Design Comfort Blog

Should I Be Concerned with Heater Repair Needs Now?

May 15th, 2017

heater-repair-needsWinter temperatures have started fading out, and in fact we’ve had a couple days in recent weeks where you may have already used your air conditioner. That doesn’t mean our heating systems are quite done doing their jobs yet, though. With our nights still in the 40’s, it’s important that your heater functions as well as it should.

You may be wondering, “but with warmer weather right around the corner, should I really be concerned about my heater?” If it’s exhibiting any operational problems, then yes—you should. Unfortunately, neglecting any Millcreek, UT heating repair service needs you may have can be detrimental to your heater, no matter how far into spring we may be. Just because you aren’t using your heater daily anymore doesn’t mean you should let the issue go, no matter how seemingly minor it may be. Continue Reading

Is It Time to Replace Your Tank Water Heater?

May 1st, 2017

time-to-replace-tank-water-heaterThere are a number of options today when it comes to selecting appliances for your home, including the tankless water heater. Many homeowners, however, still utilize the very reliable tank water heater to warm the water in their home. These systems do their jobs quietly, and are often tucked away in little-used parts of the home for space-saving benefits.

Unfortunately, though, being out of sight means that tank water heater problems can creep in relatively unnoticed. If your water heater is more than 10 to 15 years old, then these problems can quickly escalate to a full breakdown or emergency. When this happens, you’ll likely need a replacement, or at the very least prompt West Jordan, UT water heater services. Continue Reading

AC Maintenance: It’s Time!

April 17th, 2017

ac-maintenance-timeTemperatures may still be on the cooler side for now, but soon enough summer will be here and you’ll want a fully functional and efficient cooling system on your side. Don’t let our cool spring weather trick you into thinking you can wait on important air conditioning services, such as your Holladay, UT air conditioning maintenance.

The heat of summer is a welcome change of pace for many homeowners after a cold and rather rainy winter! But you cannot enjoy summer to the full extent if you don’t adequately prepare your cooling system for the job ahead. Continue Reading

Is a Reverse Osmosis System a Worthy Investment for Your Home?

April 3rd, 2017

reverse-osmosis-systemAre you looking for a quality water treatment system for your Taylorsville, UT home? Obviously, drinking water is a healthy alternative to soda or juice, but that water needs to be properly treated in order to give you the best in health benefits.

Reverse osmosis systems have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. A professionally installed and serviced reverse osmosis system will remove potentially harmful contaminants from your drinking water, such as arsenic, nitrates, sodium, copper, lead, some organic chemicals, and the municipal additive fluoride. Continue Reading

How UV Rays Can Actually Be Good for You

March 20th, 2017

UV-rays-good-for-youIn 1903, Professor Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on the treatment of diseases by means of concentrated UV light rays. But when we say UV rays can actually be good for you, that’s not exactly what we’re talking about.

You may be surprised to find that an excellent benefit of UV light rays is actually what it can do for your Cottonwood Heights, UT indoor air quality, and subsequently your health and the health of your family.

Mold and Bacteria Exposure

The ductwork connected to your HVAC system provides the perfect environment for the development of mold, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms. This is because they are dark, cool, and moist thanks to the use of your AC system.

When these contaminants enter your indoor air, they can create a number of health-related issues for you and your family. Infectious diseases are a threat, as is allergic rhinitis, asthma, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. If that sounds unpleasant to you—it’s because it is! Fortunately, however, professionally installed UV germicidal lights—also referred to simply as UV lights or UV air purifiers—help you fight against this.

UV Light and Your Indoor Air Quality

UV light has an anti-microbial effect on the biological contaminants that develop within your ductwork. When a UV air purifier is installed (typically within your ductwork/over the evaporator coil), it effectively stops the development of mold and mildew before it begins, therefore never giving it the chance to break off and make its way into your home.

Without the right type of air purifying products and services, your indoor air quality can be more polluted than you realize. It can even be worse than the quality of the air outdoors. For this reason, people with allergies, asthma, and any other respiratory issues can find themselves with aggravated symptoms if the problem is not remedied.

Is This Type of UV Radiation Safe?

