AZ Air Conditioning and Heating 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 AZ Air Conditioning and Heating wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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How Your AC Can Help with Humidity

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

High humidity levels often make the temperature outside seem hotter than it really is. Normally, as sweat passes through the pores in your body, it evaporates into the air allowing you to keep cool. This is the body’s natural way of cooling off, but when there are high moisture levels in the air, sweat cannot evaporate as quickly, which means your body heats up quickly.

Thankfully, relaxing in an air conditioned room can help. Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from the air so your body is able to cool down. Let’s take a quick look at how air conditioners remove heat, and how this same process helps to remove moisture from the indoor air.

In order for your air conditioner to blow cool air into your home, refrigerant cycles repeatedly between the two main portions of your air conditioner, absorbing heat from the inside and releasing it outside. The inside portion of your air conditioner allows refrigerant to absorb heat as it evaporates into a gas. In order for this process to occur, a fan blows warm air over the evaporator coil. As refrigerant passes through this coil and evaporates, it is much cooler than the surrounding warm air, which allows it to absorb heat. The fan then blows the cool air into your home.

This same system also removes excess moisture from the air. The process of condensation occurs as warm air comes into contact with the much cooler evaporator coil. Moisture from the air collects on the outside of this coil as condensation. The water droplets then fall into a shallow tray called the condensate pan. A hole at the bottom of the pan allows water to flow into a drain system.

Sometimes, the condensate pan and drain pipes may run into problems, causing water to flow into your home or back up into the AC system. If this happens, you need to call experienced technicians who can locate the source of the leak and repair it to prevent damage to your house or AC. If you experience repair needs or have other questions about air conditioning in Los Angeles, call the professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating.

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Signs that You Need a Dehumidifier

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Are you frustrated by the sheer amount of moisture in your indoor air? Does it feel like walking through a cloud or a swamp? It’s safe to say that you know what a dehumidifier is and you have probably even used a portable model at some time to reduce the amount of moisture in your air. However, in order to benefit from the many advantages of dehumidification, particularly during the summer, it’s necessary to invest in a whole house system.

  • Visible condensation. One rather severe symptom of high moisture content in your indoor air is visible condensation on the walls, ceilings or floors of your home. If you notice this, then you probably also have a ventilation problem. That said, a whole house dehumidifier is a great way to reduce the risks associated with water moisture loosed upon your home’s infrastructure.
  • Stuffy, stale air. High humidity is often detected by the presence of stuffy and stale air. You may find that it’s hard to breathe because the air feels thick with moisture or that it smells funky due to the presence of biological contaminants that proliferate in high moisture conditions. You can eliminate such discomfort with a whole house dehumidifier.
  • Presence of mold and mildew. Whether you’re particularly sensitive to mold and mildew or not, it’s important that you reduce their presence as much as possible. High humidity allows such biological contaminants to breed and circulate throughout indoor air. While a dehumidifier is by no means a mold remediation solution, it is an important part of preventing mold from being a problem in the first place.
  • High energy bills. Yes, that’s right. There is an important link between your perception of temperature and the relative humidity. The greater the amount of moisture in the air, the greater the amount of thermal energy that can be stored therein. Reducing your humidity levels can allow you to set your temperature a little higher than you would otherwise. Even a different of several degrees can add up to a significant amount of energy savings during the course of a summer season.

Call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating today to discuss further or to schedule the installation of a dehumidifier in Los Angeles.

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Is an Air Purifier Right for Your Home?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The modern home is built with energy efficiency in mind, which keeps your energy bills low. This is a good thing. You would not want your heated air to go straight through the exterior walls during the winter, nor would you want that hot summer air coming in during the summer. But that efficiency may come at the cost of your indoor air quality. If you find that your indoor air is chock-full of airborne contaminants and pollutants that are beginning to affect the health of your family, then you may want to look beyond portable air filters and purifiers and instead opt for a whole house air purifier.

Whole house air purifiers are so-called because they integrate directly within your ducted heating and cooling system, be it a heat pump or a combination of central air with a furnace. There are numerous makes and models on the market today and you should always decide on which one works for you only after consulting with a professional, but air purifiers have a number of advantages over conventional air filters.

Perhaps chief among them is that they require very little to zero maintenance. While filtering mediums such as fiberglass or carbon need to be cleaned out every once in a while in order to remove debris that can block airflow, air purifiers work a bit differently. They operate by giving noxious particles an electrostatic charge that causes them to adhere to a collector plate (or cell) within the device. They are thus removed from circulating throughout your indoor air, and the result is clean air without any of the airflow efficiency issues associated with conventional filters.

Are you ready for cleaner air? If so, then an air purifier makes for a great addition to your home. It’s never a bad idea to pursue air purification, but it’s important to work with an expert who can guide you through the various system makes and models to find you a unit that matches your needs. We can do just that. Call us today to schedule indoor air quality service in Los Angeles with AZ Air Conditioning and Heating.

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