My Air Conditioner Is Barely Blowing Any Cold Air Out of the Vents?

I would think it's time for a new air conditioning unit

1. What's the Difference Between a Heat Pump and an Air Conditioner?

When considering replacement of their HVAC equipment, our customers often ask "what is the difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner?" While the equipment is similar, there are a couple fundamental differences between the two. This post is meant to provide you with the basics to help guide you in the right direction for choosing the best option for your business or home. First, let's discuss the similarities between a heat pump and an air conditioner. Both systems typically consist of two (2) pieces of equipment: an indoor unit called the air handler, and an outdoor unit, referred to as either a heat pump, or an air conditioner (depending on which you have). Both of these systems use a refrigeration cycle which absorbs and releases heat as it travels to and from the indoor and outdoor units. This is the cycle that modern air conditioning is based on. The difference between these two systems is that the heat pump can reverse this refrigeration cycle to provide heating instead of cooling. Ultimately, the system uses a reversing valve to cause the outdoor and indoor unit to switch roles, resulting in warm air being supplied into your home or business. The heat pump also has a defrost cycle which kicks the unit back into "cooling" mode to prevent your condenser from freezing over in lower temperatures. While the heat pump's ability to provide heating is a big benefit, it should be noted that a heat pump's efficient method of "moving" heat is not always sufficient when dealing with the extreme temperatures that we face in the northeast. When temperatures fall below 35 degrees, an electric resistance heater may turn on as a backup to supplement the heat from the outside. Since using this electric heat will increase your utility bills, some customers also utilize gas or oil heating systems as a backup as well. This "Dual Fuel" approach is a great way to ensure that you will always have enough heat, and that your system will be providing that heat in the most efficient was possible. If you are considering purchasing a heat pump or air conditioner, we would be happy to further discuss the differences with you. Please call us at 781-365-0222, or email for more info!

2. New Furnace & Air Conditioner -- HELP!?

Your best bet is to have a few local contractors come out and give you a quote. They would have to see the set-up and do a load calculation in order to give you a quote. You are not going to find any good info on pricing on the internet.

3. Air conditioner problem - is it too small for my home?

5500 btu is only big enough for 1 small room. You need more any person who works with airconditioning can tell you. Small house, probably 30,000 btu at least.

4. Old Air Conditioner – Can The Rattling Be Dealt With?

INDOOR UNIT: -Turn off power to anything you work on before trying this- Clean the blades on the blower wheel ("squirrel cage") to eliminate shaking. The motor may also need replaced if it has been damaged or warped a shaft. The blower cage itself may need replaced if it has been damaged or set off-balance for any reason OUTDOOR UNIT: You can fix the top fan "cage" rattling issues by re-drilling holes to mount it or sometimes simply tightening the current bolts used for it. You can fix wires tapping against the unit with tie straps, be careful - turn off power to the unit. You can fix compressor noise by using a compressor "blanket", and any mount noises by buying new mounts at an a/c supply house. You can mount the entire unit on rubber pads. You can fix corroded or bent metal braces etc by bending metal of same gauge and using a drill and hand operated rivet gun, or short sheet metal screws (be very careful not to screw into copper pipes). Clamps with rubber gaskets on them can be used on tubing that is clanging. Rubber stripping or nuts/bolts with rubber gaskets can solve your coil "cage" rattling issues for you, on the flat sheet metal style coil covers you will need to use rubber strips if you cannot stop the rattling by adjusting the screws that hold it. Any fixes quieting the unit down will very likely extend the life of the unit at the same time.

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Is It Bad If the Lights Dim Whenever the Furnace/air Conditioner Kick In?
