A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for February, 2014

Ways Your Heating System Can Help With Allergies

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Ontario, CA heating concerns are mainly seasonal affairs, with furnaces and other heaters getting us through the occasional chilly night rather than lengthy periods of freezing temperatures. But with a few upgrades, your heating system can do much more than simply keep you warm. Here in the Inland Empire, air quality can be a significant concern, with desert dust, allergens and smog affecting sensitive residents. Luckily, there are ways your heating system can help with allergies, and improve the indoor air quality in general.

It starts with the basic filter on you HVAC system, which you should inspect and change regularly. High-end filters can capture dust and dirt particles before they enter your system and changing them regularly helps ensure that they stay clean. If you want something more thorough – if you have a family member who suffers from allergies, for instance – then look into installing an electronic air cleaner with your heating system. These units use charged ions to render pollutants inert and cause them to stick to a collection plate in the cleaner. They won’t move into your home and you’re left with cleaner, healthier air as a result.

Another option is a UV germicidal light, which uses ultraviolet rays beyond the spectrum of the human eye to kill germs and bacteria in the air. Your heating system is often dark and moisture can creep in to breaches in the system, creating a fertile breeding ground for mold and germs. UV lights act to “scrub” your air, ensuring that such contaminants never enter your home.

If you’re looking for ways your heating system can help with allergies, then give the Ontario, CA heating service experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air a call. We’re proud to serve the greater Inland Empire and we can handle heating concerns of all varieties. We understand the unique concerns that residents out here have about the quality of their air, and our trained staff of professionals has a great deal of experience in installing and maintaining air cleaning systems such as UV lights and electronic air cleaners. If you’d like your heater to help keep your air clean as well as warm, then give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Skills Required by Heating Technicians

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The easiest way to tell the difference between an amateur and a professional heating technician is licensing. A professional heating technician must be licensed and insured. However, this alone doesn’t guarantee quality service. A heating technician worth hiring will have a range of skills that mark him or her as a true professional.

We’ll go over the required skills a heating technician needs to do the job you require when you call for repairs, installation, or maintenance. At Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, we are proud of the talent of all our Corona, CA heating technicians, and believe you’ll find complete satisfaction with their work.

Heating technicians—The requisite skills

  • Mechanical systems knowledge: The most basic skill that heating technicians must have is an excellent handling of the many mechanical systems that make up heaters. They must do jobs such as change motors, replace fan belts, clean gas burners, and repair ductwork.
  • Electrical skills: Although heating technicians are not (necessarily) also electricians by trade, the electronics involved in many modern heaters require that they have extensive knowledge in this field. A heating technician should know how to wire equipment and check for electrical damage. It is especially important for a technician to know the electrical workings of thermostats, which affect all heating systems.
  • Analytical diagnostic skills: If repairing, installing, and maintaining heating systems always went by the book, then anyone with “the book” could follow the instructions and do it as well. But almost nothing goes that smoothly, and a heating technician must know how to analyze the many variables that appear in any repair or installation job and learn to quickly adapt and find the best solution to any problems. Although some of this can be taught, the best way for technicians to develop this skill is through years of hands-on work experience.
  • Good communication with customers: A heating technician needs to communicate and work well with customers so that the customer knows what the technician is doing, how much the work will cost, and what other options are available. Technicians can explain in basic terms the operation of heaters so customers understand what work needs to be done and so the customer will know that the technician is qualified and dependable.

It’s easy to find skilled technicians…

…all you have to do is call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We have served the Inland Empire for more than six decades, and you can depend on the skill of our staff of heating technicians in Corona, CA to provide you with the service you need.

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The Original Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without the traditional greeting cards, whether accompanying a gift of flowers and candy, or sent between children in a school room. For commercial greeting card companies, February 14th is as important to them as the December holidays, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love predates printed greeting cards by a few centuries. In fact, the reason that sending romantic greeting cards became popular was because of the most un-romantic thing you can imagine: a reduction in postage rates.

In 1765, Parliament authorized the creation of “Penny Posts” that used a uniform rate of one old penny per letter throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Printers took advantage of the ease with which people could send letters to each other on Valentine’s Day by crafting cards with love poems on them. Many of these verses were collected in 1797 in the book The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which was a resource for the lover with a romantic soul but not the most confident poetry style.

By the mid-19th-century, the Valentine’s Day greeting card was flourishing across England. Although people still followed a tradition of creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards from lace, ribbons, and flowers, commercially produced cards now overtook them. In 1835, the English post office mailed 60,000 valentines. As production expenses dropped, the English card manufacturers branched out creatively with humorous and sometimes vulgar cards… many of which we would find startlingly familiar in the 21st century. One of the common jokes on these cards was to design them to look like marriage certificates or court summons.

Across the Atlantic, the United States was slower to embrace the popular British custom. It wasn’t until 1847 that a U.S. printer mass-produced greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. Only two years later, American journalists noted how rapidly people in the country had embraced the tradition, turning into a fad that has never died down. The woman who printed the first U.S. Valentine’s Day card, Esther Howland, is today recognized by the Greeting Card Association with the annual “Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary.”

The greeting card industry certainly has reason to thank Ms. Howland. Her idea of going into business printing romantic greeting cards, which came to her after she received a traditional English valentine when she was 19 years old, now sells 190 million cards in the U.S. every year. That number doesn’t include the smaller exchange cards used in elementary school classrooms, which would swell the number to 1 billion. (Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards each year? Teachers!)

Whether you send out Valentine’s Day cards—handmade, store-bought, digital—or not, we at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air hope you have a happy February 14th.

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3 Upgrades to Your Current Heating System

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

You’re happy with the heating system in your home, and have no immediate plans to replace it. It’s also working well, and you have no reason to suspect that it will require repairs in the near future. That’s all good news. But you can make it even better news: take advantage of this time to add upgrades to your heating system.

We’ve listed three upgrades for your heater that you can implement right now. For more information about these upgrades, as well as others, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We provide quality heating services in Corona, CA… and have for over 40 years.

  1. A digital programmable thermostat: If you still have a manual thermostat, you should give serious consideration to updating to a digital model with programmable features. Although we know some people enjoy the simplicity of manual models, the truth is that you can save money using a digital model. Digital thermostats have more precise and accurate control over temperature levels, while the programmable features allow control over the heating system when no one is home. You will have better comfort and lower bills.
  2. A zone control system: A zone heating system divides a house into different regions (“zones”) that have separate thermostat controls. Dampers inside the ductwork are connected to these thermostats to allow individuals to control the temperature wherever they are. All these local thermostats hook to a central system, allowing you to shut off heating to rooms that are not being used. This means lower heating bills and temperatures adjusted for room use and the personal tastes of each person in your home.
  3. A regular maintenance program: There’s no better way to upgrade your home’s heating system then to enroll it in a maintenance program that will make sure it works at its best each winter season. An annual check-up and tune-up will catch potential repairs, adjust important components, and keep the heater running without unnecessary energy drain.

Call us for all these upgrades

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air can retro-fit your current heating system for zone control, provide you with a top-of-the-line thermostat, and set you up in our Comfort Club, which delivers not only regular maintenance on your heater, but also for your air conditioner and plumbing. Call us to talk about what we can do to improve your comfort with our Corona, CA heating services.

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