|10/22/2012||Geothermal Heating & Cooling is Very Efficient|
|If you're tired of your old furnace not running efficiently and being a drain on your bank account, consider purchasing a geothermal system from us, Dexter's trusted geothermal installers.|
|09/19/2012||6 Costly Home Plumbing Myths Michigan Homeowners Should Know|
We've all heard myths passed down through family members from one generation to the next, many of them believed to be true. As a southeast Michigan homeowner, you should know that there are a few myths about plumbing that have long been believed to be the "gospel" truth as well. So, will lemon really freshen your drain, and does your plumber really know what he's doing? Haley Mechanical is here to do some busting on plumbing myths.
Here are a few facts that will help clear up any confusion about many common plumbing myths:
|08/28/2012||Installing a Geothermal System Doesn't Necessarily Mean Ruin of Your Landscape|
For many homeowners, the landscaping and yard are what gives a home its beauty and character. If you're considering the installation of a geothermal system, you may be concerned that all of the money you spent on your yard and landscaping will go right down the drain, so to speak. While there is a certain amount of damage that's simply unavoidable, it doesn't have to look like a demolition crew has come through after the installation! Good communication between you and your geothermal installer can go a long way toward keeping your yard beautiful - and intact.
Here are a few tips to ensure your yard is protected as much as possible during the process:
- Choose an experienced contractor. A contractor with experience knows to use as little area as possible in the installation and that for an additional cost, there are equipment options that do less damage such as vacuum excavators and haul-aways.
- Loop design and placement make a difference. When having a geothermal system installed, there are various loop configurations including directional, vertical and horizontal loops. The horizontal loop usually causes the most damage, as the trenches necessary for this type of installation are often hundreds of feet long. Directional and vertical loops go at an angle or straight down into the ground, so less digging is required although you will still experience mud, water and drill cuttings at the top of the borehole.
- Work with your contractor and offer your suggestions. If there are areas that you would rather your contractor steer clear of, discuss it with him. As mentioned earlier, having an open line of communication with your contractor can make all of the difference in the amount of mess that's left when the project is complete.
Knowing that you have the most efficient heating and cooling system available today underneath your yard is a great comfort - but knowing that your yard will be as beautiful as it was before the installation is important as well. Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy a home that's energy efficient without the massive demolition.
Ann Arbor area residents, contact Haley Mechanical today to set up an appointment with our geothermal specialist.
|08/07/2012||Haley Mechanical to Be Featured in October Edition of Angie's List Magazine|
Haley Mechanical, a family owned and operated cooling, air conditioning, heating and HVAC service provider located in Dexter, Michigan, will be featured in the October edition of Angie's List Magazine, Detroit. Serving the areas of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, Milan, Manchester, Pinckney, Jackson, Grass Lake, Howell, Whitmore Lake, Brighton, South Lyon and Gregory, the company has proudly serviced residential customers since 1998.
The company offers additional services which include plumbing, electrical, air ventilation, filtration and purification systems, and WaterFurnace geothermal products.
- Henry Haley, Owner of Haley Mechanical
Currently, Haley Mechanical has an A-Rating with Angie's List, and was also awarded the 2011 Super Service award. According to the company, only those businesses having 2 recent A-Ratings are eligible to be featured in the monthly editions. Out of the 28 ratings received by Haley Mechanical from Angie's List, 24 are A-Ratings.
|07/27/2012||Top Five Reasons to Perform Yearly Maintenance on Your HVAC Equipment|
Unfortunately, many Dexter, Michigan homeowners take the old adage "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" to heart when it comes to maintaining their HVAC equipment. Your system works hard for you, keeping the air inside your home clean and comfortable. All too often, homeowners take comfort for granted, completely forgetting that the equipment that provides comfortable air needs regular maintenance, just as your car does. You wouldn’t ignore maintenance on your vehicle; you shouldn’t ignore it where your heating/cooling system is concerned either.
Sure, you know it's time to call your HVAC contractor when your system stops working, but why should you have yearly maintenance performed on your HVAC equipment? Here are five good (and compelling) reasons.
|07/05/2012||An Antidote to R-22 Refrigerant Sticker Shock|
Since January 2012 the price of R-22 refrigerant has risen to as much as 400%. This is bad news for many homeowners using older systems that use this refrigerant. According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America:
“The U.S. EPA controls the production and import of R-22 refrigerant. They set limits on how much can be produced and imported each year, but they failed to set limits for 2012. Until the EPA sets these limits, manufacturers must produce 45% less R-22 refrigerant than they did last year.
