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

Problems You May Experience with a Generator in Suffern

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Are you concerned about your generator’s ability to perform well? The entire reason why you have a generator is to ensure that it can provide backup electrical energy when a storm hits and the grid fails, or when a power line goes down near your home. It’s an insurance policy against such mishaps, and it needs to be kept in good condition so that it works well in the event something goes wrong with your home.  Depending on its size and type, it can power more than just your lights, but also your electric appliances as well as your HVAC systems. But it requires routine maintenance in order to be a reliable source of electrical energy. Whether you have a manual or automatic standby model, make sure you have yours checked periodically. Call Design Air Inc. today if you have any of the following problems with your generator in Suffern.

  • Generator won’t start: It can be a disconcerting feeling when your generator fails to start up. If yours won’t start, then there could be a number of different factors involved. For example, if you have an automatic standby generator, it needs to be properly integrated into the service line that connects to your main electrical panel so that it can detect when the utility service drops out. But this will not work properly if the connections become damaged or interrupted for some reason.
  • Loud or unusual sound: If your engine makes a strange sound during operation, one that you haven’t heard it make before, it could be an indication that something has gone wrong with your generator. There could be a problem with the engine itself, or the natural gas or propane fuel supply line.
  • No power output: If it seems like your generator is running, but it is not producing any power output, then there could be an issue with the control board itself.

Make sure to have your generator checked by a professional should anything go wrong with its operation. Call Design Air Inc. today if you have problems with your generator in Suffern

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Making the Right Decisions About Your Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

If it has come time for you to get a new air conditioning system installed, it can be an intimidating and frustrating experience. It is a huge decision that you will have to live with for many years. The Nyack, NY air conditioning installation professionals at Design Air, Inc. have many years of experience installing many different types of systems. We wanted to make the process easier and help our customers make sure that their new air conditioning system is installed properly, so here is a quick checklist of things you should think about before installing a new system:

  • Work with a professional contractor – One of the best things that you can do is to ask an air conditioning installation professional for help. Bad installation is one of the most common causes of AC repairs. By hiring a professional AC contractor, you can make sure your unit functions as effectively as possible.
  • Size of your new air conditioner – Another very important thing to think about is the cooling capacity of your new air conditioning system. The mistake that we see many homeowners make is they go out and buy the biggest air conditioning system they can find or afford. While it might seem like a bigger AC would make your home more comfortable, the opposite is what will most likely happen. Make sure that you get the correctly-sized air conditioner that matches the size of your home to prevent problems like short cycling and uneven cooling.
  • Efficiency rating – Air conditioning units’ efficiency is measure using a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER the more efficient the unit is. Typically, Energy Star approval is given to AC units that achieve at least a SEER 14 rating. The air conditioning installation pros at Design Air, Inc. can help you find an air conditioner that can fit your budget and your energy usage goals as well.

If your air conditioning system has started to give you problems and you’re interested in replacing it, just call the Nyack, NY air conditioning installation techs at Design Air, Inc.

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Air Conditioning Repair in Pomona, NY: My AC Blows Warm Air

Monday, July 15th, 2013

As we enter the cooling season, homeowners throughout the Pomona, NY area are thinking about how to maximize the performance and energy efficiency of their air conditioning system. They may also be thinking about whether any repairs may be necessary to ensure a hassle-free summer. One common problem that you may experience is when your AC blows warm air. While there are numerous reasons for why this occurs, we thought it would be useful to share a few of the most common with you. For more information, or to schedule air conditioning repair in Pomona, NY, call the experts at Design Air, Inc. today!

So, why does your AC blow warm air?

