SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Glassboro’

Everything You Need to Know About Standby Heat Loss

Monday, April 5th, 2021

This might seem like an obscure blog topic, but bear with us. Time and time again we see homeowners who are the unknowing victim of a water heater that’s wasting energy. The term standby heat loss refers to the heat that gets lost from a tank water heating system that’s not being used. While this is an unfortunate reality of tank water heating systems, your standby heat loss doesn’t have to be quite so bad.

Water heaters in Glassboro are complex, which is why our team is stacked with specialists who know their way around one. If you’re seeing a skyrocketing energy or fuel bill from your water heater, then we implore you to keep reading and call us for help. There are upgrades, improvements, and repairs that our team can make that are specifically designed to mitigate standby heat loss and make sure your water heater is as efficient as possible.

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5 Essential Heating Tips to Finish the Year Strong

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

If you’ve been watching the news at all, it’s become clear that winter hasn’t let go of its icy grip all over the country. We might think we’re isolated from those events, but freak-cold weather could occur anywhere and your heater is your first line of defense.

While spring is just around the corner, the chilly temperatures we experience every so often might not entirely be gone. That’s why we’re going to focus one of our last blogs of the season on heating in Glassboro. We’ll talk about some essential heating tips that could keep your bills low, your heating system in good condition, and your home more comfortable.

Nothing treats your system quite like good, old-fashioned heating service by a pro. If you need our help, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Our Comprehensive Heating Safety Checklist

Monday, December 28th, 2020

We’re moving into the dead of winter, which means your heater is working day in and day out. While we want our homeowners to know that heaters operate incredibly safely, we also don’t want to lie: gas furnaces can become a safety hazard if they’re neglected, ignored, and improperly maintained. Just like a fireplace can become dangerous, a gas furnace can quickly become a problem for your family’s safety if you’re not vigilant.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to go anywhere else to find the information you need. We’ve got our very own comprehensive heating safety checklist right here. We’ll make sure your heating in Glassboro stays comfortable while your family remains safe. There are steps you can take to make things better. Just remember to take good care of your heating system, so it takes good care of you.

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Don’t Ruin Your Pipes with Chemical Drain Cleaner

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Your pipes are important to your home. Whether you think about them as much as we do or not, your life would be a lot different, a lot worse, without your plumbing system. We wanted to get that out of the way because a lot of homeowners who don’t think about their plumbing in Glassboro, NJ tend to treat their pipes poorly, inevitably leading to some pretty surprising and expensive repair work.

That’s why we’d like to offer a public service announcement about chemical drain cleaners. You see them everywhere on shelves across America, promising an easy process of pouring a liquid into your drain for a clear and convenient finish. However, the process is not that simple and the effects of chemical drain cleaners can be way more devastating than advertisements would like you to think. These chemicals are volatile and highly corrosive, leading to harmful effects on your health, pipes, and the environment.

Not convinced? Keep reading and we’re confident your mind will change.

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Keep These Things Out of Your Garbage Disposal!

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

PlumberGarbage disposals can cope with a lot, because they need to. The amount of food waste generated by the average meal can be pretty gruesome at times. Unfortunately, even the best disposal has its limits. If you want to avoid having to repair or replace your garbage disposal before tis time, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. One of those categories of things is which materials you should never put into your garbage disposal.

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Why is My Heat Pump Not Heating?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Air-FilterIf there’s one time that you don’t want your heat pump to fail on the job, it’s in the middle of record low temperatures. Still, for some of us that’s exactly what has or will happen this winter. If your heat pump isn’t actually heating your home properly, it might be for a number of different reasons.

All of them are going to require professional services to fix, so you should probably call for repairs right now if you suspect that there is something wrong with the system. While you’re waiting for your technician to arrive, though, let’s have a look at some of the specific reasons why your heat pump might be malfunctioning.

