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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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In the Loop ?

Posted December 23, 2016 By Brian Nagle

Are You in the Loop? Geothermal Open Loop vs. Closed Loop Systems Going green and eliminating fossil fuel systems.

Geo thermal Video Click here

One of the earliest considerations for your Geo thermal System is Open vs Closed Loop. There are significant distinctions in the installation and operating costs of each.

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5 Ways to not go broke this winter

Posted December 22, 2016 By Brian Nagle

5 ways to save on your heating costs starting today

It's officially winter and the majority of the country has already seen colder weather than normal. The next 100 days doesn't look so warm either. 

What to do to stay warm without going broke. Five ideas to put to work now: (Read On) 

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How to tell when its time to improve your Indoor Air Quality

Posted December 21, 2016 By Brian Nagle

How to Tell If You Need to Improve Your Homes Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA almost 90% of our lives are spent indoors, including the office and in your own Long Island home. Much of our exposure to airborne contaminants happens indoors. Indoor Air is typically 2 to 5 times more contaminated than outside air. Your home’s indoor air quality is essential for better health. What should you look for that will signal a need to improve your indoor air quality?

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How to make it through this Winter Safely

Posted December 20, 2016 By Brian Nagle

How to Stay safe and healthy this frigid Winter 

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning. Prepare your home, car, prepare for power outages and being outdoors. 

Storms can gain in intensity quickly, especially near oceans and large bodies of water.  

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

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What this cold winter brings with it.

Posted December 19, 2016 By Brian Nagle

How to Tell if Your Home is too dry

Look for dry air in your home with these symptoms: Dry, cracking skin on hands and feet,Frequently Chapped lips,Dry Sinuses ,Sinus headaches, Bloody nose, Needing to use lotion on your skin, eczema breakouts

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