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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 Total Comfort, Inc wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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What Factors Contribute to Proper AC Sizing?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

When you need a new air conditioner, you may try to choose a new system on your own so that you can shop around for the best deal. While this may work for many of the appliances in your home, choosing an air conditioner on your own may end up costing you. This is because air conditioners that are not sized by a professional can run into major problems. The cooling capacity of an air conditioner is measured in BTUs (British thermal units). Air conditioning technicians measure your home to determine the correct BTUs needed for air conditioning installation, but there are many other factors involved as well. And if a trained technician does not help you choose the proper cooling capacity, you may have to pay for replacement sooner than you’d hoped.

If you choose an air conditioner that is too small, your home may never reach the correct temperature. However, your AC will run for long periods of time in an attempt to decrease the temperature, which may cause your compressor to overheat, leading to the need for air conditioning replacement.

However, if you choose a system that is too large, it may also lead to big problems. Larger air conditioners cannot cycle long enough to remove the humidity from the air. Short cycling is also a problem because an air conditioner that frequently turns on and off may also damage the compressor.

You may be able to find charts and tutorials online that tell you what size air conditioner you should install according to the size of the rooms in your home. However, these guides cannot tell you everything you need to know. Technicians take many things into account when sizing your unit for air conditioning installation, including the following.

  • Type of construction
  • Type of insulation
  • Placement of windows and doors
  • Type of windows
  • Number of people in the home
  • Shading outside of the home

Sizing and installing an air conditioner should never be a do-it-yourself job. If you need air conditioning installation in Anaheim, call a professional at Total Comfort Inc. Our technicians are experienced and qualified to measure your home and determine the proper cooling capacity you need for your home.

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Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your AC

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Your air conditioner runs at its peak throughout the summer, so it is not unusual to see an aging AC exhibit signs during summer that it may be toward the end of its tenure. Some signs may be more obvious than others, but the bottom line is that if you are seeing signs, it is very likely that a new air conditioning installation in your future. A lot goes into the purchase and installation of a new air conditioning system, which is why it’s important to work with professionals from start to finish. Total Comfort, Inc. specializes in the installation and repair of air conditioners, so when you are ready to replace, call us for an appointment.

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Here are some of the more common ones we see at Total Comfort, Inc.:

  • You are looking at major repairs – one big repair can be part of air conditioner ownership, but if you are facing more than one large – and possibly expensive – repair to keep your system running, it may be time to consider putting your money toward a new system.
  • Uneven Cooling – aging air conditioners have a difficult time keeping up with cooling needs, and may cool unevenly.
  • Higher energy bills – as air conditioners get older, they can become more inefficient, particularly if they haven’t been properly maintained. And if your system is more than 8 years old, you may be missing out on the benefits of better energy efficiency. Why? In 2006, the federal law changed the minimum required SEER number from 10 to 13. This means that all air conditioners manufactured before 2006 had a lower efficiency requirement than the models of today. The EPA estimates that each SEER point can equal as much as 10% of your annual energy costs, so if you have an AC that has a SEER of 10 or less, you could be losing out on significant energy savings.

Replacing an air conditioner is a big decision and many factors need to be considered before moving forward. If you are seeing the signs it may be time for a new air conditioning system, and you need some help, call Total Comfort, Inc. today and schedule your air conditioning installation in Burbank with our experts.

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What You Need to Know about Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, August 8th, 2014

So, you think you’re ready for air conditioning installation? The HVAC industry offers a staggering array of air conditioning systems for installation in your home. Once you’ve begun the task of research, the results come flooding in, and it can be challenging to wrap your mind around all of the various features, makes and models. You need a guide to help you navigate through such turbulence, so that you end up with a powerful, cost-effective and efficient system that will provide cooling for you and your family for years to come.

Where do you begin? There are several ways to be prepared for your AC installation. If you’re building a new home from scratch, then getting in touch with a local HVAC specialist early on in the process will give you the widest range of system options. However, if you’re replacing an existing system that no longer functions as it should, then you may want to consider utilizing your existing ductwork, particularly if it’s in good shape.

One of the primary considerations of any installation or replacement job is the fit between the size of your living space and the cooling output of the AC. This needs to be spot on. If your machine is overly large, then it could lead to significant wear and tear in the long-term as your system constantly short-cycles. If your AC is too small, then it will be overwhelmed by your cooling requirements and lead to a lack of energy efficiency. A professional will make sure that you find an AC that is just the right size.

You may also want to consider the energy efficiency rating of your new system. Air conditioners and heat pumps carry a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which is a figure on a numeric scale that ranks the efficiency of the system under certain standard conditions. While it gives only a rough estimate of what to expect in real-life situations, it’s important to take into account when selecting your new system.

Call us today for more information and advice on making your AC installation a complete success. Contact Total Comfort, Inc. to schedule air conditioning installation in Corona, CA.

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