SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for May, 2014

3 Things to Consider When Installing Gas Piping

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If your home uses natural gas power for some of its appliances, you are responsible for the pipes that move the gas under and through your home after they leave the municipal supply; they are not an issue for the utility company. For older homes, you may need to have new piping installed to replace aging ones. If it’s time to remodel your home, you’ll need to install new gas piping to help increase your options for the re-design. Or perhaps you are considering fitting your home for a connection to a gas supply line for the first time.

Whatever the reason that you need gas piping in Gloucester Township, NJ call up SPS Mechanical Inc. and talk to our experts in gas pipe installation today. This is an extensive job, but one that our skilled technicians can take care of quickly and efficiently—and, most importantly of all, safely. Contact us today to schedule your next service appointment.

Keep these 3 factors in mind for gas pipe installation

  1. It absolutely must be performed by professionals: Whenever you deal with any appliance or any system that uses natural gas, you must have licensed and skilled professionals to do the work. This is both for issues of safety (for you and your home) and in order for a house to stay up to code. In some jurisdictions, it is illegal for anyone to work on an appliance connected to a gas main without proper licensing. Amateur work can lead to slow and dangerous gas leaks, which can cause toxic exposure and the risk of fire hazards.
  2. Corroded piping needs replacement: Although gas pipes are made of durable material, the material of older pipes is more susceptible to corrosion over time. When you call for gas pipe replacement, have the installers look over the pipes of your home to locate places where they may have started to rust to the point that they could spring dangerous leaks. Make this a priority if you live in a home built before 1970. (If you live in a pre-World War II home, then you should consider a complete gas pipe replacement.)
  3. Add new appliances during the installation: Even if you have already had natural gas piped into your home, you should take the opportunity during new installation to add new appliances. If you previously only use natural gas for your heater, consider adding a gas stove and oven. Gas-powered laundry machines are also an option. And if you previously used an electric furnace, a new gas furnace will save you a great deal of money. Let your installers help you with suggestions for how to expand your use of natural gas.

Whatever your reasons for having new gas piping, you should turn to the licensed professionals at SPS Mechanical Inc. We have NATE-certified technicians on staff to provide you with safe and effective installation. Make us your first choice for quality plumbing service in Gloucester Township, NJ.

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Considerations When Expanding Your Plumbing System

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here in Sewell, plumbing installation is a common feature offered by most contractors, often used as a part of a kitchen or bathroom remodeling. Expanding your existing plumbing system can solve a number of logistical problems as well as enhancing the space in question. But like any large project, you need to prepare things carefully before proceeding. It will help clarify you goals and save you a lot of heartache during the operation. Consult closely with a professional, who can advise you about the specifics of your situation. In the meantime, here are some basic considerations when expanding your plumbing system.

In the first place, make sure the piping can conveniently run from your existing plumbing system to whatever fixtures and outlets require them. That usually means being able to place them in a wall or similar unobtrusive location. In some cases, the pipes may need to be run through the floor or ceiling, which can be a bit more complicated than running them through the walls. Make sure you have the path marked out and all of the stages set before embarking. Otherwise, you may end up laying down floor tile a second time, or rerouting plumbing through a new set of walls because the first proved incompatible.

Along those lines, it’s important to consider the practical applications of whatever outlet you are expanding. For instance, if you are installing a new sink, make sure you plan for enough room to comfortably stand, as well as counter space to accommodate food and washed dishes. Similarly, make sure you plan for enough space when installing a new bath or shower, and that those kinds of expansions can work in conjunction with other nearby appliances (such as the toilet).

Your plumber can discuss other key considerations when expanding your plumbing system. Plumbing installation and other plumbing services in Sewell, NJ doesn’t get more reliable than SPS Mechanical Inc. We’ll sit down and plan each step of the operation with you, and ensure that we can meet your goals within the space and budgetary guidelines of your project. We have years of experience to bring to the table. Call on us today and let us help you make your project a reality!

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Why are Commercial HVAC Systems Modular?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Commercial HVAC systems usually appear on the roof of the buildings they cool, and differ in numerous ways from residential air conditioning systems. Here in Woodbury, commercial HVAC systems are a common sight, and you may have noticed that they’re modular in nature, with multiple commercial units in place on the roof of just a single building. Why are commercial HVAC systems modular? The answer says a lot about why they differ from residential systems.

Every air conditioning unit it built to handle a certain power load. If it ever exceeds that power load, it will labor to do its job and may damage key components in the process. In residential homes hat’s not usually much of a factor. You measure the square footage, account for things like insulation and sun exposure, and install a single unit capable of handling the entire building. But that’s just not practical with business spaces. Office space may not be filled all the time and old tenant leave and new ones take their place. A prudent office manage doesn’t want to cool space that no one’s using, but if you have just a single air conditioning unit, you won’t have a choice. In addition, some businesses may need more cooling power than others; for example, if they have a large number of computer hard drives that need to be kept cool at all times. That speaks to the same thing: businesses need flexibility in their power load if they intend to cool the air effectively.

