Justice Incorporated Blog : Archive for November, 2014

Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system.

Here at Justice Air Conditioning & Heating, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

Only Choose Specialists for Commercial Heating Installation

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Owning or managing a large commercial property comes with many important responsibilities, one of which includes maintaining the equipment that keeps your customers, clients, tenants, and employees comfortable on site. Since you’re so busy maintaining a business, however, you may not have time to do the right amount of research before selecting a company to install or replace your heater. But without the proper service, your new HVAC system may fail sooner than it’s supposed to, or cost you hundreds in repairs.

Here at Justice Air Conditioning & Heating, we want to urge you to always choose specialists experienced specifically in commercial units. Commercial heating differs greatly from other types of heating systems, and installation should be trusted only to those with experience in the field. Here’s a look at why that is.

Specialists Are Trained on Large Commercial Systems

So you’ve flipped through the phone book or searched online and found a certified heating technician in your area. Is this enough to ensure you get the service you need for your commercial property? Not quite. Though a residential heating company may claim to be able to set up your system, only specialists have the ability to inspect and install these systems securely, quickly, and properly. This is because larger commercial units don’t have the same type of layout as smaller units. A technician must know the ins and outs of complicated commercial ductwork and what type of setup would work best for your business.

Proper Sizing Is of Utmost Importance

One other major reason to call on professionals for installation is the importance of proper sizing. A heating system must be of a particular size according to the size of your business, the number of people in a room or office, types of windows, form of insulation, and more. Deciding on size involves complicated calculations, and for growing businesses, many commercial heating systems are able to change and grow in heating capacity with the help of a technician, but an amateur may not know of this feature. An inexperienced person may also neglect any zone control needs of a larger business, important to many operations.

Call Justice Air Conditioning & Heating for professional and quality commercial heating installation in Port Aransas today!

Reasons to Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Any complex mechanical system that receives regular use must also receive regular maintenance to make sure that work stress isn’t causing it to wear down too rapidly. We most often think about maintenance in connection with automobiles, but it applies equally to the heating, air conditioning, and ductwork inside a home. The HVAC system of your house likely receives extensive use throughout the year, especially your air conditioner during a tough Texas summer. Without regular maintenance done twice a year—once for your AC, once for the heater—to alleviate wear and tear, your HVAC system will soon run into multiple problems.

Justice Air Conditioning & Heating understands the sort of troubles that a home’s air conditioner and heater can encounter without the assistance of regular inspections and tune-ups. We offer a quality HVAC maintenance program in Corpus Christi, TX to help keep your air conditioner and heater ready to serve your household, no matter the time of year. Contact us today to hear more about our Service Efficiency Agreement.

Why HVAC maintenance is important

The most important reason to schedule HVAC maintenance is to prevent an abrupt system breakdown right when you need it working. Whether during a bitter winter night or a roasting summer day, your comfort system is more likely to cease working if it hasn’t received its annual maintenance visit, leaving you scrambling for emergency repairs and waiting in extreme discomfort until it arrives. Maintenance will lower the chance of this happening and see that your heating and air conditioning system are ready for temperature extremes.

Maintenance will also help you avoid repair troubles. Approximately 85% of the repairs that an HVAC system may require could have been prevented with regular maintenance visits. Technicians will catch problems before they become serious problems and have them repaired early.

Regular maintenance will keep your energy bills under control. Each year that a heater or AC goes without maintenance, it will lose on average 5% of its energy efficiency as it grows dirty and starts to wear down. In only a few years, you could be paying more than a fifth what you used to pay to run your comfort system. Maintenance will keep your system running at its best efficiency for most of it lifespan.

Sign up for our Service Efficiency Agreement

We offer a Service Efficiency Agreement that makes you one of our preferred clients. As part of the agreement, you will receive precision tune-ups and inspections, plus priority scheduling, extended warranties, and discounts. To find out more, call one of our friendly technicians today.

If you are looking for an excellent HVAC maintenance program in Corpus Christi, TX for your home, you will find it at Justice Air Conditioning & Heating.

What Kinds of Contaminants Can a UV Air Purifier Remove?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Your family’s health and safety are of chief importance in your home. But if you don’t take care to protect the air in your home, the members of your household may be at risk for illness, particularly if one of your family members has a compromised immune system or a respiratory issue. To keep these types of problems under control, many homeowners purchase electronic air purifiers, mechanical filters, or dehumidifiers to maintain a healthy indoor air quality.

But another type of system recommended by air quality experts is a UV air purifier. UV air purifiers emit small amounts of UV radiation in the ducts (don’t worry—it’s safe!) in order to get rid of some common biological contaminants that you would otherwise have to breathe in. While they rely on a fairly simple design to do so, they are also extremely effective in killing off biological contaminants. Learn more about what these systems can do for your home in the following list.

  • Sterilize Microorganisms like Bacteria and Viruses: Ultraviolet radiation is harmful in large doses because it can actually damage organic matter. For humans, there is little effect from staying in the sun for a short while. However, for small microorganisms like bacteria, even very brief exposure can sterilize bacteria and viruses, rendering them incapable of reproduction so that they are no longer a threat for your air.
  • Get Rid of Mold on Your Air Handler: UV air purifiers can also take care of mold, which is likely to develop on the evaporator coil inside of your home. The coil collects moisture as the AC runs, which is helpful to you because it helps keep humidity levels in control and reduce mold and mildew elsewhere around the home. However, mold can continue to develop on the coil and the spores can blow into your home. Many homeowners purchase UV systems specifically to eliminate mold.
  • Reduce Odors in the Home: Finally, a UV air purifier can actually eliminate odors left over from cooking or standard pet odors.

If you decide that you need a UV air purifier in Robstown, or if you’d like to discuss your indoor air quality with a professional, call Justice Air Conditioning & Heating today!