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Saying Goodbye To Summer

Posted on September 15th, 2016 by Schmidt Mechanical Group

The San Antonio heat will be around for another few months, but it is never too early to prepare for cooler weather. Your home is your greatest investment and it is your responsibility to make sure you are getting the most out of it. Whether it is summer, spring, winter or fall, your home needs specific maintenance to make it through the season.Heating repair| San Antonio- HVAC| San Antonio

As the temperatures begin to drop, you want to make sure your home is still running as efficiently as it was over the summer. If you neglected to weatherproof your home in May or June, you weren’t being very efficient, but it is better late than never. You should start by taking a trip to the local hardware store. While there, look for some caulk, a caulk gun and weatherstripping. Take your new toys and start applying them to the cracks in between windows and doors. This will lock in that warm air that your heating system is working so hard to produce.

Furnace Maintenance
Your furnace needs the same type of maintenance that your air conditioner does. You have to change the filters, remove debris and call in a professional to ensure your unit is running smoothly. San Antonio isn’t known for having much of an Autumn, but anyone who lives here knows we aren’t a 12 month warm weather city.

Remove Portable Units
In the next month or two, it would be smart to remove those window cooling units. Be sure to remove the insulation carefully and if there are no rips or tears, feel free to use it again next year. The most important thing to remember is to store your unit in a safe place. Air Conditioners can be expensive and it would be reckless to leave the unit where something could land on it. To be safe, wrap the unit in bubble wrap and give it it’s own place in your storage area.  

At Schmidt Mechanical, we provide heating, cooling and ventilation services 365 days a year. We are known around San Antonio as the go to guys for all of your installations and repairs. 2016 was a great summer and we look forward to maintaining old relationships and building new ones as we head into the fall.

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Air Conditioning Impacts Men and Women Differently

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by Schmidt Mechanical Group

Have you ever gone into work and mistaken your office for the North Pole? Does it seem that everyone else is fine, but you’re always reaching for a sweater? This is an unfortunate reality that many women have to deal with on the job. Air conditioning impacts everyone differently, and women seem to always suffer the consequences.

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You don’t have to feel like a burden, there is actually scientific proof to back you up! Men generate more energy than woman do throughout the day because of their metabolism. This energy is converted to heat and stored inside the fat cells of the human body. Men tend to feel comfortable at a room temperature of 74°F. Women on the other hand feel more comfortable at a temperature that is about 2-3°F warmer than that. While bringing a sweater to work might solve the problem, it is pretty inconvenient. The most viable solution to this problem is installing a programmable thermostat in the office.

The programmable thermostat can regulate the temperature in an office throughout the day so that it suits both male and female needs. In the morning hours, maybe you’ll decide that the temperature will be set to where the men feel comfortable. In the afternoon, that temperature can automatically reset itself to fit a woman’s needs. Just like everything else in the world, all it takes is a little compromise.

If you’re interested in learning more about programmable thermostats and the commercial cooling services we offer, just call Schmidt Mechanical. It is 2016 and there is no need to freeze your butt off while you try and complete the day’s tasks. The correct thermostat and system all depends on the size of your office, so you should schedule an estimate today!

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A Day In the Life of a HVAC Technician

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Schmidt Mechanical Group

As new homes continue to rise and old homes continue to need HVAC updates, the need for skilled technicians will only increase. Especially in a place like San Antonio where the cooling season lasts around 9 months a year. Homeowners want to know what they are paying for with their HVAC service, so we will give you a behind the scenes look at your technicians daily routine.

