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Is The Daikin FIT System Right For You?

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While summer is winding down, there is still a way to go before temperatures start cooling down in Ann Arbor and throughout SE Michigan. If your air conditioner isn’t functioning as good as it used to and you’re facing replacement soon, you may be wondering whether the Daikin FIT system would be a good solution for your needs. If you’re looking for a solution that’s both affordable and efficient, Haley Mechanical is ready to help.

First of all, what exactly is the Daikin FIT system?

Compact and powerful, the Daikin FIT system is a “smart” HVAC system that keeps your home comfortable without blowing your budget. Backed by 12-year parts, labor and replacement warranties, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you have made the right choice.

Why choose the Daikin FIT system to replace your current AC?

You never have to compromise on comfort. Balancing temperature and humidity so that you feel comfortable isn’t always easy. When our Ann Arbor HVAC technicians install the Daikin FIT system, you’re in control of developing your own ecosystem no matter what the temperature is outdoors.

Using variable-speed Inverter Technology, the fan continuously runs with the Daikin FIT system, circulating air throughout your home via the air filters so that it doesn’t become stale. This assists with dehumidifying the air in your home, helping you enjoy improved indoor air quality. Daikin likes to call this technology “Air Intelligence,” and we agree.

Budget-friendly, energy-efficient. Because of its variable-speed Inverter Technology, homeowners enjoy saving on average 30% on energy costs each year. The Daikin FIT system is always running, so the motor doesn’t ramp on, and off each time there is a few degrees fluctuation in temperature. It’s similar to how your car operates on cruise control.

Super quiet operation. Is your current air conditioning system as quiet as your refrigerator? Probably not. The Daikin FIT system is almost twice as quiet as a traditional AC system, operating as little as 48 decibels. Whether sleeping at night, watching television, or entertaining neighbors and friends on the patio, you won’t be interrupted by the unpleasant noise of an AC kicking on.

Compact and space-saving. Those outdoor units with traditional AC systems are enormous and can be an eyesore. Whether on zero lot line locations or those that would typically require a crane to install such as a roof, the Daikin FIT system is compact, a side-discharge system that you won’t have to hide and that won’t disrupt your landscape. Haley Mechanical will work with you to develop the right solution for your needs.

Industry-leading warranty. Haley Mechanical and Daikin offer warranties on the Daikin FIT system that lead the industry. With 12-year parts, 12-year labor and 12-year replacement warranties, you simply cannot go wrong. You will get a completely new air conditioner should a major component fail within the first 12 years, so it’s a great solution if you need to replace an old or broken down AC unit.

Daikin ONE+ Smart Thermostat comes standard with the Daikin FIT system. Air quality monitoring and humidity controls take the Daikin FIT system beyond what other smart thermostats can deliver. The Daikin ONE+ automatically switches between cooling and heating controls in a way that’s effortless and includes additional features such as voice control, temperature scheduling, geofencing and more.

If you are ready to make the switch to the innovative Daikin FIT system, contact Haley Mechanical today!

Mini-Split installation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

How Do Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Work?

Zoned HVAC” and “mini splits” are terms often used when talking about ductless mini-split heat pumps, a type of heating and cooling system that is capable of conditioning the air without the use of ducts.

For homes without existing ductwork, ductless mini splits are often the best solution for those renovating or adding on to their homes. They’re usually the perfect solution in situations where it isn’t practical to install new duct systems or extend an existing one.

Even in homes with ductwork, mini-splits are often used in larger homes as they can potentially save you on both energy consumption and costs. Convenient and flexible, ductless mini-split heat pumps allow you to cool or heat only the rooms your family uses rather than the entire house. Each has its own thermostat, so everyone in your household will enjoy comfort without arguing over one central thermostat.

How Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Work

Two primary parts make up the ductless mini-split system, including the indoor air handling unit, and an outdoor compressor/condenser.

Typically mounted high on a wall or suspended from the ceiling, the indoor unit directs conditioned (heated or cooled) air into your living space. Instead of a complicated duct system, a refrigerant line connects the indoor unit directly to an outdoor compressor. Suction tubing, power cable, and condensate drain lines connect the indoor unit to the outdoor unit in addition to the refrigerant line.

