The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014 by John Ortman

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white  during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at AAction Air hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

When Is Air Conditioning Replacement the Best Option?

August 25th, 2014 by John Ortman

Replacing your air conditioner is a big decision, and it can be an even tougher decision if your current AC is still operational. To decide whether or not it’s time for air conditioning replacement in Rincon, you’ll need to take a look at certain factors. AAction Air has helped many customers with new AC installations from start to finish, so we’ve compiled some factors for you to consider.


How old is your current air conditioner? Today’s air conditioning systems can be up to 60% more efficient than models from just ten years ago. Two important factors contribute to this: advances in technology and the required minimum SEER number. In 2006, the minimum SEER required by law changed from 10 to 13. If your air conditioner is 8 years old or older, there is a likely chance it has a lower SEER number. estimates that for every higher SEER number, you can save up to 10% annually on your energy costs. As such, owning an AC that is more than 8 years old could be costing you extra money each month in the form of higher energy bills.

Frequent Repairs

Have you needed multiple repairs recently? Have some of them been quite costly? Frequent repairs add up quickly, and they may even add up to the cost of a new system. Keeping a failing unit running can cost you money that may be better spent on a reliable and efficient new system.

Your Indoors Aren’t Comfortable

Are you experiencing uneven cooling and hot spots? Is your AC struggling to achieve the temperature you set on your thermostat? Aging air conditioners can have a hard time keeping up with the cooling you need, which can compromise your indoor comfort. The point of having an air conditioner is to be comfortable inside your home. Is it worth hanging on to an air conditioning system that can’t achieve the comfort you want?

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 10-12 years; it can stretch to 15 years if the system has been well-maintained. However, if you are seeing signs that your AC is on its last legs, it may be time to start exploring your options for air conditioning replacement in Rincon.

Call the team at AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our air conditioning installation experts.

What Is a Water Source Heat Pump?

August 18th, 2014 by John Ortman

The standard heat pump for a home is also known as an air-source heat pump. It uses the air outside a home as its medium for heat exchange, absorbing heat from outdoors in heating mode, and releasing heat to the outdoors in cooling mode. Another type of heat pump that has gained popularity is the geothermal model, i.e. the ground-source heat pump, which absorbs and releases heat using loops buried in the ground.

There is a third type of heat pump that isn’t as well-known as the others, but which may be the ideal one for you: the water-source heat pump. They need particular situations to work, but if your home fits the specifications, then you should investigate water source heat pumps in Savannah, GA as way to keep your home comfortable all year long.

AAction Air installs all the above types of heat pumps, as well as dual fuel hybrids for when a heat pump needs a boost during cold weather. Call us today to schedule an appointment to find the right heat pump model for your needs.

How water-source heat pumps works

Water-source heat pumps operate in a way similar to geothermal models: they circulate refrigerant from an indoor cabinet to the outside through a series of loops that access a more stable warm temperature than what is in the air. But the loops of a water source heat pump are placed down in a nearby body of water, rather than buried in trenches in the ground.

Although you may think of water as being much cooler than the air, and therefore not a good source for drawing heat for heating mode, the depth at which the loops are sunk in the water has the same stable temperature found down in ground. They work even in cold winters if the lake/pond/river freezes over, since the water at the lower level remains unfrozen and available for heat exchange.

Water-source heat pumps are efficient, safe, and easier to repair than geothermal loop systems since they require no digging to reach. They can work either as closed-loop systems, which circulate an anti-freeze solution for refrigerant, or as open-loop systems, which attach to the water lin and continually circulate water for refrigerant. An installer will be able to tell which type will work best for a home.

The major limitation of water-source heat pumps is that, obviously, they need to have a deep enough body of water nearby. If your home is located in the vicinity of a river, lake, or a deep enough pond, then a water-source heat pump is a great possibility you should discuss with an installers.

If you have questions about water source heat pumps in Savannah, GA, contact AAction Air and one of our specialists will be glad to assist you.

Reasons You May Need Ductwork Replacement

August 11th, 2014 by John Ortman

The ductwork inside the walls and ceilings of a home need to maintain an airtight seal in order to properly circulate conditioned air throughout the living spaces. The ducts, made of sheet metal, plastic, and/or ductboard must remain in top condition or they will begin to leak and create drop in air pressure. This will both reduce the quality of the heating and cooling from the air conditioner and heater, and allow contamination into the ventilation system that will lower your indoor air quality.

