How You Can Prepare Your Property For Air Conditioning Installation

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

HVAC contractors have to deal with dogs, brush, and awkward positions when they install an air conditioner. Their on-the-job experiences are very similar to the postal carrier’s in that they have to get through or around several obstacles before they can actually complete the tasks they came to do in the first place. If you would like to assist your HVAC contractor and streamline the installation process, here is what you need to do. Clear Away Brush The contractor will look for the closest and clearest path from outside to your furnace on the inside. If your furnace is nearest the front of the house, this is where your unit will go. The reverse is also true if your furnace is near the back of the house. Pick the corner of the house that is closest to your furnace inside. Clear away all of the brush, weeds, and uneven spots. At this corner you can easily position the unit, and without the brush and weeds, the installation time will be less by around twenty minutes, since you have already done some of the work for the contractor. Keep the Dog Inside While your contractor is busy tying wires into the power box and looping cables through the side, front, or back of your home, he or she should not have to contend with your pooch continually. Tie your dog up on the opposite side of the house. You may also keep your dog in the house to keep it from bugging the technician. Some HVAC contractors will also ask you if you have a dog if you would be able to just keep your dog indoors until the majority of the repairs or installation are complete. Drain the Area of Moisture If water pools in and around the potential corners where your unit may be installed, either install a drainage system for that area or get it out. The contractor may want to install your unit on a cement block to establish a solid and level surface for the outdoor components of your air conditioner. If that is the case, you will definitely have to drain the area of water such that the poured cement block can effectively dry and be strong enough to uphold the unit itself. Once You Complete These Tasks Your HVAC contractor can install your air conditioning unit. There is nothing left to prevent him or her from quickly and easily installing everything. If you want to know how else you can help your contractor with your air conditioning installation, ask your HVAC contractor, such as from Long Beach Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., for any other helpful pre-installation...

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Going Green With Your Garage Door

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people today are using natural products in their home, recycling products, etc. in their attempt to help the environment. If this is you, you can add your garage door to the list of making greener choices for your home. Insulation If you heat or cool your garage, or have living space above it, good insulation can trap the warm or cool air inside instead of letting it get out much better. This is not only greener, but saves you money on your energy bills. When looking at new garage doors, many of them show they are insulated. You need to know the R-value of the door, however, which is a measure of thermal resistance. A door that has an R-value of 18 is much better than a door with an R-value of six. What you choose deepens on your climate. Talk with the salesperson who should be able to help you choose the right R rating. The type of insulation is also important. The two most common materials used are polystyrene and polyurethane. Polystyrene insulation is typically rigid sheets that are inserted into the garage door cavities covering only the middle of the door. Polyurethane is foam insulation that bonds and expands to surfaces when it is injected into the garage cavity. The way polyurethane is injected, it covers the entire door, which makes it more effective. Renewable and Recyclable Materials More and more garage door companies are making their garage doors using Eco-friendly and composite materials. Composite garage doors are durable, do not dent, crack, expand, or split. Wood garage doors are made with renewable wood composite fibers, which make it recyclable. When shopping for your door, make sure you ask questions about how recyclable it is. Garage Door Coatings The type of coating and finish used makes a difference in how green the door is. It is also determined by how the company disposes of the excess finish and paint. Green companies should only use VOC (volatile organic compound) free paint, which are solvents that are released into the air as the paint dries. The finish used should also have no VOC.  Talk with your garage door company. If they use VOC paint and finish, they may change it to Eco-friendly if you ask. Green garage doors are just as beautiful as traditional doors, and in some cases even more so. Contact a garage door contractor today to go over your options. To learn more, contact a company like Girard’s Garage Door Services with any questions or concerns you might...

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Four Tips To Help You Prepare Your Home For Winter Freezes

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The winter weather will soon be here; which also means that winter freezes will also be here soon too. You will want to have your home prepared for all the problems that you may have when the temperatures drop well below zero. This means that you will want to do things like preparing your heating system, have an emergency kit and a backup solution for heating in case your home is with power or heating for any extending amount of time. If you want your home to be prepared for any weather winter may bring, here are four things that may be of help to you: 1. Keep An Emergency Kit With Essential Items The first thing that you may want to have on your list for winter preparedness is an emergency kit. You will want all the usual first aid things in this kit, as well as flashlights, matches and some dried foods. You never know when a winter storm may hit; having these things in a place where they are easy to find can make it easier to get through a winter power outage. You may want to choose a closet to store these things along with blankets, candles, and board games to pass the time. 2. Prepare A Backup Source For Home Heating It is also a good idea to have a backup source of heating–especially if you rely on a gas or electrical service that can be disrupted during a winter storm. This can be something like a camping heater if you do not have a wood burning stove or fireplace to use. You will want to be careful with these items and read the safety labels for proper use. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, make sure you have some firewood stored in a dry place in case of an emergency. 3. Have Your Heating Systems Revised And Repaired It is a good idea to revise your heating system before the winter weather starts. You will want to start it for the first time and change filters on furnaces. If you have a radiant heating system, you will want to check the boiler and have any repairs done. It is also a good idea to flush the radiators and make sure that they are all working properly. If you have any problems with your heating system, contact a boiler repair service to look at the problem. 4. Make Sure You Have The Essential Winter Tools You will also want to make sure that you have some of the essential winter tools you will need this winter. This can be things such as snow blowers, shovels and ice scrapers to remove any...

