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Fast and Affordable Shower Transformation

Shower Rail

Surprise Dad with a showering experience that delivers a spa-like feel. With no need to go behind the wall to reroute plumbing, a standard showerhead can be replaced by the HydroRail® shower column from Kohler and installation by Total Comfort Plumbing.

 

Hurricane Season is Here

June 1st marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. If you aren’t ready for it yet, you need to get ready. One of the best places for advice  and up to date information is the National Weather Service.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts up to 19 named storms this season. Although the season officially started June 1st, the first two name storms, Arthur and Bertha formed in May with Cristobal close behind. The season ends November 1st and it already looks like we may run out of names.

Hurricanes can end up causing power outages. Total Comfort can eliminate that inconvenience with a standby generator.

Standby Generator

Complete Installations

In addition to safety hazards caused by hurricanes, they be very inconvenient and could leave you without power for several days. Total Comfort has an answer to the power outage problem. We provide complete installations of standby generators for your home or business.  We include all electrical work and even provide the fuel to power your generator. Make sure you use trained technicians.

 

Trained Technicians

Our technicians are factory trained to install and service Honeywell, Generac, and Kohler generators. Our journeymen electricians can handle the complexities of transfer switches complete with load shedding. We can make things as safe and comfortable as possible during any power outages. Once installed, take care of it.

Maintain Your Generator

Already have a standby generator? We also offer maintenance agreements to make sure your generator works when you need it.

The Portable Generator Alternative

Portable Generator Connection

Standby generators that can handle the full power loads of most buildings may not be in the budget. If you’re on a tight budget these provide alternative. Although we don’t sell or maintain portable generators, we can run a circuit to enable you to hook your portable generator to your main breaker panel.  With this in place you’re able to select circuits to safely run appliances up to the limits of that generator.

Permits Required

Installation of standby generators require permits. The permit process takes time. It requires a lot of information to be submitted. Insist on a load calculation. Insist that whoever installs your generator gets a permit. There are several requirements for obtaining a permit that make you and your building safe. Make sure the installation gets inspected by the appropriate building authorities.

Seven Year Warranty Available

Honeywell is now offering a  7 year warranty on new generators.

Coastal Corrosion

Volusia and Flagler have a severe corrosion problem. Make sure that whatever generator you decide on has an aluminum casing. Steel casings won’t last.

Order Early

As we get further into Hurricane Season demand for generators rises sharply. Call us today for a quote and to arrange installation.

 

 

Total Comfort’s Electrical Division is celebrating Electrical Safety Month by highlighting Eaton products for use in your home and business. Total Comfort is part of the Eaton Certified Contractor Network. The following information from Eaton focuses on electrical safety and shows how their products can keep you safe all year long.

Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor Network

Eaton is all about safety every day of the year, but this week, we are celebrating Electrical Safety Month with a special focus on electrical home safety. Throughout this month, we will be sending you informative & educational content on various safety topics, with a highlight on Eaton solutions and complete with tips for you and your customer, the homeowner. We are also posting tips on our Facebook & Twitter pages, so be sure to follow #NationalElectricalSafetyMonth and use the hashtag #NationalElectricalSafetyMonth.

This week, we’re focusing on:

  • Home Overloads & Surge Protection
  • Eaton’s Surge Protection Offerings
  • Eaton’s Energy Saving Devices
  • Arc-Fault Protection

Home Overloads & Surge Protection
Surges come from both external & internal sources and, in fact, most surges originate from inside the home. Internal surges occur whenever a motor turns on-off, like a refrigerator, garage door openers, and AC unit compressors. External surges can come from things like lighting and utility power transfers. Over time, these surges produce electronic rust on a home’s electrical system and can put the electronics within a home at risk. Now, think of all the electronics within a home…protecting all those electrical systems & products is a small investment but so much less expensive than replacing them due to a surge incident!

Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower the risk of electrical fires by not overloading an electrical system. Click here to check out an article on the ESFi website on home overloads.

How to help prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that your customer has too few outlets to address their needs. Suggest to your customer that you inspect their home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Eaton’s Surge Protection Offerings
Eaton has a comprehensive array of surge protective devices and suppressors to meet your customers needs ranging from residential to industrial applications. They help reduce costly downtime and protect sensitive electronic equipment against the damaging effects of transients caused by lightning, utility switching, internal load switching and more. Check out all of Eaton’s Surge Protection offerings on the Eaton website.

