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5 Benefits of a Gas Furnace System

Monday, October 14th, 2019

heating-system-maintenanceWhen the temperatures dropped when you were a kid, did your family turn on the heater without thinking twice, or were you told to layer up? The answer likely depends on the kind of heater you had.

Now, you are the person in control of the thermostat. And if you have a gas furnace, you are likely enjoying the cooler weather by keeping the inside of your home comfortably warm without having to worry about a financial backlash.

If, on the other hand, you are seeing how many sweaters you can put on at once, it may be time to learn about more efficient heater options.

This is why we have listed some of the many benefits of a gas furnace heater below for your review.

Whether you are already enjoying a natural gas furnace, or if you simply want to know more about why they are a great heating system before purchasing one for your home, we can tell you about 5 great benefits of this system.

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3 Electrical Problems You Shouldn’t Tolerate

Monday, May 13th, 2019


It’s easy to take our home’s electrical system for granted, but that can be dangerous. Most of our electrical system is hidden behind drywall, leaving the complex parts of the system out of sight and out of mind.

It’s going to take some visible signs of a malfunction to alert you that anything is wrong with your electrical system at all. But even then, it’s easy to ignore these signs entirely! We might not think of flickering lights or a tripping circuit as “normal,” but since it’s not causing any damage, we tend to tolerate it.

The problem is that whatever’s causing these annoyances might pose the risk of electrical fires or electrocution. An expert of electrical repair in Nyack can inspect your home every few years to ensure that the systems are functioning properly, but in between those periods, you can learn which signs indicate the need for repairs.

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How Is Radiant Heating Different from Other Types of Heating?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

For many decades, the most common type of heating system in homes was the furnace. Furnaces use forced air to distribute warmth throughout a building. The main alternative to a furnace is a boiler, which uses hot water sent to terminal points within a building—such as cast iron radiators or baseboard heaters—to raise the temperature of an object in the room in order to provide it with warmth. This kind of heating is known as radiant heating.

Today, radiant heating covers a variety of systems. Standard boiler set-ups that connect the hot water pipes to baseboard heaters are still common, but another option available is radiant hydronic floor heating, where water heated in the boiler runs through pipes installed inside the floor, raising the temperature of the floorboards and warming the room from below.

If you are curious about installation of radiant heating in Nyack, NY or the surrounding areas, call Design Air Inc and speak to our heating professionals. We will help you find the ideal of heating for your household.

What Makes Radiant Heating Different

Heat moves, or transfers, in three ways: convection, conduction, and radiation. Convection heating is how furnaces and heat pumps distribute their warmth. The definition of convection is “the transfer of heat between an object and its environment due to fluid motion.” Air, which is a type of fluid, carries the heat from a furnace or heat pump and spreads it through a room.

Radiation, on the other hand, is the transfer of heat from the movement of charged particles. The temperature of an object increases, and it gives off waves of charged particles that travel until they strike another surface, such as a person, and raise its temperature in turn. The space in between the two objects does not receive heat.

Radiant heating for a home does not require any fans or blowers to send out warmth, only hot water raising the temperature of floorboards, radiators, or baseboard heaters. (Baseboard heaters create a natural convection current from the rise and fall of heat, however.) One of the advantages of using this form of heating is that it does not require any air ducts. This eliminates the heat loss that occurs along ductwork, and also allows for cleaner air free from the dust and dirt particles that often collect inside ducts.

Radiant heating also spreads more evenly than convection heating does. The air blown out from a vent connected to a furnace or heat pump will rise to the top of a room and gather there, taking longer to spread through the room. Radiant heating moves in all directions and reaches the spaces of rooms much faster.

Because there are a variety of ways that you can have radiant heating in Nyack, NY for your house, you should consult with professionals first before making any decision. Design Air Inc has experience with many types of radiant heating systems, so make us your first choice when you want the best quality warmth for your house.

