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Why You Shouldn’t be a Thermostat Jiggler

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Thermostat jigglers, you know who you are. You’re the ones who change the thermostat temperature whenever you feel a little too hot or too cold. (more…)

When is it okay to turn A/C off?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

We are often asked when is it okay to turn A/C off?

The answer is when the summer is over. (more…)

Tips from Air Conditioning Repair Technicians

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

We asked our air conditioning repair technicians to share the most common stories they hear from our customers and we’ve listed a few air conditioning  tips based on what they hear the most: (more…)

Tips for Back to School in Gilbert

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

If you thought traffic was busier this week, you’re not alone. It’s back to school in Gilbert, which means being extra mindful in and around schools. Kids aren’t always paying attention, making it important for adults to be on alert to keep everyone safe. (more…)

6 Ways to Show You Care During A/C Appreciation Days

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

We LOVE the Arizona summer because it means we’re busy keeping you feeling cool and comfortable in your homes. Help us celebrate National Air Conditioning Appreciation Days July 3 – August 15 with the following tips: (more…)

How to Stay Hydrated When It’s 100+ Outside

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Not enough can be said about the importance of drinking a lot of water. Dehydration occurs when a person doesn’t consume enough or if they lose too much fluid. Without enough water, the human body, which is two-thirds water, cannot function properly. And, although it’s possible to go for a long time without food, people cannot live without water for more than a few days.

Most people easily replace fluid lost through natural body functions, such as breathing, sweating, and going to the bathroom, by simply drinking and eating. But working for even a short amount of time in our scorching desert heat can quickly cause you to experience the symptoms of dehydration, which include:

 

  • A dry or sticky mouth or a swollen tongue
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight loss
  • Dark yellow urine or a decrease in urination

Even though we often hear that thirst is a sign of being dehydrated, it’s not a sufficient measure, because you could be dehydrated and not feel thirsty. So hydrate yourself even if you don’t feel thirsty, but especially if you are working or exercising outside. Keep a water bottle with you at all times, and drink throughout the day. Drink a large glass of water before going to bed and when you wake up each morning.

Water is the best option for hydration. Soda and caffeinated beverages aren’t going to add much water and can cause other problems.

If you don’t like plain water, try drinking a flavored water or adding a slice of lemon, or slices of cucumbers or strawberries. Other fluids, like juice and tea, count, too. There are also many foods that have high water content and which can help replenish lost fluids. Lettuce is 95% water, watermelon is 92% water, and broccoli is 91% water. Soups, popsicles, and yogurt also have high water content.

It’s also extremely important to keep your pets hydrated. You should bring them indoors if it gets too hot outside, or you could provide shade and even a misting system to keep your outdoor pets cool.

Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Your home’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It also helps filter the air you breathe in your home, keeping your family healthy. As long as the unit is properly maintained, your home should be a comfortable and welcome respite from the pollutants outside. If the existing system is working optimally and there are still issues with dust and other allergens in your home, you might want to consider a home air filter.

Although home air filters can help control the amount of dust in a home, many people buy them to ease asthma or allergy symptoms and not just to keep their houses cleaner. Some air cleaning devices are designed to be installed in the ductwork of the HVAC system to clean the air in the whole house. Portable air cleaners can be used to clean the air in a single room, but are not intended for cleaning the air in the entire house. These also require a great deal of maintenance, including regular, thorough cleaning.

 

Whole-home air filtration systems make the air in your home as clean as possible by removing annoying particulates, allowing you to breathe cleaner, healthier air. Some of the particulate matter that can be found in your home includes dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke, particles generated from combustion appliances such as cooking stoves, and particles associated with tiny organisms such as dust mites and bacteria.

John’s can install a home air filter which will rid your home of these damaging irritants. Not only will your health improve, but a significant energy savings can also be realized. The buildup of dust, dirt, pet dander, and hair on your heating and cooling equipment can reduce its efficiency by as much as 25%. The cleaner the air in your home means filters need to be changed or cleaned less often and HVAC units last longer.

A whole-home air filtration system is installed as part of your home’s HVAC unit. Every time your system runs, the air in your home is filtered through the cleaner, removing potentially harmful contaminants from every room of your home. The resulting clean air is then distributed through your ductwork to every room in your home.

Don’t just treat the symptoms of dust and other respiratory irritants in your home, call John’s Refrigeration, Heating, and Cooling to remove the contaminants from the air in your house with this whole-home solution.

