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Independence Day Fun Facts

Happy 4th of July!

 

Fourth of July. Independence Day. Quite possibly America’s favorite holiday, and the most American holiday of America’s favorite holidays that is actually an American holiday! (We’re looking at you St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo).

 

All kidding aside, Independence Day is a very important national holiday for the people of the great nation we call home: The United States of America. July 4 marks the celebration of the adoption of that all-important document called the Declaration of Independence. And it represents the day the Continental Congress of the United States decided it was time to separate itself from British rule.

 

The 4th of July is also known for fireworks, barbecues and brews. And in celebration of Independence Day, here are some fun facts you may not know about one of our favorite holidays:

 

Doing Our Own Thing

The Declaration of Independence was first signed on July 4th, 1776. And it's exactly what it sounds like: a document declaring to the British Empire that its colonies were ready to do their own thing. That meant calling themselves the United States of America. Happy birthday, USA!

 

Was it Unanimous?

Remember how we just mentioned the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4? Well, that’s not exactly true. Actually, only two guys signed the Declaration on July 4. All of the signatures needed to make the Declaration of Independence official happened almost a month later on August 2, 1776.  But somehow “Happy August 2” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

 

The First Guy to Sign

Ever hear somebody ask you for your “John Hancock” when asking for your signature? That’s because the first guy to sign the Declaration of Independence was a guy called … you guessed it: John Hancock!

 

Happy Fourth of "You Die"!

We wouldn’t exactly call this a “fun fact,” but three former US presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them on the same day too! John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. So the 2nd and 3rd United States presidents died on the 4th.  And the 3rd president to die on the 4th was actually the 5th president James Monroe. Did you get all that?

 

Party in the White House

“Ain’t no party like a White House party, cause a White House party don’t stop!” How's that for a little historical hip-hop? The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801. And the parties haven’t stopped since!

 

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As American as ... ?

You know those patriotic fireworks you set off on the 4th of July? Well, most of them are made in China! And those American flags you wave with patriotic pride on Independence Day? Guess where those are made too! Yup, an estimated 87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags come from China. So how do you say “Happy 4th of July” in Mandarin?

 

Foreignth of July

Speaking of foreign countries and Independence Day, the Philippines gained its own independence from the United States on July 4th, 1946. And Rwanda celebrates its own Liberation Day on the Fourth of July.

 

Independence YAY!

Do you like getting paid to celebrate Independence Day? Of course you do! And if you’re a federal employee, you can thank the 1938 U.S. Congress for that privilege! Independence Day was declared a paid federal holiday that year.

 

Destination America

Do you need ideas on where to celebrate United States independence? Well, there are about 16 U.S. cities that bear the name “Independence”, including Independence, California and Independence, Missouri. Who wants to go to Independence, Wisconsin?

 

So there you go, some fun Independence Day facts for your entertainment and ours. And speaking of fun, we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! Remember, we provide 24/7 emergency air conditioning repair. And that includes holidays. So if you need AC service, even on the 4th, call us at813-609-5015.

 

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

 

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Big Daddy Cool

 

Hey, remember that post we published for Mother's Day last month? We proposed getting that special Mom in your life a brand new air conditioner as a nontraditional gift. Ok we admit it, a brand new air conditioner might be a little too much for a Mother's Day present. But it would make the perfect gift for a birthday or anniversary!

 

There is something more sensible and affordable you can get "Dad", "Daddy", "Poppa" or whatever you like to call him for Father's Day. And no, we're not talking about a tie. You can show that special father in your life some love and appreciation by getting him a Super Heat & Air Club Membership!

 

We know that coming up with an exciting Father’s Day present is always a challenge. You want to get your father and the father of your children (if you have them) something special. And because you never want to give the same gift twice, each year it’s harder to come up with something new and exciting to show Dad some love.

 

Give Him Something Useful

We know an air conditioning club membership is not a traditional Father’s Day present. But come on, you’ve already done the necktie thing . You’ve done the dinner, the gadgets, the gift cards, the day at the golf course and pretty much everything that everybody else has already done over the years. So why not surprise him with something new!

 

happy father's day denis nuhicBefore we continue, let's take a minute to say "Happy Father's Day" to Denis Nuhic, the owner of Super Heat & Air, who recently became a father for the first time. Happy Father's Day Denis!

 

 

Ok, so let's talk about that Super Heat & Air Club Membership:

It's a great gift to give that pretty much pays for itself. And it offers many benefits to our customers. The Super Heat & Air Club Membership saves people money on air conditioning service. It's an affordable yearly air conditioning maintenance plan that costs less than what you would pay for a flat-screen TV (which your dad probably already has)

 

Our club membership only costs $14.95 a month! And it includes:

2 Free Annual HVAC Maintenance Services
Up to 1lb of Refrigerant
Free Service Calls
Priority Service
20% Discount Off Parts, Labor and Services!