In most cases, there is a single outdoor unit that connects to several indoor air handling units. While all of the indoor units are controlled separately, it’s only necessary to use one outdoor unit to absorb or distribute heat, depending on whether you’re cooling or heating the air.

Traditional central air systems deliver conditioned air into your spaces by sending air from the indoor air handling unit through a complex series of ducts.

How HVAC Zones are Designed with Mini-Splits

A qualified HVAC technician will help create the zones, so your family enjoys the convenience and energy efficiency you expect from your units, delegating each indoor air handling unit to a specific room, zone, or area in your home.

In most cases it is possible to use four indoor air handling units with one outdoor unit, providing comfort to four rooms or “zones” within your home. How many indoor units you need depends on factors including the number of family members in your home, the amount of heating/cooling required, and your home’s size.

The flexibility is an advantage homeowners enjoy, as you could have an indoor air-handling unit installed on the ground-level floor of your home, the upstairs level, and in the garage making it possible for you to control these separate areas and increase energy efficiency.

Another advantage of a ductless mini-split over a traditional ducted system is that conditioned air can’t escape as it often does with a typical duct system. Cracks and gaps commonly found in ductwork can result in the loss of about 20 to 30% of conditioned air, compromising your comfort and increasing energy costs.

Do Ductless Mini-Splits Provide Cooling and Heating?

In a word, yes. However, it’s important to consider the differences between gas furnaces, boilers, and other traditional methods of heating compared to heat pumps.

How a Heat Pump Operates

Ductless mini-splits operate by connecting the indoor handling units to the outdoor compressor, much like traditional heat pumps operate. However, instead of transferring conditioned air into the spaces in your home via a network of ducts, the indoor air handler is installed directly into the zone, room, or area in your home where it will be used.

Heat pumps work using heat energy that already exists and is detected in the air by the refrigerant, unlike furnaces that generate their own heat. What about when it’s cold outside – how does a heat pump provide heat?

Traditional AC units remove heat from interior spaces and send it to the outdoor condensing unit. With a heat pump, the process works backward, transferring heat found in the outdoor environment to the indoors. Super cold refrigerant absorbs heat from the air outdoors, basically, the same way an air conditioner works. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics holds that heat naturally flows from a warmer body to a colder body, therefore when the refrigerant is colder than the outdoor air, it can absorb heat energy. Heat can be absorbed by a heat pump when temperatures outdoors drop as low as -4°F. Quite remarkable!

That said, your heat pump will have to work harder when temperatures continue to drop. Many people find that as temperatures drop below freezing, it becomes more difficult to heat their homes using a heat pump system. Considering temperatures often drop below freezing during winter months in SE Michigan, you may want to think about having a backup heating system available.

Pros and Cons of Ductless Mini Split Systems

Like most other types of equipment, there are advantages and disadvantages of ductless mini-split heat pumps. If you have a large home and only use certain rooms or zones regularly, it may be a good option for you. Ductless mini-split systems are also ideal if you’re adding on a room or renovating a space where there is no existing ductwork.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are not the right solution for everyone, although they do offer many advantages. For example, if your home has existing ductwork and is a single-level home, a traditional HVAC unit will likely serve your needs better.

Disadvantages of Ductless Mini-Splits

Initially costs more than some systems, but operating costs are lower
Professional installation is a must to ensure proper design and installation
Indoor units may not be visually pleasing to some people

One of the most significant disadvantages is that in some areas, it may be challenging to find a qualified HVAC contractor to install your ductless mini-split system and service it. If you live in Ann Arbor or surrounding cities in southeast Michigan, Haley Mechanical employs highly skilled contractors specializing in mini-split systems.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Splits

  • Convenience, flexibility (each indoor unit is controlled with its own thermostat)
  • Small size, unobtrusive
  • Simple installation requires only 3-inch hole in the wall for the conduit
  • Energy and cost savings
  • No ductwork needed
  • More secure (intruders have easy access with window units)
  • Remote control
  • Modern, streamlined appearance
  • Longer lifespan
  • Customization options
  • Use for cooling and heating your home

By upgrading to a heat pump system, you may be eligible for rebates, tax credits, and other incentives.

