The History of Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

The official end of summer and the beginning of fall lands on September 23rd, which marks the Autumnal Equinox, when the plane of the Earth’s equator passes the center of the sun and the length of day and night are roughly equal. However, for most people in the U.S., the summer really concludes with Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Labor Day and Memorial Day (the last Monday of May) together serve as the bookends of the summer.

The Labor Day Holiday is a time that people in this country associate with a last summer blast: another reason for an outdoor picnic, a chance for a three-day vacation, family trips to amusement parks, and of course, taking advantage of numerous sales that retailers always offer. (Labor Day is often the second largest shopping day of the year after Black Friday in November.) It’s also the point when school traditionally goes back in session, although some schools start a week earlier and some a week later.

Labor Day’s origins lie in the 1880s. In 1882 Matthew Maguire, a machinist in New York City who was secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) at the time, and Peter J McGuire of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), first proposed a celebration of the hard working men and women of the United States. However, five years would pass before the first state made it an official holiday, Oregon. Other states quickly followed this example, although not all selected a date in September.

By 1894, thirty states had started Labor Day celebrations. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a federal holiday only a week after Congress voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The date chosen for the holiday was the same one that Maguire and McGuire had originally proposed.

The U.S.A. is not the only country that celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. Canada observes the holiday as well, although they spell it “Labour” Day. In fact, Canada celebrated the occasion earlier than the U.S., and was an early inspiration in this country for the development of the holiday.

All of us here at Airflow Pros hope you and your family—whether at work or at play—enjoy a relaxing and memorable Labor Day weekend and have a fantastic start to the fall.

Why Isn’t My Heating Blowing the Air?

March 7th, 2014

For a forced-air heater like a furnace or a heat pump, you expect to feel a steady stream of warm air emanating from your vents when the heater is operating. And you should: proper airflow is essential to receive proper heating and an even distribution of comfort.

But sometimes a furnace or heat pump will turn on—you’ll hear the compressors, motors, burners, etc. activate and the system hum, but no hot air comes from the vents. In fact, no air comes from the vents period. What could cause this, and how can you restore your heater to proper performance?

We’ll look at some of the ways your heater could lose its air pressure. If this happens to your heater, contact Airflow Pros for professional assistance with available heating options in Woodland Park, CO that will get your heater once again blowing air into your home.

Reasons for Loss of Airflow in a Heater

  • Broken blower motor in the air handler: The air handler is the unit of your furnace or heat pump responsible for distributing the heated air throughout the ductwork. If the air handler malfunctions and breaks down, the air will not go anywhere. A common reason for air handler shut down is when the blower motor breaks because of malfunctions, which means no blower unit, and that means no air pressure at all.
  • Broken fan belt: Older air handlers didn’t use direct motors hooked up to the fan, but instead used fan belts. A broken fan belt will cause the fan to cease working, and there will be no airflow.
  • Clogged air filter: The air filter on the air return ducts keeps dust and debris from entering the cabinet of the furnace or heat pump and causing damage. These filters must be changed once a month during the prime heating season, or else they will become excessively clogged with dust. Eventually, they will choke off the air into the system, and there will be no flow.

Call for Professional Repairs

If you need work done on your heater because the air handler has malfunctioned, you need to call in trained experts to take care of the job; you can’t expect to achieve the repairs on your own without causing extra damage that would require more repairs. Entrust the work to NATE-certified specialists with the training that can solve this problem quickly. Call up our staff at Airflow Pros today when you don’t feel the warm air flowing from your vents and you know you need repairs for your heating in Woodland Park, CO.

Things to Look for When Upgrading Your Furnace

February 28th, 2014

When it comes to the furnace that keeps you warm during the cold days in Colorado, you shouldn’t need to replace a broken one for many years provided that you keep up with regular heating maintenance and repairs as soon as you know they’re necessary. But just because your furnace is working doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider upgrading to a newer model—especially if your current model is near or beyond its twenty-year anniversary. You may be wasting money on an inefficient system and missing out on some other benefits of advanced heating technology.

