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HVAC Suggestions and Expectations for Extreme Heat

July 18th, 2019

We are expecting an extreme heatwave this weekend. Outdoor temperatures are supposed to soar well above the normal air conditioning systems design temperature.  We here at Design Air want to be sure that our customers stay safe and take any and all precautions through this heatwave. In case of emergency, Design Air is here for you! 

Here are our suggestions for keeping your home as cool as possible through the oppressive heat.

  1. During an extreme heatwave, it is best to leave your system set at your desired indoor temperature and to put it in hold mode. DO NOT use your energy-saving program. DO NOT turn your system off or raise the temp if you leave the house for a few hours or even for the day. The system will not be able to recover and bring down the temperature. 
  2. Pull shades to limit direct sunlight, keep outside doors shut and confirm ALL windows, (bathrooms, downstairs, upstairs, basements, etc.), are closed tightly.  The slightest window gap will allow humidity in and use all of the air conditioner’s power to remove the humidity, instead of, working on lowering the temperature.
  3. If you have more than one air conditioner cooling your house, make sure ALL units are set to cool, so that one system is not trying to cool the whole house.
  4. Make sure you have a clean filter.
  5. DO NOT add heat to your house, minimize the use of the oven, stove, lights, washer, dryer, and computers.
  6. BATHROOMS: try not to add heat and humidity from showers or baths. Close the bathroom door and run the bath exhaust fan while showering. If possible, minimize shower and bath time.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: Central air conditioning systems are designed to maintain roughly a 20° differential between outdoor temperatures and indoor temperatures. This is fine when the outdoor temperatures rise to 90° – 92°, systems should still maintain 70° – 72° inside the home. When outdoor temperatures rise to 100° the indoor temperatures may also rise above the desired setting. On a 100° day, during the peak heat of the day and a few hours after, the indoor temperature may rise to 80° and the system may still be operating properly. It just cannot keep up with the extreme temperatures outside and that is normal.  

Please be safe and smart during this heatwave.  Please avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors and remember to stay hydrated!  

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How to Determine If Your AC is Properly Sized

July 8th, 2019

checklistThe size of your air conditioning system really does matter. If you’re looking to install a new air conditioning system in your home it’s important to make sure that this system is sized correctly. If it’s too small, your air conditioning system won’t be able to cool your home the way you need it to. If your air conditioning unit is oversized on the other hand, it won’t work as efficiently as it should and even have energy problems.

The process used to determine the proper size of an air conditioning system for your home is complex. It’s easy to find online resources claiming to walk you through everything you need to know when it comes to sizing an AC system, but it’s difficult to do this probably without professional assistance. If you need air conditioning service in New City, NY, contact our team today.

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3 Benefits of AC Maintenance

June 24th, 2019

ac-maintenanceWe understand how most homeowners feel about maintenance services. Maintenance is one of those things that can seem a little unnecessary to many if you have an air conditioner that seems to work just fine. The word you need to focus on here is “seems.” This word can land you in a lot of trouble after the weather starts to heat up.

Air conditioning maintenance is the best way to ensure that your air conditioning system lasts throughout the warm weather and provides you with energy efficient cooling. If you need AC maintenance in New City, NY, make sure you choose a responsible team like ours.

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It’s Time for AC Repair If…

June 10th, 2019

ac-maintenanceSummer’s not quite here yet in New City, but our weather doesn’t seem to know that. The temperatures here are already sweltering. If you’ve noticed that your home is starting to feel incredibly uncomfortable then you need to call an HVAC technician.

Unfortunately, some of the signs that your air conditioner needs repair aren’t always that obvious. If you want to make sure that your air conditioner stays in peak condition then there are a few signs that you can watch out for. If you’re looking for air conditioning repair in New City, NY then make sure that you contact our team.

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Duct Systems vs Ductless Systems

May 27th, 2019

ductless-acIf you’ve been doing your research on air conditioning systems, you’ve likely come across a discussion about air ducts. Namely, whether or not you want to use them with your new AC configuration.

Ducts are the conduit that transport heated or cooled air from your HVAC system into the rest of your home. They’ve been used for ages in central AC systems and standard heat pumps. You even use them during the winter if you own a furnace.

However, you can also get rid of the ducts entirely by switching to a ductless air conditioning system in New City, NY. There are plenty of benefits to doing so, but it’s not for everyone.

We’ll breakdown the differences and help you decide what’s best for your home:

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3 Electrical Problems You Shouldn’t Tolerate

May 13th, 2019

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It’s easy to take our home’s electrical system for granted, but that can be dangerous. Most of our electrical system is hidden behind drywall, leaving the complex parts of the system out of sight and out of mind.

It’s going to take some visible signs of a malfunction to alert you that anything is wrong with your electrical system at all. But even then, it’s easy to ignore these signs entirely! We might not think of flickering lights or a tripping circuit as “normal,” but since it’s not causing any damage, we tend to tolerate it.

The problem is that whatever’s causing these annoyances might pose the risk of electrical fires or electrocution. An expert of electrical repair in Nyack can inspect your home every few years to ensure that the systems are functioning properly, but in between those periods, you can learn which signs indicate the need for repairs.

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Don’t Mistake These Heat Pump Functions for Problems

April 29th, 2019

frustratedIf you’re like most people, then you’ve been using a central AC or a furnace for your cooling and heating throughout your life. If you’re thinking of switching to a heat pump—whether that be a traditional kind or ductless—there are some operational differences that you should keep in mind.

It’s not uncommon for a new heat pump owner to mistake one of these differences for an actual repair problem and insist on having someone come over to make repairs. We’ll clear up some of those misunderstandings below so that you can have total peace of mind when operating your heat pump or ductless mini split in Nanuet, NY.

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4 Signs You Should Consider Ductless Air Conditioning

April 15th, 2019

ductless-acIf you’re still using a central air conditioner, that’s no surprise. Central air conditioners are the most commonly installed systems. Part of the reason is simply that it’s what is familiar to most homeowners. Plus, they’re effective at what they do, so there’s not much to dislike.

But for homeowners who want a bit more flexibility and control with their cooling systems, they might discover that a ductless air conditioning system in Monsey, NY is just the thing they’ve been needing. You might be one of them too! Below are 4 signs that you should consider ductless systems, either to replace your central AC or to supplement it:

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3 Ways to Get a Cost-Effective Commercial HVAC System

April 1st, 2019

commercial-hvacAn HVAC system is a necessity in your commercial building. Of course, that doesn’t necessitate having to pay an outrageous cost for it. You can still be savvy and cost-effective without having to compromise on comfort. Here are some ways you can make a dent in your monthly heating and cooling bills:

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It’s Finally Time for AC Maintenance

March 18th, 2019

ac-maintenanceWith winter now behind us, the most exciting time of the year has finally come! That’s right: the time for air conditioning maintenance.

Okay, so you might not be able to share our enthusiasm for air conditioning maintenance and HVAC services (it’s kind of all we think about, after all). But we bet you could if we gave you some good reasons to get excited about it.

AC maintenance isn’t just a chore—it’s the best way to get your HVAC system started on the right foot this year.

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