History of Thanksgiving

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"Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters."

 

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http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving

Heating Repairs!

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"There are literally hundreds of reasons that a home furnace or heating system will need to be repaired or replaced, several of which are extremely common among home or office owners and can cause your system to break down. Whether you are keeping your home or office warm during the winter or preparing it for the cold weather season, the secret to avoiding costly repair bills and keeping your system operating properly is preventative maintenance. Additionally, identifying or spotting the more common heating problems can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.

  • Air flow problems - one of the more common heating repair problems, improper air flow results from worn out bearings, belts, and fan motors. A good indication of these issues is a furnace that is overheating or improper heating controls.

  • Basic mechanical wear and tear - there are a number of essential mechanical components that the operation of your furnace and heating system relies on. Your unit's performance can be negatively impacted by normal wear and tear of these different components. This will result in poor air flow, furnace overheating, and improper heating controls."

To continue reading, please click the link below! 

http://hvactips.net/heating-repair/how-to-spot-common-heating-repair-problems/

Consistent Heating

"With the onset of winter, many Americans find themselves turning up their heating systems to stay cozy. Unfortunately, this may not actually be helping, and may actually be hindering, our efforts to stay comfortable through the season. Many of the ails that make us so uncomfortable in the winter months, things like cold feet, dry, cracked skin, and irritated sinuses, are actually our own fault. Most homes in the United States rely on forced air heating systems to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature, and these heating systems can actually exacerbate many of the discomforts we associate with wintertime.

Forced air heating systems work by heating air with a furnace and pumping it through a duct system where it comes out of vents and filters through the house. Unfortunately, these heating systems also dry out the air that they circulate, which causes mucus membranes like our sinuses to be dry and irritated and can chap our lips and hands. They have also proven to be very inefficient at maintaining a constant ambient temperature in a room, because they rely on heated gasses, which as we all learned in elementary school, tend to rise. This means that, while the air around face level might be a comfortable 70 degree Fahrenheit, the air down at the floor may be as cold as 50 degrees, and as high as 100 degrees near the ceiling. This leads to cold feet and a lot of wasted energy."

Vent Covers 101!

"The lowly vent cover: it is an innocuous thing, sitting there, an ugly grate of metal in your ceiling, floor or wall. They may seem like a trivial aesthetic concern to the untrained eye. Vent covers, however, are an essential component in your ventilation system, and your choice of vent covers, and how you use them, can prove to be the major difference in how comfortable your home is and how much you spend each much on your heating and cooling bill.

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The function of a vent cover is to redirect the air flow from the ventilation system to where it is needed most. Thus, rooms that don't see much traffic should have the vent covers closed while rooms that really need heating or cooling should have the vents left open. This simple change in behavior can have a big impact on your comfort levels and can reduce your monthly expenses.

Even more than your ventilation habits, your choice of vent covers can have an effect on your experience. There are three primary types of vent covers that people commonly use today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages."

Do Chemical Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?

Do Chemical Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?

If you use them as directed, chemical drain cleaners may help to clear a partially clogged drain. 

But because they’re so powerful, we suggest using them as a last resort

So, yes, chemical drain cleaners can cause damage to your pipes, especially when:

  • You have older, weak metal pipes
  • You use them incorrectly with plastic pipes
  • You use it on a completely blocked drain

You see, because they produce heat, chemical drain cleaners can warp or damage softer pipes like plastic and older metal piping.

Timing is Everything!

Ask a dozen HVAC industry experts what the key to fewer expensive repairs and longer A/C system life is and they will all answer that, without a doubt, it is regularly scheduled cleaning and preventative maintenance. HVAC contractors and technicians have the experience, expertise, and knowledge of the many aspects and elements of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning operations. 

Energy Saving & Maintenance

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"HVAC systems in most commercial buildings account for more than 40 percent of the total energy use. Maintaining properly running HVAC systems at peak efficiency is crucial in managing and saving energy use. Good HVAC system maintenance is not only important in controlling energy use but also for the proper operation of the systems at people convenience. For instance, most of the telecommunications systems require specific environmental conditions for proper operation. At times, temperature and humidity levels fall outside the specified range, leading to costly system failures and interruption in services. Therefore, proper HVAC system maintenance is key to the running of most businesses.

Proper care of your AC and heating system includes seeing into it that air conditioning maintenance is performed. This means not just doing some maintenance tasks yourself, but having a certified professional come check out it once in a while."

To continue reading, please click on the link below!

http://hvactips.net/hvac-maintenance/hvac-maintenance-and-energy-savings/

ServiceTitan Mobile!

