Air On Demand Blog: Archive for December, 2013

The Ball in Times Square

Monday, December 30th, 2013

New Year’s is a time for parties, fun and great traditions, some of which go back more than a century. Among them is the famous “dropping of the ball” in Times Square, an event which is broadcast to millions of people every New Year’s Eve. With 2014 nearly upon us, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at the history of this popular New Year’s Eve festivity.

The idea began in 1907 at what was then the New York Times building at One Times Square. The newspaper’s owner, Adolph Ochs, had been celebrating the New Year with fireworks since 1903. He wanted make the event even more remarkable, and added the ball in December of 1907 to welcome in the New Year. The first ball was designed by Artkraft Strauss, who made it out of iron, wood, and light bulbs. It took six men to hoist the ball up the building’s flag pole; once midnight struck, the tremendous ball was carefully lowered, and all were allowed to marvel at it.

Since then, the ball has undergone many changes in materials and design, and even the New York Times has moved to another building. But the tradition remains and the ball has dropped over One Times Square ever since. Today, the ball is electronically controlled, and uses LED lamps for its construction: designed by Waterford Crystal and weighing in at over 1,200 pounds.

A number of television broadcasts have helped carry the event over the years, but by far the most famous is “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which first ran in 1972. The show was created and hosted by Dick Clark, who became a staple of the event as much as the ball itself. Clark hosted the show every New Year’s Eve from 1972 until his death in 2012. Since then, it has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who shared hosting duties with Clark starting in 2005.

Whether you’re watching the ball drop on TV or have some other New Year’s Eve plan in mind, we here at Air on Demand wish you nothing but the best for 2014. Have a safe and happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Holiday greetings from Air on Demand! We hope you are having safe and pleasant season, enjoying your favorite traditions for this time of year.  We wish you the very best, and we thank you for your business this year.

In honor of the season, here are some fun facts about one of everyone’s favorite holiday movies: It’s a Wonderful Life.

For years, one of the enduring December traditions in the United States was watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life playing almost nonstop on numerous television stations. No matter the time of the day, you could turn on the TV set, flip through channels, and discover It’s a Wonderful Life playing. Whenever you needed him, you could find Jimmy Stewart shouting, “Hello, Bedford Falls!”

But now… It’s a Wonderful Life only appears on broadcast television a few times during December, and most families instead choose to watch the movie on video. What happened?

The reason goes back to the film’s initial wide release in January 1947. (That’s right, it opened after the holiday season. It was not even promoted as a holiday film.) It’s a Wonderful Life was a box-office disappointment at the time, and its studio, RKO Radio Pictures, lost more than half a million on it. The movie’s production company, Liberty Films, was sold to Paramount to avoid bank foreclosure. (A bit ironic, considering the movie’s plot.) In 1955, the National Telefilm Associates (NTA) took over the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life, which included the television syndication rights.

However, NTA failed to properly renew the copyright in 1974 because of a clerical error, which allowed the film’s images to enter into the public domain. Although the movie’s plot was still under copyright protection because it was adapted from a published story called “The Greatest Gift,” television stations across the world could now broadcast it with only minimal royalty payments.

In 1993, Republic Pictures, which now owned the NTA library, tried to enforce their claim to the copyright of the film, as they possessed the rights to “The Greatest Gift.” Republic Pictures succeeded, and licensed exclusive television rights to NBC. Suddenly, It’s a Wonderful Life vanished from local television stations, and NBC made the movie’s broadcasts—usually twice during December—into major events. As of 1998, Paramount again has the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life… 43 years after they lost them.

It’s still easy to make It’s a Wonderful Life a part of whatever traditions you observe during the holidays, whether through home video or television broadcasts. Despite its lackluster initial reception in 1947, Frank Capra’s film is now an inseparable part of December in the United States.

Have a great holiday week!

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Common Causes of Heating Problems

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

“Heating problems” in Miami usually means summers that are far too hot and humid. But we’re addressing a different kind of heating problem, one that many Miami residents don’t think about too much until it arrives: problems with your home heater. We may have mild winters in Florida, but that doesn’t mean we will escape cold weather—especially at night—entirely. If you don’t monitor your heating system and take good care of it, you can end up with a malfunctioning or even broken system right when you need it the most.

Call Air on Demand whenever you encounter problems with your heater. We handle heating repair in Miami that will get your house warmed up again in no time.

