Palm Springs

August Newsletter 2021

Benefits of Smart Thermostats

With all the perks and conveniences of smart thermostats, it's no surprise that homeowners are increasingly integrating them into their homes. By 2024, most homes are predicted to have a smart thermostat, according to IoT Business.

Smart thermostats offer a variety of benefits for heating and cooling your home – from more control over your home’s temperature to advantages beyond temperature control. Check out some of the main benefits of installing a smart thermostat below:

Save energy and costs

Smart thermostats have been proven to help homeowners save money on heating and cooling bills each month by conserving energy. WiFi-enabled thermostats allow you to schedule certain temperature settings for certain times of the day. For example, you can schedule your home’s temperature to shift up or down (depending on the time of year) while you’re at work, and schedule it to go back to a more comfortable position when you’re home.

Remote access

The majority of smart thermostats allow homeowners to connect to their devices via WiFi. These thermostats contain sensors that control the heating and cooling systems and work in conjunction with your HVAC system. This means you have the ability to control your home’s temperature, even if you’re not at home, by connecting to WiFi and getting on the app that comes with the thermostat. This is a great function if you ever forget to turn your thermostat down before leaving for work or vacation!

Maintenance reminders

Smart thermostats can track information for you such as when you last changed your air filter. When the time comes to change to a new one, your smart thermostat will remind you. Once again helping you make your home as energy-efficient as possible.

Monitor energy consumption

Many smart thermostats will monitor your use and energy consumption week-by-week, and show you if you’ve gone up or down. This, in turn, helps you become smarter about how you program your thermostat, which helps you save money and be more environmentally friendly.

Want to make the move to the latest smart thermostat technology? Contact us at 760-537-1120 today and schedule your appointment.

Escape the Summer Heat

When the mercury rises to unbearable levels, there's only one solution, escape! What better way to escape for the day then a 2.5 mile ride on the worlds largest rotating tram car to the cool mountains of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. At an elevation of 8,516 feet - enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of trails.

Curious what it's like now, check out the latest conditions from the top of the mountain via the Tram Cam!

Breathe Cleaner, Fresher Air!

Interested in finding out more about the iWave and getting a free quote? Contact us at 760-537-1120 today! Mention the coupon in this email or our website for special pricing!

Pollutants, dust, dander, pollen, smoke and even pathogens such as mold, viruses and bacteria all can be suspended in the air you breathe, even when you don't see them. An iWave air purifier installs in your air conditioning system to help clean the air in your living space. When air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, odors and other airborne particles, eliminate odors, creating a healthy environment.

And while many purification technologies require ongoing maintenance every year or two (making cost and upkeep undesirable), the new iWave-R is the world's first self-cleaning no maintenance generator requiring no replacement parts, making it ideal for years of economical clean air.

Mini-Split Advantages

The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated). Each of the zones will have its own thermostat, so you only need to condition that space when it is occupied, saving energy and money.

Ductless mini split systems are also often easier to install than other types of space conditioning systems. For example, the hook-up between the outdoor and indoor units generally requires only a three-inch (~8 centimeter [cm]) hole through a wall for the conduit. Also, most manufacturers of this type of system can provide a variety of lengths of connecting conduits. So, if necessary, you can locate the outdoor unit as far away as 50 feet from the indoor evaporator. This makes it possible to cool rooms on the front side of a building with the compressor in a more inconspicuous place on the outside of the building.

Since mini splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.

Compared with other add-on systems, mini splits offer more flexibility in interior design options. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. Floor-standing models are also available. Most indoor units have profiles of about seven inches (~18 cm) deep and usually come with sleek, high-tech-looking jackets. Many also offer a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it's positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.

If you're interested in finding out more contact Blair Heating & Air to schedule your appointment today!

How to keep plants alive in this blistering summer heat

Here are 10 tips to help keep your garden safe during the heat of summer.

Water deep

Deep watering at the base of the plant for a long time is the best way to revive and protect plants, because it coaxes roots deeper into the ground. If plants get water for 5 minutes every day, they keep their roots near the surface, so by watering deeply you’re training the plants to send their roots deep in the soil where the water is. It is recommended to deep watering most plants once a week. For how long? It depends on your soil, but long enough to saturate the soil a good foot in depth. Vegetables might need deep watering two or three times a week when it’s really hot.

Don’t overwater

Plants sometimes wilt from the severe sun, even when they have sufficient water. Test the soil before you water. If a pot feels heavy or the soil feels damp an inch or so under the ground, your plant probably doesn’t need more moisture.

No water in the sun

As tempting as it sounds, don’t hose down your plants in the middle of the day; those water droplets turn into mini magnifying glasses on the leaves and intensify the heat.

