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Air Conditioner Installation Guide: Size Does Matter

Monday, May 11th, 2015

If you need a new air conditioner, either for a brand new installation or to replace an aging system, there are some steps you need to take before purchasing, and one of these steps is correct sizing. You may hear that to correctly size an air conditioner all that is needed is the square footage of your home; this simply isn’t true. There are a number of factors that are part of a cooling load calculation, and the only way to make sure that you install an AC that is the right size for your home is to do this calculation correctly, using all the needed factors. When you work with an expert from DB Heating & Cooling, we will help you make this calculation as part of our air conditioning installation process. So what are the factors that have to be considered? Here is an overview:

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Benefits of Custom Ductwork

Friday, March 6th, 2015

If your home has a forced air system for heating and/or cooling, then it needs a ductwork system to deliver the air to your living spaces. How ductwork is made and installed plays a big role in its performance and how comfortable and energy efficient your home will be. One way to help ensure that your ductwork functions optimally is to have custom ductwork made for your home. Fabricating custom ductwork takes skill, training, expertise and experience, which is why you should only hire a trained professional for the job. The ductwork experts at DB Heating & Cooling have served customers throughout Bergen County, so if you need custom ductwork for your Woodcliff Lake home, call us today!

Why Consider Custom Ductwork?

You may be asking yourself this question as there can be some extra costs when choosing to install a custom ductwork system for your home. Here are some reasons why custom ductwork may be a better fit for you:

  • It is perfectly sized – ductwork isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of product. Not only does the ductwork have to fit your home, it also has to fit your HVAC system. When ductwork is too small, you won’t get the air volume you need to adequately heat and cool your home, and when the ductwork is too big, the volume of air will be lost in the ductwork.
  • Better energy efficiency – with custom ductwork, you air loss is minimal, meaning that the air is being delivered correctly to your home’s living spaces. This takes pressure off your HVAC system, and helps reduce the system’s energy usage.
  • Better air balance – one of the biggest problems with ductwork systems is poor installation; this can lead to faulty ductwork and/or ductwork with lots of twists and turns. All of these problems can seriously interfere with the system’s air balance. With a ductwork system made specifically for your home and HVAC system, you can rest assured that your system is perfectly balanced.

Ductwork systems can last more than 30 years, so it’s important to make sure you install a ductwork system that will give you the long-term performance you need for your home.

The experts at DB Heating & Cooling are ready to assist, so if you are interested in custom ductwork for your Woodcliff Lake home, call us today!

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Air Conditioning Repair in Westwood, NJ: Why Your Compressor Won’t Run

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

In a perfect world, you would never have to worry about the performance of your air conditioning system. The truth of the matter, though, is that your air conditioner is a mechanical system and, just like any other mechanical system, it is susceptible to many different operational problems. The important thing to keep in mind is the fact that the best way to deal with any air conditioning system problems is to schedule any necessary air conditioning repairs as soon as possible. The longer you wait to do so, the more serious any resulting damages are likely to be. Contact the Westwood, NJ air conditioning repair technicians at DB Heating & Cooling today to learn more about why your compressor won’t run.

While a compressor that will not start up is obviously undesirable under any circumstances, the potential cause of such a problem can vary in severity. One very possible reason that your compressor will now start up may be that that there is a wiring problem. If the electrical wiring that powers your compressor or connects it to other vital components in the system is not in good condition, you cannot expect your compressor to operate reliably.

You may also have a bad capacitor in your system which could result in your compressor failing to run consistently. There are 2 types of capacitors: a run capacitor and a start capacitor. If your compressor will not come on at all it is possible that the start capacitor, which gives a motor some extra torque during startup, is not operating problem. If your compressor will not continue to run after starting up then the problem may be with your run capacitor. This capacitor maintains a constant level of voltage to keep a motor running.

To learn more about potential reasons why your compressor won’t run properly, contact the company you can count on for quality air conditioning repair in Westwood, NJ. Call DB Heating & Cooling. Our team of professional technicians is happy to help you keep your air conditioning system as effective, reliable and efficient as possible. Contact us today to get started.

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Air Conditioning Repair in Paramus, NJ: My AC Won’t Reach Target Temperatures

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

As we slowly approach the cooling season in Paramus, NJ, homeowners throughout the area are beginning to turn on their ACs, in order to test their performance. It’s a great idea, especially considering how much we have to depend on our cooling systems to keep us comfortable during the summer heat and humidity. One of the most common concerns we hear from homeowners is, “My AC won’t reach target temperatures.” In this post, we’d like to address this problem, and explain some of its potential causes. However, in order to receive a professional diagnosis, you need a professional AC technician. For excellent air conditioning repair services in Paramus, NJ, call the experts at DB Heating & Cooling today!

  • Clogged air filter: You should check your air filter at least once a month during the cooling season, to make sure that it is clean. The air filter prevents the accumulation of dust and debris on your system components, in addition to providing auxiliary support as an indoor air quality device. When it becomes dirty or clogged, it will simply not do its job. It will reduce airflow, and may cause the evaporator coil to freeze over.
  • Thermostat malfunction: Proper thermostat operation is critical to adequate temperature control. Make sure that your thermostat is calling for the right temperature. If that doesn’t work, then you may have an electrical or wireless connectivity problem with your air handler. Alternatively, the thermostat may not be sensing the temperature correctly.
  • Condenser coils dirty: Make sure your condenser coils are clean and clear of debris at all times. Because they reside in your outdoor unit, they can easily become caked with organic matter and overgrown with vegetation. Keep the surrounding area clear of grass and other vegetation. Enroll in routine maintenance to have your coils routinely inspected and cleaned.

