Avoid AC Problems: 5 Steps to a Clean Air Conditioner

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Now that the hot weather is approaching, it’s time to do some maintenance on your air conditioner. Even if you kept the unit covered during the winter, your air conditioner could still be dirty. It could also be inhabited by mice and insects. Here are some simple instructions that will get your AC ready for summer. Turn the Power Off Before you start cleaning your AC, you’ll need to turn the power off. If you’ve never done this before, the main power switch is located on the circuit board by your electric meter. Find the circuit labeled AC – or air conditioner – and flip it to the off position. This will turn all power off to your air conditioner. Clean the Exterior If you live in an area that’s prone to high winds, your AC could have a build-up of dirt and dust on the exterior coils. Use your shop vacuum to thoroughly clean the exterior coils. Be sure to vacuum in back of your AC to remove dirt build-up from around the AC ducts leading into the house. Remove the Fan Housing You’ll need to remove the fan housing to gain access to the inside of the AC. Use a screw driver to remove the screws that secure the grill to the top of your AC. Carefully move the grill to the side so that you can see inside the air conditioner unit. Wash the Interior Coils The interior coils and fan will need to be thoroughly cleaned while the grill is off. The first things you’ll need to do is vacuum the inside to remove any nests, cobwebs, or other debris that might be present. Next you’ll want to wash the coils and the fan blade. You’ll use your garden hose and a high pressure nozzle for this portion of the maintenance. Be sure to wash each section of the coils to remove dirt and debris that may interfere with proper air flow. Once the interior has been thoroughly cleaned, you’ll be ready to replace the grill. Irrigate the Condenser Drain Once you have the AC cleaned, you’re going to need to irrigate the condenser drain. That’s the PVC pipe that drains the condensation from your AC. You’ll see it attached to the side of your AC. Algae and sludge can build up inside the drain pipe. To clean the drain pipe, fill a bucket with a gallon of hot water and add 1 cup of chlorine bleach. Place a funnel into the opening of the condensation drain and slowly pour the cleaning solution down the drain. Don’t get caught in the heat. These instructions will help your air conditioner keep you cool all summer long....

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4 Things To Consider When Building A New Home

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Buying a home that is built to your tastes and specifications can be very exciting! At the end of construction you’ll have a brand new home set up exactly how you want it, without any of the worries associated with buying a home that is several years old. From appliances to the roof and plumbing system, you won’t have to worry about making any repairs. For best results, make sure that you plan carefully before construction even starts. Consider the following when having a new home built: Storage Space One of the keys to keeping a home clean and organized is ample storage space. When working with your new home builder, make sure that your home plan includes multiple closets that are large enough to suit the needs of you and your family. In addition to closets in the bedrooms, don’t forget about a closet near the entryway to store shoes and coats, at least one closet in the hallway to store linens, and a walk in pantry to make it easier to organize kitchen staples. Another good way to maximize storage space is to include built-in shelves in your new home.  Location of the Laundry Room The location of the laundry room is a personal preference, but many people like having the laundry room located near the bedrooms, especially in a multi-story house that has the bedrooms on the second floor. Having the laundry room in close proximity to the bedrooms can make it much easier to transport dirty clothes to the laundry room, and clean clothes back to the bedroom. Insulation for Your Home Insulation is not one of the more exciting things to think about when having a home built, but paying attention to the type of insulation used in your home can save you a substantial amount of money on your heating and cooling costs. It is in your best interest to have your home built with the highest quality insulation you can afford. Talk to new home builders to learn more about the different types of insulation values recommended for your climate zone. Make a List of Your Priorities  While many people would love to build a house with every possible upgrade, most buyers have a budget to contend with. As your home plans are being developed, make a list that outlines the features in your home that you must have, amenities that you would really like to have, and other features that are nice but not necessary. This will allow you to determine where to spend your money without going over budget on the cost of your...

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