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Nyack Fireplace Tip: What You Should Know about Gas Log Installation

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Fireplaces were once the only way homes could get heat. Even though furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and other modern systems have superseded them as the most popular ways to heat a home, fireplaces have stayed with us because of the beauty and coziness they provide. A New York winter feels less biting when you can sit in front of a roaring hearth of flames.

But the standard wood-burning fireplace takes a lot of work and maintenance, and you’ll need to purchase and store wood (or go chop your own) to feed it. Scheduling a gas log installation is an alternative for getting the aesthetic of a fireplace without the hassles of dealing with wood.

Design Air Inc. offers comprehensive services for fireplaces along with our many other heating and cooling services. We have a Master Hearth Professional available to answer any questions you might have—this is someone who knows Nyack, NY fireplaces better than just about anybody.

First of all, although it seems like it should be obvious, a gas log installation requires access to natural gas. Another important thing you should know about gas logs is there isn’t just one basic model. When you want to get gas logs installed, you’ll have a choice of many different sizes and styles. You don’t need a chimney, either! There are freestanding models, so if you desire the glowing and pleasing look of a fireplace in your home, you can get it put anywhere you want without a chimney.

But the most important fact you need to know about gas log installation: it requires professionals to get it done. Actually, this is a legal requirement: anyone who installs gas logs must have a permit. This is not only to ensure that the logs go in right, it’s also to protect your safety. Any installation that concerns a gas line poses health risks. The professional installers will take into account the ventilation available to prevent a gas build-up. If you use a chimney, the installation experts will give it a thorough inspection to see that it poses no problems for the new gas logs.

Design Air Inc. has a wide selection of gas logs to fit Nyack, NY fireplaces: we can find one that will match your home, and install it so you won’t have to worry about your safety. We won’t leave you in your home with your new gas logs until you are 100% satisfied—that’s our promise.

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Generator Options to Consider

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Power outages have become an increasing concern for New York residents. Not only do we have to worry about power loss because of natural disasters, but the increasing stress on power grids makes outages more likely during calm weather as well. Having a back-up source for power can be a huge convenience and a literal life-saver. More and more homes have taken the route of getting insurance against power loss by installing a whole-house generator.

We believe that a professionally installed whole-house generator is an excellent option to protect your and your family’s comfort and safety. However, it isn’t as simple a task as picking a generator and then calling someone to put it in. There are many generators on the market that cater to different household needs, and you will benefit immensely from getting expert guidance as you go over your various generator options. For advice about your New City, NY generator choices, contact Design Air Inc. today.

One of the initial options to think about regarding a generator is whether it will have an automatic or manual power switch. An automatic switch will turn the generator on in the event of an outage, eliminating the need for you to go out to the generator and get it started on your own. A manual switch costs less, however. You’ll have to weigh the possibility that you won’t be home when the outage takes place, and how easily you could reach the generator in case of an emergency in order to decide which choice it the best.

Consider what appliances and parts of your home you will most need to power in case of an emergency. Lights, refrigerators, and electric heaters will be priorities, but you may decide that some non-essential services won’t need to run, such as an air conditioner. These are important factors in the choice of how large and powerful a generator you need.

Whole house generators usually come in four sizes, ranging in power from 22 to 40 kilowatts. Be cautious about simply going for the largest model, since it’s possible you won’t need that much power and the system will cost significantly more. A generator installation expert can help you make the choice that will best power your home in an emergency.

If you decide to invest in a whole house generator in New City, NY, make sure you hire a company with the experience to help you select a system and get it installed correctly. Rely on Design Air Inc. We won’t leave you with your generator in your home until you are 100% satisfied.

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Why Consider a Fireplace in Stony Point?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Fireplaces have been around for a long time, used for everything from cooking to heating. Today, they largely serve an aesthetic purpose, with electric and gas log models providing a cozy atmosphere to the home, as well as more traditional models that still rely on wood fuel. In Stony Point and other cities in New York, fireplaces make an ideal addition to those long, snowy nights. Why consider a fireplace for your home? The reasons are numerous.

  • Ambiance. A fireplace immediately makes the area in which it’s placed feel cozier and more comfortable solely by virtue of its presence. The flicker of light and shadows on the wall immediately puts people at ease, and a working fireplace can add to the overall comfort of your home.
  • Reduced Heating Costs. You can turn down your thermostat and use your fireplace to heat the room where you spend your evening. Not only does it provide plenty of warmth, but it can do so while reducing your heating bills in the bargain.
  • Improved Home Value. Adding an aesthetically pleasing fireplace to your home – whether gas, wood or electric – constitutes a significant investment in its resale value. A home with a fireplace invariably sells for more than a comparable home, and you may even be able to recoup your initial investment in the fireplace when the time comes to sell.
  • Versatility. People often think of fireplaces as large brick edifices, which may not fit with your home’s current look. Not to worry. Modern fireplaces are available in a wide variety of styles and facades designed to fit the aesthetic of any home.

If you’re thinking of adding a fireplace to your home, you should consider not only the quality of the installation, but the potential for upkeep and maintenance. Design Air Inc. is proud to offer top-notch fireplace services, both in Stony Point, NY and surrounding communities. We specialize in both gas and wood fireplace installation, and our 24-hour emergency service is standing by to correct any problems with an existing fireplace. Call us today to talk about your options.

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3 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Generator in Nyack

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Installing a generator is an excellent way to prepare for inclement weather. We’ve all come to realize just how important a little back-up can be, and a reliable generator can help keep your family and home safe and comfortable when trouble arises. A generator can be a significant investment, however, and you want to make sure you use it to the fullest. Here are 3 tips for getting the most from your generator.

  • Be ready with back-up fuel. If the power goes out, your generator may need to be on call for days at a time. The last thing you want to do in the middle of a storm is go out for additional fuel. Make sure you have plenty of spare fuel safely stored for when you need it. (On a safety level, never refuel a generator that is running, since it probably contains hot components that could start a fire. Turn it off and wait for it to cool before refueling.)
  • Ventilate. A generator will generate exhaust emissions, which could be dangerous in an enclosed space. When you have your whole house generator installed, your technician will make sure that proper ventilation exists to allow the emissions to escape your home. You want to make sure that it stays clear and able to to its job for when an emergency does crop up.
  • Keep it maintained. At the start of every rainy season, you have a professional drain the fuel from your generator, check it for any cracks, refuel it, and let it run for half an hour or so just to ensure that it’s operating correctly. That way, you won’t be faced with any unpleasant surprises when the time comes to really use it.

For other tips for getting the most from your generator, talk to the experts at Design Air Inc. We work in Nyack, generator installation is a specialty, and our services come with your complete satisfaction in mind. We can explain the benefits and maintenance steps to owning a generator, as well as helping you pick the right size and model to fit your conditions. Give us a call today, and let us show you what a difference we can make!

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