Archive for August, 2013

Ever Wonder About Crime in Your Neighborhood?

Ormond Beach Crime Map

Ormond Beach Crime Map

If you have wondered about how safe your neighborhood is, there’s a website, that will allow you to input your address, your town, or your police department and it will map out all the crimes in that area for the time specified.

The map displays different icons that represent different types of crime. When you click on the icon, it will show you the type of crime, the date, and the address.

Our main office is in Ormond Beach and the information was eye-opening and is displayed in the picture shown with this article.

Keep informed about what’s happening around you. Let your family and friends know how to check out their area.


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Increase in Our 20# Propane Cylinder Price

Filing-StationEffective September 2, 2013 the price for a fill up on a 20# cylinder at our filling stations is going to be $13.00 per cylinder including tax.
The price increase is due to substantially higher wholesale prices that we can no longer absorb.
The market fluctuates from time to time and the exact reasons are sometimes not readily known. It may be in anticipation of increased demand for this winter season or it may be for a combination of other reasons.
Prices for residential and commercial delivery will also be increasing due to these wholesale price increases.

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The Coastal Corrosion Problem with Air Conditioning Systems

Rusty UnitI recently responded to a customer’s comment concerning his condensing unit that had started to rust after a little less than one year in service.

Unfortunately, the coastal area of Flagler and Volusia Counties are in one of the worst zones in the world for coastal corrosion due to heavy concentrations of salt in the air.

Over the years Total Comfort has tried several things to help slow this corrosion. In the last few years we have been installing “Corrosion Grenades” on systems. This device is basically a sacrificial anode that causes corrosion to attack it before it attacks the metal objects that we are trying to protect. We have found that it definitely slows corrosion but won’t stop it completely.

In addition to the corrosive salt air, outdoor air conditioning units are often put in places that get over-spray or direct spray from sprinkler systems. Because of high concentrations of minerals in well water and “gray” water, corrosion of metal objects is also accelerated.

We have tried several types of coatings on both the coils of air conditioning systems and the cabinets themselves and obtained varying degrees of success in slowing the process.

One of the best things you can do is regularly rinse your outside air conditioning unit with clean water to rinse off the salt and other minerals. This is also suggested for your vehicle or any other metallic object kept outside that you want to preserve. Once rinsed off, applying a protective polish will help.

If you can’t do things yourself, we recommend getting periodic maintenance on your air conditioning system. Total Comfort’s Energy Savings Agreement provides two maintenance calls annually that will help.

In summary, the coastal areas of Florida are great to live in but tough on anything metal that has to stay outside. Here is a link to a longer article describing corrosion and what you may be able to do to help slow it down.

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