SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for April, 2013

Benefits of Air Conditioning Maintenance in Cherry Hill, NJ

Monday, April 29th, 2013

While most homeowners are diligent when it comes to AC repairs, there is always room for improvement when it comes to routine air conditioning maintenance. There are many benefits to keeping your AC in top shape year round, from energy efficiency to improved system life. While there are some things you can do as a homeowner, you should also consider enrolling in a maintenance program. This comprehensive annual precision tune-up checks all the major components and connections, cleans your AC, and makes any necessary adjustments to refrigerant levels and belts. For air conditioning maintenance in Cherry Hill, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today!

Let’s take a look at just a few of the benefits you will reap when you maintain your air conditioning system:

  • Energy-efficiency. Efficiency measures the ratio between your electrical input and your cooling output. Routine maintenance is one of the most cost-effective ways to ensure that you’re getting the most money per cooling unit. Cleaning your air filter regularly as well as ensuring there are no leaks in your ductwork can drastically improve your airflow, causing your AC to run less often.
  • System life. Your air conditioner is a big investment. During peak usage, it tends to be the largest user out of all your powered appliances. For that reason, you want it to serve you well for years to come. Routine maintenance goes a long way towards keeping your system like new. It also tends to reduce the need for major repairs down the road. Dirt, dust and other debris are common culprits of premature replacement.
  • Comfort. You expect comfort during the cooling season. The whole reason you purchased your AC is to ensure that you don’t have sleepless nights and unpleasant afternoons while you’re at home. The best way to ensure that you continue to stay comfortable is regular inspection and cleaning.

For more information about our maintenance program, or to schedule a comprehensive check-up on your air conditioning system in Cherry Hill, NJ, call SPS Mechanical, today! 

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Benefits of an Energy Audit

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Saving energy is not only about conserving natural resources, it’s also a way to potentially save money. A professional energy audit is a great way to diagnose and improve the efficiency of your home. SPS Mechanical has an expert team of energy specialists who use a variety of equipment to measure your Sewell, NJ home’s energy usage and discover ways you can improve your energy-efficiency. We’ve put together a few of the benefits of energy audits to raise awareness of how important it is for homeowners.

What Happens During An Energy Audit?

Common energy audit services include using a blower door test to assess the integrity of your ductwork. A blower door is a large fan mounted on an exterior door which pulls the air out of your home and lowers the air pressure. The high pressure outside air will then seek out even the smallest leaks and cracks in your home. This test determines what improvements can be made to your home insulation, ductwork or window and door seals in order to improve your air quality and energy-efficiency. SPS Mechanical will also take a close look at the insulation in your attic. This is one of the major areas of heat loss. In the winter, your hot air will go right through your ceiling if your attic is improperly insulated. In the summer, hot air will sit up in your attic and seep into your home.

Benefits of An Energy Audit in Sewell, NJ

In general, an energy audit is an essential step to take in order to improve your home. Here are some benefits of an energy audit:

  • Save between 20% and 30% on your heating and cooling costs.
  • Reduce your environmental impact.
  • Maximize your home comfort.
  • Save on electricity bills.
  • Increase the value of your home.

With such great benefits, a professional energy audit makes a lot of sense. You can not only save money but also improve the comfort of your home as well as reduce any negative impact on the environment. For more information about getting an energy audit in Sewell, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today.

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HVAC Tip: Don’t Forget Your Ductwork

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Spring is the season of organizing your closet, cleaning out the garage, and repainting the bathroom. But many homeowners overlook that spring cleaning should also extend to their ductwork. After all, ductwork is responsible for both the efficient transmission of hot and cold air all year long, and can have a major impact on the indoor air quality of your home. Duct cleaning is a great way to improve the quality of your home as you prepare for the cooling season. This is especially true if you have allergies or respiratory issues like asthma. Fortunately, your Sicklerville, NJ duct cleaning experts are here to help you spring clean this year. Call SPS Mechanical today!

