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Enjoy the Weather and Head to a Spring Festival

Have Some Fun This Spring Season

Once the sun comes out and the temperatures go up, it’s hard not to want to spend all your time outside. This year, why not enjoy the weather by heading to a spring festival? Whether you live near Philadelphia, Wilmington, DE, or in South Jersey, there are plenty of festivals to attend. Here are some that our HVAC service company found:

Philadelphia

Spring at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens features premier indoor and outdoor plants and is highlighting spring flowers such wisteria, tulips, dogwoods, snapdragons, azaleas, columbines, and bluebells through May 26th.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

On May 20th, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will attract more than 50,000 people and take over six blocks of Walnut Street with upscale food, arts, fashion, and entertainment of the boutique neighborhood.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

During the annual Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival on May 7th, hundreds of craftspeople, entertainers, merchants, and food vendors will set up shop on Germantown Avenue to display home and gardening products and ideas.

Art Star Craft Bizaar

Head down to Penn’s Landing May 13th and 14th to be part of the 14th annual craft bazaar that features handmade housewares, art, clothing, paper goods, jewelry, and more. You’ll also find music, food, and art demonstrations throughout the area.

Roots Picnic

During a day-long Penn’s Landing music festival on June 3rd, Philadelphia’s Grammy-winning hip hop band The Roots will bring together a variety of artists from many different music genres.

South Jersey

Wheaton Arts Eco Fair

Head to Millville on May 2nd for a festival focused on being environmentally friendly. Visitors will find products and solutions from businesses and organizations that can help them “go green,” along with crafts, activities, and live animal exhibits.

Spring Camp Jam in the Pines

During the weekend of May 18th-21st, the farmlands in Buena will turn into a camping and music festival. You’ll find wooded campgrounds with full hook-ups, a bath house, laundry facility, playground, and camp store along with mini-golf, arts, and crafts.

Mayfest

The community of Smithville will be hosting a festival May 20th-21st that features more than 100 crafters, an international food court, a carousel, music, kids’ activities, antique arcade, paddleboats, and more.

Boardwalk Craft Show

Located right on the famous Wildwood boardwalk, the annual craft show will take place May 27th-28th and feature a wide array of craft exhibits among the popular food vendors, rides, games, and beaches.

Wilmington

Day in Old New Castle

Each year, people gather in New Castle for the oldest home and garden tour in the U.S. This year, the tour will take place May 20th and will feature historical walking visits to homes and gardens that date back to the 18th century.

16 Mile Taphouse Beer Event

On the 16th of every month, 16 Miles Taphouse hosts an event centered around their beer and food. On May 16th, the Taphouse will be choosing one of their beers and infusing it several different ways for an unique dinner experience.

*Photo courtesy of www.visitphilly.com


Green Star? You be the judge – Wilmington Attempts Good Use of Bad Rubbish

I came across this piece of Wilmington City news today, and my first thought was “Oh great, a new Green Star to give out! And it’s local too, even better!” The gist of it is that Wilmington, DE is now harvesting the methane gas produced by landfills, turning it into a fuel source for their water treatment plant, and in the process reducing the waste produced during the plant’s normal operation. Yay, Green Star! Right? Not so fast.

I started having an itty-bitty problem when I got to this step in the plan (emphasis mine):

  • Capturing the methane gas generated by digesters at the plant and combining it with gas produced by the adjacent Cherry Island Landfill to create a renewable, self-perpetuating fuel source to power the plant instead of more costly electricity purchased from a power utility.

I’m all for sustainable, renewable energy (like solar!) but… I’m not so sure whether the combination of landfills and methane byproducts belong in that category. If it reduces the overall emissions in the area as much as the planners project, that’s a step in the right direction and I’m all for it. But if the tradeoff is a system that relies on continuing wasteful practices in landfills, and hinders technological developments that could prevent the biomass waste and methane emissions from the plant in the first place, then maybe it’s not as great as it sounds on the surface.

So help me out people – do we give them a Green Star or not? Leave your reasons in the comments!

Until next time,

Shanna


We Need Water; Good, Good Water (A Safety Sean Update)

Hello All,

Here is the third edition of our summer series.  This post is long and contains a lot of helpful information that should remind us how to hydrate properly.  It will be hot again so remember these tips and information to keep yourself safe during the summer months. 

Your body depends on water for survival. Did you know that water makes up more than half of your body weight? Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you exercise, or if you have a fever.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

Most people have been told they should be drinking 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. If you are concerned that you may not be drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:

Water is the best option for staying hydrated. There are other drinks and foods that can help provide the water you need, but some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Drinks like fruit and vegetable juices, milk and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water you should get each day. Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, tomatoes and lettuce, and in soup broths.

