FAQ

Air Quality

Why is it so important I clean my filter regularly?

Regularly replacing your system’s air filter helps keep impurities out of the air and your air conditioner or furnace. Clean filters ensure proper airflow to your unit, which helps it run more efficiently.

My children have allergies. Is there something I can do to improve the air quality inside my home?

Yes, installing an air purifier as part of your home HVAC system can significantly improve your indoor air quality by removing impurities like dust, pet dander, mold spores, tobacco smoke, and other allergens from the air.

Should I get my air ducts cleaned?

If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, duct cleaning is recommended. Your ductwork is responsible for distributing air throughout your home. When things like dust, mold, pet hair, and other particulates get trapped inside your ductwork, they’re also in the air you’re breathing, and this can make you sick.
If you notice excessive layers of dust on furniture, a musty odor that won’t go away, or suffer from allergies or asthma, consider having your air ducts cleaned.

 

Heating/Cooling

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a single unit that heats and cools your home. In the summer, it cools your home by pumping heat from inside your house to the outside, and in the winter months, it moves heat from the air outside into your home.
Watch this great explanation of how a heat pump works

What size should my new heating or cooling unit be?

There is no direct answer to that question. Every home is different. Purchasing a unit that is the right size for your home and needs is vital to keeping you comfortable and energy costs low. Depending on the layout, size, environmental conditions, and comfort needs, Metro Mechanical can help you determine the best size unit for your Atlanta or Birmingham home.

When I first turn on my furnace for the season, it smells bad. Why?

Over the summer, dust can collect on the heat exchanger. When you turn the furnace on for the first time, the odor you smell is that of burning dust. Consider opening your windows to air out the odor. It is important to note that although this odor is harmless, it is strongly recommended you have your furnace serviced at least once annually to guarantee it is running safely.

 

General

How do I know if I need a humidifier?

Humidifiers are great for homes with excessively dry air. Especially during the winter, you might notice dry skin and an increase in the frequency of static shocks. Installing an automatic humidifier will help adjust the moisture in your home to help you be more comfortable. When they work in conjunction with your furnace, a humidifier can help you save on  energy costs, too.

How often should I have my equipment serviced?

Heating and air conditioning units should be serviced at least once a year. Annual tune-ups help keep your unit running safely, efficiently, and can help extend the life of your unit.
  • Contact Information

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    278 Cahaba Valley Pkwy
    Pelham, AL 35124
    Phone : (205) 538-2420