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

Does Rust on My Boiler Mean It Must Be Replaced?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Seeing any rust on your boiler isn’t a good thing, but it doesn’t necessarily dictate the need for replacement, either. Your boiler is made to be durable and has been built with safeguards to greatly reduce the development of rust. The biggest question to answer when it comes to rust on your boiler in Spring Valley is: where is the rust located? This is because some rusted components can be repaired and/or replaced, and others cannot. However, if you should see rust anywhere on your boiler, it is important to have a professional look at it as soon as possible to assess exactly what is happening. Design Air Inc, is here to help you with all of your heating repair needs, so if you see rust on your boiler in your Spring Valley home, call us today.

Problems That Can Be Caused by Rust

There are a couple of problems that can be caused by rust on your boiler:

  • Development of leaks – we’ve all seen rust turn metal into oxidized crumbs, and this can happen to your boiler once rust takes hold. Like mold or mildew, once rust starts, it doesn’t stop until the rusted area is repaired or replaced. Weakened areas in your boiler cabinet can lead to leaks, which can affect the operation of your heating system and may possibly be dangerous. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to call for a technician as soon as you detect any rust on your boiler.
  • Poor performance – rust can also develop on individual components, like the mounting plates. Many of these items can be replaced, but until they are, your heating system may perform poorly.

Do I Have to Replace My Boiler?

Now that you know how rust affects your boiler, here are some other items to consider before replacing:

  • Age of your system – the average lifespan of a well-maintained boiler is 15-20 years. If your boiler is that age or older, and has significant rust, you may want to consider replacement.
  • Number of repairs – have you had to make multiple repairs to your boiler, or are you facing multiple repairs? At some point, your money may be better spent on a replacement.
  • Energy efficiency – how energy efficient is your current boiler? Today’s boilers are very energy efficient, so it may be worth reviewing how much a new one can save you in monthly energy costs versus your rusty one.

Rust on your boiler in Spring Valley isn’t necessarily a death sentence for your boiler, but at the least, it does call for professional care. If you have detected rust on your boiler, call Design Air Inc, and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Repairs that Gas Log Fireplaces May Need

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Your gas log fireplace has a fairly simple construction, so it may be surprising when your fireplace needs repair. But when your fireplace won’t turn on, or if you notice any other problems, it’s time for immediate repairs. Fireplaces should last a long time, and generally don’t require many repairs, but here are a few of the most common repair needs for gas log fireplaces.

  • Gas Line Problems: A gas log fireplace must have a working gas line in order for it to work properly. Gas line problems could stop your fireplace from working altogether, or the worst case scenario is carbon monoxide leaking into your home. A carbon monoxide detector may catch such leaks, or you may smell a strange odor due to a substance that may be added upon installation to make leaks easier to detect. You may also discover that you need repairs if you hear strange noises or if your fireplace will not turn on. Fixing a gas line without the proper training is dangerous, so be sure to leave this job to the professionals.
  • Clogged Burner: If the burner will not turn on or struggles to light, there may be another cause. This may mean problems with the ignition system, or it may indicate a clogged burner. Burner jets may become dirty due to soot, dirt, or other debris, which will interfere with normal operation. A technician can clear dirt and debris and check for any indications of damage. You should call for maintenance once a year to check for both dirt and a faulty gas line.
  • Cracked Logs: Finally, you may choose to repair your gas log fireplace if the logs become cracked or otherwise damaged. Gas log fireplaces were mainly designed for aesthetic purposes because the appearance is more pleasant than a typical gas fireplace and imitates the look of real logs. You take pride in your gas log fireplace, so it’s perfectly understandable that you may want to replace the logs from time to time.

Your fireplace is an important part of your home comfort and design, so you should look out for these problems and others. For repairs, maintenance, installation, and questions about gas log fireplaces in Suffern, call the experts with over 25 years of experience at Design Air Inc today.

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How Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Work

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Advances in technology have made it far easier for the average homeowner to utilize solar energy for his/her home. Additionally, grants and tax rebates for residential solar panel installation and use has also made it financially feasible for many more homeowners to take advantage of this alternative energy. However, it can still be confusing how solar energy in Pomona works. Design Air, Inc. has installed hundreds of solar panels over the years, and we can help you become greener and save energy with solar panels for your home.

What Does “Photovoltaic” Mean?

Photovoltaics (PV) is the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity at the atomic level (atoms).

How Does PV Work?

All photovoltaic energy begins with a single mechanical cell called a solar cell. The top and bottom of the cell are treated with materials that make one side of the cell positively charged (the bottom) and the other negatively charged (the top). The top and bottom are connected by electrical conductors, and the opposite charges create an electrical field that is necessary for the solar cell to create electricity from sunlight.

How Is Electricity Generated?

When sunlight hits the solar cell, electrons are knocked loose from the atoms in the top and bottom of the solar cell. They are then captured as electrical current in the conductors that are attached to the solar cell. Metal conductive plates on the sides of the cell collect the electrons (electrical current) and transfer them to wires. At that point, the electrons (electrical current) flow like any other source of electricity.

Solar Array

Obviously a single solar cell isn’t going to power your home, but this is where the solar array, also known as a panel, comes in. Solar panels are made of multiple solar cell modules that are wired together to provide enough electricity to power your home or large systems, like your air conditioning system. PV panels produce direct current (DC) electricity and can be connected in either series or parallel electrical arrangements to produce any required voltage and current combination. The solar panels can be wired right into your home’s electrical box.

Solar energy can make your home very energy efficient and significantly lower your carbon footprint. If you are interested in seeing what solar energy in Pomona can do for you and your home, call Design Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Design Air Inc hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

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