Archive for November, 2014

Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system.

Here at Ardon Maintenance, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

When Is It Time to Schedule Commercial Heating Repair?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

If you own or manage a property with a large commercial heating system, you want to keep it running smoothly, in order to keep your employees, clients, customers, and/or clients happy and comfortable.  Unfortunately many business owners tend to ignore the signs of heating repair, which may mean that problems worsen until the entire heating system breaks down without warning. Don’t let parts continue to wear down for longer than they have to; call for commercial heating repairs when you notice any of the following signs.

  • The people in your building start to complain! Of course, a sure indicator of trouble is when the people in your building start to notice reduced heating or no heating at all. And generally, this is not a problem that can wait for repairs. As a business owner or manager, you strive to keep everyone involved in your business as content as possible. And even a seemingly minor repair need, such as uneven heating throughout the building, can develop into something much larger.
  • Strange noises sound off from your system. When you hear strange noises from your heating system or from inside of the ducts, it could indicate a major problem. Whether it’s a loud clanking noise or a quiet hissing sound, it could indicate a large problem, like fan motor damage or a duct leak.
  • You notice higher-than-average energy bills. Commercial heating systems already take up a large portion of your bills, so you may simply pass off a high utility bill as a normal business expense. But if you sense that it may be higher than in previous years, see if you can compare your bill to previous months or years. Has your usage changed at all, or could bills have increased due to a repair need? Even something as simple as a dirty component can make the system run inefficiently, driving up energy bills.

One of the best ways to prevent repair is scheduling commercial heating maintenance with a professional technician. Specialists know the best ways to clean, adjust, and replace components of your heater that may otherwise fail.

Does your business require expert heating services? Call Ardon Maintenance for maintenance or commercial heating repair in Madison County today!

How to Prevent the Need for Garbage Disposal Repair

Monday, November 10th, 2014

If you’ve spent most of your adult life with a garbage disposal in your kitchen, it may be difficult to imagine what things would be like without it. We have some tips to share about care for your garbage disposal that will keep it working at its best and without sudden repair needs that will stop it from operating. If you should need garbage disposal repair in North Zulch, TX or other parts of the Huntsville and Madisonville areas, call on Ardon Maintenance and we will take care of it.

Tips to help avoid garbage disposal repair calls

  • Do not run hot water down it often: This may seem like strange advice, since hot water helps dissolve grease. But hot water also risks causing the disposal to overheat when it runs. When you are running water down the disposal to clear it out, make sure it is cold water.
  • Do not allow the disposal to run “dry”: You shouldn’t turn the disposal on when there is no water running through it. It is stressful for the moving components to run when the interior of the disposal is dry.
  • Keep as much liquid grease, fat, and oil out of the disposal as possible: These three substances are the principal enemies not just of garbage disposals, but of kitchen plumbing in general. Although they appear harmless for drains in their liquid form, they solidify when they cool down and form waxy substances that can jam up the mechanical parts of a disposal, particularly the flywheel. You should pour out grease, fat, and oil into a separate receptacle and place them in the trash.
  • If you can’t chew it, don’t put it in the disposal: It’s unfortunate that the word “garbage” is part of the name “garbage disposal,” since the device isn’t designed for garbage at all, only organic food waste. Don’t place plastic or paper wrappings from food items down the disposal, and also keep out hard food waste like bones and unpopped popcorn kernels. If your teeth can’t handle it, than the garbage disposal can’t either: send it to the trash instead.
  • Schedule regular kitchen plumbing maintenance: Your garbage disposal and the rest of the plumbing in your kitchen undergoes a great deal of stress each year. To relieve some of the wear and tear, make sure to arrange for regular maintenance from professional plumbers for the kitchen plumbing. During maintenance, plumbers will look over your disposal and see if it needs cleaning or repairs. This will help you avoid surprise repair issues in the future.

There is no way that you can avoid all garbage disposal repair troubles, however.

Should you encounter a problem, don’t attempt to fix it yourself: instead, call Ardon Maintenance for quality garbage disposal repair in North Zulch, TX.

Why You May Still Choose Standard Tank Water Heater Installation

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may have already done some shopping around. In general, it’s best to let a professional help you choose which size and model is right for your new water heater installation. However, there is one decision that you must make first and foremost: whether to install a traditional storage tank water heater or a modern on-demand tankless unit.

Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity lately. This is because they take up so little space and save some energy over storage tanks every month, which must keep water heated throughout the day resulting in standby energy loss. You only need to use hot water a few times throughout the day, so it may seem more practical to have a computerized tankless unit, which heats water as soon as a hot water tap is turned on and shuts off immediately after.

However, many homeowners continue to choose a traditional storage tank heater for installation, and for good reason. First, storage tank water heaters are much less expensive to install. But this isn’t the only cost consideration to take into account. Yes, the energy savings from installing a tankless water heater should eventually offset the initial high cost of installation. However, it will take many years for this to happen, and many homeowners do not feel as though they will see the payoff soon enough. Furthermore, you may have to install several tankless units in order to meet high demands in some households, at an even greater cost.

Storage tank water heaters get their fair share of complaints because they may run out of water too quickly. However, if you have a professional size your equipment according to the size of your household, this should not become a frequent problem. And technicians hear many complaints about tankless units as well because can take a lot longer to heat water since they don’t keep a hot water supply on hand.

For many homeowners, a tankless unit is the best way to keep monthly costs low and ensure hot water is available at any time. For other homeowners, storage tank water heaters get the job done just as well and offer as many benefits.

For whatever your needs may be, the friendly technicians at Ardon Maintenance can help you choose a reliable water heater for installation in your home. Give us a call today!