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How a Filter Affects Your Furnace

Monday, February 17th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterThere are a lot of different parts within your furnace that allow it to make heat effectively and do its job throughout the colder months. From your heat exchanger to your blower fan to the housing your furnace sits in, and even to the seemingly inconsequential filter, these different parts are all vital to your comfort which is why maintaining them, and repairing them when necessary, is important.

Let’s pause for a  moment and take a deeper look at the role your filter plays. All too often, we find that customers brush off the idea of the filter needing much care because they don’t think it will have much of an impact on the operation of their heater. The opposite is true. While a poorly-maintained filter isn’t as dangerous as a broken heat exchanger or as loud as a blower motor in need of lubrication, it can still have a negative effect on your comfort.

We want to explain why your filter is important and how best you can keep it in good shape.

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3 Requirements of Heater Repair Service

Monday, January 8th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceWinter has arrived, and it’s looking to be one of the coldest in recent years. Considering our last few winters, that’s saying something. Your heating system is much more than just a luxury in such conditions, and keeping it running should be of vital importance. In the event it breaks down and needs repairs, you need to call a service that you can rely on to do the job. There are plenty of good services in the area, and in the end, only you can decide which one you want to go with. While you consider your options, however, there are several things to keep in mind that can help you come to a decision.

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Have You Scheduled Heater Maintenance Lately?

Monday, December 25th, 2017

heater-repair-servicesWinter has officially arrived, and with the holiday season comes the regular use of your heating system. Cold weather is likely to be with us for several months to come, and you need your heating system to perform every day without a hitch. When trouble arises, it usually comes at the worst possible time, when a functioning heater is as much a question of safety as comfort.

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Get Your Heating System Maintained Today

Monday, November 13th, 2017

heating-system-maintenanceWinter is on its way, and while temperatures in the area are cold enough, it’s going to get a great deal colder before the end of the year. Your heating system has likely already seen a great deal of use already, and if your system has any problems, now is the time to get them addressed. If you detect any problems with your heater — anything out of the ordinary, from strange noises to lowered heating levels — you should turn the system off and call in a repair service.

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Low Air Flow in Your Heater

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Fall is a very good time to check your heating system for problems here in Ramsey, NJ, when the weather is cool and you’re using your system regularly, but the need isn’t quite as dire as it will be in a few weeks. Most of us rely on forced-air furnaces for our heat, and one specific problem to watch for its a reduction in air flow from your vents. That usually needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, and spotting it now gives you some time to schedule repairs before winter closes in.

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3 Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Spring has arrived in Suffern, NY, and summer can’t be too far behind. With the return of warm weather comes a chance to give your furnace a serious look, and with it, the chance to decide whether you want to replace it with a new one. Making the call now gives you the whole summer to make proper installation plans, allowing you to perform the operation at your pace and no one else’s. Every system is different, and only the individual homeowner can decide if replacement is truly necessary. There are, however, a few tips and signs that can help you make up your mind. We’ve included a quick breakdown of the three most prominent signs below.

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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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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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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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Will My Furnace Still Run If the Power Goes Out?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

It’s an important question: will my furnace still run if the power goes out? Sadly, the answer is often no. There are many different types of furnaces you can use to heat your home in Nyack, NY, but unless you’re relying on a plain old-fashioned fireplace, your furnace still needs at least a little electricity in order to do its job. That means when the power goes out, your furnace will most likely cease to function.

Why is this? Simply put, some parts of the furnace still run on electricity. For example, forced air furnaces use gas to power the heat, but the ignition switch is usually electrical (unless you have an older model with a pilot light) and in almost every model, you need electricity to run the fan motor to blow the heated air into your home. The same principle exists with radiant and geothermal systems, which need electricity to run their pumps.

One potential solution is the installation of a whole-house generator, which will run not only your furnace, but most of your other appliances as well. A professional expert can help you select a whole-house generator that fits your needs. If you’re in a situation where you can’t afford to lose heating at any time, then a generator makes the best kind of insurance against the worst.

If you need Nyack, NY furnace repair service or generator installation, call the professionals at Design Air, Inc. We understand that Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice with your power system, and can set your house up to survive the inconvenience that a strong storm or lightning strike can cause. Call us today to set up an appointment, and let us show you what we can do!


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