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Tank or Tankless: Which Type of Water Heater Is Better?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

If you need to replace your older water heater, you may have considered upgrading your older unit to a more effective and efficient system. And if you currently own a storage tank water heater, you may have heard that tankless water heaters could offer greater performance and efficiency. But is this really true?

For the most part, choosing the right water heater depends on your budgetary needs and how much hot water you use. For some homeowners, a tankless water heater may be the most efficient way to heat the water in their home. For others, however, a traditional storage tank water heater is still a great choice.

To talk to an expert about a new water heater installation in Glassboro, be sure to call an expert at SPS Mechanical Inc. But if you want to know more about the benefits of each of these systems, we’ve provided this quick guide.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

Even with all of the talk about tankless water heaters, conventional storage tank water heaters remain the most common type of unit found in homes. These units heat water through a natural heat rising process. Water enters the top of the tank through a dip tube that leads to the bottom. At the bottom of the tank, there is a gas or electric heating element that heats water, which then rises to the top where it leaves through another pipe. Most homeowners choose storage tank water heaters because of the relatively low cost of installation.

Tankless Water Heater

However, many storage tank water heater users complain that it cannot heat water fast enough to meet high demands in some homes. Plus, there is a lot of standby energy loss because water is heated throughout the day. Tankless water heaters do not need a tank because water is heated instantly when a hot water tap is turned on, which means they use a lot less energy. However, tankless units cannot operate as effectively if multiple hot water taps are used at once. If this is the case in your house, you may need to install multiple units.

A tankless water heater may be a better option for some homeowners. However, if you haven’t had problems with energy efficiency with your current tank, you may choose to replace it with a similar system. For installation or more information about any type of water heater in Glassboro, contact an expert at SPS Mechanical Inc. today!

 

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What Are Blower Doors and What Are They Used For?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

How energy-efficient is your home? You may not know it, but your home might contain numerous air leaks where heat escapes during cold weather and enters during warm weather. This places a strain on your HVAC system and leads to discomfort. Those same air leaks can also bring in moisture and lower your indoor air quality.

The best way to evaluate your home’s airtightness is to schedule an energy audit. An audit, also called a home performance evaluation, will systematically locate where your home is losing energy and find the best ways to seal and insulate it so you’ll save money and protect your indoor environment.

To find professionals who handle energy audits in Glassboro, NJ, contact the team at SPS Mechanical Inc. We specialize in energy-saving solutions for homes.

The key tool for an energy audit: the blower door

To evaluate the airtightness of a home, auditors use a device called a blower door. The standard blower door mounts within the frame of an open door, sealing completely across the aperture so there are no leaks around it. Within the blower door is a large variable speed fan and a pressure monitor called a manometer. During an energy audit, the technicians attach a blower door to the front door of a house. They then make sure that all other doors and windows throughout the house are shut. The blower door fan activates, and it draws air from inside the home to depressurize it; the manometer measures the difference in pressure.

Once the blower door has lowered the pressure inside the house, outside air will rush in through any opening, such as gaps in building material or insulation, and around poorly sealing windows and doors. The auditors move throughout the house and use smoke pencils to detect where air is rushing to enter air leaks. After a blower door test, the auditors will have a good idea of where a home lacks integrity in its heat sealing, and they can start to investigate specific areas.

Energy audits consist of more than the blower door test: excellent auditors will perform an extensive walk-through of the building to note specific points of energy loss and gain. They’ll test the HVAC system and the sealing along the ventilation. They’ll see if all your major appliances (laundry machines, refrigerator) are working at their most efficient. Once they’re done, they will report to you with a list of where your home could improve its efficiency and suggestions on what you can do.

We suggest that everyone have an energy audit done for their home at some point. If you feel that you are paying more on your utility bills than you should, call SPS Mechanical Inc. and ask about our services for energy audits in Glassboro, NJ. We use blower doors and other advanced technology to give homes thorough performance evaluations.