Have questions or interested in learning more about ductless mini-split heat pumps and how this type of system could be the perfect solution for your needs? Give Haley Mechanical a call today.

Prepping Your Ann Arbor Home for Warmer Weather

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Homeowners in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas of Southeast Michigan are no doubt happy that warmer weather has finally arrived! That said, there is always something to be done when the seasons change. Spring cleaning is likely on your list of things to do, but we have a few tips on how you can not only enjoy the warm temperatures, but prepare for hotter and more uncomfortable conditions that may be in our future.

What are the top reasons homeowners want to do a little spring cleaning when pleasant conditions arrive? Decluttering, deep cleaning and removing triggers that aggravate allergies and asthma are among the top, according to the American Cleaning Institute.

Before you venture outdoors, take a look at weather stripping. During the winter months, weather stripping can deteriorate leaving cracks and gaps around windows or doors. Inspect those things you’ve done to keep out the cold temps, along with hardware that may have become looser with temperature changes such as hinges.

Enjoy the great outdoors – but do these things first. Inspect outdoor gear and equipment your children and family use such as trampolines, swing sets, and tree houses. Check for any damage your patio, deck, or porch may have suffered over the cold winter season. Is the grill a good 10 or 15 feet away from your house, and is it functioning properly? By checking all of these things now, you can enjoy peace of mind while enjoying the warmer temperatures spring brings to the area.

Inspect your attic. From squirrels and mice to creepy crawly critters, insects and animals often seek refuge in the attic during cold winter months. Take a little time to inspect any holes, gaps, or crevices rodents may have used to enter, and seal them up. Also inspect for wet areas which could indicate a leak, and think about whether it would be beneficial to add attic insulation for the summer season’s approach.

Take care of the most dreaded task – cleaning windows. Spring is the time we all want to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and let the sunshine filter in. The snow and ice of winter weather leaves behind a film that dulls those gorgeous sunny days! Grab your window cleaner on a cloudy day and spray down the glass, using a newspaper or microfiber cloth to clean the grime away without leaving streaks. For the window hardware, frames and windowsill, a multi-purpose cleaner and clean rags is all you need. Cleaning windows on a sunny day isn’t a good idea, as the heat from the sun can dry your glass cleaner faster than you can wipe it away, causing streaks.

Prepare your HVAC system. You don’t want to wait until temperatures become uncomfortable to make sure your cooling system is ready. Your HVAC system not only cools the air inside your home, it also helps ensure good indoor air quality. Check to make sure there are no blockages in the vents, then switch your system on to see if it functions as it should. You may want to consider the iComfort or S30 or other smart thermostat that’s capable of monitoring pollen levels and air quality in the vicinity.

Last but certainly not least, schedule preventive maintenance with a trusted HVAC company like Haley Mechanical to enjoy peace of mind knowing your cooling system will do its job all spring and summer long.

By preparing your SE Michigan home for spring now you can enjoy the warm, beautiful days that are on the way knowing these tasks are behind you. Schedule preventive maintenance for your cooling system now by giving the Ann Arbor HVAC experts at Haley Mechanical a call today.

Need a HVAC Contractor in Ann Arbor? 3 Things to Look For

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Regardless of whether it’s winter or summer in Southeast Michigan, there’s never a “good” time for your heating and air conditioning system to go on the blink. Perhaps you have an emergency with your heater, or simply need your HVAC system checked out to ensure everything’s in good working order. Before you choose the first contractor you come to in the phone book, Haley Mechanical recommends you consider the following.

Training & Certification of Technicians

Not all companies hire only highly trained and skilled technicians. It’s important to learn the educational standards the company adheres to when hiring employees, whether they participate in ongoing training, even whether technicians have undergone OSHA training or contractors are registered with ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning) or other nationally accredited groups. Technicians must be skilled and capable when it comes to the latest HVAC technologies or even detecting, handling, or treating mold if you suspect it exists in your heating & cooling system.