Ducts will need occasional repairs and sealing to stop air leaks. There are some cases, however, when the best route is to schedule replacement of the ductwork. We’ll look at some of the reasons you may wish to arrange for ductwork replacement in Atlanta, GA.

Replacing damaged ductwork, as well as adding ducts, requires trained technicians with knowledge of indoor air quality. AAction Air has duct replacement specialists on staff who offer the work necessary to keep your ventilation system in good shape to protect your comfort systems and indoor air quality.

Why you may need ductwork replacement

  • Aging ducts: For older homes, ducts can begin to deteriorate from age, weakening at the joints and possibly developing corrosion. When leaks in ductwork become common, it’s best to leave aside simple sealing repairs and instead have the ducts replaced with newer and more durable material.
  • Poor original installation or repair work: The previous owner of your home may have had amateur installation for the ducts, or resorted to shoddy DIY repair work. This will mean extremely inefficient ducts built with too many bends and dead ends, or leaky connections that will cause numerous problems. You will need skilled professionals to replace the amateur-quality duct installation and repairs so you have a ventilation system made with integrity.
  • To update ductwork: Ventilation systems were once entirely composed of sheet metal, but today flexible plastic ducts and ductboard have become common for homes because of their lightweight material, adaptability, and resistance to damage from corrosion. Duct replacement will take outdated material and put in new ducts that will benefit airflow.
  • To expand the ventilation system: When you upgrade your heating and cooling system to a unit that is more powerful or efficient, it may also require that you upgrade the ductwork as well to help with even distribution, better airflow, and access to more areas of the house.

Thanks to the ductwork design and ductwork replacement in Atlanta, GA from AAction Air, you can have all these above problems solved.

Call us today if you have an inefficient and ineffective ventilation system in your home that needs professional indoor air quality solutions.

The Benefits of Professional Marine Air Conditioning Installation

August 4th, 2014 by John Ortman

You take pride in your boat or yacht, so you want to keep passengers comfortable whenever they’re on board. Investing in marine air conditioning installation is a great way to stay cool on a warm coastal day. Wherever you’re headed this summer, a professionally installed, well-maintained air conditioner can help you stay cool throughout your journey.

In this guide, we’ll tell you why you should only hire experienced technicians for marine air conditioning installation. First, let’s take a look at the types of marine AC systems available.

  • Self-Contained AC Units: These compact units are recommended for boats smaller than 40-feet. These are installed in the main living space, but they may cool several cabins with the addition of ducts.
  • Chilled Water Air Conditioning: Chilled water air conditioning is used on larger boats and yachts. A chiller cools a supply of fresh water, which then moves through the boat to various air handlers installed wherever you need air conditioning.
  • Proper Sizing: Finding the proper size unit is vital for the performance of your marine air conditioner. A technician must take many measurements to ensure your new AC unit is the proper size, as the thermal energy in your boat varies significantly throughout the day. If the AC unit is too small, it may never completely cool your boat, and you may need repairs or replacement very soon. If the unit is too large, it may short cycle, wearing out the components.
  • Fewer Repairs: A professionally installed system may need fewer repairs than one installed by an inexperienced technician. Air conditioning systems that are installed incorrectly may have loose parts, an improper refrigerant charge, or many other problems that could lead to repairs, and this is not what you want when you’re out on the open water.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional for Marine Air Conditioning Installation

  • Proper Sizing: Finding the proper size unit is vital for the performance of your marine air conditioner. A technician must take many measurements to ensure your new AC unit is the proper size, as the thermal energy in your boat varies significantly throughout the day. If the AC unit is too small, it may never completely cool your boat, and you may need repairs or replacement very soon. If the unit is too large, it may short cycle, wearing out the components.
  • Fewer Repairs: A professionally installed system may need fewer repairs than one installed by an inexperienced technician. Air conditioning systems that are installed incorrectly may have loose parts, an improper refrigerant charge, or many other problems that could lead to repairs, and this is not what you want when you’re out on the open water.

The technicians at AAction Air have experience installing air conditioning on many different types of boats and yachts and can help find the system that’s right for you.

If you need marine air conditioning installation for your boat at Hilton Head, give our team of experts a call today!

What Do HEPA and MERV Stand For, and What Do They Mean?

July 28th, 2014 by John Ortman

Indoor air quality is an important part of your overall comfort, and when looking for ways to improve it, there are two acronyms of which to be aware: HEPA and MERV. Each of these terms helps define what a specific air filtration system in Savannah can do for you and your home, so AAction Air has put together a little “cheat sheet” to help you.

