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Things Way too Hot at Home?

Posted February 22, 2018 By Brian Nagle

The adage is there is more than 1 way to solve a problem. On Long Island and many other locations, Cape Cod and farm ranch style homes were the prevalent style homes back in the 1940’s and 1950’s. These style homes have little or no attic space available to install the main component of an air distribution system, an air handler. Air handlers are typically half as wide as a refrigerator and ¾ as long. Occasionally there may be a closet available where the air handler can be installed vertically, but often not. In the past 5 years especially, improved technology and customer concerns have been taken seriously by manufacturers. The new standard in the industry is variable speed inverter technology, providing both cooling and heating, and literally using less than ½ the electric from previous  generations. For homes where central air cannot be installed and work as expected, variable speed ductless offerings are both improved in performance and appearance. Imagine indoor units under 25 decibels and visually not being able to tell that’s its ductless. With these units you can cool larger spaces and remove humidity very quickly, providing a high degree of comfort. There are several excellent manufacturers. One of our favorites is Daikin and specifically, their Emura designer series. This unit actually looks like a lighting fixture or audio speaker. If you have not been able to install central air, this may be a eye opener. Contact Brian Nagle us at www.truemech.com or 631-563-1298 for more information on this.  

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The Next generation of HVAC has arrived

Posted January 24, 2018 By Brian Nagle

The next generation of home automation for the HVAC application in your home has arrived.  That means superb comfort and continuing savings for today's home and business owners. Imagine maintaining the temp in your home within a single degree all year long, reducing your electric by 50-65% and controlling humidity like never before. Whether your application is right for a central or ductless system, the technology offered today is right for you.

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Stay Comfortable and Stylish all Winter Long

Posted January 19, 2018 By Brian Nagle

The world has evolved, and as technology can improve your world, we want you to know about it. Here is a great option for installing ductless in your home or office. If you have hot or cold spots in your home, check out the following You Tube link: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXLpdzLiKI.

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The Future of HVAC is here and its less than 50% of the electric use

Posted January 16, 2018 By Brian Nagle

The Future of HVAC just made a big leap forward.  The newest technology and most cost effective HVAC options have been introduced in just the past 6 months. These systems are equipped with true variable speed technology; also know as inverter technology, These systems provide far more efficiency than its single and two-stage compressor alternative. In terms of HVAC, variable speeds in its simplest terms, mean that a condenser is able to adjust its output speed depending on indoor humidity and temperatures. Hardly ever does a system need the equipment running at 100 percent capacity. Just like your car, the transmission works at a variable speed depending on need, variable speed technology provides extraordinary benefits, both in terms of comfort and in savings.

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What Indoor Air Quality Should Feel Like.

Posted December 13, 2017 By Brian Nagle

Say Goodbye to Dry Air, Rough Winter Skin and scratchy eyes this winter with a Whole House Humidifier.

Dry air is the culprit of a lot of struggles – cracked lips, dry skin, and itchy eyes to name a few. Many of us feel the effects of dry air, especially once the winter months hit. So instead of stashing lip balm in every corner of your home and office, think about the benefits of installing a whole house humidifier.
Benefits of Adding Moisturize to the Air in your Home
If you or members of your family deal with cracked skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds, or have trouble with dry contacts, installing a whole-house humidifier will drastically help resolve those issues. When we have the heat on, the indoor humidity levels can drop to 10 percent or less. Humidifiers add the right amount of moisture to the air and, thus our skin and eyes, making it much easier for everyone to go about their day-to-day feeling comfortable.

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The #1 way to stop colds and flu before they start

Posted November 20, 2017 By Brian Nagle

The #1 way to stop colds and flu before they start. 
As simple as this sounds, simply make sure your home environment has a relative humidity between 35-50% all winter long. Our immune system functions well with proper relative humidity, and doesn't  function well when our environment is too dry. The colder the winter air, the lower the humidity level, so you need to add moisture to your indoor environment. Aprilaire makes humidifiers, that when professionally installed, will provide the right level of humidity all winter long. Remember this, when your honey is just way too dry, it's time to call Brian. Contact me today at www.truemech.com 631-563-1298

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5 Reasons to Change your HVAC system now.