This creates uncertainty in the marketplace and the manufacturers have increased their prices.”
|06/27/2012||Efficiency Ratings: What They Are, and How You Can Save Money Over the Long Term|
Summer is here and for many homeowners, energy costs will soar. Even in Michigan, temperatures can get uncomfortable on occasion. While your heating/cooling system is one of the biggest users of energy in your home, you can save money by choosing appliances that are energy-efficient. If you're not familiar with efficiency ratings, here's a quick explanation of what they are, and how you can use them to your advantage, saving a substantial amount of money over time.
|06/14/2012||What to Look For in an HVAC Company|
If you're in need of expert HVAC guidance and live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan or surrounding communities, count on Haley Mechanical to offer unsurpassed service, equipment and maintenance. We understand you want a heating/cooling system that is efficient, keeps your home or business comfortable, and that allows you to enjoy low monthly energy costs.
You may be tempted to flip through the phone book to find a heat/air company, but we wouldn't recommend it. In order to make the right decision and avoid problems down the road, we have a few tips that will help you choose an HVAC contractor you can trust to do the job right the first time. Your contractor should be:
|06/01/2012||Did you know hospital quality air is possible with your current HVAC system?|
There’s a reason our Lennox Healthy Climate MERV 16 has been named the top professionally installed filter system for the third time by Consumer Reports Magazine. Its closest competitor cost the same amount and scored 22% less, according to the magazine.
This hospital quality air filtration system not only protects your family, but your HVAC system also. There is no cleaning required and the cartridge easily slides out for quick replacement. The whole house air purifier is compatible with any HVAC system. Best yet, the filters only need to be replaced once a year!
So, what is all the fuss about? This amazing system:
|05/21/2012||Programmed to Save Money: How to Purchase and Use a Programmable Thermostat|
Would you give 15 minutes of your time in return for $180? Unless you're the baby in those Jimmy Fallon commercials, you'd jump at the chance for such easy money.
The average household in the United States spends more than $2,200 on their energy bills each year. About $1,100 of that goes to your heating and cooling. That's a huge part of your household utility budget, so how to do cut it down to size? One of the easiest and the cheapest ways to reduce your heating and cooling bills is to install and set a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats allow you to automate the regulation of the temperature of your house, even when you're not there.
What to Look For When Buying a Programmable Thermostat
1. The most important thing to consider is whether the thermostat is compatible with your current furnace and air conditioning system
2. Make sure it has the EPA Energy Star Label on it
3. Look for a thermostat that has preprogrammed settings to maximize your savings
4. A good thermostat will have a hold or vacation feature to override your settings when you plan on being away for an extended period of time
5. Some thermostats, such as Lux, provide a lockout feature to keep children from tampering with the setting.
Where to Install your Thermostat
Ideally, you want to install your programmable thermostat in an area that doesn't receive heat from direct sources or near cold drafts.
How to Install a Thermostat
How to Set Your Programmable Thermostat
Tips on Setting Your Programmable Thermostat Schedule
1. During winter, drop the temperature 8° while away or asleep
2. During summer, raise the temperature up 7° while away or asleep
3. Resist the urge to use the "hold" button. Only use the hold or the vacation feature when you are going to be away from the house for extended periods of time
4. Change the battery in your thermostat once a year
Are you programmed to save money? If so, the programmable thermostat is an easy way to save money. If you prefer a professional to install or set your stat, Haley Mechanical will be happy to help. Schedule an appointment with one of our technicians today!
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|04/23/2012||The High Cost of Low Prices|
According to The Pew Internet and American Life Project (a “nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.”), two-thirds of online U.S. citizens have purchased a product online.
Here are a few reasons to have your equipment installed by a professional HVAC contractor:
|04/17/2012||Are You Tricking Your Thermostat Into Wasting Money?|
|If your thermostat is placed near heat-producing devices, like a lamp or television set, or if your thermostat is in direct sunlight, your furnace and air conditioner may be running more often than it should. Heat rising from the equipment could make the thermostat read a temperature that isn’t the true house temperature. (Picture Credit)|
|04/02/2012||Is It Time to Kick Your Air Conditioner To The Curb?|
It's a dilemma we'll all face; like any electronic, it's a matter of when, and not if, your AC will eventually break down. At what point do you stop repairing and give it an eviction notice instead? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
|03/20/2012||It's the First Day of Spring!|
The warm weather has crept up on us quickly this year. Many of you may already be turning your central air on. With spring, comes spring cleaning; here's what Energy Star recommends for your heating and cooling systems:
|03/06/2012||What’s the single best thing you can do to help me reduce my impact on the environment?|
We recommend a comfort system tune-up and cleaning twice a year, during the spring and fall, to ensure your system is prepared for months with extreme highs or lows in temperature. Regular tune-ups will extend the life of your equipment and improve efficiency, reducing run time and waste. Not to mention, with the money that you will be saving in utilities each month, the tune-ups will pay for themselves. Great for the environment and your wallet!
