A Filter is Just a Filter, Right?

filters mervUnfortunately, all filters are not created equally.  Improper sized filters or even dirty filters are the number one reason for furnace or air conditioner failure.  We are here to take the mystery out of filter shopping and make sure your furnace runs as long and efficiently as possible.

  1. Does Size Matter?
    • Size difference is pretty obvious, as some are rectangle, square, thick, thin, etc.  The most important thing to remember is the thinner filters actually need to be changed or at least checked monthly.  The 1″ filter panels usually don’t seal as well, resulting in air bypassing it, causing a shorter life span of your furnace. The thicker pleated filters (4″-5″ thick) only need to be changed twice a year. Also, the filter will do its job best when it is properly sized for your unit.
  2. img_0613What is MERV Rating?
    • MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think the higher the MERV rating the better, right? Not according to Mike, Mike’s Heating and Cooling generally recommends the highest rating of MERV 8.  If you get much higher, the furnace has to work harder to draw air through the filter, which will hinder its efficiency and shorten the life of your furnace.
  3. Pleated vs Panel
    • Economy panel filters are sold 4-5 in a pack and are inexpensive. These filters simply do not filter much and you will be replacing them about once a month.
    • Pleated filters, can last six months to a year, and are 10% to 60% more efficient.
  4. Can I Upgrade My Filter?
    • Yes.  Mike’s Heating & Cooling would love to come to your location and if you have enough space around your furnace, we can add a cabinet so you can use a more efficient filter, enjoy cleaner indoor air, and save on your energy bill.
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Want Healthier Indoor Air?

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  • 90% of our time today is spend indoors
  • According to EPA, your air inside may be 2-3 times more polluted than outdoor air
  • Common contaminants are:
    • dust
    • pollen
    • animal dander
    • mold
    • cigarette smoke
    • radon gas

50% of all illnesses are caused by indoor pollutants

MYTH:  Changing furnace filters frequently protects my family from these pollutants.

SOLUTION: a whole-home air purifier.  Unlike other products that capture particles from the air, an advanced air purifier product is able to both capture and kill airborne allergens, bacteria, molds, viruses and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns— that’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. This type of purifier system combines superior filtration efficiency with pathogen-killing technology to deliver maximum air purification.

QUESTIONS?  Mike’s Heating & Cooling will help you determine the most beneficial air purifier for your home & demonstrate how to maintain the purifier.  Just call (586) 739-2115 for a free estimate.

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When did the First Air Conditioning Happen?

How long has air conditioning been around?

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It is difficult for most of us to imagine life without air conditioning.   Modern AC units have come a long way over the past 30 years.  Precise temperature control, humidity control and quietness of operation are all things we have been accustomed to.

But what did our great grandparents do to get comfortable?   And how about their great grandparents – certainly air conditioning was not available then.

Or was it?

Air conditioning can be traced back to the days of the Egyptians, perhaps even before.

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They used a method we can easily understand today. Early cultures, say 2,000 years or so ago, hung wet cloth or wet reeds in their window openings.  Why?

Modern day example: Drive down the highway, roll your window down, and put out your hand.  You hand will feel cool. …

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How to replace the 3 most-repaired parts on a dishwasher

Here are some great tips on repairing some common dishwasher parts.

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The 3 most-repaired parts on a dishwasherSome dishwasher parts are replaced more than others due to wear and tear from everyday use. All dishwasher brands, whether it is Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Kitchen Aid or a Kenmore dishwasher, share similar parts which function in much the same way. Here then are the top three most-repaired parts on a dishwasher according to sales from our website.

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Utility Rebates – Save up to $870

Special deals for Semco & DTE Customers!

Save Some Green!

  1. Furnace & Air Conditioner Tune Up
  2. Sensi WIFI Thermostat Installation
  3. only $250* (Pay Regular Price: $425) *Rebates: DTE $175+ SEMCO $120

 

Save More Green!

  • Install a 96% (or greater) High Efficiency Furnace  –  save $350*
    *Semco customers only

Save Even More Green!

  • Install a Tankless Water Heater (must replace existing gas water heater)  –  save $225(*Semco customers only)

Confused?  Call Mike’s Heating & Cooling, we will sort it all out, to make sure you take advantage of all the utility rebates possible.  We process all the paperwork for you, too.  Call now for details (586) 739-2115.