Legitimate Businesses are Happy to Provide Credentials

Unfortunately, not all heat and air companies in the Ann Arbor area are truly legitimate. In order to ensure you’re hiring a professional who will take care of your needs, ask for information including insurance and a business license. This is possible before anyone actually comes to your home, via email or phone. It’s also possible to contact the issuing licensing authority in order to verify the company does have a license that’s current and in good standing. If there are complaints against the business or their insurance coverage has lapsed, be sure to ask questions.

Take a Look at Online Reviews

The best way to choose an HVAC business you can trust is to ask around and look at online reviews. Family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends, other businesses you’re familiar with in the area; all of these sources can give you their opinions and recommendations. There are also lots of places you can check online to ensure a business is legitimate and has a good reputation such as Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Google, Angie’s List, and others. If you do choose to investigate using social media platforms, pay close attention to how any customer issues have been addressed or resolved.

Now that you’re prepared, finding a professional to resolve your SE Michigan heating repair issues or to perform regular maintenance won’t be a problem at all. Be sure to keep Haley Mechanical in mind, one of the most trusted and reputable companies in the heating & cooling business!

Copper Theft – Tips for Protecting Your Property

Copper Pipes

According to NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau), copper is highly prized by thieves who are looking to make some easy money.  Over a two-year period, 25,000 claims were filed related to the theft of aluminum, brass, bronze, and copper.  Not surprisingly, 96% of these thefts were copper-related.

Retail facilities and construction sites are two of the hardest hit by copper theft.  Considering both of these are typically dark and deserted during the nighttime hours, they become easy targets for copper thieves.  Retail strip malls often offer easy access to AC units on the rooftop, as well as access from one retailer to the next without ever getting off of the building.  Copper coils, wiring, and piping are like “gold” to thieves, who may strip every copper component they can find from HVAC equipment on a construction site, waiting to be installed.

How can you deter copper theft at your retail location or construction site?  Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid letting copper materials and equipment sit out where they are vulnerable to theft by having them delivered on the day of installation
  • Make sure storage trailers and trucks are securely locked, and restrict access to keys
  • Be on alert when at the construction site for vehicles or activity that seems suspicious
  • Use storage containers, wire cages and/or secured buildings to store large quantities of equipment which contain copper components
  • Consider hiring a security service or local law enforcement to patrol and/or guard the work site during the hours no workers are present
  • Make sure your crew is trained on security procedures regarding materials and equipment; you may want to devise an inventory management system for tracking and identifying these materials as well

Preventive measures can also help deter copper theft at retail stores and shopping malls.  Some of the things you can do to prevent theft of copper components from AC units include installing exterior motion-sensor lighting, secure fencing, and video surveillance.  You may also want to consider locked steel cages around AC units, and monitoring during nighttime hours, weekends or other times which would be regarded as opportune for would-be thieves.

Maintaining Control of Energy Costs – It’s All About the Numbers

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As a southeast Michigan homeowner, if you are in the market for a new HVAC system no doubt you are concerned about energy efficiency. It is no surprise, considering heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly 50% of your home’s annual energy usage! Ultimately, spending more initially on a quality heating and air-conditioning system will save you money each month on energy bills.

Now comes the most important question – just how do you determine which systems are the most energy efficient? By understanding the lingo and the numbers, it will be simple for you to compare the various equipment available today so you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you are getting the most efficient “bang for your buck.”

Cooling Equipment and SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

Sounds like Greek, but when you are trying to find the most energy-efficient cooling equipment (whether an air conditioner or heat pump that works to cool your home in summer months), the SEER rating is much like the MPG with your car. Ultimately, it all boils down to how much you get out of your cooling system when compared to how much you put into it.

SEER is a measure of the amount of electricity required to cool your home over the summer season vs. the volume of cool air your air conditioner can produce over that same period. Measured in British thermal units, SEER measures the amount of energy necessary to achieve your desired cooling level in watt-hours vs. the system’s total cooling output.

