Veterans Day was originally referred to as Armistice Day. November 11,1918 marked the official end of World War I, and to commemorate the day, legislation was passed in 1938 to dedicate the day to world peace and honor World War I veterans.
Sixteen years and two wars later following the Korean War and World War II, veterans service organizations called on the 83rd U.S. Congress to amend the Act of 1938 to include all veterans. Congress agreed, and on June 1, 1954, Armistice Day officially became Veterans Day. The day is a legal holiday dedicated to honoring all veterans who served honorably during wartime or peacetime in the military.
Save the Date!
Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Both are legal holidays, and both are meant to honor our men and women in uniform. Memorial Day is specifically meant to honor those who lost their life while serving our country and Veterans Day is meant to honor all servicemen and servicewomen, living and deceased.
Teach your children about veterans and make cards to deliver to a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.
Donate to organizations working to house veterans or help them find employment.
Send a letter or care package to our troops overseas.
Buy a meal for a veteran in your area.
So many veterans feel forgotten by our country, make a difference this Veterans Day in Alexandria, VA and show a military family that you recognize the sacrifices they’ve made. Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling is happy to provide you with the history of Veterans Day. For HVAC assistance, call 703-765-9400.
5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Get a Furnace Maintenance Check
With winter just around the corner, now is the time to tend to your heating system. And when it comes to your furnace, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way in identifying and eliminating problems before they even have a chance to develop. Still not convinced? Here are five good reasons to get furnace maintenance before winter kicks in.
1. Temperatures are dropping.
With the temperatures dropping, you’ll be turning that furnace on soon, and you are expecting it to do its job, right?
Join Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling to Stop Bullying
Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling believes it’s important that our communities understand how bullying affects all of us. While most of the repercussions of intimidation and violence are associated with children, anyone can experience the negative impact of being bullied.
Victims have been known to suffer from anxiety, depression, sadness and loss of interest in work, studies, and hobbies. Sufferers have seen negative changes in their health. Bullying needs to stop! Bullying has to be a matter we all confront to ensure victims feel protected and safe. During the month of October, we hope everyone who reads these words will join us in the fight against bullying by participating in and promoting the following events.
As a homeowner, some of your biggest costs come with heating and cooling your home. With fall upon us, and cooler temperatures approaching, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to make sure that your HVAC system and the other components that will impact your energy efficiency in your home all look good.
Energy costs are variable, which means that there is something that you can do to keep them under control. Here are some tips to help you avoid mistakes with your HVAC.
1 – Forget to Change the Filter
Your air filter is responsible for removing particles and debris from the air as it flows through the house. Over time the filter will gather residue and begin to be less effective. You need to clean your filter on a regular basis for a few reasons.
One, it cleans the air, which is particularly important if you have pets shedding dander or if you or other family members have a respiratory disease.
Two, it helps the air (and the heat) circulate more efficiently. Make a point to change it when the season changes too.
2 – Not Changing the Thermostat
Many people simply leave their thermostat at the same setting year-round, leaving their HVAC system to do all the heavy work of regulating temperature, against the heat or cold outside.
This fall, adjust your thermostat downwards slightly so that your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work as hard.
3 – Not Checking the Vents
It’s more efficient if you can have air circulating in areas of the house that you need it most. Close some of the vents to push the hot air towards the rooms where you spend most of your time. Don’t close too many or your efforts will be counterproductive.
4 – Leaky Ducts
Your ducts are an important part of your comfort system that you need to deliver the hot air expressly. If there are leaks in or around the ducts, the air will leak out instead of reaching your rooms, making your HVAC system work twice as hard.
5 – Ignoring Warning Signs
If you think trouble is brewing with your system, don’t put it off. Get it checked out. If you see signs of rust, hear unusual noises coming from your unit or can’t get your home to heat properly, get it looked at today.
6 – Clutter Around the Condenser
Whatever you do, make sure that the area around the condenser is free from clutter and plants so that air can circulate freely. Condensers need room to breathe, just like the rest of us!
7 – Badly Placed Carpets and Furniture
Make sure that you don’t have carpets, furniture, toys or anything else covering vents . Having these items there will block the hot air from flowing through.
To make doubly sure that your HVAC system is in great condition this fall, don’t hesitate to call for a second opinion. Our trained staff at Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling in Alexandria, VA is happy to answer any of your questions at 703-765-9400.
National Fruits and Veggies Month is an excellent time to find ways to incorporate these wonderful foods into your diet. They’re nutritious, filling and full of vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function.
While many people enjoy fruits, it’s sometimes harder to get the right amount of veggies in your meals throughout the day. The following are some excellent tips to recognize these foods during National Fruits and Veggies Month.