It is not bad. Fairly normal and very common. It will not hurt anything except annoy you. There are expensive remedies1. Should I get my air conditioner serviced if it is working okay?Take a garden hose and VERY gently rinse your outdoor unit until any dirt is removed from the coil... and I mean gently. You now have a serviced AC. If it seems to be running too long then make a call and get it checked out. Other than that, change your filters on time. Call to have your indoor coil cleaned if you are forgetful for months with your filters. If you take good care of it, you should not need maintenance other than the rinsing of the coils when they get significantly dirty2. How cold should the air coming from my air conditioner be?It's August. It's HOT outside. We want to be COOL inside. But just how cold should the air temperatures be coming from the supply vents? While most people just assume that "cold" is the correct answer, there is a range of acceptable temperatures. I will get into that in just a minute, but first I feel it's important to understand (just a little) of how our HVAC system works. When the air conditioning system is on, and working correctly, the process that is occurring is that warm air is being pulled from the home (let's say 75 degrees) through the return vent and moving through the A/C units evaporator coil. This is where the magic happens! Through the science of evaporative cooling, when this warm air passes through the evaporator coil, a volume of heat is removed from that warm air and we get cold air coming from the air ducts! It is this process that cools your home! Through this process, humidity is also removed, which helps make us feel more comfortable. Now, from the example above, with 75 degree air being pulled in at the air filter, what temperature should we expect to be blowing out? Well, the general consensus is somewhere between 14 to 20 degrees colder than the intake temperature. From my example, 55 to 61 degrees would be an acceptable range.3. How do I clean my wall mounted air conditioner?replace the filter it is probebly that your lucky it does not shut off altogether4. how do i make the noise less in my window air conditioner?Not a lot. You do not want that thing to be closed off, you want as much air circulation through the outside of that thing as you can get. What you could do is get above the AC unit on the outside wall, and mount a small awning. Just big enough that the awning's drip edges are beyond the edges of the AC, and high enough that there's a foot or (preferably) more of clear air between them, so it does not interfere with the AC's breathing. Obviously the higher you mount it above the AC, the larger you will want it to be so it catches more of the rain before it hits the unit. But do not go too crazy. What to make it out of? That's up to you. You could do a decent job with a piece of cheap plywood and a little rudimentary frame to screw it to the side of the house. Attachment is up to you since we have no idea what kind of siding you have, but obviously you will need to take those considerations into account when you design and build. In fact, I recommend the plywood. Sand, prime and paint, a couple or three coats. You could use a piece of aluminum flashing but that's going to make a pretty strong sound. The plywood will tend to deaden the noise, not make it worse.5. My air conditioner fan will not come on and it freezes up inside the house.?Turn the entire system off Call an Air Conditioning repair shop Get it fixed properly6. Does using your air conditioner in your car burn more fuel?if your going less than 50mph yes. best roll down the windows then. but over 50, it's better to keep the the ac on than windows down
My Home Central Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling My Home Enough,what's the Poblem?
After you replace the filter, make sure all your louvers are wide open. Then go outside and thoroughly clean the condenser, It may not look dirty, but it is. If you can access the evaporator, clean that too. Finally, close the curtains and roll down the shades1. Is a 6 year old 19 SEER Central air conditioner still considered energy efficient or is it time to upgrade?A six year old system should be in great working order. If it has been well maintained and it has not suffered environmental abuse then, it should last 9-14 more years. 