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How Your Ductwork Can Affect Heating Efficiency

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Ductwork works in conjunction with a centralized home HVAC systems. It spreads out from the central unit to all corners of your home. In the summer, it sends cool air for your A/C unit to lower the temperature in your home. In the winter, it keeps your household warm by moving hot air from your furnace in the same manner. In towns like Angleton, TX, ductwork is extremely common, which is why you as the homeowner should watch for problems with the duct systems. Depending on your home’s layout, it can have a big impact on your furnace’s ability to do its job. Here’s how your ductwork can affect heating efficiency.

For starters, a leak or a breach that develops needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. A breach in the ducts will cause warm air to escape the system, which forces the system to work harder in order to warm your home. Similarly, a breach can pull cool air into the system, which also makes it harder to keep your home warm.

Something similar can happen if your ducts pass through an uninsulated area of the house. The metal of the ducts can cool if it sits near an outside wall or in a location vulnerable to the cold. It will then pass that coolness into the conditioned air and lower the heat in your household. A trained technician can correct this problem by wrapping the affected length of duct in insulation.

Dust and other build-up can also impact your heating efficiency. In extreme cases, it can block the flow of air through your ducts, but even if it doesn’t, the dust will get blown into your home, reducing the indoor air quality considerably. A good ducting cleaning service can solve this problem fairly easily.

Here at Switzerland Air, we understand how your ductwork can affect heating efficiency, and we know how to correct the issue with speed and professionalism. We serve homes throughout Angleton, TX, ductwork problems are something we have considerable experience with, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction every step of the way. Give us a call today to set up an appointment with a professional heating service in Angleton.

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What Are Rooftop Package Units?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Here in West Columbia TX, commercial package units are a means of keeping your business comfortable for employees and customers alike. HVAC systems in such circumstances differ considerable from residential systems, and it pays to be aware of them when you decide in the right HVAC system for your business. What are rooftop package units? The answers can be found below.

“Packaged units” refers to the fact that there are multiple HVAC units used in any business system. Business HVAC needs to be flexible and easy to install. Each HVAC unit can support a certain amount of square footage. If you need more, you simply add another unit. If you need less, you can have an existing unit removed. That flexibility allows you to make smart decisions regarding your business, and handle only the amount of air conditioning that you need.

The rooftop placement is what makes that possible. By placing the units on the roof, you can not only tailor the system to fit your specific needs – dividing the ductwork up between separate occupants of the building, for instance – but because you don’t need to allocate any additional square footage to the units, you have a tremendous amount of flexibility in how you use them. Rooftop package units are durable and weather resistant, able to keep functioning whether it; in the pounding rain or the harsh Texas sun. They’re easy to install – most can be set up within a single working day or two – and their durability means that you can rely on them year in and year out.

If you need more information on rooftop package units, including maintenance and repair plans, then call on the West Columbia, TX commercial package unit experts at Switzerland Air to help. We serve business throughout West Columbia, commercial package units are a specialty of ours, and we can discuss all of your options with you perform beginning installation. A comfortable environment is vital to the success of your business: your employees will be happier in their work and your customers will want to come back. Give us a call today and let us help!

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How Does a Boiler System Operate?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The word “radiation” has mostly scary connotations to us today, but radiation is one of the basic ways that heat travels. It’s also the basis for the way that boilers operate. If you’ve ever experienced warmth from a radiator, then you know was radiant heat is: the warmth that reaches you from an object that has been heated up. It’s also how our own sun heats us.

It’s a simple principle for heating, and not much about it has changed since boilers became standard ways of heating a home. But boilers have remained popular even with the many advances in home comfort technology. Their own technology has advanced as well, but boilers also have the advantage of longevity and few repair needs. For many homes, they are the ideal way of winter heating.

In this post, we’ll provide a basic overview of how a boiler operates. When you need to install a boiler in Angleton, TX, or if you need repairs on the one you already have, contact Switzerland Air. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our work.

Boiling down the basics on boilers

Boilers circulate hot water to objects inside a home where they raise the temperature to create radiant heat (as well as convection currents, if the object is a baseboard heater). This is called hydronic power.

The process starts in a water tank, where the boiler uses energy to raise the temperature of the water. Most boilers today use either electricity or natural gas (there are also some oil boilers). In a gas boiler, a pilot light or electric ignition turns on gas jets that transfer heat to the water in the tank. In electric boilers, the ignition turns on heating elements inside the tank itself. When the water reaches a high enough temperature—which, despite the name, is rarely boiling—it exits at the top of the boiler through a pump. To keep the pressure inside the tank from rising too high, an expansion tank installed above the main tank relieves the pressure level.

The hot water is pumped through pipes to the different radiators and baseboard heaters in the home. Once the water has cooled down, it returns to the water tank, entering near the bottom so that it will rise when it is heated again.

Boiler installation and repair

An important thing to notice about boiler operation is how few mechanical parts are involved. There are no fans or motors, compressors or belts used anywhere. This is the reason that boilers need fewer repairs than furnaces and heat pumps: there aren’t many components that will wear down over time.

But if a boiler does have a malfunction, like leaking, you can trust to professionals like those at Switzerland Air to fix the trouble for you fast. We can also advise you if you are thinking about having an installation of a boiler in Angleton, TX. Call us today.

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Should You Install a Commercial Boiler for Your Business?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

In Sweeny TX, commercial boilers can be a viable option for keeping your business toasty and comfortable during the cold winter months. No one likes working in a chilly office, and if paying customers visit your place of business, you want them to be warm and comfortable as well. A viable heating system is an absolute must, but should you install a commercial boiler for your business? Or would another option suit you better?

Commercial boilers eschew the “modular HVAC” model of forced air furnaces. Those unis tend to work well in modular settings; for instance, if you have an office building with multiple businesses. Boilers, on the other hand, work well in places where your heating needs are more or less fixed and you have a very god idea of exactly how much heat you’ll need. This can include such businesses as hotels, restaurants, libraries, stand-alone stores and anywhere where your business doesn’t share the space with any other occupants.

A boiler system runs pipes and radiators through the building, then uses heated water running through that system to warm the building. Because it uses radiant heat instead of forced air, it might prove a better fit for certain types of businesses that don’t need a draft or breeze. It can also prove a viable option if the building in question has an existing air conditioning system without an attendant heating system – not uncommon in a warm climate like Texas – and you need some means of installing a new heating system that doesn’t make the AC unit obsolete.

Whatever the specifics, it benefits you if you speak to an expert: someone who knows the needs of commercial and business heating, not just residential heating. Providing commercial heating services in Sweeny are Switzerland Air’s area of expertise. We understand the specific needs of the business community and can make strong recommendations on the heating system that works best for yours. Pick up the phone and give us a call to make an appointment today. We’ll discuss your options with you and help you set up an installation that works!

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