SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for November, 2013

The History of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.

It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”

From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).

Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.  

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Heating Tip: How to Prevent Energy Loss

Monday, November 18th, 2013

You need a good heating system to keep your home cozy home during our chilly winters, but often come with high energy bills to boot. We’ve come to expect that as the price of staying warm, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The key is to keep your heater as efficient as possible, while ensuring that your home has the ability to retain the heat generated. Here are a few tips on how to prevent energy loss.

Schedule a maintenance session with a trained professional to clean your heating system. Over the summer, dust and dirt can build up on the interior components, and fittings can become loose. This can result in a nasty surprise when you need the heater to function and it cuts out. A technician can clean the dirt away, tighten any loose connections, and spot any larger issues in need of addressing. This will help prevent larger repairs, as well as ensuring that your heater is functioning at maximum efficiency.

The next step is to look after your home.  If your home is leaky or poorly insulated, you’re going to lose energy just when you need it the most. You can prevent that by spotting and sealing any leaks around your doors and windows. If you can, see about adding more insulation as well. It will help keep the heat inside (and cold inside in the summertime, just for good measure).

For more ideas on how to prevent energy loss in your home, or to schedule a maintenance session with your furnace, contact the Woodbury, NJ heating pros at SPS Mechanical to help. We deal with heating systems of all varieties and can handle maintenance, repair and installation services with courtesy and professionalism. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

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Benefits of Using a Furnace in Cherry Hill, NJ

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Is a furnace the right choice for getting your home all snug and warm for this coming winter? It may very well be, since furnaces offer some great advantages.

We’ll list some of the benefits you can expect from a Cherry Hill, NJ furnace that’s at work for you. But keep in mind that there’s no automatic answer for your home’s heating needs. The type of furnace that’s best for you—if it turns out that a furnace is the best option—is something you’ll need expert advice on before you make your choice.

The top benefits of a furnace:

1. They work with existing ductwork

If you already have ductwork for central air conditioning, than installing a furnace will go smoothly; furnaces use forced-air to send heat through ducts, and they can share the same ductwork that your AC uses.

2. Flexibility

Furnaces come in a dizzying variety of types, models, and sizes. You should have no trouble finding one that matches your fuel availability and will fit into the space where it will work best.

3. Increased efficiency

Furnaces used to have poor energy efficiency compared to other heating choices—but this has changed, and the government now requires furnaces to have a minimum AFUE rating of 85%, which means they returns 85% of the energy they receive as heat. Most models available today have AFUE ratings greater than 90%.

Get professionals in on the installation process before you even pick out your heating system. You don’t want to make a mistake with a decision this important to your home comfort. When you choose to have SPS Mechanical install your furnace in Cherry Hill, NJ, you’ll get top quality work from trained experts. We offer flat-rate pricing and an excellent maintenance program, our Total Maintenance Solution. Let us take care of your worries for heating your home!

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Grinding Sounds and Haddonfield, NJ Heating Repair Needs

Monday, November 4th, 2013

We have long cold winters, and a reliable heating system provides us with cozy respite from the cold and snow. When a heater goes down, we need to get it back up and running again quickly. In particular, grinding sounds can indicate serious problems with your heater. Where do those sounds originate and what’s the connection between grinding sounds and Haddonfield, NJ heating repair needs?

Obviously, a grinding sound should not occur in a unit that is operating as intended. The noise usually stems from metal grinding on metal, a serious problem that could cause considerable damage to your system. A bent or misaligned component could be the cause: something in the fan motor, a blower fan with a loose fitting, or the like. In some cases, an outside element may have entered into the heater. A stick or twig, for example, can fall in through the exhaust vent and rub up against the rotating fan. There may also be a loose bolt or screw rattling around in the interior of the heater, which can cause a grinding sound if it gets caught between two components.

Regardless of the cause, it indicates a significant problem with your heater. It doesn’t have to be an expensive problem – a loose bolt, for instance, means it simply needs to be removed – but if left unchecked, it can cause much more damage than it might otherwise. That turns a small repair into a much larger one very quickly. If you hear a grinding noise, turn off your heater and contact a service technician to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Luckily, you have a company close at hand that handles Haddonfield, NJ heating repair needs. The experts at SPS Mechanical are standing by. Call us today and set up an appointment; we’re ready to help you with repairs, replacement and any issues connected to your heater.

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