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

Generator Season is Almost Upon Us!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Each year between August and November we seem to get at least one storm bringing high winds, thunder and lightning, and a lot of rain. Often times it is these types of storms that cause power outages and other damage to the local electric infrastructure. Here at Design Air we want you to be prepared for those moments, if the electricity gets knocked out for a week we don’t want you to have live without it, that’s why we strongly suggest looking into purchasing a whole house generator for your home. This will ensure you always have power, even when the neighbors don’t.

Whole house generators are offered in both automatic and manual options, the automatic version will actually detect a disruption in the power supply to your home and turn on when needed. Manual versions often cost less but don’t have this feature, so you have to be home at the time of the outage in order to turn it on. Whole house generators ensure you have electricity even during the most difficult weather conditions and can help maintain the quality of day to day life during both brief and longer outages.

Take a look at your home, what would you want to have power during a disruption in power supply? These necessities will help you determine a generator that is best for you and can handle your power needs when in use. Call us today to review the options we have for various generator solutions in the New City and surrounding areas in New York at 845-357-3580.

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Are the Repairs for Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Different?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Heat pumps and air conditioners are very similar in the way they operate, except for a couple of key differences. In fact, a heat pump is a type of air conditioner when it’s in cooling mode. When it comes to comparing repairs between the two systems, certain components are the same and therefore have similar repairs. It is the components that are different, such as the reversing valve, where the repairs will be different. No matter which system you use for your home, Design Air, Inc., specializes in both types of air conditioning repair, so if you are experiencing issues with either your heat pump or AC cooling, call us.

Commonalities Between the Systems

Heat pumps and air conditioning systems both use refrigerant, have compressors, condensers and evaporators, and operate on a refrigeration cycle. This means that repairs with these components are basically the same with both systems.

Differences Between the Systems

The biggest difference between heat pumps and air conditioning systems is that heat pumps are dual-action systems: they can both heat and cool. This is due to the reversing valve on a heat pump that allows the pump to switch between heating and cooling. Common valve problems are:

  • Valves getting “stuck” in a certain position
  • The solenoid malfunctions
  • Refrigerant leak develops in the valve

A second difference between the two systems is that you may experience more repairs with a heat pump simply because it runs year-round. However, scheduling annual maintenance for your heat pump can prevent repair needs and increase the longevity of the system, which is important for a year-round appliance.

Heat pumps are great options for those living in climates with long, hot summers and moderately cold winters; for those living in areas that have cold winters – below 32 degrees – a heat pump will have to be supplemented with another heat source.

Since 1986, Design Air, Inc., has helped Spring Valley customers with central AC and heat pump repair. Whether you have a heat pump or central air conditioning system, call us for all your air conditioning repair needs in Spring Valley. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Fuel Types for a Whole-House Generator

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

An occasional power outage that last for a few hours is an inconvenience, and usually you can get by with flashlights and candles until the power is restored. But in cases of extreme weather or major grid failures, the loss of power can stretch on for a day or even longer. This can create incredible hardships, especially during cold weather or when there are people in your home with special needs.

The best way to protect your family from extended power outages is with the installation of a whole-house generator that uses an outside fuel supply to deliver enough electricity to your home to run the essential appliances. You will need to have professionals size and install the generator, as well as provide its essential annual upkeep. For a generator in Pomona, NY, call Design Air Inc.

Generators can run from a variety of different fuel sources. The best one for your house will depend on a number of factors. Here are the most common fuel types for whole-house generators:

  • Natural gas: This is the most popular option. Natural gas is inexpensive, burns cleanly and efficiently, and won’t run out because of its connection to the municipal supply. The major drawback is that your home must already have access to a natural gas line. Without that, you will have to rely on a stored fuel like the ones below.
  • Propane: This is the most common of the heating oils for generators. Propane generators run quietly and are less expensive than many other models. Among the heating oils, propane has the longest shelf life, so you won’t have to worry about the supply in the generator losing its potency over time.
  • Diesel: Diesel is a more efficient fuel than gasoline, and because they use compression heating rather than spark ignition (as in a gasoline generator) they do not age as quickly from mechanical stress. This is also a safer option than gasoline because it is not combustible; in fact, it’s safer than natural gas.
  • Gasoline: This is often the last choice for a whole-house generator; gasoline are ideal for portable generators designed to only run a few lights or for use while traveling. Their main advantage is that gasoline is easy to procure.

Along with selecting the right energy source for your generator, the installers will determine how much power the unit must supply so that you have sufficient energy for your needs (from running a few lights and the heating system to running the entire house) without overpowering the circuit-breaker panel.