  • Thermostat fault: While small, your thermostat is incredibly important to the operation of your air conditioning system. Because it is responsible for communicating the correct temperature to your air handler, if something goes wrong with your thermostat, or it isn’t calibrated, then it may be calling for air at the wrong temperature.
  • Clogged air filter: Remember, it’s imperative that you change your air filter at least once a month during the cooling season. When it becomes dirty or clogged with dirt and debris, it can cause serious problems for your system, including the inability to cool, which can lead to warm air. It may even cause your evaporator coil to frost over completely.
  • Condenser not performing: Your condenser coil is responsible for dissipating the heat of the hot gas refrigerant into the outside air. If it becomes dirty, or in any way inoperative, then the refrigerant will not cool sufficiently, which can in turn lead to warm air. As you can see, any imbalances in the system disturb the refrigerant cycle necessary to providing cool air in your home.
  • Compressor overheating: The compressor may shut off it overheats. If your system is filled with dust and debris, then the outdoor unit cannot dissipate the heat fast enough and this may cause your compressor to overheat. Alternatively, if your compressor motor has suffered any physical damage, this can also disturb the cooling process.

We hope that gives you some idea of the various potential factors involved in warm air. For excellent air conditioning repair services in Pomona, NY, call the experts at Design Air today! 

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Spring Valley, NY AC Tip: Faulty Thermostats and Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Does your cooling system fail to keep you comfortable, no matter how low you set your thermostat? Does it seem as though your AC just won’t respond to your cooling needs? If so, you may have a faulty thermostat that needs repair or replacement. Your thermostat is the primary user interface for interacting with your cooling system. If it is in some way impaired, then you cannot expect adequate cooling performance and energy efficiency from your system. It’s best to get any problems checked out by a reputable, quality Spring Valley, NY air conditioning repair technician so that you can be sure the root of the problem is solved. Call Design Air Inc. today to learn more about what we can do for your air conditioner.

Here are some common problems resulting from faulty thermostats.

  • Inadequate cooling: If you find that no matter what you do, or how clean your air filter is, that you’re simply not getting enough cool air in your living space, there might be a problem with your thermostat. It’s possible that it is improperly calibrated, and is therefore communicating the wrong information to the control board on the AC unit itself. When this occurs, you can’t depend upon your AC, and this can be frustrating when it’s so hot outside.
  • AC doesn’t turn on: First, check to make sure that your thermostat is calling for cool air, and that the fan is on. Next, check to see that you haven’t blown a fuse or tripped the circuit breaker. If neither of those two options works, then your thermostat may be faulty.
  • AC doesn’t turn off: Although you may never want your AC to turn off considering the heat and humidity outside, it should not run constantly. It needs to operate in cycles, and shut off when it reaches your desired temperature. Otherwise, it can overheat and lead to energy inefficiency.

Keep in mind that replacing your old, manual thermostat with a new, digital, programmable model may help you keep your energy costs low as well as improve the accuracy with which it senses temperature.

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Manage Your Home Comfort from Anywhere

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Wouldn’t it be great to monitor your home’s comfort settings even when you’re away from home? With the growing popularity of smart thermostats, Design Air carries and installs the latest WiFi thermostats that meet your home and family’s needs. Take the icomfort WiFi thermostat by Lennox for example. The icomfort gives you a weather forecast every morning and monitors energy use throughout your home.

WiFi thermostats also allow you to adjust your settings while away from home via computer, smart phone, or other mobile device. With your home settings available on the cloud, you can adjust the temperature in your home at the click of a button to cool the house down while you’re on your way home. Some thermostats can even detect when no one is home and adjust the settings for you to help you save energy and run your system more efficiently. For more information about the icomfort by Lennox or other WiFi thermostats, call Design Air today or schedule service online.

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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The 4th of July will forever hold a very special place in the history of the United States of America. On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Not only is Independence Day an important day in our nation’s history, but for many people it is a day that is filled with memories from celebrations of years past. Fireworks, barbeques, baseball games, fairs, carnivals, patriotic music and ceremonies are all scattered through our memories as we’ve participated in annual parties, get-togethers, picnics and family gatherings throughout the years. John Adams, our 2nd president, was right when he said that our Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The 4th of July is truly a day to enjoy but also to remember and respect the sacrifice that many brave men and women made over 200 years ago to give us the freedom that we cherish today. However you celebrate Independence Day, make sure that you take a moment to remember what this day is really about.

We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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