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Archive for April, 2015

3 Signs That You Need Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Summer is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to make sure that your air conditioner is in good condition. Annual maintenance is highly recommended as a way to keep your air conditioner in top shape. However, another part of keeping your air conditioning system healthy is recognizing when it is having problems. The faster you can identify and respond to these problems, the better shape your system will be in. Let’s take a look at 3 of the most common signs that you need air conditioning repairs.

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How Do I Know When to Replace My Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

We’re already nearing the end of the spring season, and summer is almost upon us. Many homeowners are taking advantage of this time to shop for new air conditioners before the days start to heat up. If you’re wondering about whether or not your air conditioner can survive another summer, read on. The following are a few of the signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

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3 Heat Pump Problems That You Need to Watch For

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Heat pumps are great for a number of reasons. They’re energy efficient, environmentally safe, and can provide both heating and cooling functions. Like all HVAC systems, however, they are susceptible to the occasional problem that will require professional repairs. The faster you can respond to these problems, the better shape your heat pump will be in. So, let’s take a look at 3 of the common heat pump problems that you need to watch for.

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Why it’s a Good Idea to Install an Air Purifier in Your Home

Monday, April 6th, 2015

You may not have been aware of it before now, but your home is actually infested with all kinds of airborne contaminants. Dust, pollen, mites, dander, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and many other kinds of pollutants are present in every breath intake. Some of them are lung irritants and allergens, while others are infectious agents that can make you seriously ill. So, why are you not sick all the time? Because of the method by which these contaminants move through your home. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry, though. Read on to discover more about these contaminants, and why it’s a good idea for you to install an air purifier in your home.

Airborne Contaminants

As mentioned above, the air in your home is full of all kinds of airborne contaminants. The only reason that you’re not having allergy attacks or getting sick all the time is because in most cases, these contaminants are fairly well dispersed throughout the house. It is only when your immune system is weakened, or if there is a large concentration of these contaminants, that you will start to see a substantial effect. Unfortunately, it is rather easy to dose yourself with a large amount of these contaminants.

The ducts in your home serve as a haven for these pollutants to hide in, isolated from any cleaning efforts you may undertake. This allows them to build up in your ducts, until you turn on your heater or air conditioner. When that happens, all of those contaminants are blown around the house at once, making it much easier for you to experience ill effects.

Air Purifiers

The best way to prevent this from happening is by installing an air purifier in your home. These devices are designed to remove contaminants from your air, improving your air quality and your health. The type of purifier will differ, depending on your individual needs. Electronic air purifiers use electric fields to capture particles, while UV germicidal lights sterilize any germs in the air using ultraviolet light. What is important, however, is that you take steps to ensure that your air quality is as high as you deserve.

If you have questions about your indoor air quality, call Switzerland Air. We provide air purifiers throughout Lake Jackson, TX. 

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Reasons to Consider the Installation of a Heat Pump for Air Conditioning

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

It may seem counter-intuitive to install a device with the word “heat” in it to provide your home with cooling, but when you understand the basics of how a heat pump works, you’ll see why it is a system worth considering. One of the most beneficial aspects about a heat pump system is that it doesn’t just provide your home in Lake Jackson with air conditioning during the summer months, it also provides heat during the winter months. And when you hire the trained experts from Switzerland Air to perform the installation, you can rest assured that your new system will be installed correctly the first time around.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Heat pumps do not generate hot or cold air; instead, they transfer heat from one location to another using refrigerant to facilitate the process. In the summer months, heat pumps absorb the heat from your indoor air and transfer it to the outside; during the winter, heat pumps absorb the available heat in the air, concentrate it, then deliver to your living spaces via ducts or ductless indoor blowers. Heat pumps can offer both heating and cooling because they are equipped with a component called a reversing valve that changes the direction in which the refrigerant is flowing. This is the main way heat pumps are different from air conditioners.

Why Consider a Heat Pump?

As mentioned above, heat pumps are 2-in-1 devices, but there are some other benefits to consider:

  • They are very energy efficient – heat pumps do not use any kind of fossil fuels and only a small amount of electricity to operate; this makes them very energy efficient systems.
  • They have a long lifespan – heat pumps have an average lifespan of 20-25 years as compared to air conditioning systems, which have average lifespans of 10-12 years and traditional heating systems, which have an average lifespan of 15-20 years.
  • They can be ducted or ductless systems – heat pumps can provide heating and cooling through ducts or ductless blowers, giving homeowners flexibility when it comes to installation.

Air conditioning in Lake Jackson, TX, isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. If you are in the market for a new AC, call the experts at Switzerland Air and see what a heat pump can do for you!

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