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You can ask any company to supply evidence of basic liability professional insurance coverage. Any company that is not happy to supply evidence of basic liability (GL) insurance ought to be avoided. A minimum standard for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for property work and $2 million for light business.
There are other techniques for looking into a/c, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and evaluations and ask the business in concern for references. Nevertheless, all these approaches disappoint comprehensive openness. The BBB really works for the companies it represents as they are just rated if the company in concern pays them a repeating fee. Online review sites rarely display all of the reviews got, and post evaluations from sources that are not constantly credible. This provides a platform for companies to publish their own reviews and people to quickly post evaluations without the company in question's capability to professionally fix the issue. Moreover, no business would provide a negative referral; only those that are exceptionally positive. None of these are perfect characteristics for customers looking for totally impartial evaluations and referrals. It is advised to use these methods as an informed consumer and consider the info source for what it is worth.
Among the very best ways to discover a new a/c, heating and ventilation professional is through the "word-of-mouth" method. If the company advised was economical, professional and reliable for a pal or family member, there is a great chance that business will do the very same for you. Excellent business use the word-of-mouth approach to constantly offer a new client stream by keeping their clients pleased.
Other standard methods for finding a brand-new cooling, heating and ventilation contractor include performing online searches, phonebook directory sites or online directories and other ad mediums. Bear in mind that all of these techniques are purchased and spent for by the companies in question. None of these approaches should act as a testimonial and needs to be utilized just as locating sources.
3rd party companies such as Angie's list, Discover Regional and other online companies are the newest platforms for sourcing and ranking a/c, heating and ventilating business. Although these business do offer a service with some merit, they are, in truth, including cost to the customer. Angie's List, as well as some other online organisation directories, charge the customer straight for their rankings and business' contact details. Other third-party sites offer customers with cooling, heating and ventilation business and include the expense of being a middle-man to business equation. Bear in mind that none of these are "totally free" and that customers ought to understand the expense and value of using entities like these.
Numerous price quotes are advise when employing a cooling and heating professional. There are no market requirements for pricing A/C associated service or products. Similar tasks can vary countless dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of 3 quotes is advised prior to the repair work or replacement of any significant cooling and or heater component and prior to the design and installation of brand-new systems.
A 2nd viewpoint can be of value if the repair or replacement is expensive. Not all professionals or companies are equivalent or trusted. Fixing air conditioning and heater is very complex. It is not uncommon for a repair work technician to be unable to separate the problem or for a representative to advise an unneeded purchases. Contacting a competing a/c and heating business can conserve money and time and remorse.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How Much Is The Average Price For A Central Air Conditioning Unit? Without Installation? Just The Unit?
Should We Put In Air Conditioning?
We Are Finnishing Our Basement Because We Need The Space For Our Growing Family. My Dad Thinks That We Should Put Air Conditioning In Before We Sheetrock The Ceiling. We Really Hae No Use For The Air Conditioning, We Tough Out The Summer Heat Just Fine. But My Dad Says That It Will Be Good For When We Sell, Which We Hope Will Be Sometime In The Next Five Years. We Didn'T Really Plan To Put It In, So We Would Have To Take Out A Loan To Pay For It. Which Would Be A Bummer Since We Have Paid Cash For Everything So Far. What Do You Think We Should Do?
I would suggest you plumb the basement and house for air conditioning now (put in all the required electrical, cooling and drain lines, and duct work), and even the AC/furnace unit itself. But, don't get the compressor unit yet. That way, you can have the added value of a system that is in place, where a buyer of the house can just slap in a compressor (the most expensive part of the AC system) if they want to have the AC operating without having to tear up the walls and stuff. Or, you can do it yourself if you come up with some extra money and want the AC.
When I had my house remodeled, I set up everything for an AC system while it was still just bare framing. I got a combo AC/furnace, and ran all the ducting (had to for the furnace, anyway), the cooling lines, the condensate drains, and the 220 electrical to a pad outside to run the compressor. That was 5 years ago and I've still yet to buy and install a compressor. But, whenever I want to spend the additional 3-4 grand on the compressor, I can have my AC hooked up and operational without having to tear anything up.