 

Why You Should Get It

Regular maintenance keeps Dad's air conditioning system running at peak efficiency for a long time! And if Poppa has an air conditioning emergency, he gets 20% off his service! Priority service for Dad means his membership puts him first in line for service.  So for Father's Day, you're giving Dad major savings for a year on air conditioning service, including two free maintenances, for less than $200! Isn't that better than a shirt and a tie or a day at the golf course? We think so! 

See, you can save that special father in your life some serious money on air conditioning service with the Super Heat & Air Club Membership! ... It's an original Father’s Day gift that will last. So skip the gadget shop this year and get your father something useful!

 

Call Super Heat & Air today at 813-609-5015 and ask us about getting the Super Heat & Air Club Membership. And Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there from Super Heat & Air!

 

 

 

Beach, Barbecues & Bravery

 

Memorial Day is a holiday closely associated with barbecues, beaches and a 3-day weekend. And yes, it’s a holiday to have a good time with friends and family. It's also a favorite national holiday. And it has a rich history of courage and honor behind it.

 

 

Here are some quick facts about Memorial Day you might not know:

 

    • Memorial Day started as a way to honor the casualties of the Civil War, in which an estimated 620,000 soldiers lost their lives.

 

    • The holiday had a different name: Decoration Day, named for the practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags. Decoration Day was legally declared "Memorial Day" in 1967.

 

    • While Decoration Day became known nationally as Memorial Day in 1967, New York was the first state to designate it a legal holiday in 1873.

 

 

    • Speaking of grilling, the hot dog industry celebrates big on Memorial Day! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume 7 billion hot dogs or more than 800 hot dogs per second during the holiday! The bread and condiment industries will rejoice as well.

 

    • Memorial Day was celebrated annually on May 30 until 1971: from then on, it shifted to being celebrated on the last Monday of May.

 

    • One Memorial Day custom is to fly the United States flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it up to the top of the staff until sunset.

 

    • Surprisingly, neither a beach city nor the nation’s capital of Washington DC are the most popular Memorial Day tourist destinations. Not surprisingly, Las Vegas ranks highest as the most popular destination, followed by Orlando, San Diego and New York City, according to Priceline.com.

 

    • Memorial Day is very much a drinking holiday. And that makes it a dangerous holiday, as law enforcement will be very busy all weekend long. Approximately 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home to spend the holiday weekend, according to AAA.

 

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As already mentioned, the roads will be busy and dangerous during the holiday weekend. So we'll spare you the grisly statistics of traffic fatalities of the past. We hope you have fun on this 3-day weekend! But please also be safe. And don't forget what the purpose of this holiday is really all about.

 

 

Super Heat & Air would like to wish our customers, families and friends a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! And remember that we work on weekends and holidays. So if you experience any AC problems during the holiday weekend, call us at 813-609-5015.

 

Cool and Fuzzy

 

Mom. Mommy. Momma. Call her what you want to call her, but your mother is the woman who gave you life. And on Mother’s Day, it’s your day to show her some extra appreciation and love!

 

Coming up with an exciting Mother’s Day present is always a challenge. You want to get your mother and the mother of your children (if you have them) something special. And because you never want to give the same gift twice, each year it’s harder to come up with something new and exciting to show Mom appreciation on her special day.

 

Did you ever consider getting Mommy a new air conditioning system for her birthday? …

 

(Cricket. Cricket.) ...

 

Ok, ok, hear us out for a second! Yes, we know an air conditioner is not your typical Mother’s Day present. But come on: you’ve already done the flowers thing more than once. You’ve done the dinner, the chocolates, the gift cards, the day at the spa and pretty much everything that everybody else has already done over the years!

 

We admit that giving a new air conditioning system as a Mother's Day present is not typical. And it's definitely not romantic either, but think about it for a second. …

 

(Cricket. Cricket.) ...

 

Nothing? …

 

Ok, let us spell it out for you: A new air conditioning system will SAVE MOMMA MONEY. Lots of money! And yes, even Moms love to save money! You see (here comes our signature shameless plug) every new air conditioning system that Super Heat & Air installs is energy efficient and affordable.

 

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Older AC’s typically have a low Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER rating. The SEER rating of an air conditioning unit, according to U.S. Department of Energy website Energy.gov, “indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output.” So if Mom’s air conditioning unit is several years old, it probably has a low SEER rating. And it's probably consuming a lot of electricity too, which is costing her money!

 

Super Heat & Air installs brand new air conditioning units with a SEER rating of 15 or higher.

