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Swamp Cooler or Refrigerated Air Conditioning – What you need to know

Posted on: February 18, 2013 by in Furnace Dangers

When the time comes to consider replacing or upgrading your home’s comfort system, exploring your options always makes sense. Good contractors have the knowledge and skills to effectively review those options with you, and they’ll also ensure your equipment is sized and installed correctly.  If you have any questions, the answers are easy to get.

Just call Mechanical Control Solutions (MCS) at 505-888-1616!

Homeowners in the Albuquerque, NM area can thank improved cooling technology for increasing their options when it comes to air conditioning. Since each type has its own pros and cons, it’s important to do a little research before you decide which one is best for you.

Quick Facts about Refrigerated Air Conditioning vs. Evaporative (Swamp) Cooling

Refrigerated A/C

  • Produces colder air than evaporative cooling
  • Maintains a consistent temperature
  • Appraised value of home is higher
  • Electric expense is higher
  • Not affected by excess humidity
  • Able to filter the air –doesn’t pull in bugs, dust, pollen and smoke from outside

Evaporative Cooling

  • Produces moist air
  • Moisture causes swelling in your walls and doorways
  • Can leave items in your home feeling wet, including your bed sheets
  • Cheaper to run– depending on cost of water
  • Ineffective when temperature above 95 degrees or in high humidity conditions

Many homeowners use evaporative cooling because it is less expensive to install and operate. When the weather is hot and dry, it’s both effective and efficient. Unfortunately, it loses that effectiveness when the humidity rises. We’re in the midst of a serious drought, so evaporative cooling is also a significant drain on our precious water resources. On the plus side, dramatic improvements in evaporative cooling technology have improved both the cooling capacity and maintenance chores. The Breezair Evaporative Cooler, for example, can deliver 75 degree air on a 100 degree day.

Refrigerated air, on the other hand, provides extensive benefits over evaporative cooling. In addition to maintaining even temperatures and humidity throughout the home, it doesn’t waste water. Since it doesn’t pull outside air into the home, smoke, pollen and other contaminants remain outside. Though most refrigerated air systems use more electricity to cool your home, solutions such as solar powered systems do exist. The Sunsource Home Comfort System by Lennox uses 8 solar panels to reduce your electricity usage by approximately 80%, and it also qualifies you for a 30% federal tax credit.

Just call Mechanical Control Solutions (MCS) at 505-888-1616 for more information. We will help you make the right decisions for your budget and needs.

Your Furnace Wears From The Inside Out…

Posted on: November 5, 2012 by in Furnace Dangers
By Sandy Adams
November 5, 2012
      The tires on your car wear from constant grinding and flexing over pavement. It’s easy to know when they’re dangerous and need replacement because they wear from the outside in.  Your furnace heat exchanger wears out from the expansions and contraction caused by the burners as they turn on and off. We’ve all taken a soda can at one point or another and flexed it back and forth until it cracks.  That’s what happens to your furnace’s heat exchanger after years of expansion and contraction from the heat.  But unlike your tires, you have no warning how dangerous your heating system is becoming because it wears from the inside out.
     The heat exchanger of your furnace is a series of closed chambers that are heated with gas burners.  The burning (combustion) process within the chambers generate carbon monoxide gas, which is vented from the closed chambers out through the flue on your furnace, much the same as the tailpipe in an automobile.  Your home receives heat from air that is blown past the hot, heat exchanger.  A crack or hole in your system may allow carbon monoxide gas to enter your living environment.  Furnaces should be tested every year for signs of wear or damage and carbon monoxide leaks.  It is recommended by The American Gas Association that you replace your furnace or heat exchanger when this damage occurs.  Operating an older, untested furnace may be as dangerous as taking your family out for a drive in a set of bald tires.
     A 15 year-old furnace is like a set of tires with 96,000 miles on them.  It’s important to have your furnace inspected EVERY YEAR to help keep your family safe and comfortable.
Make the right call to MCS and get your heater inspected right away!  (505) 888-1616

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Posted on: September 20, 2012 by in Furnace Dangers