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

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Check out our Spring 2013 Newsletter with spring cleaning tips and information about how you can save money with high-efficiency AC units. The newsletter also includes promotions and a yummy spring recipe. Happy Spring from Design Air!

Chicken with Creamy Braised Leeks Recipe

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Common Generator Repairs

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A whole-house generator allows you power your house even though the grid has lost power. Hurricanes, flooding, transformer or grid problems can all adversely affect your home electrical system. Many New City, NY homeowners have had whole house generators professionally installed in order to give their families the comfort and security of standby electricity, which kicks in as soon as the power goes out. Lights, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, computers, and portable telephones require constant electricity. Don’t leave your home dark and cold this winter season. Call a New City, NY generator technician today.

Even high-end whole-house generators suffer damage and general wear and tear. They may even be damaged by the same storm they’re trying to protect you from! Common generator repairs include:

  • Maintaining the integrity of the generator’s structure, including any physical damage to the cover, lines, and switches
  • Ensuring that the fuel source is fully operative, whether it is natural gas, propane, or oil
  • Fixing any leaks or faulty seals
  • Replacing any mechanical parts in the generator itself

The whole house generator is a complex system, on in which you have invested to secure you and your family’s comfort in the event of a natural disaster or grid failure. You will need to make sure that any repairs are taken care of quickly and professionally so that your electrical standby system is there when you need it.

Looking beyond repair, preventive maintenance is a key component of avoiding system problems, and ensuring the efficient and effective generator operation. If it’s been awhile since your last tune-up, or if you have concerns about your New City, NY home’s generator, call Design Air today to schedule a professional inspection.

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Water Heater FAQ: How Does Solar Water Heating Work?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Do you have questions about solar water heating in New City, NY? Many customers call us to ask about whether it is the best solution for their homes, but it’s also important to know how they work to help you decide on a new water heater for your home. While solar water heaters are not for every situation, they are some of the most efficient water heaters available today, and in the right situation, they can provide you with a lot of energy savings.

It is a good idea to call a professional advice, but to get you started, Design Air has put together a post about how solar water heaters work and some of the benefits you can get from them.

If you are looking to heat the water in your home with renewable energy, solar water heaters are very sustainable and use very little outside energy. First you need to install the solar panels on a roof or area in your yard that gets the most sunlight. Some people think that a solar water heater will only work in a sunny or warm region, but they actually work in a variety of different climates. The panels help store the energy gained when there are periods of direct sunlight.

To take full advantage your new solar water heater, call a heating contractor you can trust. There are other solar heating systems that can be installed in your home, so be sure to ask about those if you are interested in both. It’s easier to install them all at once. You can also install a hybrid water heater that uses less energy than standard water heaters.

If you have more questions about how these water heaters work, or any other questions about solar water heating New City, NY, call Design Air Inc. any time!

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Benefits of a Gas Fireplace in Rockland County, NY

Monday, March 11th, 2013

When considering heating options for your home, you may have to decide between different types of fireplaces. While you may enjoy the pleasant crackling of a wood burning stove or fireplace, you may also want something cleaner, more efficient, and with less hassle than cutting or acquiring wood. A gas fireplace is an excellent alternative to conventional heating options. Call Design Air, Inc. today for comprehensive gas fireplace installation in Rockland County, NY.

There are a number of benefits to using a gas fireplace. Let’s take a look at some of them:

  • Style. Many gas fireplaces feature elegant brick backgrounds and light accents. They seamlessly blend into your home, while providing the warmth and comfort of a traditional fireplace. You will have a much more diverse range of fireplace options if you choose gas.
  • No chimney. The cost of installing a chimney to accompany your wood fireplace can be substantial. A gas fireplace usually has a direct venting system. However, if you have an existing chimney, you can find gas fireplace inserts that work with your existing chimney.
  • Energy efficient. While gas is known to be an efficient fuel, gas fireplace efficiency depends on your utility bills. Some companies charge significantly different amounts for gas and electricity.
  • Remote control. Want to change your temperature from across the room? Remote control of your gas fireplace is a great convenience. No need to traipse outside for another log. Warmer temperatures are available with just a click of the button.
  • Ease of operation. Your natural gas fireplace is as easy to turn on and off as a television set.
  • Warmer. Many gas fireplaces feature a blower that helps circulate the warm air so that it can more evenly warm the home and not just heat a single room. Many of these are also made with quiet fan technology for quieter operation.  
  • Ease of installation. Gas fireplaces are generally easier to install than wood-fueled ones, and are a great option if you have an existing gas line for a gas furnace or boiler.
  • No creosote. Creosote build-up is common in wood fireplaces. It can accumulate to such an extent as to reduce airflow, and even cause fires.

Whatever your reasons for choosing a gas fireplace, the benefits are clear. If you think a gas fireplace may be the heating solution for you, call Design Air, Inc. today for a Rockland County, NY gas fireplace installation service.

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Benefits of Radiant Heating in Rockland County, NY

Monday, March 4th, 2013

There are a lot of options available to homeowners these days when it comes to heating their homes. With all of the choices available it can be difficult to decide which home heating system is best for you and your personal heating habits. At Design Air, Inc., we believe that the best way for you to get the perfect heating system for installation in your Rockland County, NY home is simply for you to do a little research and understand your options as much as possible. If you are constructing a new home or remodeling your home, you may want to consider the installation of a radiant heating system.

Radiant heating systems offer many benefits to homeowners. A radiant heating system is more effective than baseboard heating. If you already have a boiler, then a radiant heating system installation may be a good investment. Radiant heating is so effective because it heats your walls or floors directly, as opposed to warming the air surrounding a radiator or baseboard. This allows for even, comfortable heating throughout your home.

Radiant heating is also an extremely efficient way in which to heat your home. Furnaces still tend to be the most popular and common home heating option. However, if you use a forced air distribution system with your furnace to distribute heat throughout your home, you may be losing a lot of energy in the ductwork system. Damaged or poorly insulated ducts are notorious for energy losses.

There are also a number of installation options available for radiant heating systems. There are a few different types of floor installations, though hydronic systems are by far the most popular and most efficient. Heated water is pumped through tubing beneath your floor, warming it directly. If you are redoing your floors anyway, it is the perfect time for a hydronic floor heating system installation.

If you would like more information about the benefits of a radiant heating system in your home, contact Design Air, Inc. today. We are happy to discuss with you the ways in which a radiant heating system can benefit your Rockland County, NY home. If you decide that this is the way in which you would like to heat your home, we can take care of every step of the process.

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