19 SEER is in the top 2/3 of available efficiency today. Conversely, in 5 years time who's to say though.Typically manufactures warrant parts for up to 10 years from date of install. These warranties do require registration of the product with the manufacture (something a majority of contractor fail to do, ultimately it is the homeowners responsibility). If you have purchased the home recently, in some cases the warranty is transferable to the new owner (call the installing contractor to find out).As with any mechanical piece of equipment it is always a good idea to protect your investment by having a certified HVAC professional maintain the equipment at least annually.Example of extreme damage most likely due to an animal urinating on a condenser coil. This kind of damage is not covered by warranty, and would necessitate replacement of at the very least the outdoor unit.Hope this helps.Is a 6 year old 19 SEER Central air conditioner still considered energy efficient or is it time to upgrade?Is A 6 year old 19 SEER Central air conditioner still considered energy efficient or is it time to upgrade?2. Sears wants about $7000 to replace a central air conditioner in Connecticut?Sir, Sears has the biggest markup there is. period. You can get down to almost half that with three bids.3. Which Central Air Conditioner should I go with? Is the 16 Seer worth the extra $1800?I would stick to the Trane unit. The units can only become so efficient and after that, the change becomes so minimal it does not make sense to go higher. I believe our AC increases our bill $30 a month when we run it. Even if you run it for every month, it will take almost 8 years for it to pay for itself. Trane is a more common name and service people should be more comfortable working with them if you ever need. See if Trane offers a higher SEER value, I am sure they do. If it is more sensible than $1800, I would think about it. By the way, are these installed prices? Is it only the condenser portion or do you need a new A Coil as well?4. Which is cheaper to run on a central air conditioner system? Just the system or with both the system and fan.The fan switch is for running the fan continuous. Regardless if the heat or cooling is switched on. If your heating or cooling is uneven throughout the house it might be an advantage to run the fan continuously to circulate better, or if you have allergies and have the better filters it would help keep the air cleaner. Otherwise it will be more expensive to heat and cool with it on because of the electrical consumption of the fan.5. my central air conditioner started leaking water from a plastic hose outside the house. whats up with that?My central air unit leaks when the temperature outside the house is close to the temperature inside the house. Typically at around 72 degrees, which is what we keep the house temperature at. I am not sure if the unit leaks outside, it probably does, but it definitely leaks inside the house from the 2 hoses which go into the basement floor (to a sump I guess). This is an old house, but I've only lived here for a few months, so I do not know all the Idiosyncrasies of the AC unit. It did freeze over once and stopped generating cool air. I would really appreciate your insight on this as it differs slightly than the original question.6. Comfort Maker Central Air Conditioner - what do you think of this brand? Is it Crap or Good?Who makes this model. Sometimes name brand manufacturers make cheaper models and use other brand names. They are usually lower quality low end models
Sharp May Sell Copier, Air Conditioner Businesses: Media
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sharp Corp ( 6753.T ) may sell its copier and air-conditioner businesses, Japanese media including the Nikkei business daily reported on Friday, as shrinking piles of cash prompt the company to consider restructuring its non-core assets.Sharp, which makes screens for Apple Inc's ( AAPL.O ) iPad and iPhone, needs to refinance as much as 360 billion yen ($4.54 billion) of short-term commercial paper and will need a further 200 billion yen in September next year to cover a maturing convertible bond.Desperate for funds to refinance looming debt rollovers, Sharp is seeking more than 100 billion yen for its key solar panel plant in Sakai, western Japan, as part of an asset sale, local media said on Thursday.Sharp may also sell its buildings in Tokyo as well as television assembly plants in Poland, Malaysia, Mexico and Poland, a company source told Reuters this week.Kyocera Corp ( 6971.T ), Daiwa House Industry Co ( 1925.T ) and Daikin Industries Ltd ( 6367.T ) are among the companies that have reportedly expressed interest in buying the copier and air-conditioner businesses, the Nikkei reported.Sharp has also signed contracts with two overseas consulting firms to help it determine which assets to sell, the Nikkei added.The maker of Aquos TVs will also sell its 0.6 percent stake in Japanese camera maker Olympus Corp ( 7733.T ) and is leaning towards disposing of its 9.8 percent interest in lithium ion battery joint venture Eliiy Power Co, the Nikkei reported.Sharp said in a statement on Friday that it is considering various options to improve operations and did not comment further on the reports.Shares of Sharp were unchanged at 175 yen, versus a 0.2 percent rise in the Nikkei 225 average .N225 in early Tokyo trade. ($1 = 79.2650 Japanese yen)
Air Conditioner Leaking in Attic?
