At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for February, 2014

3 Keys to Reliable Heating Repair Service

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Here in Salt Lake City, heating services are absolutely vital to keeping your family safe and comfortable when the snows pile up. A reliable heating repair service can be your best friend when problems arise with your system. The emphasis there is on “reliable.” With a good service, you have someone to call on at a moment’s notice to make things right with your home heating. With a less professional service, you might just be adding more worries to your plate unnecessarily.

Here are 3 keys to reliable heating repair service in Salt Lake City to help you find the right professionals:

  • Up-front pricing. A reliable service won’t spring any hidden costs on you or try to nickel and dime you to death. After an initial assessment, they should offer you an estimate of the total cost of repairs, so that you know exactly what’s involved before the repair work begins. Similarly, they should also offer some kind of guarantee that the work is going to stick: a warranty on labor or parts, an assurance of customer satisfaction or some similar commitment to doing the job right.
  •  Emergency service. Furnaces and heaters don’t always break down at the most convenient times, and sometimes you can’t wait for the morning to get your problem fixed. A reliable heating repair service offers 24-hour emergency service and will arrive with all deliberate speed to handle those crises that just can’t wait.
  • Affiliations. A company that doesn’t feature solid affiliations, such as NATE certification of accreditation from the Better Business Bureau might still be a good company. But with those affiliations, you can rest easier knowing that your service is backed by objective third-party sources who can attest to its quality and commitment.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air offers all those keys to reliable heating service and more. We offer 24-hour emergency service, we’re NATE certified and BBB Accredited, and we are completely dedicated to you satisfaction at every step of the way. For residents of Salt Lake City, heating repair services are nothing to take lightly. We pride ourselves on doing the job right the first time, every time and we’re on call to help get your heating system up and running again. Give our Salt Lake City heating repair experts a call to make an appointment today!

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Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Among the various pollutants that can enter your home’s ventilation system—dust, dirt, dander, pollen, sawdust, hair—the one that causes the most worries is microbacteria. Nobody wants mold or mildew growing inside their home, and if these contaminants take root in your ductwork, they can have a detrimental impact on your indoor air quality.

There are a number of different methods for mold remediation. Many involve cleaners and sanitizers to kill the microbacteria. However, one method that numerous indoor air quality specialists favor is the use of UV germicidal lights. At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air often installs these devices to help our clients remove mold and mildew from their ductwork, and we believe strongly in UV germicidal light as a solution for microbacteria growth in ventilation systems. We’ll explain why. Call our indoor air quality experts today to ask about how we can improve your air and provide other heating services in Salt Lake City, UT.

What UV germicidal lights can do for you

Laboratories have used ultraviolet light for many years to sterilize equipment. The wavelengths of these lights cause damage to the cellular structure of microbacteria, destroying them and preventing them from returning. Now this technology has entered the home, mounted along ductwork to perform the same job eliminating bacteria.

The main advantage of UV germicidal lights is that the leave no residue in the ducts and do not harm them. Unlike sanitizers, which can affect your air after they are used, UV lights leave no trace behind of their work and pose no health risk to anyone in your house.

UV lights also provide comprehensive mold remediation; a whole-house system installed will keep mold completely out of your ducts because the lights will catch microorganisms as they move along the ductwork. Since the light destroys them at the cellular level, the microbacteria will have no chance to reproduce.

These lights are small and easy to maintain. Professionals can quickly match them up to your HVAC system and install them so they work for many years. You will still need occasional checks to make sure that none of the lights has shut down.

Find out if UV lights are right for your home

Spotting mold growing around the registers of your vents is usually a warning that you need mold remediation. Indoor air quality experts can determine if the job calls for installing UV germicidal lights, and provide you with the installation that will start you on the way to mold-free ducts.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air takes pride in our indoor air quality and heating services in Salt Lake City, UT. If you suspect you need mold remediation, call us today.

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The Original Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without the traditional greeting cards, whether accompanying a gift of flowers and candy, or sent between children in a school room. For commercial greeting card companies, February 14th is as important to them as the December holidays, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love predates printed greeting cards by a few centuries. In fact, the reason that sending romantic greeting cards became popular was because of the most un-romantic thing you can imagine: a reduction in postage rates.

In 1765, Parliament authorized the creation of “Penny Posts” that used a uniform rate of one old penny per letter throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Printers took advantage of the ease with which people could send letters to each other on Valentine’s Day by crafting cards with love poems on them. Many of these verses were collected in 1797 in the book The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which was a resource for the lover with a romantic soul but not the most confident poetry style.

By the mid-19th-century, the Valentine’s Day greeting card was flourishing across England. Although people still followed a tradition of creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards from lace, ribbons, and flowers, commercially produced cards now overtook them. In 1835, the English post office mailed 60,000 valentines. As production expenses dropped, the English card manufacturers branched out creatively with humorous and sometimes vulgar cards… many of which we would find startlingly familiar in the 21st century. One of the common jokes on these cards was to design them to look like marriage certificates or court summons.

Across the Atlantic, the United States was slower to embrace the popular British custom. It wasn’t until 1847 that a U.S. printer mass-produced greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. Only two years later, American journalists noted how rapidly people in the country had embraced the tradition, turning into a fad that has never died down. The woman who printed the first U.S. Valentine’s Day card, Esther Howland, is today recognized by the Greeting Card Association with the annual “Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary.”

The greeting card industry certainly has reason to thank Ms. Howland. Her idea of going into business printing romantic greeting cards, which came to her after she received a traditional English valentine when she was 19 years old, now sells 190 million cards in the U.S. every year. That number doesn’t include the smaller exchange cards used in elementary school classrooms, which would swell the number to 1 billion. (Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards each year? Teachers!)

Whether you send out Valentine’s Day cards—handmade, store-bought, digital—or not, we at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air hope you have a happy February 14th.

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What to Look for When Buying a New Heater

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Are you in the market for a new heater? Has your existing one failed permanently? Are you starting from scratch in a new home? There are numerous factors to consider when shopping for a new heater. You need to make sure that you have high quality equipment at all times, but also that you hire a quality contractor so that it runs according to manufacturer specifications. At Your Service Heating and Air offers excellent heating installation services in Salt Lake City, including furnaces, boilers, and comprehensive radiant heat systems. Let us find you a new heater.

  • Budget. First and probably foremost, you need to find a heater that works within your budget. This is especially important, because it can help you choose right off the bat what system types and brands will or will not work for you. Know what you can spend and work with your contractor to find a system that meets your budgetary requirements while also being effective and efficient.
  • Size. When shopping for a new heater, you need to make sure that your heater is appropriately sized. This is an incredibly important factor to the future success of your heating system and to the future comfort of your home. You simply cannot expect an overly small or large heater to perform properly. An overly large heater will be inefficient and may be subject to additional wear and tear. An overly small heater will have to work too hard to keep up with your heating requirements.
  • Type. A furnace is an effective and powerful heater that is often used throughout homes in our service area. It uses gas or electricity to create thermal energy. Ductwork draws in your home’s air, heats it, and then returns it to the living space. A boiler, on the other hand, does not heat your air, but rather heats objects within your living space. This ensures that your heat does not merely rise to the ceiling and stay there.

Call At Your Service Heating and Air today for professional heating installation in salt Lake City.

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