"ServiceTitan's Mobile 2.0 expands on version 1.0 launched in November 2015 to add a more intuitive workflow and a more efficient quote presentation process.

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New features include a technician dashboard displaying customized performance metrics and goals, a content portal to deliver company news and training collateral, predictive search, and reminders to techs about specific forms and signatures needed to complete a job, among hundreds of others.

An exclusive, interactive visual pricebook allows for category browsing so field technicians can locate items, tasks, services, and materials quickly using image grids and lists. Further, image and video collateral are used to create dynamic sales presentations for customers."

To continue reading, please click the link below!

http://www.hvacrbusiness.com/servicetitan-mobile-2-app.html

5 Reasons Your HVAC System Needs Fall Maintenance

After a hot, sticky summer in West Tennessee, you want to feel confident that your HVAC system will keep your family comfortable as the seasons start to change. Find out why autumn is the ideal time for preventive maintenance and how this essential service will keep your HVAC system running efficiently in any season.

Confirm Clearance

As the summer breezes by, overgrowth and clutter can obscure your HVAC system’s indoor and outdoor units. Since fall signals both a slowdown in the growing season and the debut of your autumn wardrobe, it’s the ideal time to deal with the mess both indoors and outdoors. After all, your HVAC system’s interior and exterior units require a reasonable amount of clearance to keep the airflow unobstructed and the operation smooth.

Outside, clear away leaves, twigs, and other debris from the surface of your air conditioner or heat pump. Trim away trees, shrubs, and tall grass to allow for at least a two-foot clearance around the unit.

Inside, resist the temptation to prop summer beach gear or stack bins of fall clothes against your furnace or air conditioner. Instead, store boxes, bins, and loose items at least a few feet away from your HVAC system to keep things running efficiently.

Keep Efficiency High and Utility Bills Low

If your home is anywhere near average, heating and cooling account for nearly half of your energy expense every year. When you schedule preventive maintenance with McCoy’s Heating and Air Conditioning, however, you can trust that we’ll keep your HVAC system’s efficiency high while lowering your utility bills. Since you’ll want to warm up the moment that chilly weather arrives, you want to know that your heating system is ready and waiting. When you schedule semi-annual maintenance in the early autumn, you can rest assured that your HVAC system will be ready when you need it.

Clear the Air

Your HVAC system does much more than keep your family comfortable. It’s also responsible for keeping your air supply clean and safe. Without regular maintenance, though, your heating and cooling system might be circulating air that’s even more polluted than the air outside.

As the weather starts to cool and you spend more time inside, keeping your indoor air clean is more important than ever. That’s why it’s essential to schedule our semi-annual preventive HVAC maintenance in the fall when you’ll benefit most from an air filter replacement. For the best indoor air quality throughout the year, we recommend changing your air filter every 1 to 3 months, depending on your household’s HVAC usage.

Stay One Step Ahead of Repairs

HVAC systems aren’t designed to last forever, but preventive maintenance can add years onto the lifespan of each component. To avoid major breakdowns and serious repairs, be sure to schedule your system inspection before you plan to turn it on for the season. By scheduling your heating system maintenance for early fall, you’ll stay one step ahead of the heat pump and furnace repairs.

If your system does require major or minor repairs, our service agreement can help you save even more. You’ll get a 20% discount on equipment repairs and invaluable peace of mind. Plus, our preventative maintenance plan includes our plumbing services and 20% discount on plumbing repairs.

Ensure Safety All Year Long

Running your heating system without seasonal maintenance can be more than just costly. It can also be dangerous. That’s why our preventive maintenance checklist includes key items like checking for leaks, detecting potential safety issues, and inspecting your carbon monoxide detector. Schedule your home’s heating system maintenance for the fall, and you won’t have to worry about gas leaks, carbon monoxide issues, or other dangers at the height of the heating season.

Have you made your fall preventive maintenance appointment yet? Call McCoy’s Heating and Air Conditioning at 731-668-7492 to schedule your fall maintenance with one of our HVAC expert technicians!

Allergens Reduction

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"It is well known that allergens cause a number of health issues including congestion, runny noses, and [especially] sneezing. Although it is easy to control these issues with certain OTC or prescribed medications, the key is to eliminate or reduce these allergens before the health issues arise and avoid their reoccurrence in the future. If you or your other family members are sensitive to the many allergens that are floating around in the air throughout the year, it makes sense to do everything possible to reduce or eliminate them altogether.

