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New Year’s Traditions Explained

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2014 is almost upon us, and with the coming of the New Year, we thought we’d take a brief look at some of the more popular traditions associated with this holiday. It’s been around for at least 4,000 years: as long as we’ve figured out how long it takes for the seasons to come and go. Here’s a quick discussion about some of our more modern traditions and where they started:

  • Auld Lang Syne. The famous song began in Scotland, where it was published by Robert Burns in 1796.  He claims he initially heard it sung by an elderly resident of his hometown, which suggests it has traditional folk origins even before that. It became even more popular when big band leader, Guy Lombardo, started playing it every New Year’s Eve, starting in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
  • The Dropping of the Ball in Times Square. The tradition of dropping the ball in Times Square started in 1907. It was made out of iron and wood with light bulbs located on the surface, and the ball originally “dropped” over the offices of the New York Times at One Times Square. Dick Clark famously broadcast the event every year from 1972, until his death in 2012.
  • The Rose Parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade has been held in Pasadena every year since 1890; taking advantage of California’s warm weather to present a parade of floats, bands and horses. A football game was eventually added to the festivities in 1902, when Michigan dominated Stanford’s team by a score of 49-0
  • Baby New Year. The use of a baby to signify the New Year dates back to Ancient Greece, where it symbolized the rebirth of Dionysus (the god of wine and parties). Early Christians initially resisted the pagan elements of the story, but soon came to adopt it since it matched the traditional Christmas symbol of baby Jesus in the manger. Today, people of all faiths and traditions refer to the New Year as a baby, representing new beginnings.

Whatever traditions you choose to celebrate, we here at Switzerland Air wish you the very safest and happiest of New Years. May 2014 bring you nothing but the best!

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Wishing You a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It’s the holiday season once again, and everyone at Switzerland Air wishes the very best for you, your family, and your friends. We hope that whatever brings you joy fills these last days of the year.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to provide you with services that improve your lives and help you better enjoy this time with your loved ones. You are the reason that we exist as a company, and that’s something we always keep that in mind. We are eager to work with you in the coming year.

Here’s something to remember for the season: many companies in our industry are very busy on service calls during December—it’s one of the most crowded times of the year. If you need service, make sure you schedule it as soon as possible so you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of this time of year.

Lastly, we at Switzerland Air want to conclude with a thought from the late Earl Nightingale to help remind us all that we do not need to wait for a holiday to have a reason to enjoy or celebrate ourselves, our lives or our family:

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

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A List of Furnace Safety Features and Their Common Malfunctions

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Most furnaces have built-in safety features, to protect your home and ensure that your heat arrives without difficulty. If you’re concerned about your furnace, Clute TX has plenty of companies able to discuss the various safety features with you. When those features malfunction, they usually shut the furnace off completely. This is good because it means your safety won’t be endangered by the issue. On the other hand, without a furnace, your winter nights are apt to get quite chilly indeed. You need to get the faulty part replaced and you furnace back up to speed quickly, which usually means identifying the problem fast. Here’s a quick list of furnace safety features and their malfunctions, to help you point the repairman in the right direction.

  • Venting. The venting pipe removes carbon monoxide and similar toxic chemicals from the furnace system. If it becomes clogged or block, toxic gases can escape into your home. For modern furnaces, this will result in an automatic shutdown. If you have an older furnace, you should install a carbon monoxide detector nearby to help detect this kind of problem.
  • Thermocouple. The thermocouple regulates the flow of gas into the furnace, and opens when it detects heat from the pilot light or ignition system. If the pilot light has gone out or the ignition system is malfunctioning, the thermocouple won’t operate. Similarly a problem with the thermocouple itself should result in the gas being completely shut off. You’ll need to replace the faulty component before the furnace will run again.
  • Circuit breaker. This is a household safety feature rather than one specific to the furnace, but the principles are the same. It will cut power to the furnace if there is danger of an overload, and if the power keeps going off then some electrical component within the furnace will probably need to be fixed.

If you have a furnace, Clute ,TX has a furnace repair service ready to respond to these furnace safety features and their common malfunctions. Switzerland Air is here to serve you, and can ensure that your furnace is operating safely and efficiently. Give us a call today!

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Signs Your Ductwork Needs Repair

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The ducts in your house are connected to a centralized HVAC system, delivering cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. Here in Sweeny, TX, ductwork can be found in most homes: hidden in the crawlspaces or attic, but diligently helping to keep your home comfortable. When problems arise with your ducts, a good HVAC service can usually fix them, just as they can with problems in the furnace or air conditioner itself. It always helps if the homeowner can spot problems early on, then contact a repair service before they get out of hand. Here are some signs your ductwork needs repair.

  • Low air flow. If the air isn’t flowing the way it once did or has been cut off entirely, a blockage in the ductwork may be to blame. Alternately, the ducts may have sprung a leak and air is escaping throughout the opening. In some cases, damage to the ducts themselves may have created a crimp or a divot in the ducts. Regardless of the cause, it is cutting off the flow of air, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to do its job.
  • Strange noises. If the duct has sprung a leak, it’s apt to make odd noises when the air leaks out. This is likely a whistling or a humming noise, but it can also create groans or rattles: reflecting the metal of the ducts themselves reacting to the escaping air.
  • Reduced heat. If warm air is escaping the ducts via a leak, or improperly insulated ducts pass too close to an uninsulated outside wall, they’re apt to leach the heat out of the air travelling through them. A repairman can solved the problem either by repairing the leak or insulating the affected part of the ducts.

If you spot signs your ductwork needs repair, then pick up the phone and call Switzerland Air for help. We handle calls for ductwork and other indoor air quality services in Sweeny TX, ductwork issues are part of our regular service and we are completely dedicated to your 100% satisfaction. Our trained experts can hunt down the source of your problem and restore your ductwork to maximum efficiency, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Boiler Noises to Listen For This Winter

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Boilers are a great heating system that many homeowners value for their longevity, efficiency and also their comfort. But like any other heating system, your boiler will eventually start to develop a number of common problems. If you need repair for your boiler in Freeport, TX just call us here at Switzerland Air. We can fix any kind of issues and we wanted to let our customers know about some of the sounds that they need to listen to which might mean that their boiler is having problems.

Switzerland Air can help you with all of your heating service needs in Freeport, TX!

Common Boiler Repair in Freeport, TX

All the use that your boiler gets throughout the winter can cause it to break down. One of the most common ways that homeowners discover boiler problems is because of strange noises. Here are some of the more common ones that we get called to inspect and repair.

  • Grinding and rattling – Your boiler uses a pump to circulate the warm water through your house. This water pump can break down after a lot of use and make a rattling noise or grinding noise. It likely is the pump’s motor that has malfunctioned and is making a noise.
  • Rumbling – Rumbling is another common noise that your boiler can produce. This is often caused by sediment or minerals building up on the bottom of the boiler tank which causes something called kettling. However, if you have a gas-fired boiler that rumbles when it shuts down, it could be caused by uncombusted fuel burning in the combustion chamber.
  • Hammering –Another common problem that is often associated with a broken boiler is the infamous water hammer. This sounds like loud banging coming from your boiler when water starts or stops flowing through the system. This issue can be very annoying and it can also damage your boiler as well.

When you need any kind of repair for your boiler in Freeport, TX just call Switzerland Air.

Our expert technicians can handle any job that you have for us. Call us today!

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