted, until the AC system starts making strange noises or breaks down altogether. A key part of caring for your air is to make sure that your air conditioning system is well maintained. Be sure to check out Comfort Club Plan – it’s a simple way for homeowners to check “caring for their air” off their list.

Here are the benefits of a well-maintained AC system.

1. Reduces Energy Bills

Heating and cooling accounts for almost 48% of a home’s energy consumption according to the Department of Energy. If proper maintenance is neglected, the amount of energy used by your system can increase – which, in turn, increases your bills. AC systems that need repairs or tune-ups have to work harder and longer to maintain the preferred home temperature, thus using more energy.

2. Extends Life of AC Unit

Typically, most HVAC systems operate efficiently for 10 to 15 years. Without proper maintenance and care, they may be required to be replaced much sooner. Because it needs to work harder to cool your home, a system that has accumulated dust, dirt and other debris can suffer from premature wear and tear. Investing in regular, annual upkeep can extend the life of your equipment by five or more years. Not to mention, regular maintenance also can save you money on emergency repairs by preventing costly breakdowns.

3. Maintains Comfortable In-Home Temperature

As we mentioned before, a dirty or clogged unit isn’t very effective at maintaining a comfortable home. With regular maintenance, you can ensure that your system is in top-shape all year around and operating at its maximum capacity. Also caring for your unit can prevent breakdowns – which are expensive AND can make your home very uncomfortable while it is being repaired.

4. Diminishes Carbon Monoxide Danger

Preventative HVAC maintenance can help safeguard you and your family against the risk of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous odorless, colorless gas that, even in low levels, can cause serious health issues. An HVAC checkup includes a carbon monoxide test to detect any potential hazards.

5. Removes Airborne Allergens

Did you know that, according to the EPA, the air in your home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside? As air flows through your home, it carries with it any loose particles, dust and allergens that are trapped in your unit, ducts or filters. These particles accumulate in your home and can affect your family’s health, especially those suffering from allergies or asthma. Regular maintenance can help improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Now that you know how important it is to have a well-maintained AC system, we have a simple way for you to make sure that your unit is never overlooked – Advance Mechanical’s Comfort Club! Members will get twice-yearly system cleaning and tune-ups, along with MANY other benefits. Learn more about our Comfort Club here.

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By now, all of us here in eastern North Carolina have probably turned on the air conditioning unit in our homes. It started right up, and the house cooled off. But, is there now an unpleasant smell in your home? Does it seem to get worse when your HVAC unit cuts on? That smell could be coming from your AC and is being distributed throughout your home through the vents.

Your home should be a relaxing place to get away from the heat of summer, but nothing can ruin that relaxation like a funky smell. Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC is here to help! If your air conditioning smells bad, there are a few culprits that could be causing the problem. Here are different smells, what could be causing them and how you can alleviate the problem in your home!

“It Smells Like Exhaust Fumes”

Even though your air conditioner isn’t gas powered, there are fluids in the engine and other parts of your unit that can leak out and cause this type of smell. If you think a fluid leak may be the problem, this is something you will want to call a professional about!

“It Smells Like Dirty Socks”

Dirty socks, stinky feet, it all points to the same potential problem – you may be dealing with a clogged or dirty air conditioner. This odor can be caused by sitting water that isn’t draining properly. What you need is a proper cleaning, and a little tune-up too!

“It Smells Like Mildew”

This is probably the most common one we hear from folks in eastern North Carolina. This smell can mean that mildew is growing in or near your AC unit, or it can mean that you have a clogged condensate drain line causing water build up. In some cases, this smell can also mean that your air conditioner is too big for your home causing the unit to run quick cooling cycles and not adequately dehumidifying moisture build up. Once again, it is best to call an HVAC professional to have a look!

