Switzerland Air Blog:
Archive for October, 2014

Can I Install a Heat Pump as a Ductless System?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Ductless cooling has become a popular option with many homeowners, but now that we are headed toward the cooler months, our technicians have started getting this question: can you use a ductless system to heat, too? The answer is yes. With the installation of a heat pump in Brazoria, TX, your ductless system can both heat and cool. Heat pumps can be complicated, so it’s important to have trained professionals install your heat pump. The NATE-certified technicians at Switzerland Air have all the training and experience necessary to correctly and efficiently install your heat pump, so call us today.

How Does a Heat Pump Offer Heating?

The key to a heat pump offering both heating and cooling is a specific component called a reversing valve. The reversing valve can change the direction of how the refrigerant in the system flows, resulting in heating and cooling modes. Making the switch is easy: just activate the mode on your home’s thermostat; the reversing valve does the rest.

What Are the Benefits of Ductless Heating?

Here are some of the benefits of choosing a ductless heating system:

  • Customized comfort – each indoor blower in a ductless system operates individually, allowing for zone controlled heating. This can help increase your comfort levels throughout your home.
  • Increased energy efficiency – there are two ways a ductless heating system can help with energy efficiency: first, by utilizing a heat pump, you will use only a small amount of electricity for fuel, and second, because the indoor blowers allow you to use only the amount of heating you need. Both can help you reduce energy usage.
  • Easy expansion – because there is no need for ductwork, a ductless system can be easily expanded. A single outdoor unit supports up to 4 indoor blowers, so as long as you have the right amount of support, you can add an indoor blower very easily.

With a ductless mini split heat pump installation in Brazoria, TX, your ductless system can offer you comfort all year long. Call Switzerland Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

Continue Reading

You Need Professionals to Install Air Filters: Here’s Why

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

So, you’ve probably heard that your air filter serves a vital purpose in your heating and air conditioning systems. You’ve probably also heard that you should have your air filter changed at least once a month, and that it’s pretty easy to do. So why would we suggest that you need a professional to do it for you? Well, for one, your air filter probably doesn’t do what you think it does. For another, proper air filter installation can be a bit more complicated than you think.

Air Filter vs. Air Filtration System

It’s fairly common knowledge that the air filter in a forced air system is there to protect the system from dust particles and other contaminants that can enter the unit and cause problems. The assumption that often accompanies this is that the air filter protects the occupants of a home from contaminants, as well. This is actually not true. The air filter commonly included forced air systems is designed to protect the system from dust and overheating, but that’s it.

An air filtration system, on the other hand, is a different type of air filter that is explicitly designed to increase air quality in the home. This kind of air filter is not present in all forced air systems, and will need to be installed. In some cases, especially with older systems, this will require altering the structure to allow the new air filter to be installed. Professional knowledge of this process is more or less required to ensure that it works properly.

The Right Filter for the Job

All air filters have a MERV rating that indicates their effectiveness in filtering. If you go shopping for an air filter, you may be tempted to choose the one that has the highest MERV rating. That would be the one that filters the best, right? Technically, yes. The problem is that your forced air system is not necessarily designed to handle a MERV rating that high. If you install an air filter with a MERV rating too high for your system, it can actually cause problems like restricting air flow and trapping heat. It is very important that you only select air filters which fit the needs and design of your system.

If you’re interested in installing an air filtration system, call Switzerland Air and schedule an appointment. We install air filters throughout Angleton, TX.

Continue Reading

3 Boiler Repair Needs to Watch For

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Boilers warm up a home using radiant heat, transferring warm water to a radiator or to a set of pipes located underneath the floorboards. Many people prefer boilers to furnaces for whole-home heating, as furnaces use convection heat and may not provide the same level of evenly distributed, efficient heating as a boiler does. Furthermore, boilers have a reputation for durability, and they often do not need too many repairs over time.

However, few heating systems go without repair at least once before they need replacement. Repairs should be made as soon as you notice a problem, to prevent concerns such as energy loss, water leaks in your home, no heating, or a premature breakdown. To make sure your system lives out its days in top condition, look out for the following repair needs and call a technician at the first sign of trouble.

  • No Heat: When you feel no heat at all in your home, it’s definitely time to call a technician. But even if you only feel limited heating, or heat in only some areas of the home, it could indicate major damage to the unit. You may have a broken pump, the part responsible for moving hot water to your home. Another cause for insufficient heat is a problem with the thermostat that senses the level of heat in the tank.
  • Water Leaks: If water leaks from your boiler, it may damage the foundation of your home or cause mold and mildew to develop. Trained technicians know how to address leaks at any component of your boiler, whether you have loose bolts or need a replacement part, like a new pressure relief valve. In some cases, water leaks indicate serious corrosion or damage that may indicate your boiler is simply too old to go on.
  • Unusual Noises: Your boiler may make noises for any number of reasons. Sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank, causing a banging or rattling noise. Or pump failure could lead to a strange grinding noise.