Posted November 15, 2017 By Brian Nagle

Changing out or installing a new HVAC system before the end of 2017 has a sound rationale. The top 5 reasons for making the change are outlined below. The number 5 reason may be the best justification of all. 
1) Right now is still the off season. Most of the country is still in a shoulder season between fall and winter. Once the temperatures drop, the demand for furnace installations minimizes reasons for contractors and manufacturers to offer incentives. 
2) Utility rebates. Most utility rebates expire this December and will change going into 2018. On Long Island, where we are, we are expecting a reduction in 2018 rebate amounts. 
3) 2018 Equipment and contractor costs. As manufacturers introduce new lines in 2018, expect price increases on the new equipment. Contractor costs will automatically increase as benefits, insurance, taxes, materials, and  overhead costs increase.  
4) The old R22 Freon is becoming  much too expensive, and manufacture of R22 beyond 2019 is now forbidden.   
5) The best reason of all is a quantum leap in technology to inverter driven units with multiple variable speeds. The results are many. These units maintain temperature and humidity better than anything in the past 20 years, and use only 30-40% of the electric use of a single stage 10 year or older unit. These units are so quiet and so efficient, many of the outdoor units you cannot hear running if you are more than 4 feet away. The electric savings alone can pay for this choice difference in just 2-3 seasons of use. 
 

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Get your System Ready for this Coming Winter

Posted October 30, 2017 By Brian Nagle

As winter moves in and temperatures are falling, pay attention to your utility usage due to higher heating use.  However, you can minimize the change. Performing maintenance on your system before winter, you will be in a better position to not only cut your electricity usage, but also to extend the overall life of the HVAC system.  If you are a homeowner it can be intimidating to take on the responsibility, but there are a few tips that can bring you up to speed on how to properly prepare your HVAC system for winter.

Examine the HVAC Unit HVAC systems last for about 20 years before they require replacement. However, it is advisable to examine the HVAC unit regularly to see if it’s functioning properly and to do routine maintenance like cleaning.  If you don’t want to go through this process yourself, you can contact a professional to check it out and to perform the proper maintenance.  Even though maintaining the HVAC system may require a small investment, it will save you a lot of money in the long run, as well as make your house safer and warmer. Therefore, be sure to check your HVAC system before winter even starts.

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Winter Colds and Flu Can be preventable

Posted October 16, 2017 By Brian Nagle

       A new customer had this issue: Our house was so dry this winter that I was having nosebleeds. I bought a humidifier and that helped, but now I have so much ice on my windows I cannot see out of them. This is a situation that happens all too often in cold climates. Research indicates that for health and comfort, a relative indoor humidity of 35 to 55 percent is optimal. But keeping the air that moist over the course of a winter is more than most Long Island residents want to deal with.

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Finishing a Basement? Don't leave this out.

Posted September 22, 2017 By Brian Nagle

http://www.truemech.com/Brian Nagle  September 22, 2017 12:25 PM 

To properly finish a basement, the a professionally installed HVAC system has to be part of the solution. Many homeowners don't properly calculate what the Heat and Cooling loads are for the finished basement. If you have a boiler installed on the basement level, you can often install an additional zone of baseboard heating for the finished basement. This is dependent on the size of the space as well as the feasibility of running piping. What if you heat with a warm air furnace? And what about air conditioning? 

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5 Reasons to Consider Early Retirement ..but not for you

Posted September 13, 2017 By Brian Nagle

I would love for this to be about that extended permanent retirement we have all thought about. But alas, this is all about your HVAC systems saving $$ to get you to retirement. Early retirement for your heating and air conditioning equipment now makes more sense than ever.

1) Aging Systems The majority of HVAC systems are 10 years or older. That means they use freon for the most part, aka R22. In 2020 there will be no more production of real R22. There are substitutes of varying effectiveness, but that's another story.. The quantity of propane that you pay $20.00 for, is now $989 a 30 lb propane tank and going up.

