EB Design Air Inc. Blog : Archive for November, 2012

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips from an HVAC Contractor

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Carbon monoxide leaks present a very real threat. Because carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless and colorless it is impossible to detect without the aid of a high quality, properly installed carbon monoxide detector. If you do not have carbon monoxide detectors in your home or have any reason to be concerned with the condition of your carbon monoxide detector it is important that you call a New City HVAC professional service provider right away. Design Air installs and services dependable carbon monoxide detectors, and we’ve compiled some further information to help protect you from the potential threat that carbon monoxide poses.

Symptoms of Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide exposure symptoms are similar to those of the flu except without the fever. Headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath are all symptoms of low level exposure to carbon monoxide. Higher exposure levels may result in mental confusion, vomiting, unconsciousness, and loss of muscular coordination. The higher and longer the exposure level the more severe the symptoms. While the best way to prevent exposure to CO is with the help of a dependable carbon monoxide detector, there are some preventive measures you can take that will greatly reduce the likelihood of CO exposure.

Protect Your Home from Carbon Monoxide Exposure

  • Never have appliances or comfort systems installed or maintained by anyone other than qualified professionals.
  • Do not run any gas powered generators or appliances indoors, even with windows or doors open.
  • Ovens and ranges are for cooking; never attempt to heat your home with them.
  • Do not burn charcoal inside a home, garage or vehicle for any reason.
  • Keep vents and chimneys clear of obstructions during home renovation.
  • Never leave a car running in a garage, even if the door is open.
  • Do not use any fuel burning equipment such as propane camping stoves indoors.

Remember, the best way to protect yourself and your home from the potential dangers of carbon monoxide exposure is with a high quality, professionally maintained and serviced CO detector. If your CO detector ever goes off, exit the building immediately and call for professional help. Keep your home safe with a reliable CO detector installation from Design Air. We have years of experience with carbon monoxide detector installation and service in New City and the surrounding area, and we’re happy to make you more comfortable in your home.

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Suffern Air Quality Tip: Air Filters and Cleaners

Monday, November 19th, 2012

When it comes to improving indoor air quality a good air filter or electronic air cleaners is a great tool to have. The Suffern indoor air quality experts at Design Air have some information to share with you about these devices. We believe that to properly clean and purify the air in your home we believe you must be properly informed. Review the information below and call Design Air if you have any further questions about the air purification options available in your area.

Particle Removal Options

Mechanical Air Filters are one of the most basic – yet most effective – air cleaning options available. Mechanical air filters remove pollutants from the air as it passes through by using a filtration material. Mechanical air filters’ efficiency levels are measured on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale. The scale ranges from 1-20, with 20 being the most efficient option. Flat or panel air filters awarded a MERV rating of 1-4 are often used in residential settings. They mostly offer protection to HVAC equipment from dirt and debris buildup. They are not designed directly to improve indoor air quality. Pleated, medium efficiency air filters rated 5-13 on the MERV scales are more efficient at removing a larger size range of pollutants from the air in your home. High efficiency filters rated 14-16 can nearly as efficient as true HEPA filters, which boast a MERV rating of 17-20. HEPA filters are rarely used in residential settings as the air flow resistance they create is too much for residential systems to handle usually.

Electronic Air Cleaners use electrostatic attraction to remove particles and pollutants from the air. By pulling air through an ionization chamber electrostatic precipitators give the particles a charge. They then are trapped on a collector that is oppositely charged and can be cleaned of the collected pollutants. Ionizers work similarly, but they do not use collection plates to trap the charged pollutants. Instead the ionized particles simply attach themselves to walls or surfaces in the room, leaving your indoor air cleaner and purer.

Biological Pollutant Destruction

Removing airborne pollutants is a great way to improve indoor air quality in your home, but if you wish to target biological pollutants including allergens and bacteria in your ducts consider the installation of a UV germicidal light system. By using small, safe amounts of ultraviolet radiation UV germicidal lights are able to kill bacteria and other biological pollutants that can grow and thrive inside your HVAC system. In addition to improving indoor air quality these systems can help improve heating and cooling efficiency by keeping your HVAC equipment clean.

Hopefully this information has been interesting and informative to you. Call Design Air if you have any questions about these indoor air quality options in Suffern. We’d be happy to help you start living more comfortably.

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Home Winterization Tips: Suffern Heating Guide

Monday, November 12th, 2012

With winter just around the corner it is a good idea to begin planning your home winterization strategy. Winterizing your home can help reduce the cost of heating your home by increasing energy efficiency. At Design Air, Inc., we believe that everyone should be able to keep their home efficiently and affordably comfortable year round. We’ve put together some tips for professional winterization as well as some simple step you can take yourself to ensure your Suffern home is comfortable on even the coldest nights of the winter.

  • Clean out your gutters. It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering how to prepare your home for the cold, but blocked gutters lead to icing, which in turn leads to damage including broken gutters and the buildup of ice around your foundation directly beneath them.
  • Take out your window screens and put in storm windows. These extra window layers provided added protection from the cold, especially for older windows with thin, single layer planes. You may also consider insulating your windows with plastic sheeting as well.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans. Many people don’t even realize that this is possible. In the summer you want your fans to rotate counter clockwise. In the winter, reverse them with a switch on the fixture itself to push warm air downwards.
  • Drain outdoor fixtures. Icy pipes can lead to big headaches. Turn off the valves inside and make sure all the water is emptied from fixtures and spouts outside.
  • Have your heating system professionally maintained before putting it into heavy use. Don’t wait until you really need it to discover that your heater is not up to the task of keeping your home comfortable during the cold season. Professional maintenance ensures proper operation and allows Suffern heating professionals, such as those at Design Air, to discover any small, developing problems before they can compromise your system.
  • Consider a thermostat upgrade. A programmable or smart thermostat gives you more complete control over how you regulate temperatures in your home. Start heating and cooling in a more effective and efficient manner with the installation of a smart thermostat.
  • Get an energy audit. With a blower door test a professional heating technician can identify leaks in your home’s envelope. Sealing and repairing these leaks and cracks will allow you to keep your heated air inside, where it belongs.

If you have any questions about ways to further prepare your home for the winter season, call the Suffern heating professionals at Design Air, Inc.. We want you to be comfortable. Heat your home more efficiently with these home winterization tips.

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