Eaton’s Energy Saving Devices
Is your customer looking to save energy within their home? Eaton provides many solutions to help reduce energy consumption without compromising aesthetics, features or performance. Recommend to them they keep their home ready by finding the Eaton solutions to help meet their needs.

Arc-Fault Protection
An Arc-Fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Arc-faults can occur when older wires become frayed or cracked, when a nail or screw damages a wire behind a wall, or when outlets or circuits are compromised. Why does your customer need Arc-Fault Protection? Arc-Faults create high-intensity heating at the point of the arc resulting in burning particles that may easily ignite surrounding material, such as wood framing or insulation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50% of home electrical fires can be prevented by proper AFCI protection. To learn more about Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs), check out EFSi’s article here .

Tips for your customers (the homeowner)

  • For more information on home safety devices, ESFI is here for you
  • For information about Surge Protection devices, head to ESFI’s website
  • For information on Home Electrical Safety, ESFI has a helpful guide here
  • Looking for a way to teach your customers how to stay safe while working from home, ESFI has a helpful guide here

BIOCIDE TREATMENT NOW AVAILABLE
WITH DUCT CLEANING

Total Comfort is now offering a treatment of OXINE® in conjunction with duct cleaning to help sanitize your duct work.

Allowed by EPA For HVAC and DUCT WORK

Biocide Fogging
OXINE® is among a handful of products that are allowed by the US EPA for the application in air ducts and ventilation systems. The approval, is for limited use*. The limitation in the application precludes disinfection claims. OXINE® is approved for use in air ducts as a static agent. Static agents are those that prevent microorganisms from replicating are the best alternative to a sanitizer. OXINE® is the most widely used static agent in HVAC along with its companion product EnviroCON.

*For a detailed account see the article “Exploring Sanitation of Porous Surfaces; Indoor Environment CONNECTIONS; October 2009”

OXINE® is registered by the EPA specifically for HVAC systems and duct work. As required by the EPA, the treated area must be evacuated prior to the application. Once the area has been treated, the area should be ventilated and allowed to air for one hour before repopulating. No one other than the applicator should be allowed in the work area during treatment. The system must be mechanically cleaned, vacuumed, or blown free of dust, moil, soil and debris prior to using OXINE® .

TOXICITY AND SAFETY
OXINE® is assigned the EPA toxicity category III.
OXINE® does not leave an active chemical residue, and quickly degrades to simple table salt.
OXINE® does not use any propellants or flammable ingredients, enhancing its safety qualities.
OXINE® is a NO-RINSE product, making it very easy to apply. Once OXINE® is applied, it dries leaving the system virtually residue-free.

Call our office at 386-361-5500
Ask for Michelle for further details and scheduling.

FPE Electrical Panels

In: News

22 Apr 2020

Federal Pacific Electric Panel Boxes Can Be Fire Hazards

Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of electrical panels in North America from the 1950’s to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the country. Over time, electricians and home inspectors found as many as 60% of all Federal Pacific Electric panels would sometimes fail to provide necessary protection to homeowners. Experts say that certain panels could appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they could overheat and become fire hazards. Many insurance companies will deny insurance coverage to homes and other buildings with FPE Panels.

Portable Generator Installation

Total Comfort can install a circuit through which you can connect your portable generator to your electrical panel. When we install a circuit to your portable generator we provide a plug somewhere outside your home in a safe and well ventilated location and a cord that will connect to your portable generator. When we do this circuit, we always install an “interlock” switch on your electrical panel. This device is designed to allow safe back-feeding of your panel through the portable generator during power outages and eliminating illegal and unsafe back-feeding situations that could potentially electrocute power line personnel or damage your generator. Each installation can be very different so we have to come out to your home or business and give you an estimate based on your individual conditions and requirements.

Portable Generator Connection

Indoor air quality has gained more importance in the last few months and one of the things you can do to eliminate viruses and clean the air in your commercial building is to have Total Comfort install Air Knights in your duct system. The video in this link will show you how it works.

Total Comfort sells and services Honeywell, Generac, and Kohler generators. We have several technicians that are factory certified.

Factory certified technicians are important because without this certification the manufacturer will not speak with you about a problem with a generator or provide the necessary warranty parts to correct any issues.