Here are some things you should look for when you want to upgrade to a newer, better model of furnace in Monument, CO. Call Airflow Pros with help navigating your many choices, and for a superior job installing it so it will provide with you all the new advantages you want.

Factors For Upgrading Your Furnace

  • Higher AFUE rating: The biggest change between and older furnace and a newer one is the AFUE rating, which rates how efficiently the furnace converts its fuel source to heat. If you have an old furnace, it probably has an AFUE around 60–65%, which means a waste of about 35–40% of the fuel up the exhaust flue. Newer furnaces can start with an AFUE of 78% and with the technology of a condensing furnace can even reach 98%: almost no waste at all.
  • Modulating furnace: Another way to save energy with a new furnace is to invest in a modulating furnace model, which combines a modulating gas valve that controls the gas used for the burners with variable speed blower motors. The furnace automatically adjust itself so that is does not always runs the fan at full capacity and regulates the fuel burn. This not only saves on energy, but it provides more precise heat levels. Installing one may also qualify you for a federal energy tax cut.
  • Electric ignition: The standard way of lighting a furnace for many decades was the standing pilot light. However, standing pilot lights consume extra energy while they wait for the gas burners to turn on. With electric ignition, a spark or a hot surface ignites the burner, which is much more efficient for operation—and less likely to fail like a pilot light.

Professionals Can Give You More Options

When you consult with installation professionals regarding a new furnace in Monument, CO, they can offer advice about which of the many advanced models will work best for your home and provide you with the top energy savings. Look to the NATE-certified technicians at Airflow Pros to help you find and install the right furnace upgrade.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your furnace or need other heating systems installed for your home in Monument, CO, give us a call today and schedule your next appointment!

Why You Should Ask for Free Estimates When Seeking Boiler Repairs

February 19th, 2014

“Do you give free estimates?”

Some boiler repair technicians dread this question, while others expect it and welcome it. It depends on the quality of the technician. You might dread asking the question, afraid of the reaction. But when you need repairs for a boiler in Colorado Springs, CO, there are a few reasons why you should definitely ask about free estimated.

(And don’t worry about asking our technicians from Airflow Pros. Yes, we offer free estimates. Just give us a call!)

Reasons to Ask For Free Estimates

  • It rarely hurts to ask: You aren’t risking anything when you ask for free estimates. Basically, you’re trying to get information about the people you are thinking of hiring. If the contractors say they don’t provide free estimates, it’s another piece of information you can use to make your decision if you hire them or not. It’s highly unlikely a contractor will refuse to work for you if you ask; they still want your business.
  • “Shopping” is important when it comes to repairs: Repairs from boilers range from simple, inexpensive fixes to costly tasks (like changing a rusted tank). You deserve to know what kind of job you have from the beginning, and you should be able to compare prices just as you would when shopping in a store. Contractors confident in their skills know this and will help you out.
  • To get a ballpark idea of what you need: Remember, an estimate is just that. It isn’t the final price, and a contractor cannot foresee other possible complications (or simplifications). However, the estimate will give you the sense of what kind of work is involved, and it may help sway you to other options—such as a full boiler replacement. Any extra knowledge you gain is good.

Please keep in mind that repair technicians are professionals. If you think a contractor has offered you a fair price, put your trust in them and hire them for the repair. Don’t use this knowledge to try to hire an amateur to do the work—it will end up costing much more and will probably result in a poorly working boiler. If a professional has been gracious enough to give you a free estimate, put that as a mark in his or her favor for deciding who should do the repair work.

At Airflow Pros, we consider giving free estimates part of the job. This way we can show our customers upfront that we value honesty and integrity, and that we understand they may wish to have a second opinion. However, we believe that even with that second opinion, you’ll come back to Airflow Pros and our NATE-certified technicians to handle the repairs for your boiler in Colorado Springs, CO.