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Advances in technology increase your options for cooling your home

Posted September 11, 2017 By Brian Nagle

Please read this from our friends at HGTV on the latest in technology for air conditioning options Considering Central air for your Home. Please read this from our friends at HGTV

http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/clean-and-organize/why-i-decided-not-to-get-central-ac

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The biggest advance in HVAC in 50 Years

Posted February 22, 2017 By Brian Nagle

The biggest change in HVAC in the past 50 years is the inverter and VRV series systems. R and D has been hard at work for more than 10 years. Ductless systems using inverter technology now offering air source heat pumps which operate down to below -10 degrees Fahrenheit.  Heat Pump system employed for central distribution systems are now providing heating down to the single digits. These are 3-4 times more effective than systems of 10 years ago. That translates into electric usage of 35-45 % of what was available 10 years. ago. If you are thinking about replacing or a 1st time installation of  a central air system, you may want to look at the option of a heat pump system. All the top manufacturers  offer systems greater than 20 Seer. Our friends at Amana have a great explanation on how a basic Heat Pump operates. This explanation is basic and pre inverter , so for the latest high efficency information, check your favorite manufacturer's website or contact us.   http://www.amana-hac.com/resources/hvac-facts/how-heat-pump-systems-

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The value of not being covered

Posted February 2, 2017 By Brian Nagle

Pennywise and Pound Foolish 

Brian Nagle  2:25PM February 2nd, 2017

A customer called looking for a quote on replacing their boiler. This particular boiler is a very high efficiency gas fired condensing boiler, and is only 8 years old. The story unfolded after being in the house for 15 minutes. 

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5 Efficient and cost effective ways to maintain your comfort and sanity this winter.

Posted January 16, 2017 By Brian Nagle

5. Lower your thermostat

Keeping the temperature down and wearing a sweater or sweatshirt is more economical and healthier. The higher the temperature, the drier your indoor air. Dry air allows airborne contaminants to penetrate our immune systems, as well as making us feel colder. Save money and maintain your health. 

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How to keep from freezing your ashe off this winter.

Posted January 5, 2017 By Brian Nagle

How to lower your home heating costs this winter. The link below is from our friends at Mitsubishi Electric.

How does an Inverter Heat Pump lower Our Heating Costs

Call the Inverter Heat Pump Experts at True Mechanical for no obligation in home evaluation and Consultation on the sizing and advantages for your home. 

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Your Home should be Part of your 2017 New Year's Resolutions

Posted January 3, 2017 By Brian Nagle

Don’t Forget Your Home in your HVAC New Year’s Resolutions.  From the lowest to highest investment every one of these gets you a 100% or better return on Your investment

Check Your Air Filters Regularly 

Your HVAC system’s air filters when clogged cause all sorts of issues. (Read More) 

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New Year's Giving you the Cold Shoulder

Posted December 30, 2016 By Brian Nagle

When you live in such a volatile winter climate, having a furnace breakdown is much more than an inconvenience—it’s an emergency. Fortunately, you have our team on your side to help resolve any gas or electric heating system issue you may run into.

We’ll help get your furnace get back to working as effectively and efficiently as possible. We also can recommend high efficiency replacement systems if your's has reached the end of its lifespan. How can you tell if your furnace is in trouble, though?

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Women shattering the Glass ceiling in the HVAC industry

Posted December 28, 2016 By Brian Nagle

The atmosphere in the trades is changing quickly. A great article by Nicole Krawcke in one of our trades publications, ACHRNEWS from December 19th, talks about the changing landscape and the opportunity that presents. Women shattering the Glass ceiling in the HVAC Industry 

Nicole Krawcke is Business Management Editor. 

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Nose Bleeds in the past few days?

Posted December 27, 2016 By Brian Nagle

With the Winter Arctic Vortex affecting so many Americans, you may experience nosebleeds. How do you combat these? 

The first step is to measure your humidity. When the outside temperature drops below 30F the inside air gets much drier, leading to nose bleeds, static shock, feeling colder with the thermostat raised. This is generally a symptom of too little humidity.  The final step is to choose the right solution In previous decades,  we used to fill pans up with water and put them on top of near the radiators to add moisture to the rooms, or purchase small individual room humidifiers. Partially effective, but high maintenance, While you can still do either of the above, the wiser choice is to add a whole home humidifier to provide the proper level of moisture. Aprilaire makes great whole home humidifiers, with models built for every type of heating application. 

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