I assume that your compressor is outside and your condenser is in the attic. The compressor pumps cold air to the condenser. The fan moves your household air over the condenser where the warm air hits the cold condenser. That causes the moisture in your air to condense and fall into your drain pan. The water in that drain pan is piped to the outside where it drains. The cold air pipe coming from your compressor will cause moisture to condense on it if not properly insulated. Make sure that pipe is fully covered to avoid premature condensation on the inlet pipe. Also make sure that all the condensate falling off your condenser is going into the drip pan. After that, you need to insure that the drip pan is draining properly to the outside. Pretty mechanical, just check one step at a time.1. 4 Bricks Needed for Air Conditioner in Window?Walmart sells bricks as does any of your hardware or home improvement stores2. air conditioner fan runs constantly in auto?i bet your indoor fan relay is shot. OR the t-stat could be shorted out. i think the indoor fan relay is shot. it's stuck closed so that anytime the unit is on, the relay is closed and the fan comes on. (cheap fix. = 3. How do you clean an old air conditioner?could desire to you spray it down sturdy with Lysol Disinfectant Spray? enable it dry in the previous turning it on returned. basically a speedy, effortless & low priced theory! different than that, which you ought to to purchase a sparkling A/C unit. If it extremely is a window kind. they are presently particularly low priced. you will discover one for under a $a hundred.004. what's wrong with my air conditioner?Depending on what the smell was (i.e. burnt rubber) it could be a burned fan belt. If the unit turns on, I do not think it is electrical connection problem. It could also be a bad relay to the fan (i.e. the compressor is creating conditioned refrigerant but the fan wo not switch on so the unit turns off). Regardless, if the air conditioner is new it is probably still covered under warranty (generally parts and labor are included, free of charge, for a year, but I would check with the manufacturer).5. Air conditioner in the house and electricity bill.....?You are right the longer it tuns the more it cost. If you turn down the thermostat the longer the unit will run and therefore it will run longer. It does not go faster if you turn the temp down to cool to that temp but it does run longer. You are charged by the KW or how many watts you use for energy. One hour is one hour so it does not matter unless you have a high, low medium setting for the fan then you may see a little difference. But it is a matter of how long it tuns, you are right. Good luck :)6. sensitive to cold air conditioner?When I started displaying these symptoms I called some friends of mine who were medical researchers. Their answer was this: Buy a saline nasal spray and use it twice a day - religiously. Once when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Okay, I thought this was too easy to fix anything. Let me tell you - it is amazing. Apparently it keeps your sinus cavities cleaned out and moist so the sinus trouble can not develop. It is a very inexpensive fix if it works for you. And, my sensitivity to cold diminished. I still do not like being cold and will usually have a sweater with me but nothing like it used to be. I've told many people about this and they've all reported significant improvement. Give it a try and see how it works for you.7. Problem with house air conditioner?Is it central or window unit? Is the fan running(on evaporator and condensor if central)? Is the compressor running?Are the fins clean (air flow)? Is the power to it on(check breakers)?
4 Easy Rules for Portable Air Conditioner Maintenance
Unlike the conventional central and window air conditioner, portable air conditioners can fit perfectly wherever you'll need them. They don't require any ducting or installation and they are virtually flexible that can be situated anywhere.Because portable cooling units can be independently operated, targeting specific areas can easily be achieved. In order to keep your portable unit efficient and functional for a very long time, the following rules should always be observed.Rule #1 Every air conditioner requires a good ventilation to function properly, either through walls or windows. As for your quiet portable air conditioner, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding its proper ventilation as not all portable air conditioners share the same ventilation requirement.Your portable cooling unit usually comes with a free venting kit or an option of buying one as part of its package. This kit includes a window kit for different window size and shape, it also includes a hose. Be sure the window you intend to install for your portable air conditioner fits perfectly with your available kit.Rule #2 Water Tray Removals. Every portable air conditioner has its unique way in dealing with accumulated condensates. As some portable air conditioners offer convenient water tray removal, others are built with continuous drainage hose or also known as dual exhaust hoses.If your unit comes with a tray, always make sure to empty it according to your manufacturers recommended frequency.Otherwise, your quiet portable air conditioner might dysfunction, automatically shutting down or its tray could spill out. Portable AC units have built-in tray, better check this part early while choosing in order to avoid any confusion.Rule#3 Availability of Electricity. This is very important. Make sure that the energy you supply for your air conditioner is adequate that meets its required standard. Insufficient supply of energy will not only blow its fuse off, it can also destroy the whole cooling unit.Avoid using extension cords for your quiet portable air conditioner as much as possible too as cords could get overloaded. Electrical cords are also risky that presents fire hazard.Rule #4 Exhaust Hose. The exhaust hose is important in order to keep your portable cooling unit functional so make sure to keep this part straight while its venting system is being used.It is generally okay to shorten exhaust hose upon installation, but do not add any additional length. By following these safety rules you should be well on your way in enjoying a cool summer.