When you notice anything unusual from your home heating system, it’s a good indication that you need heating repair as soon as possible. Call Switzerland Air when you’re in need of quality boiler repair service in Freeport, TX.

Continue Reading

Benefits of Scheduling Boiler Maintenance This Fall

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Your boiler works hard all winter to provide your home with heat. If you simply turned it off in this past spring without scheduling any maintenance, the wear and tear of last winter is still part of your system. A dirty, worn boiler simply can’t work as well as it’s supposed to, so why not take the time to schedule heating maintenance in Lake Jackson, TX this fall? Professional heating maintenance provides a number of benefits, and gives your boiler the tune-up it needs before winter begins. If it’s been longer than 12 months since your last boiler maintenance appointment, call Switzerland Air and schedule maintenance today.

Reasons to Schedule Heating Maintenance

Here are a few reasons why you want to consider scheduling maintenance for your boiler this fall:

  • Helps prevent repairs – parts that are dirty or showing wear and tear are more prone to breakdown. During a maintenance appointment, your system is thoroughly inspected, which helps the technician to detect any existing or developing problems. The components of your system are also adjusted and cleaned, and all moving parts are lubricated, which helps the components and your system work optimally.
  • Improves energy efficiency – your boiler was made to operate at a certain efficiency level. However, if it has dirty components, or even a moderate level of wear and tear, it will be very hard for your system to achieve this level. The tune-up your boiler receives during a routine maintenance appointment allows your system to work optimally, which helps it retain energy efficiency.
  • Reduces premature aging – a system that works under pressure or stress for a long time is more prone to malfunction, breakdown and premature aging. Performing regular maintenance keeps your entire system in good working order, which helps prevent premature aging from developing.
  • Safety – your boiler heats the water in your system with a fuel combustion process. Combustion systems need to be checked for safety to ensure that harmful fumes like carbon monoxide aren’t escaping from holes and cracks that may have developed. Your technician will test for these things, and also test your burner assembly to ensure there are no issues with it.

Don’t get hung up in the middle of winter with a repair that could have been prevented by scheduling heating maintenance in Lake Jackson, TX. Call us today!

Continue Reading

Understanding the Importance of Ductwork in Your Home

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

If your home uses a forced-air heater and air conditioner (which the majority of homes in the U.S. do), then it will also have a network of ducts to distribute the conditioned air to the registers in rooms throughout the house. Because most of the ductwork in a home remains hidden behind the walls and floorboards, it’s easy to underestimate how important the ducts are for the efficiency and effectiveness of your heater and air conditioner, and for the quality of the air in your home.

You will occasionally need professional ductwork services in Brazoria, TX and other parts of Southern Brazoria County. Our indoor air quality specialists at Switzerland Air offer duct sealing, repair, and replacement that will make sure that your ductwork is in the best shape to benefit your heating and air conditioning and maintain excellent circulation of air.

The Important Aspects of Ductwork

There are good reasons why you need to have experts work on your ducts: improper sizing, placement, and repairs can have a severe effect on your comfort and your budget.

Ducts must be the right size for the volume of air that moves through them. Amateur duct design and replacement can end up providing you with ductwork that is too large or too small. Ducts that are too large will lower air pressure and cause weak airflow from the vents. Ducts that are too small will restrict airflow to the point that it can damage the heater and air conditioner. Undersized ducts will also make excessive noise as air rattles through them.

Placement is also key for ducts. Inferior placement or a house that has outdated designs are two of the main reasons that homeowners seek out professionals to replace their ductwork. If ducts open up in the wrong spot in rooms (such as an AC vent low to the floor), it can mean inferior heating and cooling. It’s often necessary to place new ducts when an air conditioner is added onto a ventilation system that only previously distributed heated air.

Finally, ducts must stay in good repair, free from leaking and gaps, or else they will result in a plunge in comfort and an escalation in costs. As air escapes through the holes, it lowers the air pressure and places a larger strain on the system. The best way to repair ducts is to hire professional duct sealers to locate the gaps in the ventilation system and close them up so they stay closed.

Call on Ductwork Service Professionals

If you have trouble with your HVAC systems that you think originate with the ducts, call on our team at Switzerland Air. We are NATE-certified and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us with your ductwork in Brazoria, TX.

Continue Reading