 

What that means is our AC units will save mommy lots of money! Not sure if your mom already has an energy efficient air conditioning unit? Besides asking your mom how old her air conditioner is, you can also check to see if it has the ENERGY STAR® label on it. If it doesn’t, your mom is paying way too much on energy bills! Every new air conditioner Super Heat & Air installs is up to code. And we ensure that Mom’s new AC unit will save her the most money possible every month on energy bills. So you’re not just saving momma money. With a new air conditioner installation from Super Heat & Air, you are providing the woman who gave you or your children birth the gift of comfort, as well as improving the quality of the indoor air they breathe!

 

So you just read this (entirely shameless plug of a) blog post and thought, “Nah, I can’t afford a new air conditioner for mom.” Well, think again! We have many affordable financing plans available for our customers with approved credit! (See the cleverly placed Zero Percent interest financing ad below this paragraph)

 

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You can save those special mothers in your life some serious money by giving the gift of a brand new AC system with affordable financing and a huge discount from Super Heat & Air!

 

So there you have it, a nontraditional Mother’s Day gift that will keep on giving for many years to come for that special mom in your life! Forget the chocolates, bypass the spa and put a stop to the flower shop!

 

Call Super Heat & Air today at 813-609-5015! And (no disrespect to flower shops, restaurants, chocolatiers and spas) make sure your mom gets something REALLY special this Mother’s Day that could last her a lifetime!

 

 

Cinco de Mayo is one of America’s favorite holidays. But like St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also one of the most misunderstood.

 

Everybody loves an excuse to have a party and celebrate a culture that may or may not be their own. But some of the facts about the Cinco de Mayo holiday may surprise you:

 

It’s NOT Mexico’s Independence Day

Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 and not in May! Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of Mexico’s victory in the May 5, 1862 battle in Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war. Seeing as the Mexicans were seriously outnumbered against the French during this battle, the significance of the victory brings a sense of pride to the country and is the actual reason for celebrating the holiday. The Mexicans won that battle, but the French won the war.

 

It’s NOT big in Mexico

Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16 is a much bigger holiday for Mexicans than Cinco de Mayo. But just like St. Patrick’s Day, Americans make a bigger deal out of Cinco de Mayo than Mexicans do! It's not even a federal holiday in Mexico. And it's only a major holiday in Puebla, Veracruz and in the United States. In fact, the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held in Los Angeles, California, which every year attracts hundreds of thousands of people to its Fiesta Broadway festival.

 

Cinco de Guaco

What would a Cinco de Mayo celebration be without some guacamole dip? Guacamole, which is essentially an avocado puree, is a staple of many favorite Mexican dishes. And Americans love it! According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo every year.

 

¡Más Tequila!

Cinco de Mayo should be less about drinking and more about history. But like other popular drinking holidays, it's now most commonly associated with Corona beer and tequila. It's unfortunate that the historical and cultural significance of the holiday over the years has become more commonly associated with non-Mexicans wearing silly sombreros and fake mustaches while drinking themselves silly. The way the holiday is celebrated can be viewed as culturally insensitive or even offensive. But there's no denying the positive economic impact it has for the restaurant and bar industry.

 

Tequila brands rejoice on Cinco de Mayo, which is pretty much the best day of sales for the tequila industry in the United States. And that’s because Americans drink a lot more tequila than Mexicans: about 80% more! Then there’s Corona, the marketing genius of a beer brand that capitalized heavily on the "Mexican heritage" of the holiday. Thanks to the brilliance of its advertising campaigns over the last few decades, Corona has become THE beer most commonly associated with Cinco de Mayo. The saddest part about this is that Corona — the 5th best-selling beer in the United States — is not really even a Mexican beer!

 

 

HVAC de Mayo

We're not here to take the fun out of Cinco de Mayo! If you've been paying attention to us, you know we love our holidays! We also love Tampa Bay! So we ask that our customers, friends and family have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo celebration!

 

No Super Heat & Air blog post is complete without a typical "wink wink" shameless plug. So if you come home from a hot fiesta on May 5 and your AC is not cooling, call us at 813-609-5015 and we'll fix it for you!

 

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Filter the 13th

 

Happy Friday the 13th! For some reason, we thought this unluckiest of superstitious days that gave birth to a hockey-masked killer horror movie franchise made us think of dirty air filters.

 

After all, a dirty air filter may cause many unlucky mishaps to your air conditioning unit and can actually kill your AC. ... You might be saying to yourself, “Kill my air conditioner? No way! Come on, really, how important is an air filter?”  We understand your doubt. After all, it’s just a cheap little thing made of paper and cardboard that goes in your air conditioning unit to trap some dirt, right? How much harm can a dirty little air filter really cause?

 

Oh boy, are you in for a surprise! You probably already know that your air filter keeps pollution and debris out of your air conditioning unit. But most people don’t realize an air filter — that cheap little paper and cardboard thingy — really can wreak havoc on your air conditioning system if it gets clogged. We know you probably have a busy life and can easily overlook checking your AC's air filter, but the fact is changing it is a pretty simple task and replacing it is relatively cheap.

