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

Is a Generator Really Worth It?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Do you like burst pipes, spoiled food and being without heat? Of course not, but this is what you can face with a significant power outage. While many power outages are resolved fairly quickly, there are outages where you could be out of power for days. In fact, approximately 3.5 million people are left without power every week in America, some for extended periods of time. One of the best ways to ensure that your home keeps on running during a power outage is to install a whole-home generator in Pomona. There are several options when it comes to choosing a whole-home generator, and enlisting the help of a trained professional ensures you’ll get a generator that is right for your needs. The electrical experts at Design Air Inc can help you choose and install a generator in Pomona, NY that is best for you, so call them today.

Generator Choices

Generators can run on a few different fuels and come in varying sizes. The most common fuel choices are:

  • Natural gas
  • Propane
  • Diesel

Generator size varies widely, but the typical range for a whole-home generator is 22 kilowatts per hour to 48 kilowatts per hour. Additionally, whole-home generators can be outfitted with an automatic transfer switch, enabling them to activate automatically when the power goes out, and making their operation seamless and convenient.

Benefits of a Home Generator

Here are some of the benefits that a whole-home generator can offer:

  • Automatic start-up – generators that switch on automatically come with a sensor that alerts the generator when the power has gone out. When an outage occurs, your generator automatically turns on, keeping the power in your home going with only seconds of interruption.
  • Keeps your home operational – a whole-home generator will keep your home operational for as long as you need it with adequate fuel supply, helping you to avoid food spoilage or damage from freezing pipes.
  • Very safe – unlike with a portable generator, there are no extension cords to trip over with a whole-home generator.

Regardless of the weather outside, having access to power is a priority. Call Design Air Inc., today and schedule an appointment to see how a generator can help your home in Pomona, NY.

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What Is a Pellet Stove and What Are Its Advantages?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Adding a supplemental heat source to your home, such as a fireplace or wood stove, can go a long way toward lowering your heating bills during the winter. Pellet stoves, relatively new to the residential market, have become very popular over the last few years. Using compressed pellets made of recycled wood materials, pellet stoves can help heat a room or a whole floor, depending on their size; it also isn’t necessary to have a fireplace in Springfield to install one. If you are looking for a way to significantly supplement your heating, you may want to consider the installation of a pellet stove by a specialist from Design Air, Inc.

How Does a Pellet Stove Work?

Pellet stoves heat via convection. Convection heat describes the way heat moves through gases, including air. Pellets stoves heat this way because they blow the hot air generated in the stove into your living space. Here are the main components in a pellet stove:

  • Hopper – space that holds the pellets
  • Auger – large turning device that looks like a screw
  • Burn pot – where the pellets land, ignite and burn
  • Ash pan – pan where the ash drops
  • Heat exchanger – metal tubes that conduct the heat energy from the flame; the insides of the tubes hold the toxic fumes that are exhausted outside
  • Combustion fan – draws in the cool air from your living space that helps ignite the pellets in the burn pot
  • Convection fan – blows the warm air into your living space from the heat exchanger

The cycle starts when the pellet stove is turned on either by its thermostat or via a button on the back of the stove; pellet stoves require a small amount of electricity to operate. The auger feeds a small amount of pellets into the burn pot while the combustion fan draws air into the stove to help with ignition. A small, hot electrical igniter warms the bottom of the pot until the pellets light. The auger continues to feed pellets into the burn pot until the flame reaches the correct temperature, as assessed by a small sensor that is attached to the rim of the burn pot. The heat exchanger warms with the rising temperature of the burn pot, and once the correct temperature is reached, the convection fan will blow the warm air into your home as the toxic fumes are exhausted from the system through your chimney.

Benefits of a Pellet Stove

  • Convenience – managing the bags of pellets can be easier for many people, and the average burning time for one bag is 8-10 hours. This means you only have to load the hopper twice a day.
  • No smoke – pellet stoves do not produce smoke, so you don’t have to deal with smoky rooms or a smoky smell.
  • Low ash – the ash content of a pellet stove is significantly lower than a wood stove, and can be easily cleaned with a vacuum.
  • Outside doesn’t get hot – unlike a wood stove, pellet stoves are insulated all the way around, making the stove itself (not the glass) safe to touch during operation.

If you have been looking for a supplemental heat source that is convenient and easy to use, a pellet stove for your fireplace in Spring Valley may be just what you need. Call Design Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Is a Heat Pump Sufficient for My Home Comfort This Year?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Heat pumps can be great systems for both heating and cooling, but there can be some concern that a heat pump may not be able to effectively heat or cool a home. The best way to ascertain whether or not a heat pump is sufficient for your heating and cooling needs is to understand how a heat pump works. The technicians at Design Air, Inc., have put together a description below to help you understand how a heat pump both heats and cools, and if it can provide you with the heating and cooling you need in Nanuet, NY.

