Design Comfort Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Salt Lake City’

Do You Know What’s in Your Water?

Monday, July 19th, 2021

view-from-under-waterWater is essential for our survival and plays a crucial role in our health. Clean water is necessary to keep us hydrated. We use it for cooking our food and for taking care of our hygiene. These are all obvious facts that we’re sure you already know. What isn’t so obvious is what could lurk in the water you use at home in your everyday life.

You might be surprised to learn that your water supply could be full of contaminants that can harm your well-being. Even if the water does not have contaminants, it could contain dissolved minerals that can wreak havoc on the plumbing and any appliances that use water. Also called hard water, the mineral deposits from the water can result in irritated skin, dry hair, and several other problems throughout the house.

Investing in a Salt Lake City water treatment system could play a critical role in keeping you and your family and plumbing safe from contaminants and minerals in the water.

This post will tell you about some of the benefits of installing a water filtration system so that you can make an informed decision on how to get a safer water supply at home.

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Monday, July 5th, 2021

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleAs the temperature begins getting higher and higher in Salt Lake City, keeping your air conditioner on becomes more important to ensure that your home is cool and comfortable. 

As long as the air conditioner is working fine, people tend to ignore the maintenance needs for the unit. Not scheduling regular maintenance can start causing your AC to malfunction.

One possible air conditioner problem people face is that their unit starts leaking water inside the house. Is your air conditioner leaking water? Are you wondering why that’s happening?

We will discuss some of the reasons your air conditioner might be leaking water and help you understand why it’s important to call professionals for Salt Lake City AC repair immediately.

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It’s Not Too Late: Schedule This Important AC Service

Monday, June 21st, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outside-ac-unitWith summer officially upon us and temperatures trending upward, you may have come to the realization that it’s time to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner. Or maybe you think it’s too late and that you “may as well skip it this year since you waited too long.” Unfortunately, this could have the exact opposite effect you want it to, leading to operational and efficiency problems for your air conditioner.

Unless your cooling system has broken down beyond repair, it’s never too late for a tune-up. In fact, AC maintenance is a prime example of “it’s better late than never,” and there are many benefits to maintenance (in addition to enrolling in our maintenance program!) Read on to learn more. 

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Beware These Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Struggling

Monday, June 7th, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitIt is relatively common for electronics and appliances to malfunction at times, especially if they have many moving parts. Even with timely maintenance, your AC might not be performing to its peak capacity, simply due to age and natural wear and tear. 

How would you know that your AC is struggling though? Air conditioning is a blessing, but when it doesn’t work properly, it can cause great annoyance. Let’s help you figure out whether your AC is underperforming!

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Hissing?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

refrigerant-lineAre you hearing something that resembles air being let out of a tire, or maybe the last sip of soda being sucked out of a straw—but these sounds are coming from your air conditioning system? The most likely culprit for this noise is a refrigerant leak.

Refrigerant is a fluid that is supplied for the air conditioner upon manufacturing. Ideally, your air conditioner will have enough refrigerant from day one to last its entire lifecycle. Dishonest “professionals” may tell you that refrigerant needs to be recharged (refilled) on a routine basis, but this isn’t the case. The only reasons your refrigerant should ever need to be recharged is in the case that it wasn’t properly charged to begin with, or there is a leak.

The longer you wait to repair this leak, the bigger risk there is of serious AC damage happening, probably to the compressor component, which is essentially the heart of the air conditioner. But how do you know if you even have a refrigerant leak if you don’t hear that hissing? Read on!

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Should You Invest in Professional Water Testing?

Monday, May 10th, 2021

glass-of-waterIf you get water from a main line from the city, rather than a well on your property, then you probably understand that the water goes through an extensive treatment process before it reaches your home’s faucets. The effectiveness of these water treatment facilities does vary, though they’re all mostly good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials. Still though, there’s a long way to go between that plant and your home, and there is always a small chance that some trace elements of contaminants can make their way into your water supply.

There is really no “safe level of exposure to these contaminants. If you want to truly protect your water supply, then you’ll want to have a water treatment system professionally installed. Before you reach that step though, you’ll want to have your water tested to see exactly which water treatment system or combination of water treatment systems will help. Read on to learn some signs that you may have water quality problems, then give us a call when you’re ready for professional water testing!

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Why an HVAC Air Filter Isn’t Enough

Monday, April 26th, 2021

hvac-air-filterFor many homeowners, when they hear the term indoor air quality, they think about the temperature of their home. Chances are, you’re one of these homeowners. If you’ve never questioned what sort of indoor air quality solutions may be best for you, you might not even realize how many options you have. No, the HVAC air filter isn’t sufficient for protecting your indoor air quality. In fact, that’s not even its purpose.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system does block particles like dirt, dust, and other contaminants. But it does this to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself, not your indoor air. So even though it doesn’t hurt your indoor air quality, it’s not enough to resolve any air quality issues your home might have. For this, you may want to consider the installation of a whole-home air purifier.

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Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Professional Help

Monday, April 12th, 2021

water-around-base-of-water-heaterNo matter what season it is here in the Salt Lake City area, and no matter what the temperature it is outside, there is one home comfort system that you need to consistently work each and every day—your water heater. This is one of those systems that’s really easy to take for granted. After all, do you ever think about how you get the hot water to your taps whenever you need it?

Consider the amount of strain a water heater goes under. It operates 365 days a year. You can’t expect it to work reliably 100% of that time. Of course, it’s a lot less likely that you’ll have surprise repair needs if you invest in routine water heater maintenance. We recommend this once a year for tank water heaters, and perhaps less often for tankless systems, depending on a few factors. But even with maintenance, it’s important to know the signs that you’re in need of water heater repair and your system needs our professional help. Read on to learn what these signs are!

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The Great Water Heater Debate: Tank or Tankless?

Monday, March 29th, 2021

faucet-with-hot-water-coming-outWater heaters are one of those home comfort systems that are really easy to take for granted, right? We rely on this part of our plumbing system the most, but if they’re out of sight they’re pretty much out of mind—until something goes wrong.

And when something does go wrong, you might find yourself scrambling to replace that water heater. It’s very tempting, when doing so, to get the exact same make and model that you had before, just for ease of the purchase. But what if rushing into this decision leaves you with a water heater that’s not very efficient for your household?

You might have always used a large tank water heater, but perhaps a tankless water heater will be best moving forward. Read on as we uncover the pros and cons of each, to help you make an educated decision about your next water heater installation.

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Choosing a New Air Conditioner: Why Size Matters

Monday, March 15th, 2021

two-technicians-working-on-air-conditioner-outside-unit

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Allergy season, right?

Okay, well, yes. It’s allergy season and you should be sure to have the right indoor air quality system in place to mitigate your allergy symptoms while at home. We can help with that!

That’s actually not what we’re talking about today, though. We realize that this is the time of year that many homeowners throughout Salt Lake City and beyond start looking into their air conditioner options. Perhaps you have an aging system that’s just not cutting it anymore—it’s working inefficiently and costing you way too much money to operate. Or maybe you have a perfectly “fine” air conditioner, but you want to upgrade to an even better one because you’ve heard of the benefits of going ductless, or getting an inverter drive air conditioner.

We applaud your due diligence in starting this process now, before you need your air conditioner the most. But we do want to alert you to something that not too many homeowners consider—the size of your air conditioner matters. Read on to learn more!

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