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

What Are Geothermal Loop Systems? A Geothermal Question

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Geothermal heating and cooling systems allow residents in  New City, NY and surrounding areas to use energy stored in the ground and in water on their property to heat and cool their homes. A geothermal loop system is necessary to harness this energy for use in your home. If you’re interested in using a geothermal system to heat and cool your home in a more efficient, eco-friendly manner, it is important that you understand some basic information about these loop systems. There are a few different designs, and the New City geothermal experts at Design Air will help ensure that you get the right loop system for your home.

Closed Loop Systems

There are three types of ground loop systems – horizontal, vertical and pond/lake installments. Closed loop geothermal systems circulate an antifreeze solution through the closed loop, which is buried beneath the ground or submerged in a body of water on your property. A heat exchanger transfers heat between the antifreeze solution in the loop system and the refrigerant in the heat pump. In a horizontal closed loop system trenches are dug at least four feet deep in the ground. The loop system is installed in these trenches, and a method of looping pipe can allow for more pipe to be installed in a shorter trench.

Vertical loop systems are a good option for schools and commercial buildings, as less land is necessary for installation of the system than with a horizontal option. Holes are drilled into the ground, and pipes are inserted into these holes and connected at the bottom to form a loop. The drilling necessary can increase the cost of installation.

The cheapest option for a closed loop installation is generally a pond/lake loop system. An adequate body of water meeting certain volume and depth requirements is necessary. A supply line is run underground and submerged at least 8 feet underwater in coils.

Open Loop Option

If there is a suitable water supply on your property you may opt for an open loop system. With an open loop water itself is used as the heat exchange fluid. Water is circulated throughout the system and, when it has completed circulation, it is returned to the ground. Local codes and regulations may inform the suitability of this option.

We hope that this information has been helpful. At Design Air we believe consumers should be informed. If you have any other questions about geothermal loop systems, contact a professional at Design Air today.

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Why You Need Spring HVAC Maintenance in Nyack, NY

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

You depend upon the reliability and efficiency of your HVAC system to provide cool air when you need it. Don’t let your clients and employees down this summer: make sure your system is primed and ready to go. Spring is the perfect time to ensure that your HVAC equipment is in solid working condition for this upcoming cooling season. Design Air, Inc. offers exceptional HVAC maintenance in Nyack, NY for all types of heating and air conditioning equipment.. Here are a few of the reasons why you may want to get your HVAC system maintained this spring.

Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance in Nyack, NY

Regardless of what system you have, you may eventually notice that your HVAC is not performing like it once did. Here are some reasons why you need spring HVAC maintenance in Nyack, NY.

  • Spike in fuel or utility bills. A jump in the amount of energy your system consumes is often an unwelcome surprise. Unless there are corresponding changes in the way you use your system, then there may be a leak in the ductwork, or a mechanical fault somewhere in the system. Only a professional can adequately diagnose the problem. Call Design Air for HVAC repair in Nyack, NY.
  • Loss of cooling or heating ability. Does your HVAC system have difficulty reaching your desired temperature? Climate control relies on a number of different factors including ductwork, blower components and thermostats. If your HVAC isn’t running adequately, then it needs professional inspection.
  • Loud noises. If your HVAC system starts to rumble, hiss, whoosh, or bang, then it’s probably not operating correctly. Certain components may be loose or broken, there may be an air leak somewhere, or the compressor might need repair.

Your HVAC system is a finely tuned piece of equipment. While it’s made to last when properly installed, it also requires maintenance. A regularly scheduled program of routine maintenance can often prevent the need for costly HVAC repairs in the future. If you need to schedule HVAC maintenance in Nyack, NY, call Design Air, Inc. today!

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Rockland County HVAC Guide: Benefits of Design-Build Services

Monday, April 15th, 2013

As both designer and builder of your customized residential or commercial heating and cooling systems, Design Air is committed to bringing you comprehensive planning and installation services. We work with our clients in Rockland County and the surrounding areas to meet and exceed their expectations.

Before starting to build your project, the HVAC design-build team determines your exact requirements for the project at hand, taking into account your budget, timeframe, heating and cooling volume, and auxiliary devices. We perform an energy audit and load calculation of your planned home so that your heating and cooling systems are appropriately-sized, maximizing their cost and energy-efficiency. Design-build services integrate the various systems in your home so that they work together successfully.