It’s only natural that you would ask this—it’s understandable to be concerned about the UV radiation emitted from these devices. This type of UV lighting, however, is completely harmless. In fact, you’ve probably seen it utilized at concerts or theme parks as black lights to make your clothes glow! This type of UV radiation is completely harmless to people and to pets—but deadly to bacteria!

Additional UV Light Benefits

In addition to eliminating mold and mildew from your ductwork—and subsequently your indoor air—UV lights help eliminate the foul odor that typically comes along for the ride. Plus, UV lights are pretty versatile.

You do not have to make any room for them as they conveniently fit right into your HVAC system, positioned where they’re needed the most. If you have a central HVAC system, then this is definitely a highly recommended device for you and your home!

We offer a wide range of reliable indoor air quality products and services, including UV lights and other types of air cleaners. Contact us today to learn more, including why our customers keep saying, “I Love My Design Comfort!”

Gas Leaks: Causes and What You Should Do If You Suspect One

March 6th, 2017

gas-leak-causesLast summer, a number of Millcreek, Utah residents were evacuated from their homes due to a gas leak that occurred in their neighborhood. While these types of events are rare, they are scary and stress the fact that all homeowners should be aware of what causes gas leaks, how to prevent them, and what to do if you suspect a gas leak in your home.

While the aforementioned gas leak was from the main line, a very common cause of gas leaks is a Millcreek, UT heating system in disrepair. Today’s heating systems are built with your safety in mind, however if you do not keep up on maintenance, you run the risk of wear and tear breaking down the system until it does become a safety hazard. Continue Reading

Does Cold, Rainy Weather Impact Your Indoor Air Quality?

February 20th, 2017

Does Cold Rainy Weather Impact Your Indoor Air QualityThere are quite a few Utah residents and homeowners who don’t even realize just how bad the air quality can get in our area. We experience a weather phenomenon pretty often during this time of year called an inversion—which happens when normal atmospheric conditions literally become inverted. This traps a dense layer of cold air under a layer of warm air, and along with it, traps pollutants.

This problem is bad enough if you spend a lot of time outdoors, but it can be even worse when you’re indoors. In fact according to WebMD, your home’s indoor air quality can actually be worse than that outdoors. This is true of any state, but is especially pertinent in Utah. Fortunately, we have a wide range of West Jordan, UT indoor air quality products to help keep you healthy and comfortable indoors. But it’s worth learning why these efforts are so important. Continue Reading

Signs Your Furnace is Failing

February 6th, 2017

signs-your-furnace-is-failingIf you want a truly efficient furnace, it’s important that you take good care of the heating system. This means scheduling routine maintenance at least once a year, which gives our technicians the opportunity to fully inspect and clean the heating system, and make any necessary adjustments and/or suggestions for repairs. Of course, even with the most diligent care, your furnace can begin to fail.

This is especially true of older heating systems. The good news is that your furnace breakdown doesn’t have to come as a surprise—you can be prepared for necessary Holladay, UT furnace repairs or potentially even a full furnace replacement. Keep reading for a few warning signs that your furnace may be failing. Continue Reading

Discover the Power of a Whole-Home Humidifier

January 23rd, 2017

whole-home-humidifierIn a Daily Herald article written almost exactly 2 years ago, the writer described Utah as “drier than the Sahara” during the winter, and appropriately so. He noted how this intense decrease in humidity caused many illnesses that season, and the flu ran rampant. This is not a problem that’s unique to 2014, though. Utah has had this problem for many years, and will continue to have it for years to come.

So should we all sit back and just accept that we live in an extremely dry community that’s going to lower our immunities and make us sick? Oh, not to mention, low moisture levels can damage your home. No! You should not accept that. Instead, you should invest in a Taylorsville, UT whole-house humidifier. Continue Reading

Is Winter Too Late for a Heater Tune-Up?

January 16th, 2017

Winter is certainly here, and with it are the chilly temperatures. You may think that this means it is too late to invest in maintenance for your heating system. But it’s not! Even though we’re officially in the winter season, there is still plenty of cold weather to last us, and there’s no reason to risk getting through next few months without a completely reliable heater. If you haven’t had your heater checked in the last year, there’s no better time than now to schedule it. Continue Reading