SPS Mechanical Inc. 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 SPS Mechanical, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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How Geothermal Heating Helps You Save Money

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Geothermal systems have been around since the 1940s, but with advances in technology and products, geothermal systems have become a solid heating and cooling system option for homeowners. Geothermal systems are one of the environmentally-friendly heating systems around, and they can offer your home a number of long-term benefits – but you may not gain the benefits the system has to offer if you don’t use trained professionals for installation. Geothermal systems have a very specific layout and design, and it takes knowledge and expertise to install them correctly. The NATE-certified technicians at SPS Mechanical, Inc. have the training and expertise to perform a geothermal heating installation properly, so call us today!

How A Geothermal System Heats

Geothermal systems use the steady temperature of the ground just beneath the frost line to heat your home. The temperature of the ground below the frost line stays between 55-61 degrees all year long. A geothermal system harnesses this heat energy via the ground loop, transfers it to the ground-source heat pump where the heat is concentrated, and then disperses it into your home. The heat is delivered in a continuous, low-volume way, so it is gradual and comfortable.

How Can a Geothermal System Save Money?

There are a few ways in which geothermal systems can help save you money:

  • No fossil fuels – if you’ve had a heating system that uses fossil fuels to generate heat, you know how much money winters can cost you. The heat pump for a geothermal system uses electricity, eliminating the need for fossil fuels.
  • Long lifespan – according to Energy.gov, geothermal systems have very long lifespans: the ground loop lasts up to 50 years and the heat pump last up to 25 years. With lifespans this long, you won’t have to worry about the cost of a replacement for a long time.
  • Very energy efficient – the amount of energy a ground-source heat pump uses is about a quarter of that of a whole-home air conditioning system. This makes them very energy efficient which will be reflected in your monthly energy bills.

Geothermal systems are sustainable, comfortable and energy efficient. To see if geothermal heating in Cherry Hill is a good fit for your home, call SPS Mechanical, Inc. today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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How Tankless Water Heaters Provide Hot Water

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

When you picture a water heater, you most likely imagine a very large tank that takes up space in a basement or another hidden area of the home. These traditional units are called storage tank water heaters because they store water in a large tank for later use. Storage tank water heaters stay on throughout the day, as a burner or an electric heating element must remain hot so that you can get hot water at any time. However, there’s a big problem with this as far as efficiency is concerned because you only really need hot water a handful of times throughout the day.

Tankless water heaters do not have this problem, known as “standby energy loss,” which means they can help you to save a lot of money over the years. Let’s take a look at the design of a tankless unit so you can decide whether to schedule tankless water heater installation in Deptford Township.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters were created to combat a couple of problems: 1) the amount of space storage tank water heaters take up and 2) the standby energy loss associated with traditional tanks. Instead of remaining on throughout the day, a tankless unit only activates once you turn on a hot water tap somewhere in your home. A computer alerts the system to turn on, and a burner or electric heating element heats up a heat exchanger. Water circulates through the heat exchanger and heads toward the faucet. The heat turns off as soon as you shut off the tap, which means you won’t have to pay for a system that stays hot all day long.

Is Tankless Right for My Home?

So if a tankless water heater is so efficient, how come every homeowner does not purchase one? Well, what works for one homeowner may not work for another. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional storage tank water heaters. The energy savings over time should make up for the initial cost, but it will take several years to do so. Many people prefer tankless units because they will not run out of hot water. However, it may take a bit longer for water to heat up. In general, it’s best to talk to a professional about your needs in order to decide which type is best for you.

Call SPS Mechanical Inc. to talk to a skilled technician about water heater installation in Deptford Township today!

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Ways to Avoid Emergency Plumbing Repair

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

When a plumbing leak or sewage backup from a major clog threatens to damage your home, you may be left searching for a plumber in the late hours of the night. Luckily, many plumbers offer 24-hour emergency service for these types of events. However, this is not an ideal situation for any homeowner, especially if the damage is already done. Avoid emergency plumbing repair and costly reparations by following a few simple steps.

Watch What You Put Down the Sink

One of the easiest ways to avoid emergency repairs is to pay attention to what goes down your drains. Drain clogs are not only an inconvenience, they can also sometimes cause waste to backup into your drains. This risks damage to your home and prompts health concerns, which is why you should take care to protect your drains from major sources of blockage. Purchase an inexpensive drain trap from a hardware store for your shower. And always put the following food items in a separate trash receptacle instead of the garbage disposal: hard foods (popcorn kernels, meat bones), expandable foods (pasta, rice), non-food items, fat, oil, and grease.

Know the Early Signs of Leaks

Another way to avoid an emergency is by knowing what signs to look for that could indicate a leak in your plumbing. A major plumbing leak can cause flooding, structural damage, and the development of mold and mildew. Keep these types of emergencies from occurring by catching leaks early on. Look out for any of the following signs:

  • Low Water Pressure
  • High Utility Bills
  • Water Spots on the Walls or Ceilings
  • Water Spots in the Yard

Schedule Plumbing Maintenance Every Year

Finally, you should schedule plumbing maintenance with a skilled professional every year. During plumbing maintenance, a technician will check every portion of your pipe for leaks, corrosion, or clogs, as well as an inspection, cleaning, and/or adjustment of additional plumbing fixtures and faucets. This may include your water heater, toilets, washing machine hoses, and water treatment system. Maintenance keeps the components of your plumbing running smoothly and helps alert you to any early warning signs.

SPS Mechanical Inc. offers a maintenance program which includes two maintenance visits per year and covers your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems as well as discounts on parts and services. To schedule annual maintenance for 24-hour emergency plumbing repair in Sewell, call now!

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