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What Are “Wet” Radiant Floor Installations?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

There are several options you have when it comes to installing radiant floor heating in Nyack, both in type of radiant heating you use and how it’s installed. Understanding your options helps ensure that you choose a type and method of installation that will work best for you and your home. The trained experts at Design Air, Inc., have installed numerous radiant flooring systems, and can help you with yours. If you are ready to install a new radiant heating system, call us today!

Types of Radiant Flooring

There are two types of radiant flooring:

  • Electric
  • Hydronic

Electric radiant flooring heats your floor by electrifying cables. These cables can be installed in 3 ways:

  • Installed directly to subfloor – the cables are installed directly to the subfloor, usually in a specific pattern.
  • Installed as a mat – the electric cables are woven into a mat of electrically-conductive plastic; the matting is then installed to subflooring or mounted directly underneath your surface floor.
  • Wet installation – with a wet installation, the cables are laid into wet cement; when the cement hardens, the dried cement slab acts as a radiant slab when the cables are electrified.

Hydronic radiant flooring uses hot water or steam to heat your home. Utilizing flexible PEX tubing, hydronic radiant flooring can be installed in two ways: either mounted underneath your flooring or by wet installation. Like electric cables, the PEX tubing is laid in wet cement, creating a cement slab when the cement dries.

Benefits of a Wet Installation

There are a couple of benefits of wet installation worth considering:

  • Protection of the tubing or cable – because the tubing or electric cables are embedded in concrete, each is afforded a level of protection from potential damage.
  • Acts as a heating slab – the concrete slab acts as a radiant slab when used with radiant heating, adding additional heating power to your home.

Radiant heating is a step-by-step process that requires expertise to ensure that your home heats correctly. The professionals at Design Air, Inc., have the knowledge and experience to install any radiant heating system, so give us a call today!

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How Powerful a Generator Should I Get?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Considering how much our homes depend on electricity today (even gas-powered furnaces require electricity in order to run), losing electrical power for a long stretch is a major inconvenience and can even be dangerous, particularly if you have family members with special needs. To protect your household from extended power outages that can occur because of extreme weather conditions or overextended power grids, installing a whole house generator is one of your best options.

However, you cannot simply look at a selection of whole house generators, point to a model, and hope for the best. Not only does the installation work require electrical specialists, but those same specialists are also necessary to size the system properly to fit your home and the specific needs you have for power. Trust to the work of Design Air Inc when it comes to picking from the available array of whole house generators in Nyack, NY.

Generator Sizing

The power of the generator you install rests on a number of factors. The generator must not be too powerful so that it shorts out your electrical system the moment it comes on—that would defeat the point. Installers will figure the upper limit of a generator that your home can handle.

That’s the easier part of sizing a generator. The tougher part is determining how much electrical power your home needs during an outage. You may wish to run all your electrical systems as normal, but this will require a more expensive unit. In most cases, you will focus on key systems necessary for baseline comfort and safety. For example, you will want power to run any medical equipment that people in your home depend on. Other items that are often essential include sump pumps (especially if you are worried about outages during storms), safety lights (crucial if you have young children or elderly people in your home), and refrigerators/freezers. You can add more systems, which will require a larger generator.

Work with your installer to come up with a generator that will supply the appropriate electrical load in watts that will match your needs and also fit your budget. The installer will know the proper calculations based on the appliances you wish to run to calculate the proper sizes generator.

When you call Design Air Inc, you make an investment in quality for your standby generator—and that’s an investment in your family’s safety and well-being and your peace of mind. Trust us when it comes to sizing and installing whole house generators in Nyack, NY. Contact us today to set up an appointment with us.

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How to Determine the Size of Your Solar Energy Array

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Solar energy is the most forward-thinking and effective way to provide your home with energy. Here’s what you should always keep in mind when thinking about the benefits of solar energy: the power from the Sun is free. The mass of hydrogen and helium at the center of our solar system emits a constant heat of 5,778° Kelvin, and if you can harness it on Earth’s surface using a solar energy array, it’s free. The only cost to you is the installation of the photovoltaic cells on the roof (or other outdoor location). The efficiency of the system will soon pay for itself.

