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10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Switzerland Air, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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How Your Ductwork Can Become Damaged

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Since you cannot see most of the ductwork in your home (it is disguised behind walls and floors to give a house an attractive, uncluttered appearance) you will often not see where it has sustained damage. In fact, you probably will have little idea of how it can become damaged. However, there are a number of ways that ducts can develop leaks and breaks that will lead to a steep drop in an HVAC system’s efficiency, as well as a drop in indoor air quality.

Switzerland Air offers repair, replacement, and sealing services for ductwork in Angleton, TX. If you experience a loss of airflow from your vents, detect odd smells coming from them, or notice a rise in your heating and cooling bills, you may have ductwork damage. We can take care of it for you with repairs that last.

The Ways That Ductwork Can Sustain Damage

  • Poor initial installation: If you live in a home where the ductwork received low-quality installation, the ducts will begin to damage themselves from poor structure, unnecessary bends, and excess stress due to temperature changes. In the case of poor installation, you will probably needed experts to handle duct replacement.
  • Corrosion: Metal ducts can sustain damage from corrosion, just like any type of metal if it is exposed to water moisture. High humidity and water damage can lead to corrosion inside ducts, and the metal weakening will eventually create holes that will ruin the ducts’ integrity. Professionals indoor air quality specialists will seal holes and replace severely corroded ducts.
  • Construction damage: Careless remodeling work in a home can often lead to misaligned and broken ducts, as well as construction debris getting trapping inside them, which will lower your indoor air quality.
  • Mold: Mold growth inside a ventilation system is a serious problem in a number of ways. One of them is that mold will start to damage ductwork, leading to air leaks.
  • Age: Ductwork will begin to deteriorate over time, so if you live in an older house that hasn’t received care for its ventilation system in years, you may start to encounter issues from leaking and damaged ducts.

Call Us for Ductwork Services Today

Switzerland Air offers a wide range of services for ductwork in Angleton, TX and the surrounding areas. When you suspect you have troubles with with your home’s ventilation system, give our NATE-certified technicians a call to schedule an appointment. They will find out what is wrong with the ducts and supply the repairs, sealing, and replacements to fix the problem.

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The Differences Between Mechanical and Electronic Air Purifiers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The quality of the air you breathe has a lasting effect on your health and your comfort at home. So if you don’t have a quality filter to help keep particles and harmful pollutants out of the air that cycles through your home, you may risk aggravating allergies or asthma or exposing family members to potential illness. That’s why experts recommend mechanical filters or electronic filters for many homeowners, both of which are described here.

Understanding the differences between a mechanical and an electronic air filter is fairly simple, and we’ll provide plenty of explanation in this post. However, deciding which type of filter is right for your home may be a bit more difficult. At Switzerland Air, we believe the best way to find the right type of air cleaner for your home is by contacting a professional. Give us a call when you need a professional air purifier service in Freeport, TX.

Mechanical Filters

The filter that comes with your HVAC system is a type of mechanical filter, although your current model may not be very effective at removing allergens from the air. Filters work with your HVAC system to strain out dust, dander, and other allergens from the air as a blower fan sucks in air from your home to heat or cool it. However, your current filter may not be effective at removing a wide range of contaminants from the air, which is why experts recommend a filter with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of 14-16 or a HEPA (high efficiency particle air) filter, in some cases.

Electronic Air Purifiers

Electronic air purifiers work through the use of ionization. There are two types of electronic air purifiers: electrostatic precipitators and ion generators. Electrostatic precipitators suck in particles to give them a charge. These ions then collect on plates in the air purifier, which you’ll have to clean every few months or so. An ion generator instead charges ions in the air all around a room so that they cling to surfaces like walls or drapes instead of moving through the air.

You cannot be certain which type of air purifier is right for you without the help of a trained technician. Call Switzerland Air to find the right fit for your home and learn more about choosing an air purifier in Freeport, TX.

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Signs That It’s Time to Schedule Furnace Replacement

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

We are heading into the cooler temperatures of fall, and while our days are still fairly warm, our nights are definitely getting chilly. Will your furnace work well this winter, or is it time to consider replacement? The technicians at Switzerland Air have put together a list of signs that can indicate it’s time for furnace replacement in Lake Jackson, TX. There are a number of factors to consider when replacing a furnace, such as size and fuel type, and working with a trained professional from start to finish can help make the installation process easy and smooth. The NATE-certified technicians at Switzerland Air can help with all your heating needs, so call us today.

Is It Time to Replace?

If you aren’t sure whether or not it’s time to replace your furnace, here is a list of some telltale signs:

  • Frequent repairs – did you spend a lot of time and money having your furnace repaired last winter? Are you looking at more repairs this winter? Repair costs can add up quickly, and at some point, they can come close to or even equal the cost of a new system.
  • Visible rust and corrosion – a small amount of wear and tear is expected over the years, but if you see serious corrosion and/or rust on your furnace, it’s time for replacement. Heavy corrosion can lead to cracking and holes, which can be dangerous for combustion furnaces. Large areas of corrosion cannot be repaired, so replacement is necessary.
  • Age – the average combustion furnace has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, and electric furnaces have lifespans of 20-30 years – is your furnace close to these ages? As a furnace ages, the components wear down, making it difficult for the system to perform optimally.
  • Decrease in comfort – are you seeing your energy bills rise, but haven’t changed the way you operate your system? Aging furnaces can struggle to meet the needs of a household as the components wear. Symptoms of this are uneven heating and an inability to reach the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat.

Replacing your aging heater is an opportunity to gain better comfort and energy efficiency. Don’t struggle this winter with an old furnace. Call Switzerland Air today and schedule an appointment for furnace replacement in Lake Jackson, TX.

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