 

Here are some of the machete-wielding horrors a dirty AC filter can cause to your AC system:

 

Filthy Air Ducts

When your air filter is dirty, everything that moves past it gets dirty too, including your air ducts. And if your air ducts are dirty [cue: scary music], the air you’re breathing is dirty too! Keep breathing that filthy air and instead of wearing a Jason Voorhies hockey mask for Friday the 13th, you’re going to need a Darth Vader mask to breathe! You should get your air ducts inspected and cleaned anyway, and (here comes the shameless plug) when you get your air ducts cleaned by Super Heat & Air, you get $100 off for an entire home duct cleaning service!

 

AC/DC

No, we're not talking about the classic rock band that brought us “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”. In this context, AC/DC stands for Air Conditioner/Dirty Components. As we already mentioned, everything that gets past dirty air filters gets dirty too. So if your air filter is dirty, your AC components will get dirty too. Makes sense, right? We’re talking components like dirty cooling coils, which eventually leads to freezing evaporator coils, which could block airflow and that’s not cool! Frozen evaporator coils cause your system to work harder, which means higher energy bills and possibly total system failure, which means you will have to get your AC replaced [cue: horror scream]! And getting your air conditioner replaced is a dirty deed that CANNOT be done dirt cheap!

 

Air Handler Can’t Handle It

Dirty air filters can also be deadly to your air handler (the indoor A/C unit blowing the air throughout your home). A dirty air filter can cause the air handler to overheat and break, which is another problem that is not “dirt cheap” to fix. An overheating air handler is most common during the summer, when your air conditioner is most frequently used. A clogged air filter means reduced airflow, which in turn causes the fan motor to work harder. If the fan motor burns out from being overworked, it could result in overheating and eventually system failure. So if you let your AC break down during a hot Florida summer, we’re not talking about Friday the 13th anymore: we’ll be talking about Hellraiser instead! Don't be a pinhead: change your air filter! 

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Sniff Sniffle

Hey, did we mention that when your air filter is dirty, everything that moves past it gets dirty too? … Yeah, yeah, we know, it’s getting a little redundant, but the best way to get the point across is to hammer it home! Allergens can cause more than just the sniffles. They can cause headaches, fatigue, and a slew of other nasty symptoms you won’t like. The most common cause of allergic reactions to air conditioning is a dirty air filter. So when your air filter is dirty, it becomes less effective at blocking dirt, dust, mildew and other allergens from flowing through your indoor air. And yes, at the risk of being redundant once again: you’re breathing that stuff in! [cue: jump scare]

Serial Biller

We already mentioned reduced air flow’s effect on your fan motor due to a dirty air filter. But reduced air flow also leads to cooling inefficiency, which in turn leads to higher cooling bills. Air conditioning units are designed to meet a certain amount of internal airflow. And if yours is struggling to produce that airflow, it will raise your energy bills to horrific highs! A simple changing of your air filter once a month or even every 3 months (for higher quality filters) is not only simple and inexpensive, but will save you money on your monthly electric bill. Pretty scary, huh?

So there you go, that little paper and cardboard thing you've been neglecting can cause some serious carnage to your AC unit. Don't let your busy life keep you from changing your dirty air filter. You don't want your air conditioning unit to end up in our AC graveyard now, do you?

 

 

Happy Friday the 13th from "Super Heat and Scare!" And if you need help with changing your air filter, keeping your AC system clean or any other air conditioning service, call us at 813-609-5015.

 

Luck of the Irish?

 

St. Patrick's Day — one of America's favorite holidays — happens on March 17 every year. It's a holiday celebrated by millions of people around the world. But many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without really knowing much about it.

 

Sure, it’s a fun holiday and a great excuse to wear green, eat Irish food, drink Irish drinks and celebrate Irish culture. But how Irish is St. Patrick's Day really? While an estimated 34 million people living in the U.S. of Irish ancestry want to celebrate their heritage on St. Patrick’s Day, it's believed that St. Patrick wasn't even Irish. And he wasn't even born in Ireland! He was believed to have been born in Britain, specifically Wales.

 

Super Heat & Air is an air conditioning company and this is supposed to be an HVAC blog. But we love our holidays too! So in honor of St. Patty's Day, here are some more fun facts about our favorite "green holiday":

 

Irish? I Wish?

The first St. Patrick's Day parade was not celebrated in Ireland. History tells us the first St. Patrick's Day parade happened in Boston on March 17, 1737 on a small scale and in New York City on March 17, 1762 on a large scale.  Like Cinco de Mayo, it's a holiday that seems to be a bigger deal in the U.S. than in its actual homeland.

