EB Design Air Inc. Blog : Archive for February, 2013

Westchester County, NY Generator Guide: What to Look for in a Whole House Generator

Monday, February 25th, 2013

If you’ve ever been without power for an extended period of time then you know how inconvenient and, in some cases, dangerous it can be if the weather is extreme. In situations like hurricane Sandy where millions of people were without power for days, having a whole home generator could potentially protect your family from power outage. But what should you look for when considering a whole home generator in Westchester County, NY? We thought it would be helpful to put together some of the initial things you should consider as you move forward with buying a whole home generator.

Generator Size

Probably the first thing that you should think about is how much power you need to power your home. Generators come in all different kinds of sizes and you need to figure out what size will be appropriate for your home. The output of the generator will greatly impact the cost as well. You need to take your budget into account when you’re deciding what generator to buy. You could get a generator that can power your entire home. But if you don’t have the budget for that, you could get one that can power just your refrigerator and heating system.

Pull-Start or Electric

If you get a generator under 5,000 Watts, it could have a pull-start. If your power goes out you’ll have to walk out to the generator and start it manually by pulling the cord. If you don’t think you’ll be able to do that or if you don’t want to have to do that, there are whole home generators that will come on automatically when the power drops off.

Fuel

Your generator will most likely run on some kind of gas or oil product in order to run. You should check on the availability of fuels in your area. In almost every case natural gas is cheaper. But definitely check with your local utility companies or suppliers about the pricing and availability of propane, oil and natural gas.

If you have any questions about whole home generators and which one is right for your home, call Design Air. We provide complete whole home generator installation, repair and maintenance throughout the Westchester County, NY area. Contact us today. 

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Order the new Golden Pellets from Energex!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Golden Pellet | Pellet Stove | New City NYOrder the new Golden Pellets from Energex at a special introductory price of $299 a ton!

This super premium fuel is made from the finest kiln dried sawdust available. Quantities of this high quality sawdust is very limited but yields amazing results. It is very high in heat value and has a very low ash content. Due to the limited availability of this high quality dust, only select hearth shops will be able to sell this fuel. Once you try it, you will know this is the fuel you want for your annual heating needs. To avoid disappointment place your order immediately.

Design Air, Inc. offer top quality pellet stove installation, maintenance and equipment. Already have an existing firebox for a traditional fireplace? We can install a wood or pellet stove insert for more efficient heating! Call Design Air, Inc. today!

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A Suffern Solar Guide: Types of Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A small solar energy, or photovoltaic system, is a great way to provide your home with efficient, pollution free access to electricity. There are a few options to consider when it comes to the installation and operation of a photovoltaic – or PV – system, though, so it is important to understand just what it is you’re looking for. Design Air would like to share some basic information about photovoltaic solar systems with you. If you have any further questions or would like information, be sure to contact a Suffern solar expert such as those at Design Air for the answers and information you need to make an educated, informed decision.

How Solar Photovoltaic Systems Work

Solar photovoltaic systems use direct and indirect sunlight to convert solar energy into electricity, making them suitable for use just about anywhere. Of course efficiency levels are dependent on how much solar energy is available to the system. PV systems can still create energy even on cloudy days, though not as much. Solar cells, consisting of semiconductor materials, absorb sunlight, and the solar energy then frees electrons from their atoms. This is called the photo electric effect, allowing free electrons to form an electrical current by traveling through a circuit.

Grid-Connected and Stand-Alone PV Systems

A stand-alone PV system is one that is totally self-contained and not connected to a utility grid. These systems are popular in remote areas, where it would be more expensive to extend a power line, or among those who are looking for a self-sufficient lifestyle. Stand-alone systems require balance-of-system components such as batteries to store energy, power conditioning equipment, a charge controller and meters.

Grid-connected systems are used to reduce reliance on traditional, utility grid supplied electricity. Benefits include the ability to supplement solar electricity when necessary, as well as the ability to sell surplus energy back to the grid. Additional balance-of-system equipment may include meters and instrumentation as well as power conditioning equipment.

What to Consider Prior to Installation

There are a number of factors to consider before committing to the installation of a solar photovoltaic system. Local codes and regulations must be followed, and make sure that you have an accurate idea about the costs of installation and operation. It is also necessary that you size your system correctly to ensure that you produce adequate electricity for your needs. Because there is so much to this process it is advisable that you speak with a Suffern solar photovoltaic expert, such as those at Design Air, before making any decisions.

If you have any further questions about these systems, their installation or operation, feel free to contact us with any questions. We’re happy to share our knowledge with you.

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Generator Guide: What is a Whole-House Generator?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A power outage can range from a mild inconvenience to a full blown disaster, depending on how long it lasts. While a few hours without the lights on can be rectified by flashlights and a few candles, going without power for a few days or longer is a bigger challenge. That is why you may want to consider the installation of a whole-house generator in your New City, NY home, especially if you live in an area prone to inclement weather. Protect your home, your convenience and your safety with the installation of a whole-house generator by Design Air, Inc.

A whole-house generator is an emergency backup system that can provide power to your home when the electricity goes out. When you are not able to procure electricity from the local power grid your whole-house generator will kick on, providing you and your family some of the convenience that comes with access to dependable electricity. There are a number of factors that must be considered when deciding on the right whole-house generator for your home.

If you do not experience power outages very often or if you are rarely away from home then you may choose to opt for a manual generator. With this type of backup system you will have to manually power it up when the electricity goes out. This is fine, unless you are away from home and want the power on for any reason.

Should there be concern about the power going out for any amount of time, from food spoilage to medical systems running on electricity, an automatic whole-house generator is probably a better option. You do not need to be home in the event of a power outage in order to activate these systems. They will sense the power outage and come on automatically. They are generally more expensive, but offer more complete security.

For more information about the installation of a whole-house generator in New City, NY, contact the professionals at Design Air, Inc. We are happy to help you find the right backup power system for your needs. Call us today to learn more about the selection, sizing, installation and service of your whole-house generator.

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Indoor Air Quality: Winter Concerns in Suffern, NY

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Winter is a fun, festive time of the year, but it can also lead to a number of issues specific to the season. With the right information, knowledge, products and services you can avoid and rectify these problems in your Suffern, NY home. Indoor air quality is one of the areas in which your home can really suffer during the winter months. Here are some examples of ways in which indoor air quality can suffer during winter and some helpful tips that can help keep your and your family comfortable and healthy. Contact Design Air for more information about improving air quality this winter.

One of the main problems that indoor air quality faces during the winter time is a result of our desire to save energy and reduce heating costs. When the cold weather arrives most homeowners attempt to seal up their homes, shutting windows and doors and even covering them with plastic sheeting and shrink-wrap. This is an understandable response, but it can also keep pollutants trapped inside as well as heat. Burning candles and even cooking dinner can introduce airborne pollutants into your home. Without proper ventilation, that is where they will stay.

Operating your heater also tends to dry out the air, and this can cause an imbalance in humidity levels. Excessively dry air can lead to sore throats and sinuses. It can even damage wooden surfaces and cause paint or wallpaper to chip and peel. If you begin to notice the signs of a lack of humidity in your home, call your professional service provider immediately.

At Design Air, we fully understand your desire to heat your home as efficiently as possible. This should not be at the expense of the quality of air that you breathe in your Suffern, NY home, though. To learn about the many indoor air quality and weatherization products and services we offer, including air cleaners and humidifiers, contact us today. We have the answers to any questions you’d like to ask.

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