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

Qualities of Ductless Split Air Conditioning

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The principle advantage of a ductless mini split system is in its name: no need for air ducts to provide distribution of cooling. Instead of using a standard split system, with an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor evaporator unit hooked to a ventilation network, a ductless system has an outdoor unit and multiple small blower units indoors. Each of these blowers is mounted on the wall of a room and connected independently through to the outdoor unit.

Aside from saving space because of the lack of ducts (which makes them ideal for new construction and older houses without room for standard ductwork), ductless mini splits have other qualities that make them worth your consideration for new installation of air conditioning in Spring Valley, NY. For high quality work on the top brand ductless systems, call Design Air Inc.

3 Important Qualities of Ductless Mini Splits

  • Heating as well as cooling: Ductless systems are properly called “ductless mini split heat pumps.” Although we’ve focused on air conditioning in this post (summer is coming up, after all), ductless systems are technically heat pumps, which means aside from superb air conditioning power, they also deliver heating. Their operation is not much different from standalone ACs; they can simply reverse the direction they move heat, and that means you’ll have comfort for the winter taken care of as well.
  • Zone control: The individual blowers have separate controls, so ductless systems permit a homeowner to cool down only the rooms that need it. A standard central AC must cool all the rooms of a house when turned on, but a ductless system doesn’t need to expend energy (or waste money) to condition a room that isn’t being used. Zone control also permits individuals to control the temperature in their location, changing conditions to match personal comfort levels.
  • Improved indoor air quality: Another benefit from the lack of ducts is an improvement in your home’s indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, pollen, dander, construction debris, and even less desirable contaminants gradually build up inside ducts until they require professional cleaning to prevent a plunge in air quality. Ductless systems avoid this altogether.

Make Sure You Have Professional Installation

An alarming number of air conditioning systems receive improper installation. Many repairs arise from these initial mistakes. For a ductless mini split heat pump to provide you all its wonderful benefits, it needs installation from qualified technicians.

Don’t settle for less when it comes to HVAC services in Spring Valley, NY: call Design Air Inc. We are accredited contractors with multiple industry awards. The best recommendation is our more than 25 years of experience providing customers with year-round comfort. Give us a call today to set up your next appointment.

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Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioning System

Friday, April 18th, 2014

If you listen to your air conditioner operate, you may hear the occasional drip of liquid inside the cabinet. This is a normal part of the AC’s cooling cycle, and you shouldn’t see any water actually drip out of the cabinet…

…most of the time.

Air conditioner leaking does sometimes occur, and should you spot liquid coming from your AC, or stains around the cabinet or anything near it, call for professional repair technicians right away. A number of causes could lay behind this problem, and the experts will be able to determine what’s wrong and how to fix it.

For the necessary skilled technicians to repair your air conditioning in Pomona, NY when leaks happen, call on Design Air Inc. We won’t leave your AC until you are 100% satisfied with our repair work.

Reasons for a leaking AC

First, you should know that liquid leaking from your AC could be either water or the refrigerant that runs through the system. You don’t want either to leak, although they have different effects.

  • Clogged condensate drain: This is the most common cause for leaking. The water that condenses along the evaporator coil of the inside unit drips down into a shallow condensate pan, and then out a drain line. The drain can develop clogs during the summer from mold growth, and when this happens the pan will quickly overflow and leak water. This can damage your walls, carpets, and furnishings. If the AC sits over your furnace, the water will can cause the furnace to start to rust. A repair technician can remove the condensate pan and clear or replace the drain to stop the overflow.
  • Broken condensate pump: This is the pump that removes water from the condensate pan. If it breaks, the water will not drain properly, and as in the example above, the pan will overflow.
  • Air leaks: Air can get inside the cabinet if the seals around the cabinet are loose. This will cause excess moisture inside the AC as the warmer outside air collides with the cooled air. Repair technicians will need to seal the unit.
  • Formicary corrosion: You may think of the refrigerant line in your AC as corrosion-proof, but it isn’t. A specific type of corrosion, formicary corrosion, that develops from household chemicals and building material can weaken the refrigerant line and cause it to leak. Leaking refrigerant will harm the cooling ability of the AC and damage the compressor.

