Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for November, 2014

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Air Conditioning Experts, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Common Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Furnaces are wonderful machines. They provide heat to millions, are convenient, and last a good long time if maintained properly. They are also, unfortunately, just as susceptible to problems as the humans who make them. As such, there will be times when they need repair. The following are some of the most common furnace repair needs.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter is installed in a furnace’s air return duct, in order to protect it from the dust and debris that are circulated through the ductwork. Over time, however, the filter will become clogged with all the detritus that it captures from the air ducts. If this is not remedied, the air filter can actually begin restricting the flow of air from the furnace. This can cause the internal temperature of the furnace to rise and cause overheating. It is recommended that the air filter be cleaned or replaced at least once every 1-3 months.

Bad Thermocouple

The thermocouple is a heat sensor which controls the pilot light. It is a long metal wire, with one end installed next to the flame while the other is connected to the gas valve. When the end near the pilot light senses heat from the flame, it creates an electric current that keeps the gas valve open. In this way, the thermocouple can keep the pilot light alive and close the gas valve when it goes out. This is to keep your home from filling with gas. A bad thermocouple has usually lost the ability to sense the heat from the pilot light, preventing it from keeping lit. If your pilot light keeps going out, it may be because of a bad thermocouple.

Duct Leaks

Though it may sound trivial, duct leaks can be a very expensive problem. The US Department of Energy estimates that as much as 20-30% of a heating system’s heat is lost on average to duct leaks. That’s a massive amount of wasted energy, which you are still paying for. Duct leaks aren’t really detectable without close inspection, so the only way to be sure is usually to call an HVAC professional and have them check for you.

If you are experiencing problems with your furnace, call Air Conditioning Experts. Our heating repair experts cover the entire Lakeland area.

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What’s Included in an HVAC Maintenance Program?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Have you called a technician to your home for AC or heating repairs in the last few years? If not, you’re in luck. HVAC system repairs can be quite an inconvenience, taking up a lot of your time and resulting in costly parts replacement. However, your likelihood of a sudden repair need or AC breakdown increases every year that you don’t have a technician inspect, clean, and adjust the parts of your unit. And your air conditioning or heating system may have a hidden repair need that you are completely unaware of.

At Air Conditioning Experts, we think you’ll find our Comfort Club Membership for residents of Tampa to be of great use to you and your home. Here are some of the reasons you might enroll in an HVAC maintenance program in your area.

Two Preventive Maintenance Tune Ups per Year

Enrolling in an HVAC maintenance program can help prevent any major problems from occurring with your system for years to come. This is because technicians perform a full inspection and clean and adjust various components of your system twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall) to reduce any standard wear and tear. If parts of your system is too dirty or if components become loose or worn down, your system is at a much higher risk of needing repairs sometime in the near future.

Lower Utility Bills

One of the added benefits of a tune up is greater efficiency. Let’s say your air conditioner contains a loose fan blade, a dirty condenser coil, or low refrigerant. When one part of your system is not working as it is supposed to, every portion of your air conditioner becomes affected. All of the other parts begin to work harder to compensate for the loss, meaning your air conditioner has to run for longer periods of time, consuming more energy in the process. With a maintenance visit, the parts of your heating system or AC can run more efficiently, saving you money over time.

Discounts on Parts and Labor

One of the added benefits of enrolling in an HVAC maintenance program (as opposed to simply scheduling one maintenance visit from time to time) is receiving discounts on repairs and any parts that need replacement. Not all contractors offer this bonus, but at Air Conditioning Experts, we offer 15% off parts and services for all homeowners who sign up for a twice annual tune up with our Comfort Club Membership.

For a quality HVAC maintenance program in Tampa, contact the team of HVAC professionals at Air Conditioning Experts. You’ll be glad you did!

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