How a Heat Pump Works

Heat pumps use refrigerant to facilitate the transfer of heat from one area to another. Heat pumps do not use fossil fuels to create cooling or heating; they only use a small amount of electricity to operate the pump. During the summer, the heat inside your home is absorbed by the heat pump and transferred outside; in the winter, the heat pump absorbs the heat from the outdoors, concentrates it in the heat exchanger, and then transfers it to your home.

Types of Heat Pumps

There are several types of heat pumps. Below are the types Design Air, Inc., carries:

  • Air-source heat pump – this is the most common kind of heat pump. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat between your home and the outside air. Because of this, air-source heat pumps are best used in climates in which the temperature does not drop below 32 degrees.
  • Ductless heating (and cooling) – ductless heating and cooling offers homes without ductwork the ability to cool as well as heat. In addition, the indoor blowers operate individually, allowing you to have customized heating and cooling.
  • Geothermal/ground-source heat pumps – ground-source heat pumps are part of a geothermal system. With geothermal systems, the heating for your home comes from harnessing the steady temperature of the Earth just below the frost line. Using a ground loop, heat is transferred in during the winter to the heat pump, which is inside your home. The heat is concentrated, then delivered to your living spaces. During the summer, the heat from the indoors is transferred into the ground via the ground loop.

All heat pumps are very energy efficient and provide very comfortable heating and cooling. If you think a heat pump is a good fit for you, call Design Air, Inc., today and schedule a heating installation for your home in Nanuet with one of our installation experts.

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What Does Hydronic Radiant Heating Involve?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Hydronic radiant heating is a great way not only to heat your home, but to do so efficiently. It is not a new technology, but recent improvements to the system have resulted in an increase in popularity across the country. Read on to discover the processes involved with radiant heating, as well as some of the system’s advantages.

Installation

The first step to installing a radiant heating system is choosing a good boiler. Once the boiler is in place, small watertight pipes are installed between the floor and subfloor of each room you want heated. These pipes all lead back to the boiler. It is important to note that installing hydronic radiant heating often involves temporarily tearing up the floor. The exception is if you have access to the subfloor from below, like a basement or large crawl space. If you are having a house built, this obviously won’t be a problem.

Operation

Once everything is installed properly, you’re ready to begin using your radiant heating system. When the system is turned on, the boiler heats water to be circulated. The hot water is then pumped through the pipes in the floor of each room. Heat radiates from these pipes, up through the floor and into the room.

Advantages

There are a number of distinct advantages to hydronic radiant heating. Water is a much better medium for transporting heat than air is. As a result, radiant heating can deliver more heat to each room than a forced air system can. The special watertight pipes used are also far more resistant to leaks than ductwork is, making them a more efficient delivery system. Finally, radiant heating more evenly heats a room than forced air does.

Forced air systems blow warm air into a room, which rises to the ceiling instead of sinking to the level that people can benefit from it. This means that the room requires more heat before people actually feel the effects. Radiant heating distributes thermal energy directly through the floor. The heat doesn’t immediately rise out of reach, and has the added benefit of transferring heat to things like furniture. This makes the room more comfortable for a longer period of time.

If you are thinking about installing a hydronic radiant heating system, call Design Air Inc to schedule service. We provide professional radiant heating installation throughout the Suffern area.

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Does My Furnace Need Maintenance Every Year?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

It’s getting chilly out there, and you may have recently turned your heating on for the first time since the spring. While you may not need your heating system full-time yet, winter is coming. The better prepared you are, the better off you’ll be. One of the best ways to prepare for the winter cold is to schedule maintenance for your furnace in Pomona, NY. Our Design Air Inc technicians are frequently asked if it’s really necessary to perform annual maintenance on a heating system. The answer is that scheduling maintenance is not an absolute, but it is highly recommended by manufacturers for a number of reasons that we’ll list below.

Why Schedule Annual Heating Maintenance?

There are several important reasons to schedule annual maintenance for your heating system:

  • Maintain energy efficiency – your furnace was built to achieve a certain level of energy efficiency as it operates. When it is dirty and worn out, this ability is compromised, and your system needs to use more energy to achieve the set temperature. During a maintenance appointment, your furnace is cleaned and adjusted, which allows the system to work optimally.
  • Prevent repairs – during routine maintenance, your system is thoroughly inspected. This allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems.
  • Safety – furnaces are combustible systems; as such, they produce noxious gases that need to be properly vented. Cracks can develop in a furnace system, particularly one that is aging. During a routine maintenance appointment, your system will be inspected for any cracks and tested for gas and other types of leaks to help ensure your safety.
  • Extends life of equipment – a system that operates under stress for a long period of time stands a greater chance of prematurely aging. Maintenance keeps your system in good working order, which can help extend the life of the equipment.

Scheduling annual maintenance for your furnace in Pomona, NY isn’t required, but it is strongly recommended. Maintenance helps your heating system operate better in every way, so if it’s been longer than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment, call Design Air Inc today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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