New Year’s Traditions Explained

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2014 is almost upon us, and with the coming of the New Year, we thought we’d take a brief look at some of the more popular traditions associated with this holiday. It’s been around for at least 4,000 years: as long as we’ve figured out how long it takes for the seasons to come and go. Here’s a quick discussion about some of our more modern traditions and where they started:

  • Auld Lang Syne. The famous song began in Scotland, where it was published by Robert Burns in 1796.  He claims he initially heard it sung by an elderly resident of his hometown, which suggests it has traditional folk origins even before that. It became even more popular when big band leader, Guy Lombardo, started playing it every New Year’s Eve, starting in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
  • The Dropping of the Ball in Times Square. The tradition of dropping the ball in Times Square started in 1907. It was made out of iron and wood with light bulbs located on the surface, and the ball originally “dropped” over the offices of the New York Times at One Times Square. Dick Clark famously broadcast the event every year from 1972, until his death in 2012.
  • The Rose Parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade has been held in Pasadena every year since 1890; taking advantage of California’s warm weather to present a parade of floats, bands and horses. A football game was eventually added to the festivities in 1902, when Michigan dominated Stanford’s team by a score of 49-0
  • Baby New Year. The use of a baby to signify the New Year dates back to Ancient Greece, where it symbolized the rebirth of Dionysus (the God of wine and parties). Early Christians initially resisted the pagan elements of the story, but soon came to adopt it since it matched the traditional Christmas symbol of baby Jesus in the manger. Today, people of all faiths and traditions refer to the New Year as a baby, representing new beginnings.

Whatever traditions you choose to celebrate, we here at John’s Refrigeration wish you the very safest and happiest of New Years. May 2014 bring you nothing but the best!

Longer Days Ahead: Why Winter Solstice Is a Reason to Celebrate

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Holiday greetings from all of us at Johns Refrigeration!

December is a time of celebrations across the globe, despite the cold weather that affects much of the countries in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, the cold weather is one of the reasons that it is so important for people to embrace celebrations of light, color, food, and warm drinks—what better way to cheer up during a time of short days and low temperatures?

There is another reason to feel joy at the end of December, regardless of your religion or culture: an astronomical event called winter solstice.

Four astronomical markers divide the seasons on planet Earth: two solstices and two equinoxes. Equinox(a combination of the Latin words for “equal” and for “night”) is the point in Earth’s orbit when its axis is parallel to the Sun. Solstice (from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still”) is the point in orbit where the Earth’s axial tilt points toward the Sun. During the equinoxes, which occur at the start of spring (vernal equinox) and fall (autumnal equinox), the periods of day and night are the same length. During the solstices, which occur at the start of summer (June solstice) and winter (winter solstice), either day or night is at its longest period. June solstice is the longest day of the year; winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.

Occurring on the 20th or the 21st of the month (this year it falls on the 21st), winter solstice marks the official beginning of winter, but also the point at which the days start to grow longer once more. The sun, which has dropped lower in the sky since the June solstice (June 20-21) and reaches its lowest point above the horizon on noon on winter solstice, once again begins to rise.

From the earliest human prehistory, people have recognized the winter solstice as an important event in their lives. When winter survival was difficult for early human societies, the sight of the sun beginning to rise in the sky once more was a symbol of hope and a reason to celebrate.

(All of the above applies to the Northern Hemisphere of Earth. The equinoxes and solstices flip in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, in Australia, Christmas is a summer holiday.)

However you commemorate and observe this time of year, we hope you and your family have a joyful and safe season!

Thanksgiving, 2013: The Presidential Turkey Pardon

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanksgiving began in 1621, but didn’t become a national holiday until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared it in hopes of bringing a divided nation together. We have many Thanksgiving traditions in this country, from turkey at the meal to the annual Cowboys and Lions games on television. But one of the most beloved is the annual Presidential turkey pardon, in which the U.S. President “pardons” a turkey to life in a petting zoo rather than ending up as someone’s main course. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, we thought you’d like to know a little more about the history of this fascinating tradition.

Farmers have sent turkeys to the White House as far back as the 1800s, hoping to have the honor of providing the President’s annual meal. There have been scattered stories of individual turkeys being “pardoned” throughout that time, including one in which President Lincoln’s son Tad successfully convinced the president to spare a bird intended for the family’s Christmas dinner.

Starting in 1947, the National Turkey Federation became the official supplier of the President’s Thanksgiving birds. The White House arranged for an annual photo op that year with the President receiving the turkey in the Rose Garden. Sadly, there was no pardon as yet; those birds all ended up on the Presidential table.

The push for an official pardon picked up steam in 1963, when President Kennedy ask that the bird be spared just a few days before his assassination. President Nixon opted to send each of the birds he received to a nearby petting zoo after the photo op, though there was no formal pardon attached.

But it wasn’t until 1989 that the pardon became official. On November 14 of that year, President George H. W. Bush made the announcement, and sent the bird to a Virginia game preserve to live the rest of its life out in cranberry-and-stuffing-free bliss. Since then, every President has held an annual pardoning ceremony, with the lucky turkey spared the axe and sent off to live in peace. Since 2005, the pardoned birds have gone to Disneyland in Anaheim, California where they have lived as part of a petting zoo exhibit in Frontierland.

No matter what traditions you enjoy this holiday, or who you enjoy them with, all of us here wish you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving weekend.

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