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

The Very First Labor Day Celebration

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at Avis wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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We love our customers as much as they love us!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Want to hear first hand from our customers their reviews on Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning? They are enjoying their new air conditioning units. Just click on the links below and listen.  

Robert Preston

 

 

Robert Preston

Upgraded from a 3 ton unit with his new 5 ton unit and now his home is cool!

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Satisfied Customers

 

Satisfied customers

Who are happy with their A/C installation.

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Why Is It Important to Schedule Maintenance?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Most people know to call for professional air conditioning repairs when they notice a problem. But did you know that one AC service could actually lower your bills? Air conditioning maintenance is one of the most important services you can schedule to protect your air conditioner and restore a high percentage of efficiency to keep cooling costs low. In this guide, we’ll outline the benefits of air conditioning maintenance and why you should call for air conditioning maintenance today.

Lower Bills

In general, air conditioning maintenance includes the following services:

  • Inspection of the entire system.
  • Parts adjustment.
  • Cleaning the components.

Efficiency is often reduced if your system has any repair needs, dirty components, or loose parts because the unit must run for a longer period of time to reach the desired temperature. On the other hand, a well-maintained system can retain a large percentage of efficiency throughout its life.

Fewer Repairs

Many problems go undetected for long periods of time, leading to sudden repair needs. Low refrigerant may lead to compressor damage, a faulty motor can stop abruptly, or a loose part may become dislodged. If a technician catches a repair need early, you may pay less to fix it now than to repair a larger problem later on.

Increased Lifespan

A poorly maintained system may develop excessive wear, causing it to fail long before its life expectancy. Well-maintained systems may not need replacement as soon as other air conditioners and may even outlive the manufacturer’s recommended lifespan.

If you’ve already scheduled air conditioning maintenance this summer, there are still a few things you can do on your own to maintain your system. Clean or replace air filters about once every month. Keep the outdoor unit free of vegetation, and keep an eye and ear out for any repair needs so that you can schedule service as soon as possible.

At Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, we offer a prepaid maintenance program for heating and cooling systems so that you can have peace of mind knowing your unit will operate smoothly and efficiently. For air conditioning maintenance in Riverside, call us today!

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