Indoor Air Quality
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Residents of Riverside, CA usually use gas furnaces to heat their homes in the winter. The system works quite well for our environment, and makes efficient use to the duct system that it absolutely vital for our air conditioners in the summertime. But while gas is used as the fuel for the furnace, many components rely on electricity for power, and when those electrical components run into trouble, it can shut down the entire system. A reliable repair service can usually fix the problem, though as the homeowner, you should familiarize yourself with at least a few of them to understand how the system works. We’ve laid out a few of the more common electrical problems with your furnace below.
Riverside, CA residents must constantly battle against the quality of our air, especially in the summertime when dust and pollution can be serious concerns. Indoor air quality matters as much to your home and quality of life as a good air conditioner does, and the more steps you can take to improve it, the better your home will feel. This can involve anything from improved air conditioning filters to UV germicidal lights to whole-house humidifiers. The specifics depend on your individual needs, but the goals are the same regardless. Here’s a list of 3 benefits to improving indoor air quality that you should consider when looking into these systems.
Summers in Riverside, CA are as hot as they come, but equally concerning is the level of air quality here in the Inland Empire. Dust and pollution are sadly common as the heat and nearby mountains trap all manner of contaminants in our air. You can improve the quality of the air inside your home by installing a clean air filter in your HVAC system, and qualified professionals are on hand to do the job right. But a filter requires some preparation before you install it, and certain questions need to be answered – with the help of your technician – before you move forward. There are 3 things to remember when installing a clean air filter.
Here in Riverside, CA, our air conditioners are running constantly, and any problems need to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Our 100-plus degree days can turn your home into a hot box without a good air conditioner, and if you spot something wrong with your system, you need to move on it as quickly as possible. Short cycling is definitely a serious problem, though it may not seem like much when you first notice it. It’s the habit of an air conditioner to turn on and off very quickly multiple times throughout the day. The dangers posed by short-cycling air conditioners should not be underestimated, and you should contact an air conditioning repair service as soon as you spot the trouble.
Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.
The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day
The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.
Here’s wishing you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!
There are few worse feelings than trying to turn on your heat during a cold day and getting nothing. Furnaces are combustion heaters, and rely on a few different parts to stay lit. If your furnace doesn’t turn on or stay lit, chances are it is because one or more of these key parts is malfunctioning. Let’s examine the various factors that can contribute to your furnace refusing to stay lit.
Chances are good that if you’re using a natural gas furnace, you’ve got a pilot light to serve as the ignition source. The pilot light is a small, constantly burning flame at the bottom of your furnace that is used to light the main burners and turn the furnace on. If the pilot light goes out, your furnace will not be able to light itself.
The thermocouple is a heat sensor that is installed next to the pilot light, and controls the gas valve that provides the fuel to keep the flame burning. When the pilot light goes out, the thermocouple closes the gas valve to keep the gas from filling the house. If the thermocouple is malfunctioning, it often loses the ability to sense the heat from the pilot light. This causes it to close the gas valve while the pilot light is still on, smothering it and preventing the furnace from working. If your furnace isn’t staying lit, check your pilot light. If your pilot light won’t stay lit, there is a good chance that you have a bad thermocouple.
The burners are the source of heat output for your furnace. If your burners aren’t working properly, your furnace will have no way to generate heat. Problems with the burners are less common than with the pilot light, but they do happen. Often, the burners on your furnace will become dirty and caked with carbon. This can hinder one or more burners from operating at peak efficiency. A blockage in the gas line is also possible, which can starve out the burners and prevent them from igniting at all.
If your furnace is refusing to stay lit, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We provide heating repairs throughout the Riverside area.
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During the final Monday of May every year, we commemorate those military personnel who have died in service to their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, probably because of the way that graveyards were decorated with flowers, Memorial Day came to prominence in the wake of the American Civil War, which left the country war-torn, with many casualties on both sides. Since that time, it has been a day of remembering those who have given up the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
As you go about town on your day off from work, you’ll probably see an abundance of flags and flowers, as well as public commemorations such as parades. While this day has been turned into the last leg of a three-day weekend, it’s important to reflect on the way that our military personnel have shaped our country, and to remember their contribution to the way we live today. We at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. wish you all the best on Memorial Day.
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