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Repairs a Generator May Need

Friday, January 30th, 2015

If you have a whole-house generator, you’re protected from the cost and inconvenience of a power outage as long as your generator is working properly. Generators rarely run into trouble within their lifespan because they run so infrequently. A whole-house generator is hooked up to your gas supply and wired into your electrical system. As soon as it senses that there is no longer an electrical current running through your home, it kicks in within a matter of seconds, powering nearly every appliance in your home if you’ve chosen a generator with a large enough capacity.

While generator should not run into repairs often, there may come a day that you notice damage or improper operation during a test run. If this unfortunate circumstance occurs, be sure to schedule repairs for your Pomona generator with the professionals at Design Air Inc.

Some Common Repairs

The following repairs are some of the most common that electricians see.

  • Electrical Repairs: The wiring may fray or corrode over time, or it’s possible that it was not wired properly in the first place. Spark plugs may also fall victim to corrosion, and will require replacement.
  • Lubricating Motors: Motors can wear down and quit working if they become overworked, which is why maintenance is recommended every year so that a technician can lubricate the motors.
  • Sealing Leaks: Your generator most likely runs on natural gas or propane, which is still available during a power outage, so a leak in the gas line or from your system would be detrimental to operation, not to mention hazardous for your home.

Most experts suggest scheduling maintenance every year to make sure that there are no problems with the generator that need to be addressed immediately. During a maintenance visit, a technician can clean parts, tighten connection, adjust any loose bolts, and inspect the entire unit for damage. It’s also recommended that you call a technician as soon as you notice any signs of damage or after any extreme weather which could have potentially affected your system.

For whole-house generator service, call the experts at Design Air Inc whenever you need a professional to look over your unit for some peace of mind, or if you’d like to protect your home with a new generator in Pomona. Give us a call today!

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What AFUE Means for a Furnace

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Improving energy efficiency is always at the top of a homeowner’s list, but you can’t improve your energy efficiency without knowing how efficient a particular product will be. To help consumers understand how energy efficient a particular product is, many products come with some kind of rating. When it comes to furnaces, this rating is known as AFUE. It is important to understand what AFUE means so you can choose a furnace for your Pearl River home that meets both your heating needs and your energy efficiency requirements. If you are having trouble understanding any aspect of energy efficiency in regard to your furnace, call the people who can help: Design Air, Inc.

What AFUE Stands For

AFUE is an acronym that stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. AFUE is given in a percentage; this percentage represents the ability of your furnace to turn fuel into energy. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the unit.

What AFUE Tells You

All furnaces create combustion byproducts that have to be vented to the outside via the flue. This exhaust is seen as a loss of fuel. When you look at an AFUE rating, the rating tells you how much energy you are losing from exhaust. For example, an AFUE of 90% means that 90% of the fuel your furnace uses is turned into heat energy for your home; the other 10% becomes combustion byproduct, which is expelled from your home. Understanding how much energy is lost to combustion is a key aspect of determining energy efficiency.

What AFUE Doesn’t Tell You

There is a common mistake made with assessing AFUE ratings and it’s this: that a higher AFUE rating on a furnace means it will heat your home better than a same-sized furnace with a lower AFUE rating; this isn’t true. What the higher AFUE rating tells you when comparing furnaces is that the furnace with the higher AFUE will heat your home the same as the one with the lower AFUE, but the furnace with the higher rating will do it for less money.

A furnace’s AFUE rating isn’t the main item by which to choose a furnace for your Pearl River home, but it should be one of the key considerations. Have more questions about AFUE and energy efficiency? Call Design Air, Inc. today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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3 Reasons to Consider Boiler Installation

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Boilers have been in use as home heating systems for a very long time. Though they are fairly popular compared to other heating systems, there are plenty of homeowners who are completely unaware of why they should ever consider installing boilers. In the interest of helping you explore all of your options for home heating, let’s take a look at 3 of the reasons that you should consider boiler installation.

Boilers Are Often Better Heaters

The most common type of heating system for boilers is called “radiant heating.” It involves the installation of a network of water pipes in the subfloor of each room. The boiler then heats water and distributes it through these pipes. As the pipes heat up from the water, they transmit their heat through the floor and into the room.

Water is a much better conductor of heat than air is, making boiler systems much better at transporting heat throughout the house. This method of heating also heats rooms much more evenly as opposed to warm air, which rises to the ceiling of a room and creates uncomfortable cold spots.

Boilers Are More Efficient

As previously mentioned, water is a better medium for actually transporting heat from one place to another. The other thing that needs to be considered, however, is the actual mode of transportation. Forced air systems can lose up to 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s a significant loss of heat simply because of some improperly sealed ducts. Boiler systems, on the other hand, have far fewer leaks on average. This makes them able to deliver far more of their heat with very little lost or wasted.

Boilers Are Sturdy

Boilers are some of the most durable heating systems on the market. They last 5-10 years longer than other systems, on average, and can even be passed down through multiple generations if they are properly maintained. You won’t find that kind of staying power in any other system.

If you’d like to know more about boiler systems, call Design Air Inc. We provide professional boiler installation service throughout Pomona.

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The Advantages of Heating with a Wood Stove

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

If you’re looking for a new way to heat your home, you may actually consider choosing an old reliable failsafe: a wood stove or fireplace. Wood burning is one of the oldest forms of heating, and homeowners who still rely on it continue to rave about its comforting effects.

What’s more is that many home heating experts say that wood burning is still one of the most efficient means of heating. Homeowners can choose between installing freestanding wood stoves and installing inserts in existing fireplaces. Learn more about the benefits of wood burning fixtures in this brief guide.

The Benefits of a Wood Burning Stove

Many people love wood stoves partly because they add a stylish, vintage feel to any home. But one of the main advantages of burning wood is the level of comfort it delivers to a room. Your wood stove or fireplace offers an advanced level of comfort because heat fills a room. With traditional forced-air heating, it only heats the air, which may not be an ideal way to distribute heat as it can quickly dissipate from the home. And if you’re worried that a new wood stove won’t have enough power to heat your home, a wood-burning stove or fireplace can actually have enough BTUs for an entire home.

Furthermore, a wood stove can be extremely efficient. Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces rely on an all-natural fuel source which is readily available and sometimes free. The energy return usually greatly exceeds the initial investment, particularly if you’re replacing a heater that used oil. It reduces your carbon footprint so that you can feel better about using it in your home.

Safety

Finally, in many ways, wood-burning is safe for your home and healthy for your family members. As long as you choose professionals for installation and have your unit maintained once a year (this is necessary with any type of heating system), any potential carbon monoxide emissions vent safely to the outdoors. And the risk of a chimney fire is practically eliminated so long as an expert takes the right safety precautions.

Visit our showroom at Design Air Inc to view our selection of available wood-burning stoves and fireplaces in Monsey and the surrounding areas, and consult with an heating expert before making a final decision.

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12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at Design Air Inc hope you have a great start to the year and a, uhm, fruitful 2015.

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