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

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Design Air, Inc. wants to wish you a very happy New Years! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new.

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Call Design Air, Inc. to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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Happy Holidays from Design Air, Inc.!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Everyone at Design Air, Inc. wishes you a very happy holiday! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who make our business possible. We look forward to working with you in the future. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

And a quick reminder, if you haven’t yet scheduled a maintenance visit for your heating system, you could be losing money. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your system is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Design Air, Inc.!

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Common Humidity Related Problems: A Suffern Humidifier Guide

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Improper humidity levels can lead to a number of problems in your Suffern home. Whether the air in your home is excessively damp and clammy or overly dry and uncomfortable, poor humidity balance is never pleasant. If you suffer from humidity problems in your home, call a professional service provider such as Design Air to learn more about your whole house humidifier and dehumidifier options in Suffern. Prevent discomfort and damage to your home with professional humidity control.

Signs of Excess Moisture in Your Air

Overly moist air can reduce indoor air quality and even cause damage to your home. If you have a humidity problem you do not have to put up with it. Contact a professional to learn more about how a whole house dehumidification system can help restore balance to your indoor humidity levels. High indoor humidity levels can lead to staining, wood rot, peeling paint or wallpaper and the promotion of mildew growth. Eliminate the risks that high humidity levels present. Improve air quality, reduce stuffiness and get rid of musty odors by dehumidifying your air.

A whole house dehumidifier is integrated into your home heating and cooling system. Air is pulled through return ducts, moisture is removed, and dry air is sent back out. On days when your heating and cooling system is not needed your whole house dehumidifier can run independently, providing you with comfortable humidity levels throughout the year.

Why You Made Need a Whole House Humidifier

If you’re not comfortable at home then you can never really feel at home. Excessively dry air can seriously reduce your comfort levels in your own home, and can cause physical damage to your home as well.  Overly dry air can cause sore, itchy throats, dry noses and annoying static shocks. It can also lead to chipping paint and splits or cracks in wood floors and furniture. Don’t put up with these symptoms in your home. A whole house humidifier can introduce the right amount of air into your indoor air, allowing you to live comfortably even in those dry winter months when the heat is running.

Whole house humidifiers are installed right into your heating and cooling system. Water vapor is supplied to the air, and that humidified air is then distributed throughout your home through the ductwork. Improve the comfort of your home and protect floors, furniture and walls with the professional installation of a whole house humidifier in your Suffern home.

If you have any questions or concerns about humidity issues in the Suffern, NY area, call Design Air for more information. We can help you stay comfortable in your home. Let us know how what we can do for you.

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Nyack Heat Pump Guide: How Heat Pumps Work

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Are you looking for ways to heat and cool your home efficiently? Perhaps you want to reduce your impact on the environment. Whatever your motivation, there is a home heating and cooling option that allows you to maintain comfort while cutting down on energy use and costs as well as making your home more eco-friendly. In your search for sustainable, affordable heating and cooling power, heat pumps may be the answer you’re looking for. The Nyack heat pump experts at Design Air have collected some information about these innovative systems your consideration.

How Heat Pumps Work

There are a few different heat pump options and styles available, but they all work in a similar way: by absorbing existing heat and using that heat to make your home more comfortable. This is achieved by utilizing the heat transfer process. What makes heat pumps so efficient is that they do not consume fuel to create heating and cooling energy. Rather, they transfer ambient heat into or out of your home. While this is the basis of operation for all heat pumps, there are a variety of styles that draw heat energy from various places.

Types of Heat Pumps

  • Air-Source Heat Pumps work best in warmer climates. While they will work just about anywhere, because they draw their heat source from the air their efficiency and effectiveness can be affected by freezing temperatures. This problem can be resolved by backing up your heat pump with an alternative heat source such as a gas furnace.
  • Absorption Heat Pumps work in much the same way as air-source heat pumps but are not powered by electricity. A heat source, including natural gas, propane or solar-heated water, is used instead. The main difference is that the evaporated ammonia used in both air-source and absorption heat pumps is absorbed into water rather than using a compressor to increase its pressure. A low power pump instead increases pressure, and the heat source then boils the ammonia out of the water.
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps draw heat from the ground or a body of water on your property. A loop system, either open or closed, is buried or submerged, and heat is absorbed for transfer to the heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps are more versatile than air-source models as they are not subject to temperature fluctuations. The ground retains much more consistent temperatures than the air.

Speak with a Nyack Heat Pump Specialist

This is some very basic information to introduce you to heat pumps. There are a lot of variations, installations methods and restrictions to consider before deciding if a heat pump is right for your Nyack home. It is important that you speak with a heat pump specialist, such as those at Design Air, to ensure that you get the right heat pump for your home. We’re happy to share our heat pump expertise with you.

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Benefits of Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems in Monsey

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If you’re considering a new heating and cooling system installation or are shopping around for replacement models in Monsey, Design Air encourages you to take a few moments to learn about the benefits presented by ductless mini split systems. Like a traditional central air heating and cooling system, ductless mini splits offer heating and cooling capabilities with a number of additional benefits and some advantages over ducted systems. Here is some information to get you started.

What Are Ductless Mini Splits?

A ductless mini split is a heating and cooling system that does not rely on ductwork for air dispersal. While a ductless system does include an outdoor compressor unit like a traditional forced air system, it is connected to the indoor air handler by a simple conduit containing power, refrigerant and, sometimes, drainage lines. Inside, wall mounted air handlers handle the conditioning and distribution of air directly. Thanks to this design, the installation of bulky ductwork is not necessary.

Benefits of Ductless Mini Splits

Ductless mini splits are ideal for homes that cannot accommodate the installation of ductwork as well as for those customers wishing to avoid the expense and potential energy loss associated with ductwork. There are a number of other benefits as well, including:

  • Easy installation: Because of their design, a ductless split system is easy to install. All that is needed is a three inch hole drilled in your wall to allow the conduit to pass through. This installation style keeps your home more secure. Plus, the noisy components of the system are still left outside.
  • Zone control: Zone control is a great way to increase energy efficiency and potentially save money. A ductless mini split system can utilize up to four air handlers per outdoor compressor unit. By using individual thermostats you can create temperature control zones in your home to heat and cool different areas to specific temperatures. This means you do not have to pay to heat unoccupied bedrooms or to cool downstairs rooms while everyone is asleep.
  • Less potential energy loss: Ductwork is a very common culprit when it comes to energy loss. Don’t pay to heat or cool air only to never have it reach its intended destination. Ductless mini splits don’t suffer this problem because they eliminate the necessity for ducts from the picture.

We hope that this information is of use to you. If ductless mini splits sound like an intriguing option for installation or replacement service in your Monsey home, call Design Air today. We have the answers to any questions you may have.

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