Whatever the cause of the leak, it will likely grow worse if you do not take steps to remedy it. The first step is the easiest: call Design Air Inc and talk to one of our AC repair specialists. We have 24-hour emergency service, so don’t wait when you discover that leak… call us now.

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Risks You Take if You Don’t Schedule Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

A maintenance visit from a professional to check on your home’s central air conditioner is something to schedule every year, preferably during the spring before the system takes on its heaviest workload. This isn’t a “suggestion” however: it’s something you need to have done if you want your air conditioning system to work its best for as long as it can. If you neglect to have annual maintenance, the consequences for your AC, and therefore your comfort and budget, will be high.

Here are a few of the risks you’ll take if you neglect to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Suffern, NY this spring. Call Design Air Inc today and talk to our maintenance specialists about setting up an appointment to keep these problems from affecting your air conditioner:

Reduction of the system’s lifespan

Studies have shown that an air conditioner that goes without regular maintenance might only reach half its expected lifespan… and probably the low end of that spectrum.  Remember: no repair for an air conditioner costs more than needing to replace it.

Increases in repairs

Without maintenance to clean an air conditioner’s components and make the necessary adjustments and replacements, the system will start to work harder. This stress increases wear and tear and makes repairs a more frequent hassle: burning out motors, failing capacitors, debris-damaged fans, dirty coils. Your repair bills will continue to climb as long as the AC misses maintenance appointments, eventually leading to a costly breakdown.

Lowered energy-efficiency

Another result of an air conditioner with additional stress from lack of maintenance is that the system will drain more power in order to maintain its expected level of performance. You’ll see this reflected on your electrical bills: an AC costs 20% more to run on average if it goes for a year without an inspection and tune-up. The costs will mount the longer maintenance is neglected.

Fortunately, it’s not difficult to arrange for regular air conditioning maintenance in Suffern, NY. If you sign up for one of the Maintenance and Service Agreements from Design Air Inc, we’ll take care of all the work and worry for you. Our agreements include your heating system as well. We offer tiered plans to fit with your budget. Call us today to get started.

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Your Home’s Heat Load and How It Is Calculated

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A crucial part of the process of installing a new heating system in a home is determining the home’s heat load. A heat load is the amount of heat per a unit of time that a building (in this case, a private home) needs to maintain a specified temperature (in this case, the residents’ comfort level).

Finding the accurate heat load requires trained technicians to perform a heat load calculation; this involves collecting a large amount of data about different aspects of the house, many of which you probably haven’t even considered. We’ll examine how heating and cooling professionals assess the heat load of your home so they can recommend the right size and type of heating in New City, NY to make you comfortable.

Call Design Air Inc, where we have load calculation experts who take their work above and beyond customer expectations.

The elements of a heat load calculation

  • House size: Determining the space that the new heater must warm up involves more than basic square footage. The heat load calculation takes into account the volume of the rooms as well.
  • Insulation: How well the insulation in the walls and the attic traps heat is critical to knowing how much heating a house requires. Technicians pay special attention to the attic, since heat rises and escapes speediest through a home’s attic if it lacks sufficient thermal barriers.
  • Heat gain from appliances: Any heat-generating appliance in a home—refrigerator, dishwasher, laundry facilities, computers, televisions—will raise the temperature, as will lights. These will factor into the heat load, usually lowering it.
  • Number of residents: People give off heat as well, and the number of residents inside a house contributes to the heat present.
  • Windows and their placement: Windows bring radiant heat into a home when the sun strikes them. A heat load calculation considers not only the number of windows but also the directions they face so the technicians can tell how much sunlight enters the house.
  • Other areas of heat loss: Aside from checking the insulation, heat load calculations locate spots in a home where heat can escape, such as cracks around outside doors, poorly caulked windows, chimneys with bad dampers, and leaky roofs.
  • Climate conditions: Finally, how much heat a homeowner needs will depend on the typical seasonal temperature lows.

There are even more considerations than these, but this will provide you with an idea of how heat load calculations are carried out. Professionals like our experienced technicians at Design Air Inc can do this job thoroughly and accurately so you’ll end up with the heating in New City, NY that will keep you warm any time of the year.

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