 

Dye Me a River

St. Patrick’s Day is a huge deal in cities that dye their rivers green on March 17. And to commemorate the holiday, cities like Chicago and of course Tampa dye a major river green on this day. So do people go St. Paddleboarding on this day? ... Sorry, bad joke.

 

Die Me a River

And on a sour note, March 17, 460 A.D is actually believed to be the day that St. Patrick died. So we're actually celebrating the patron saint's death, huh? Morbid.

 

Why the Green?

Millions of people wear green on Saint Patrick's Day because it’s the color of spring. And it's also the color popularly associated with Ireland and of the beloved shamrock, an iconic symbol of the country. That makes sense.

 

Blue Brew

According to history, green was not even St. Patrick’s color of choice. The not-even-Irish patron saint's color of choice was actually blue! So maybe we should be drinking blue beer instead of green.

 

Horribly Mis-SNAKE-n

One of the most famous legends of St. Patrick describes how he banished all snakes from the Emerald Isle into the ocean, where they drowned. Sure, why not? It really is kind of a morbid holiday when you think about it!

 

Everybody's Irish

They say everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day. It was recognized as a U.S. national holiday after thousands of Irish people immigrated to the country in the 1880s. Today there are approximately 34 million people of Irish descent living in the United States. They're living the American Green!

 

Spending Lots of Green

While St. Patrick's Day is a legitimate national holiday, it's also a brilliant marketing scheme. From beer to food to green clothing and St. Patrick's Day accessories, many businesses stand to make huge money every year on this beloved holiday. According to U.S. News and World Report, Americans are projected to spend $4.7 billion on St. Patrick's Day. That's a lot of green!

 

Closing Time

While an estimated 13 million pints of Guinness beer are consumed on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day — the fourth most popular drinking holiday in the United States — was actually a dry holiday between 1903 and 1970 by Irish law.  St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday for Ireland back then. That meant pubs were closed for the day and drinking was prohibited. So back then they must've shed a tear for the lack of green beer!

 

Are you feeling the luck of the Irish? Then check out our Specials page to save a lot of green on our air conditioning services! And we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays, so call us at 813-609-5015 if your "luck of the Irish" goes bad and your AC breaks!

 

 

 

HVAC Pioneers

 

February is Black History Month, in which we celebrate the achievements of African-Americans throughout history.

 

Black History Month is an observation that is not without controversy. But its purpose is a month-long observation and recognition of the history-making accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made to improve our society; better our lives; and change the world. And while African Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman are some of the more prolific, recognized and heralded heroes during Black History Month, the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning) industry has somewhat unsung African American heroes of its own!

 

In honor of Black History Month, Super Heat & Air would like to recognize a few HVAC Heroes that helped shape our industry as we know it today.

black history month david crosthwait jrDavid Nelson Crosthwait Jr.

Engineer, Journalist, Inventor (1898–1976)
An African-American pioneer of heating and air conditioning, David Nelson Crosthwait Jr. is best known for bringing heat to a very cold Radio City Music Hall. His designs led to many HVAC innovations. And the heating system he provided for Radio City Music Hall in New York City is perhaps the most famous example of his legacy.

Crosthwait won a medal from the National Technological Association in the 1930s. And he became the first African American to be honored as a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers in 1971.

 

 

black history month alice parkerAlice Parker

Inventor of the gas furnace (?-?)

Not much is known about Alice H. Parker except that her design for the first gas furnace became the precursor to what would become the central heating system. Her patented heating furnace set the stage for what would later become central heating for residential and commercial buildings. Parker’s invention was a heating furnace powered by gas with several units with individually controlled air ducts. It was designed to heat different sections of an entire house. Before Parker’s design and patent were approved in 1919, coal and wood were the most common ways to heat a home.

 

 

Fred McKinley Jones USDAFrederick McKinley Jones

Founder of Thermo King (May 17, 1893 – February 21, 1961)

A man whose inventions helped shape refrigeration as we know it today, Frederick McKinley Jones is known for his innovations in preserving perishable goods during long-haul transportation. And if you’ve heard of the name Thermo King — an international enterprise that is still around today — it was McKinley Jones who co-founded it with Joseph Numero in 1938. McKinley Jones patented a portable cooling unit for trucks transporting perishable food. He also innovated portable cooling units during World War II for preserving blood, medicine and food used at army hospitals and battlefields. In 1944, Jones became the first African American to be elected into the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers.  He also became the first African-American to receive the National Medal of Technology, posthumously, from President George Bush in 1991.

 

Celebrate Black History Month!

 

And if you need HVAC heroes of your own in the Tampa Bay area, call Super Heat & Air. We'll be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 813-609-5015 for all of your air conditioning and heating needs!