Comprehensive duct cleaning has a wide range of benefits, from improving energy efficiency to boosting air quality. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

  • Improved energy efficiency. Making sure that air passes through your ducts quickly and without obstruction is a great way to make your system more efficient. Even small amounts of dust and other debris can cause large reductions in cooling performance.
  • Improved air quality. As the intermediary between you and your heating and cooling systems, your ductwork is the last surface your air touches before it’s blown through the registers. As such, you depend on its cleanliness to delivery not only temperature-controlled air, but also conditioned and filtered air. When your ductwork becomes dirty, it exacerbates pollutants by making them airborne.
  • Reduce microbial growth. If you have high humidity conditions in your home, your ductwork may be prone to microbial growth, such as mold. Mold is a health hazard and tends to spread rapidly given the right conditions. Duct cleaning is a great way to eliminate pollutants and infestations.
  • Increase system life. When dust and debris get into mechanical parts, they tend to impede their effectiveness. Reducing the amount of debris in your ductwork improves the longevity of your entire heating and cooling system.

Along with duct cleaning, duct inspection and testing are excellent ways to make sure that your air is reaching you quickly. For comprehensive duct cleaning in Sicklerville, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today! 

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Common User Errors

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Whether you’ve just bought your air conditioner or have ran it for years, you may not realize that it requires a certain amount of care to run smoothly and to minimize repairs. In short, there are some common user errors that many homeowners do that may have adverse effects on their systems. While we certainly don’t expect you to know the details of the air conditioner’s operation, a little bit of know-how goes a long way towards extending the life of your system and improving the comfort of your home during the summer months. For more information about air conditioning repair in Swedesboro, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today!

  • Forgot to change the air filter: Regularly changing your air filter is one of the things that even the least technicial of us can learn to do. It’s important to the integrity of our system. While the air filter is there to prevent the passage of pollutants and dust from entering your living space, when it becomes dirty or clogged, it can actually begin to impede airflow, which can result in damage to other parts of the system, in addition to inadequate cooling.
  • Bigger is not better? No, it’s not. Your air conditioner needs to be appropriately sized to your home. This depends not only on the volume of air in your living space, but also on the quality of your insulation and the orientation of your home with respect to the sun. Choosing the largest possible system with the hope that it will easily handle your cooling needs may only lead to excessive cold air and frequent short cycling, which can dramatically reduce your energy-efficiency. You need a professionally sized system that will maximize your efficiency without sacrificing performance.
  • Maintenance is unnecessary: You might think that if your AC is under 5 years old, then it doesn’t need anything. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a common user error. Routine maintenance and cleaning by a professional is the best way to ensure that your cooling system operates effectively and efficiently for years to come. Without it, however, the efficiency of your AC can dramatically depreciate.

These are just a few of the mistakes that can lead to problems with your air conditioning. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to ask a certified professional. For air conditioning repair in Swedesboro, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today! 

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Sicklerville, NJ Plumbing Question: Do I Need Backflow Prevention?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Backflow prevention protects a potable water supply from contamination or pollution. In short, it prevents waste from going back into your system as part of the supply. This can be hazardous to your health and home. If you think your water supply has become contaminated by backflow, it is imperative that you take action immediately. SPS Mechanical offers backflow preventer certification and testing through southern New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Our expert backflow team can also provide you with emergency repair services or a consultation on how a new backflow prevention device might improve your Sicklerville, NJ sewage system.

Your plumbing system is designed to send water in a specific direction—from the clean water supply to your faucet. But due to the topography of the land on which your house sits, as well as design features of your home’s plumbing, water would often flow in the opposite direction were it not for certain backflow prevention devices. Because your supply and drainage systems must always be distinct with no overlaps, backflow prevention devices have been developed to keep these systems separate when gravity alone cannot dispose of your waste water. To discuss your backflow prevention options with a local certified professional, call SPS Mechanical today.

There are two basic causes of backflow:

  • Backsiphonage. This occurs when your water supply suffers from low pressure or a vacuum, often resulting in contaminated water attempting to fill that negative pressure.
  • Backpressure. This occurs when the pressure of the plumbing system is greater than that of the entering supply. It is common in cases when the amount of water being used exceeds that which is available.

Popular solutions to these backflow problems include sewer pumps, air gaps, double check valves and vacuum breakers. Only a certified backflow professional like SPS Mechanical knows the best course of action to take against backflow. A cross-contamination of your supply and waste subsystems is a plumbing emergency. Don’t use any plumbed appliances until it has been signed off for use by your local backflow technician. Call a backflow expert at SPS Mechanical today for more information about backflow protection in Sicklerville, NJ.

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