Father’s Day Events in San Diego

A Father’s Day Salute to the Dads of Tool Town


At Airmaxx Heating & Cooling in San Diego, we honor the commitment that fathers make to their children and their families. Parenting is hard work but this weekend, we hope all the fantastic fathers in San Diego will take a break and enjoy it! You deserve it!

We have gathered up the top ten Fathers’ Day events in San Diego to make sure our favorite fathers & grandfathers in southern California get the celebration they deserve. There are tons of events in San Diego for Fathers’ Day but these are just a few we’ve rounded up. Take your pick or cruise through a few over the course of this bright, sunny weekend!

BBQ And Play at Total Combat Paintball
Friday Noon – 8 PM

Is your dad active and adventurous? Ditch the necktie and give your dad an adrenaline rush instead! Take him paintballing. We love this idea because it combines some of our favorite parts of living in San Diego – getting out in the sunshine, staying active, and conquering our enemies in battle. Hit the field with Dad this Father’s Day and he’ll never forget it.

Belmont Park Car Show

Sunday 10 AM – 3 PM

This FREE event is a big deal as it’s Belmont Park’s 3rd year of bringing together San Diego’s finest hot rods & classic cars for Father’s Day. If your dad is an automotive enthusiast or just likes to tinker around with old things in the shop, this is the perfect afternoon adventure.

Father’s Day Food & Gifts At Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

This Fathers’ Day, get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. What better place to enjoy sunshin in San Diego than the Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens? Myrtle Creek has put together an afternoon of specialty gifts, gourmet hot dogs and other foods to sample, plus raffles and giveaways just for Dad!

Father’s Day At The Marine Room
Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM

Does your Dad enjoy the finer things? The Marine Room in San Diego is a great place to take Dad any time of year because the food is fantastic and the view is even better. However, on Father’s Day, the Marine Room keeps getting better with a Dad-icated Brunch Buffet on Sunday and specials all weekend.

Father’s Day Brunch at the Hotel del Coronado

Sunday 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Hotel del Coronado offers an exquisite dining experience in San Diego. On Father’s Day, their Brunch will combine the best regionally-inspired seafood dishes, appetizers, desserts, and Dad-approved carving stations plus phenomenal options for libations and more. For Foodie Fathers like mine, this one is a real treat.

Father’s Day Brunch & Dinner At Bertrand At Mister A’s
Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM and 5 PM – Close

Mister A’s is a hot spot for American fare that brings in locals and tourists alike. On Father’s Day, the place will be hopping with Dads who know how to dine! Enjoy Brunch with Dad following an early-bird round of Golf at one of San Diego’s best golf courses, or hit up dinner anytime for a night to remember with your old man.

Father’s Day At The Melting Pot
Sunday 3 PM – 9 PM

This deal is unbeatable. The Melting Pot offers fondue options that could make any Man of the House, well… melt. We love this spot and it’s great for families to gather together. The Pot is offering Endless Entrée Fondue for anyone who comes out to hang for Dads’ big day.

Father’s Day Brunch At The Zoo
Sunday 11 AM

Don’t miss this one! The San Diego Zoo is already a revelation for locals and visitors alike – our world-renowned zoo tops charts year after year. On Father’s Day, this wonderland only gets better. They’re celebrating Dad by bringing together a huge buffet, live music, a cash bar, and more. All of a sudden, it’s a party.

Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner Cruise
Sunday 6 – 9 PM

Your Dad does it all – he works hard, loves his family, and does amazing things for everyone he knows. Doesn’t he deserve to get the special treatment this Father’s Day? This one is perfect. Set sail on a dinner cruise with Dad where he will be treated to the finer things. A night away from the stress and responsibility of life on land is just what he needed to recharge.

Father’s Day Brunch With Cowboy Jack
Sunday 10 AM – 1 PM

Is your Dad a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll? He NEEDS to see Cowboy Jack in action. This guy is amazing, he’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry and he covers superstars like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson PLUS this show is complete with an unforgettable Brunch. This one is a can’t-miss for musical dads.