For most people, water is all that is needed to maintain good hydration. However, if you are planning on exercising at a high intensity for longer than an hour, a sports drink may be helpful because it contains carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar. A sports drink can also help replace electrolytes if you have a fever, have been vomiting or have had diarrhea. Choose sports drinks wisely, as they are often high in calories from sugar and may contain high levels of sodium. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants (for example, guarana or taurine) that your body doesn’t need. Most of these drinks are also high in sugar..

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle and filling it from the tap rather than purchasing bottled water, which is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste.
  • If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.
  • Start and end your day with a glass of water.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight loss plan, as some research suggests drinking water will help you feel full.
  • Drink on a schedule if you have trouble remembering to drink water. For example, drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch and dinner; and when you go to bed. Or drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it’s free!

Stay Safe!
– Safety Sean


We’ve Come To The End of the (Phaseout Series) Road

Here it is folks, the final piece of the Phaseout series. And this one gets personal. A quick recap for those of you who are just joining us: we started out learning about the chemistry of R22 and what it does to our environment.  Then we went on a virtual trip to Vienna and Montreal (pause to soak up the virtual atmosphere). After that, we came back home and visited Congress to find out what they were up to on the subject. Now we get to wrap up by talking about what all of this means for businesses like Oliver and for homeowners like you.

Let’s start with the impact on homeowners. The first thing I want to clear up for you is that no one is going to require you to change out your system just because of this phaseout. If you bought an R22 system in 2010 or years earlier, you can use it until it no longer meets your needs.  Depending on your personal situation, a recommendation to convert may make sense, but you are not required to do so. Period. Be very wary of any contractor telling you otherwise.

The second issue impacts both homeowners and contractors, and that’s repair of existing R22 systems. And unfortunately, these repairs are going to get more expensive for everyone. As manufacturers decrease their production of R-22, businesses are competing to purchase enough of the remaining stock to meet their customers’ needs. This competition for resources among businesses drives the price up, and that increased cost eventually finds its way to consumer invoices.

The challenge for businesses is managing this problem of supply and demand. How do we continue to take care of our customers without breaking the bank (ours or yours)? There is no standard industry approach in this situation, so it’s up to each company to figure out where that balance lies. Which is actually a good thing, because the needs of our customers here in southeastern PA are going to be a lot different than the needs of customers in, say, Corpus Christi, TX. I can’t speak for how other companies are handling the problem, but here’s the solution you can expect if you are an Oliver customer.

At this point in time, we are continuing to provide refrigerant of both types to our maintenance agreement customers at no additional charges or changes to their current coverage. That means if your contract entitles you to the first two pounds free, they’re still free. And if your plan covers all refrigerant needed, it’s still covered. Right now, the only customers who will be impacted by the increased price are those who choose not to enter into a maintenance agreement, or whose plan does not offer full repair coverage. We think this is pretty fair, and lets us shield our long-term customers from as much of the impact as possible.

As an old boss of mine used to say, daily, “I wish I had a crystal ball!” to tell you that we will never have to change this policy, but I don’t. What I can tell you is that we’ve stayed in business for over 40 years now by doing everything in our power to do right by our customers, and we don’t intend to stop now. I hope this series has been helpful to you in understanding what’s going on, and would love to hear your feedback on it!

Until next time,

Shanna


The Allergy Season That Never Left

I don’t know about you, but I feel like this winter both spoiled and cheated us. I’m really OK with not having to scrape a foot of ice and snow off my windshield before dawn every morning. Washing the car, outdoors, in a light sweatshirt on New Year’s Day was pretty cool. On the other hand, I’ve never had to take my asthma medications past November. This year has been the worst that I can remember for all those irritants that leave me wheezing and sneezing, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

 So, when Mother Nature decides not to help out with a big deep freeze, what then? Well, that’s when we want to turn our homes into little oases of easy breathing. And it just so happens that I know some folks who can make that happen.

 Did you know…

 A Home & Duct Performance Test can thoroughly evaluate your home’s comfort systems, and pinpoint the precise causes of problems. Whether your home has too much or too little humidity, hot or cold spots, a damp basement, or polluted air, the experts at Oliver can locate the problem and offer solutions to correct it. And if your utility bills are high (and whose aren’t these days?), the Oliver experts can make suggestions to correct that too.

 Once a Home & Duct Performance Test has been completed, and you have decided on a course of action, Oliver technicians are available to assist with heating, air conditioning, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, duct cleaning, plumbing, electrical services, and new installations. And with accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, and multiple Angie’s List Super Service Awards under their toolbelts, you can be sure that you’re getting the best of the best in whole-house service from Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, & Electrical.

 It’s what we do. And we’d love to show you how we can help in your home. So give us a call today at 1-800-522-4884.

Happy Friday everyone!

– Shanna