Government Mandated SEER Ratings

The minimum SEER rating for all air conditioners/heat pumps has been mandated by the government since January 2015; this rating depends on geographic location within the U.S. For Northern regions, a SEER rating of at least 13 is required for air conditioners, and 14 for heat pumps. Those who live in the Southern or Southwest regions must have an air conditioner or heat pump with a minimum 14 SEER rating.

The Higher the SEER Rating, the Higher Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner or Heat Pump

A SEER rating of 16 or higher is recommended for SE Michigan homeowners who desire high-efficiency cooling, which not only provides the ultimate in comfort but will result in significant energy savings over the summer months when compared to older equipment. For instance, the Lennox XC16 air conditioner can save you hundreds in energy costs when compared to cooling systems that are just four or five years old!

The Lennox XC25 variable-capacity air conditioner provides the highest SEER rating on the market and is ultimately the most efficient air conditioner on the market today. Because of its ability to adjust the compressor up or down in tiny increments similar to a dimmer switch, the XC25 uses only the minimal amount of electricity required to maintain the desired temperature you set. Ultimately, homeowners enjoy the least possible amount of wasted energy and a cool, comfortable home.

Heat Pumps, Furnaces, & Other Heating Equipment

The majority of homeowners in the U.S. depend on two popular methods for heating their homes in winter months: electric heat pumps, and gas or oil furnaces. Electric heat pumps work primarily in reverse from your air conditioner to warm your spaces in winter months, moving heat inside your living spaces rather than to the outdoors. If you rely on gas heat, the process involves a flame that heats the heat exchanger along with a hot metal chamber that warms the air as it passes through before being circulated throughout the rooms of your home.

Heat Pumps

HSPF, or Heating Season Performance Factor, is used to measure electric heat from a heat pump. Similar to SEER, HSPF compares heating to the amount of electricity used, whereas SEER compares cooling to the amount of power used.

To put it in simpler terms, HSPF compares the amount of energy required to generate the heat your heat pump creates over the fall and winter seasons. Again, this measurement is similar to the miles per gallon you get in your vehicle. With a heat pump, homeowners will enjoy significant savings over older equipment by choosing equipment with an HSPF of 8 or higher. Today, the Lennox XP25 is the most energy-conscious heat pump available.

Furnaces

Whether oil or gas, the efficiency of these types of furnaces are determined by AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This is essentially a measure of the amount of usable heat generated when heating oil or natural gas is burned in the furnace. High-efficiency furnaces use less gas or oil to produce the same amount of usable heat, so the higher the AFUE, the lower the cost without sacrificing heat or comfort. The minimum AFUE value for a furnace to be considered highly efficient is 90, which means 90% of the fuel burned is converted to usable heat. Currently, the Lennox SLP98V is the quietest, most energy efficient furnace available.

We invite homeowners in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and other areas in southeast Michigan to visit the Lennox Energy Savings Calculator to find out how much you can save by using Lennox cooling and heating equipment. As an Authorized Lennox Dealer, you can rely on Haley Mechanical for only the best in products, installation, and service!

What Does a Furnace Limit Switch Do?

Furnace Limit Switch

As a southeast Michigan homeowner, it is important to understand what a limit switch is on a furnace, how it works, and why it’s important to the safety of your home, family, and heating system. While there are a number of safety features in most furnaces, understanding the function of the limit switch is important.

What Does a Furnace Limit Switch Do?

There are two primary functions of a limit switch. One, until the air generated inside the furnace, warms up sufficiently, the limit switch will not allow the fan to come on. Two, if the temperature of the air around the heat exchanger should become too hot, the limit switch essentially “kills” the burner. Manufacturers design limit switches to shut the burner off in situations where the temperature around the heat exchanger is too high in order to prevent a potential crack of the heat exchanger, which would result in toxic byproducts of combustion escaping into your home. This is dangerous!

The Most Common Issues with Limit Switches

As with any equipment, components of your heating system can malfunction; this includes the limit switch. If your furnace’s blower continues to operate without shutting off, it may be that the limit switch is malfunctioning; this is the most common symptom of a problem. Just as it won’t allow the fan to come on until the air has warmed to a certain temperature, the limit switch will shut down once the air cools to a certain degree. If your furnace’s blower continues to run and doesn’t cycle off, it could be the result of a limit switch that is beginning to go bad.