We always offer free estimates.

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Healthier Air Solution: Air Purifier

  • 90% of our time today is spend indoors
  • According to EPA, your air inside may be 2-3 times more polluted than outdoor air
  • Common contaminants are:
    • dust
    • pollen
    • animal dander
    • mold
    • cigarette smoke
    • radon gas

50% of all illnesses are caused by indoor pollutants

MYTH:  Changing furnace filters frequently protects my family from these pollutants.

SOLUTION: a whole-home air purifier.  Unlike other products that capture particles from the air, an advanced air purifier product is able to both capture and kill airborne allergens, bacteria, molds, viruses and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns— that’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. This type of purifier system combines superior filtration efficiency with pathogen-killing technology to deliver maximum air purification.

QUESTIONS?  Mike’s Heating & Cooling will help you determine the most beneficial air purifier for your home & demonstrate how to maintain the purifier.  Just call (586) 739-2115 for a free estimate.

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Carrier Cool Cash Instant Rebates Return!

coolcashCool Cash Instant Rebates from Carrier are back!

Purchase and install a new heating and cooling system from a Carrier FAD dealer and get instant rebates —the better the system, the bigger the rebate. Consumers can receive up to a $1,650 instant rebate on a qualified Carrier system.

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  • Save up to $1,650 in Instant Cool Cash Rebates
  • Save up to $1300 in Utility Rebates (while funds available)
  • OR you can choose Interest Free Financing up to 3 Years (upon approval)

As always Free Estimates on replacements

(586) 739-2115

Contact us for promotion dates and complete details!

With more than 38 years in the heating and cooling business, Mike’s Heating & Cooling is dedicated to providing the best possible service for you and your family. You can count on us to provide you with a system and solution that fits your family’s unique needs and since we’ve installed many systems in this area, we’ve earned a reputation for doing the job right the first time.

Carrier Cool Cash man and vanTo assure your satisfaction, we start by asking questions. If we don’t provide what you need and want, we’re not doing our job. Second, we work with the leader in home heating and cooling equipment, Carrier. Third, we train each employee to see your job through from start to finish, making sure the unit or system performs up to your expectations. Finally, we provide quick, professional service and complete service plans to keep your systems operating at peak efficiency. It’s all part of our tradition of service- assuring your complete satisfaction.

Come visit us in our NEW location:
46149 Van Dyke Ave
Utica, Mi 48317

If you have questions, whether it be on financing, or about our heating and cooling equipment, please call us at (586) 739-2115 or send us an email.

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Save Some Green with Mike’s Instant Rebates

bug-springMike’s been bit by the Spring Fever Bug and is feeling generous.  For a limited time, he is offering a special in-house instant rebate sale.  These rebates are taken right off the top, so you are on your way to a more comfortable home sooner. Enjoy these great savings while they last!comfort2

  • Furnace & Air Conditioner Installed – $500 off
  • Furnace or Air Conditioner Installed – $200 off
  • Expires 3/04/17 (not valid with other offers)

    PLUS….

  • Utility Rebates up to $1,300
  • Financing available:  up to 3 years interest free financing (upon approval)
  • Free Estimates

Call (586) 739-2115 to get more information about Mike’s Instant Rebates.

Don’t forget to change your furnace filter and humidifier pad.

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Free Water Heater

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Your families comfort is important to us. Call now to schedule your new Furnace & Air Conditioner installation and receive a free Water Heater.

bradford-whiteBradford White water heaters are made right here in Michigan.  With many companies moving manufacturing out of the United States, Bradford White invested in the American people by establishing their manufacturing facilities here and hiring locally.  They have discovered that American workers take great pride in building the best products in the industry.  We are proud to bring to you this quality of craftsmanship to you and your home.  Call now for more details on the various water heater solutions.

Act fast, this deal is only good until 2/28/17 and while supplies last!

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How To Replace The 3 Most-Repaired Parts On A Dryer

Some range and oven parts are replaced more than others due to use and wear and tear. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a range or oven according to sales from our website. Thermal Fuse…

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