Other Anniversaries of Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014

For more than a hundred years, people in countries around the world have marked the 14th day of February as a time for lovers to give each other gifts and for children to write cards to each other and eat heart-shaped candy. But Valentine’s Day isn’t the only important event to occur on February 14th. There are many other anniversaries to mark on this day. Here are a few:

1400 – The death of King Richard II: The same English king whose engagement resulted in the first love poem mentioning Valentine’s Day (from court poet Geoffrey Chaucer) dies in prison in Pontefract Castle after his cousin Henry overthrows him. He probably starved to death, although another famous author, William Shakespeare, would portray his death as murder.

1859 – Hello, Oregon: The Oregon Country is admitted to the United States of America as the 33rd state.

1876 – Who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for his new invention, the telephone. Another inventor, Elisha Gray, applies the same day for a similar device, sparking a long controversy over who invented what first.

1912 – Hello, Arizona: Continuing the statehood tradition that Oregon established, the Territory of Arizona is admitted to the U.S. as the 48th state. Women are granted the right to vote in Arizona the same year, eight years before the rest of the nation.

1929 – The world’s most infamous mob hit: Unknown assailants shoot down seven people in Chicago, IL. Six of the dead are gangsters in the mob of Bugs Moran, an enemy of Al Capone in the business of selling Prohibition bootleg liquor. No one is ever arrested or charged for the crime—but there isn’t much doubt who masterminded it.

1931 – “I am… Dracula”: The most influential vampire movie ever made, and the start of Universal Studio’s famous monsters series, Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, premieres in theaters. Universal cannily uses Valentine’s Day to promote the film as “The Story of the Strangest Passion the World Has Ever Known!”

1961 – The Periodic Table becomes larger: The 103rd chemical element, Lawrencium, is discovered at the University of California. The name comes from the laboratory where it is synthesized, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

2005 – Now it’s easy to watch funny animal videos: A group of college students launch a video sharing website call YouTube.

Even if Valentine’s Day itself isn’t a major holiday for you, February 14th has many reasons to celebrate—unless you are a member of Bugs Moran’s gang or a supporter of Richard II. All of us at Airflow Pros would like to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, however you observe it.

3 Signs You Need to Replace Your Heater in Black Forest

February 7th, 2014

Few pieces of equipment in your home are more important in a state like Colorado than a heating system. Having a reliable heater keeping you warm is essential during our heavy winters. If you think that your old heating system is coming to the close of its service, you need to schedule a replacement right away.

We’ve put together a list of warning signs that you need new heater installation. Call Airflow Pros when it’s time for heating replacement service in Black Forest, CO, and we’ll help you pick and size a new system that will give you many years of warmth.

The 3 Main Signs That It’s Time for Heating Replacement

  • Continuous loud operation: Whenever you hear an odd sound coming from your furnace, heat pump, or boiler, it usually indicates that you need to schedule repairs. But if you have an older heater that has started to make continual loud noises while running, and no amount of repairs or maintenance solves the issue, then the heater has likely aged to the point where it won’t last much longer. Schedule replacement before an inconvenient breakdown occurs.
  • A steady rise in heating bills: An aging heater will start to work inefficiently, and that will show up as rising prices on your monthly heating bills. A sudden spike in your bills often means a repair need. A steady growth indicates a heater that is wearing down and can no longer do the efficient job it once did. At this point, it is more economical to replace the heater with a newer model that will cost less to run.
  • Constant repairs: A well-maintained heater will require few repairs from malfunctions. But if you keep up a steady maintenance schedule for it and still find yourself calling for repairs a few times per year, then the heater’s age is catching up to it. Look at your repair bills, and then compare them to the cost of a replacement heater: you might be surprised at what you discover.

Replacement made easy—with professionals

Replacing any heating system is a big step, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult one if you choose to go with qualified heating experts for the installation. At Airflow Pros, we have NATE-certified technicians to make sure you receive only the best-trained installers putting in your new heater. Trust to us for your heating replacement in Black Forest, CO.