Here are a few common causes we often see behind the repairs we do:

  • Lack of maintenance: Your heater needs a regular check-up and tune-up, just like your teeth or your car. If you let regular maintenance slide for more than a year, the mechanisms of your heater will start to wear down, and the process will accelerate with each passing month. You can expect frequent malfunctions and eventual full breakdowns unless you enroll in a regular maintenance program that will provide your heater with an annual tune-up.
  • Duct breaks: If you use a forced-air heating system (such as a heat pump or a furnace), it sends its conditioned air through ductwork. If the ductwork develops cracks, breaks, or loose connections, the air pressure will drop. This will force your heater to work harder, leading to rapid wear and aging. It will also permit an influx of dirt and dust into the cabinet, which will damage the components.
  • Amateur installation: If either you or the previous tenant of your home relied on amateur work to install the house’s heater, then the heater will likely encounter an array of problems because of shoddy work. Although sometimes skilled technicians can counter this with repairs, often the whole heater must receive a professional replacement.

Attempting to do repairs yourself to a malfunctioning heater isn’t recommended, especially if you have a natural gas-powered system installed. We could’ve added “amateur repair attempts” to this list of causes of heating problems, because you are more likely to further damage your heater than fix it if you try the work on your own.

For work from NATE-certified technicians to give you the heating repair in Miami, FL to end those problems, contact Air on Demand.

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What Does the Installation of Pool Heaters in Miami Entail?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

*Air On Demand no longer offers pool heater services. Please visit our service page to learn more about our Florida air conditioning services.

A home pool is a fantastic luxury to have in Miami: a crystal clear swimming pool reflecting a clear blue sky is an ideal that many people have about what life in our city is all about. There’s no reason you shouldn’t get year-round enjoyment from your pool and make it more than a spring and summer way to relax. That sky doesn’t have to be clear blue for you to take a pleasurable dip… as long as you have the proper pool heater installed.

Air on Demand doesn’t only handle air conditioners and home heaters—we also handle keeping your pool heated and inviting even when it doesn’t have the Florida sun shining down upon it. We offer installation on a variety of pool heaters to fit all pool sizes and budget needs. Contact us for pool heaters in Miami, FL to keep your happy all year.

What happens with pool heater installation?

First, the installers need to determine how best to heat your pool. It requires a specialist to figure out what heater will fit best with yours and supply the proper heating capacity to provide a comfortable temperature. Another factor the installers will consider is the price of electricity in your area.

The actual installation process does not take long, and it doesn’t require anything as drastic as draining your pool. However, the installers will need to clean your pool of debris and check the pH level of the water to make sure it is balanced before they start.

The installers will then hook up the pool heater using PVC pipes from the pool filter return valve to the intake valve on the heater, which will run the filtered water into the heater. Another PVC pipe will run from the outlet valve of the heater toward your pool’s return valve: this carries the warmed water into the pool. The installers will make sure all the connections are secure and that the heater is receiving power from it source (this will usually be electric). The installers won’t leave your pool until they are certain the heater is working correctly without any leaks.

Call experts for to handle your installation and maintenance

Because of the factors involved in choosing the proper pool heater and making sure it is hooked up correctly, you should only rely on pool heating professionals to perform this job. After you’ve had your installation, make sure your heater continues making your pool a pleasurable home oasis with regular maintenance. Air on Demand offers an 8-point pool heater maintenance check. Call Air on Demand today to see about our services for your pool heater in Miami, FL.

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3 Steps to Ensure a Successful Heating Installation in Miami

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Are you preparing to have a new heater installed in your home for those occasional cold winter days and nights in Miami? Then you should make sure you follow these 3 steps to get the most successful installation possible.

Air on Demand has many years of experience with heating installation in Miami, FL, so when you’re ready to have a new heater, contact us by phone or through this website. Our Price First Pricing© policy will guarantee that you know exactly how much we will charge you before the work begins.

1. Proper sizing

Heating systems do not come in “one size fits all” models. The heater installed in your home must match its heating requirements. This involves more than the size of the space you need to heat: it must take into account factors such as insulation, the number of people living in the house, window placement, etc. A heater that is too large will cause as many problems as one that is too small, so you need to ensure that you get the right size heater. Have the same technicians who will install your heater perform a heat load calculation for your home to determine its needs for heating: this will allow them to choose the perfect sized heater for you.

2. Let professionals handle the installation

We hope that before you get to the actual job of installing the heater, you have already brought in professionals to help you select a unit and size it. Now leave the job of the installation to these trained technicians. You won’t save money in the long run when your heater fails to operate correctly because of a shoddy installation. Professionals will get the job done fast and properly, leaving you with minimal worries.

3. Make sure the right professionals handle the job

Not all “professional” contractors are equal. You should rely on an installation company with the experience and the credentials to back up their work. Look for a contractor with many years in the business, and who has NATE-certified technicians on staff. (NATE stands for “North American Technical Excellence” and is the only certification for training recognized throughout the HVAC industry.)

We want you to have a great heating installation in Miami, FL to help you through the rough spots of the approaching winter. Turn to us to take care of the job: we have more than 10 years serving Miami, and all of our technicians are NATE-certified to give you top-of-the-line service. Contact us today to start the installation process right.

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