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Author: jamsession2112

Too Hot for Winter

Each year it seems that the winter months are getting hotter and hotter and this year is no exception. Regardless of time of year, it’s always great to have your HVAC unit up to date and running smoothly which is why people look for the best AC service company in Brownsville Tx .

Both homeowners and businesses alike rely on their ac to function properly and this year is no exception. With warehouses being full with product and getting ready to ship out, it’s critical for many of these items to be in a cool environment so warehouses are generally climate controlled year round. If it happens that one of these warehouse units HVAC system goes down, it’s possible for them to lose the product within the warehouse, of course, depending on what type of product it is.

One of my good friends happens to own a warehouse storage facility and promises to keep your products safe while in his care. As it so happens, one of his storage units AC system failed last summer and it wasn’t noticed until the owner of the property happened to check in on his items. Luckily, none of his products were affected by heat in any way so a small disaster which could have cost him a lot of money was avoided.

Here at home, it’s a different story all together. I have a full house with my wife and 4 children ranging form 2-18 years of age. Needless to say, our HVAC system tends to work overtime particularly in the summer months when all the kids are home. Since I work out of my home as well, summer bills can get pretty high seeing as it runs at full force throughout the entire day. Nights are no better. Living in a coastal city with tropical climate brings high levels of humidity….too much in fact. With dew points measuring in the 90 percentile, it is pretty uncomfortable for the most part.

Maintaining your HVAC system, especially your AC if you live in a humid hot place like I do, is a necessity and a properly maintained system will not only run smooth but will save you money with lower electric bills by having it cleaned and run efficiently. I had an old system in my home so my AC contractor recommended an new “energy efficient” system both inside and out, and you know what? It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My unit runs perfectly and the house is always cool and comfortable, but most importantly, I’ve seen the difference on my monthly utility bills and even the kilowatts usage is down. So did it make a difference? It most certainly did!

So I highly recommend you getting to know your local AC technician well and getting your system checked for efficiency. At the least, have your ac unit properly cleaned and maintained to run well and you’ll not regret having done so, and if by chance you need to replace your unit, make sure to replace both inside and out as I was told that would make for the best “efficiency” scenario in regards to saving money on your electric bills.

Beanie Theft on the Rise?

With the holidays upon us, everyone is busy scrambling for those special gifts for their loved ones or for their children’s gift exchange or office exchange, etc, etc, etc,. I assume you get the point! With all the hustle and bustle in the air, I’ve come to realize (as i do each year) that there’s a specific group of people shopping with a different intent…you guessed it…THEFT! With theft on the rise the closer we get to Christmas (and I see it on the news everyday), many of these thieves are looking for new ways to get their dirty hands on some good stuff. So being that security levels are up in your general shopping areas, they are hitting up warehouses that house the many items awaiting shipping and delivery to these popular stores we shop at.

After speaking with the Comptroller of a local forwarding company that has huge warehouses that temporarily house many items for shipping, my particular favorite…beanies…, they came to the conclusion that they had to upgrade their possibly outdated alarm system and went on a quest to search for the best alarm companies in the Rio Grande Valley , and what they found simply surprised them.

To their surprise, it wasn’t a huge national company that drew their attention, but rather, a locally owned company out of Harlingen Texas with so many great reviews from their many loyal customers, Texas State Alarm.

 

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Texas State Alarm specializes in modern yet effective interactive security systems and high tech surveillance that most other companies don’t carry for whatever reason. You would think that with the terms interactive and high tech, you’d be looking at a hefty price for a new security system, but I was informed that the cost of this new technology was about the same as this forwarding company was paying before.

Now, not only have they upgraded their systems, but they have now gone wireless meaning that there are no phone lines to cut (traditional alarms ran their signals through phone lines) and there are systems that can be controlled by your favorite smart phone, tablet, or computer. Even their security cameras now come with night vision and motion activated detection systems so you only record for a small window vs 24/7 recording which took up a lot of space on your recording device.

 

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So I believe it’s safe to say that Texas State Alarm has them properly covered.

It was unfortunate that this forwarding company was hit recently but at the same time, with the help of on-site security acquired for the holidays, these thieves were scared off. Our beanies are safe for now but as always, these pesky thieves will always look for ways to not only cause damage but to help drive the cost of goods by stealing for their own personal gains. Thankfully with companies like Texas State Alarm leading the way, we can still feel rest assured that our homes and businesses can still be protected properly and that they are making advancements in technology to stay one step ahead of criminals in general.

Our beanies are safe for the time being, but when these unwanted criminals will make another attempt at getting their dirty hands on our beloved beanies, we will never know.

Be safe, Merry Christmas, and Have a Happy New Year!

The next level of training….Beanies!

There’s been a growing trend recently among many of our local athletes, particularly, students at one of the best karate schools in Brownsville Tx . And I’m not talking about weight training or weight loss supplements or bullying or anything of the sort. What I’m referring to is the use of those hand knit looking beanies that students wear daily.

It’s sort of a weird trend as we live in possibly the most hot and humid area in the continental United States. An area where temperatures in the summer reach well over 100 degrees and winters….well, there really are no winters here as it’s just as warm in many instances as it is throughout the general year.

As I asked some of the older students (my son attends karate classes as well) about those little pieces of knit yarn on their head and why they wear them, they simply responded with “it keeps us warm so we don’t cool down”. Warm! Again, let me remind you, we are in one of the warmest cities and states in the country.

Apparently, this helps them keep their bodies at an optimal temperature without cooling down too quickly and losing their momentum. It makes sense for them to stay warm on the inside as much as being warm on the outside. According to them, after a good workout, when the body gets cold, it becomes harder for them to perform at their peak, and since body heat escapes from the top of our heads, these beanies control how quickly or slowly their inner bodies cool down keeping them at maximum temperature internally to maintain performance.

Wow, did I learn something new today!

Aside from the fact that this beanie thing is popular around many of the local athletes from other sports venues, they do come in a variety of colors so that they can look “cool” while keeping warm…..huh?

As funny as it may sound, there must be good value or benefits in wearing beanies if our youth wear them day in and out, not only during training. So it’s safe to say that you don’t necessarily have to be an outstanding athlete to use one. I must admit, that they are comfortable and do tend to keep you warm (in my case, I’m sweating up a storm). But I still don’t see the benefit of wearing it after a workout or between workouts. To me, I’d rather cool down properly before beginning my next routine or in the case of martial arts, round or fight.

In any case, if they feel that there’s a special benefit to them for wearing these beanies, then more power to them. They shouldn’t stray from wearing something just because someone else disapproves of it or doesn’t really understand it. And before you think I disapprove, think again. My son is now wearing one and has a small assortment of colors to go with what he’s wearing (mom’s idea).

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and go get that Beanie!

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