Under certain circumstances, the limit switch will prevent your furnace from operating. This is the case when a clogged air filter prevents sufficient air from circulating through the system, which ultimately limits airflow and may cause the heat exchanger to become overly heated. The limit switch will turn the burner off when it senses an overheated heat exchanger.

Safety should be a top priority this winter season for homeowners not only in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Howell, and surrounding areas but throughout Michigan. Have questions about the limit switch or other safety features of your furnace? Give the furnace repair experts at Haley Mechanical a call today.

Is Your Sump Pump Ready for Potential Snow Melt Flooding?

Melting Snow in Dexter Michigan

We’ve had more than our fair share of snow this winter, and now temperatures are on the rise in southeast Michigan. For homeowners and businesses, this could mean potential problems. While we’re all ready for warmer weather, rapidly melting snow can lead to flooding – and ultimately, damage to your belongings or even the foundation of your home. Do you own a sump pump, and if so, is it prepared to do its job?

Most people think of sump pumps as a piece of equipment necessary in spring or fall, when rainfall may be heavier. Water is water, and rapidly melting snow can cause the same damage as periods of heavy rainfall. The soil surrounding your foundation and basement becomes over saturated, which may result in flooding or even structural damage.

If you already own a sump pump, don’t put off checking its operation

If you’re an SE Michigan homeowner who has already invested in a sump pump, smart move. However, it’s important to check your sump pump to make certain it’s operating properly. Water should be discharging correctly, and the check valve inspected to ensure it is properly fitted so that water doesn’t flow back through the line in the opposite direction you want it to go. If you have an exterior sump pump, check to make sure the ground pipe or drainpipe isn’t blocked with ice so that water can be pumped out properly. Also take a look at any drain or downspout extensions to ensure they haven’t sustained damage caused by ice or heavy snow, as damage may prevent the melting snow from moving away from your foundation.

Having a sump pump can save your home or business from substantial damage and costly repairs, however, it’s important that you don’t wait until the last minute to make sure it’s functioning as it should. According to experts at Home Depot, this is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make. They recommend checking the float switch as well, lifting it up to ensure the pump kicks on. Mike Thom suggests that homeowners can quickly test the operation of their sump pumps by dropping a five-gallon bucket of water in the basin to make sure the water level rises and that the sump pump draws it out.

At Haley Mechanical, we want to help homeowners be prepared for the big thaw that while certainly a welcome relief from frigid temperatures, could result in damage to your home. If you have a sump pump, don’t put off checking to make sure it’s operating as it should. If you’re a home or business owner in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Canton, Howell, or other community in southeast Michigan who does not have a sump pump, give us a call today. Haley Mechanical offers award-winning plumbers for the Ann Arbor area.

Get Schooled! It’s Air Conditioning Trivia Time

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At Haley Mechanical, we provide outstanding A/C service to southeast Michigan homeowners, whether you are in need of a new air conditioning system or service/maintenance on your existing system.  We know how quickly things change in terms of technological advances in cooling and heating.  However, as a homeowner, you may not be so savvy when it comes to the history of heating/cooling your home.  Ready for a little trivia about A/C’s past and present?  Here we go!

1.  True or False:  Prior to the invention of air conditioning, industrial workers took a month off in August.

True!  August is when temperatures are at their hottest; workers were sluggish, production slowing or even coming to a complete halt.  For the same reason, government agencies shut down for a portion of the summer.

2.  Who is the inventor of air conditioning, and why was A/C invented?

A Brooklyn publishing company employee, Willis Carrier, invented air conditioning.  He invented it for the company because high temperatures and humidity would cause the paper the company printed on to expand or contract.  Air conditioning kept temperatures and humidity lower.

3.  True or False:  Nearly every aspect of the industry has been revolutionized due to the development of effective refrigeration and temperature control.

True.  Think of the world we live in today.  The manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, food production, delivery, and storage, even the manufacturing of chipsets, computers, and chemicals would not be possible without air conditioning.

