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For Complete Boiler Services for Your Bergen County, NJ Home, Choose GRC Mechanical

When you rely on a boiler to keep your Bergen County, NJ home warm all winter long, you need a contractor who can provide you with the boiler services you need. Making sure your boiler is properly serviced not only helps you and your family enjoy optimal home comfort; it also helps your boiler maintain its efficiency so you’ll save money on your utility bills. But who can you rely on for your boiler services?

One of the best ways you can narrow the field when it comes to boiler contractors is by choosing someone with trusted credentials. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), choosing a contractor who belongs to noted professional organizations, with the proper licenses, is key. They suggest you look for a contractor that holds the proper licenses in their state, and belongs to such organizations as Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and North American Technical Excellence (NATE).

At GRC Mechanical, we’re proud of our professional affiliations. We are pleased to be members of:

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
North American Technical Excellence (NATE)
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association

Additionally, we hold licensure in professional engineering, plumbing, and New Jersey Home Improvement. We take our Bergen County, NJ customers’ boiler service needs very seriously and work hard to bring you the excellence and professionalism you deserve. You can rely on GRC Mechanical to provide the following expert boiler services:

Boiler Maintenance: The best way to ensure that the boiler in your Bergen County, NJ home will run safely and reliably is by regular boiler maintenance services. When you choose our Breathe Easy maintenance plan to help meet your needs, you’ll […]

GRC Mechanical Services is Three-Time Winner of the Carrier® President’s Award

GRC Mechanical Services is proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, the dealership received a 2013 Carrier® Corp. President’s Award, one of the manufacturer’s highest honors for its local dealers. GRC Mechanical Services was selected and honored at the 2013 Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer (FAD) meeting.
New Jersey HVAC Dealer Honored for Quality and Leadership Excellence
President’s Awards are presented annually to an elite group of Carrier dealers who exemplify the company’s model for operational excellence, business effectiveness and delivering the best in cutting-edge technology to consumers. Carrier also awards dealers who are committed to providing excellent customer service and who are dedicated to the Carrier brand. Winners go above and Beyond the call of duty in the industry with a dependable, customer-focused work ethic.

-20 Degree Refrigerated Warehouse – North Bergen, New Jersey

Project Title:  Tree of Life -20 degrees Refrigerated Warehouse

Cost: $400,000.00

Job Location:  North Bergen, New Jersey

Design Criteria:  Integrate into an existing warehouse a new 4000 square foot freezer connected to an existing 3000 square foot refrigerated box.  Unlike typical applications this box cannot be supported by the roof of the building, and the box installation must take place without interfering with ongoing operations.

Description of Installation: A insulated concrete pad with vapor barrier was poured over a network of  electric heaters so that the concrete floor of the box and building would not freeze and crack.

Steel framing was erected to support the freezer.  The box was then erected over the steel. Sodium lamps were installed for the lighting since they operate at very low temperatures. Drain lines were installed and heated so that the condensate wouldn’t freeze.

3 22 horsepower Condensing Units were placed outside the building and piped to 3  Evaporators.  R-404A was selected as the refrigerant since it is a nonchlorinated ozone friendly gas.

Water Cooled Chiller Replacement – Ridgefield, New Jersey

Project Title: Water Cooled Chiller Replacement

Cost: $60,200.00

Job Location: Ridgefield, New Jersey

Design Criteria: Replace an existing chiller system with new equipment that would fit through the restricted access to the basement.  Finding equipment that would fit was our foremost concern.  Energy efficiency was identified as a major priority.

Description of Installation: 2 25-ton water cooled chillers were installed with brazed plated heat exchangers.  These chillers were selected due to their weight , size, and ability to operate at reduced capacities to conserve energy.  The two chillers are controlled by a Control Panel equipped with lead-lag control, 7 day time control, and water temperature adjustments.