What Is HEPA?

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and it is an air filter that traps particles as small as 0.3 microns (the average human hair is 100 microns) and has an efficiency rating of 99.97%. In other words, for every 10,000 particles that pass through a HEPA filter, only 3 will escape.

HEPA filters capture allergens, including pollen and pet dander, some mold and mildew spores, some bacteria and virus microbes (usually not many, though, as those particles tend to be smaller than 0.3 microns), dust, dirt and dust mites. HEPA filters can help remove smoke, but they don’t help with odors or the elimination of gases such as carbon dioxide. HEPA filters do not destroy particles but rather capture them, so to truly eradicate biological pollutants, it’s a good idea to pair a HEPA filter with a UV germicidal light. HEPA filters need to be changed approximately every 3 months and they are not washable.

What Is MERV?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is the industry standard for measuring the effectiveness of filters. The scale for MERV ranges from 1 to 20; the higher the MERV rating, the more particles the filter removes. Effective home filters have MERV ratings in the range of 5-12; filters with MERV ratings of 13+ are made for properties like hospitals and can seriously constrict the flow of air in your air conditioning system. There are 3 basic quality levels when using MERV:

  • 1-4 MERV – good for blocking dirt and debris for your air conditioning system, but not really for improved air quality
  • 5-8 MERV – better for air quality, and can help with dust, debris, mold spores and pet dander
  • 9-12 MERV – superior performance for air quality; recommended for homes with allergy and asthma sufferers

The most recommended MERV rating for indoor air quality is 8 and up.

Wondering What an Air Filtration System Can Do For You? Call Us

If you or your family members have been feeling the effects of poor indoor air quality, adding an air filtration system to your Savannah home may be just the solution you’ve needed.

Call AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our air filtration specialists to learn about how you can improve the quality of air in your home.

What’s Involved in an Energy Audit?

July 21st, 2014 by John Ortman

Your home is a miniature energy system, and just like a piece of powered machinery such as an air conditioner or a car engine, it has a measurable level of energy efficiency. To find out the efficiency level—and how that energy conservation can be improved—trained professionals conduct what is called an energy audit.

Your home can benefit tremendously from an energy audit in Richmond Hills, GA. Our technicians at AAction Air can locate the places where your home is bleeding out energy and the amount it is losing, and then provide you with recommendations for home improvements, such as increased insulation, ductwork sealing, and HVAC system upgrades, that will make your home both more comfortable and energy-efficient.

How an energy audit works

No two energy audits are exactly the same because no two houses and families are the same. To begin the process, the auditors who come to your home will ask you questions that will assist them with their tests and help them narrow down specific areas to test.

The principle step of the energy audit is to alter the pressure in the house so that the pressure drops and forces air the rush in through any possible crack in the air and heat sealing of the structure. The auditors will use a blower door, a device that fits over the front door and uses fans to draw out the air from the inside and cause a drop in pressure. Auditors then use equipment such as smoke pencils to pinpoint the air leaks.

The next major stage of an audit is to use thermographic inspection, devices that measure the home’s surface temperature. This finds where a house loses energy in ways unrelated to air leaks.

After seeing the large picture of the house, the auditors will move on to investigate specific areas. A large part of their attention will be on the HVAC system, where they will check for air leaks in the ventilation and the efficiency of the heater and the air conditioner. They will look over the insulation in places like the attic to see other spots where there could be improvement in trapping and expelling heat.

The auditors will also pay attention to the lighting of your home, which accounts for approximately a tenth of your electricity bills. The auditors will identify places where improved lighting schemes or energy-efficient LED lights can help your overall energy consumption.

Our technicians are highly trained and experienced to perform the steps that will help you find out how to heat and cool your house without excess energy loss.

If you want to put a stop to energy waste in your home, call on AAction Air today and talk to our Richmond Hill, GA energy audit specialists.

Steps Entailed in Commercial HVAC Maintenance

July 14th, 2014 by John Ortman

During a hot and humid summer in Savannah, GA, commercial HVAC maintenance isn’t an option—it’s a necessity. Your employees, customers, clients, and/or tenants won’t be able to get along for very long with the air conditioning malfunctioning or completely out of commission, which is a major risk if you don’t have preventive maintenance done. Even if the air conditioning maintains its normal level of cooling through the summer, your budget will suffer because of the drop in efficiency that will happen without a maintenance tune-up.

