SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog

Tank vs Tankless: Which Water Heater Is for Me?

May 20th, 2019

water-heaterIt’s easy to take our water heaters for granted, despite them being one of the appliances that we rely on the most (can you imagine bathing without hot water?)

When it comes time to replace your water heater—or if you’re installing one for a brand new home—then you’ll want to trust in an expert of plumbing in Sewell, NJ to help you decide.

There are many differences between the two units. The “best” unit is the one that can serve your needs best! Here’s a brief rundown on both systems:

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4 Culprits of Rising Air Conditioning Costs

May 6th, 2019

ac-surrounded-by-moneyWhen air conditioning costs start rising, homeowners tend to assume the usual suspects:

  • My kids were playing with the thermostat again
  • I kept lowering the AC and told myself I’d regret it
  • Global warming

Surprisingly, most homeowners tend to blame themselves rather than the HVAC system. Today, we’re here to tell you that it might not just be you—there actually might be something very wrong with your AC system! It might be time for air conditioning repair in Deptford Township.

Not all AC problems make themselves known, so it can certainly be a possibility even if you haven’t noticed any strange behavior from the system.

Here are 4 possible reasons behind your AC troubles:

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Is This the Year to Install a New AC?

April 22nd, 2019

old-air-conditionerWinter is over, but we’re not rushing to switch on our air conditioners just yet. We’ve got a few more months to go before things start heating up.

However, running your air conditioner a few times before then isn’t such a bad idea. You’ll want to know what condition the system is in so that you can get it repaired if necessary (otherwise, you risk experiencing a break down right in the middle of summer).

Plus, if your AC happens to be older than ten years old, now will be the perfect time to look into replacement.

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Do You Really Need a Whole-House Humidifier?

April 8th, 2019

portable-humidifierCold air can be dry. Combine that with a heater running day and night—now the air is even drier. It’s an endless cycle of miserably dry air!

For some homeowners, the next step is to go out and buy a portable humidifier. They might buy several of them, or just one for the bedroom of the family member that is most sensitive to dry air.

If this situation sounds familiar, then you’re most likely fed up with the limitations of these portable humidifiers. That’s why a whole-house humidifier in Deptford Township, NJ would be one of your best investments.

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Why You Need Your Drains Cleaned

March 25th, 2019

drain-cleaningHave you ever seen the inside of your drains?

If not, we can’t blame you—it’s really dark and hard to see down there. Of course, we see them all the time, along with the dirt and sludge that we wash out of it. When left uncleaned year after year, drains can get seriously dirty, and that can lead to all sorts of inconveniences.

The problem is that many homeowners don’t understand why dirty drains are even an issue (at least, not until it’s too late). Allow us to explain:

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4 Signs It’s Time for a Duct Inspection

March 11th, 2019

duct-sealing“Duct services” isn’t something that we mark on our calendars and count down toward. In fact, if your HVAC system is relatively new, there’s really no need to think of it except on an as-needed basis.

However, once your HVAC system starts to take on a few years, it’s not a bad idea to have your ducts inspected annually. As you’re about to learn, issues in the ducts can contribute to some major inefficiencies and comfort issues in your home. Learning to recognize when you need duct services can do a lot of good in helping you stay comfortable and improve your HVAC energy savings.

Here are four signs that you should schedule an inspection of your ducts:

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Benefits of Converting to Natural Gas Systems

February 25th, 2019

money-see-sawWhile we can appreciate the benefits of oil-fueled heating systems, here’s the truth:

Natural gas is doing the same job, but better.

If you’ve been thinking about converting to natural gas, now is as good a time as any to do it. The benefits of natural gas system are hard to ignore. Plus, you won’t have to change your life too much to accommodate it—you can still use furnaces and boilers with natural gas. Here’s why it’s a good idea to switch now:

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The Great Debate: Forced-Air Heating vs Radiant Heating

February 11th, 2019

infloor-heatingIn the world of HVAC, there are two methods of heating: radiant heat and forced-air.

Forced-air has dominated the country for a few decades now. You know them personally as furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless mini-splits.

On the other side, you have radiant heat. This type of heating is used in boilers and the aptly named radiant heating systems.

If you’re in the market for a new heater in Deptford Township and have been considering new options, keep reading. We’ll describe the differences between the two.

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How to Confirm You Have a Leak

January 28th, 2019

diy-pipe-repairWhen it comes to plumbing leaks, we often imagine the annoying drip, drip, drip of a faucet, or unsightly water stains on the ceiling or wall. But those types of leaks don’t make up the majority. For every other kind of leak, you’re going to need to take some indirect approaches. We’ll explain how.

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All About Backflow Prevention

January 14th, 2019

backflow-regulatorWhen water flows into your home or property, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to it. There’s a pipe, and it brings water when you turn on the faucet. Simple, right?

Well, it only seems simple when proper backflow prevention safeguards are in place. Your relationship with water gets a lot more complicated when you consider the fact that water going the opposite direction can be a huge hazard.

We’ll explain what “backflow prevention” really means and why it’s so important to get the OK from certified backflow prevention experts.

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