In a recent American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI) publication, it was estimated that 1 out of every 4, or 25%, of all Americans suffer with a number of respiratory conditions including allergies and asthma. If you are allergic to animal dander, dust mites, mold, or a combination of the three, there are several precautionary steps that you can take to avoid suffering during the different allergy seasons throughout the year. The following tips will help you reduce the number of symptoms you normally suffer with during the year or the severity of the ones you are currently suffering with."

 

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http://hvactips.net/clean-air/the-best-ways-to-reduce-allergens-in-the-home/

Helping Hands

"A fine watch is like a good field service organization. It serves its customers accurately and is consistently on time. You can only see the face of the watch and that’s what you depend on to give you great service (accurately tell you the time).

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The watch, however, depends on many moving parts to operate flawlessly and many of these you cannot see.

In field service, the face of the watch is the service provided — usually by your field service team. Although the customer may only see the field service technician, however, the quality of the technician’s interaction depends upon many moving parts that are not seen — other people within the organization as well as processes and systems."

 

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http://www.hvacrbusiness.com/deliver-exceptional-service-experience.html

National Furnace Tune-Up Month | Fall Maintenance Checklist

September is National Furnace Tune-Up Month, which means that the weather is cooling down and fall season is about to begin. September is the perfect month to begin thinking about your furnace and heating system to make sure you are covered for winter.

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If you choose to ignore your furnace until the day you need it, you could risk a system breakdown, expensive repairs, and a delay for service due to peak demand. By scheduling professional maintenance in the fall, you won’t have to wait for service and it will most likely be cheaper due to the decrease in demand.

Without a doubt, annual professional maintenance pays you back and then some throughout the heating or cooling season. A professional technician will check and clean all its parts, check the pilot light and ignition switch, make sure your chimney, flue, and ductwork are clear for operation and much more.

DIY Furnace Tune-Up Checklist                                                                                                  Although yearly professional maintenance in the fall is the best way to keep your heating system running smoothly and efficiently, there are many things a homeowner can do to ensure an energy-efficient HVAC system:

Replace or Clean Your Furnace Filter:

Your air filter is designed to keep your air clean by trapping airborne particles; however, if it becomes dirty and clogged, it adds unwanted strain on your HVAC unit and can damage interior parts. Newer HVAC systems have a safety shut off switch that turns the unit off if there is too much-impeded air flow.

In fact, a clogged air filter is the number one cause of furnace malfunction. Besides increasing energy consumption, negatively impacting indoor air quality, and raising utility bills, a dirty air filter can also lead to an overheated air handler.

The good news is that you can prevent all of these things by simply remembering to change or clean your air filter every 30-90 days. A good rule is to check your filter every 30 days and change it no longer than 90 days. Set reminders on your calendar and phone so you never forget this important furnace tune-up task.

Clean Around Your Heating Unit:

Clean the area around your pilot light and get rid of dust on the pilot by blowing on it using a drinking straw. You don’t want to touch your pilot as it can easily break.

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Move any papers, furniture, or other materials around your furnace (within 32 inches) to a different area.

Also, check your outdoor heat pump for grass, leaves, or other debris that may have gathered over summer. Make sure there is a minimum 24-inch clearance around the entire unit. Trim back any plants that may have encroached on the unit over summer. You can hose off your exterior unit and get rid of a lot of it, but hire a professional for a full condenser coil and heat pump cleaning.

Inspect Your Air Ducts:

Did you know that 20-30% of your heated air gets lost through leaks in your ductwork (energystar.gov)? Over summer, new leaks may have formed and existing leaks widened. A leaky air duct system means that you are heating unhabituated areas of the home and putting excess strain on your HVAC system, raising the utility bill.

To check you air ducts for leaks, run your heating or air conditioning and hold up a thin piece of toilet paper or incense stick to all the connections in your ductwork. To seal your air duct leaks, use mastic sealant or aluminum foil tape (ironically, duct tape is not a good solution as it will soon begin to peel off).

You may also want to consider checking your ductwork for cleanliness. We recommend professional air duct cleaning every 5-7 years. So, if you don’t remember the last time you’ve had your air ducts cleaned, it’s probably a good time to find out if you need one. To inspect your air ducts, unscrew one of your duct registers and stick a flash camera as far as you can to take a photo. If your air ducts look anything like this, consider professional duct cleaning:

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Insulate, Insulate, Insulate:

Heating and cooling costs make up about half of the total energy costs for your home. Proper sealing and insulation can save up 20-30% on your heating and cooling costs, or about 10-15% off your total energy bill!

If you make any serious changes to your home’s insulation levels, however, always have a professional heating and cooling contractor inspect your home for the proper balance between insulation and ventilation. Your home needs to breathe a little too.