There are a TON of other Father’s Day Events in San Diego and we by no means only endorse these ten. Just know that whether your Dad likes to cook, eat, fish, golf, compete, dine, dance, or just enjoy time with his family he’s covered. That’s part of what makes San Diego the best city to live in.


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The Sistine Chapel’s New Air Purification Systems Donated By Carrier


Things are definitely not looking bright in case of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City as the head of the Vatican museums, i.e. Mr. Antonio Paolucci, has expressed his decision of possibly putting a limit to the number of visitors to the chapel. The reason for making this seemingly excruciating decision is the high level of pollution in the chapel. In case of peak season, as many as twenty thousand people visit the Sistine Chapel everyday. This means that as many as six million people visit the Sistine Chapel every year! Thus, their mere presence in the chapel is causing a huge amount of pollution, which is destroying the priceless frescoes slowly and steadily.

In a bid to cope up with the situation and to have an effective solution, Sistine Chapel’s new air conditioning and air purification system has been proposed. Currently, the installation work of such systems are being carried out at the chapel and it is estimated that by the end of 2014 the system would be up and working! Such a system is going to curb the carbon dioxide, humidity and dust in the chapel. Thus, the frescoed masterpiece of Michelangelo is not going to become dull or get discolored.

During a conference, Paolucci had mentioned his confidence in Sistine Chapel’s air purification systems to reduce pollution levels. However, he has also made a ‘Plan B’ as a safety precaution in case the systems do not work as expected. Even Paolucci is aware that the decision he took, i.e. limiting the number of visitors to the chapel is a ‘painful’ one. However, it is necessary in order to preserve the frescoed masterpieces in the chapel.

This air conditioning and purification system is donated by Carrier, which is a reputed international brand offering electronic HVAC devices. Carrier belongs to the United Technologies Corp. Presently, the pollution level at Sistine Chapel is around eight hundred parties per million. According to officials, this figure is going to increase twofold in the near future, therefore the air conditioning system donated by Carrier has happened at the right time. The primary reason why Carrier donated such systems to the chapel is to preserve its priceless masterpieces by reducing and curbing the pollution levels instead of the number of visitors allowed in the chapel!

It is quite surprising that the last restoration of the Sistine Chapel was carried out in the nineties. It has been thirty years since then therefore one can imagine the amount of dirt and humidity that is bought into the chapel day in and day out.

How To Prepare For HVAC Replacement

Getting a new HVAC unit can be very overwhelming if you do not know what to expect. Working with a company that can help you in making all the right decisions for your home is the first step in reducing that stress. Follow these steps to get ready for your HVAC replacement.

Choose the right company

Do research on the company you hire to do your HVAC replacement. This is important to know who you are dealing with. Check reviews if they are available. Be sure to ask questions. Do not be afraid to ask about something you do not understand. A great company that is NATE qualified will be there to help you every step of the way. They will help you to choose the unit that is best suited for your home. You want to make sure they are certified in HVAC replacement and repairs. Be sure you are comfortable with the company you choose so that you can relax during the process.

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Choosing the right unit

There are so many choices when it comes to a new HVAC unit in your home. You can choose an energy efficient unit that will help you save on your monthly bills. It will also help you to know that your home will stay cozy and comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside. There are all sorts of units that use gas and electric. It depends on what works best for your home. There are units that are more energy efficient than others. You can also receive discounts and credits for replacing your old unit with an energy star approved unit.

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Certified Technicians

You want to make sure that your technician you are working with is certified. There are certifications out there that tell you what type of technician you are working with. One of those is the NATE certification. This means that your company meets the industry standards and that they have been properly trained. A solid company will run drug test and background checks on their employees to insure they know who they are sending inside your home.

Size of your home

Remember that even though the unit may be less expensive you want to make sure it works for your size of home. Cheaper is not always better when it comes to replacing your unit. You want to make sure the unit size can take care of your home. If you have a unit that is too small it will work harder and cost you more money in the end.

There are a lot of ideas to keep in mind when preparing to replace your HVAC unit. There’s a lot to remember and it can be quite stressful and overwhelming. Make sure you work with a certified and trained company that can help you to pick the right HVAC unit. You can rest easy knowing that your home is taken care of and that it will stay cool and comfy no matter how hot those summer days may get.