The old chiller was dismantled and removed in sections, the new chillers were rigged down the stairs with a chain fall  and set into place.  A new water tower was set on the roof and interconnecting water piping was installed as well as a new pump and pump control.

Hot Water Boiler – Ridgefield, New Jersey

Project Title:  Hot Water Boiler

Cost:  $19,750.00

Job Location:  Ridgefield, New Jersey

Design Criteria:  Replace an existing hot water boiler on an emergency basis, provide make up air for combustion, integrate a control package, and provide adequate drainage for pressure relief discharge.

Description of Installation:  We removed from location the existing boiler and rigged into place  a H.B. Smith 1,200,000 Btu input Boiler with a compatible control package that would interface with the existing building controls.

Our Installers connected gas piping, supply and return water piping, breeching, water feed piping, recommissioned a floor drain and installed drain piping for pressure relief.

Proper humidity levels keep you healthier and more comfortable

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can do more than heat and cool your home. It can also keep the humidity at a comfortable level in winter and summer. It’s a delicate balance: if it’s too low, you’ll feel the effects of colds, respiratory infections, and asthma more, and some of the furnishings in your home will literally dry out. If it’s too high, you’ll be uncomfortable but mold and mildew will flourish. They love moisture!

Residential HVAC systems balance temperature and humidity. The best person to design a system appropriate for your climate and your comfort needs is a professional ACCA member contractor. He or she understands the science of your home and applies the principles contained in the ACCA design and technical manuals to the design, selection, and installation of an HVAC system that’s right for you.

ACCA manuals are the industry standard, often incorporated into local building codes and endorsed or recommended by the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and equipment manufacturers.

Relatively Speaking …
Relative humidity (RH) is the percent of moisture actually in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air can hold at that temperature. Cold air can hold less moisture than warm air. At 70ºF, air can hold as much as 12 times the amount of moisture as 10ºF air. That’s why it’s usually more humid in the hot summer months.

Winter Humidification
Most heating systems just heat the air, changing the temperature, not the humidity. Cold air is dry, and forced-air systems and heat pumps pull outside air for heating. When 10°F outside air is heated to 70°F, the humidity level in your home will be the same as the outside air’s, around 7%. That’s […]

Tips for Maximum Efficiency and Comfort in your home

Whether your comfort system is old or new, in a new or old home, in an apartment or a single-family home, there are many little things you can do to optimize its efficiency and minimize your utility bills. They’re definitely worth the small amount of time and expense they take, because in the long run, they’ll save you money.
Are you getting the most for your comfort dollar? Or are you paying to heat and cool the neighborhood?
Whatever the season, you want to keep your comfortable air inside the house. That means caulking and weather stripping doors and windows, around chimneys and flues, and anywhere else inside air can escape. Be sure to check for cracked or broken shingles, crumbling grout, and worn or torn vapor barriers, too.

Inspect the exterior of your home once or twice a year. A good way to remember is to do it when you have your regular, professional HVAC check-up because heating and cooling will be on your mind anyway.

If you’re building a new home or replacing windows, invest in vinyl- or wood-clad insulated (thermopane) windows and storm windows and doors. Then keep them closed whenever the heat or air conditioning is on!

Keep vegetation and debris well away from the outdoor unit of your system. They can block air flow, which forces the system to work harder to produce the same level of comfort. You’ll spend more now … and in a few years, when the equipment fails prematurely and you have to replace it.

However, use vegetation to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. For example, plant a row of trees on the side of your home the wind usually comes from. They’ll act as wind […]

Comfort By Design

Written by Jim Herritage, CEM

Before you replace your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, there are some things you should know. The first is that a quality installation begins with a professional design.

Most of us don’t think about “design” when we think of heating and cooling, but it’s just as important as a solid architectural design. A professional HVAC contractor won’t simply replace what you have now with new equipment. It’s possible that your existing system wasn’t sized properly to begin with!