“It Smells Like Rotten Eggs”

This smell is usually an easy one to diagnose – most of the time the culprit is a dead animal. Birds and other rodents can take shelter in your air ducts during the winter, some don’t make their way out (you can guess what happens next). To get rid of the smell, you need to have your ducts cleaned to get rid of any animal remains.

“It Smells Like Something Is Burning”

If it smells like something is burning, often times this points to an electric or mechanical problem with the fan, compressor, or a shorted-out circuit board. It is important to call a HVAC expert right away to keep your unit functioning properly! Regular tune-ups and maintenance can help prevent this in the future.

“It Smells Like A Skunk”

If something smells like that horrible scent of skunk whenever the AC is running, you should inspect your gas system. A skunk smell in your HVAC system is usually caused by a gas leak and should be inspected immediately! Methyl mercaptan, which smells very similar to skunk spray, is added to natural gas and propane to help detect dangerous leaks.

Do any of these smells sound familiar? If so, contact the HVAC experts at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC. We have the knowledge and experience to figure out what is causing the smell and fix it! Don’t suffer through the stink this summer, call us to relax and enjoy your cool, and odor-free, home!

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Factors that affect indoor are quality

Much of the population believes that the air inside their home is clean and healthy enough for their entire family to breath comfortably. Many feel a sense of security because, at home, you can shut the doors to the outside world and block out its many pollutants. Are you in that majority?

Well, unfortunately your indoor air may not be as safe as you think. In fact, studies have shown that indoor air quality is often two to five times worse than the air we breathe outside. This high concentration of pollutants can lead to respiratory issues and illnesses – even if you or your family do not suffer from chronic conditions like asthma and COPD.

Don’t worry though! There are easy and effective ways to improve your indoor air quality and Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help! The first step is to identify the factors in your home that could be affecting your air quality.

1. Temperature


The temperature inside your home plays a big role in the quality of the air. If indoor temperatures are too high, it allows chemicals around your home to leak inside more rapidly. It is important to keep your home at an ideal temperature between 70°F and 78°F.

2. Humidity Levels


Keeping the humidity inside your home at optimal levels is key to clean air. Too much humidity can be a breeding ground for mildew and dust mites, while lack of humidity can cause rashes, sore throat, dry skin and eye irritation. The ideal relative humidity range inside is between 30 and 50 percent.

TIP! If you’re having problems maintaining proper humidity levels in your home, there is a simple solution! If levels are too low, invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air. For humidity levels that are too high, look into purchasing a dehumidifier.

3. Ventilation


Improper home ventilation can trap polluted air in your home. This leads to dust, pollen and bacteria buildup. Remember to introduce fresh air into your home by occasionally opening doors and windows and taking advantage of exhaust fans.

4. Pets (and Pests!)


We love our pets! And while they improve our lives, they can damage the quality of the air in our homes. Between shedding fur, hair and dander, pets can contribute to allergies, headaches and even some skin conditions. Pets can also bring unwanted pests in your home too, like fleas and mites. It is important to care for your pet and change your air filters every month to diminish the affect they have on your indoor air quality.

5. Mildew and Bacteria


The presence of mildew, bacteria and fungi will negatively impact your home’s air quality. These microbes can spread viruses, worsen allergies and cause asthma.

6. Dust and Allergens


Did you know that dust is the most common allergen in the world? Dust mites feed on dead flakes of human skin and thrive in temperatures ranging from 68°F to 77°F. In large quantities, people with dust sensitivities or allergies can experience shortness of breath, chest tightness and other respiratory issues. Even for those without allergies, dust can cause itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and headaches.

TIP! Get High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA), they come with a guarantee to trap 99.97 percent of airborne particles. Air purifiers with HEPA filters circulate the air inside a room through a fine mesh, and trap dust particles.

7. Chemicals


Each and every home has some level of chemicals floating around in the air. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are pretty much unavoidable in homes. VOCs can come from new paint, flooring, other furnishings and cleaning products. While having some amount of VOCs in your home’s air is inevitable, a large concentration of these chemicals can lead to serious health problems, and unfortunately, many homes have higher levels than you may think!

