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The Benefits of the Garbage Disposal Unit

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

What’s the point of grinding up scraps of food waste when you can just throw them in the trash? While the garbage disposal unit may seem like just another superfluous upgrade that you don’t really need, there are several major benefits to operating one in your kitchen. The average home produces a staggering amount of waste during the course of a year. Even if for the most conservation-minded homeowners, the garbage disposal offers you a way to avoid the various environmental risks that landfills create, and to add a bit of convenience to your kitchen sink.

The garbage disposal was designed to curb the incredible amounts of food-related waste that ends up rotting in landfills. It works by grinding up small food scraps so that they can be disposed of through the wastewater system that flows into your septic tank or municipal waste management system. They are not blenders, but rather use centrifugal force and a serrated grinding cylinder to mash up your food waste, although certain substances such as fibrous and starchy foods as well as coffee grounds and bones should not be sent down your disposal unit.

When food waste accumulates in a landfill, it begins to break down. Unlike plastic and other man-made substances, organic substances are biodegradable and they decompose over time. But the concentrated amount of waste in landfills can create problems for the composition of the soil beneath as well as the ground water aquifer beneath that. Composting is another way to cut down on food waste, but for those without the space or time necessary to do so properly, a garbage disposal is a great way to cut down on the amount of waste in your local landfill.

Residential trash does not compare to that of a restaurant or grocery store, but every little bit counts. You may also find that using your garbage disposal unit allows you to worry less about whether food bits are getting stuck within your drainpipes. It’s imperative that your garbage disposal unit is installed and serviced by a professional, and we can do just that.

Contact Total Comfort, Inc. for garbage disposal units and service in Corona.

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Signs that You Need Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, July 21st, 2014

If you’ve suddenly lost your cooling, it’s imperative that you seek professional assistance so that you can be confident that the root of the problem has been diagnosed and that a viable solution will restore your system back to normal working order. Your cooling system—whatever type it may be—is a valuable asset to your home, and it’s imperative that you make sure it’s available to keep you comfortable at all times.

The best way to avoid having to do anything when your AC breaks down is regular maintenance. But problems do happen.

  • If your AC has shut down completely. Finding that your AC simply fails to turn on or shuts down unexpectedly in the middle of night can be frustrating, to say the least, but it’s important that you do a couple of things before you call us. Take a look at your circuit breaker panel to ensure that the circuit your AC runs on hasn’t merely tripped. If it has, switch it back on. You should also double-check to make sure that your thermostat is on and calling for cool air.
  • If your AC makes too much noise. Loud and strange noises can occur for a variety of reasons, but they are mostly indicators that something is not quite right with the system. If you hear a whistling or hissing sound, then you could have an airflow leak somewhere in the system. Grinding noises could indicate dried-out motor bearings, while a banging noise could mean a loose or damaged part in your air handler or exterior unit.
  • If your energy bill is exorbitant. If you find that your monthly electricity bill is through the roof and you can’t figure out why, then your AC might be to blame. Most homeowners expect an increase in their energy consumption during the summer months, but sharp increases often mean that your AC has a problem in need of a solution.

Our trained and experienced HVAC technicians are here for you. Let Total Comfort, Inc. take care of your air conditioning repairs in Corona, so that the job is completed correctly the first time.

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Signs that You Need a Humidifier

Friday, July 18th, 2014

During the summer months, it’s not uncommon to hear someone complain about high humidity. When the air is saturated with moisture, it may feel as though you’re walking through a cloud or a swamp. However, extremely low humidity is not much better. But because your home is likely built for efficiency rather than ventilation, you may find that you’re unable to control the humidity levels in your home. While high humidity can lead to excessive condensation buildup in the home and an increase in biological contaminants, low humidity can lead to a lack of warmth in the home as well as health issues.

But, how do you know if you’d truly benefit from a professionally installed whole house humidifier? It can be difficult to tell, though your best option is to call on a professional indoor air quality specialist to make an assessment. Ideally, your humidity level should be about 60% during the summer and between 25% and 40% during the winter, though this can be hard to test without a hygrometer. There are some signs to look out for if you suspect that your humidity is too low.

For example, if you find that your skin and hair are excessively dry when indoors, then your humidity level may be to blame. Dry skin, sore throats and nosebleeds are common during the winter months, when humidity levels drop below what they should be. If you have a furnace or heat pump that heats your indoor air directly, then these conditions can be further exacerbated. Moreover, a lack of moisture in the air makes that air difficult to keep warm.

A whole house humidifier has various benefits. Not only will it keep your humidity optimized throughout the dry season, but it will also ensure that your heating is energy efficient. While portable units have their place, they simply cannot compete with the effectiveness of whole house models. If you’re curious about humidifiers in Corona, CA, but unsure about whether they would work in your home, pick up and phone and give Total Comfort, Inc. a call today. We can give you all the information and professional advice that you need.

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How an Air Purifier Works and Why it’s a Great Purchase

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The modern home is built for energy efficiency. When you switch on the thermostat for your furnace or central air conditioner, you don’t expect that heated or cooled air to be immediately spoiled by the climate outside. During the winter, you expect that your insulation will keep your heated air indoors, while during the summer, you expect it to keep the heat outdoors. But sometimes such efficiency comes at the cost of indoor air quality. Because our homes are closed tightly against the exterior climate, noxious airborne contaminants and pollutants can build up inside, and continue to circulate throughout the home.

Whether you are particularly sensitive to allergens such as dust and dander, or you are concerned about the long-term effects that such particles can have on your family’s health as well as on your HVAC system itself, you should consider a whole house air purifier. While you have no doubt seen purifiers in various hardware stores before, whole house models are a bit different. In fact, an air purifier cleans your air not by the use of a media filter such as fiberglass, but rather by sending your indoor air through an ionization chamber, where said particles are given an electrostatic charge. They can then be removed from circulation by means of an oppositely charged collector plate (also known as a cell). Because such air purifiers do not block airflow with a filter, they remain highly efficient.

We have already mentioned briefly the significant positive impact that an air purifier can have on your indoor air quality. While portable units require maintenance as well as shuffling them from room to room, whole house air purifier are integrated directly within your ductwork so that your entire indoor air supply is clean. This means you don’t have to do a thing, but sit back and breathe in purified air. As with any other HVAC upgrade, ti’s imperative that you hire a professional to take care of the installation as well as any future service that your system may require.

Get in touch with the HVAC technicians at Total Comfort, Inc. to learn more about the many benefits of installing an air purifier in Corona.

 

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Total Comfort Inc hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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