Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for February, 2014

How Can I Prevent Boiler Problems?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Here in Hartford CT, boilers are a popular option for heating the home. The system uses heated water traveling through a series of pipes and radiators to warm your home. Boilers are efficient and long lasting, but they still develop problems just like any other mechanical system. A good repair technician can handle most of the issues that arise, and you can help out by preventing boiler problems before they start.

In simplest terms, you just need to be mindful of your boiler and notice when anything unusual occurs. This can include anything from odd noises to higher monthly bills to signs of leaks or breaches in the system. More specifically, you should check your pressure gauges regularly and note when they are higher or lower than normal. You should also perform a visual examination of boiler occasionally. Look for signs of wear, missing pieces in the insulation or valves that aren’t functioning as they should.

General signs like these can help you spot big problems when they’re still small and manageable. For a more in-depth examination, schedule a maintenance session from a qualified expert. The technician can bring considerable experience, as well as thermal gauges and similar equipment that can pinpoint any significant problems. In addition to stopping any breakdowns before they start, a maintenance visit can also improve the overall efficiency of your boiler system.

In Hartford CT, boiler repairs and maintenance can be performed by the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We can schedule a preventative maintenance visit to identify potential problems. Let us be your partners in keeping your boiler in top shape. Pick up the phone and call us today!

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Lukewarm Air?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

During a cold winter, your home’s furnace will become the most vital appliance you have. You expect to receive a steady supply of warm air from your vents whenever the furnace turns on.

But if your furnace comes on and the air coming from the ventilation system is only lukewarm, resulting in insufficient heating for your house, you should call for professional repairs right away. Do not attempt to diagnose and troubleshoot the problem for yourself, especially if you have gas-powered furnace. Heating technicians, like those at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, can safely find what’s wrong with your Hartford, CT furnace and provide you with the correct repairs that will get your house warm once again.

Reasons for insufficient heating from a furnace

  • Ductwork breaks: The ducts that channel the warm air from your furnace to the vents must maintain a tight seal to avoid a drop in air pressure. A leak in the ventilation system will not only jeopardize air pressure, it will lead to air from other parts of the house, most of it colder than the air from the furnace, entering and causing a drop in temperature. Professionals must locate the seal and seal them.
  • Thermostat trouble: The issue may stem from a thermostat that is malfunctioning and is either misreading indoor temperatures or isn’t properly regulating the temperature in the furnace.
  • Broken heating elements: If you have an electric furnace, the problem may be due to one of the heating elements in the cabinet burning out. Electric furnaces need more than one heating element to operate, and should one cease working, the furnace will lose its heating power.

Never delay with furnace repairs

Even if you can still stay “passably” comfortable from the lukewarm air coming from your furnace, you should never let a repair issue go without professional attention. The problem could soon cause a complete breakdown or even a safety hazard. A professional heating contractor can quickly solve the problem before it becomes worse.

Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has heating technicians standing by to assist your 24 hours a day. We can help you with all of your heating repair needs in Hartford, CT, including furnace and boiler services. 

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Who Wrote the First Valentine’s Day Poem?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The celebration of Valentine’s Day is often seen as a modern institution, even if the roots of the holiday go back to Late Antiquity and the figures of St. Valentine of Rome and St. Valentine of Terni. It’s difficult to separate our view of February 14th from the more recent phenomenon of greeting cards, comical cupids, and specialty treats from candy companies.

However, not only are some of these traditions older than we might think (mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards were an enormous success in early 19th-century England), but the earliest Valentine’s Day love poem comes from none other than the first great English author, Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote in the second half of the 14th-century.

Chaucer’s most famous work is The Canterbury Tales, an enormous collection of linked stories in poetry and prose. But his 700-line poem “Parlement of Foules” has the special distinction of being the first surviving record of a connection between Valentine’s Day and romantic love. Chaucer probably composed the poem in 1381–82. At the time, he was a member of the court of King Richard II, holding an important bureaucratic position in London. The date suggests that Chaucer wrote “Parelment of Foules” to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of the English king to Princess Anne of Bohemia.

The poem follows the dream of the narrator, where he walks through Venus’s temple and discovers a meeting of birds where they all choose their mates. This is where the mention of St. Valentine’s Day appears (English modernized):

For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,                                                                         

When every bird cometh there to choose his mate.                                                                  

The poem also contains a familiar Valentine’s image, Cupid with his arrows:

Under a tree, beside a well, I saw

Cupid our lord his arrows forge and file;                                                             

And at his feet his bow already lay.

When Chaucer mentions St. Valentine’s Day, is he referring specifically to February 14th? Late winter isn’t a time when birds in England would mate. However, the date for the start of spring—when some birds would have started nesting in England—was on February 23rd in the calendars of the time, certainly close enough for Chaucer to take poetic license and nudge it a bit to match with Valentine’s Day.

Love birds remain a popular symbol of Valentine’s Day even now, and for this we can thank Chaucer. In fact, he may very well have invented the link between love and Valentine’s Day, although we will probably never know for certain.

Whoever started these traditions, all of us here at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning hope you have a wonderful February 14th!

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How Geothermal Heating Works

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

When it came to heating in West Hartford, CT, you used to only have a few systems to choose from. Today, however, homeowners have numerous other options, including geothermal heating, which uses the ambient temperatures in the earth itself to warm your home. It’s a safe and extremely efficient means of providing cozy temperatures, though the initial installation cost can be rather high. Because of that, it helps to understand how geothermal heating works before making the investment.

Above ground, the weather changes from day to day, but just a few feet beneath the earth, the temperature remains constant (about 50 degrees Fahrenheit). Geothermal heating systems make use of that principle to facilitate a heat exchange. Tubes full of a mixture of water and antifreeze are run through the ground. In the winter, the fluid starts out cold, but as it passes through the ground, it absorbs come of the ambient heat. It then moves inside the home to your heat pump, which heats the air and circulates it throughout your home through the air ducts.

In the summer, the process is reversed, with the heat pump absorbing the heat from inside your home and dissipating into the ground via the tubes. Geothermal heat pumps are very efficient at both heating and cooling.

The process often requires a large amount of property to spread the coils, though they can be placed vertically to save space. It can also be expensive to install initially. The good news is that it rarely needs repairs since it contains few moving parts, and its efficiency ensures that you can save a great deal on monthly energy costs once it’s up and running. If that sounds like your solution to heating in West Hartford, call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning to help. We can explain how geothermal heating works and install the system that’s right for you!

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