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How to Boost Your HVAC System This Spring

Monday, April 8th, 2019

hand-drawing-check-boxUnless your air conditioner is brand new, the memories of the user manual are probably long gone. In fact, you probably didn’t spend a ton of time reading them either. This is common among homeowners, but it’s a disservice to your home if you don’t know how to work this system correctly.

Luckily, we’re not asking you to go fish out that manual and blow the dust off of it. We’ve compiled all the most relevant dos and don’ts of air conditioning below in this blog post. We’re not one of those HVAC companies who uses their customers solely to make money—we want to ensure that you’re comfortable in your home all for a great price. If you want a great HVAC contractor in West Columbia, TX, then make sure that you contact our team.

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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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What Are Rooftop Package Units?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Here in West Columbia TX, commercial package units are a means of keeping your business comfortable for employees and customers alike. HVAC systems in such circumstances differ considerable from residential systems, and it pays to be aware of them when you decide in the right HVAC system for your business. What are rooftop package units? The answers can be found below.

“Packaged units” refers to the fact that there are multiple HVAC units used in any business system. Business HVAC needs to be flexible and easy to install. Each HVAC unit can support a certain amount of square footage. If you need more, you simply add another unit. If you need less, you can have an existing unit removed. That flexibility allows you to make smart decisions regarding your business, and handle only the amount of air conditioning that you need.

The rooftop placement is what makes that possible. By placing the units on the roof, you can not only tailor the system to fit your specific needs – dividing the ductwork up between separate occupants of the building, for instance – but because you don’t need to allocate any additional square footage to the units, you have a tremendous amount of flexibility in how you use them. Rooftop package units are durable and weather resistant, able to keep functioning whether it; in the pounding rain or the harsh Texas sun. They’re easy to install – most can be set up within a single working day or two – and their durability means that you can rely on them year in and year out.

If you need more information on rooftop package units, including maintenance and repair plans, then call on the West Columbia, TX commercial package unit experts at Switzerland Air to help. We serve business throughout West Columbia, commercial package units are a specialty of ours, and we can discuss all of your options with you perform beginning installation. A comfortable environment is vital to the success of your business: your employees will be happier in their work and your customers will want to come back. Give us a call today and let us help!

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Problematic Furnace Noises to Listen For

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Texas has mild winters, but that doesn’t mean we won’t receive some unpleasant shocks as well as stretches of weather that hover at uncomfortably cool temperatures. You still need excellent heating from your gas furnace, so keep a vigil for early signs of possible trouble. Or maybe “vigil” isn’t the right word, since it implies using your vision. Your ear is the best sense to tell if your West Columbia homes furnace has started to develop repair problems.

Modern furnaces don’t make an extraordinary amount of noise (older models sometimes sounded like snoring bears with sinus troubles!), so anything unusual that comes from the vents or the cabinet should stand out. Switzerland Air has serviced many malfunctioning furnaces, and we have a list of the common noises in your furnace that might indicate trouble. Call us if you hear any of these sounds—don’t try to do the diagnosis or repairs yourself.

Groaning

Likely cause: The motor bearings are worn down.

Repair: Lubrication on the bearings might fix this if the damage hasn’t gone too far. Otherwise, the bearings will need replacement before the motor is damaged.

Rumbling

Likely cause: If the sound comes from the furnace cabinet, it means the gas burners are dirty.

Repair: The burners will need cleaning.

Clanking or Squealing

Likely cause: A loose blower motor fan belt.

Repair: Tightening the belt will fix this, unless it is gotten cracked or dented, in which case it will need replacement. This repair should be done soon to prevent a loose belt from causing damage to other components.

Loud rattling

Likely cause: A crack in the heat exchanger.

Repair: This needs immediate professional repair because of the danger of a carbon monoxide leak. Shut off the gas supply to the furnace and call an HVAC technician to see to this problem.

Because of the danger of toxic gas exposure and explosions, experience is a must when attempting to repair a modern furnace. The best technicians to handle the job are those with NATE-certification. (North American Technical Excellence, the only certification the entire HVAC industry recognizes.) At Switzerland Air, we are proud that all our technicians have NATE-certification. When you call on us to service your furnace in West Columbia, TX, you’ll know you’re getting a top-level technician.

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