TIP! Investing in a high-quality air purifier can ensure that the air you breathe indoors is free of VOCs. Also choose non-toxic products and cleaners to use in your home.

Having fresh, clean air to breathe inside your home is vital for the comfort and health of you and your family. Aside from providing heating and air conditioning services, Advance Mechanical also offers many solutions to improve indoor air quality. We offer a wide range of products to reduce particles, germs and many other toxins from the air you breathe every day. We also offer monitoring systems so you will know exactly what is in the air you breathe. We suggest starting with the little fixes and then undertaking the more complex remedies as needed. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve the air you breathe.

Contact Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today! And, click here to learn more about the products and services we offer!

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In recent years, programmable thermostats have become more and more popular in homes and businesses across the nation – and it’s for good reason too! Making the simple switch from a manual thermostat to a programmable one offers many benefits to your home, your comfort, AND your wallet!

1. SAVINGS

One of the biggest benefits offered by programmable thermostats is their ability to save you money on energy bills. These thermostats allow users to create a schedule that follows the family’s, or businesses, routine, to keep the temperature inside cool or warm when you are there but ease up on energy usage when no one is there. For example, if you install a programmable thermostat in your business, you may have it ease up at night and on the weekends when no one is in the building. This is very important! As we’ve said before, for every degree you raise or lower the temperature during the heat of summer or cool of winter, you can save up to 2 percent on your bill! No more having the AC blasting when you aren’t home!

2. COMFORT

Another great thing about programmable thermostats is their ability to help you maintain the perfect, consistent temperature throughout your home or office. We all know this is especially relevant to eastern North Carolina – where we can go from freezing temperatures in the morning to summertime weather in the afternoons. So, instead of having to crank up the heat or blast the AC during a temperature change, a programmable thermostat can run at a constant level. Programmable thermostats also help you to avoid hot or cold spots in different areas of your home or business.

3. SIMPLICITY

Adding to the benefits of programmable thermostats is that, compared to manual thermostats, you will spend less time adjusting them. For example, with a manual thermostat you have to go to the wall unit to make adjustment before you leave – a practice many of us neglect in the first place. Then, when you return, before you go to bed and when you wake up, you have to readjust again. With programmable thermostats, you can set your schedule per season, and forget about it!

4. CONTROL

Programmable thermostats come in many different styles, from simple to complex, allowing you the most control over energy use and comfort levels. Smart, or Wi-Fi, programmable thermostats can even be controlled right on your smart phone – allowing you to adjust the temperature in your home or business from anywhere!

BONUS – Smart thermostats are also great for monitoring the temperature in a rental property or vacation home.

Looking for the right programmable thermostat? Let the professionals at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC guide you to energy savings. Our licensed and experienced technicians have the knowledge to help you reduce your energy use and keep your space comfortable! Call us today to learn more!

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

man showing high school students how to use HVAC equipment

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

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

New Career, Tech Ed Classes in Spotlight

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

The Basics:

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

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

Maintenance:

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

Where They Are Used:

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

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

Considering This Option for Your Home?

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

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Your thermostat plays a crucial role in maintaining the comfort of your home. It is especially important during the hot of summer and the cold of winter. After all, it is responsible for controlling your heating and cooling system to adjust the temperature in your home. One way to ensure that your heating and cooling system is the most efficient it can be for your home, is by making sure that your thermostat is installed in the optimal location. Here are a few tips to make sure that your thermostat is in the best place.

 

 

1. Away from Air Vents & Sunlight

If your thermostat is placed too close to air vents or in direct sunlight, chances are it can give you a false reading of the temperature in your home. For example, if you turn your air conditioner on and your thermostat is next to vents, the cool air will blow onto the thermostat making the system think that your home is cool, thus causing the system to cut off. This can happen with both the cooling and heating of your home. If the thermostat is in direct sunlight it may read that your home is warmer than it actually is – either causing the air conditioning to stay on longer in the summer or the heat to not stay on long enough in the winter. Oh, and remember not only does sunlight come through windows, but through skylights as well!

