IERNA's Heating & Cooling 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 Ierna Air, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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How Regular Heating Maintenance Can Save You Money

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A lot of homeowners wait to schedule heating maintenance until something goes wrong. This is understandable, since no one really wants to deal with the hassle of maintaining their heating system if they don’t have to. The problem with this method is that it not only harms the heating system through negligence, but wastes money as well. Regular heating maintenance can actually save you quite a bit of money. Read on to find out how.

Combating Wear and Tear

Problems with your heating system don’t just happen out of nowhere. There is always a decline from working properly to the point of breaking. Homeowners usually don’t see this happening, so they don’t see the need to call an HVAC technician until something seems to be wrong. As this wear and tear accumulates on parts, however, those parts will decrease in effectiveness. This will cause the system to consume more energy, as it will have to work longer to produce the same results. This increased time of operation translates to a higher heating bill for you. Regular heating maintenance can combat this process by finding and replacing parts that are becoming a drag on your system.

Stopping Leaks

Forced air heating systems lose almost 30% of their heat on average to duct leaks. That’s almost one-third of your total heat output that is being wasted every time you turn the heat on. Boiler systems and heat pumps experience leaks of a more serious kind, draining water pressure and refrigerant respectively. Beyond simply wasting money, these leaks can prevent the system from circulating heat at all, as well as causing water damage. Just like the normal wear and tear, these leaks often go unnoticed until the present a serious problem to the rest of the system. Regular heating maintenance is the best way to find and seal these leaks before they can do far more damage.

If you haven’t scheduled heating maintenance in a while, call Ierna’s Heating and Cooling. We provide heating maintenance services throughout Wesley Chapel.

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Types of Problems Discovered During Duct Testing

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Because the ductwork in a home is primarily hidden behind construction material such as drywall and flooring, homeowners are rarely conscious of the condition of their ventilation system. If the integrity of ductwork becomes compromised, however, it will result in serious problems for a home’s HVAC system: a loss of airflow from the vents, insufficient heating and cooling power, increased energy bills, and the infiltration of contamination into the ducts that will then flow into the living spaces.

If you suspect that your ductwork may have damage that requires repairs, the best way to know for certain—and to find out the extent and type of repairs necessary—is to call for professional duct testing. Our indoor air quality team at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling performs duct testing in Riverview, FL and the surrounding areas, and we offer numerous repair services to fix the problems afterwards. Call us today to schedule testing for your ductwork.

What professional duct testing may discover

During duct testing, our team seals up all the registers in your home and then places the entirety of the ventilation system under high air pressure. We then measure the pressure level to see how far it drops and use sensing devices to find places where air is escaping from the ducts. This tells us what is wrong, where it is occurring, and its extent.

One of the most common issues that duct testing uncovers is poor joints and connectors. Sometimes this is the fault of inferior installation work, which is one of the reasons that you should always employ professionals when you need to have new ducts installation or replacements. Custom ductwork design can help make for a more seamless fit during installation.

Poor sealing and broken joints along the ducts are also common problems that duct testing will discover. Another issue that can occur, and is often a problem for a humid place like Florida, is holes developing in the ducts due to corrosion or mold and mildew growth. If this is a problem for your ducts, you will also want to have professional cleaning done or the installation of UV germicidal lights to combat future problems.

Along with providing high quality duct testing in Riverview, FL, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has full services for indoor air quality that includes duct sealing, custom duct designing, and installation of UV germicidal lights to get rid of mold infiltrations.

When you suspect that your ducts need help, contact us for the testing that will tell you what needs to be done—and let us take it from there.

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Reasons to Schedule Prompt Dehumidifier Repair

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

If you’re like many people in Lutz, you chose to install your whole-home dehumidifier in order to keep you and your family more comfortable on the most humid of days. Humidity leaves you feeling hot and sticky due to the excess moisture in the air. Moisture means that your body cannot evaporate sweat very easily, making you feel as though the temperature is hotter than it actually is. While your dehumidifier is a great help, it could potentially break down at some point, and you should pay attention to the signs of a malfunctioning system before it’s too late.

Benefits of Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers do more than keep you feeling cool and comfortable on a humid day. They can also prevent mold development in your home. Moisture creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive. As mold spores circulate through the ducts and move into the air you breathe, it can aggravate allergies or respiratory problems. Mold can also cause damage to your home, resulting in some costly renovations. While your air conditioner can remove some humidity from the air, a whole-home dehumidifier offers additional support to pull a large percentage of moisture from the air.

Signs of Dehumidifier Problems

Dehumidifiers are known for fairly quiet operation, so any loud noises should alert you to a problem with the system. You may also learn of a problem with your dehumidifier if the conditions in your home worsen, or if you start to notice water spots or leaks around the area of the unit. Whatever the repair need, it will only continue to worsen, leading to the possibility of no humidity control at all or water leaking into your home and damaging your belongings.

Schedule Maintenance and Repairs with Indoor Air Quality Experts

It’s important to schedule maintenance every year to clean and inspect your dehumidifier and make sure water drains properly and that all of the parts work as they are supposed to. This may be done as a part of your regular annual HVAC maintenance if you work with indoor air quality specialists.

Need dehumidifer service? Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to schedule maintenance or dehumidifier repair in Lutz today.

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