Set up some shade

A big beach umbrella works, as do airy (30% to 40%) shade cloths. You can also use old bed sheets, rigged-up cheesecloth or propped-up cardboard to give your plants a break from the scorching rays. The key is to make sure your shade props allow air to circulate freely around the plants. If the only cloth you have handy is dark in color, remember that it can absorb heat and can in turn burn any foliage they touch, so keep it several inches above or away from the plants.

Don’t remove damaged foliage

Those brown leaves and branches serve as protection against additional damage and could actually be harboring living tissue, so hands off the pruners, at least for now.

Stop all pruning until fall

Even plants that look OK are going to be stressed in this heat, and pruning just adds to it. Let them grow as they wish and prune when it’s cooler.

Forget the fertilizer

Root systems suffer in high heat; absorbing fertilizer can do further damage. Straight compost and low-nitrogen (numbers less than 3) organic fertilizers are OK.

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

Best Veggie Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 2 shallots, chopped (⅔ cup)
  • 16 ounces mushrooms, de-stemmed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

2 teaspoons sriracha

  • ½ cup crushed walnuts
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 cups cooked short-grain brown rice
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce, for brushing
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Hamburger buns & desired burger fixings
  • Sea salt and ground pepper

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and sauté until soft, 1 minute. Add mushrooms, a generous pinch of salt, and sauté until soft and browned, 6 to 9 minutes, turning down the heat slightly, as needed.
  • Stir in the tamari, vinegar, and mirin. Stir, reduce the heat, then add the garlic, and smoked paprika, and sriracha. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • In a food processor, combine the sautéed mushrooms, walnuts, flaxseed, brown rice, and ½ cup of the panko. Pulse until well combined.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the remaining panko.
  • Form into patties.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray and drizzle or brush the patties with olive oil. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until char marks form.
  • Remove from the grill, brush with Worcestershire sauce, and serve with desired fixings.

Monthly Restaurant Recommendation

Thai Smile

Housed in a modest storefront along Palm Canyon Drive, Thai Smile is one of those hidden gems and word-of-mouth destinations. With chipped paver tiles creating a grid on the floor and walls cloaked in worn-wood paneling, the décor looks more south-of-the-border than Southeast Asia. But this isn’t the type of place you gravitate to for the ambience; it’s the authenticity of flavors that makes it hum with regulars. The tofu pad thai is well seasoned and features a medley of sautéed rice noodles with fried tofu, bean sprouts, scallions and crushed peanuts in a mild sauce. The “Sizzling Combo” gives you a taste of everything, with chicken, beef and shrimp tossed with mixed vegetables, again in a mild sauce. You can create your own dish, too, by choosing vegetables and adding fried tofu, seafood or meat. Sauces tend to be subdued to appease Western tastes, but you can ask for any dish to be prepared spicy or extra spicy. Finish off with the coconut ice cream, which doubles as both a palate refresher and dessert.

Monthly Business Recommendation

Elite Iron & Electric

Elite Iron & Electric provides custom welding gates, telephone entry systems, intercom devices, electronics, and all forms of secured entry systems. They also specialize in custom welding stainless steel gates and home décor as well as restaurant and other custom designs. They are a one-stop shop for gates and electronics.

Available 24 hours a day for emergency repairs and installations, their custom metal fabrication and welding services are second to none in Palm Springs, with decades of experience and skilled attention to detail.

So if you're looking for an expert welder and fabricator, look no further then Elite Iron and Electric.

10 Things You Never Knew About Costco

  1. Kirkland coffee is custom-roasted by Starbucks.
  2. An asterisk on a price tag means the item won't be restocked.
  3. The $1.50 hot dog combo is sold at a loss to get you in the store.
  4. Same thing goes for the rotisserie chicken. It's estimated that they loss $30-40 million/year.
  5. The isles aren't labeled so force you into looking at items.
  6. The best selling item is toilet paper, making the company over $400 million/year.
  7. You can bring two guests with you during your visit so they can try before they buy a membership.
  8. Costco is the biggest seller of wine in the US.
  9. Costco was originally called Price Club and started in an airport hanger in San Diego in 1976.
  10. And our favorite thing about Costco, almost always the cheapest gas in town!

We're Hiring!!!

Blair Heating & Air is a great place to work, and we’re hiring! If you’re a highly motivated, quality conscious HVAC Installer or Technician (or know of someone who is), we want to hear from you. We’re proud to offer above-average wages, as well as excellent perks and benefits:

  • 401K Retirement Program
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Take-Home Vehicle
  • On-The-Job Training

Interested? E-mail your resume to info@blairheatingandair.com or give us a call at 760-537-1120 for more information.

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