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Winterizing Piping

As the leaves begin to change, and the jackets seem to get bigger, we all recognize the inevitable - winter is coming. Preparation for the cold temperatures is something that we Midwesterners have always known as a way of life. But as you work to keep you and your family warm during the winter, are you doing the same for your home’s pipes? As water freezes, it expands into ice, resulting in expensive and problematic leaks when contained inside our home’s pipes. Winterizing your plumbing system is a simple yet effective way homeowners can prevent [...]

By |2020-12-01T16:18:40-05:00December 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Importance of Ductwork Cleaning

We spend a significant amount of our time inside our own homes; before the pandemic, most people spent anywhere between 60 and 90 percent of their day inside. This percentage has undoubtedly risen with COVID-19, as most of us find ourselves working, educating, and doing just about everything else from home. Considering the sheer amount of time we spend in this space highlights the importance of your home’s air ducts’ functionality and cleanliness. Consider these essential reasons for why you should consider a cleaning: It has a Direct Impact on you and Your Family’s Health [...]

By |2020-11-23T15:27:49-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Winterizing your HVAC System

While many of us enjoy and look forward to fall's colder temperatures and beautiful scenery, it, unfortunately, means one inevitability we cannot ignore, winter is coming. During the colder months, your HVAC system is most vulnerable; therefore, homeowners must prepare their home's unit for the upcoming months. While most people are intimidated by their HVAC system, winterizing is one job any homeowner can easily do the basics steps. When an HVAC system is properly winterized, it can add years to your unit's lifespan. Here are a few steps to get you going:  Clear your unit [...]

By |2020-11-20T22:15:37-05:00October 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Preparing for snow

With the inevitable winter snowstorms on the horizon, homeowners must be aware of the necessary steps to prepare your home's HVAC unit for potential large snowfalls. While these units are our saving grace in the warmer months, they are very susceptible to damage during the colder ones, mainly when snow is introduced into the equation. Here are seven tips to help you prepare for that upcoming snowstorm: Check your insulation and eliminate drafts: Energy Star suggests that 9 out of 10 homes are not sufficiently insulated, leading to higher energy costs and inadequate indoor heating. [...]

By |2020-11-20T22:10:59-05:00October 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

When to repair a water heater

Hot water is something many of us can’t go without. To protect the luxury of warm showers in the morning and hot baths at night,  it’s imperative that homeowners take care of their water heaters. While water heaters have a general lifespan of 8-12 years, with regular maintenance, you can ensure your home’s unit reaches that 12-year mark. Although often unnoticed, your water heater is one of the hardest working devices in your home. It is working tirelessly 24 hours a day to ensure your home has warm water on demand. As a result of [...]

By |2020-11-20T22:02:01-05:00September 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Replacing Your Heating System

Replacing your home’s heating system can be a daunting task. With a wide range of options and terminology, even the handiest people can often feel overwhelmed. Luckily, RG Mechanical is here to help. Here are some helpful tips to determine if you may need to replace your home’s heater: Is your system 15 years or older? Traditionally, residential heating systems have a lifespan between 15-20 years. It is suggested that at the 15-year mark, homeowners evaluate their system’s performance and begin to plan for a replacement. Does your system require frequent repairs? Older units [...]

By |2020-10-02T14:44:23-04:00September 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

When to Replace Your Water Heater

Regular maintenance can extend your water heater’s life, but at some point, all heaters require replacement. Here are some helpful tips to determine if it’s time to consider a replacement:  Your unit is older than eight years old.  A residential water heater’s average life span is between 10-12 years (with gas water heaters generally lasting between 6-8 years). However, most experts recommend you begin the planning process around year eight. An easy way to determine the age of your home’s unit is to reference the serial number.  Your unit is rusting. Rust can come [...]

By |2020-10-02T13:51:23-04:00September 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

How to Choose A Service Provider for Air Duct Cleaning

We hear too often, how someone has chosen a company to do air duct cleaning in the past and they feel that the company didn’t do a good job. So, to help you avoid that, we’ve come up with some handy tips on how to choose a company to do your HVAC Cleaning.  Tip #1: Check references: At RG Mechanical many of our new customers have already checked our references, because their friends have recommended us. Tip #2: Make sure the company you use is licensed and insured. Tip #3: Beware of the $99 [...]

By |2020-10-02T13:46:24-04:00August 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Air Duct Cleaning – FAQ

Air duct cleaning is a popular service that came about in response to an increase of air pollution.  So, what is air duct cleaning?  It is the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components. These components can include supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers.  Why is air duct cleaning important? The air ducts help cold and warm air travel throughout your home. When the system components are not maintained than dust, pollen, and other debris build-ups. Air ducts can also collect moisture, which in turn can cause mold.  If [...]

By |2020-10-02T13:42:12-04:00August 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About HVACs

At RG Mechanical, we may use industry terms and have industry knowledge that our customers do not understand. So, to help our customers out, we have created a simple blog to answer some of our most frequently asked questions! If you have other questions that are not on this list, we encourage you to call us at (812) 389-8480 or send us the inquiry on our contact form. 1. What does HVAC stand for?  The answer is simple- it is an acronym that stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC systems offer those [...]

By |2020-11-02T01:44:50-05:00July 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|
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