 

 

Super Bowl & Air

 

It’s that time of the year again: Super Bowl Sunday! Everybody’s talking about it, and everybody’s ready to party! To make your Super Bowl Sunday party more enjoyable, here are a few tips from Super Bowl & Air!

 

Tackle the Flu

Football season is all about football, family, friends, fiestas and fun. But it’s also about another “F word”: flu! Yes, we were trying to be clever there (how did we do?). But seriously, football season is also flu season. Influenza, better known as “the flu," is a nasty and contagious viral infection. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and basically pure misery! Get a flu shot if you haven’t already, and make sure to keep plenty of cold and flu medicine around for you and your guests.

 

Super Cold Sunday

You might be asking yourself why an air conditioning and heating company is giving Super Bowl Sunday tips. Well, temperature lows are forecasted in the lower 60s, so Super Bowl Sunday will be super cold (for us Floridians, anyway)! Before you go inviting all of your friends over to your house, make sure your heater is working! Also, make sure you have blankets for your guests and wear adequate layers of clothing. And avoid space heaters if possible: those things are dangerous! If your heater is not working, you know the drill: give Super Heat & Air a call and we'll fix it for you.

 

Don't Fumble the Food

Put some healthy options on the menu. ... We know, we know, it’s a Super Bowl party, but hear us out! Unless your party is hosted by hipsters or health nuts, nobody is expecting a buffet of tofu dip, kale tacos and gluten-free organic chips. Super Bowl parties are all about the chicken wings, greasy burgers and fatty queso chili dip. But you want to feel good after the party is over, don't you? If you eat only crap, you will feel like crap after your favorite team has won or lost! Plus some of your party guests may be diabetic, on strict doctor-prescribed diets or just plain health-conscious, so keep them in mind when you set up the platters. You don’t want them to leave your party and go somewhere else, do you? Offer up veggie platters, maybe some hummus dip and low sugar drinks and desserts along with the “fun food.” And while the beer is essential to any Super Bowl party, have some water available for the intoxicated and dehydrated among your guests.

 

Spike the Ball, Not the Punch

We’re not out to take the fun out of Super Bowl Sunday, but copious amounts of beer and liquor may not be the best idea. Not only do most people have to go to work on Monday, but some may not have a ride home after your party is over. Ask your guests to leave their car keys in a basket and make sure they are OK to drive after the game is over before you return their keys. Always ask your guests if they have a designated driver or access to ridesharing apps such as Uber or Lyft. And if they don’t, have the phone number to a taxi service readily available. Because if your guests get overly intoxicated at your party and have a car accident or get alcohol poisoning, game day will be game over!

 

Now that we got the serious tips out of the way, the most important tip for Super Bowl Sunday is to have fun! We know we will! Be safe, enjoy your Sunday Funday and (shameless plug alert) call Super Heat & Air for all your air conditioning and heating needs. Game on!

 

THE ENDzone

 

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2017 was yet another amazing year for Super Heat & Air! We experienced unprecedented success in 2017 yet again. And we’re ready to keep on kicking butt in 2018! Speaking of 2018, New Year’s Eve is coming!

 

New Year’s Eve is a favorite celebration of many, and (unless you count Gasparilla for those of us in Tampa Bay) it’s the biggest celebration of the year! In the spirit of a new year of continued success and prosperity for Super Heat & Air, here are some fun facts about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day you might not know about:

 

Look Both Ways

Back to the Future. It's very fitting that the first month of the New Year is named after a god who looks to the future and the past. The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who has two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward.

 

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot"

Say what? Does anybody really get the words right on that song people sing when the clock strikes 12? The traditional song sung at midnight on New Year’s is called “Auld Lang Syne,” which means “times gone by.” It was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788. Great Scott!

 

 

Dropping the Ball

Oooooh, shiny. The dropping of the New Year’s Eve Ball on New York’s Times Square is almost a century-old-tradition. And the first ball, which weighed 700 pounds, was dropped on December 31, 1907. At midnight, approximately 3,000 pounds of confetti is dropped on the crowd in Times Square every year.

 

Possum Kingdom

Anything is "possumble." Who needs a ball of lights when you have ... a rodent? The town of Brasstown, North Carolina traditionally lowers a possum instead of a giant ball of lights on New Year’s Eve. That tradition is known as “The Possum Drop.” ... Yes, a possum.

 

It’sa Me, Undies

Red underwear = good luck? That's right, apparently people in Italy wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring them good luck throughout the year. So let's go buy some red undies and find out if it works!

 

Boricua Beach Bash

Making a splash. In the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, people flock to the beaches on New Year’s Eve and drop backwards into the breaking waves as the clock strikes 12. This tradition is believed to keep bad spirits at bay throughout the new year. After what Hurricane Maria tragically did to the island, they better hit the beach!