The Benefits of Calling a 24-Hour Heating Repair Service

January 31st, 2014

We live in a world with greater conveniences than ever before. More business stay open late or through the weekends, and an increasing number of companies keep their phone banks operating 24 hours a day for late-night customers.

But one place where 24-hour service has been the norm for many years is in heating and air conditioning repairs. A quality contractor will have staff ready around the clock to answer phones and send out repair vans to customers desperately in need of restoring their home comfort systems.

Of course, not every heating contractor offers emergency service. Here’s why you should make sure that you call a 24-hour repair service company like Airflow Pros for your heating repair service needs in Falcon, CO.

3 reasons to contact a 24-hour heating repair service company in Falcon

  1. Heater breakdowns wait for no man or woman: If a heater is going to break down completely, it will usually happen at an inconvenient time. This isn’t an HVAC variant on Murphy’s Law: it reflects the times when you’ll need to run your heater the most, usually during chilly evenings, and therefore place the most strain on it. This is one reason quality heating contractors offer 24-hour repair service: they know a good amount of work will occur during the evening hours when heating systems are working their hardest.
  2. Waiting is cold work: Having to go without your heating system during a Colorado winter can be miserable. Don’t wait through the icy night trying to find a way to keep warm until a heating contractor’s office opens. Keep the number of a 24-hour repair service handy.
  3. Scheduling is easier: Even if you can bundle up or find somewhere else to stay until you can call for heating repair, you may find it difficult to schedule a convenient time for repair technicians to get to you. Why? Because it’s likely many other homeowners have had similar breakdowns on this same cold day (see #1 above) and are now trying to schedule repairs as well. When you call a 24-hour heating service right when your heater breaks down, you’ll have a better chance of receiving immediate service.

At Airflow Pros, we see 24/7 emergency service as part of our agreement with our customers. We are here to help you stay warm with heating repair in Falcon, CO, and the only way we can assure you that you will get the best service from us is to make our staff available around the clock and around the calendar. And remember, not only are you getting 24-hour service from Airflow Pros, you’re getting NATE-certified technicians with the best training available. Contact us today for help!

What to Look for in a Heating Installation Contractor

January 28th, 2014

Deciding to go with new heating system in your Colorado Springs, CO home is a big decision. In a city that can get extremely cold during the winter, having a properly installed heater is a necessity. You must have a top-quality contractor handle the installation so everything works its best.

At Airflow Pros, we understand that you want only the best from a heating contractor. We’ve put together a list of the qualities you should look for in a contractor when you need new heating installation.

Signs of a great heating installation contractor

  • NATE-certification: One of the best indicators of quality in a heating contractor is North American Technical Excellence (NATE) certification. This is the only certification that is recognized throughout the HVAC industry as a mark of quality in training for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. When you hire a NATE-certified technician, you know the person working on your heating installation has passed stringent tests to prove his or her skill and knowledge.
  • 24/7 emergency service: If you have an emergency with your new heater on one of the coldest days of the year, the last thing you want from a heating contractor is one who doesn’t even answer the phone after 5 p.m. Make sure you have a heating contractor who can help you day or night.
  • A satisfaction guarantee: If a heating contractor is willing to back up the work the technicians do with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, it’s a sign of a confident contractor, and one who has developed trust with customers over the years. You’ll feel much more at ease with a contractor who offers to refund your money if installation goes wrong or does not meet your standards. Chances are good that if a contractor offers this sort of guarantee, the work will meet or surpass your expectations.

Where can I find a contractor with all these qualities?

If you need a heating contractor, look no further than Airflow Pros. There’s a reason for this: we have NATE-certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. There are many more reasons to make us your company for repair, maintenance, and heating installation in Colorado Springs, CO. Call us today to learn more.

