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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When Is a Gas Furnace the Best Choice for Installation?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

There are a lot of options available to homeowners when it comes to choosing a heating system, but sometimes geography and other issues limit your choices. The good news is that there are usually options even when you have to choose a specific type of heating system, such as a gas furnace. With a gas furnace, you have choices as to energy efficiency and certain upgrades you can make to your system. However, when it comes to gas furnace installation in Cumming, you should always choose to hire a professional to perform the work. The trained technicians at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., can handle every kind of heating system installation, so call us today.

How Does a Gas Furnace Work?

Gas furnaces work via combustion. When your thermostat sends a signal to begin the ignition process, the gas jets in the burner are lit. These ignited jets heat a component called the heat exchanger. Once the air around the outside of the heat exchanger reaches the correct temperature, the large blower fan in the bottom of the furnace cabinet blows the warm air through the ductwork and into your living spaces. Once the thermostat registers that the set temperature has been reached, it signal the furnace to turn off.

Why Choose a Gas Furnace?

Gas furnaces need ductwork to deliver the warm air to your home, so if you have ductwork in your house, choosing a gas furnace makes sense. Secondly, gas furnaces are quick to heat and the temperature is hot – about 130 degrees. So, with a gas furnace, your home heats quickly and effectively. Gas is also the cleanest-burning fossil fuel available, and gas furnaces can be very energy efficient; some gas furnaces have efficiency ratings as high as 98%. The delivery of natural gas is one of the most convenient around as it doesn’t require any management of fuel deliveries as oil and propane can. Lastly, gas furnaces are one of the common heating systems around, making it easy to get parts for repairs and replacement.

Choosing a home heating system depends on your needs and the needs of your home.

If a gas furnace fits best in your home, contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., and schedule an appointment for installation with one of our experts.

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Signs Your Ducts May Be in Need of Repair

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Good ductwork is essential to your comfort and the efficient operation of your HVAC system. Ductwork can last a long while, but it can wear down and break just like any other part of your system. Because your ductwork resides behind the walls of your home, it can be difficult to know when issues develop. To help you determine whether or not you are experiencing ductwork issues, our Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., technicians have put together a list of signs that can indicate it may be time for ductwork repairs in Norcross:

  • Uneven temperatures – when ductwork is faulty, significant air loss can occur. But this air loss isn’t equal across your home. Instead, you may experience various hot and cold spots, resulting in uneven temperatures.
  • Decreased indoor air quality – the cracks, holes and disconnections of a faulty ductwork system allow contaminants to enter directly into your home’s airflow. Signs of this are strange odors and excess dirt and dust in your home.
  • Increased energy bills – faulty ductwork can lead to significant air loss. To compensate for this loss, your HVAC system has to work harder to achieve your set temperature. Anytime your system has to work harder, it uses more energy, which you’ll pay for in your monthly energy bills.
  • Mold development – mold thrives in moist areas, and the excess moisture that enters your faulty ductwork is fertile ground for mold growth. This can be especially problematic for allergy sufferers.
  • Whistling sounds – as air escapes from the holes and cracks in your ductwork, it can create a whistling sound you may hear in your vents.
  • Loud banging sounds – it isn’t unusual for metal ductwork to expand and contract, but if you hear a loud banging sound every time your system blows air, it can indicate that a section of your ductwork has disconnected.

Hire Professionals

Ductwork systems are complex, which is why it’s important to hire trained experts to handle all of your ductwork repair.

If you see the signs of faulty ductwork, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., immediately to schedule an appointment for duct repairs in Norcross.

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How Do Electronic Air Cleaners Work?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Are you concerned about particle contamination in your home? You may want to consider the installation of an electronic air cleaner in Atlanta. There are a couple of types of electronic air cleaners to choose from, as we’ll explain below. It’s important to hire trained professionals for installation to ensure that you gain the full benefits of your electronic air cleaner, so call the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today.

Two Types of Electronic Air Cleaners

There are two types of electronic air cleaners, and each uses electrostatic attraction to trap particles; they just do it differently. The two types of air cleaners are:

  • Electrostatic precipitators
  • Ion generators

Electrostatic Precipitators

Electrostatic precipitators work by drawing particles into them with a fan. Once the particles are inside the cabinet, they enter an ionization section where they are negatively-charged. As the particles continue through the chamber, they are captured by oppositely-charged metal collection plates. These plates should be cleaned every 3 months to ensure the air cleaner stays effective.

Ion Generators

Ion generators also charge particles, but do it by dispersing negative ions into the air. An ion generator does not draw particles to it, nor does it collect charged particles on collection plates. Instead, the dispersed negative ions attach themselves to particles in your air; the ions are attracted to the surfaces in your home, such as walls and countertops, and collect there. The particles are removed when the surfaces are cleaned.

Electronic air cleaners can be added directly to your HVAC system so that they work automatically, as compared to individual room air cleaners that you have to manage on your own.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality specialists.

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