Turn to trusted technicians for installing a generator in Pomona, NY: Design Air Inc. We offer 24-hour emergency service to make sure your generator is ready for anything. Call us today to schedule your next service appointment.

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Reasons to Consider an Electric Fireplace Insert

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Sometimes, a traditional wood-burning fireplace can turn into a white elephant: a luxury that has started to cost more for upkeep than it is worth. For a family that doesn’t often use their wood burning fireplace, an excellent option is to install a prefabricated electric fireplace insert. This way, the family can keep the attractive look of the fireplace (something too expensive and damaging to have removed) without the hassles of carrying and storing wood, cleaning out ash, or encounter dangers from gas logs.

If you think that your home’s hearth will benefit from an electric fireplace insert, call up our professionals at Design Air Inc. We’ve specialized in the installation of fireplaces in New City, NY, from gas logs to wood pellet and freestanding stoves. We have a Master Hearth Professional on staff who can help answer all your questions about the best way to improve your current fireplace so you will receive the most use from it, and at the best price.

Why an Electric Fireplace Insert?

Electrical fireplaces are much more advanced today than they were 20 years ago. If you think of electric fireplaces as cheap affairs powered by light bulbs, you’ll be surprised at how attractive and effective the modern models are. They can create an inviting illusion of flames and contain and heater with a blower fan to generate a cozy warmth.

Here are some reasons you should consider an electric insert for your fireplace:

  • Safety: There is no safer type of fireplace on the market today than an electric insert. They create no exhaust (you don’t technically need a chimney!), won’t make sparks that can fly out of the hearth, and do not use natural gas that can create a carbon monoxide hazard.
  • Inexpensive: Compared to gas logs and keeping up a wood-burning fireplace (especially if you need to purchase logs because you don’t have ready access to a lumber source), electric inserts do not cost much to purchase and install.
  • Convenience: In addition to never needing to load logs or clear out ash from electrical fireplaces, they have few other maintenance needs. (Imagine: no more chimney sweeping!) The fireplace can turn on as easily as a flick of a light switch.
  • Energy savings: Current electrical fireplace inserts have enough power to heat up a room, so if you only need heat for a single space, you can use an electric fireplace and give your furnace or boiler a break for a while.

Although an electric fireplace cannot capture the same old-fashioned sensation of a wood-burning one, they still make a room cozy and atmospheric—and without the extra work, expense, and hazards of other types of fireplaces.

Contact Design Air Inc today and speak to our professionals experienced with installing fireplaces in New City, NY today. They will assist you with finding the perfect electric fireplace insert to make your home warm and inviting.

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What to Expect During an Energy Audit in Suffern, NY

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

An energy audit is one of the most useful services you can arrange for a home. Skilled energy auditors perform a full survey of the home’s insulation, heat sealing, HVAC system, and energy-using appliances to find all the places where the building is losing energy and costing you money as well as adversely effecting your comfort. With the assistance of an energy audit in Suffern, NY, you will receive a detailed rundown on all the improvements for your home that will stop energy loss and lower your bills.

Design Air Inc offers professional energy auditing services, as well as the installations and repairs that will help you have the most energy-efficient living space possible. Whether you need HVAC repairs or weatherization, we can deliver the assistance you need for energy savings.

What You Can Expect During an Energy Audit

No two energy audits are the identical, because no two houses are identical. However, there are some standard steps that you can expect to happen during an energy audit at your home:

  • Blower door testing: This is a key test to find out where there are air leaks in a house. A blower door attaches to the open door frame of the front door of the house, and uses a powerful fan to lower the indoor pressure. The technicians make sure that all other doors and windows are closed, and when the pressure drops, they use smoke-pencils to detect spots in the house where air starts to flow inside to the low-pressure area.
  • Insulation check: The auditors look over the insulation in walls and the attic to see that it has not suffered from damage or age and properly blocks heat from exiting or entering the house.
  • Ventilation inspection: The auditors will make a thorough check of the ductwork connected to your HVAC system to see that it isn’t losing heat or air pressure through leaks and breaks, and that there is no excessive contamination inside the ducts that will lower the system’s efficiency.
  • Electrical appliances: Every major energy-using appliance in the home will receive a check to see that there are no malfunctioning or outdated appliances that are wasting energy.
  • Thermal scanning: The auditors use an advanced thermal scanner on the outside of the house to identify any other places where the building may be losing or gaining heat.

With all these tests and inspections finished, the auditors present the homeowner with a detailed report on the home’s energy efficiency, targeting places where it can be improved. The auditors will suggest installations and repairs that will help reduce energy loss in the future.

At Design Air Inc, we don’t want you to pay more to heat and cool your home than you have to, or to have wasteful appliances. Contact our technicians for an energy audit in Suffern, NY today.

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