Heating Repair Options for Your Boiler

January 19th, 2014

Why are boilers still so popular for home heating when many more advanced systems have come along? There are a number of reasons, but the biggest is perhaps reliability. Boilers usually last longer than other heaters, and they need fewer repairs. The simple action of heating water and circulating it through a home to provide warmth means a boiler has few moving parts, and therefore few components that will wear down and need repairs or replacements. Well-cared for, a boiler can last a generation.

Actually, well-cared for and well-repaired. Regardless of their durability, boilers do occasionally require repairs, and you should schedule them as soon as you feel something is going wrong with your heating.

Call Airflow Pros for NATE-certified technicians to handle your boiler heating repair in Tri Lakes, CO.

Some options for boiler repair:

  • Fixing leaks: Leaking is the most common problem that boilers face. The usual cause of leaking is an increase in pressure inside the tank, although poor soldering along the connections and damage from corrosion can also cause it. Leaks need to be sealed as soon as possible, since they will not only threaten your heating, they will threaten construction material as well. Professionals need to take care of this task, because they also must track down the reason the leaks started.
  • De-liming the tank: This is one of the causes of increased water pressure. Limescale develops inside a tank because of hard water (water with a high mineral content). As the hard water’s temperature is raised, the minerals leave limescale residue along the inside of the tank. Limescale is an insulator, so it will imbalance the temperature inside the tank and result in overheating. Technicians can de-lime the tank to eliminate the slimescale.
  • Removing corrosion: Wherever water and metal are found together, corrosion and rust is possible. Boilers have built-in mechanisms to help prevent corrosion, but if these fail, oxidation will start to occur, leading to corrosion. Corrosion must be dealt with fast because it weakens metal and eventually causes it to crumble apart. A fully corroded tank is in danger of bursting and should be replaced. Have the corrosion removed before it gets to that point.

Call for repairs sooner rather than later

Repair needs in a boiler will spread if not attended to, and you could end up with a boiler that needs replacement instead of repairs. Professionals can usually handle most repairs quickly and effectively. Call Airflow Pros when you need fast heating repair in Tri Lakes, CO. We have 24-hour emergency services.

Should I Schedule a Heating Repair in Mid-Winter?

January 12th, 2014

If you’ve lived in Colorado for a year, by now you know how cold the winters can get. Having a durable heater in your home makes the winters that much more pleasant… but try to imagine life without one. You can keep your heater healthy with repairs and maintenance.

Airflow Pros can help you with both so you get the best heating service available in Fountain, CO.

Some repair needs that might occur in your furnace, boiler, or heat pump won’t have an immediate effect on the amount of warmth you receive: strange noises from the cabinets, a few leaks, odd smells from the vents. You may think that you can get through the rest of the winter without your heater breaking down—and that’s a possibility. But here’s why you should never delay with repairs, no matter what time of winter it is:

Do you really want to risk your heater breaking down?

If there is any possibility your heater might abruptly break down this winter, you need to do all you can to prevent it. Repairs for a broken heater can be costly, and depending on how many emergency calls heating technicians are on during a cold day (or night), you might have an unpleasant wait ahead of you.

A malfunctioning heater will cost more to run

Your heating system may still seem to be working correctly, bringing you the temperature set on the thermostat, but those malfunctions will force it to ork harder to do the same job. That means an energy drain, which will appear on your bills.

Prevent further repairs

Malfunctions inside heating systems tend to be insidious: they spread to other components and cause further repair troubles. Leaks in a boiler will lead to more leaks. A restriction in airflow in a furnace will cause multiple motors to overheat. If you let a repair need go, even if the heater doesn’t break down, the eventual service will cost far more because you let the damage spread

It’s imperative to summon repair technicians as soon as you suspect something is not right with your heater. Also, remember to enroll in a regular maintenance program so your heater is in its best condition before the start of each winter.

If you need repairs, call Airflow Pros: we have 24-hour emergency services, so you don’t need to shiver in the dark of the early morning for too long. We have NATE-certified technicians who can diagnose your troubles with heating in Fountain, CO and restore your heater so that you can enjoy the rest of your winter.