Portable Air Conditioner Leaks. No Manual?
well untill you figure out where the water tank is or that is missing you need to catch the water. they make water as you know . so just get a big plastic tub and set the AC in the tub to hold the water. you may be missing the drain tray.1. Is heating feature in an air conditioner bad?The biggest difference between them is that reversible AC has an extra 4-way valve to reverse the flow. That's not a very fragile component. The seller might be either talking from his personal experience that's particular to one make or series, or he might be simply employing FUD in order to convince you into purchasing item with higher profit margin for him (most likely imho). On the other hand, it's quite easy to ruin the unit by keeping it on as outside temp falls too low. The heating is designed to be only an accessory method ran occasionally on chilly summer days and not to replace a furnace in the winter (that's what big heat pumps are for). He might be simply trying to avoid future problems with careless customers who fail to adhere to manual2. Air conditioner leaking water?It is normal and supposed to. It is condensation which drips from the condenser into a tray under it which then drains from a hole in the corner of the tray. Make sure it stays clear of sediment so that it will not clog it up! ,' )3. Why is my window air conditioner?set the temperature away from "auto"4. Would it be possible to create an air conditioner that is powered by heat?Technically yes: if you can generate electricity using your heat source (or rather, heat differential), then you can use that electricity to power a refrigeration unit. Just make sure that your heat-to-power conversion is happening outside the thing you want to refrigerate.Practically, on a large scale, this is no different from a power station converting heat from fuel into electricity. On a small scale, you would use a small Sterling engine or TEC to generate the electricity. The system would likely be 5. Return air for a 5 ton air conditioner unit?first why are you installing a five ton unit....after doing a heat calucation you will find it equals to one ton for every 750 sq ft .unless you have a lot of windows or glass doors facing southwest. then you would reduce this to 700 sq ft per ton.......so if you have a 3000 sq ft house you would only need four tons of air conditioning. or four and a half if you have a lot of southwesterly facing windows and glass doors. ...you measure duct work by sq ft . ..so you would only have half of what you need ..for round duct you figure sq ft by multiplying the radius or half of the diameter squared times pi. this will give you square feet..then add all of the sq ft from each duct for total sq ft. .if you dont need 5 tons get a smaller unit6. Air Conditioner now with new furnace - Later - Or Not at all?might desire to you be a touch extra imprecise? swap the thermostat to relax, pull the temperature set element to a element under the ambient temperature, and viola! -if the interior fan is working, and the outdoors condenser unit & compressor is working, then if the clear out is sparkling, the evaporator & condenser coils are sparkling, there is adequate refrigerant in the gadget, and your shape is a minimum of a few insulated and potential effective, then your gadget might desire to do its interest. If none of those situations are met, call a qualified, useful tech. BTW: aircon is not lots the cooling,.... its working the air during the evaporator and confident, pulling some warmth, the foremost purpose of a gadget is to tug the moisture out of it. (cooling the air to under its dew element) Dry air is delicate air....the cooling is an advantage
Air Conditioning Efficiency - Is Higher Efficiency Worth the Extra Cost?
Air conditioning is not just a luxury item for many houses anymore. When building a new house it is often included without question. There are so many options when it comes to central air in a house. The air conditioner BTU is a big thing to consider. The efficiency of the air conditioner is also a big factor to look at. Many new home builders will include a builder model AC unit in the price of the house. If the homeowner wants to have a better, higher efficiency unit, they have to pay extra for that. How much extra should they pay and still come out with a good deal?There are a few things to check out when upgrading the air conditioning unit. When buying the higher efficiency model it will usually include things like high and low pressure cutout switches in the outdoor condenser unit. This can be very valuable and save the compressor from going bad if there is a problem.That could be worth the extra cost right there. Also with a higher efficiency unit, the indoor air handler will include a higher efficiency blower motor. The ECM motors will run much more efficient then a regular motor. The efficiency is even greater if the motor is run at low speeds much of the time.The most confusing issue with any air conditioning is the SEER rating that the US Government uses to rate air conditioning units. The simplest formula I can use to explain this is that the SEER rating compares the cooling BTU's that are made by the unit per unit (KW) of electricity used. Usually expressed as BTU's/Kilowatt of electric. Of course the more BTU's produce per kilowatt of electric consumed the better off you are.To arrive at a usage number you would have to figure up the number of hours per year