Load calculation is an important part of the design-build process. A comprehensive calculation can assist the homeowner and the design team in determining the necessary size of the heating and cooling system. By estimating fluctuations in energy usage, as well as considering the general efficiency of the living spaces, a load calculation can help ensure the successful operation of your system. Other factors include power sources, fuel utilization, insulation and the design and layout of the home. During load calculation home appliances are known as selectable loads, and estimating their usage helps you to make a decision about choosing to install a renewable “green” energy heating and cooling system, or to opt for a conventional system. Design Air offers accurate and reliable energy load calculations as part of their design-build services.

The design-build approach helps us guarantee customer satisfaction. Not only will your budget have fewer contractors to juggle, but you will also feel good knowing that your heating and cooling systems are in the hands of seasoned professionals. Call Design Air today to schedule an estimate for more information about our design-build services. Contact us for all your Rockland County design-build services.

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Fireplaces: Using a Fireplace Safely

Monday, April 8th, 2013

There’s nothing quite like the smell of burning hardwood on a crisp afternoon. Our fireplaces give us warmth, comfort, and pleasure. But they need to be used safely. While the design of modern fireplaces, as well as that of homes, has significantly reduced the danger of house fires, safety is of supreme importance when lighting, tending, or extinguishing a fire. While we want you to enjoy your fireplace, we also want you to be able to use your fireplace safely so that you get the most comfort out of it. Whether you’re new to making fires or a seasoned pro, this review of fireplace safety will be a valuable introduction (or reminder). For more information about New City, NY fireplaces, call Design Air Inc. today!

Here are some tips for fireplace safety:

  • Burn safely. This concerns not only how to burn, but also what to burn. You should never use flammable liquids to start a fire in your fireplace—it’s hazardous to you and your home. Seasoned hardwood is the ideal fuel of choice because it burns the cleanest. If you burn soft or moist wood, then it increases the levels of creosote in your firebox and chimney. Avoid burning cardboard, trash or other debris in your fireplace, and never leave a fire unattended.
  • Protect your home. This includes not only the inside of your home—the surrounding wood and furniture in your living room—but also the outside of your home. Most homeowners who regularly use their fireplaces have a stack of firewood somewhere outside, preferably under cover. This stack should be at least 30 feet away from you home. Safety indoors is no less important: check the batteries on all smoke alarms, give proper ventilation, and make sure your vent pipes extend at least 3 feet above your roof.
  • Keep it clean. This is perhaps the most safety measure of all. Routine chimney and fireplace cleaning will keep your home safe. Creosote buildup can often lead to chimney fires. Before, during, and after burning wood, make sure to keep the area surrounding the fireplace clear of any debris, and flammable materials.

For more information about fireplace safety or if you are interested in a new fireplace for your home, call the New City, NY fireplace experts at Design Air, Inc. today! 

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Geothermal Installation Process: A Heating Guide

Monday, April 1st, 2013

More and more homeowners in New City are starting to realize the benefits of geothermal systems. At Design Air, Inc., we offer complete geothermal system installation and repairs in New City. We’ve been working with many customers to help them start realizing the efficiency gains that geothermal systems offer. We often get asked about the installation process for geothermal systems. We thought it would help clear up some misconceptions if we put together a quick description of how the geothermal heating and air conditioning system installation process works.

How Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning Systems Work

If you were to dig down into the ground about 10 feet, the temperature there would be about 55° F. It stays that temperature all year long—no matter what the temperature of the air is above it. Geothermal systems use that energy to heat and cool your home. To do that, a long series of pipes need to be buried in the ground and filled with a refrigerant.

Space Restrictions

Geothermal loops can be installed vertically or horizontally. However, these space restrictions make geothermal systems impossible for homeowners whose property isn’t large enough to accommodate the coils.

The Heat Pump

After the coils have been buried in the ground, they are hooked up to a heat pump in your home. The heat pump circulates refrigerant through the coils where it absorbs heat from the ground. The refrigerant carries the heat into the heat pump where it is extracted and circulated through your home in the duct work.

If you have any questions about how geothermal systems work or if one would be a good fit for your home in New City, call Design Air, Inc. today!

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