Check the following areas for air leaks in and around your home:

·        Foundation

·        Where masonry meets siding

·        Where utility pipe/wires enter

·        Window and door frames

Just as you would search for air leaks in your ductwork, use a piece of toilet paper or incense stick and hold it up to areas where you suspect an air leak. Use weatherproof caulk for any gaps less than ¼ inch and expandable foam spray for gaps larger than ¼ inch. Replace old weather-stripping with fresh caulk or new weather-stripping.

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Also, don’t forget to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Simply hold the test button until you hear the beeping or the alarm. If you don’t hear anything, change the batteries. Smoke and CO detectors should be checked every month, batteries replaced every 6-8 months, and full replacements every 5-10 years (check manufacturer guidelines).

Schedule Professional Maintenance:

Although there is much a homeowner can do to keep an HVAC system running efficiently, the most important thing to do is schedule professional maintenance twice a year – once in the fall for your heating system and once in the spring for your cooling system. When it comes to a through inspection and cleaning of your HVAC unit, hire a professional.

Call McCoy’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 731.668.7492 to schedule your fall tune-up! Proudly serving West Tennessee area since 1981. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more useful tips and tricks for maintaining a safe and efficient home.

Geothermal Heat Pump Reviews!

"Consumer reviews represent the best source of information about customer satisfaction with geothermal heat pumps.

How satisfied are you with your geothermal heat pump? Please help others and write a review.

We have reviews on the following brands of geothermal heat pumps:

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  • American Standard reviews
  • Bosch reviews
  • Bryant reviews
  • Carrier reviews
  • Climatemaster reviews
  • Eagle Mountain reviews
  • Frigidaire reviews
  • Geocool reviews
  • Geostar reviews
  • Hydron Module reviews
  • Miami Heat Pump reviews
  • Trane reviews
  • Waterfurnace reviews"

 

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https://www.furnacecompare.com/geothermal-heat-pumps/reviews/

Owner's Manual

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"We have entered an age where the founder of a company is as well known as the company itself. Why? Because people are fascinated by people. They want to know who came up with the vision, what their plans are for the future, and most of all, what they stand for and where their talent comes from.

Having a personal brand has become a staple in the world of entrepreneurship. It is one of the biggest differentiators when it comes to building buzz around your company, attracting an audience, and even achieving business goals like raising a certain amount of money or acquiring distribution, for example. Because the truth is, people want to work with people they trust, people who have a certain level of public credibility.

Building a personal brand for yourself as an entrepreneur is the fastest and most effective path to the above."

To continue reading, please click on the link below!

https://www.inc.com/brian-d-evans/7-mistakes-thought-leaders-make-when-building-their-personal-brand.html

Thermostat

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McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing carries the leading brands and models of thermostats for your home air conditioning and heating system.

From basic models to smart thermostats that allow you complete control with your phone, you can get the thermostat that best fits your home, budget, and air conditioning and heating system.

Types of thermostats available:

Non-programmable thermostats – These are your basic thermostats. You have to control them manually, and they don't have the ability to set schedules to help you save money.

Programmable thermostats – Programmable thermostats allow you to set specific schedules so you can save money by not cooling or heating your home on full blast when you’re not home. In fact, Energy Star estimates that you could save $180 a year with a programmable thermostat.

Smart thermostats – These models take the programmable thermostat to the next level. You can control them with your phone, tablet or computer. Many have additional features such as air filter reminders and the ability to control your air quality products.

Do you need a new thermostat for your home's air conditioning and heating system, or want to hear about your options? Contact McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment.

Repair for thermostat problems:

Many air conditioning and heating problems can be caused by a faulty thermostat or bad electrical connection between your thermostat and air conditioner and heater. George Brazil has technicians that are trained to diagnose and repair these thermostat problems to get your air conditioner and heater running again.

Do you have an air conditioning or heating problem in your home? Let McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing experts take a look!

Are your stats smart?

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"According to independent estimates, heating and cooling systems account for between 30 and 50 percent of a home's yearly energy budget. Because this represents the lion's share of home energy use, the HVAC industry has been an attractive target for attempts to reduce energy consumption, lower utility bills, and ultimately, save the planet.

However, heating and cooling equipment manufacturers -- especially furnaces, boilers, and other heating equipment -- have run into something of a brick wall in terms of wringing out greater operational efficiency. For a number of reasons, there are currently few opportunities to substantially improve the efficiency of the installed base of equipment.

What, then, will be the next great innovation and where will it come from?"

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https://www.furnacecompare.com/thermostats/smart-thermostats.html