EB Design Air Inc. Blog : Archive for January, 2014

Understanding Boiler Operation

Monday, January 27th, 2014

For a home heating option, boilers offer some enticing advantages: clean heat, low-cost installation and maintenance, few repair needs, and great longevity. The simple action of using heated water to provide warmth to a home is the secret of why boilers continue to be so popular with homeowners; sometimes the simplest way of getting heat is the best ways.

To help you understand why boilers have so many benefits, we’ll explain basic boiler operation. For more information, or to schedule installation for a boiler in Stony Point, NY, contact our heating specialists at Design Air Inc today.

The basics of how a boiler heats your home

Boilers can run from a variety of fuel sources, including oil and electricity, but for the sake of brevity we will only examine the most common and energy-efficient type, the natural gas-powered boiler.

Boilers provide heat using water. The water runs through a closed loop in a house, and the heating process begins in the main water tank. A burner unit below the tank contains a series of jets connected to the gas main. A pilot light or an electric igniter activates the jets when the thermostat calls for heat. The high temperature from the jets transfers through a cast-iron heat exchanger to the bottom of the tank. The heated water rises through the tank, where a pump moves it out and into a system of pipes. The pipes circulate this hot water to terminal points within the house: radiators or baseboard heaters. The heat radiates into the house, and the cooled water returns to the tank through a dip tube that deposits it at the bottom of the tank to begin the cycle. The exhaust from the gas jets exits safely through a flue.

Is a boiler right for you?

Although boilers have many advantages, they are not automatically the best choice for a home. Boilers usually do not heat your home as quickly as a gas furnace, for example, and so depending on size and insulation in your home, a boiler may not be optimal.

How can you find out if you should invest in a boiler in Stony Point, NY? Ask the experts: Design Air Inc has a team of boiler installation and repair specialists available to assist with your decisions for heating. Call us today.

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Common Repairs for a Boiler

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

If you have a boiler in Pearl River, NY, chances are high that you haven’t needed to call often for repairs. Boilers do not wear down as fast as other heating systems, such as furnaces and heat pumps, because they use fewer mechanical parts. With proper maintenance, boilers can  provide many years of reliable heating.

There are a few repairs that boilers can require, however, and we’re going to look at the most common ones in this post. Our technicians at Design Air Inc have many years of experience with these repairs, so when you have a heater that’s acting up, make us your first call.

Boiler repairs we often do

  • Repairing leaks: Leaks are the major problem that boilers can encounter, and there are a number of different reasons for them to start: high water pressure, corrosion, loose connections. Whatever the cause, they need to be patched, sealed, or the pipes replaced, and then the source tracked down to prevent further trouble.
  • Flushing the tank: The hot water tank of a boiler is the core of the system. Sometimes it can start to gather sediment along its bottom, which is brought in from underground breaks in the pipes. As this sediment builds up, it compresses the available space for water in the tank, and this can lead to high pressure and numerous problems. A professional flushing the water from the tank can remedy this.
  • Corrosion elimination: A boiler is designed to resist corrosion as long as possible, but malfunctions can cause it to start developing along the tank or connections. Corroded connections need to be replaced quickly, and if caught soon enough rust can be removed from the tank. A heavily rusted water tank will likely need a full replacement, so make sure you call for repairs the moment you notice corrosion on any part of your boiler.
  • Cleaning the burner: Gas-powered boilers are the most popular models. Similar to gas-powered furnaces, they can have problems with the burners where the gas jets ignite if they develop too much dirt and grime. Never attempt to repair anything connected to a gas line on your own; let a professional handle removing the burner and cleaning it.

To help fend off repairs and make your boiler as trouble-free as it should be, make sure you have it maintained annually with a visit from a technician. At Design Air Inc, we offer excellent repair and maintenance service for your boiler in Pearl River, NY. Call us whenever you need help getting the most from your boiler.

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What Is a Master Hearth Professional?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

If you have looked over our page about the services we offer for fireplaces, you may have noticed that we have a Master Hearth Professional on our staff who is at your disposal to answer questions and help you choose the right style and model of fireplace for your Pomona, NY home. That sounds very official—and it is—but perhaps you’re curious about what a Master Hearth Professional is and why having one on staff gives Design Air Inc an advantage in offering excellent fireplace services.

Master Hearth Professionals: NFI-Certified Specialists

As with any specialized service, working on fireplaces requires expert knowledge and training. The technical training required for hearths of any kind is extensive, since it involves different forms of fuel and familiarity with venting systems and hearth construction. The National Fireplace Institute® (NFI) is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF), a non-profit educational organization. According to the NFI’s website, the group aims to “increase public safety by establishing meaningful credentials for professionals involved in planning and installing residential hearth appliances and venting systems.”

As of 2002, the NFI certifies fireplace installers in three categories: gas specialist, woodburning specialist, and pellet specialist. A fireplace specialist who receives certification in all three categories receives additional certification as a Master Hearth Professional. According to the NFI, “These individuals have reached the highest level of certification in the hearth industry.”

A Master Hearth Professional knows all the different forms of fuel that can burn in a fireplace, and has skill in the selection of the proper fuel, the assurance of safe venting, the correct materials to protect walls and floors, and the necessary compliances with code regulations. In short, you won’t find anyone more qualified to help you select a fireplace for you home and help with its installation.

The Design Air Inc Advantage

Why is it so important that Design Air Inc have a Master Hearth Specialists on staff? Because at Design Air Inc we offer a large range of fireplaces and stoves. Gas log inserts, freestanding wood and pellet stoves, electric inserts… this variety requires a technician who is knowledgeable in all fields of fireplace installation and maintenance. We’re proud that for your fireplace in Pomona, NY we have a certified Master Hearth Specialist to give you the advice you need to make the best choice your home.

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Why You Should Replace Your Old Boiler Even if It’s Still Working

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Boilers are great heating systems: they can outlast almost any other system provided they receive annual maintenance and prompt repairs. But boilers do not improve over time: they aren’t like wine. There will come a point in a boiler’s lifespan where it should probably get replaced, even if it is still quietly doing its job sending hot water through a house. In this post, we’ll look at why you may want to replace an older boiler even if it is still functioning.

Look to Design Air Inc for service on your boiler in Suffern, NY. “We won’t leave your home until you are 100% satisfied!”

  • Reduced efficiency: Look over your heating bills from the last few years. Have they started to rise steadily? If so, then your boiler might be the reason: it is becoming too aged to do as efficient a job as it once did. You may still feel the same level of heat coming from your radiators or baseboards, but the boiler needs to drain more energy to provide that warmth. A new model is a more cost-efficient solution.
  • Take advantage of new technology: Boilers continue to improve with HVAC technological advances. If your boiler is over 20 years old, it is probably far less efficient, with a lower AFUE rating, than a contemporary model of the same size. You will see a huge jump in savings with a new model that incorporates modern advances.
  • Avoid a breakdown: Eventually, your old boiler will stop working, and having to schedule an emergency installation is inconvenient. If you’ve enjoyed a few more years from your boiler beyond the manufacturer’s suggested lifetime, then you’ve already gotten a great bargain out of it. Schedule installation now for a smooth transition.

Whatever your reasons for replacing your old boiler, make sure you have your new system in Suffern installed with the help of experts so that you end up with the right sized boiler working the way it should. When you purchase a boiler from Design Air Inc, we provide discounts on your maintenance plans so your new boiler will last as long­—if not longer—than your last one. Call us today: we offer free estimates for all new heating systems.

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