There are numerous reasons why your AC is not reaching your target temperatures. Now is a great time to ensure that your home is ready for summer. For air conditioning repair in Paramus, NJ, call the experts at DB Heating & Cooling today! 

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ Indoor Air Quality Tip: What are UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, January 28th, 2013

At DB Heating and Cooling, we get a lot of questions about UV (ultraviolet) germicidal lights and how they can improve indoor air quality in Woodcliff Lake, NJ area homes.  Basically, these lights destroy harmful microorganisms in the ductwork and other components of your heating and air conditioning system. This keeps any airborne pathogens from spreading throughout your home.  Here’s how they work:

UV germicidal lights are also called UVGI systems, and they use an ultraviolet light to destroy the DNA of harmful organisms, thereby killing them and rendering them incapable of reproducing at the same time. While UV germicidal lights are Ideal for medical facilities, office buildings, hotels, and schools, they can also be used in residential applications. UVGI systems are a cost-effective way to improve indoor air quality, and they can be installed with most existing heating and cooling systems.

UV germicidal lights can destroy pollutants that the air cleaners don’t target, but when used alongside air cleaners, UV lamps can provide even better protection against bacteria, viruses, and toxic mold spores. If you have known issues with moisture control or mold growth in your home, UV lights can improve indoor air quality by killing new mold growth; however, the moisture problem will need to be remedied to get the full effect.

If you think you might benefit from a UV germicidal light installation, call one of our Woodcliff Lake, NJ indoor air quality experts. We can answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have about your indoor air quality. Call DB Heating and Cooling any time to set up a consultation!

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Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split System in Oradell

Monday, November 12th, 2012

With all of the home heating and air conditioning systems on the market today it can be difficult to determine which heating and cooling option is best for your Oradell home. Discussing your heating and air conditioning options with a local professional service provider is the most fail-proof way to ensure that you are investing in the best heating and cooling system for your home and personal heating and cooling habits. If you are not familiar with ductless mini splits and the potential benefits that they hold for your home and comfort take a few minutes to review this helpful information from the home comfort professionals at DB Heating & Cooling. You may decide that a ductless mini split system is the best choice for your home, and DB Heating & Cooling can help you verify that decision.

First of all, the most obvious benefit of a ductless mini split system is right in the name. This heating and air conditioning option completely eliminates the need for ductwork in your home. While a properly installed, well-maintained duct system can efficiently and effectively circulate conditioned air throughout your home, ductwork is often one of the biggest reasons for inefficient energy use. By removing ductwork from the equation, ductless mini splits also remove this risk. A simple conduit containing refrigerant and power lines is all that is needed to connect the outdoor condenser unit to the indoor, wall-mounted air handlers that this type of heating and air conditioning system uses. These air handlers, up to four per outdoor unit, heat and cool the rooms of your home individually and directly.

The use of these multiple air handlers also makes it easy to create temperature control zones in your home and to maintain individual temperatures within each zone. This is a great way to boost energy efficiency in your home, helping to reduce energy costs. You no longer have to heat empty bedrooms because you want to keep the dining or living rooms comfortable. Likewise you choose to lower the temperature in the kitchen if you are doing a lot of cooking and begin to overheat while still keeping the rest of the house perfectly warm.

Whether you want to cut down on the amount of energy that you use in your home or simply avoid the cost of a duct system installation, ductless mini splits may be the solution that you’re looking for. If you think that a ductless mini split system installation is right for your Oradell home, call the heating and air conditioning professionals at DB Heating & Cooling. We’ll help you make the best decision for your comfort.

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Woodcliff Lake Heating Question: Can Your Heating System Warn You of a CO Leak?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Carbon monoxide is a health risk. It is an odorless gas that is produced as a natural byproduct of combustion. So, any time something burns, carbon monoxide (CO) is released into the air.

As long as the area is properly ventilated, the carbon monoxide cannot build up in the air to a dangerous level of concentration. For example, if you are around a campfire or charcoal that is burning outside, you are generally safe.

In the home, the danger arises when combustion is not properly ventilated and this toxic gas is allowed to seep into our living spaces.  To help mitigate that risk, it is important to know some warning signs. Your heating system gives off some warnings that can tip you off to danger, so be on the lookout for these three signals:

  1. Carbon monoxide detector goes off. Some heating systems these days have built-in carbon monoxide detectors, which can provide an extra measure of safety. Whether you have one of these systems or not, your home should still be equipped with a CO detector. If it begins sounding the alarm, get everyone out of the house immediately.
  1. A fume vent is leaking. Fuel-burning furnaces have vents to move combustion gases out of the house safely. If you notice this vent is leaking on your heating system, CO may be seeping into your house. Shut down the furnace, open windows for ventilation and have the fume vent repaired immediately.
  1. Smoke backing up from the fireplace. If you have a fireplace and you notice smoke in the room while using it, stop using it immediately. Your chimney may be blocked or leaking, preventing the smoke from rising and venting properly, which means CO can get into your house. Do not use the fireplace again until you have had the chimney inspected.

Please take care and note this is just a simple guide. There are other risks and warnings of carbon monoxide.

For any heating service in the Woodcliff Lake area, give DB Heating & Cooling a call today!

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