Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Archive for November, 2014

Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Wednesday, November 26th, 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 Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

3 Signs that You Need an Air Purifier

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Indoor air quality is a paramount consideration for every home, no matter what its layout, size or location. It’s not without good reason that the Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as one of the major problems affecting our homes in this country. But opening up the windows and doors is hardly a satisfactory option for most homeowners, as it drastically raises the cost of heating and cooling the home to make our domestic lives comfortable and convenient. Fortunately, a whole house air purifier may be just what you need if your home suffers from an influx of airborne contaminants and pollutants that continue to circulate (and recirculate) throughout your ductwork and living space.

But how do you know that you would benefit from an air purifier? It can be difficult to assess without the technical expertise and experience of a professional. Fortunately, there are some signs to look out for.

  • Musty or foul odors. As well all know, foul odors can come from a variety of locations within the home, but if you notice that your indoor air is particularly musty, particularly when your heating and cooling system clicks on, then you may have an issue with your indoor air quality. You could have mold and mildew spores circulating throughout your living space as well as bacteria.
  • Increased allergies. If you suffer from allergies, then you probably think of your home as an escape from pollen and other allergens prevalent during the warmer months of the year. But dust and dander can also prove troublesome, and these can continue to accumulate within your household, unless you remove them by means of an air purifier.
  • Visible dust and other debris. Does a plume of dust emerge from your ducts when your HVAC system starts up? If so, then you may need to consider installing a whole house air purifier to reduce the amount of dust that can build up inside the home. Portable units simply do not compare.

Give Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air a call today to learn more about the benefits of whole house air purifiers. Call us if you need to install an air purifier in Sacramento today!

Reasons to Consider Installing a Humidifier

Friday, November 14th, 2014

While temperature truly is the key to ensuring that our indoor climates are comfortable, it’s hardly the only factor to consider. Equally important is the level of humidity in the home. This is the level of moisture in the air that can have a significant impact on the comfort throughout your living space. Simply put, if your humidity is not optimized, then your air can seem stuffy or smelly, and it can lead to increased perspiration or dry skin. While high humidity levels are not too difficult to detect for most people, low humidity is also a problem that requires attention.

You have likely used or have at least seen a portable humidifier in your day. These devices can be highly effective in small areas, and they are mobile. But they are hardly comparable to the comprehensive coverage and efficiency of whole house humidifiers, which integrate directly within your ducted heating and cooling system. They run continuously whenever you’re operating your central air unit, heat pump or furnace, and they can go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality. But do you need one?

Look for signs that you have low humidity in the household. The easiest way to do this is with a hygrometer, but a professional evaluation of your indoor air quality by a trained HVAC technician is the most comprehensive method for improving the air that you breathe in the home. If you find that your skin and scalp are dry and that this is a persistent condition, then you might consider humidifying your indoor space. Such issues are unpleasant, to say the least. Moreover, if you find that the wooden furnishings or flooring in your home is beginning to show signs of cracking and splintering, then ensuring that your humidity levels are optimized is important. A whole house humidifier can reduce the chance that such damage will occur in your home.

If you’re at all concerned about the humidity level in your home, then just let the pro technicians at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air know. We can integrate a quality whole house humidifier into your heating and cooling system. Call us to schedule the installation of your humidifier in Sacramento today.

Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater

Friday, November 7th, 2014

For the majority of homeowners in America, the thought of a water heater conjures up an image of a large, cylindrical tank that heats and stores an ample amount of hot water for use throughout the home. But your new water heater options are no longer restricted to this convention. The rise of the tankless water heater in the residential market allows you to take a different route when it comes to heating your water, one that is potentially much more energy efficient, and one that supplies a virtually endless stream of hot water to the various appliances in your home.

A conventional tank water heater works by means of a heat exchanger fueled by natural gas or electricity that sits at the bottom of a large tank, and that continues to heat your water until the tank is filled. There are various other components that make up your system, but that’s the basic picture. A tankless water heater foregoes the use of a large cylindrical tank entirely. Instead of a heat exchanger that heats your hot water and stores it immediately, it only begins to heat your water when you call for it. It’s an “on-demand” water heater that uses a high-efficiency heat exchanger to instantly provide the much-needed amenity throughout your plumbing system.

Standby energy loss is the phrase used to describe one of the drawbacks of a tank water heater, which occurs when thermal energy is lost from the water in your tank. No matter how well insulated your tank is, this remains an issue for most systems. It’s simply inevitable that your hot water will need to be continually reheated to ensure it complies with your temperature requirements. A tankless water heater avoids this entirely, which is the primary reason these systems are rated so highly when it comes to energy efficiency.

Let us take care of your tankless water heater needs. If you’d like to learn more about this technology for use in your home or your existing water heater needs service, we can oblige you. Call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today to schedule your tankless water heater service in Sacramento.