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

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Design Air Inc., we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Why You Should Consider a Gas Fireplace Installation

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

If you’ve been looking for a way to supplement your home heating, you may want to consider the installation of a gas fireplace in Pomona. With a wide variety of styles to choose from, you can select a gas fireplace that complements your décor while also providing great supplemental heat. Because natural gas can be a hazardous fuel to work with, it’s very important to hire professionals for any gas fireplace installation. The experts at Design Air, Inc., have the training and certification to work on any type of heating installation, including gas fireplace inserts, so call us today!

What to Expect Before Installation

It’s important to make sure that your chimney and fireplace are equipped for usage with a gas fireplace insert. This is why, as part of our gas fireplace installation services, your Design Air, Inc. technician will thoroughly inspect your fireplace, chimney and flue before installation. If any problems are detected, you’ll be notified and given the suggestions for repairing the issues. Inspection is important so that there is no risk of backdrafting or the potential for carbon monoxide leaking into your home.

Advantages of a Gas Fireplace Installation

Once your fireplace and chimney are cleared for installation, you can see the following benefits from a gas fireplace:

  • Convenience – with the simple push of a button, you have a fire with a gas fireplace. There’s no need for wood or lighting it yourself.
  • Many options – as mentioned above, there are many options when it comes to choosing a type of gas fireplace. You may want a custom fireplace or pre-fabricated one; you may want masonry or something more modern; and you have a choice of vented or ventless.
  • Less combustion byproducts – gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, and is very clean when compared to burning wood. You’ll still need to have an annual inspection and chimney sweep, but the creosote build-up with a gas fireplace is considerably less than a wood burning one.

A gas fireplace in Pomona can offer you the ambiance of a burning fireplace with convenience, comfort and energy efficiency. If you are interested in a gas fireplace, call Design Air, Inc. today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Common Electric Furnace Repairs

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Electric furnaces have come a long way, and are viable options for many homeowners. But like other home heating systems, electric furnaces will need repair, and when yours does, it’s important to call an expert. There are some common types of repairs our Design Air Inc technicians see with electric furnaces in Sloatsburg, as we’ll outline below:

Blower Problems

The warm air from your furnace is blown through your ductwork via a large fan known as the blower. Common blower problems include issues with the motor, electrical problems such as faulty wiring or capacitor issues, and problems with faulty limit switches. Blower problems can result in too little, or no, heating in your home, so it’s important to call for a technician as soon as you become aware of an issue with your blower.

Electrical Issues

An electrical furnace needs to have access to a large amount of electricity in order to work properly. If there are issues with the circuitry, the circuit breaker, or components like relays or wiring, your system can malfunction or breakdown. Unless you have extensive knowledge of electricity and electrical systems, it is strongly advised that you call an expert for help.

Low Air Flow

If the volume of air you feel blowing into your home is low, there are two main reasons for this: blower issues, which we discussed above, or a clogged air filter. Clogged air filters can seriously restrict air flow in your system, reducing the volume and putting a stress on your furnace. If your air filter is clogged, replacing it can help restore the air flow in your system to normal.

Thermostat Problems

Your thermostat controls when your furnace starts and stops. If it malfunctions, it can prevent your furnace from operating correctly. Excessive dirt and dust can coat the instrumentation inside the thermostat, which interferes with its ability to work properly. The wiring of a thermostat can corrode, causing connection issues. Thermostat issues aren’t the most serious, but they do need to be repaired before they can cause damage to your system.

Furnaces are complicated machines, and electric furnaces required expert knowledge of electricity and electrical components. If you are experiencing a problem with your furnace and in need of a furnace repair service in Sloatsburg, call Design Air Inc and schedule a repair appointment with one of our experts.

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What Special Advantages Do Boilers Offer Me for Heating?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Boiler-based heating systems have been around for a very long time. They’ve changed in some pretty incredible ways over the decades, but the general principles have remained the same. So, what can a boiler system offer you that other systems can’t? Read on to find out.

Radiant Heating

Practically all boiler systems involve some form of radiant heating. Radiant heating involves the installation of water pipes throughout the space you want heated. These pipes are often installed in the walls or subfloor of a room. Occasionally, these pipes will terminate in a terminal, like a cast-iron radiator or a baseboard heater. The boiler then heats water, and pumps it through these pipes throughout the house.

The principle at work for all radiant heating systems is more or less the same. As the hot water flows through the pipes, heat radiates from them and into the room. If there are terminal points being used, they will be the primary heat distributors. Otherwise, the pipes in the floors and walls will radiate heat into the room directly. This is essentially how all boiler-based systems work.

Advantages

There are a few really great advantages associated with boiler-based systems. The number one advantage is energy efficiency. Two factors contribute to the boiler being a much more efficient heater than other systems, especially forced air. The first is that water is a much better thermal conductor than air is. The second is that forced air systems tend to lose 20-30% of their heat on average to duct leaks. So, not only does radiant heating use a better heating medium, but it also uses a better delivery system. This means that it can deliver much more heat to the desired area.

Because radiant heating relies on transmitting thermal energy through solid objects, it manages to much more evenly heat the room than forced air systems. Warm air rises to the top of a room and descend as it cools, which creates cold spots. Radiant heating transmits heat from the floor upwards, keeping the room evenly heated for a greater period of time.

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a boiler system, call Design Air Inc to schedule an appointment. We install boilers throughout the Monsey, NY area.

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