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Signs You Need Commercial HVAC Repairs

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

An air conditioning and heating system working at its best is an asset for a company. However, it’s easy to take the comfort for granted and assume the system will continue to operate at the height of efficiency without interruption. Considering the amount of work that a commercial HVAC system must perform year-round for a busy company, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that eventually it will encounter malfunctions that will require professional attention.

Here are a few signs to look for that will alert you to an HVAC system that is struggling because of a repair need. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. for professional technicians who can handle the work to restore your commercial HVAC in Glassboro, NJ. We also offer regular maintenance which will make sure that your business’ heating and cooling is never taken for granted and always receives the care it needs to keep running.

Indications of Repair Needs for Commercial Systems

  • Uneven heating or cooling: Always pay close attention to employees who have noticed hot or cold spots in the building. Your employees will be accustomed to steady temperatures, and they will quickly notice changes that lead to discomfort. Uneven heating/cooling is usually a sign that something has gone wrong with the thermostats or the dampers in the ventilation system, but it could also indicate that the actual air conditioner or heater is beginning to struggle and cannot send out conditioned air to all parts of the work space.
  • Skyrocketing power bills: As a business owner, you will keep close track of expenses. Should you notice an increase in your power bills that you cannot account for due to changes in work schedules, the issue may lie with an HVAC system that has started to work inefficiently due to malfunctions. It could be loss of refrigerant, strained motors, dust and dirt in the system, clogged filters, or general wear and tear due to lack of maintenance. Call for technicians to investigate.
  • Odd smells from the vents: Acrid and musty smells that start to permeate a building often come from the vents. This could indicate breaks in the ventilation system, or it could come from overheating engines or a compressor inside the heater or air conditioner. Don’t hesitate when these odors start, since a burnt-out compressor is one of the most expensive repairs an air conditioner or heat pump can need.

Only Hire Commercial Repair Specialists

Repairs for commercial systems require technicians trained specifically to handle them. You cannot call up any commercial HVAC repair company and expect quality results. When your Glassboro, NJ commercial HVAC starts to encounter trouble, look to the services at SPS Mechanical Inc. If you sign up for our commercial maintenance plan to help prevent future repairs, you’ll receive priority service, discounts, no overtime charges for 24-hour repairs, and zero trip charges.

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3 Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Your air ducts are the delivery system for your air conditioner’s cool air. Just as dust and dirt can create problems with the indoor and outdoor units of your air conditioner, they can also create problems with your air ducts. This is one of several reasons why it is so important to have your air ducts cleaned thoroughly by a professional. Do you know the last time your air ducts were thoroughly cleaned? If not, here are 3 reasons to consider having SPS Mechanical handle your duct cleaning service in Glassboro, NJ:

Indoor Air Quality

Your air conditioner cools the air by taking the warm air in your home and returning it as cool, dry air. In order to do this, your air conditioner pulls air from your property into the system. The air in your home can contain dust, dirt, pet dander, and other microbes that are floating around. This debris can deposit in your system, often in the air ducts. If the ducts aren’t cleaned, these items will build up, creating a layer of dust, dirt and other things that get transported back into your home, compromising the air quality.

Equipment Life

Excessive build-up can restrict the airflow in your system, causing it to work harder to achieve the set temperature. Once your air conditioner is stressed, the  premature aging follows, along with the potential for earlier breakdown.

Energy Efficiency

If your air conditioner is struggling because of excessive dust and dirt build-up in the vents, it will need to use more electricity to do its job. By keeping your air conditioning vents clean, you can help increase the airflow, reducing your air conditioner’s use of energy.

Clean Your Ducts for Summer

Summertime is upon us, and your air conditioner is about to run full-time for the season – are your ducts ready, too? Don’t compromise your indoor air quality, your air conditioner or your monthly utility bills because of dirty air ducts. Call SPS Mechanical, Inc., today, and schedule your next duct cleaning with one of our HVAC experts in Glassboro, NJ.

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