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Air Source America Blog : Archive for November, 2014

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

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 Source America, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Choosing the Right Contractor for Heating Services in Jacksonville

Every homeowner needs to have a reliable heating services company to call for maintenance, repair and emergencies. But finding a good heating services company in Jacksonville can be a challenge, especially if you are new to the area. To help you find a company that will be there for you and your heating system, our Air Source America technicians have put together a list detailing some of the things you want to look for in a heating services company:

  • They should be licensed and insured – working with individuals or a company that doesn’t have the correct licensing or insurance puts you at serious risk. If the company doesn’t state that it is licensed and insured, ask before hiring them for any work.
  • They have a physical address – these days it can be easy to operate just from the internet or a cell phone, but a serious company or technician should have a physical address.
  • Good standing with Better Business Bureau – it’s very easy to find out the standing of any company with your local BBB; simply go online to the website or call them directly.
  • Guarantees/refund policies – guarantees and refund policies convey that customers are important and come first, so ask what a company’s policies are.
  • Number of years in business – the number of years a company is in business is a good indication of their track record and that they have experience.
  • 24-hour emergency service – heating systems do not always need repair from 9-5, Monday-Friday, so it’s important to know that your heating services company is available anytime you may need them.
  • Company carries known brands – manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment don’t let just anyone sell their equipment; as such, carrying a specific manufacturer’s products can be viewed as an endorsement of that particular heating service company.
  • Professional appearance – the technicians are well-groomed, presentable and arrive in a company vehicle and wearing some kind of company attire.

You wouldn’t hire someone with just a cell phone and a tool box to fix your car, and the same goes for your home heating system.

The technicians at Air Source America are trained and certified and can offer you comprehensive heating services in Jacksonville. Contact us today!

3 Common Air Conditioning Repairs in Jacksonville

As we wind down the cooling season here in Jacksonville, there are some typical repairs our Air Source America technicians see more than others. Understanding what they are can help expedite your repair process. However, any time your air conditioning needs repair in Jacksonville, call for an expert. Attempting to repair your AC yourself can cause more problems and may potentially be dangerous. The trained technicians at Air Source America are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us today!

Repair 1: Compressor Issues

Your compressor is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant in your system. Some common problems that can develop with compressors are motor issues that can develop from low oil levels, electrical issues that develop from faulty wiring and problems from operating with low refrigerant. Compressors are complex components, and as such should only be repaired by a trained and certified technician.

Repair 2: Electrical Issues

Wiring can fray and corrode with regular use, causing problems with electrical flow. When problems develop with electrical flow, components may run intermittently or not at all. Other electrical problems may involve the capacitors. There are 3 motors in your AC system, and each has a start capacitor and a run capacitor. The start capacitor gives the motor the extra boost it needs to start up properly; the run capacitor makes sure that the electricity flowing to the motor is even. When a problem develops with either capacitor, the motor to which the capacitor belongs will be affected.

Repair 3: Fan Issues

There are 2 fans in your air conditioning system: the blower, which is indoors, and the condenser fan, which is in the outdoor unit. Common problems that can occur with fans are bent or loose fan blades, loose motor mounts, dry ball bearings, worn belts and electrical issues. Any time a fan doesn’t operate as needed the air flow in your system can be affected, which can cause system-wide problems.

It is common to need air conditioning repairs in Florida. If you are seeing the signs that your AC is in need of repair, call Air Source America today.

AC Maintenance is Key to Proper Humidity Control

Something that surprises many homeowners is that air conditioners not only keep the air cool; they also play a vital role in humidity removal. The season of high humidity is here, which means excessive moisture in the air leaves you feeling hot and sticky, even when temperatures are not at their most extreme. Moisture in the air means sweat cannot easily evaporate from your body, leaving you feeling warmer. Furthermore, moisture in the home can lead to the development of mold or mildew.

In today’s guide, we’ll take a look at how air conditioners control humidity, and why you need to schedule maintenance every year with a qualified technician. Through our program, you receive a thorough heating and air conditioning maintenance inspection twice a year as well as other valuable discounts and services.

How Your Air Conditioning System Controls Humidity

Air conditioners do not actually create cool air, as you may picture it. Instead, they remove heat from the air using a chemical blend called refrigerant and a set of coils. As refrigerant moves through the indoor evaporator coil, a blower fan blows warm air from the home over the coil and the refrigerant evaporates into a gas, removing heat from the air in the process. As this happens, some of the moisture from the air collects on the coil as condensation. This water then drips into a shallow tray, called the condensate pan, which leads to a drain pipe so water can successfully drain.

Why Schedule Maintenance

Unfortunately, if the water does not have an outlet to drain to, it can cause condensation to build up and overflow, leaking into the AC or into your home. This is a common problem in many homes, and could cause extremely costly damages requiring time-consuming renovations. Maintenance is a service in which an air conditioning technician visits your home to clean some components, make any necessary adjustments, and provide a thorough inspection of the entire system. This includes cleaning the condensate drain and pan to prevent mold growth and checking for any potential problems that could cause overflow, such as a blocked drain, a crack in the condensate pan, or a tray that is not properly angled.

For air conditioning humidity maintenance in Jacksonville, put your trust in the experts at Air Source America. We offer twice yearly maintenance, priority service, and 15% off repairs and indoor air quality products to anyone who signs up for our USA Club maintenance program.

When you need better humidity control in Jacksonville, call the team at Air Source America and ask about our USA Club benefits.

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