 

Double Shot of Vodka

Russians love to party! So much so that they celebrate the New Year twice. Once on January 1st and then again on January 14th! Guess there "ain't no party like a Russian party cause a Russian party don't stop!"

 

China-mite!

Happy Moon Year. While firecrackers are traditional of pretty much any New Year's celebration, China does not celebrate a traditional New Year. Firecrackers in China symbolize “good luck in the coming year.” But the Chinese New Year is celebrated during the second full moon after the winter solstice rather than on the first day of January.

 

Head Start

What's the "Rosh"? The Jewish New Year is known as Rosh Hashanah. And it's a tradition to eat apples and honey on this day.  "Rosh" is  Hebrew for "head"; "ha" is the definite article ("the"); and "shanah" means year. So "Rosh HaShanah" means 'head [of] the year', referring to the Jewish day of new year.

 

Penguin Party

Happy Feet. A testament to how big a celebration New Year's Eve is globally would be the fact that it's even celebrated in Antarctica! That's right, there's a music festival every New Year’s Eve in the Antarctic called "Icestock"! Because who wouldn't want to bring in the New Year with a bunch of penguins, right?

 

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New Year’s Smooch

Kiss-kiss, hooray! Ready for some midnight loving on New Year's Eve/Day? It is said that the traditional midnight kiss when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve has something to do with the first person you come across in the new year setting the tone for the next 12 months. So you better choose who you kiss wisely!

 

New Year's Thieves

Lock em up! Before you start your New Year's festivities, make sure you set your vehicle's alarm and keep your keys with you. Because according to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday. So yeah, you might be saying "goodbye" to more than just the old year.

 

Top Picks

Sin City, Mouse City and Big Apple City. Where are the best places in the United States to ring in the New Year? According to CBS.com, some of the top places in the United States to celebrate New Year’s Eve include Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City.  Hey wait, what about Tampa Bay?

 

Hail New Year!

"When in Rome"? According to History.com, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar declared January 1st as a national holiday 4,000 years ago. So even when not in Rome, we're still doing as the Romans do.

 

Unresolved Resolutions?

"This will be the year, I swear!" Statistics about the top New Year's resolutions include losing weight (#1); getting organized; spending less money and saving more; staying fit and healthy; and quitting smoking. So how did that go for you last year?

 

New Year’s Cheers

A bubbly start. It is estimated that Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during New Year's Eve celebrations. That's a lot of bottom's up!

 

I Gotta Feeling

That tonight's gonna be a good night. Most New Year's traditions are believed to ensure good luck for the coming year. And that includes some of the foods that are consumed. For example, many places in the United States believe the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day brings good luck for the rest of the year. Will that tradition amount to a hill of beans?

 

Y2Kaos

Happy New Fear! The year 2000 instilled fear to the planet in the form of a thing called the "Y2K problem."  Through media-generated paranoia, it was believed by millions on December 31, 1999 that when the clock would strike 12,  the entire world would shut down. Computers would stop working. Planes would fall out of the sky! Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! ... Umm, yeah, we're still here!

 

The Final FrontYear

Y2Space! This one is kind of like the Y2K problem in which it was believed computers couldn't roll over into a new millennium. Only it's real. Until 2006, the Space Shuttle never flew on New Year’s day or eve because its computers couldn’t handle a year rollover. Now that's out of this world!

 

New Year’s Free

AAA for the AA. In an effort to reduce drunk driving, the AAA will tow your car and give you a ride home for free on New Year's Eve/Day, even if you’re not a member. It's not available in all states, so check here before you get in gear. But seriously, just get a designated driver. Or grab an Uber, whatever. Just don't drink and drive!

 

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about New Year's Eve/Day. Super Heat & Air is looking forward to 2018 and would like to wish you and yours a Happy New Year!

 

Turkey Time

 

Ah Thanksgiving. Turkey Day! That favorite of American holidays known for stuffing your face with stuffing and turkey and of course, spending quality time with friends and family while being thankful for the things we have in life.

 

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is not without controversy behind its history or its intended significance. But we’re not here to give history lessons, so let’s not talk about that. Instead, we’re going to do what we do best with our blog posts: make it fun!

 

Here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving you may not know about:

 

Give Thanks to Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 when he proclaimed the last Thursday of every November as a “day of thanksgiving”. Thank you Abe!

 

Third Thursday Thanksgiving

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the 3rd Thursday of November during the Depression to give merchants more time to sell Christmas merchandise. And in 1941, Congress changed it back to the last Thursday of November. FDR must've had a premonition about how early merchants are willing to start selling Christmas merchandise! 

 

Canadiansgiving

Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday. But they do it every year on the second Monday of October. Canadians call the United States version of turkey day “Yanksgiving” to distinguish our holiday from theirs. Those cooky Canucks! 

