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

Repairs an Electric Furnace Might Need

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The electric furnace is a great choice when you want a safe, effective heating system that doesn’t require the use of natural gas. Natural gas heaters may cost less to run due to the low cost of gas in most areas, but electric furnaces also have many advantages and can be very efficient in many types of homes. Electric furnaces are built to last for several years, but they also have many electrical components and connections that may eventually require repair.

When you need heating repair in Farmington, be sure to trust the job to licensed professionals, like the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. Electrical problems should always be handled by someone experienced due to safety concerns. The following problems may require immediate repairs by a professional.

  • Blower Motor Problems: The blower fan distributes warm air through the ducts, but the motor that powers it may run down over time and require replacement. A technician can find the correct model of motor in case replacement is necessary, but a stopped fan may also simply indicate that debris has clogged the motor. In this case, the technician will likely recommend you replace the filters regularly to keep debris from entering the unit.
  • Broken Heating Element: The heating element is a set of wire coils that heat up whenever your furnace turns on. These are set to rise to very high temperatures, and air heats up as it moves past the coil and into the ductwork to reach your home. A broken heating element is ineffective and will usually require part replacement.
  • Faulty Relay: Relays are components that send voltage into the heating element so that they may generate heat. Faulty relays are a common reason homeowners call for electric furnace repair. Without these elements in proper working order, you likely won’t feel any warm air in your home even if the blower is continuously running.

Never attempt to repair electrical elements or relays on your own. For heating repair in Farmington, call one of the dependable experts Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We have 24-hour emergency service available to get your system up and running no matter what the time of day. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Is a Boiler a Sensible Option in Burlington, CT for Winter Heating?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Most homes in the U.S. rely on either a furnace or a boiler for their home heating needs. While a furnace heats the air in your home and sends it through the ductwork, a boiler heats up water in order to send it through pipes that lead throughout the house or to a radiator. If you need new heating installation, you may wonder which system is right for your home. While furnaces are perhaps more common for installation today, boilers remain a popular choice, and for very good reason.

Fewer Repair Needs

Both furnaces and boilers are meant to last for many years. But furnaces distribute heat via a forced-air system, and ductwork is prone to repair needs. Since a boiler does not use ducts, you won’t have to worry about common repair needs associated with duct leaks or poor installation. Furnaces may also need repairs more frequently if the furnace filter is dirty. Limited airflow means that the blower fan will have to work harder, which could cause it to overheat.

Better Indoor Air Quality

As the furnace sucks in the air from your home to heat it, the fan may also suck in dirt and pollutants that could trigger respiratory problems in some people. While you can manage the indoor air quality by changing the filter and scheduling duct cleaning, you won’t have to worry about this with radiant heating systems. Less maintenance is an added bonus; most heating experts recommend you change the furnace filter once a month while a boiler may only need annual maintenance.

High Efficiency

A lot of heat escapes through the ductwork in your home, which may take away some efficiency from a furnace if it is not properly maintained, while a boiler doesn’t have this problem. Furthermore, there are many efficient boilers available on the market today. Ask your heating installation technician about the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of your unit and whether a more efficient option is available.

If you want to know more about installing a new boiler in Burlington, CT, call the heating experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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Consider Geothermal for Your New Heating Installation

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

If you are in need of a new heating system, this time of year offers you the perfect window for a new heating installation in Hartford, CT. There are a lot of choices available to homeowners, and one system you may want to consider is a geothermal system. Geothermal systems offer some benefits other systems cannot, including the ability to both heat and cool your home. The installation of a geothermal system has to be handled with a specific level of knowledge and expertise, so it’s important to hire trained professionals, like the ones at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

How Does a Geothermal System Work?

A geothermal system harnesses the natural thermal temperature of the Earth below the frost line to both heat and cool your home. Many people don’t know this, but below the frost line, the ground stays a steady temperature year-round, no matter the location; this temperature is between 55-61 degrees. During the winter, the liquid in the ground loop absorbs the heat of the ground and transfers it to the heat exchanger in the indoor heat pump, where heat is then transferred into your home. During the summer, heat is removed from your home and “sunk” back into the ground surrounding the ground loop. The reversing valve on the heat pump allows the system to both heat and cool.

What Are the Components of a Geothermal System?

There are three main components to a geothermal system: the ground loop, the heat pump (usually indoors) and the air delivery system (either ductwork or indoor blowers).

What Are the Benefits of a Geothermal System?

There are several great benefits of a geothermal system worth considering:

  • Extremely energy efficient – geothermal systems are very energy efficient. According to Energy.gov, a geothermal system reaches efficiency levels of 300-400% on the coldest winter nights.
  • Very green – geothermal systems do not use any fossil fuels at all, and the heat pump uses a fraction of the electricity of a traditional HVAC system.
  • Very even heating and cooling – geothermal systems provide a continuous, low energy supply of air, which helps keep the heating or cooling distribution in your home even.
  • Good humidity control – as with above, the lower cycling of a geothermal system keeps humidity levels in your home well-balanced.
  • Long lifespan – the average lifespan of a geothermal ground loop is 25-50 years, and the lifespan of the heat pump is 20-25 years.

A geothermal system can provide incredible energy efficiency, heat and cooling, and comfort for your home for years to come. If you are considering a geothermal system for your new heating installation in Hartford, CT call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

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