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How to Alleviate Asthma Symptoms in Your Home

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Do you find the need to keep your inhaler by your bed? Does the slightest amount of dust set off your asthma symptoms? Are you prone to sinus infections and dry skin? If you’ve answered ‘YES’ to all these questions, it sounds like you may have issues in your home that trigger your asthma.

Alleviating asthma symptoms in your home requires you to assess a number of things, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Check when you last replaced humidifier filters. If you suffer from asthma, it’s a good idea to keep a journal or make a note in your calendar to track when you last changed out your filter, and to document any allergy outbreaks or asthma attacks. For asthma and allergy sufferers, the humidity level should be kept below 55%, according to theAmerican College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
  • Dust/mop/vacuum frequently. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and clean and replace the filter regularly. Check out our list on how to get rid of dust here.
  • Check the duct system. Cleaning and checking the duct system in your home is a valuable step for protecting the air you breathe.Contaminants like pollen and dust can enter into the home through leaky ducts. John’s offers a duct sealing service that can help.

These steps should be carried out frequently as a homeowner, especially if you or a family member suffers from asthma. But in order to get to the root cause of asthma symptoms, we suggest you contact John’s to schedule your home energy audit. This will not only maximize the comfort of your home, but it will make sure it runs more efficiently, while identifying where improvements need to be made. Once we have completed the energy audit and made our recommendations, you’ll be able establish what is possible for your budget and home.

How to protect your home while traveling this winter

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

If you are traveling during the winter months, it is vital that you conduct a “safety audit” on your property. Winterizing your home in this way will ensure your home is protected from the elements and any unwanted guests, including burglars and bugs!

Start with maintenance

The temperature in Mesa, AZ in the winter can average lows of 40°, making it essential to tune-up your heating systembefore traveling out of town. If you haven’t had a maintenance checkup on your heating system for some time, you should seriously think about scheduling one. Regular maintenance checks not only extend the life span of the heating system, but also increase its efficiency, while reducing the likelihood for repairs. While we don’t typically get a lot of rain in metro Phoenix, that is predicted to change this winter with El Niño.

To prevent a buildup of twigs, leaves, and dust blocking the vents in your outdoor A/C unit, we recommend that you keep this area clear of windblown debris. This stops unwanted pests from using these areas as breeding grounds. It may seem crazy to think about winterizing your home in Mesa, AZ, but following these tips will save you headache and money.

Shut off the water mains

Whether you are traveling for an extended period of time or just for a long-weekend, turn off the main water shut-off valve. We also recommend that you drain the water lines after you shut the valve off. If you are having difficulty locating the main shut off valve, the water company in your city may be willing to come by and shut it off at the meter. It’s worth checking to see if the local utility company provides this service, as water damage can be catastrophic.

Secure your property

Don’t give unwanted guests a reason to visit when you’re out of town. You can easily deter burglars from your property by following a few simple tips. Either stop your mail for the duration of your time away or have a neighbor check your mailbox daily to keep overflow from occurring. If you have various access points to your property, such as the gates in your backyard, purchase heavy duty locks for these entryways. Install a motion detector light at the main and rear entrances of your property. For added security, you may want to consider investing in a home security system service, where you pay a monthly subscription fee.

Home automation is becoming more and more popular, and there are a number of devices that are Wi-Fi enabled that can turn your house into a “smart” home, which makes it even easier when winterizing your home. John’s is currently working to bring our customers the best in home automation products, includingWi-Fi enabled thermostats. Stay tuned for more details on these products in 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about our maintenance program, we’d be happy to discuss its many features. In order to make sure your home is fully protected while traveling this winter, carry out these simple steps for winterizing your home for added security and peace of mind.

Peak Performance Club Benefits

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Preventing your air conditioning unit from breaking down can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repair costs or to replace your unit. John’s offers an annual a/c maintenance membership that allows you to know you will be comfortable in your home all year long. By giving your HVAC unit some preventive TLC, you can rest assured it’s not going to break down when our desert temperatures start heating up to 110+ degrees. Joining our Peak Performance Club also means your unit will last longer and the service keeps it running no matter what the temperature outside is.

When our NATE Certified technicians come out to inspect your unit, we don’t just check to make sure it’s running, we can also identify safety and health issues. A few of the Peak Performance Club Annual Maintenance Membership features include:

  • Two 51–point inspections
  • Clean indoor and outdoor coils, which maintains proper airflow and prevents issues to compressor valves.
  • Clear condensate to prevent mold formation and avoid water damage.
  • Priority service: You receive service first and ahead of non–club members (very important if your a/c stops working during monsoon).
  • Improved efficiency, which saves you money on your utility bills.

Although the cost of the annual membership is only $199.95, the actual value of this service is $574. You can think of the investment as only $17 a month.

Now that it’s already heating up outside, it’s also important to remember that houses breathe, so doors and vents should be kept open. Shutting interior doors and closing vents in unused rooms doesn’t allow your home to breathe the way it needs to for optimal efficiency.