In addition to the factory certified technicians, Total Comfort can handle all aspects of a standby generator installation, including the supply and hookup of lp gas. We have the trained people and the equipment your installation.

We also offer maintenance agreements that will help to keep your generator running when you need it the most.

Before you buy ask if they are factory certified. If not you may have some issues if you ever have a problem.

 

If your home is over 40 years old, you may want to determine if your electrical system provides an adequate level of safety for you and your family. Your electrical panel is the heart of your home electrical system. There are certain brands of panels that pose a serious threat to the safety of your home. The main brand that has been declared unsafe by many insurance companies is FPE or Federal Pacific. If you have one of these panels we suggest immediate replacement.

In addition to checking the safety of your electrical panel we suggest an electrical inspection of your home or business by a licensed electrician. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission produces a safety checklist for your home that goes through a room by room examination of your home’s electrical safety. You can use it for a preliminary checkup.  Click here for a copy.

One of the major items that you can look for in your home is whether or not you have two-prong or three-prong plugs. If you have two-prong plugs, these receptacles are not grounded and can cause shocks, fires, or damage to the electrical devices plugged into them. Even if you have three-prong outlets and your home is over 40 years old, there’s a chance that a new outlet was installed without the proper grounding wire being installed. If you’re concerned, we suggest calling a licensed electrician to determine their safety rather than doing it yourself.

In addition to grounded outlets, the current National Electrical Code requires that Tamper Resistant Outlets (TROs) be installed in homes to safeguard children from putting things like paper clips or other small metallic devices into an outlet. With a TRO, there is a shield that requires two prongs of an outlet being plugged in simultaneously to connect to the electrical circuit. See the below video for further explanation.

Check your electrical panel

 

The bidet was first used in France in the late 1600s as a washing basin for your private parts. It was considered a second step to the chamber pot, and both items were kept in the bedroom or dressing chamber. For a long time it was a separate bathroom fixture that was installed next to a toilet.  They have been widely used in Europe for several years and are now often a luxury extra in high end homes in the U.S. but have struggled to gain wide spread popularity in the U.S.  One reason for its lack of popularity was that it took up space in bathrooms that most people wanted to reserve for other luxury items.

Bidet seats originated when the Japanese took American toilets after WWII and improved them by incorporating a jet that worked as a bidet while still seated on a conventional toilet. Features kept being adding until we ended up with the current bidet seats.

In a trip to Okinawa about eight years ago I was amazed at the toilet seats at high end country clubs that incorporated bidet functions along with radios and other electronic devices into their toilet seats.

While bidets and bidet seats are still relatively uncommon in the U.S., the current toilet paper shortage has brought them into the limelight.

I just installed one in my home a couple of weeks ago and it’s fantastic.

Investigate the many advantages of having a bidet seat in your home.

Most home owners can handle the installation themselves except one draw-back to things is that you will need a GFCI outlet installed in back of your current toilet, however, once that’s done, you can install one of these seats yourself with very few tools.

Total Comfort can install the electrical for you and we’ll even install the seat if you’d like.

I installed the Kohler K-4737 seat in my home and its features are listed below.

FEATURES

  • Tank heater provides continuously heated water for consistent comfort.
  • Front and rear wash modes provide warm water for cleansing.
  • Adjustable water temperature and water pressure.
  • Heated seat with adjustable temperature settings.
  • LED lighting illuminates the bowl to serve as a nightlight.
  • Warm-air drying system with adjustable air speed and temperature.
  • Deodorizer helps to minimize odors.
  • Side seat controls for convenient access.
  • Energy save function.
  • Quiet-Close™ lid closes slowly and quietly without slamming.
  • Quick-Release™ system to allow for easy removal for cleaning.
  • Grip-Tight bumpers hold seat firmly in place.
  • Two spray wands with adjustable water pressure, temperature, and pulsate functions.
  • Antimicrobial materials used in seat and nozzles.
  • Air blower function allowing selection of air speed and temperature.

GFCI for a Bidet Seat

 

About this blog

Total Comfort Heat and Air Conditioning, Inc. is a locally owned and operated full-service heating and air conditioning company serving the communities and surrounding areas of Ormond Beach, Holly Hill, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Deland, Port Orange, Ponce Inlet, and New Smyrna Beach, Florida since 1976. We have since added electrical, plumbing and propane divisions.

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