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

How Duct Repair Benefits Your Heating and Cooling

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

You don’t see most of the ductwork in your home, since it hides between walls and in the floors and ceilings, and you won’t know how well-sealed it is to prevent the leaking of air that can causes a huge drop in air pressure. This integrity of your ducts is vital for the performance of your air conditioning system and forced air heater.

Should your ducts require repairs due to breeches, loose connections, holes from corrosion, or other issues, you need to have the professional work done as soon as possible before it begins to affect your heating and cooling. This job requires specialists in indoor air quality services, like the team at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, to perform. You can’t rely on duct tape (which isn’t really for ducts, anyway) or on amateurs without training. Make sure you rely on professionals for duct repair service in Bristol, CT.

How Duct Repair Helps Your AC and Heater

The reason that maintaining an airtight seal along the length of your ductwork is so vital is that a drop in air pressure will lead to a loss in heating and cooling. As the air comes out slower from the vents, the comfort level you expect will begin to plunge.

This will also have a negative effect on the heating or cooling system itself: it will need to work harder to attempt to compensate for the temperature change. The additional strain will cause the system to wear out faster, leading to more repair work and possibly an early replacement. And more strain always means higher utility bills for you. With proper ductwork repairs, your AC or heater won’t need to work harder than it should.

Duct repairs also prevent contamination from entering the ductwork: dust, dirt, construction debris, and other particles. This contamination will create resistance to airflow along the ducts, which will also force the AC or heater to overwork. Worse, the pollutants could enter the cabinet of the system and cause damage, like clogging up the motors. So not only will you end up with lower quality air, but you may have a broken air conditioner or heater.

Duct repairs can range from small jobs like sealing holes with mastic, or extensive projects like replacing broken sections of a ventilation system. But whatever work you need done in Bristol, CT to help improve your indoor air quality, the duct repair experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of it—done fast and done right.

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What to Look for in an Air Conditioning Service

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

If you’ve ever had a poor customer service experience, you may be weary of calling a person you’ve never met to schedule air conditioning service. However, when you need AC service, you need to find a good technician quickly. So how do you know if you’ve found the right one? If you’re looking for quality air conditioning service in Hartford, we’ve detailed some of the ways you can tell that you have found a quality AC technician.

Services Offered

One thing you should be absolutely sure of is that the air conditioning company you call offers the services you need. Check the company’s website or call for a complete list of services. You may also check to make sure that the company offers any services you may need in the future. If you have a positive experience with your technician, you may want to make sure you can call them for any of the following:

  • Air Conditioning Maintenance: Maintenance keeps your air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently all summer long. During maintenance, a technician cleans the components of your AC, makes adjustments, and inspects the entire system.
  • Air Conditioning Repairs: Check to see if the company provides 24-hour emergency repairs. You never know when your system may suddenly break down.
  • Upgrades: You may want to find out whether the company offers upgrades you may want in the future, such as zone control or programmable thermostats.
  • Air Conditioning Replacement: Eventually, you’ll need to replace your air conditioning system. Make sure the technician you call is qualified to replace the particular type of air conditioner you need.

Highly Recommended

You might also choose to ask friends and neighbors whether they have had a positive experience with a technician they might want to recommend. Usually, you can also search through the company website to find reviews and recommendations by other customers.

The experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning provide professional air conditioning service in Hartford.

Call us to schedule your once yearly maintenance, new air conditioner replacement or installation, upgrades, or call us anytime for 24-hour emergency repairs.

 

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Common Ductwork Repair Issues

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Ductwork is a major part of your air conditioning system. But because ductwork is not readily visible, developing and existing problems can be hard to detect. Like any other part of your air conditioning system, your ductwork can wear-out from regular use. And if you haven’t had maintenance or a cleaning performed on your ductwork in Southington, there may be problems of which you are unaware. Faulty ductwork can result in air loss of up to 30%. Following are some of the more common ductwork repairs we see at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • Leaks – leaks can develop in your ductwork when the seals between the sections of venting break, or when holes and cracks develop. Leaks not only allow conditioned air to escape from the airway, they also allow outside air in, diluting the conditioned air that gets delivered into your home.
  • Lack of insulation – ductwork can be affected by outside temperature, particularly if it is placed close to an exterior wall. As such, the duct can be cold in winter and warm in the summer – the exact opposite of what you need. The best way to protect against this is to make sure your ducts are insulated properly.
  • Obstructions – dust, dirt, debris – even pests – can get into your ductwork and cause a blockage. A blockage that is big enough can restrict air flow as well as decrease indoor air quality. Removing the obstruction and thoroughly cleaning the vent can help alleviate these problems.
  • Disconnected/loose ducts – ductwork is made and installed in sections, so it is not uncommon for these sections to loosen and disconnect. When the sections loosen and/or disconnect, they need to be reconnected and resealed.

Duct Repair Is Not a DIY Job

Ductwork can be complicated and require a level of repair you may not be equipped to handle. Plus, it is not an ideal place to make a mistake, which can happen with DIY work. If you suspect your ductwork in Southington may need repair, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts. Contact us today to schedule your next ductwork service.

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Now Is the Time To Install A New Air Conditioner

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The summer is officially here, and anyone living in Hartford can tell you we definitely get our fair share of heat and humidity. It may seem late to be installing an air conditioning system, but the truth is summer can be the perfect time to take advantage of the benefits of a whole-home air conditioner. Whether this is your first air conditioning installation in Hartford, CT or a replacement for an aging unit, our Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning experts can give you a few reasons why now is a great time to install a new air conditioning system. Consider the following:

  • Better efficiency – if you use an air conditioner that is more than 8 years old, it’s very likely that its SEER number is below the current standard of 13. Estimates put today’s air conditioners at up to 60% more efficient than ones from just 10 years ago, so you could be losing out on a lot of efficiency.
  • Comfort – heat and humidity can make things feel unbearable – but imagine being able to walk into your home and feel nothing but cool, dry air from top to bottom. This is what a whole-home air conditioner can offer you this summer, and with most installations taking only a day of work, you can leave your home in the morning heat and come back to cool air in the evening.
  • Warranty protection – if your current air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it’s likely the warranty has run out. And as older units age, the repairs can become costly. Many of today’s models come with extensive, longer-term warranties that cover a new air conditioner end-to-end, providing you with protection you can’t get with an older unit.
  • Better dependability – even if you’ve kept up with regular maintenance on your older air conditioner, at some point it will inevitably break. No one wants to worry whether or not their air conditioner is going malfunction, particularly during the summer, and with a new system you won’t have to.

Be Comfortable This Summer

Cool, dry air, better energy efficiency, dependability and warranty protection – all of these can help make this summer comfortable for you across the board. Think it’s time for an air conditioning installation in your Hartford property? Call our team at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment to discuss your Hartford, CT air conditioning installation.

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th—although many years later.

Our family at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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