If you’d like more tips on keeping cool this summer or would like to join our Peak Performance Club, Just Call John’s!

Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!

The History of “Auld Lang Syne”

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

There are numerous different traditional songs associated with Christmas—but there is only one song that comes to mind immediately when people think of New Year’s Eve: “Auld Lang Syne.” It is hard to find a New Year’s Eve party where people won’t leap into singing “Should old acquaintance be forgot…” as the first stroke of midnight sounds. This tradition encompasses the globe, with almost every culture that celebrates New Year’s on January 1st breaking into song with the same set of lyrics.

Where did this song come from? And what do the words “auld lang syne” actually mean? The best place to ask these questions is Scotland. The Official Gateway to Scotland website calls the song “one of Scotland’s gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, but in the communion of taking our neighbor’s hands, it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take us into the future.”

The melody of the piece originates from Lowland Scots folk song tradition. It was legendary Scottish Romantic poet Robert Burns (1759–1796) who created the words we know today, however. During the later years of his life, Burns dedicated much of his work to collecting Scottish folk tunes and giving them new life. The first mention Burns makes of “Auld Lang Syne” is in 1788, when he calls the song “a glorious fragment.” Burns wrote new lyrics to the old melody, and used the words “auld lang syne,” which is Scottish for “old long since,” and which can be translated into standard English as “long, long ago” or “days gone by.” The phrase was already known in earlier Scottish poems and folk songs, and appears to be the equivalent of “Once upon a time…” for Scots fairy tales.

Soon after Burns introduced the song to the public, it spread across Scotland as a New Year’s custom, and then to the rest of Great Britain. Scottish immigrants took the song with them as they moved across the globe, and by the middle of the 19th century it was a holiday tradition throughout the English-speaking world. By the close of the 20th century, it was a global phenomenon to ring in the New Year.

We imagine that you’ll end up singing or hearing “Auld Lang Syne” at some point this New Year’s (maybe you’ve already heard it while watching It’s a Wonderful Life).

All of us at Johns Refrigeration would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy coming year in the tradition of the song.

5 Facts about Santa Claus

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Many holiday traditions involve the story of Santa Claus, the lovable old man who spends most of his time at the North Pole taking a single evening to deliver presents and candy to children everywhere. But since Santa Claus is so elusive (unless he happens to be visiting your local shopping mall), how do we know so much about him? Where exactly does his journey begin? Our holiday guide details 5 of the most common traditions associated with Jolly Old Saint Nick.

  1. The Origins of Santa: The name “Santa Claus” comes from St. Nicholas (a name which became Sinter Klaas for short in Dutch), a Christian Bishop from 4 A.D. who was known for giving his fortune away to those in need in Turkey. Santa Claus’ first associations with gift-giving comes from Holland’s St. Nicholas’ feast day, during which children would leave out their shoes overnight and find presents waiting inside the shoes on the next morning.
  1. The Stocking by the Chimney: While many people associate Holland’s shoe tradition with the origins of hanging a stocking, this isn’t entirely accurate. Hanging stockings instead comes from the legend of a time St. Nick helped a man afford to marry off his daughter by throwing a bag of gold down the chimney, which landed in a stocking that was hanging up to dry.
  1. St. Nick’s Outfit: Santa got his fashion sense from a wooden cutout handed out during a meeting of the New York Historical Society in 1804. But it wasn’t until a 1930s Coca Cola advertisement that his traditionally blue, white, and green outfit was transformed into a big red suit.
  1. Leaving Cookies out for Santa: Food was traditionally used as ornamentation during the holidays in medieval Germany as apples and cookies commonly adorned the home at wintertime. When the Christmas tree became a common symbol of the season, edible treats began to vanish, a phenomenon which became attributed to Santa Claus’ snacking habits.
  1. Why Santa Drives a Sleigh: Santa gets his sleigh from a tale spun by Washington Irving, the same author who brought us the Headless Horseman. He wrote down an account of a dream in which Santa Claus drives a weightless wagon through the sky, and the stories became so popular, they stuck around.

Here at Johns Refrigeration, we hope that you have a joyful and safe celebration, no matter what holiday traditions you engage in this year. Happy holidays!

Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system. Here at John’s Refrigeration, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

How does air conditioning work?

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

At John’s Refrigeration, we spend a lot of time learning how to keep our customers comfortable at home, especially during the extreme summer temperatures. I think we can agree that air conditioning is a much needed part of the summer here in Arizona. You might take the cool indoors for granted…until it breaks…and then you might wonder: how does air conditioning work? (more…)

How does a surge protector help my air conditioner?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Want to make your air conditioner last longer? Have a surge protector installed. (more…)

Will a new air conditioner improve indoor air quality?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

When you ask an Arizona resident what makes them least satisfied, some might say traffic. Others will say all of the chain stores and restaurants. Most of the people we ask tell us they are least satisfied with indoor air quality. This is due in part to the quality of outdoor air, but not completely. (more…)

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