To make sure your new HVAC system meets your needs for comfort and energy efficiency, a quality contractor performs a series of calculations that take into account the overall climate where you live; how your home is sited (for example, if it faces south or north); the amount and quality of insulation in walls, basement or crawl space, and attic; how many windows the home has and how efficient they are; other sources of ambient heat, such as kitchen appliances and lights; even landscaping near the house.

These are called “load calculations.” The formulas, which are included in ACCA’s Manual J®, were developed by HVAC experts at ACCA and are the industry standard, often incorporated into local building codes.

Turn to the pros
Why should you care about load calculations? It’s simple: an under-sized system can reduce the comfort of your home, use more energy, and not last as long as a properly sized system. An over-sized system will cost more than you need to spend and may contribute to moisture-related problems down the line.

Any contractor who tells you a load calculation isn’t important is not a professional. The professional understands that your year-round comfort is the ultimate goal. In the summer, your air conditioning […]

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The NATE Patch

Look for the NATE Patch
Consumers demand technician excellence, and NATE-certified technicians deliver.

What is NATE?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, and it’s the only nationwide certification program accepted by the entire heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry – contractors, manufacturers, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), and technicians themselves.

Are all HVACR technicians certified by NATE?
NATE is a voluntary certification program designed to ensure that qualifying technicians have a core set of competencies and can be trusted by the consumers who hire them. NATE is the culmination of several years’ worth of work by ACCA and other industry organizations to establish one single, nationwide certification.

Over the past few years, NATE has grown considerably. More than 20,000 technicians have been NATE-certified and the list continues to grow. With a strong endorsement from the leading manufacturers of HVACR equipment, NATE certification is the standard by which all technicians should be judged.
Don’t you want third-party reassurance that the technician in your home is a capable, qualified individual?
Nearly 90 percent of consumers do. Ask your contractor if he or she employs NATE-certified technicians, and request that only NATE-certified technicians service your system. Some contractors choose to show off their NATE-certified status in ACCA’s online Contractor Locator, and others do not. Be sure to ask.

Is the NATE certification really meaningful?
Yes! The NATE certification is rigorous and voluntary. There are other third-party certification programs out there, but they have suspiciously high “pass” rates. NATE has the lowest pass rate and is the only nationwide certification program endorsed by the HVACR industry across all levels. Technicians, contractors, manufacturers, utilities, educators, wholesalers, and leading industry trade associations support NATE, and industry organizations such as ACCA have helped develop the tests […]

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The Air You Breathe

What’s in your air and what can you do about it

Unfortunately, in today’s world, pollution is everywhere. And with the type of cleaning products, manmade goods, and activities undertaken within homes and buildings, indoor environments can become very uncomfortable. Even “fresh,” outdoor air has as many as 30 million dust or pollutant particles per cubic foot.

There are, however, measures you can take to lessen the effects of these particles in your home. Since the home is essentially an enclosed system, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors are able to tackle pollution head-on by moving the air through a high-efficiency air cleaner.

What does an air cleaner do?
At its most basic level, an air cleaner filters out the particles that cause irritation, such as pollen, spores, dust, and other contaminates. In order for any air cleaner to work correctly, the particles need to pass through it. Hence, if the particles are not in the air stream (for example, they’re dust on furniture), an air cleaner won’t remove them.

However, a good air cleaner will:

Remove allergy-causing particles that pass through it.
Perform well consistently.
Be economical to maintain.
Handle a large volume of air efficiently.

How can an air cleaner help with allergies?
A good air cleaner reduces or removes the irritants that cause allergic symptoms. You may choose a portable air cleaner for smaller spaces or a whole-house air cleaner that works in conjunction with your forced-air system to provide cleaner air throughout your home.

What kinds of residential air cleaners are out there?
There are basically two: furnace-mounted, whole-house units and portable single-room units. Both types of cleaners have different models with varying methods of cleaning the air and capacities for doing so. Your dwelling may help determine the right unit […]