Archive for July, 2014

How Robotic Cameras Are Used to Inspect Your HVAC Systems

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

When you call on a professional company to come to inspect the ductwork for your commercial building, many of them will conduct a simple visual check with a few lights moved around the ventilation shafts. There are far more advanced ways to handle HVAC system inspections today, so when you need to have the ventilation of your building given a thorough examination, call on a company that uses robotic camera technology to take on the job. You will receive a detailed look at your ventilation network that will make sure you know exactly what work needs to be done for the most energy efficiency HVAC system.

Alpha Air Corporation uses the most advanced equipment available for any HVAC system inspection in Minneapolis, MN that we do. Thanks to robotic camera inspection equipment, we can deliver comprehensive views of your ductwork’s integrity. If you feel that you are losing airflow or your building’s heating and cooling power is suffering, call us to take on the inspection work that will give you the answers you need.

Robotic camera inspections

What exactly are these miraculous robot cameras? They are inspection systems that can examine every section of your ductwork while eliminating the possible fallibilities of the human eye. These machines are capable of performing repeated motions the same way every time, and that allows them to scan over the entirety of a duct system without missing any spots. The robot cameras can also reach sections of ductwork that human technicians cannot.

The robots travel through the inside of the ducts, scanning and photographing as they move. The standard robot has two cameras, one forward and one aft. The forward camera records, while the aft camera helps with navigation. Thanks to the cameras, a technician can show a customer a real-time display of the complete ductwork system from the inside.

This robotic equipment reduces the amount of labor involved, since the job no longer requires a technician trying to access all of the outer area of the ductwork (which includes places impossible to reach without building material destruction). The robot simply travels on its way through the ductwork until finishing: a smooth and easy process that results in a complete view of the ventilation system that would otherwise be impossible.

With the robotic HVAC system inspection in Minneapolis, MN available from Alpha Air Corporation, you will have a complete assessment of the building’s ductwork before any job starts. You will have an easier time making the best decisions (with the expert guidance of our staff) about how to care for your HVAC system’s integrity.

Don’t allow your ducts to receive a substandard and fallible inspection: Call Alpha Air Corporation Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS

Reasons to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

Here’s an intimidating statistic: according to studies by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 15,000 fires occurred in homes in 2010 alone because of clogged dryer vents. The air channels that exhaust the hot air from a dryer also carry lint fibers with them, and these fibers are highly flammable. If these vents remain clogged, the risk of a house fire starts to increase.

You don’t have to take that risk however: schedule regular dryer vent cleaning in St. Cloud from Alpha Air Corporation. We specialize in services that keep your air vents clean and home safe. We are certified members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Call us today if more than a year has passed since you last had cleaner for your dryer vent.

Why you need to keep up with dryer vent cleaning

  • Fire safety: We’ve already brought out the frightening number of house fires that have occurred because the highly flammable fibers trapped inside a dryer vent ignited. This alone is reason enough for you to make sure that regular cleaning for the vent is on your annual “must do” checklist.
  • More efficient dryer: One of the basic steps in drying clothes is to always clean out the lint trap before running a load. If you don’t, your clothes will take far longer to dry. This applies to the dryer vent as well: if it becomes choked with obstructions, the dryer will have a harder time removing the moist air from inside. The high moisture level means clothes that stay damp and require a longer cycle to dry them out. This leads to immense energy waste; it isn’t good for your clothes, either. When you find that the dryer isn’t doing much “drying,” than it’s probably time to arrange for professional vent cleaning.
  • Longer equipment lifespan: When a dryer is forced to run longer and harder to dry your clothes, it will suffer from increased wear. This means you will run into more repair needs. It will also result in a short lifespan for the system. Laundry machines are expensive, and you don’t want to replace one unless it’s absolutely necessary, so keep the dryer vent clean so your clothes dryer can “breathe” properly and have a long life.

When you call for professional dryer vent cleaning in St. Cloud, MN, the technicians will inspect the whole venting system and use special brushes and vacuums to draw out all the lint from the vent, as well as any mold or mildew. With the right professionals on the job, you should have your home back to the way it was before in no time at all.

When it comes to dryer vent cleaning trust to the experience and certification of the team at Alpha Air Corporation. Call Us Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS

Denmark Also Celebrates the Fourth of July

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

Maybe an elementary school teacher tried to trip you up with this test question: “Do other countries have a Fourth of July?” If the teacher had phrased the question as, “Do other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?” you would be less likely to slip up and answer “no.”

Except… and your teacher probably didn’t know this at the time… there is another country that celebrates the Fourth of July. They don’t celebrate a holiday that happens to fall on July 4 (there are quite a few of those spread across the globe), but the actually celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

That country is—Denmark.

Every July 4, in the Rebild Region in the north of Denmark, thousands of people gather in Rebild National Park to hold the largest Fourth of July celebration outside the U.S.A., an events known as Rebildfesten. This tradition has continued for over a hundred years now, starting in 1912. The origins of this unusual celebration is that in 1911 a ground of Danish Americans purchased the 140 acres of the parkland between the woods in Rold and the Lindenborg stream. The next year, they deeded the land to the Danish King and people of the country as a memorial to Danish Americans, under the condition that the place remain undeveloped, open to the public, and used to celebrate U.S. holidays. Today, the park also hosts a museum on the history of Danish immigrants to the U.S., housed inside a log cabin.

This display of solidarity with the U.S. is because of the country’s warm welcome of 300,000 Danish settlers who were among the earliest to migrate across the seas. The celebration continues as sign of the long friendship between the two nations.

Since its inception, the celebration has hosted famous speakers such as the members of the Danish royal family (the queen and princess both attended for the 100th anniversary), Walt Disney, Keith Carradine, and Richard Chamberlain. The festivities actually start two days earlier, but on the fourth is when the major parade is held (which marches over 3 miles from the train station) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performs a selections of music from both countries.

Although we doubt you will be celebrating your Fourth of July in Denmark this year, we at Alpha Air Corporation hope you have a fantastic Independence Day.