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Signs You Should Schedule Duct Repair in Brazoria

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The integrity of the ductwork in your home’s HVAC system is essential for it to perform properly. If your ducts need repairs to fix air leaks and other breaks along them, it isn’t a service you can simply put off until later; the issues in the ductwork will lead to serious problems with comfort, energy efficiency, and air quality that will only grow worse over time.

However, you might wonder how you can tell that your home’s ducts need repair work since you cannot see most of the ventilation system. There are some signs that will caution you that you have faulty ducts and need to call for duct repair in Brazoria, TX from the team at Switzerland Air. Here are a few of them:

  • High heating/cooling bills: One of the principle troubles with leaky air ducts is that they will make the air conditioner and/or heater connected to thye work harder in order to reach their temperature settings. Although you may not notice a difference in the indoor comfort (yet), you will notice a sharp rise in your energy bills from the overworking system. Even if the ducts are not the reason for this spike in costs, you must still contact HVAC experts to find out what is wrong.
  • Odd smells from the vents: The ducts in a home are enclosed in spaces that can contain high amounts of dust and other debris, and when holes into the ducts open onto these areas it will allow in noticeably musty smells. If you detect odors like this emanating from the vents, it probably means there is ductwork damage somewhere.
  • Low airflow from the vents: Air leaks in ducts will cause the air pressure inside them to drop. If you detect that the airflow from your room vents is weaker than it should be, call HVAC professionals to see if duct repairs are necessary.
  • Ducts making strange noises: Loose parts in ductwork can make rattling sounds as air passes through them, so make sure to call for professionals if the ventilation system begins producing sounds you haven’t heard previously.

Switzerland Air offers high quality services to repair and replace ductwork in homes. Whether you need to have a few air leaks sealed or large sections of the ductwork replaced to make it more efficient, you can depend on our skilled team to take care of the job. At the first sign of trouble, give us a call for duct repair in Brazoria, TX.

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Ways to Help Your Heating System Last Longer

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Everyone wants their heating system to last as long as possible. After all, heating systems aren’t cheap, and you want to get as much out of your investment as you can. Despite the widespread desire to have their heating systems last a few decades, most people are actually pretty unsure about how to make that happen. There are a few different ways to prolong the life of your heating system as much as possible. Let’s take a look at a few of those ways now.

Don’t Ignore Issues

Not all heating system issues will present symptoms, but those that do should certainly not be ignored. If you do happen to notice an issue with your heating system, don’t wait to fix it! The longer you leave a heating system unfixed, the greater risk you run of the problem progressing into something more damaging and expensive to address. The faster you get a problem fixed after noticing it, the more likely that you’ll be able to mitigate the fallout.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

As mentioned above, not all issues are going to announce their presence in a way you’re going to be able to detect. You probably don’t want to wait until your system breaks down from one of these issues, as it would run counter to helping your heater live longer. So, the way to deal with these more difficult problems is to schedule annual maintenance. Having a professional HVAC technician look over your system at least once a year gives them an opportunity to find any developing issues, and address them before they grow into much larger problems. This also somewhat slows the accumulation of wear and tear on the system, by tuning up or replacing any parts that are starting to lose their efficiency. The longer your heating system is kept in top operating condition, the longer it’s going to last. Letting a heating system operate with failing or sub-par parts is a great way to kill it prematurely.

If your heating system needs maintenance, schedule an appointment with Switzerland Air today. We provide professional heating services in the Lake Jackson, TX.

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Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at Switzerland Air.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at Switzerland Air hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

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When Is a Boiler No Longer Worth Repairing?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Boilers are some astoundingly sturdy machines, capable of operating for a great many more years than most other heating systems. Despite this longevity, however, even boilers must eventually be replaced. When is it time to replace your boiler? That depends on a few different factors. Let’s examine the signs that indicate when your boiler is no longer worth repairing, and needs to be replaced.

Repairs Get More Frequent and Expensive

As a boiler system gets older, wear and tear begins to accumulate on the various parts that make up the system. These parts degrade at different rates, which means that when your boiler gets toward the end of its life they will start to fail one after the other. Even healthy systems have an odd breakdown here or there, but if your boiler needs repairs every couple of months then you should probably replace it.

Older systems also lose the ability to have parts replaced, as those parts go out of production. This makes those parts harder to find, which makes them more expensive.

Heating Bills Rise

Heating bills are naturally going to fluctuate from month to month. However, a consistent uptick in your heating bill is a sign that your boiler is probably failing. As a boiler gets older, it begins to lose the efficiency that it once had, having to operate for longer and longer times to achieve the same heat output. This burns more fuel, which leads to higher heating bills. If you notice that your heating bill is consistently high every month, you should have your boiler checked to see if it needs replacing.

Age

Though not as strong an indicator with boilers as it is with other heating systems, age is still a pretty good litmus test for whether or not you should replace your system. If your boiler is older than 15-20 years, have it checked. If it’s that old and experiencing a lot of problems, it’s a good idea to replace it. At that point, it’s more expensive to maintain it than to get rid of it. If it’s younger than 15 years, then you probably have a few more years of good use in it.

If you think your boiler might need replacing, set up an appointment by calling Switzerland Air. We provide professional boiler replacement service throughout Angleton, TX.

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