A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for December, 2016

Selling Your Home? Get Your HVAC in Fighting Shape

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Home sales are fairly low this time of year, owing the winter, the busy period of the holidays and the market in general. If you’re looking to sell your Banning, CA home, you’re likely eyeing April or May at the earliest as the right time to put it on the market. But preparations need to be made, and if your HVAC system isn’t what you need it to be, now is the perfect time to upgrade or replace it. That way, you have an added feature of the home to help market it, and depending on the state of your system, have eliminated possible drawbacks as well.

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Different Traditions for the Holidays

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The holidays are officially here, and regardless of how your family celebrates, we wish you the happiest and most joyful of seasons. We don’t get too much snow here in Corona, CA, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get into the holiday spirit. Instead of discussing plumbing and HVAC issues this week, we’d like to talk about certain fun holiday traditions, and where they originated.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees pre-date Christianity, and were used in Europe to celebrate the winter solstice and other holidays. Evergreens were usually used because they stayed green throughout the winter, making them a symbol of hopefulness and a reminder that spring would return one day. Christians easily latched onto that message and incorporated it into their own celebrations over the birth of Jesus Christ. Lights were added to the trees to represent stars (lighted candles were used back in the old days), while ornaments were added in the 1800s.

Candy Canes

Candy and sweets are a tradition during the holidays, and a way of making them special. There’s no definitive word on when candy canes came to be accepted as part of the holidays, but the legend holds that a choirmaster in Germany in the late 17th century used them as a way to keep the children in the congregation quiet during the service. They were bent into a crook to resemble a shepherd’s staff.

Hanukkiah

The hanukkiah is a type of menorah, which is the Jewish word for lamp. It’s become the symbol of Hanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. The holiday celebrates a revolt against the Seleucids, who ruled Israel during the second-century BC. After defeating their occupiers, the Hebrews went to the temple and found only one day’s worth of oil there. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight full days, giving them time to make new oil under the proper (holy) traditions. A hanukkiah differs from a normal menorah in that it has night spots for the candles (one for each of the eight nights, plus one for a “helper” candle) instead of seven like most menorah do.

From all of us at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., the very happiest of holidays to you and your family.

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Be Careful What You Throw Down the Drain

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The holidays are here, and chances are you’re going to have family and friends over for dinner, or perhaps a few football games on New Year’s Day. That usually involves a lot of cooking and preparation in the kitchen, and whether it’s a turkey dinner or just some munchies for football, you need to be careful about what you throw down the drain. We get a lot of calls to fix clogged drains in the Ontario, CA area during this time of year, but we’d much rather help you stop them in the first place than correct them after the face. A good place to start is to watch the foods you throw down the drain. Here’s a quick list of what to watch out for:

  • Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG in the industry. These often get poured down the drain in heated liquid form, then solidify in the drain to create a sticky mess. The best solution is to pour the hot liquid into an empty can, then wait until it cools and throw it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables, including potatoes, celery, carrots and the like. They can wrap around the gears of your garbage disposal. If you peel vegetables in the sink, always over the drain and make sure the peelings are cleaned up before your open it.
  • Coffee grounds, which can grind in the gears of the garbage disposal and create a significant problem. Toss them out instead of dumping them in the sink.
  • Bones and seeds, which most people know about, should never be tossed down the drain. The garbage disposal won’t be able to grind them up, and they will eventually break it.
  • Rice and pasta, which can be surprisingly strong, especially when they get tangled up. They can also expand when wet, creating a clogged mess.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to unclog your drains this holiday.

 

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The Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Fontana, CA and other cities in the Inland Empire often have to deal with more than just high temperatures. Germs, bacteria, and contaminants are sadly common in our neck of the woods, and with rainy season here, those contaminants are going to get bad in the next couple of months. The filter in your HVAC system can help somewhat, but it can’t always deal with biological infiltration, and its protection is limited at best.

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