|03/01/2012||Unusual Furnace Noises Should Be Evaluated by a Trained Technician|
A noisy furnace can be more than a minor annoyance; it could be an indication of serious problems that could affect safe operation. If you hear unusual furnace noise during operation, it is a good idea to have the problem diagnosed by a certified heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technician. While many people believe that adequate furnace maintenance can be accomplished by the homeowner, due to the many dangers involved with improper furnace repair, a properly trained technician should be called for any repairs that may be required.
|02/29/2012||Lower the Thermostat on your Hot Water Heater to 120°F|
The typical family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on their utility bills. Here's our tip of the week to help you save!
If you have a tank water heater, it constantly keeps a reserve of heated water available at any time. Most of the time, your water heater is set by the manufacturer to 140°F. This is much warmer than needed in a typical residential home. The US Department of Energy has reported that a 20°F drop in water temperature could save you up to ten percent in energy costs.
|02/22/2012||Could the Air You Breathe Trigger a Stroke?|
Reuters published a terrifying story last week about the effects of air pollution on our health. It turns out that a “moderate” air quality day as compared to a “good” air quality day brings a higher risk of stroke in addition to other ailments.
|02/07/2012||Avoid Those Clogged Drains!|
Plugged drains happen. They usually happen at the most inopportune time. I remember, as a child, my dad trying to fix a clogged toilet on Christmas (we learned a lot of new words that day). Later in life, I remember trying to fix a clogged sink, hours before a party (I repeated a lot of words I learned from my dad that day). So, what are the causes of these obnoxious pipe guests and what can we do to keep them at bay?
|02/02/2012||The EPA's Air Quality App|
CNN reported on a powerful new app from the EPA that allows users to enter a zip code and receive information about pollutants and ozone levels around the United States. The app currently gives information for 400 cities around the countries.
|01/30/2012||Taking the Arctic Out of Your Winter|
|There’s no doubt that winter is upon us, and Haley Mechanical wants you to stay safe and comfortable. Here is a link to our handy Wind Chill Chart to determine how dangerous the outside temperature is. Below are some helpful hints to break the chill without breaking the bank.|
|01/25/2012||Closed-Loop Geothermal System installed in Whitmore Lake, MI|
Haley Mechanical, in Dexter, Michigan installed a closed-loop Waterfurnace geothermal system in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, just in time for Christmas!
Our customer was able to take advantage of the 30% tax credit that continues to apply to residential geothermal installations.
Shown in the photo are a Waterfurnace Geothermal Unit and two State water heaters.
Geothermal systems make use of the energy in the earth's surface and drive heating and air conditioning system for both residential and commercial uses. The result is a green or natural heat pump that saves energy and benefits the environment. For more information, check out our sister site: www.MichiganGeothermal.com.
If you live in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, Milan, Manchester, Pinckney, Jackson, Grass Lake, Howell, Whitmore Lake, Brighton, South Lyon or Gregory area, contact Haley Mechanical (734-424-9170) for more information on Waterfurnace geothermal and State water heaters. Haley Mechanical also provides electrical and plumbing technicians.
|01/19/2012||The ecobee Smart Thermostat|
There are lots of options when it comes to programmable and digital thermostats, but none are as smart as the ecobee Smart Thermostat.
The ecobee stat is a wi-fi enabled stat that allows you to see your home temperature from anywhere with an available internet connection. You can update your settings remotely; keep an eye on your system’s performance and even receive alerts if your system falls outside any thresholds you’ve set. This is an ideal stat for anyone with summer/vacation homes.
Call Haley Mechanical today to learn more about this amazing technology!
|01/17/2012||Tankless Water Heaters|
Haley Mechanical installed a Noritz tankless water heater today in Saline, Michigan. Tankless water heaters offer an endless supply of hot water because they heat on-demand. Tankless water heaters don’t require a constant flame, so they’ll save you money too!