4.  True or False.  Education across the nation has been affected by air conditioning.

False.  Summer vacation was not actually invented to give school kids a break – it was because of hot temperatures and the fact that not only was the heat intolerable, some were concerned about the spread of disease.  Schools in the U.S still let out for summer vacation, even though air conditioning would make it possible for a school to continue year-round.

5.  What role has air conditioning played in extending human life expectancy and the advancement in medicine?

Air conditioning helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, advance development in surgery, and has resulted in fewer infant deaths and the defeat of diseases such as malaria.

6.  Advancements in air conditioning have changed architecture, but how?

Older homes had high ceilings, breezeways, shrubs that were placed strategically, even porches designed for sleeping – all of this in an effort to make the home more comfortable.  Because today’s structures are often designed of glass, have lower ceilings and other design features that do not take into account heat and ventilation, having air conditioning is almost a must for modern homeowners and businesses.

7.  True or False:  Air conditioning makes us more intolerant of heat.

True.  Living in cool, air-conditioned homes and working in air-conditioned environments makes it harder to tolerate heat.  Scientific evidence supports the fact that too much time spent under the A/C erodes our natural tolerance to hotter temperatures.

8.  What percentage of U.S. homes were equipped with central air conditioning systems in 2009?

In 2009, 87% of homes in the U.S. were equipped with air conditioning, according to an American Housing Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau.  Of this 87%, 65% had central air conditioning, while 22% of homes had window or room units.

9.  Since 1960, what one factor assisted in 60% of the total U.S. economic growth?

Air conditioning!  Over the past 54 years, 60% of the total economic growth has occurred in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and other southern states where temperatures are hot in summer months.  Over the years, air conditioning has made factory work and apartment living possible in the South – and demographers contend that Las Vegas, Arizona, and other southern locales have experienced population explosions as a direct result of air conditioning.

10.  Who do you call when you need air conditioner installation or repair?

Haley Mechanical, or course!  Family owned and operated for more than 15 years, we are dedicated to quality products, outstanding service, and making life for southeast Michigan residents as comfortable as possible.  Contact us today!

DIY Plumbing Pipe Insulation for Ann Arbor Homeowners

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While winter will soon be over, many homeowners in the Southeast Michigan area know all too well the frigid temperatures, and winter weather can cause a huge headache – frozen pipes. Thankfully, DIY homeowners can often avoid facing the issue of frozen pipes, sinks, or showers by taking a few preventive steps.

It’s simple, and requires just four steps!

Locate pipes that aren’t exposed. These are generally located in areas of your home such as the attic, crawl space, or garage where spaces are unheated.

Choose the insulation. There are a few options that are a favorite for those who are do-it-yourselfers, although you can find countless products designed for insulating plumbing pipes on the market. The most popular include:

  • Self-sealing foam strips are great for those with a limited budget, and simple to install.
  • Foam, rubber, or fiberglass pipe covers. These are relatively simple to install and fit over the plumbing. Check temperature ratings for the various materials available.
  • Pipe heat cables are great as a temporary or permanent solution and work even when temperatures drop well below zero. Whether your cold-water lines are made of metal or plastic, plug-in pipe heat cables provide great protection against freezing for unexposed pipes.

Note: While installation by a plumbing professional is necessary with spray foam, this is one method of insulating pipes that when correctly installed can increase the energy efficiency of your home by as much as 20%.

Inspect pipes. You can inspect your plumbing pipes for leaks or other issues yourself, or have an experienced Ann Arbor plumber perform the inspection if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. When a leak or other problem is present, insulating the pipes can prove to be a futile effort.

Schedule a time for insulation installation. If you do it yourself, you will want to leave a few hours free over the weekend to ensure you have sufficient time to complete the project. Also, be sure to read instructions on the type of insulation you intend to use, so you will have any necessary tools on hand.

For some, it is easier to let a professional handle the job of insulating plumbing pipes. Either way, frozen pipes can disrupt your life making it impossible to shower, clean, do laundry, and other daily tasks. You can protect your water line from freezing temperatures with these simple DIY steps, however, if you have questions or prefer an experienced contractor take care of pipe insulation, give the pros at Haley Mechanical a call!