 

Turkey Television

Swanson foods apparently miscalculated how many turkeys it would sell in 1953.  The company had such a huge surplus of turkey that some marketing genius decided they should package it in aluminum and sell it with sides. And so the TV dinner was born! 

 

Plumber Bummer

According to plumbing giant Roto-Rooter, Black Friday aka “the day after Thanksgiving” is the busiest day for plumbers. ... Um, we’ll resist the temptation to include some toilet humor here, so just use your imagination as to why that is. Ewwww.

 

Turkey, Europe

Those beautiful birds we like to gobble up for Thanksgiving got their names from the English because guinea fowls (birds native of Africa) were imported to Europe by Turkish merchants. So they started calling them turkeys. Who would've thought that turkeys aren't actually from Turkey?

 

Turkey, USA

Four major places in the USA are named after Turkey: Turkey Creek, Louisiana; Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. There are probably more than four.

 

Gobble Baby Gobble Baby

While it’s popular to say “gobble gobble” as a Thanksgiving catchphrase, only male turkeys actually gobble. Female turkeys don’t gobble, but cackle instead. Somehow "cackle cackle" just doesn't have the same ring to it. 

 

First Feast

When the first Thanksgiving actually took place is debatable. But the history books teach us that the traditional Thanksgiving as we know it first happened during the three-day pilgrim celebration that happened in 1621 at Plymouth Colony, in present day Massachusetts. First come, first serve?

 

Fowl Forgiveness

Since 1947, a pre-Thanksgiving tradition is for the United States President to pardon a turkey during a White House ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. During the ceremony, the President is presented with one live turkey, which he "pardons" from being slaughtered. After being pardoned, the turkey gets to live out its days on a farm.  Lucky bastard! ... Oops, pardon my French hen.

 

Travel for Turkey

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest travel day of the year. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has estimated that over 42 million Americans travel by car 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend. Another 4 million people travel by air to visit their loved ones for the holiday. So there's really nothing better than a family meal.

 

Tons of Turkey

According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. And around 212 million turkeys are consumed each year. Turkeys are said to have been the most plentiful meat at the time of the first Thanksgiving in 1621. This is probably why it has become the traditional main course for the holiday. ... Wait, wait, there's actually a National Turkey Federation?

 

The Wishbone Tradition

The wishbone tradition consists of two people tugging on either end of the bone trying to win the larger piece. And the person who gets the larger piece gets to make a wish. It's a good luck tradition that is said to date back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C.  Hang up the phone and break a wishbone.

 

Thankspigskin

Football is a major part of the United States Thanksgiving celebration. And it has become synonymous with Thanksgiving dating back to the first college football game between Yale and Princeton that was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876. So if the pigskin is not your thing, the best part of the turkey is the skin.

 

Turkey Trot

If you’re going to attempt to hunt down the Thanksgiving turkey yourself, make sure it doesn’t get angry! Wild turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour when scared! So if you scare a turkey into running that fast, make sure it doesn't get angry too and start chasing you!

 

Turkey-Itis

Turkey has L-tryptophan, which is known to cause drowsiness, which may contribute to why we feel so sleepy after eating it. But really the act of overeating anything is known to deplete your energy because your body needs the energy to digest all of that food. Nappy Thanksgiving!

 

Super "Eat" and Air would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. And remember if you have an air conditioning emergency on Thanksgiving Day or on Black Friday, don't let it spoil your dinner. Give us a call at 813-609-5015 and we'll be there!

 

happy thanksgiving from Super Heat & Air

 

It's not Memorial Day

 

Veterans Day is a holiday many confuse for Memorial Day. They are two similar holidays, but November 11 is a day for honoring all American veterans, living or dead. But it's mostly for honoring living veterans who have served their country in the United States Armed Forces.

 

Memorial Day is meant to only honor US servicemen and servicewomen who died while serving their country. You can read more about Memorial Day here, but this post is about Veterans Day.

 

Here are some facts about Veterans Day you should know:

 

Armistice Day

It had a different name. Originally called “Armistice Day”, the Veterans Day holiday began on Nov. 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

 

Eleven-Eleven-Eleven

Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October between 1971 and 1977. It was changed back to its original date, on November 11, 1978. World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour, on the 11th month. November 11 became a national holiday starting in 1938 and is recognized as both a state and federal holiday.

 

Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day?

Neither. The word "veteran" comes from the nomenclature of the old English language, meaning old, experienced soldier. There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in the name, yet some still spell it as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day. Some schools close on Veterans Day and some don't, as there is no legal requirement for a school to close on November 11.

 

By the Numbers

  • 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era.
  • 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War.
  • 2.6 million veterans served during World War II.
  • 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War.

 

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And finally, Super Heat & Air does not close on November 11. So give us a call at 813-609-5015 for all of your air conditioning needs! We also honor our military service men and women with a 15% discount on all services. Happy Veterans Day!

 

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