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Keeping Cool in the Kitchen

Posted on: November 4th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Parties, your kitchen will be getting a lot of use this holiday season.

With the holidays upon us, most of us will be heating up our ovens and stoves more than usual! All this added time in the kitchen can leave the chef feeling overheated, but what about the rest of your home?

Check out these tips for keeping cool in the kitchen, without making the rest of your household shiver!   

1) Minimize heat production.

Although the oven is a staple in most traditional holiday recipes, many meals and sides can be altered to be cooked in a slow cooker. This method can save you time, money, and can help keep your kitchen from heating up as often! From staple entrees, to desserts, and warm beverages, slow cooker recipes have come a long way. You can find some inspiration for using your crockpot to help keep your kitchen cool here.

2) Invest in a fan.

As temperatures outside (eventually) begin to drop, cranking down the heat simply may not be an option while preparing meals in most homes. Letting temps throughout the house drop too low may be a recipe for serious discomfort, especially in homes with small children or elderly family members. Using a small fan will keep the air in your kitchen circulating which will help keep the chef cool.

3) Stay hydrated.

People are conscious about getting plenty of water when it is hot outside, but staying hydrated is important year round! Drinking lots of H2O can help you stay cool in the kitchen without turning on the AC.

As cooler weather and the joy of the holidays approach, these simple tips can help you stay cool while whipping up treats for family and friends! Planning on hosting a Thanksgiving or Christmas party? Contact us at our office in Clarksville, TN for a routine maintenance appointment. An Action Air professional would be glad to visit your home to ensure everything is working properly before guests arrive. At Action Air we are proud to offer quality service and a knowledgeable staff all year long. When You Need Action, Call Action Air!  

 

Sources:
The Kitchn

Common Heating and Cooling Myths

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

If you are like us, you have probably heard plenty of do it yourself advice when it comes to effectively heating or cooling your space. While some tips are spot on, others are very misleading and can actually end up costing you money in the long term.

Check out these common heating and cooling myths, debunked!

 

Myth 1: Closing off your vents will save you money on your heating bill.

We really aren’t sure where this folk tale came from, but no, blocking your vents will certainly not save you money. In fact, doing this can throw your system’s natural rhythm out of balance, which could even lead to damaging your heating equipment. The most energy efficient practice is to achieve even heat distribution throughout your home. This requires leaving all vents unobscured.

Myth 2: Leaving a ceiling fan on all the time will cool the room, even when you are not in it.

While the use of ceiling fans can have several benefits, lowering the temperature of a room no one is in is not one of them. Ceiling fans work to circulate the air in the room, which causes your skin to feel cool. While this does make you feel cooler, it does not actually lower the temperature of the room itself. Tricky!

Myth 3: The higher I set my thermostat, the more quickly my room will heat.

Even though it may ease your mind to crank the heat up when you come in from the cold, your furnace will deliver heat at the same rate consistently. The best thing to do is to set your thermostat to the desired temperature and be patient. Setting your thermostat higher than needed actually wastes more energy, because you will likely have to turn the heat down later once your body temperature comes up.  

 

At Action Air, we pride ourselves on offering our customers honest, high quality service. Give us a call at 931-647-8525 today or visit us online to learn more about scheduling a service or routine maintenance appointment. One of our qualified technicians will be glad to address any of your heating & cooling needs!

Source:
Horizon Services Inc.

Should I Use My Gas Fireplace?

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

Gas fireplaces can help efficiently heat your home, so it’s time to fire it up!

There’s nothing  better than a roaring fire on a wintry night, except a roaring fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, and doesn’t leave the rest of the house freezing cold.  

Gas fireplaces have come a long way from anemic blue flames and unconvincing “logs.” These fires now burn more realistically, with glowing red ember flames that caress realistic logs, molded from ceramic.

There are currently 3 types of gas fireplaces available:

  1. Class B Vent (Natural Vent) Fireplaces: This is a conventional gas fireplace. They require a through-the-roof flue, or conventional chimney,  to carry away hot combustion gases and typically feature operable doors. These are the least efficient models, but still effective.
  2. Direct-Vent Fireplaces: These are the most popular type of gas fireplace used today. The air to feed the flame enters from the outside and they have an exhaust vent  to direct the products of combustion back outdoors. These have a high efficiency; 70 percent of the heat they generate remains in your home.
  3. Vent-Free or Ventless Fireplaces: Air from inside the house is taken into the firebox, where it is used for the fire. The byproducts are then exhausted back into the house. The recycling of air allows ventless fireplaces, which do not need chimneys or an exhaust,  to achieve efficiency ratings of more than 99 percent.  The gasses that are vented into the house are completely safe and ensure that no warmth is escaping to the outside.

When it comes time to light the fire, there are a few different ways that can happen, depending on your fireplace unit.  The easiest is a switch, similar to a light switch, that is installed with your fireplace unit.  On some models, there will be a pilot light and an ignition.  If you are having trouble starting a fire with your ignition, the pilot light may be out and you will need to relight the pilot light.  The safest way to figure out how to light your fireplace is to read the manual at home, or look up a copy of your manual online.

The reasons to use your gas fireplace are numerous. Energy-conscious consumers can use gas fireplaces to optimize their heating efficiency. Utility bills are lower when you turn down the thermostat on a central furnace and use the gas fireplace as a supplemental heat source. Highly efficient gas fireplaces can heat up to 1,000 square feet of living space at low cost.  