2. On An Inside Wall In A Central Area

Your thermostat reading is supposed to represent the “average” temperature in your home. Placing it on an inside wall in a central area will allow it to interact with your home’s natural air environment. With it being placed on an inside wall, you won’t have to worry about sunlight from your east or west facing windows affecting the reading. Plus, with it being in a central area your family spends the most time in, it will help make sure that this area is comfortable. You wouldn’t want to put your thermostat in a location that isn’t used much.

3. Outside Master Bedroom

One common area to place a thermostat is outside the master bedroom. This is often a space where the thermostat can easily be placed on an inside wall, and away from sunlight – since this is usually a hallway. And, because you spend a lot of time in the master bedroom, it can ensure maximum home comfort when you are sleeping.

4. Mounted 52-60” Above The Floor

In residential properties, you want your thermostat to be sensing the same air temperature as where you are standing. We recommend mounting it 52-60” above the floor. Remember, warm air rises so you don’t want to mount it to high either. In commercial properties, there are ADA requirements for the placement of thermostats so that they are easily accessible to those in wheelchairs. Be sure to check this requirement before installing a thermostat in a commercial property.

Whether you are experiencing uneven temperatures or higher energy bills, replacing your HVAC unit, or remodeling your home, it is important to make sure that your thermostat is mounted in the best location for YOUR home! If your thermostat is installed somewhere that is affecting the temperature reading, you may experience problems with accuracy at the expense of your home comfort and electricity bill. Need help installing your thermostat properly? Contact the professionals at Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC. We’d love to help! Oh, and check out these Wi-Fi thermostats! They are the icing on the cake for your energy-saving, high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system.

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If you are a commercial property owner, you know the importance of planning ahead. As the new year gets underway, you may be thinking of improvements your building may require in 2019. Is replacing the HVAC in your commercial property on your list? Maybe you’re not sure. Here a few things to consider when evaluating if it may be time for a new commercial HVAC system:

  1. Age: The HVAC system is over 15 years old (even it still runs okay, it may not be as energy efficient as newer systems).
  2. Wear and Tear: Depending on the quality of your system and the level of maintenance it has received; it may need to be replaced even if it is less than 15 years old. Significant wear and tear can cause less efficient heating and cooling. If you have noticed an increase in energy bills – your commercial HVAC system could be the culprit.
  3. Outdated: Several years ago, the EPA began a phase out process of R-22, a type of refrigerant commonly used in older HVAC systems. If the system was installed before 2010, it is likely that it still operates using R-22 – so you may want to consider replacing it with a newer, more environmentally-friendly HVAC system. To learn more about the R-22 phase out, check out our blog “How Will The R-22 Phase Out Affect Your HVAC System?”.

If you think it may be time to replace your commercial HVAC system contact the heating and air conditioning experts at Advance Mechanical for a FREE evaluation. If you find that it is indeed time, or almost time, for a replacement, your next step is to plan and budget. A scheduled HVAC replacement is ALWAYS better than an unexpected system breakdown. That’s why not only is it important to replace your system when it needs to be, but to have regular maintenance as well. A commercial HVAC breakdown will negatively impact the comfort of the working environment and will force you to repair (or replace) the system even if it is not a convenient time.

With that being said, we do understand that a commercial HVAC replacement requires a significant investment of both time and money, which may start to intimidate you. Not to worry – that’s why, Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Greenville, NC offers leasing options for commercial HVAC systems. This lease-to-own option will allow commercial property owners to replace their systems even if they do not have the cash flow at that moment.

If you are in need of a commercial HVAC replacement, our best advice is to plan ahead (don’t wait until something happens to the system). Contact Advance Mechanical today for your FREE evaluation and to learn about our leasing options!