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Disadvantages Of Using Solar Panels

There are many reasons why a lot of people are now switching to using solar energy in their homes or factories. Whilst the source of solar energy, the sun, is inexhaustible and it does not cause a lot of pollution, one should also consider the many disadvantages that come with using solar energy. Below are some of the reasons why some people prefer not to use solar energy.
Disadvantages of using solar energy

High Installation Costs:

If you decide to switch to solar energy, you need to take into account the high installation costs involved. You will need to buy a solar panel and solar panels come in different sizes. If the installation costs are for a big manufacturing plant, they can be really expensive and it can take you quite a number of years before you break even with the money that you initially started off with.

Solar Energy can be Unreliable

Imagine those days when there is no sun and the batteries have not stored enough energy, this can cost your business a lot of money. You therefore need to plan ahead if you are using solar energy whether you are a business owner or a home owner. You therefore need to buy high energy batteries and quality solar panels to avoid disappointments.

Location and Area

Solar energy is absorbed more in a larger space than smaller spaces like flats. The location or the weather that you stay will also affect the amount of solar energy that you receive. Solar energy can not be used in areas that are always rainy or in weather conditions that have got short durations of sunshine.

Pollution and an Environmental Hazard

Solar panels can be affected by pollution thus affecting their efficiency; this is especially prevalent in older models of solar panels. You may also want to know that some materials and components making up solar systems can be harmful and toxic. These can be hazardous to marine life and even death.

Less Efficient

One of the main disadvantages of using solar energy is that it is inefficient; experts say it is about 40% efficient which about 60% is wasted. So when you buy a solar panel you need to buy the ones that retain more energy.
For some households solar energy can be a cheaper option that is if they do not use a lot of energy. In the manufacturing sector, it becomes a very expensive option from the initial installation costs and the unreliability that comes with using this source of energy. One good thing about solar energy however is the fact that the source will always be there. With the current technological developments that the world is experiencing, who knows maybe the whole world will be using solar energy some day.

5 Retrofitting Tips for Mid Century Houses

Retrofitting is taking a home and using natural resources to improve it. It can save on electricity and you can put in an air flow system instead of air conditioning. Installing southern reflectors can help to heat your home. Many of the mid century homes are very susceptible to earthquakes and the damages they cause. That is because they were built in era where building codes were not really enforced and the climate conditions were stable.

However, since the 50’s codes for buildings have improved and the in California especially they are realizing the seismic shifts. However, you don’t have to worry there are things that can be done to help your home stay safe. Most of this work is adding on to existing buildings which is called ‘retrofitting.’ It can also be called, seismic retrofitting, strengthening and bolting or bracing. The fact is that retrofitting can really reduce the amount of damage to a home when and if an earthquake happens.

If it is done in buildings it is usually in roof to walls and ties the shear walls to the roofs diaphragm. Most homes these days have issues like:

– An unstable post and beam system
– Oversized glass panels
– Bad chimneys, roof and plumbing

When an earthquake hits buildings slide on their foundations and then the damage is great.  You should have a “continuous load path” that ties your homes roof to the foundation. This is done with framing materials, metal connectors, fasteners and reinforced walls. Retrofitting can save you on your energy bills as well. Here are some retrofitting tips:

– Insulate ceiling
– Seal gaps
– Fix window openings
– Indoor plants
– Use materials like mud brick, adobe, stone, wood, straw bale, rammed earth.

Most mid century homes need to have the heating, electrical and plumbing retrofitted. Most have the boiler and furnace replaced.  Today, it is more central heat and air. Some mid century homes need to have duct work installed which can be difficult. Another thing to think about is the insulation around the windows and doors. This can allow heat out and the cool air in. Retrofitting windows and doors are not as difficult and most of the parts can be found at any improvement stores.
There are other things to consider when you are retrofitting a home. You have to secure appliances, furniture and big mirrors to the floors and walls. Make sure you know where the shut offs are located for gas, water and electricity. Put all hazardous materials in locked cabinets or lower shelves. Make sure you have any emergency kit with food and other materials that you and your family may need in case of an emergency.

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