SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog

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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Alternatives to Oil and Propane Heating

December 31st, 2018

blue-question-markThe cost to heat your home with oil or propane is only rising with each year. Across the nation, natural gas is the cheaper, cleaner alternative. But even if you don’t have access to natural gas, you can still benefit from switching to electricity.

In this post, we’ll explain why switching to gas or electricity is more convenient, along with advice on which heating system you should use for those fuel sources.

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Is It Time to Flush Your Water Heater?

December 17th, 2018

tank-water-heaterIf they gave trophies to home appliances, water heaters would be winning one every year (and we’re not talking about the obligatory trophies they give to all the kids on the team). Nearly every appliance in your home relies on the water heater. If the sink gets clogged, sure, you might not be able to use your sink for the day. But if something happens to the water heater? The sink, the washer, and the shower are out of commission (unless you like freezing showers).

What we’re trying to say is: You have to take care of your water heater. One way to do that is by flushing the sediments that collect at the bottom of the tank.

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Duct Services (And How Not to Perform Them)

December 3rd, 2018

duct-cleaning-brushIf there’s any part of your HVAC system that’s consistently forgotten about—aside from the air filter—it would have to be the duct system. Yet, the ducts provide one of the most essential functions of the entire HVAC system: they circulate the air through your home!

Likewise, those ducts need just as much professional attention as any other part of your HVAC system. And we really do mean a professional! In this post, we’ll explain why you need duct services from an expert of HVAC and energy savings in Deptford Township.

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Qualities of A Good HVAC Contractor

November 19th, 2018

service-technicianWith the internet, we’re able to do a Google search for an HVAC contractor and find dozens of results. It’s never been easier to find local contractors. Yet, it’s never been harder to decide on a local contractor. Choice-overload is real, and it’s preventing you from dialing the right contractor.

But even among all the contractors out there, a good contractor is going to operate in a way that goes above and beyond just simple repairs or installation. Keep reading and we’ll explain a couple of qualities that make a good HVAC contractor in Deptford Township stand out.

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Should I Replace My Furnace?

November 5th, 2018

gas-burnerThe days are getting colder, and you’re probably already starting to rely on your furnace for warmth during the day. As you use your furnace more and more over the next few weeks, you’re going to be putting a lot more strain on the system. Before we get too far into heating season, it’s a good idea to make sure that your furnace is up to the task of dealing with that strain over the next several months. If your system doesn’t have enough in it to get you through the whole winter, it’s probably a better idea to replace it now than to wait for it to break down in the middle of the season.

The best way to tell whether or not your system needs replacing is to have a technician examine it for you. Before you take that step, though, consider the symptoms below for some additional guidance.

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