Design Air Inc Blog

Get a Handle on High Humidity this Summer

May 23rd, 2016

We don’t have to tell you how muggy it can get in the summer here in Ramsey, NJ. It’s only May and we’ve already begun to feel the effects. Soon, it will be like stepping out of your home into a solid wall of humidity, and the last thing you want is to have that kind of discomfort in your home. Air conditioners can address the problem by default, but they’re not set up to do that and often need a great deal of extra energy to keep a handle on high humidity. That raises both your bills and the possibility of a more serious repair. A whole-house dehumidifier is a better answer to the issue, and can even save you money in the right circumstances.

Continue Reading

Get Your Fireplace Ready for the Off Season

May 16th, 2016

Fireplaces are an ideal atmospheric addition to your home, and with rainy spring nights, can be used to make a warm and cozy atmosphere late into the season. But with spring turning to summer here in Ramsey, NY, your fireplace likely won’t be used again until the fall. That makes this the best time to get your fireplace ready for the off-season with cleaning and maintenance. A trained chimney sweep can do the job admirably, and you can help that process with a few steps of your own.

Continue Reading

Does Your Generator Need Replacing?

May 9th, 2016

Thunderstorms are a way of life in Suffern, NY, and while our civic power gird is very reliable, Mother Nature still has the final word in these matters. A whole-house generator is a great way of keeping your home up and running during a crisis, or even to power the home full time if you live off of the civic grid. A key part of owning a generator, however, is knowing when to replace it as it wears out. Ultimately, only you to homeowner can make that decision, but as you check your generator this spring, look for these signs to tell you that it may need replacing.

Continue Reading

Your Air Conditioner Will Tell You When It Needs to Be Replaced

May 2nd, 2016

Summer is on its way here in New City, NY, and before the temperatures get too hot, you should make a careful evaluation of your air conditioning system and determine if the time has come to replace it. That allows you to install a new unit now, if you need it, and avoid dealing with an unexpected breakdown in the middle of summer. Generally speaking, you should begin making that assessment as soon as the warranty expires, though yearly maintenance and careful use can extend its lifespan well beyond then. Don’t use the warranty as a measuring stick to determine whether you need to put your system out to pasture or not. Instead, look for one of the two following signs: both of which are related to cost.

Continue Reading

What Causes a Drop in Cool Air in My AC?

April 25th, 2016

Here in Ramsey, NY, temperatures are starting to rise, which means that homeowners are turning their heaters down and their air conditioners up. It can be disconcerting, to say the least, to turn on your AC for the first time since last summer, only to find warm air coming out of your vents. A good air conditioning technician can hunt down the causes of the drop in cool air for your AC and correct it, but it’s helpful that you the homeowner understand some of the causes of it. We’ve prepared a short list below. The minute you spot any of these problems, turn your system off and call in a professional.

Continue Reading

What to Look for in a Good Air Conditioning Service

April 18th, 2016

Summers in Nanuet, NY can be quite brutal and without a quality air conditioner, you may find yourself at the mercy of the heat and humidity just when you need your home to be comfortable. A good air conditioning service can be your best friend in that regard, and there are a number of quality companies in the area. But how can you tell which one will provide you with reliable service, and which one merely wants to take you for a ride? The specifics vary, but in general, there are some key factors you can look for when hunting for a good air conditioning service.

Continue Reading

3 Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing

April 11th, 2016

Spring has arrived in Suffern, NY, and summer can’t be too far behind. With the return of warm weather comes a chance to give your furnace a serious look, and with it, the chance to decide whether you want to replace it with a new one. Making the call now gives you the whole summer to make proper installation plans, allowing you to perform the operation at your pace and no one else’s. Every system is different, and only the individual homeowner can decide if replacement is truly necessary. There are, however, a few tips and signs that can help you make up your mind. We’ve included a quick breakdown of the three most prominent signs below.

Continue Reading

How Do SEER Ratings Affect Air Conditioning Size?

April 4th, 2016

A new air conditioner may be the perfect addition to your home this spring, and if you are in the market for a replacement for a broken-down unit, now is the time to start looking, before our Suffern, NY summers kick in. Two specific factors go into the selection of a new air conditioner: the power output and the efficiency. Both are important, but they aren’t separate considerations. When choosing you air conditioner, you need to balance both against each other, and understand how SEER ratings affect air conditioning size.

Continue Reading

Keep Your Generator Ready to Go

March 28th, 2016

A whole-house generator makes a great form of insurance against inclement weather, which we get more than our share of here in Elmsford, NY. If heavy rains or snows knock out the power in the local civic grid, an installed generator will ensure that your home retains power to vital appliances like your heater and refrigerator. Once you’ve installed your generator – and indeed as part of the planning process when installing it – you need to make sure you have a plan for using it. Crises can arise unexpectedly, and the last thing you want to do is scramble to get your generator running when the power has gone out. A little forethought will keep your generator ready to go at all times.

Continue Reading

Benefits of Going Solar This Spring

March 23rd, 2016

Towns like Sloatsburg, NY aren’t exactly known for their sunny skies, which has turned a lot of people away from the possibilities of solar power. But just like any other technology, solar arrays have improved over the last few years, and today’s models are capable of absorbing energy on even the cloudiest days. That makes installing a solar array on your home a far more desirable prospect than it may have been just a few years ago. With that in mind, here’s a brief list of the benefits of going solar this spring, and the reward you’ll start reaping right away when you do.

Continue Reading