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Sizing Your Whole-House Generator

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A new whole-house generator is a wise purchase any time of year, protecting you in the event of power outages no matter what the season. Winter blizzards and summer electrical storms can both wreak havoc on civic electrical grids, including towns like Pomona, NY. When that happens, your new generator will be worth its weight in gold, keeping vital appliances running no matter how long the power stays out.

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Problems Revealed During a Home Energy Audit

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

How much are you spending each month for heating and air conditioning? For many homeowners, the HVAC equipment—especially the air conditioner—uses a lot of energy to run. In fact, in most cases, a home air conditioning system uses far more energy than it needs to because the conditions in your home do not allow it to run efficiently.

A home energy audit can help to significantly reduce the amount of energy you use each month. After an energy audit, technicians will recommend services that can improve the air quality in your home and the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating equipment. Call Design Air Inc for a home energy audit in Pomona today and prepare your air conditioning equipment for the warmer weather ahead. The following issues may be detected during an energy audit.

  • Air Leaks: A blower door test can help a technician to determine whether there are areas of the home through which air is escaping. This test uses a large fan and air pressure testing equipment to determine where air pressure levels are too low and wear weatherization or sealing would be most valuable.
  • Duct Leaks: If air leaks through the ductwork in your home, it moves into unoccupied spaces like an attic or crawlspace. This means that not all of the air your HVAC system creates reaches the rooms of your home, which means it takes longer to run and uses a lot of energy in the process.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality: The filter in your HVAC system may not remove some of the largest and most problematic particles that could be in your air. Technicians may recommend that you install a new indoor air quality system after an energy audit.
  • High Humidity: High humidity levels in the home make people feel warmer than they are, so you may crank up your AC if you have humidity problems in your home, which can become a major energy drain.
  • Inefficient HVAC Equipment: Finally, a technician will let you know if it’s a good idea to upgrade your HVAC equipment, make repairs, or install a new thermostat for greater efficiency.

Call Design Air Inc today to schedule an energy audit for your home in Pomona, NY. Some homeowners end up saving hundreds of dollars each year after scheduling the necessary services.

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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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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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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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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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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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How Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Work

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Advances in technology have made it far easier for the average homeowner to utilize solar energy for his/her home. Additionally, grants and tax rebates for residential solar panel installation and use has also made it financially feasible for many more homeowners to take advantage of this alternative energy. However, it can still be confusing how solar energy in Pomona works. Design Air, Inc. has installed hundreds of solar panels over the years, and we can help you become greener and save energy with solar panels for your home.

What Does “Photovoltaic” Mean?

Photovoltaics (PV) is the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity at the atomic level (atoms).

How Does PV Work?

All photovoltaic energy begins with a single mechanical cell called a solar cell. The top and bottom of the cell are treated with materials that make one side of the cell positively charged (the bottom) and the other negatively charged (the top). The top and bottom are connected by electrical conductors, and the opposite charges create an electrical field that is necessary for the solar cell to create electricity from sunlight.

How Is Electricity Generated?

When sunlight hits the solar cell, electrons are knocked loose from the atoms in the top and bottom of the solar cell. They are then captured as electrical current in the conductors that are attached to the solar cell. Metal conductive plates on the sides of the cell collect the electrons (electrical current) and transfer them to wires. At that point, the electrons (electrical current) flow like any other source of electricity.

Solar Array

Obviously a single solar cell isn’t going to power your home, but this is where the solar array, also known as a panel, comes in. Solar panels are made of multiple solar cell modules that are wired together to provide enough electricity to power your home or large systems, like your air conditioning system. PV panels produce direct current (DC) electricity and can be connected in either series or parallel electrical arrangements to produce any required voltage and current combination. The solar panels can be wired right into your home’s electrical box.

Solar energy can make your home very energy efficient and significantly lower your carbon footprint. If you are interested in seeing what solar energy in Pomona can do for you and your home, call Design Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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Fuel Types for a Whole-House Generator

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

An occasional power outage that last for a few hours is an inconvenience, and usually you can get by with flashlights and candles until the power is restored. But in cases of extreme weather or major grid failures, the loss of power can stretch on for a day or even longer. This can create incredible hardships, especially during cold weather or when there are people in your home with special needs.

The best way to protect your family from extended power outages is with the installation of a whole-house generator that uses an outside fuel supply to deliver enough electricity to your home to run the essential appliances. You will need to have professionals size and install the generator, as well as provide its essential annual upkeep. For a generator in Pomona, NY, call Design Air Inc.

Generators can run from a variety of different fuel sources. The best one for your house will depend on a number of factors. Here are the most common fuel types for whole-house generators:

  • Natural gas: This is the most popular option. Natural gas is inexpensive, burns cleanly and efficiently, and won’t run out because of its connection to the municipal supply. The major drawback is that your home must already have access to a natural gas line. Without that, you will have to rely on a stored fuel like the ones below.
  • Propane: This is the most common of the heating oils for generators. Propane generators run quietly and are less expensive than many other models. Among the heating oils, propane has the longest shelf life, so you won’t have to worry about the supply in the generator losing its potency over time.
  • Diesel: Diesel is a more efficient fuel than gasoline, and because they use compression heating rather than spark ignition (as in a gasoline generator) they do not age as quickly from mechanical stress. This is also a safer option than gasoline because it is not combustible; in fact, it’s safer than natural gas.
  • Gasoline: This is often the last choice for a whole-house generator; gasoline are ideal for portable generators designed to only run a few lights or for use while traveling. Their main advantage is that gasoline is easy to procure.

Along with selecting the right energy source for your generator, the installers will determine how much power the unit must supply so that you have sufficient energy for your needs (from running a few lights and the heating system to running the entire house) without overpowering the circuit-breaker panel.

Turn to trusted technicians for installing a generator in Pomona, NY: Design Air Inc. We offer 24-hour emergency service to make sure your generator is ready for anything. Call us today to schedule your next service appointment.

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3 Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

Monday, July 21st, 2014

In the summer, your energy bills tend to go up, but there may be something you can do to manage them. You don’t have to turn off your AC completely to save money every month. At Design Air Inc, we know that energy efficiency is important to homeowners, so we’ve put together this list of three ways you can improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system in Pomona, NY.

Clean or Replace Air Filters

The air filter in your system may be easy to forget about, but a dirty air filter can cause problems for your system and increase your energy bill. Dirty air filters can block the airflow to your system, which means your air conditioner has to work harder to keep up, using a lot of energy in the process. Clean or replace air filters about once a month according to the manufacturer’s instructions, although the length of time may vary depending on usage.

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Anyone who owns an air conditioning system should consider scheduling maintenance once a year by a trained professional. Air conditioning maintenance may help your air conditioner’s performance and restore some efficiency to your system.

During maintenance, your technician will clean components of your system, since dirty parts can significantly reduce efficiency. A blocked coil, for example, will interfere with heat exchange, causing your system to consume a lot of energy to run for longer periods of time. Another valuable service is a full system inspection. The technician will check your system for any leaks or damage so that you can schedule repairs as soon as possible.

Replacing Your Older System? Check the SEER

Eventually, all systems age to the point that they cannot regain efficiency. The parts of an air conditioner begin to wear down, and only a whole-system replacement can keep your monthly bills low. However, you may be surprised by the energy savings a brand new system can deliver. Talk to your air conditioning installation professional about finding a system with a high SEER. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of your newer system may actually be much higher than the SEER of your older system.

For professional air conditioning services in Pomona, call Design Air Inc today!

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