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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

 

To assist our customers in their overall readiness preparations, Total Comfort will be opening their propane gas filling station at 400 North U.S. Highway 1, Ormond Beach on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m beginning March 21, 2020.

 

.Propane Filling Station

Ultraviolet is one of the most effective means of killing viruses. Our previous Blog post describes the REME Halo LED system for use in your duct system. In addition to that system there are others from a simple UV light to REME like systems that contain an ultraviolet light bulb.

Air Purification

If you’ve invested in installing a UV Light or a device such as a REME Halo or Air Knight in your duct work that contains a UV light you should change the UV Light at least once per year.

 

Link explaining why you should change the UV (Ultra Violet) Light in your duct system.

A lot of people are concerned about viruses these days. Total Comfort has been installing an Air Purification System in existing duct work that should aid substantially in the purification of your indoor air and enhance its overall quality. View the video below and see more about the REME-LED Whole Home Air Purification system by RGF.

Air Purification


RGF® – REME-LED Whole Home Air Purification System

The HALO-LED™ is the industry’s first LED in-duct, whole home air purification system that is both mercury free and zero ozone compliant. The HALO-LED™ proactively treats every cubic inch of air conditioned space, reducing airborne and surface contaminants and pollutants through bi-polar ionization and revolutionary, patent pending, REME-LED™ technology.​

  • New revolutionary REME-LED™ technology, long life and environmentally friendly
  • New hybrid hydrophilic catalyst incorporating the industry’s first washable ceramic catalyst
  • Includes automatic self-cleaning ionizers with carbon fiber brushes to reduce particulates (Patent Pending)
  • Unlimited cycling capability designed to turn on/off with the HVAC system
  • 24 VAC/DC input (24 VAC transformer included)​

Nominate Us

In: News

10 Mar 2020

NOMINATE US IN THE NEWS JOURNAL’S

2020 READERS’ CHOICE

 

Welcome to the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards!

These awards celebrate and recognize the best our community has to offer.

Nominations will be accepted between March 2nd and March 14th as the first part of the competition.

It’s easy to do. Simply choose a category, make your nomination, and fill in your email address. Continue and complete the registration form. You MUST register in order to nominate.

The top companies that get the most nominations in each category will advance to the voting round that will run in May.

Winners will be recognized in a special print and online section once the voting round has ended and the votes have been tallied and verified.

Total Comfort wants your vote for Air Conditioning, Electrical, LP Gas, and Plumbing. Air Conditioning, Electrical, and LP Gas nomination is located in the “At Home” section and Plumbing is located in the “At Your Service” section. Click above or on the icons below to vote.

 

 

 

Hall of Fame

 

Dan Hucks was recently honored by being inducted into the Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame. This is a lifetime achievement award given to a person who exemplifies the dedication of a life and a lifetime of service and contributions to the industry, the employees, the customers, and the community. It is modeled on the vision statement of Carrier’s founder, Willis Carrier, as described by his early partner, Edward T. Murphy. The award was presented to Dan last week at Carrier’s Annual Factory Authorized Dealer Meeting in Colorado based his career and achievements as described below.

Adaptability is often considered an important key to success, and Daniel (Dan) Hucks knows a thing or two about it. Growing up as a fifth generation Floridian, Dan recalls one specific hardship from his childhood in the 1950’s when his family’s orange groves surprisingly froze over It left them in a difficult state and required adaptability and conservation in order to make it through the rough winter. Dan has since built his business – Total Comfort Heat & Air Conditioning, Inc-with these principles of adaptability in mind. And it has led to a continuous growth since Dan started the company back in 1976.

Dan’s father, Wilford, owned and operated a small air conditioning and refrigeration company in the 1950s, naturally attracting Dan to the industry. Helping his father during his formative years, Dan went on to attend Mary Carl Vocational Institute, focusing on the air conditioning program. Upon graduation, Dan immediately entered the industry with American Air and Heat in Daytona Beach. And when the owner passed in 1976, Dan bought American Air’ s customer list and began forging his own path in the heating and cooling world.

Fast forward 43 years, 40,000 current customers, and a steady growth year after year, it’s no wonder Dan has earned his place among the greats in the industry supplying Carrier products. To date, over $55 million in Carrier equipment have been purchased as a direct result of Dan’s commitment to the brand and its product. His loyalty percentage with Carrier is an astounding 99%+. Because of this commitment, Dan has understandably (and rightfully) earned an impressive eight Carrier President’s Awards.

One of Dan’ s keys to success has been his ability to adapt and innovate to the changing times. So often, businesses get rooted in the ways of old and become stagnant. With Dan, however, there has been a fire within to level up as the growth of electric and gas assumes its place in the heating and cooling industry.

In 1994, Total Comfort added an Electrical Division, performing all electrical ser vices for both the Air Conditioning Division and

establishing commercial and residential electrical contracts. Shortly after the Electrical Division began, Dan noticed a shortage in trained personnel for gas-related heating equipment and other products.

Total Comfort then began sending personnel to training courses, acquiring state licenses in gas-related installation and services. It’s because of Dan’s ability to adapt to the needs of his community that Total Comfort has continually been successful. Dan’s eagerness to learn and innovate serves as a top personal reason for success.

A second- and arguably more important- key to Dan’s and Total Comfort’s success is his family. Currently, Dan’s wife Lynda, their three children, and three grandchildren all work at Total Comfort. And they all care deeply about serving their community. This example of loyalty to the family business is precisely why Total Comfort routinely recruits (and keeps) some of the best talent in the industry. All employees- including those in his own family- take notice of Dan’s daily enthusiasm to show up with hard work and integrity every day. For proof, the average term of service of Total Comfort employees exceeds 10 years. It is precisely because of this loyalty to a secure and professional company that has led to now over 40 years of service.

Dan’s success with Total Comfort has also opened doors for a philanthropic approach to their Florida community. He and Lynda have donated multiple air conditioning systems to various local organizations and will always go above and beyond to help out a community member or group in need.

As Dan approaches his 70s, he shows no signs of slowing down and has even been quoted that he has no plans on retiring anytime soon. He’s been a man of integrity, family and adaptability, and it has led to successes in almost every aspect of his life.

 

Did you know that smoke detectors have a 10 year life and have an expiration date stamped on each one? Check your smoke detectors for their expiration dates or have one of our electricians do it for you on their next visit. Our electricians will do this free of charge while on a service call and will even replace smoke detector batteries for free while they’re at your home.

 

Kidde Smoke Detector

Smoke detectors can be hard-wired into your electrical system and should have a battery back-up in case of power failure or they can operate totally on battery power. In either case, batteries should be replaced every year to make sure they provide the protection you need. Upgraded versions of smoke detectors can also communicate with one another to make sure that an alarm is sounded in all areas of your home when smoke is detected in any area. Ideally, you should have a smoke detector in each bedroom and every major room in your home.

Total Comfort recommends Kidde Smoke Detectors. As a global leader in fire safety equipment, Kidde offers a wide range of smoke alarm options. To help find the right solutions for your home call us today.

In addition to Smoke Detectors your home should also be equipped with one or more fire extinguishers. Kidde also provides a wide range of fire extinguishers for your home or business.

Fire Extinguisher

A Heat Pump Water Heater can save you money and pay for itself. Watch a short video below that shows you how.

See how they operate

 

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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