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The Advantages of Heat Pump Installation

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Winter is almost here, and that means it’s time to get your home heating system in good shape. For some of us, though, it means that we need to replace our heating systems entirely. If you’re in need of a new home heating system, consider installing a heat pump. Heat pumps are unique home heating systems, which offer a number of equally unique advantages to homeowners who use them. Let’s take a look at how heat pumps work, and the advantages they can offer.

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The Problem of Boiler Kettling

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Have you ever noticed your boiler rumbling like a giant teapot? It can be quite disconcerting the first time you hear it. Don’t worry, though: your boiler is not likely to explode. That rumbling sound is a behavior called kettling, for obvious reasons. While it is not typically dangerous in the sense that it can cause you bodily harm, it can absolutely wreck your boiler if it isn’t taken care of. Let’s take a look at what causes kettling—and what you can do about it.

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When Should I Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Short answer? Right now! Fall is here, and that means that it will soon be time to turn off your air conditioner for the year and get your heater ready for the winter. Heating maintenance is a very important part of keeping your heating system in good shape. You shouldn’t wait until the dead of winter to schedule heating maintenance. Not if you want to garner the maximum benefit, at least. Let’s take a look at the benefits of fall heating maintenance.

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Fall Heating Maintenance, And Why You Should Schedule It

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Fall is almost here, and winter isn’t far behind. Soon, it will be time to turn off your air conditioner for the year and get ready to rev up your heating system. Before that happens, though, you’re going to want to make sure that your heating system is up to the task of keeping you warm all winter. Let’s take a look at the benefits of fall heating maintenance.

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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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Should I Go With a Ductless Mini Split System or a Boiler?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Both boilers and ductless systems have long existed in the shadow of the more popular furnace heating systems. That time is fast drawing to a close, however. Both systems have experienced a dramatic rise in popularity over the past couple of decades, and for good reason. Each system has its own distinct advantages to recommend it. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each system, and how you can choose the one best-suited to your needs.

Ductless Mini Split System

A ductless mini split system is a type of heat pump that, as the name suggests, completely eschews ductwork in favor of only heating the room in which it is installed. There are two parts to a ductless system, one indoor unit and one outdoor unit. The indoor unit is installed directly into a room, usually on a wall or the ceiling, while the outdoor unit is installed on the outside of the house. The two units are then connected by a conduit containing power and refrigerant lines.

When the heat is turned on, the outdoor unit evaporates refrigerant using a coil inside its casing. This leeches thermal energy from the surrounding air, which is carried by the refrigerant gas to the indoor unit. The indoor unit then condenses the gas back into a liquid, releasing the thermal energy to heat the room.

Ductless systems are great for people who want to save money, as they are quite energy efficient. They are also convenient, in that installing multiple ductless systems offers finer control over the climate in each room of the house.


Boiler-based systems are often simply referred to as “radiant” systems, due to the method with which they distribute heat. A radiant heating system involves the installation of a network of water pipes in the floor of each room of the house. The boiler then heats and distributes water through these pipes, causing heat to radiate through them and up into the room.

Radiant heating systems are much more energy efficient than forced air systems. They also tend to heat rooms much more evenly, creating a more comfortable environment.

If you’d like to know more about which system to choose, call Switzerland Air. We provide quality heating services in the Angleton, TX area.

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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!

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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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A List of Furnace Safety Features and Their Common Malfunctions

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Most furnaces have built-in safety features, to protect your home and ensure that your heat arrives without difficulty. If you’re concerned about your furnace, Clute TX has plenty of companies able to discuss the various safety features with you. When those features malfunction, they usually shut the furnace off completely. This is good because it means your safety won’t be endangered by the issue. On the other hand, without a furnace, your winter nights are apt to get quite chilly indeed. You need to get the faulty part replaced and you furnace back up to speed quickly, which usually means identifying the problem fast. Here’s a quick list of furnace safety features and their malfunctions, to help you point the repairman in the right direction.

  • Venting. The venting pipe removes carbon monoxide and similar toxic chemicals from the furnace system. If it becomes clogged or block, toxic gases can escape into your home. For modern furnaces, this will result in an automatic shutdown. If you have an older furnace, you should install a carbon monoxide detector nearby to help detect this kind of problem.
  • Thermocouple. The thermocouple regulates the flow of gas into the furnace, and opens when it detects heat from the pilot light or ignition system. If the pilot light has gone out or the ignition system is malfunctioning, the thermocouple won’t operate. Similarly a problem with the thermocouple itself should result in the gas being completely shut off. You’ll need to replace the faulty component before the furnace will run again.
  • Circuit breaker. This is a household safety feature rather than one specific to the furnace, but the principles are the same. It will cut power to the furnace if there is danger of an overload, and if the power keeps going off then some electrical component within the furnace will probably need to be fixed.

If you have a furnace, Clute ,TX has a furnace repair service ready to respond to these furnace safety features and their common malfunctions. Switzerland Air is here to serve you, and can ensure that your furnace is operating safely and efficiently. Give us a call today!

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Boiler Noises to Listen For This Winter

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Boilers are a great heating system that many homeowners value for their longevity, efficiency and also their comfort. But like any other heating system, your boiler will eventually start to develop a number of common problems. If you need repair for your boiler in Freeport, TX just call us here at Switzerland Air. We can fix any kind of issues and we wanted to let our customers know about some of the sounds that they need to listen to which might mean that their boiler is having problems.

Switzerland Air can help you with all of your heating service needs in Freeport, TX!

Common Boiler Repair in Freeport, TX

All the use that your boiler gets throughout the winter can cause it to break down. One of the most common ways that homeowners discover boiler problems is because of strange noises. Here are some of the more common ones that we get called to inspect and repair.

  • Grinding and rattling – Your boiler uses a pump to circulate the warm water through your house. This water pump can break down after a lot of use and make a rattling noise or grinding noise. It likely is the pump’s motor that has malfunctioned and is making a noise.
  • Rumbling – Rumbling is another common noise that your boiler can produce. This is often caused by sediment or minerals building up on the bottom of the boiler tank which causes something called kettling. However, if you have a gas-fired boiler that rumbles when it shuts down, it could be caused by uncombusted fuel burning in the combustion chamber.
  • Hammering –Another common problem that is often associated with a broken boiler is the infamous water hammer. This sounds like loud banging coming from your boiler when water starts or stops flowing through the system. This issue can be very annoying and it can also damage your boiler as well.

When you need any kind of repair for your boiler in Freeport, TX just call Switzerland Air.

Our expert technicians can handle any job that you have for us. Call us today!

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