Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for November, 2013

The History of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.

It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”

From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).

Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.  

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Heating Installation FAQ 1: Is a Heat Pump Alone Enough?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Heat pumps offer great two-in-one solutions for your comfort needs: they work as both air conditioners and heaters, giving you the temperature you need regardless of the season. Because they don’t burn fuel to generate heat, instead using electricity to move heat from one place to another, they can help a family save on their annual heating bills than if they relied on a furnace.

So why doesn’t everybody have a heat pump in their home if these devices can deal with both hot and cold weather, and do it efficiently?

The answer to that question is that every home has different requirements for heating, and some climates are not suitable for a heat pump. You should always obtain the counsel of an HVAC professional before deciding on what kind of heating installation in Atlanta, GA you should get, and if a heat pump on its own will give you the right performance. A professional can perform a heat load calculation to determine what type and size of heater will do the best job of keeping you warm during the winter months.

The specific issue with heat pumps working solo is that, while they perform well at beating the heat when in air conditioning mode, they can struggle in heating mode when the outside temperature falls below freezing. Heat pumps must extract ambient heat from outside and move it indoors to warm up a home, and as the temperature drops, this task increases in difficulty.

Because Atlanta experiences mild winters, heat pumps on their own usually have few troubles during the cold spells here. But again, there are more factors to consider, so pay attention to the advice from the experts you hire for your heating installation.

One option that many homeowners have used is the dual fuel hybrid system. This combines a heat pump with a second heater, usually a gas furnace, which uses a different fuel source. Whenever the heat pump cannot handle an extremely low temperature, the other system will automatically turn on and generate the necessary heat to make up the deficit. Because the second system will run infrequently, you won’t see a large jump in your bills because of the additional heater.

Having a warm house throughout the winter season is important for your family’s comfort and health. If you have to make a decision about heating installation in Atlanta, GA, don’t make it hastily and without outside assistance. Call on Air Conditioning Experts. We’ve delivered home comfort to Atlanta residents since 1995, and we’ll give the same professional, skilled service to your home.

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Heating Repair FAQ 1: Why is My System in Trouble After the Summer?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Your heater has likely sat idle for most of the summer, and as temperatures fall, it may need to go from zero to 60 in a great big hurry. Fall months make a great time to schedule a maintenance visit for your heater, in anticipation of regular winter use. It lets the technician spot any serious trouble spots, as well as cleaning the interior components and ensuring that everything is running smoothly. “But why is my system in trouble after the summer?” you may ask. After all, you haven’t used you heater during our hot Georgia summers. Why on Earth would it have any problems?

In the first place, lack of use can actively contribute to problems if left unresolved. A heater that sits unused will build up dust and as it sits, which can create friction within moving parts and otherwise increase strain on the system. This can be compounded by the fact that it will likely see regular use during the winter, giving it little respite from the added stress. A cleaning session before that gets underway is an excellent way to reduce or eliminate that strain.

That’s compounded by the fact that your heater may have suffered stress or damage last winter, but was shut down and put out of mind once temperatures began to rise. In the spring, you’re focused on air conditioning and need to devote your resources to getting your cooling unit ready to go. A worn or faulty component, coupled with a long wait over the summer, could spell real problems when the temperatures drop. If you can deal with it before you need to use the heater, you’ll save yourself a lot of worry.

If you know why your system is in trouble after the summer, call upon an Atlanta heating repair specialist who knows how to do the job right. Air Conditioning Experts has the know-how to address any problem, an we offer maintenance as well as repair services. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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Heating Tip 1: Simple Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Monday, November 4th, 2013

No one likes to pay higher energy bills as the cost of a comfortable home, especially during the winter months when heating is at a premium. You can help alleviate the price of heating by adopting a few simple ways to cut energy costs. We learned some of the most obvious in school: lower the thermostat a few degrees more than you might otherwise, wear warm clothes around the house and avoid leaving any doors or windows open when you’re running the heat. Beyond that, a few additional Atlanta heating tips can come in tremendous handy.

  • Have your heater serviced regularly. A routine maintenance session from a qualified professional can make a world of difference in your energy costs. The technician will clean the dirty components, replace filters and worn fittings, and check for any problems that might make things difficult later on down the line. This not only improves the overall efficiency of your heater, but helps reduce the risk of larger repairs.
  • Add more insulation and perform other household maintenance duties. Think of your house as a bottle containing all of the warm air needed to keep you comfortable. You don’t want that air leaking out through the cork or any fissures in the glass. So check your doors and windows for any leaks, and see if you can add insulation to your attic.
  • Upgrade your heater with zone control, a programmable thermostat or similar bells and whistles. These allow you to “tailor” your heating, rather than indiscriminately heating the whole house. Zone controls allow you to keep different areas at different temperatures, while a programmable thermostat lets you turn the heat down before you go to work, then turn it up again automatically shortly before you arrive home.

For advice and help on other simple ways to cut energy costs, talk to Air Conditioning Experts. We have the experience and know-how to keep your heater running at its peak, or to install a new one if that’s what you need. We’re based in Atlanta, heating systems are our specialty, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our efforts. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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