that you may be running the air conditioning unit. That can be done by taking the degree day information provided by the weather service for your area and through some fairly complex formula's coming up with usage for your house. I suggest that it may be much easier to just figure how many days you will be running the air conditioner and how many hours a day it might actually run. The specifications provided by the manufacturer of the unit you will use show the electrical usage of the unit. Take the watts per hour consumed by the unit, times the hours run time, divide by 1000 and you will have the kilowatt hour of electric that the unit will consume. Now take that and times it by the number of days a year the unit will run. Then figure that times the cost of the electric per kilowatt hour from your electric company.If with these numbers you find that your pay back will be five years or less than I would for sure go with the higher efficiency unit. Keep in mind also that in some states the electricity costs are going to go up by 50% or more in the next few years. You may want to run the numbers at those higher electricity costs. The farther south you live, the more days you will use your air conditioning unit. Therefore it will be more beneficial to get a higher efficiency unit the farther south you live.Heat Pump units often are rated much higher in efficiency that straight air conditioning units. Especially in the mid to southern climates in may pay to look at a heat pump unit. I will try to address that in the future. Heat Pumps will be a whole separate subject.So to wrap up the thoughts on air conditioning efficiency. As electric prices rise the cost of the higher efficiency units will be much more practical. Higher efficiency air conditioners have more safety controls built into them. You can do some figuring and find out how much more you can spend for a higher efficiency unit and still get your money back in saved electricity. There are many good, better, best options out there. Ask your contractor to quote the prices for the different efficiency units available. If you do not ask usually the prices will be the down and dirty lowest price he can find unit. That rarely is a good thing. If your contractor does not want to quote prices on higher efficiency units, then find one that will. You will not regret it.
Exhausted Uber Driver Left Baby Girl to Die in Roasting Car After 24-hour Shift
An Uber driver left his five-month-old daughter to die in a roasting car after he finished a 24-hour shift.Michael Thigpen, 34, was sentenced to ten years in prison in Logan County, Kentucky on Thursday after he made, what the judge called, 'probably the saddest guilty plea I've ever taken.'Thigpen's infant daughter, Emma, died of hyperthermia on June 10, 2016 after she and her two young siblings were left in a van parked outside their father's house.Prosecutors said Thigpen had been awake for 24 hours while driving a shift for Uber in his van. Afterwards, he took his wife to work before driving home and falling asleep with his children still in the vehicle.Authorities responded to the trailer park where Thigpen lived and found the three children unresponsive in the trailer, the reported.Thigpen originally told police that his kids had been sleeping in a room in the trailer when the air conditioner lost power, causing the room's temperature to increase to a dangerous level, which prosecutors later found to be a lie.In a second interview, Thigpen confessed to leaving the children in the van.'The worst aspect of it is that Mr. Thigpen did not tell the truth immediately when he found he left the children in the car,' said Judge Tyler Gill during the sentencing hearing.'This is a perplexing situation and probably the saddest guilty plea I've ever taken.'A man who said he was Thigpen's father at the sentencing hearing said that it has been 'a few rough years' for the family, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.Thigpen pleaded guilty to a count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of first-degree assault.'The nature of this offense call out for this sentence,' Gill said.We've got to protect our children, you can't live by accident....(Thigpen) shouldn't have been left with these kids after being up for 24 hours. This was just a tragedy waiting to happen.;
8 Spring Home Maintenance Projects That Will Save You Money
When we talk about money-saving home maintenance projects, we often focus on winter. After all, heating a home is expensive, and we'll do whatever we can to reduce the winter bills.But many projects better suited for warmer weather can save you money, too. Here are eight projects to tackle this spring:1. Clean the refrigerator and air conditioner coils. Your fridge and air conditioner work in nearly the same way -- by exchanging heat through a system of coils. When those coils are dirty and dusty, they can't exchange heat as efficiently, so the system has to run harder and longer to have the same cooling effect.Luckily, cleaning these coils is simple. Just take a vacuum hose to the coils on the back of your fridge. For an outside air conditioner unit, you'll need to disassemble the casing (making sure the power to the unit is off first), and clean using canned air and/or a stiff brush and spray bottle.2. Schedule routine heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance. Yes, it costs money to get an HVAC professional to look over your system. But routine