If you live in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, Milan, Manchester, Pinckney, Jackson, Grass Lake, Howell, Whitmore Lake, Brighton, South Lyon or Gregory area, contact Haley Mechanical (734-424-9170) for more information on a tankless water heater.
|01/17/2012||Haley Mechanical Installed an Energy Recover Unit in Ann Arbor Michigan|
Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) is the energy recovery process of exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted building or space air and using it to treat the incoming outdoor ventilation air in residential and commercial HVAC systems. During the warmer seasons, the system pre-cools and dehumidifies while humidifying and pre-heating in the cooler seasons. One more way Haley Mechanical can lower your monthly bills!
|01/12/2012||Haley Mechanical Replaces 10-Year Old Furnace Leaking Carbon Monoxide|
It may not look like it, but this ten-year old furnace was almost a silent killer; it was leaking the deadly gas carbon monoxide. Many factors can lead to a furnace leaking carbon monoxide, but regular maintenance on you furnace can drastically reduce the likelihood of this happening. Many times carbon monoxide is the result of incomplete combustion; this happens when your furnace is not running at peak performance. Adding an inexpensive maintenance contract could not only save you money, but quite possibly your life. If you live in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, Milan, Manchester, Pinckney, Jackson, Grass Lake, Howell, Whitmore Lake, Brighton, South Lyon or Gregory area, contact Haley Mechanical (734-424-9170) for more information on a maintenance contract or a tune-up on your furnace.
|01/11/2012||Come See Us At Upcoming Home Shows!|
Haley Mechanical will be an exhibitor at the Novi Home Improvement Show in Novi, Michigan. Head over to http://novihomeshow.com/ to download a coupon for entry into the event!
Come visit Haley Mechanical at the Livingston County Home Show (http://lchs.michiganbizsearch.com/) March 23 through March 24, 2012. We will be joined by 200 other exhibitors showcasing the latest in home comfort technology. Come see us and let us get some great ideas for saving money while living in comfort!
|01/10/2012||Leaking Water Heater|
|Did you know Haley Mechanical can service your water heater? Take a look at this leaking heater we worked on today. |
|12/16/2011||Haley Mechanical Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award|
|Haley Mechanical has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.|
|12/08/2011||First home geothermal heating and cooling system installed in Chelsea by Haley Mechanical|
|With a tax credit for those who install geothermal heating and cooling systems, Haley Mechanical has been seeing a steady increase in interest in the technology.|
Geothermal systems use a series of underground pipes to convert the earth’s natural heat energy to warm air distributed through conventional duct systems. The process is reversed for warmer weather, when the pipes remove warm air from the building, putting it back into the earth.
Read the full story here.
|12/05/2011||Taking a Closer Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps|
|Now that you have been familiarized with how geothermal works in the first part of our series, it’s time to take a look at the machinery and how it creates the heat for your home or business.|
|11/07/2011||Geothermal Basics for Dexter|
|Part one in a five part series, this article breaks down the basics of geothermal heating and cooling systems and their efficiencies for Dexter.|
|10/10/2011||Save Green by Going Green|
|Dexter residents are going green with geothermal heating and cooling systems made by WaterFurnace. Join the homeowners who are saving each month on their utilities.|
|04/23/2011||Geothermal Systems Provide "Free" Hot Water|
|Do newer technologies like geothermal heat pump and solar water heaters make sense to Dexter residents? The article focuses on the benefits of the geothermal heat pump add-on; the desuperheater.|
|04/08/2011||New Home Construction and a Geothermal System go Hand-in-hand|
Designing and building your ideal Dexter home is part of the American Dream. One part can be easily taken for granted; the heating and cooling system. Why not start with the most efficient and lowest operating costs of a geothermal system.
|04/01/2011||Geothermal Heating Makes For a Greener Home|
An environmentally friendly, affordable choice is a Dexter geothermal heating and cooling system. In addition to reducing your dependence on fossil fuel fed temperature control, the comfort provided by your geothermal heating and cooling solution ranks highest among the alternatives available.
|01/31/2011||Inside a Geothermal Heat Pump|
Being an inquisitive Dexter resident you have heard of geothermal heat pumps, but may not understand how they work. This article will give a brief overview on the inner workings of a geothermal heat
|01/03/2011||More FAQs about Geothermal Heat Pump Systems|
When installing a geothermal heat pump system in your existing Dexter home, you may have a few concerns. This article will present some common questions we have heard and their answers.
|10/12/2010||A "Smarter" Way to Heat and Cool|
|Tired of Skyrocketing Fossil Fuel Prices? Explore the untapped geothermal potential that the Earth can provide Dexter residents.|
|09/20/2010||Geothermal's Triple-Threat Solution|
|A unique product from WaterFurnace offers forced air heating and cooling, radiant floor heat and|
domestic hot water production—all in one unit.
|09/13/2010||Understanding Earth Loops|
|The earth loop transfers heat to and from the ground—eliminating the need for fossil fuels. It’s the heart of a geothermal system, and its biggest advantage over ordinary heating and cooling technologies.|