It’s easy to arrange maintenance for your company’s HVAC system: call up AAction Air and speak to our commercial service technicians. We can handle the maintenance fast and effectively, with minimum disruption to business. If you haven’t had a maintenance visit for the season yet, don’t hesitate any longer.

Some of the steps involved in commercial HVAC maintenance

Your business probably has a rooftop package HVAC system, in which case the maintenance will go fast and the technicians can do most of the work without any interference in the workspace.

The technicians will check all the important components of the package unit to see that they are operating correctly and not in danger of wearing down and malfunctioning in the near future. Here are some of the key steps:

  • Check refrigerant level. If there is any depletion in the refrigerant, the technicians will use leak detection equipment to find where the leaks are occurring.
  • Looking over the compressor. The compressor is the most crucial component in the whole HVAC system, since it creates the energy for the refrigerant that allows for the heat exchange that creates both heating and cooling.
  • Operation of the engines. The technicians will see that the key engines that run the compressor and the fans are properly lubricated and not in danger of running down.
  • Cleaning the coils. The evaporator and condenser coils will receive cleaning if necessary so that they properly absorb and release heat.

After this, maintenance will move on to check the ductwork system to see if there are any leaks causing a loss of air pressure. The check-up will then investigate the thermostats to see that they are operating and communicating correctly. The technicians will perform airflow checks from the vents and temperature checks to make sure that everything is working as it should. They will only consider their work done when they are certain that your HVAC system is operating the best it can and has no repair issues. They will make small adjustments to fix minor problems, and for larger problems they will help you schedule the repair work.

Have maintenance done sooner rather than later!

In general, you should schedule your maintenance checks for your system in spring and in fall. However, it’s never too late in the season to have it done… and it’s much better to have it done later than not at all!

If you are looking for quality commercial maintenance contact our excellent team at AAction Air for commercial HVAC maintenance in Savannah, GA today.

3 Distinctive Features of Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems

July 7th, 2014 by John Ortman

The principal way to harness solar energy for modern buildings is through the installation of photovoltaic (PV) cells. PV cells in solar panels on a roof convert solar radiation into direct electrical current, and they have numerous advantages that make them the fastest growing green technology on the planet.

You can bring this power right into your home with photovoltaic solar energy systems in Hilton Head, GA. The clean, free, and efficient power of the sun is here for you to use, and the solar energy professionals at AAction Air are ready to help you. Call us today to find out how we can better your life with a PV system installation.

I. They do not require any moving parts

Photovoltaic cells operate through semiconductors that display a photovoltaic effect, which means they create an electric current of excited electrons when exposed to sunlight. This requires no moving parts at all, and this makes PV cells both durable (the will not wear down due to motion stress) and inexpensive to operate. They do not require any outside power to run them aside from the sun, so you can have PV systems that are entirely off the electric grid. (There are also optional grid-connected systems that do not require batteries for electrical storage.)

II. They can power your whole home

When you first begin installing a photovoltaic solar energy system, it will probably be to power a single appliance: a water heater, an air conditioner. however, PVs are capable of supplying current to any electrical system in a home: lights, computers, laundry machines, pool heaters… your whole home can eventually convert to solar power thanks to the installation of PV cells.

III. They recoup installation costs faster than any other system

Installing solar energy panels often intimidates people because the costs are higher than for installing standard electro-mechanical or gas-power systems. When budgeting on the short-term, it’s true that PV solar energy systems can seem too costly. However, no sustainable or renewable energy source will pay back the amount needed to manufacture it than photovoltaics. Recent studies in Europe have shown these systems return their costs in 1.5–2.5 years, depending on the amount of solar exposure. Because of PV durability and longevity (thanks to having few moving parts), they offer homeowners many years after the payback period of providing essentially free power.

Installing photovoltaic solar energy systems in Hilton Head, GA, as with installing them anywhere, is a task for specialists only. You will not have a guarantee that your PV solar energy system will operate efficiently and deliver you the savings you want if amateurs handle the job (or you try to do it yourself).

If you are interested in solar energy for your home or business call AAction Air today to talk to a staff of solar experts who can find out the best way to hook up your home for solar energy.

The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

July 4th, 2014 by John Ortman

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the singing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The scene Trumbull depicts is the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on the July 4—although many years later.

Our family at AAction Air hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.