Learn to Snack Healthy
Snacking is a good habit to have if you choose the right snacks. The humble apple and banana are both filling, affordable and nutritious snacks that are also portable. Not only will they fulfill a sweet craving, but will also help satiate hunger until your next meal.
Edamame is another healthy snack that is appetizing with a dip like hummus. Add in some carrots and pepper strips and you have a colorful meal that is full of vitamins.
Visit a Local Farmers’ Market
The farmers’ market is one of the best places to find fresh produce that is in season. The produce at the farmers’ market may have even been picked the day before or that same morning. Many farmers’ markets also sell some produce that has been preserved or pickled by the family.
These products offer a fun way to try a new jam or jelly that you may not find in the grocery store. The following are some unique items that you may find at your local farmers market.
New apple varieties
Know the Benefits of Eating Fruits and Vegetables
It’s important to understand the reason why the body thrives off eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. There are many benefits from eating fresh produce.
Once you find your favorites, it will become easier to find new ways to prepare them to ensure you get the recommended daily servings.
Here are some of the most exciting benefits of eating fruits and vegetables:
They’re filling with minimal calories
Many contain fiber to aid in digestion
Greens and berries have antioxidants to help counteract the effects of aging
The next time you’re planning a meal or snack, be sure to incorporate at least 2 or 3 fruits or vegetables. When you’re shopping, look for a new variety each time you go to the store. You can always find recipes for nearly anything online, and it’s tons of fun to expand your palate and try new things!
Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of fruits and veggies, our company, Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling would like to offer you a hand with your HVAC needs in Alexandria, VA . Give us a call at 703-765-9400.
Running at a whisper-quiet 56 dBs, this Carrier model has a 19 SEER rating (a higher rating means better energy efficiency). It is a 5-stage AC system that runs quietly and efficiently most of the time, but can cycle into higher stages to provide more cooling when the temperature and humidity rises.
Within the mid-range in price, the model offers very good affordability and efficiency, backed by a 10-year warranty.
Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive
At the top end of the price scale, this system offers outstanding energy efficiency with a SEER rating of 25.5. It boasts outstanding features like quiet operation, a modulating compressor, remote access connectivity plus an industry-leading 12-year warranty.
July is UV Safety Awareness Month, which is a recognition many are unaware of. While we tend to think of fresh air and sunshine as healthy and therapeutic, the sun’s UV rays are quite harmful. They can cause eye damage, skin cancer, and premature aging. UV rays can also suppress the immune system, leaving your body vulnerable to infections and diseases.
6 Home Improvement Projects to do Before the 4th of July
It is easy to tell when summer has arrived in earnest. Temperatures soar and so do energy and water bills. By the time the 4th of July rolls around, everyone’s thoughts have turned to daydreams of refreshing pool swims, beach adventures, and relaxation.
These 6 home improvement projects can help you save money on utility bills and get your home ready for welcoming guests on this special holiday.
Clean and Refinish the Deck and Fence
Turn off the power.
Turn off the cold water supply valve.
Turn on the hot water and leave it running.
Put on heat-protective gloves.
Hook up the hose to the water heater drain valve while the hot water is still running.
Be sure the other end of the hose is located in a bathtub, bucket or outdoors!
Open the drain valve and let the water drain out.
When the water finishes draining, open up the cold water valve again to flush out sediment.
Close the valve and remove the hose.
Run the hot water spigots again while refilling the water heater tank with cold water.
Restore power to your water heater.
If you don’t feel confident performing this task correctly, it is safer to call a professional!
Invest in Energy Saving Window Treatments
One of the best ways to achieve energy efficiency in months of extreme temperatures is to give your windows and window treatments some dedicated attention.
If you have the resources and time, you may want to consider replacing your existing windows with Low-e windows, which can repel heat from the outside sun and also block harmful UV rays from streaming into your home.
If you have already made this switch or now is not the time, you can achieve a similar effect by working to upgrade your window treatments. Today there are many energy efficient window treatment options for keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
Here are some popular choices:
Installing awnings on South/West-facing windows to block the sun.
Using window film to repel heat and UV rays.
Installing light-colored drapes or blinds to reflect the heat back away from your windows.
Installing eco-friendly wood shades (hemp and bamboo are good choices) to block and repel the heat from the sun.
You can also just close your drapes or blinds during the hottest part of each day to keep the heat outside and a cool temperature inside.
These 6 home improvement projects can make you feel really confident about opening your home up to family and guests this summer on the 4th of July and for other festivities. It can also just feel great to improve your home space for your family’s enjoyment.
To save money on summer energy bills in Alexandria, VA, contact Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling at 703-765-9400.