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How to Spot Boiler Leaks

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here in Clute TX, boiler technology remains a common staple for heating your home, ranking alongside forced-air furnaces as the most popular form of home heating. Boilers are reliable and efficient forms of technology, but they still develop problems from time to time. Leaks, in particular, are serious problems which every boiler own needs to deal with sooner or later. A good boiler repair service can help you hunt down the leaks and then fix them with all deliberate speed. Before you call them in, however, you need to detect the problem. Here’s a short list on how to spot boiler leaks.

The easiest and most reliable means of detecting a boiler leak is to notice a puddle of water somewhere along the system. Because boiler systems involve a large number of pipes, the leak could appear anywhere along its length. Look for problem areas near fittings and connectors, where a leak is likely to spring up.

Unfortunately, not all boiler leaks announce themselves so obviously. A small leak combined with the heat of the water could mean that it escapes in the form of steam, which won’t leave a puddle. In those cases, check the pressure gauge on your boiler. If water levels are lowered, the pressure will start to drop, meaning that water is escaping from somewhere.

Finally, a leak also means a loss of efficiency for your boiler, which you can feel with added costs to your monthly bill. If your utilities are going up despite the fact that you’re not using your boiler more often than normal, it may be a sign that it has sprung a leak.

Regardless of the cause of the leak, you need a trained professional to hunt it down and repair it properly. If left untreated, a leak will gradually get worse and could cause significant damage to your boiler system. In Clute TX, boiler repairs are the purveyance of Switzerland Air. We’re dedicated to doing the job swiftly and professionally, and we know how to spot boiler leaks before they can cause you and further problems. Whether you’re in need of boiler repair or other related heating repair service in Clute, TX, know that Switzerland Air services your local area. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

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How Duct Repairs Can Lower Your Monthly Bills

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Your duct system is attached to your centralized HVAC system, moving conditioned air throughout your house to raise or lower the temperatures. Because the ducts are located in out-of-the-way spots such as your attic or crawlspace, they tend to be safer from damage than other household components. But it also makes it harder to realize what’s happened when damage occurs. You can often spot the problem when your monthly energy bills go up despite the fact that you haven’t used your system any more often than normal. If you’re looking for air conditioning repair services in West Columbia, TX, you can find those that do duct repairs that can help you get to the bottom of the problem and get those bills under control.

Here’s how duct repairs can lower your monthly bills.

Your HVAC system depends on a sealed system of ducts to deliver its conditioned air effectively. Damaged ducts resolutely interfere with that process. If there’s a breach in the line – caused by an incomplete seal between duct pieces or simply damage to the ducts themselves – then your conditioned air will escape through the hole instead of going where it’s supposed to. Ever worse, unconditioned air – either too warm or too cool – could get pulled in, which mixes with the conditioned air and “dilutes” it (making it either warmer or cooler than it needs to be). In order to compensate, the HVAC system needs to work longer and harder, which translates into higher bills.

The same thing happens when the ducts become blocked, either because of damage suffered directly or from build up or blockages which get lodged in the system. Air flow is reduced or even eliminated in some cases, and again: the HVAC unit needs to work a lot harder in order to make your air as comfortable as it needs to be.

In West Columbia TX, duct repair services from Switzerland Air can help. We’ll show you how duct repairs can lower your monthly bills, then hunt down any problems in your ducts and get them fixed with professionalism and care. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for your next air duct repair. You’ll be glad you did!

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Other Anniversaries of Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 14th, 2014

For more than a hundred years, people in countries around the world have marked the 14th day of February as a time for lovers to give each other gifts and for children to write cards to each other and eat heart-shaped candy. But Valentine’s Day isn’t the only important event to occur on February 14th. There are many other anniversaries to mark on this day. Here are a few:

1400 – The death of King Richard II: The same English king whose engagement resulted in the first love poem mentioning Valentine’s Day (from court poet Geoffrey Chaucer) dies in prison in Pontefract Castle after his cousin Henry overthrows him. He probably starved to death, although another famous author, William Shakespeare, would portray his death as murder.

1859 – Hello, Oregon: The Oregon Country is admitted to the United States of America as the 33rd state.

1876 – Who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for his new invention, the telephone. Another inventor, Elisha Gray, applies the same day for a similar device, sparking a long controversy over who invented what first.

1912 – Hello, Arizona: Continuing the statehood tradition that Oregon established, the Territory of Arizona is admitted to the U.S. as the 48th state. Women are granted the right to vote in Arizona the same year, eight years before the rest of the nation.

1929 – The world’s most infamous mob hit: Unknown assailants shoot down seven people in Chicago, IL. Six of the dead are gangsters in the mob of Bugs Moran, an enemy of Al Capone in the business of selling Prohibition bootleg liquor. No one is ever arrested or charged for the crime—but there isn’t much doubt who masterminded it.

1931 – “I am… Dracula”: The most influential vampire movie ever made, and the start of Universal Studio’s famous monsters series, Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, premieres in theaters. Universal cannily uses Valentine’s Day to promote the film as “The Story of the Strangest Passion the World Has Ever Known!”

1961 – The Periodic Table becomes larger: The 103rd chemical element, Lawrencium, is discovered at the University of California. The name comes from the laboratory where it is synthesized, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

2005 – Now it’s easy to watch funny animal videos: A group of college students launch a video sharing website call YouTube.

Even if Valentine’s Day itself isn’t a major holiday for you, February 14th has many reasons to celebrate—unless you are a member of Bugs Moran’s gang or a supporter of Richard II. All of us at Switzerland Air would like to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, however you observe it.

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Advantages of Using a Whole-House Dehumidifier

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

We live in a very humid part of the country. Texas is infamous for its muggy climate and no matter what the season, you can expect a lot of moisture in the air. Besides reducing comfort levels and making a hot summer day feel hotter, high humidity fosters the growth of mold and fungus, and can pose a significant risk to health. In Clute TX, dehumidifier technology installed in your house can help address some of those issues, and make your family more comfortable. Here are some of the advantages of using a whole-house dehumidifier.

Health constitutes the biggest issue. Reduced humidity levels will prevent the spread of bacterial contaminants, improving the indoor air quality in your home and reducing the risk of illness in your family. This is particularly pertinent if you or anyone in your household suffers from allergies. A dehumidifier can reduce the frequency of attacks and help keep everyone feeling happy and healthy.

Comfort becomes the second big advantages of a dehumidifier. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, comfortable relative humidity levels peak at about 40%. Our Texas summers can raise that level significantly, and our wet winters often do much the same thing. A whole house dehumidifier reduces those levels to something much more comfortable, turning your home into a haven against the wall of humidity building outside.

Finally, there’s the question of your furnishings and home to consider. High humidity can damage elements of your home: increasing rust, corrosion, mold on clothes and furniture. Lowering the humidity can offset those problems and keep your furnishings clean and undamaged no matter how much moisture is in the air.

The advantages of using a whole-house dehumidifier hinge on getting the right service to install it. Here in Clute TX, dehumidifier installation and repair services are provided by the experts at Switzerland Air. Our trained staff has years of experience handling whole-house dehumidifiers, and when problems arise, we can address them with the thoroughness and professionalism you expect. If you’re ready to leave our muggy Texas climate at the door, then pick up the phone and give us a call today! We also offer other indoor air quality services in Clute, Texas. Just ask about them!

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