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Adding On The Heat: 4 Reasons To Go Ductless For Home Heating Additions

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Home additions present a number of challenges before they’re fully integrated into the existing house. Among these challenges, proper heating installation is often one of the most difficult and expensive. Ductless mini splits offer a relatively low-cost and efficient solution to the heating problem. Here are the top four advantages of installing a ductless system in your new addition. No additions to existing systems Extending duct work or pipe takes time and potentially extensive remodeling. Then there’s the issue of properly balancing the airflow for even temperature control throughout the system. It’s a headache that often has people running for energy-hungry and potentially dangerous space heaters rather than deal with the logistics and expense of extending the system. Improved efficiency It’s estimated that as much as 30 percent of the energy used to heat or cool the air in your home is lost in the duct work. Sealed and insulated ducts may have better numbers, but the fact remains that transporting air is inefficient. By completely eliminating ducts and delivering heat directly to the desired room, a ductless system becomes far more efficient to run than an equally effective ducted system. Design flexibility Space heaters and portable air conditioners generally aren’t considered pretty – they come in one or two colors, and certainly aren’t made to fit with your decor. Ductless air handlers, on the other hand, are available in a range of sizes and styles so you’re more likely to find at least one that fits beautifully with the home’s decorative theme. Placement is also flexible, and can include obscure corners or the space right beside light fixtures where no one ever really looks. Easy zone controls Few families use every part of the house during every part of the day. With temperature zones, it’s possible to save significant amounts of money by not conditioning – or minimally conditioning – the air in rooms that aren’t currently in use. With forced air and boiler systems, this means using a potentially complex damper system to control your zones. With ductless mini splits, it’s just a matter of setting the thermostat for a particular air handler to flip on and off as needed for that exact room. There are a few inherent challenges to ductless heating installation, but they’re relatively simple compared to extending an existing heat system. The air handlers do require custom sizing to fit the rooms where they’re installed. Installation and operation can be fast and painless with a qualified technician who has experience specifically with ductless...

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Planning To Do Electrical Work Yourself? You May Want To Hire An Electrician

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Homeowners can make many electrical mistakes in their home, and will not realize they are making them until it is too late. Before you start more problems or even a fire, call an electrician. They are experienced in doing any type of electrical job that you have. Below are five mistakes you may find yourself making. Nailing Wire Straps One common mistake people make is when nailing non-metallic (NM) wire straps. When installing this wiring, it should be secure to the studs. This is done by putting nailing straps around the wire cover. These straps secure the wires to the stud in the wall, and wire straps ensure the wire is not too loose. If it is, the wires will get pinched when you are installing drywall. Replacing Fuses If you have a problem in your home with fuses blowing after you replace them, or if the breaker keeps tripping after you install the fuses, you should call an electrician. Instead, some people decide to purchase a fuse that is a larger size to fix the problem. This will not fix your problem, however, but make it much worse. If the fuse is too large, it can burn out the wiring, which can start a fire in your home. The reason why your breaker is tripping is problems with the circuit wiring in the circuit box. Exposing Combustible Materials If an electrical box is made with combustible material, it must be flush with the surface of the wall. Boxes that are not flush with the wall can cause a fire, because the wood is exposed to potential sparks and heat. Overloading Your Outlets There are many times when you need to plug in more things to an electrical plug, such as around Christmas when your tree has lights on it. You can head to the store and purchase a multi-outlet extender that you may think will take care of your problem. Instead, however, it will cause more problems. The outlets in your home can only handle so many amps at one time. For example, your appliances, such as washers, dryers, garbage disposals, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc., all draw large amounts of power and they need to have their own supply of electricity. If you plug in your dishwasher and dryer to the same circuit, the load is too large and it will trip your breaker. These are just some of the electrical mistakes you may make in your home. It is best to call a local electrician if you have an electrical problem, or need to add more wiring, etc. It may cost money, but it will be well worth it to keep you and your family safe. To learn...

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