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  • 9:00 AM: Coffee and a doughnut for breakfast and I am ready to take on the day!
  • 9:45 AM: 1st call of the day to a 4 bedroom home on the outskirts of San Antonio. They were having problems with their system turning on and off too frequently. I was able to tell fairly quickly that it was due to a frozen line and I advised the homeowners on the proper steps. It was a pretty easy job.
  • 11:30 AM: I was about to take lunch when I got another call for a broken down cooling unit. This time it was an older woman in a small home with a window A/C unit. I wanted to get over there right away. We were able to tell that she was low on refrigerant and I actually happened to have some in my truck. Thank god because it was burning up in there!
  • 1 PM: I took my lunch a little later than expected but that made it even better.
  • 2 PM: I was asked to go to a commercial job at a restaurant in San Antonio. I had done work on the place before so I figured it would be best that I was on the job. They were having a problem with their range hood and ventilation so I started doing some digging. I found that their filters were really backed up and I warned them of the dangers that could cause. Hopefully we don’t see any future problems over there.
  • 4 PM: I am getting pretty tired but I have one more job to go to. This time we were giving a homeowner a second opinion on his HVAC installation. He was a nice guy and I gave him the price that I felt was necessary for the job. I didn’t want to lowball him just to sound appealing, and he agreed. We scheduled the installation for the end of the month!
  • 5pm- Midnight: I will be on call in case San Antonio has any HVAC emergencies.

If you want to pencil yourself into an appointment with one of our experienced HVAC technicians, all you have to do is ask. At Schmidt Mechanical, our guys are on time, professional and they always know how to get the job done.

To schedule service, call 210-444-9418 or visit us on the web!

How to Stay Cool in a Restaurant Kitchen

Posted on September 6th, 2016 by Schmidt Mechanical Group

Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant knows just how sweltering it can be. There are orders to put out and nobody seems to care about the fact that your sweat has gone completely through your clothing. Well, Schmidt Mechanical cares and that is why we are here to offer you some tips on how to stay cool in a restaurant kitchen.

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Ventilation. Ventilation. Ventilation.
This is the best way to keep cool in any kitchen no matter which way you slice it. A system of range hoods, air conditioners and spot cooling fans should be able to keep the chefs out there comfortable while they’re hard at work. But just like anything that goes on in the restaurant, ventilation systems are subject to inspections, so it is a good idea to have your system installed by a professional.

Range Hoods
The right kitchen hood all depends on the size and usage of the stove. If you have a large six burner range like most commercial kitchens, you are going to need a hood that can withstand your cooking habits. For gas burning restaurant stoves, you’ll want a range hood that operates at around 1500 CFM (Cubic Feet Per Minute).

Maintaining Your System
Due to the fact that your kitchen is used with high frequency, you will need to maintain your commercial ventilation more often than a residential user. This includes checking the filters for grease, dust or any leftover food residue that could have gotten stuck in there. Make your employees aware of these maintenance strategies and be sure to enforce them. The most obvious sign of trouble is a sudden rise in kitchen temperature.

Keeping your chefs comfortable and cool will help them produce a better product. For top quality cooling and ventilation service, you should turn to the commercial cooling experts at Schmidt Mechanical. We have experience in the field and we would love to help you out today!

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Maintenance Tips From Your Air Conditioner

Posted on August 30th, 2016 by Schmidt Mechanical Group

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Hello Owner,

This is your air conditioner here and I have something I have to say. I don’t know if you noticed, but it has been a rough summer here in San Antonio and I have been slaving away to keep you cool. It would be nice if I got a little recognition, you know, a little pat on the back here and there. But whatever, I am done nagging, I’ll just give you some TLC tips to keep me big and strong!

The first thing I want to stress is not to make me work more than I have too. Setting my thermostat to 60°F isn’t going to make it colder faster, it is only going to stress me out. And if you know anything about the air conditioner species, we don’t like to be stressed!

Secondly, my filters have been telling me they are starting to get a little backed up. Just because you cleaned them in May doesn’t mean that they can last until next year. We aren’t like those air conditioners up in Maine, we work hard from May until November and our filters need to be changed more often because of it.

The last thing I want to talk about is getting me some insulation. What is the point of working so hard if all that nice air i’m pumping out is being lost? Make sure you seal cracks with caulk and use weatherstripping around windows and doors. And after you have done that, I have a little tip that can save you some of that money you love so much. If you combine a radiant barrier with loose fill insulation, you could lower your energy costs by almost 10%! Don’t ask me how I know anything about finances, it just comes naturally to me.

Oh yeah, one last thing. If I need a little maintenance or repair, I prefer those guys at Schmidt Mechanical. Just like you have your favorite barber, I have my favorite HVAC team! The best part is, they are right here in San Antonio so give them a call and they’ll be here in no time. I am starting to feel a little sick…

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