How large an array of solar cells do you need to supply your home with power? It’s an important question, and thankfully it isn’t one you need to figure out on your own. Contact our expert solar installers to help you decide how much power you need and the array that can deliver it for you. For solar energy in Nyack, NY, look to the skilled team at Design Air Inc.

Sizing a Solar Energy Array

The first part of sizing an array is to determine how much of your home you intend to convert to solar power. If you are starting small, you may only want to run a water heater (this is a common place to begin with solar conversion). Or perhaps you want to have your whole house run on solar power with a back-up electrical system connected to the grid. Once you’ve made the choice about the extent of solar power you want in your home, the installers will start determining how large an array of PV cells you need.

The calculation of array size starts with determining the kilowatt-hours your home/appliance uses each month (the installers can use your past bills to find this out). Then they factor in the amount of sun that your location receives based on the minimum sun-hours during winter. They then figure out the wattage for the PV panels necessary to convert the solar power available to the kilowatt-hours you use, taking into account efficiency lost in the conversion from solar energy to electricity.

Now that the installers know what sort of photovoltaic panels you need, they can make the calculation of how many individual panels are needed to make up the energy total required to meet your home’s needs. In some cases, this may be a larger array than you have space for, although this is an uncommon occurrence. Installers can make arrangements for solar panels placed on the stands lawn if necessary to help you get the most power possible.

You cannot afford to make mistakes when it comes to picking and installing solar energy system, so only trust Nyack, NY HVAC experts for the job. Call Design Air Inc today to start receiving the free benefits of the Sun’s energy that shines down on you throughout the year.

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How Excessive Dirt Effects Your Air Conditioner

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It’s a general good rule of life that you want to keep dirt on the ground and out of everything else. This applies to your air conditioning system more than most devices in your home; an AC is susceptible to dust and dirt contamination that can severely limit its effectiveness, efficiency, and may even cause it to break down unless it receives major repairs.

Here are few of the ways that dirt can have a negative impact on your AC. Most of these problems require the work of professionals to remedy, so make sure you have handy a number for a skilled, qualified HVAC service that offers 24-hour air conditioning repair in Nyack, NY. It’s easy to locate one: Design Air Inc is ready any time of the day or night to deliver the repair work that will stop dirt from harming your summer comfort.

AC troubles from excessive dirt infiltration

  • Reduced airflow due to a clogged air filter: Your AC has a defense against dust and dirt entering its cabinet, the air filter. This filter traps debris inside the air coming through the return vents, protecting the sensitive interior components of the air conditioner. However, the filter must be changed on a regular basis (once a month during summer) or a large amount of contamination will choke off the airflow into the system—and consequently the airflow out of it. Extreme dirt clogging can also cause the indoor evaporator coil to freeze over, which will lower cooling ability. Make sure you change the filter monthly, and call for repairs if a clogged filter starts to damage the system.
  • Overstressed motors: Motors run key components in an AC: the fans and the compressor. But if dirt starts to develop across the motors, they will suffer from extra stress on their moving parts, and this will make them inefficient—and they could potentially burnout and need replacement. When you hear shrieking or groaning noises from the cabinet, it could be dying motors with too much dirt on them. Call for repairs.
  • Damaged fans: One of the major problems with dirt entering an AC cabinet is that it can cause damage to the operation of fans, making them run inefficiently, and possibly denting and bending their blades. Damaged fan blades will lead to additional damage to surrounding parts of the cabinet, so if you hear loud clanging and metallic striking noises from inside the AC, have technicians look into the fans for damage.

Regular maintenance will help

AC repair can solve these problems, but you can help keep your air conditioning system clean through yearly maintenance from an HVAC professional. Cleaning an AC is a basic part of an annual inspection and tune-up, and this will eliminate dirt infestations as significant problems for the coming season.