Call Action Air to set up an appointment, we can help keep your furnace running efficiently and our technicians can help answer all of the questions you have concerning your gas fireplace.  They know when to use it, and how to optimize your fireplace’s efficiency.  Remember, when you need action call Action Air!

Sources:
New York Times
This Old House
HGTV
Angie’s List

What Type of Furnace is Right for You?

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by tcg_admin 1 Comment

Your furnace keeps you warm at night and helps you out of bed in the morning.

While being comfortable is important, you should also consider energy efficiency and cost when you are thinking about a new furnace.

So, what are your options when you need a new furnace?   At Action Air we have several types of furnaces available.  There are many price and efficiency ranges available for you to consider.  We are going to compare a few different furnace options that Action Air offers to the Clarksville area, and share a little about how each kind works.

Today’s furnaces pollute less and boost comfort by producing heat more steadily than older furnaces.  Although electric and oil furnaces are still available, gas is the most common fuel used in furnaces today and the type of furnace we want to discuss.   A forced air furnace utilizes propane or natural gas, and is generally the most efficient and economical method of heating.  There are several types of forced air furnaces available and they have various energy ratings.  

Although this is good general guide, there are an even greater number of choices and variables available within these types of furnaces.  To learn more about which furnace will be the best furnace for you, consult with one of the experts at Action Air today.  You can call us at (931) 647-8525 or contact us online.  Located in Clarksville, we have certified service technicians, qualified installers, and a knowledgeable sales staff serving Montgomery County and all of the surrounding areas. When You Need Action, Call Action Air!

Action Air Announces Winner of Redneck Photo Contest!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

Mrs. Peggy Coon

She swept the contest away by receiving 525 votes on her photo!

Peggy’s HVAC unit is 24 years old and is on its very last leg! Many days the family is surprised that the unit is still functioning at all. Peggy and her family are extremely grateful to be receiving this new unit!

 

Peggy & her daughter’s story:

The air-conditioning unit is a 1991 model, and has been at this location for over 20 years. My father has lived in the house for a little over two years. We’ve had to have multiple people come out and look at it, including action air. They checked for leaks and cracks. The Evaporator Coil is leaking refrigerant. The unit is also freezing up. It’s on its very last leg and I’m surprised it’s still running.We were planning on purchasing a new one about a year ago but before we could my father suffered from a massive brain aneurysm. He was in the hospital for a couple of months and went through multiple life threatening brain surgeries. The doctors were shocked that he survived. As you may know the brain is a very important part of the human body. It controls everything you do. Including your ability to talk. Unfortunately that was taken away from my father. He is now aphasic, meaning he can’t say full sentences. He knows exactly what he wants to say but its just not possible for it to come out. Without your voice it is very difficult to do anything. It is essential to be social for almost every job out there. Therefore, my father can not work and has no income. He deserves to win this contest because he is truly a person in need of a new unit.

 

Action Air is glad to be helping a family so deserving of this opportunity!

A big congratulations to Peggy Coon & her family, as well as we want to say THANK YOU to the rest of the participants.


Clarksville residents, call Action Air for all of you HVAC maintenance & preventative care needs at 931-647-8525!

Fireplace Safety Tips

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

The Action Air Team prides itself on keeping Clarksville warm all winter long by providing preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency heating service! But we know that sometimes, there is just something about the glow of a crackling fire.  Sitting by a cozy fireplace on a cold winter’s night can warm the heart and hearth.

Here are some fireplace safety tips to keep your family safe this season!

Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know you can use Worcestershire sauce and a toothbrush to clean brass fireplace surrounds and utensils?

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for the Cold Weather

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments

Can you feel it… coming in the air tonight? Hold on! Because these 4 easy ways to prepare your HVAC for cold weather will keep you warm while lowering your heating bill!

Let Action Air of Clarksville, TN keep your home and family warm and cozy this winter season, while helping you save big on heating costs! Call us today to schedule your annual maintenance appointment!

Why You Should Choose An HVAC Career

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments

Finding a “job” is easy.  It’s finding a long-term, stable career that is the struggle.  But if you love people, being a member of a community and working with your hands than you should definitely consider a career as an HVAC Technician.  This career path grants you the opportunity to find a job TODAY. The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow nationwide, and HVAC is no exception.

According to Mike Rowe in his speech to Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, “Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions.”

So… are you ready for a career in HVAC?

“Falling” Into Preventative Maintenance

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments

Get Ready to “Fall” Into Cooler Temperatures… And A Preventative Maintenance Plan With Action Air Clarksville!

It’s that time of year again! We’re ready to pack the flip-flops away and dig out the old boots! Cooler temperatures are on their way, and it’s being predicted that this winter will be a cold one! It may only be September, but it’s never too early to start preparing for those chilly evenings ahead! Here are a few great tips to keep your family warm, your heating unit functioning and your bank account happy!

More importantly, be sure to schedule a Fall Heating System Maintenance appointment with Action Air Clarksville. Not only will a surprise malfunction this winter make life cold and uncomfortable, but lack of heat (for even a few hours) can cause pipes to freeze and burst which will lead to costly repairs. (Did we mention a seasonal tune-up could save you approximately 10% on your heating bill this winter?)