Design Air Inc Blog

The Benefits of an Energy Audit

May 15th, 2017

happy-family-homeEveryone wants to keep their homes comfortable during the heat of the summer and the freezing cold of winter, and we rightfully turn to our HVAC systems to do the job. But getting the most out of your air conditioner or heater means focusing on more than just the HVAC system itself. It means checking your whole home and seeing where you might improve its energy efficiency. Enter the energy audit, a thorough examination of your home from a trained technician that can identify places where its efficiency can be improved and formulating a plan of action to do just that.

Continue Reading

Spring is Here: Time to Check Your Water Heater

May 1st, 2017

water-heater-tank-model

Your water heater is one of the most important components in your home, providing regular hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. Traditional tank water heaters are by far the most common, because they do their job efficiently and without fuss. Most of them sit tucked away in little-used parts of the home such as the basement or the garage, and they do their jobs very quietly. That makes it very difficult to spot problems and when the signs of difficulty appear, it’s often far too late to make repairs: replacement may be necessary.

Continue Reading

Is Ductless Air Conditioning Right for You?

April 17th, 2017

ductless-blowerMost homes in New Jersey rely on traditional centralized air conditioners to stay cool during the summer. They cool the air in a single location, then push the cool air into the home through an elaborate system of ducts. It’s an effective and inexpensive way to fight the heat in the summertime, but it doesn’t work for every home. Luckily, there are alternative options available, notably ductless air conditioning systems that use different means to keep you cool. If you’re looking for a new air conditioner this spring, you might want to consider the benefits of a ductless system.

Continue Reading

Stop Germs with UV Germicidal Lights

April 3rd, 2017

uv-germicidal-lightMost homeowners concern themselves primarily with temperature control in the spring. As the mercury rises, our air conditioners will be increasingly used, and no one can be faulted for focusing their attentions on the AC this spring. But it’s not the only household concern this time of year. Germs, mold spores and other unwelcome visitors become increasingly common as allergy season begins, and if you’re not careful, they can wreak havoc on your home. Illnesses and colds will go up, and mold spores can create that damp, musty feeling that leads to a staleness in the home.

Continue Reading

Perform a Load Calculation Before Installing a New AC

March 20th, 2017

Spring is the season for air conditioner replacement sessions, as old worn systems aren’t up to another summer and the temperature rises every day. If you’ve decided that you need a new air conditioner in your home, now is the perfect time to get it installed: when you can plan the operation at leisure and make the right calculations without the pressure of triple-digit temperatures breathing down your neck.

Continue Reading

Check Your Air Conditioner for Problems

March 6th, 2017

ac-techs-repairing-outdoor-unit

Most local residents haven’t put much thought into their air conditioning system of late. Winters are cold here on the East Coast and we’re still focused on low temperatures and keeping warm instead of cool. But spring begins in just a few weeks, and with rising temperatures on their way, you’ll soon be turning off your heater and turning on your air conditioner. They last thing you need is a sudden problem with your AC, or worse: a breakdown that occurs in the middle of summer when the mercury is soaring and you need your air conditioner to function.

Continue Reading

Control Humidity Levels in Your Home

February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meHumidity is just as important as temperature when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, the part of the world we live in means that those levels are always fluctuating. In the summer, it’s muggy and gross. In the winter, it’s dry and crackling. Neither is an optimum condition to be in. Luckily, you can control moisture levels in your household air as readily as you control the temperature with the timely addition of a humidifier and/or a dehumidifier. Here’s a quick breakdown covering how they work.

Continue Reading

Key Steps to Generator Installation and Maintenance

February 6th, 2017

Generators_iStock_000024890354_XXXLarge-meA generator makes a great addition to your home in the event of an emergency. Mother Nature can get quite fierce in our Ramsey, NJ winters and a whole-house generator stands as a line of defense for those times when the civic electrical grid just can’t stand up to it. It’s important to treat the installation of a new generator with care, and to plan for maintenance for it on a regular basis. There’s little time to respond when an emergency hits, and the better you can prepare, the more reliable your generator will perform.

Continue Reading

What Qualifies as an HVAC Emergency?

January 23rd, 2017

Heating problems and plumbing problems can occur at all hours of the day or night. Sadly, your household systems may not choose the most ideal time to go down. When they do, you need to respond quickly, and that might require an emergency call to a trained technician. The good news is that we offer emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we can respond promptly to any calls in the Saddle River, NJ area. But what qualifies as an HVAC emergency, and when does the problem require you to treat it immediately? Only you, the homeowner, can make that call, but we’ve provided a few guidelines to help you out.

Continue Reading

Fight Winter Colds with a UV Air Purifier

January 16th, 2017

Winter in Mahwah, NJ is brutally cold, and with it comes a new outbreak of colds and flu bugs every year. Germs tend to circulate in our home once brought in, since we never open the doors or windows to air the household out. Furthermore, the dry air of winter can dry out your sinuses, leaving your body more prone to colds. It’s inevitable to a certain extent, though it doesn’t mean you have no recourse when it comes to fighting winter colds. A UV air purifier installed in your home and working in conjunction with your forced-air furnace can cut down on those pesky winter colds considerably. 

Continue Reading