What Does SEER Mean?

  A common term used in the HVAC industry is an air conditioner or heat pump’s SEER rating. But what exactly is SEER and why is it important? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a measurement of an air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, or simply, the ratio of cooling produced (in [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Air Conditioning, General HVAC|

What Does Nate-Certified Mean?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE is the nation’s largest certification organization for HVAC and refrigeration technicians. It’s important to note that almost everyone in the HVAC and refrigeration industries recognizes and supports a NATE certification, although not everyone in the industry is NATE-certified. It’s a discretionary certification, and technicians can service equipment [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 January 24th, 2017|General HVAC|

Wintertime Condensation Build Up

A common wintertime problem experienced by those in the Northwest is an irritating buildup of water and frost on windows. This condensation is caused by excess warm, moist air coming in contact with cooler air or objects, such as mirrors or windows. Excessive moisture, if not controlled properly, can cause damage to your home as [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Humidifiers|

Updated Requirement for Carbon Monoxide Alarms

As of this year the State of Montana and City of Missoula adopted the 2012 International Residential Codes. With the updated codes came the requirement of all single-family residences, duplexes, and rental units containing a gas appliance (furnace, water heater, fireplace, etc.) must by law have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. These alarms are required [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Home Safety|

Firing Up Your Furnace or Heat Pump this Heating Season

As cooler Montana temperatures approach, it is time to prepare for the upcoming heating season. The team at Design Air wishes to mention a few dos and don’ts to get your furnace in tip-top shape. Here are some things you can do at home: Replace the air filter. While most manufacturers recommend replacing every three [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 August 18th, 2016|furnaces|

Summertime Air Conditioner Operation

It’s hotter than hades outside and the time has come to fire up the air conditioner again! The team at Design Air would like to offer a few reminders to help you keep your system operating efficiently; ultimately keep you and your family comfortable this summer. Proper Operation Thermostat Temperature During a/c season, make sure [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Air Conditioning|

The EPA’s Phaseout of R-22 Freon

R-22 is a common refrigerant used most commonly in air conditioners installed prior to 2010. Unfortunately for many consumers, R-22 is being phased out per regulations put in place by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will no longer be available by the beginning of 2020. As many households in the Missoula and Bitterroot [...]

2017-05-05T07:27:53+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Air Conditioning|