Do you enjoy keeping your home at a reasonable temperature, regardless of the weather outdoors? Are you looking for a way to do so? If the answers to these questions are yes, consider calling up an HVAC company to see if they can install an HVAC system in your house. Not having an HVAC system (and especially not having one in a home that’s not well insulated) can make your energy efficiency drop as much as 30%. That’s a huge chunk of change you’re losing, simply because you lack the right heating and air conditioning system. Let’s talk about what an HVAC system can do for your home, what kind of maintenance an HVAC system requires, and who you can call for HVA (more…)
Every single year, a large number of homeowners will call on a professional to come to their homes and to help them with water leak repair. This water leak repair process is incredibly important because it can help save you money if you do it right, but if done incorrectly, it can easily cost you. Do not let someone mess up your water leak repair, let a professional handle this issue for you.
There is no question that your house can suffer insane damages from natural disasters. Droughts, wildfires, and heat waves managed to produce just about $2 billion in insured losses in the year of 2015. In that same year, severe thunderstorms managed to account for 60% of those insured losses, while winter storms and cold waves managed to cause $3.5 billion in insured losses which is the double of (more…)
Every single year a large number of American homeowners will get involved in a renovation that involves making major changes to their house. These renovations can include making changed to the kitchen, altering the bathroom, and even landscaping jobs that can change the outside features of their home. While some people believe it is fun and engaging to get involved in do-it-yourself projects, there are some instances where it is essential you trust in the professionals to work on your home.
Right now in the United States, nearly two-thirds of all homes have air conditioners. This is especially true in warm places like Florida where nearly 86% of all people use central air conditioning to help keep their home cool. As a matter of fact, 27% of the energy consumed in Florida homes is for air co (more…)
Do you have an air conditioning system in your home? Approximately 66% of houses within the United States have some type of air conditioner. During 2006 to 2010, for instance, 79.1 million households, on average, had an air conditioning system without a heat pump. Central air conditioning was used in 55.5 million households, and 23.6 million had one or more rooms with individual air conditioners.
The Importance of Regular Inspections, Maintenance, and Repairs
How often do you have your system inspected? Do you also have it regularly maintained? If you have a duct system, for example, have you noticed excessive dust within your home? This could be the result of leaky ducts. It could also be due to not having your filters changed every few months.
It’s also important, of course, to have your system serviced on a regular basis to ensure that it’s in optimal working order. Just 42% of the households with central air equipment are requesting regular maintenance, according to a recent survey, however.
When air conditioning systems, fans, and similar equipment aren’t inspected, maintained, and repaired on a regular basis, these devices may cause fires. In 2010 alone, these pieces of equipment were involved with approximately 7,400 of the home structure fires that were reported for that year. Faulty and frayed wiring may also be a contributing factor with these types of fires.
When You Should Consider Replacing Your System
Is your equipment more than 20 years old? This may be the case if your home was built during the 1980s and you haven’t replaced it yet. When you have an older air conditioning system, you may want to consider having it replaced with a new high-efficiency version. If your system doesn’t function optimally or breaks down on a regular basis, then it would also be a good idea to consider having it replaced with a modern system.
There have been quite a few industry advancements, which includes seasonal energy efficiency ratings (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings. In addition to the benefits of having these rating systems, the development of energy-efficient systems and clean air products have contributed to this industry in significant ways.
You may be interested to learn more about ENERGY STAR certified systems. These central air conditioners have both higher SEER and EER ratings. Furthermore, they are more than 15% more efficient than their prior conventional counterparts.
Energy Saving Tips
Were you aware that replacing components, particularly those that are more than 15 years old, can make a difference in your home’s energy savings, thus efficiency? When you switch to high-efficiency air conditioners, you can also make an impact on reducing the energy associated with air conditioning by 20% to 50%. It’s important to note, however, that you also need to take additional actions to maintain your home’s cool temperature. This includes sealing up drafts and other weatherizing actions such as attic insulation. Making sure that your doors and windows aren’t left open will also contribute to maintaining cool temperatures during hot weather.
