Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for November, 2014

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 Shaw’s Air Conditioning, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

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Why Consider a Ductless Heating System?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

If you are looking for a system that can offer you both heating and cooling, and is easily installed to just about any home, you may want to consider the installation of a ductless heating system. Using heat pump technology, a ductless heating system can both heat and cool your home without needing expensive ductwork. While the system is fairly straight-forward, the installation of a ductless heating system should always be handled by a trained professional. The technicians at Shaw’s Air Conditioning have installed many ductless heating systems in Lemoore, so if you are interested in a ductless system for your home, call us today!

How Ductless Heating Works

Ductless heating systems have the same components as a ductless cooling but with one exception: the system uses heat pump technology to be able to both heat and cool your home. An outdoor unit contains the compressor, condenser and reversing valve, and the indoor blowers deliver the air. The reversing valve is the component that allows your heat pump to switch between heating and cooling. It does this by changing the direction in which the refrigerant flows. As the homeowner, all you have to do is press a button on your dual-mode thermostat and the heat pump does the rest!

Why Consider a Ductless Heating System?

In addition to offering both heating and cooling, there are some other benefits a heat pump offers that are worth considering:

  • Good energy efficiency – heat pumps do not use any fossil fuels and they only use a small amount of electricity to operate. Additionally, there is no potential air loss as there can be with a traditional ductwork system.
  • Easily expanded – to expand the system, simply install another blower. An outdoor unit supports up to 4 blowers, so as long as you have the support, you can easily mount and connect another indoor blower to your system.
  • Customized heating – each indoor blower operates individually, allowing you to customize your heating.

Ductless systems are great for new homes or retro-fitting an older home that doesn’t have ductwork. If you think a ductless system is a good fit for you, contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning today!

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What Are the Benefits to Heating Maintenance?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Cooler weather is finally here. You’ve got your heater on throughout the night and you feel perfectly comfortable in your home. There’s no need to worry about calling a technician for heating service, right? Actually, if you haven’t considered calling a technician for heating maintenance this year, you’re missing out on a valuable service that could just save your wallet from unexpected expenses and protect your family from a sudden loss of heating.

When you schedule heating maintenance, a technician looks over every single component of your system, making some adjustments and cleaning key parts along the way. If you schedule this service every year, you may notice any of the following benefits.

  • Increased Performance: Sure, your heating system may seem to work just fine, but with heating maintenance, you may notice enhanced performance. Dirty or worn down parts can cause your system to take longer to heat your home, but with a tune up you may notice a more accurate temperature and faster heating cycles.
  • Fewer Repairs: When parts of your system are dirty or if they require an adjustment, they simply cannot work as they are supposed to. This means you may make frequent calls to the repair technician, often at inconvenient times of the day. With heating maintenance, you can find out about repair needs ahead of time, so your system doesn’t break down in the middle of the night. Cleaning and adjustment also helps ward off repairs, possibly for the remainder of the heating season.
  • Lower Utilities: Finally, regular tune ups can help lower your utilities, as a clean system in top shape uses a lot less energy to heat up a home. The savings may be quite noticeable, since your heating system generally comprises a large portion of your bills.

So when is the best time to schedule heating maintenance? Right now! Many experts recommend scheduling maintenance right before the heating season begins. However, it’s not too late; heating maintenance at any time of year can still provide all of these benefits and more. If you want professional heating maintenance in Lemoore, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today!

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3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Heating System

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Replacing a heating system is a great opportunity to increase your energy efficiency, improve your comfort, and have a reliable heating system installed in your home. Knowing when it’s time to replace your heating system is the key to avoiding potentially expensive repairs and possible breakdown with an aging system. Our Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating technician have put together a list of some common signs that can indicate may be time to replace your heating system. Have questions? Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Age of Your System

The average combustion heating system lasts about 15-20 years. Electric furnaces and heat pumps have an average lifespan that is a little longer – between 20-25 years. If the age of your heating system is as old or older than these average lifespans, it may be time to consider replacing it. Today’s heating systems are very energy efficient – much more energy efficient than systems from just 10 years ago. Even if your current system is still running well, you could be missing out on significant energy savings by hanging on to an aging furnace.

Too Many Repairs

As a system ages, so do the components, and when components age, they can malfunction and breakdown. Too much malfunctioning and too many breakdowns results in too many repairs – repairs that can become costly. At some point, you may spend as much on repairs as it would have cost to install a new, reliable system. If you are looking at continued repairs this winter, take some time to assess where your money is better spent: on nursing an old system, or installing a new, reliable one.

Not Heating Evenly or Effectively

Aging systems can struggle to heat your home as you need it to. Common signs of this are ineffective heating and uneven heating. The reason you have a whole-home heating system is to stay warm and comfortable during the winter months; if your system isn’t doing this for you, it may be time to consider the installation of a new heater.

If you are seeing the signs that it’s time to replace your heating system, take advantage of the opportunity to install a new system. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule the installation of your new heater in Lemoore with one of our HVAC experts.

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