Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for March, 2015

3 Air Conditioning Components You Should Know about

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

How much do you know about your forced-air AC system? All of these systems use the same components to transfer heat out of the air in your home in order to bring cool air through the vents. But if you don’t take proper care of your unit, it may fail prematurely or run into various issues throughout the course of its life. Schedule air conditioning maintenance each year before the cooling season in Hartford, and get to know some of the most important components of your unit so you can know to call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem.

  • Compressor – The compressor is the component responsible for allowing refrigerant to move through the entire system. The compressor adds pressure to the refrigerant by so that it can pump through the indoor and outdoor portions of the air conditioner. This is one of the most important (and costly) components of the entire unit so it’s important that you take care of it. Regular maintenance is key to the performance of your compressor, so be sure to schedule air conditioning maintenance once a year, as early on as possible.
  • Blower Fan – The blower fan sucks in air from your home and then moves it past the cooling coil and into the ducts that lead to your vents. Now, while you’re likely aware of the presence of this part, there are some things you should know about its operation. If you hear the blower fan running but you don’t feel any cool air, make sure the “fan on” switch on your thermostat is not turned on, as this wastes energy and does not effectively cool your home. You should also check that your filter is not clogged and change or clean it as necessary.
  • Ducts – The ductwork is a path the air handler to the vents in your home. These can develop holes and cracks that make your air conditioner suffer in performance and use up far too much energy, not to mention the hot and cold spots around the house. If you want to keep your air conditioner in top shape, it’s a good idea to have the ducts checked by a professional and schedule repairs as soon as you notice a problem.

Call the cooling experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning for quality air conditioning services in Hartford today, including repair, maintenance, or duct services.

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How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Think about all of the ways you use hot water. It’s not just for showering: you need hot water for washing your hands, rinsing the dishes, doing your laundry, and for other cleaning, cooking, and grooming tasks. In most homes, you can expect to turn on a hot water tap and feel the warmth in a matter of seconds. But have you ever stopped to think about how this works?

Most homes have a conventional storage tank water heater installed, the type that includes a large tank that is usually concealed from view but takes up quite a bit of space. Furthermore, these systems must stay heated at all times so that hot water is consistently available. A flame remains lit at all times in order to keep the burner hot, or an electric heating element is activated throughout the day. This means that you’re paying for energy that often goes unused, as hot water simply stays stagnant in the tank for most of the day.

Tankless water heaters eliminate this problem because they only switch on when you turn on a hot water tap in the home. When you turn on your shower, a computer alerts the heating elements to activate. These heat up a heat exchanger inside of the system. Then, as water pressure forces the water through the unit, it heats up quickly to meet your demands as it passes through the heat exchanger and finally flows out to the pipes.

Tankless water heaters are compact and powerful. However, in some cases, you may need to install two if there is a particularly high hot water demand in your home. Furthermore, some people complain about long wait times for tankless hot water in their homes, but new units should not have much of a problem with this. All in all, tankless water heaters are a very efficient choice and the initial cost is often upset over a matter of years.

Tankless water heaters may be the right choice for you, but they’re not best for every home. Be sure to consult with a technician, like the experienced professionals at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning before choosing your new water heater. We can help you to select and size your new unit and install it for you so that you don’t have to think about any step of the process.

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What Is Radiant Heat?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

One of the most comfortable and widely sought-after forms of home and commercial heating is radiant heating. These systems are highly conductive and rely on convection to move heat into a room. Heat transfers to the walls or floors and rises into the air, so that the entire room is as comfortable as you want it to be. Nothing beats the warm and cozy heat of a radiant heating system.

At Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we install and service radiant heating systems in Bristol. Two potential uses for radiant heat are detailed below.

Radiant Panels

Radiant flooring and radiant panels are designed in very different ways, which is why we’ve separated them here. Radiant panels may use a hydronic heating system to send water through the walls, but most do not because the risk of leaks and water damage is too high. More often, these are aluminum panels positioned behind the walls and heated by electricity. Electric heat is typically more expensive to operate, but you may find yourself using it sparingly since they heat up a room so quickly.

Radiant Floor Heating

Electric cables may be installed underneath the floorboards, but this is not often cost-efficient. A hydronic radiant floor system consists of both a boiler and a set of pipes underneath the floorboards. The boiler heats up the water and sends it underneath the floorboards, and through convection, the heat transfers to your floors.

This type of installation comes with many benefits besides energy savings. You may be able to install a zoning system, routing each set of tubing through a control board, so that you can control the temperature in each room individually of the others. And imagine the comforting feeling of stepping onto a heated floor when you rise out of bed each morning. However, the cost of installation may be high initially as it will involve some renovations to the home.

Call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning if you’d like to find out how to get radiant heat in your home or business in Bristol.  Our experts are trained in commercial and residential installation and service, so we can help you with all of your heating needs.

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A Guide to Terminal Units for Boilers

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A radiant heating system, also known as a hydronic heating system, delivers some of the best in comfort for home heating, according to customers. This type of unit consists of two main parts: a boiler and some type of endpoint or delivery system. The boiler is a hot water tank, heating and storing hot water so that it can circulate through the home. As it turns out, water is a better conductor of heat than air, which is why the heat from a boiler is often described as feeling more comfortable than that from a forced-air heating system like a furnace.

After it heats up at the boiler, water circulates into your home. How it moves into a room is dependent on the type of terminal unit you have installed, such as a radiator, fan convector unit, or in-floor heating. We’ll go over each of these units in this brief list. Ask your technician which type of unit works best for the boiler in your home.

  • Radiator: A radiator is a heat exchanger which hot water flows through and then transfers to the surfaces in the room. Although it is called a “radiator” radiation isn’t necessarily used for heat exchange. Rather, these types of units rely heavily on convection. Radiators are available in many different designs. While column radiators are often present in older homes with boilers, baseboard radiators are more popular today.
  • Fan Convector: These units work just like radiators, but with the addition of a fan to speed up heat transfer. Although this involves an extra mechanical component for operation, fan convectors can still save energy over conventional radiators because a room heats up quickly and because the temperature of the water may be lowered.
  • In-floor Piping: By far, the most comfortable type of heating for home use probably comes from in-floor radiant heating systems. This involves installing a complex set of pipes underneath the floorboards, so installation for an existing property will be an extensive task. Nonetheless, nothing beats the feeling of waking up in the morning to step onto a warm floor and feeling that heat transfer to your body.

Call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about the types of terminal units available for your boiler. We provide professional boiler services in Bristol and the surrounding Southington area.

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