Modular systems provide that. In cases when you need more power, you can simply add another unit without having to replace the entire system. And if you need less power, you can just shut one of or remove it just as easily. Modular units also make it easier to conduct repairs without cutting off air to the entire building; no small concern if you want your customers and employees to be comfortable.

For more on why Woodbury commercial HVAC systems are modular, or to install or repair such a system in your building, give SPS Mechanical a call. We have the skills and experience you need, so don’t hesitate to set up an appointment today! For commercial HVAC installation or other HVAC services in Woodbury, contact us today and speak with one of our specialists.

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Why Size Matters With Any Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Air conditioners are made in different sizes to accommodate a wide range of cooling needs. Many people believe that determining the size of their system is dependent only on knowing the square footage of the property. The truth is, several factors need to be calculated in order to choose the correctly sized unit for your home. Why? Because if the air conditioning system is either too big or too small, you will not achieve the comfort or efficiency level you want for your property. That is why you should schedule your air conditioning installation in Deptford Township, NJ with SPS Mechanical, Inc.

Calculating Appropriate Size

Your home needs a specific amount of cooling power to be comfortable and efficient. To correctly assess how much cooling you need, a calculation should be done by a professional that takes into account the following factors:

  • Square footage
  • Level of insulation
  • Heat gain during the day
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Orientation of your property

What Happens When Your System Is Too Big?

Bigger is not better when it comes to your air conditioning system. While your home will cool quickly, it will actually cool too quickly and the AC will not dehumidify the air. Why? The inside air cools too fast, which doesn’t allow your system enough time to remove the humidity. Your air conditioner may also run on short cycles – known as “short cycling” – because it is cooling too fast; this, in turn, can make the system inefficient and potentially costly.

What Happens When Your System Is Too Small?

A system too small for the size of your property will inadequately cool your home. As such, there is potential risk of the system constantly running in order to achieve the temperature set on your thermostat.  A constantly-running system is a stressed system, with parts and components experiencing potential premature wear-and-tear, overheating or breakdown.

A second problem with a system that is too small is inefficiency. While the system may have tools to make it efficient, the constant running can make it inefficient.

Let an Expert Help

Size really does matter when it comes to choosing an air conditioning system for your home. Have questions about an air conditioning service in Deptford Township, NJ? Our expert technicians can answer all of your questions regarding your AC needs. Call SPS Mechanical, Inc. today!

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Ways to Prolong Your AC’s Lifespan

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Defeating the heat waves of summer places an enormous amount of stress on an air conditioner; without proper care a system will rapidly age, leading to early repair needs and eventually a full breakdown. Installing a new air conditioner is expensive, so you want to get the most years possible out of your current system and avoid an early replacement.

Here is some advice for how you can extend your air conditioning system’s service life. Start practicing these tips this summer, and you can expect to have many years of cooling from your home’s AC. For professional assistance to keep your air conditioning in Gloucester County, NJ in tip-top shape, call on SPS Mechanical Inc. Our NATE-certified technicians will provide the maintenance and repairs necessary for an efficient and effective AC.

How to get the most years from your air conditioning

  • Schedule annual professional maintenance: This is the most important step for AC longevity. Your air conditioner must have a visit each year (preferably during spring) from an HVAC technician to inspect, adjust, and tune-up the system. This reduces the strain the AC suffers each year and slows down how fast it ages. Without an annual maintenance visit, an air conditioning system will likely only reach approximately half its expected lifespan.
  • Avoid overworking the AC through thermostat abuse: Many homeowners place extra stress on their air conditioners without realizing it. Setting the thermostat at the lowest temperature possible (which is often 60°F) is an example of unnecessary strain. Setting the thermostat so low will not make the air conditioner cool down a home faster; it will only make the air conditioner stay on longer, wasting energy and wearing down components. Find a warmer temperature and keep the thermostat stable: 72°F is a comfortable temperature for most people, and it will require less work from the air conditioning.
  • Regularly change the air filter: The filter prevents debris that comes through the return vents from infiltrating the air conditioner’s cabinet and damaging the components. But unless you change the air filter for a fresh one every month, it will become congested with dust and dirt and choke off the airflow into the AC, forcing it to work harder. You should continue changing the filter every month for the rest of the summer and as long as the air conditioner sees daily use.

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 1–15 years, depending on the model. With proper care and maintenance, your system should few problems reaching the upper limit and possibly exceeding it. To start off right, schedule a maintenance visit before the summer begins.

Sign up for the Total Maintenance Solution program at SPS Mechanical Inc. today. We offer two tune-ups per year (air conditioning and heating) and a 15% discount on our flat rate services. Give us a call today!

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