Call Design Air Inc today to schedule a maintenance session for your AC to start off the summer right. You can also depend on us for whatever air conditioning service in Nyack, NY you need.

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How Do Air Conditioning Systems Fight Humidity?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Many people will ask our Design Air, Inc. experts if their air conditioning system helps to fight humidity. The answer? Yes, without question. In fact, this is part of the job your air conditioner does while it cools your property. How exactly does your air conditioning in Nyack, NY dehumidify? We’ll discuss that below.

The Humidifying Process

How many times have you heard the saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”? While temperature certainly plays a role in feeling warm or cold, humidity is what makes the warm weather feel heavy, hot and sticky. This is because humidity is water in the form of moisture, and water is a conductor of heat. Therefore, when you sweat in hot, humid weather, the natural cooling process you experience in dry weather is inhibited by the moisture in the air, making you feel even more hot and sticky.

When it comes to cooling the air in your home, your air conditioner doesn’t just blow cool air into your property; the air conditioning system removes the warm air, along with the humidity, and redistributes it as cool, dry air created within your system. During the heat removal process, moisture is removed with the heat, captured in the form of water and then drained outside your home.

Benefits of Dehumidifying Your Home

There can be multiple benefits to lowering the humidity level in your property:

  • Reduction in the growth of mold and/or mildew
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Reduction in skin irritations caused by heat
  • Improved indoor comfort
  • Reduction of damage done by excessive moisture
  • Decrease in allergies/allergic reactions
  • Control over excessive condensation

Signs of Too Much Humidity

We see our fair share of hot, humid days. Here are a few indications that your property may suffer from a high level of humidity:

  • Allergy problems
  • Water stains on walls and ceilings
  • Visible moisture on windows
  • Mold growth
  • Musty odor

Humidity can make a hot day unbearable, but your air conditioning in Nyack, NY should make you cool and comfortable. If you are experiencing problems with your indoor humidity, call your Design Air, Inc. expert today to schedule an appointment.

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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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Furnace 101: The Blower

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Furnaces work off a simple principle: they burn a fuel source to create heat, and then transfer that heat to the air, which then moves through ductwork and out vents. An essential component of today’s furnaces is the blower, which does the job of moving air into and out of the furnace. Without the blower, the heated air would go nowhere, and the furnace would not be able to do its job of keeping your house warm.

To make sure the blower on your furnace in Nyack, NY works properly, rely on Design Air Inc and our trained technicians for repairs and maintenance.

The basics of a furnace blower

Blowers work the same way whether you have a gas, electric, or propane furnace. The blower is housed in the blower assembly and contains a motor and a large fan.

Once the heat exchangers or electric heating elements in the furnace cabinet have reached the target temperature, a relay in the circuit board turns on the blower. The blower forces air across the heat exchanger or the heating elements, where the heat to transfers to the air. This air then is sent out through the ventilation system. Most modern blowers also draw in colder air from a separate vent to reheat it.

What can go wrong with a blower

Since the blower is one of the major mechanical components of a furnace, it can suffer from wear and damage that will reduce its effectiveness or even cause it to shut down. The main danger to the blower is dirt and dust that can get into the ventilation system and through the filter. A dust build-up over the blower unit can cause its motors to burn out or restrict its movements so it begins to drain extra power. The blower assembly must be kept clean for effective operation and to avoid repairs. During regular maintenance visits, technicians will look over the blower assembly to locate any issues that could impair it, and will then clean it so it will continue to work effectively at its important job.

Keep your furnace’s blower working

If your blower stops working, you won’t have any hot air coming from your vents. To prevent this from happening, make sure you schedule prompt repairs for your furnace if you begin to hear loud noises from the furnace whenever the blower comes on. Make sure to schedule regular maintenance as well.

Design Air Inc has 24-hour emergency service to keep your furnace in Nyack, NY working. Sign up today for our Planned Maintenance program to help prevent those emergencies.

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