Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for November, 2014

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Dynamic Mechanical, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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If You Don’t Want a Wood-Burning Fireplace, Consider These Options

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Wood-burning fireplaces can bring a great amount of joy to a house. However, these traditional fireplaces require extensive cleaning and maintenance, and many homeowners would prefer not to deal with storing wood and carting it to the hearth. Fortunately, the wood-burning fireplace is not the only type available. If you would like a fireplace in West Hartford, CT to give your house cozy comfort during the winter, you have a number of excellent options aside from a standard wood-burning fireplace.

Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning offers professional fireplace installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance as part of our comprehensive heating services. Call our fireplace specialists today to find out more about the choices you have for fireplaces. We will use our expertise to locate the right type to enliven, beautify, and warm your household.

Gas Log Fireplace

If you have a natural gas line entering your home that you use to power the stove, oven, and/or heating system, installing a gas log fireplace is an excellent choice as a wood-burning alternative. Gas log fireplaces turn on with the flick of a switch, and their design and the appearance of the permanent logs on the hearth creates a look similar to that of a wood-burning fireplace—just without consuming wood or creating ash and creosote. Because gas is a less expensive fuel than electricity, gas logs are very cost-effective to run.

Electric Fireplace

For the most convenient, easy-to-use, and safe option for a fireplace, an electric model is a good way to go. Proper installation can make an electric fireplace look attractive, it attaches directly into your power supply, and it doesn’t require any venting of fumes.

Pellet Burning Stove

These freestanding stoves are superb choices if you do not have a masonry chimney or room for a standard fireplace. Freestanding stoves vent through a pipe that goes into the nearest wall and then out through a chimney flue. These stoves do not burn wood, but instead burn high-efficiency compressed pellets that are easier to store and use than wood-burning fireplaces. (If you do want a wood-burning fireplace, but don’t have a masonry chimney or sufficient space, there are also free-standing wood-burning stoves available.)

Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in excellent services for fireplaces. No matter what sort of fireplace you are looking for to add warmth and a pleasant atmosphere to your home, our fireplace experts can help you find the best model and install it. Call us today in West Hartford, CT for fireplace services.

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Some Benefits of Radiant Heating

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Radiant heating has become very popular with homeowners over the last several years. Depending on the type of radiant heating you use, the system can be part of a boiler heating system or a stand-alone electrical system. There are benefits to be gained from both types of radiant heating, as we’ll outline below, but to truly enjoy the benefits of any radiant system, it’s important to hire professionals to perform the installation. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has been performing radiant heating installation in Southington, CT since 2006. We have the certified and trained technicians who can help you with your heating installation so call us today.

Types of Radiant Heating

As we mentioned above, there are two ways radiant heating can heat your home: via hot water or steam from a boiler, or via electrical cables. But there are some choices when it comes to installation:

  • Electrical radiant floor heating – there are two ways in which the electrical cables can be used for radiant floor heating: a “wet” installation, in which the electric cables are laid on the top of wet cement creating a radiant slab when it dries, or an electrically-conductive plastic mat that is installed directly under your flooring.
  • Hydronic radiant floor heating – hydronic floor heating uses hot water to heat. The hot water flows through durable, flexible plastic tubing that is installed beneath your flooring.
  • Radiant panels – radiant panels are installed in walls and/or ceilings. They can be either electric or hydronic, but electric is usually preferred. Radiant panels are typically made of aluminum; this type of radiant heating has the quickest response time but also the lowest capacity for heating.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

  • Very quiet system – the only sound you may hear from a radiant system is the boiler as it fires; otherwise, the distribution of the heat is silent.
  • No lost heating from ductwork – heating loss with ductwork can be significant – up to 30% of your home’s total air loss. With a radiant system, the possibility of this kind of heat loss is eliminated.
  • Easily zoned – with either electric or hot water, it is easy to zone a radiant heating system as compared to a system with ductwork.

To find out if a radiant heating installation in Southington, CT is a good fit for your home, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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Are Furnaces Dangerous Options for Heating?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

When it comes to choosing a furnace to heat your home, there are a lot of options, including the type of fuel you want to use. Most furnaces heat via combustion, and as such, need a fossil fuel to work. There can be some concern about using a combustible fossil fuel in your home, which is understandable, as these fuels are highly flammable. However, today’s combustion heating systems are thoroughly tested and equipped with multiple safety mechanisms to ensure the safety of you, your family and your home. If you have concerns about your furnace, or want to know about the safety mechanisms of your heating system, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

One Option to Consider: The Electric Furnace

If you are concerned about using a fossil fuel furnace in your home, you have an alternative option: an electric furnace. Electric furnaces have come a long way in recent years, especially in the area of energy efficiency. Electric furnaces heat your home by electrifying two tightly-wound metal coils. Electricity heats the coils until they are red-hot, and once the coils reach the right temperature, the blower fan blows the warm air into your home. The average energy efficiency of electric furnaces is 95%, with some models averaging 100% since there is no loss with exhaust as there is with combustion systems. Electric furnaces are some of the least expensive furnaces to install, so there can be significant initial savings with an electric furnace. Lastly, the average lifespan of an electric furnace is 20-30 years, as compared to a combustion furnace, where the average lifespan is 15-20 years.

Schedule Maintenance

If you do have a combustion furnace, or are interested in possibly installing one, scheduling annual maintenance helps with safety. During a routine maintenance visit, your furnace will be thoroughly inspected for problems, and safety mechanisms will be tested, ensuring that all is operational.

Today’s furnaces are just as safe as any other heating system available. If you are considering the installation of a new furnace in Bristol, or have concerns about an existing one, schedule an appointment with a Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning expert today.

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