maintenance costs much less than major fixes down the road. So call and schedule your HVAC maintenance now. To save even more, check websites such as Groupon, Amazon Local and Angie's List for deals with local HVAC companies.3. Inspect and repair your roof. Spring is the time to get out on the roof to check for ice, hail or water damage from winter. Repairing minor damage can be a quick do-it-yourself fix, and staying on top of your roof's condition (no pun intended) can save you money by avoiding water damage later on.4. Clean gutters. This can be a Saturday-long spring chore for many, but it's important, especially if you live in an area with April showers.Water doesn't properly pass through clogged gutters. And that means more water gets near the foundation of your home. This may not cause immediate problems, but over time, too much water near the foundation can cause damage and weakening, which are expensive problems to fix later.5. Clean the dryer vent. Just like your refrigerator doesn't work properly with dusty coils, your dryer is less efficient with a lint-filled vent. Even if you clean the lint trap before every load of laundry, you'll still get some lint in the vent hose, which builds up over time.To clean the vent, just remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and vacuum it well. Then, remove the vent cover on the outside of your home, and vacuum it from that side, too.6. Check the washing machine hoses. Over time, washing machine hoses can crack, which can cause leaks. Sometimes, these inconspicuous leaks go on for weeks or months unnoticed, usually because the washer is pushed back into a corner. This can cause mold problems, water damage and more.So while you've got the dryer pulled out to clean the vent, pull out the washer, too. Check that the hoses are still flexible, and they show no signs of cracking. If they do look worn or cracked, just replace them. It's an easy fix!7. Re-caulk windows and doors. You might have caulked your doors and windows before the winter chill set in. Unfortunately, even the best caulk can harden, crack and shrink when it's cold outside.So check your windows and doors, and replace as needed. Keeping the hot air out during the summer is just as important as keeping it in during the winter.8. Plant trees in strategic locations. As you think about landscaping this spring, consider planting a new tree or two. Mother Nature will certainly thank you, and your heating and cooling bills might, too.If your house gets hit with a lot of sun during the day -- which causes the inside to heat up -- plant a fast-growing deciduous tree or two on the west, east or northwest side of your home for cooling shade.And if you noticed wind whistling through the cracks of your home over the winter, an evergreen windbreak on the windiest side of your home might do the trick and block the wind.Before you plant, make sure you understand how large a tree will grow when it reaches maturity, so you avoid potential costly issues from a tree planted too close to your home. Abby Hayes is a freelance blogger and journalist who writes for personal finance blog The Dough Roller and contributes to Dough Roller's weekly newsletter.
How to Save Money on a Portable Air Conditioning Unit
Before we go into any detail about saving money on a portable air conditioning unit, you need to ask yourself whether you need a portable air conditioner in the first place. If you are not always in your room or office and are always moving around, then a portable air conditioner will be useful to you.If you really need to get a portable air conditioner, then there are many ways to save money on it. Now let us discuss them in more details:1.Choose the right brand. There are many brands offering portable air conditioners. Portable conditioners from premium brands will definitely cost more than the other brands. It is just like buying a Mercedes car. So if you find a lesser known brand which is offering 30% cheaper, do not be discouraged to buy it.2.Do not be influenced by the sales pitch. Once you have done your research and decided on which brand to buy, don't change your mind. Do not be influenced by what the salesman says. Do your research and make sure that you get the right deal.3.Choose the right type of unit. Portable air conditioners have different specifications. A unit with higher specs will cost more than the others. Therefore, it is important to find out what you really need and ignore all the advanced specifications.4.Shop at the right place. This is important as shopping at the right place will prevent you from paying unnecessary fees. Some shops have items that cost a lot more than the others. Larger chain stores sell more expensive items because they need to cover their employment cost, rental and maintenance cost. You can get the same item at a much cheaper rate if you take your time to visit other stores. So do your research to make sure that you know what you are paying for. Internet is a great place to do your research. Visit forums and blogs to read about the best places to buy portable air conditioners.Before you buy from any store, make sure that the store is reputable and is willing to honor returns if the unit is faulty. Most portable units come with a warranty, so remember to check this out with the provider. Also, ask to test the portable unit on the spot so as to ensure that it is working fine before you bring it home.
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