Contact a Local Air Conditioning Repair Service
Since you want to make sure that your system is in good working order and energy efficient, it’s important to contact a local air conditioning repair service for regular inspection, maintenance, and repairs. Your local air conditioning repair service will also be able to determine whether or not you should replace your existing system. If it’s determined that you need a new system, your air conditioning service will be able to discuss the benefits of the new ENERGY STAR certified systems.
One of the best things about home life is the level of control you have on your home life experience. There are many things you can do to add new things, or change things up, so that your home life experience takes on new flavors. While it might be easy to get caught up in the vast and varied world of interior decoration and home appliances, but one of the areas where you can bring about improvements that make a large difference, in terms of visual impact and aesthetics, as well as functionality, is your home exterior. Apart from bringing interesting changes to your home life experience, planning and executing a home improvement project aimed at improving your home exterior can also increase the valuation of your property, if you have plans to sell it off in the future.
One of the best ways to imp (more…)
You’ve probably paid very good attention to your interior lighting, but have you thought about your landscape lighting or outdoor lighting? The U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Study reported that around half of homeowners who are renovating their outdoor spaces are also redoing their landscape lighting. Almost 75% of those changing up their outdoor lighting are going for LED lighting instead of incandescent bulbs. And, almost 40% of respondents to a “What Home Buyers Really Want” survey put out by the National Association of Home Builders said that exterior lighting was an “Essential” or “Must Have” feature. So why is exterior lighting just as important as interior lighting? What are some smart outdoor lighting ideas you can incorp (more…)
Plumbing advice and facts can be found all over the Internet. They can make plumbing projects sound like a breeze and you might be tempted to head out to the store to buy the supplies right away. But before you do, consider these 6 myths about drain cleaning to ensure you aren’t acting on false information.
- Myth: Chemical drain cleaning products are better than a professional drain cleaning.
Chemical drain cleaning products should not be used in lieu of for a professional drain cleaning. Using these products typically leads the consumer to call a professional in the end anyways.
Using a machine to unclog a drain is a better solution. Not only do you avoid dumping potentially toxic chemicals into the water system, but you’ll also avoid corrosion in your pi (more…)
Waste and trash removal is a big industry. From the curbside pick up of the weekly trash that home owners take to the curb to the high volume disposal of large corporations, waste removal is important to cities of all sizes. In fact, one of the most lucrative contract is the one that is issued to the trash removal company.
Whether you put your garbage and your recyclables on the curb on Monday mornings or you are a large company that has daily pick ups scheduled, it is important that pick ups happen when they are supposed to. In fact, when winter weather interrupts a scheduled pick up the news about updates are so important t (more…)
The coolest thing about having a central air system is…well, staying cool. But a broken air conditioner can leave you feeling like a literal hot mess. Having no AC is never fun, but you can avoid of a break ? or melt ? down with regular central air repair and maintenance.
Routine and seasonal air conditioning maintenance goes a long in terms of the performance and longevity of your home’s cooling system. Sure, it can be easy to procrastinate when it comes to maintenance, but just think about how hard it is when you have no air conditioning on a hot day? Ma (more…)
No matter how the seasons change, your lawn can remain one of the most beautiful parts of your home. It’s an American staple and an outdoor element that can do wonders for both curb appeal and your self-esteem as a homeowner. When you start seeing brown spots or grass that just doesn’t seem to grow no matter how much you water it, though? Frustration is only natural. Environmentally responsible lawn care is a happy balance between a homeowner’s vision and our responsibility to the world we live in.
An iconic feature of the American homeowner landscape is a brilliant green lawn. These are the very definition of a natural first impression and go a long way in bringing a home together. Not only are they lovely to look at when well-maintained, they have a positive environmental impac (more…)
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