Cost Of A/C Versus Running The Fan?
My Air Conditioning Unit On The Wall Has A Switch So I Can Turn On Either The Air Conditioner Or Just The Fan. If I Run Just The Fan Does That Save Energy? I Was Not Sure, Thanks!
Yes, that would save energy. Air conditioners work by using a compressor to cool down air, this uses quite a lot of power compared to just running the fan.
Tent Camping With Air Conditioning!!!?
Need Advise. We Are Looking For A Large Tent To Camp In For 2+ Weeks. We Also Want To Have Air Conditioning In The Tent.
It Will Be In July So The Weather Will Be Very Hot.
What Is The Largest Tent Availble That Will Feel More Like A Vacation Home And Can Have A Portable Airconditioning System Connected??
On hand I enjoy survival camping from time to time where I take the bare minumum and see what I'm made of. At other times it's nice to pamper myself a bit. I doubt that most of the posters here been pregnant. I haven't, but I have supported my wife through two.
My love for camping with modern conveniences started in boyscouts, when my friends and I took a cooler full of pop and candy bars and a boom box to scout camp. We were the envy of all the other boys. In college it was the mattresses off our beds, sheets and all, that we threw in the back of the pickup truck and took up into the mountains. There is nothing like sleeping under the stars in your own bed!
This summer I am taking my pregnant wife (5 mos) camping for a few days. She will have shared access to a trailer with A/C, but I am interested in putting A/C in the tent too, so she will have her own private space.
The best solution I have found is from this website:
This guy seems to have the right mentality, cheap, low maintenence, simple, safe, and able to run for an extended period. It might be too expensive for my three day trip, but might be perfect for yours.
The key ingredients:
1. low amp ac unit - no more that 6 or 7 amps (author lists it at about $155)
2. a high amp (15 plus amps) extension cord (I bought 50 feet for about $20, they are more expensive because they can handle more load, important for your safety as the author notes)
3. Duct tape
In case the weblink doesn't work, he has placed the ac unit on bricks at his rear tent door, zipped it up and kept it all together with duct tape. The low amp unit and high amp cord keeps the cord cool and reduces fire risk. The ac unit on its lowest setting is plenty to cool the tent.
I echo the other posters concern about theft. Tents are tough to secure. One idea off the top of my head, if you are worried about someone swiping your ac unit, is to drive a large metal stake (like an electrical grounding stake) a couple of feet into the ground. (You will probably need a small sledge hammer, like an 8 pounder.) Then you could bolt a chain or cable (heavy duty grounding cable might work) to the ac unit and to the stake. You may have to drill holes in the ac unit housing, but I imagine it would have mounting holes in it already. You could use security bolts or locking bolts that tighten easily but are difficult to remove. The materials should cost less than $10 at a hardware store. The stake will be difficult for anyone to remove (including you at the end of your stay, you might want to bring a shovel to dig it out).
If your tent or powersource happens to be hit by lightning your ac unit will be grounded too! Bonus!
Happy camping and best of luck/blessings with your pregancy.
Im Converting My Gas Heat To A Frigidaire Electric Heat Pump Is There Anything I Need To Know B4 I Convert?
How Does Frigidaire Product Stand Up To Its Name? Or Is This A Bad Idea If This Brand Is Not Good?
Things to know b4 u convert:
Heat pumps use "free" heat. You just have to run a compressor to to transfer this heat.
A typical description is "an air conditioner that can run backwards." This simplistic, but accurate.
The technology is sound. However, it does have limitations. These limitations may be inconsequential to you, or may make it a costly waste of money.
First: the electrical service. Same service is required as is with central air. If that was ever a problem, then heat pump would be also.
Second: the source. There a three sources of heat a heat pump could exploit: 1) ambient air; 2) the ground; 3) water.
If air source, there is plenty of heat to harvest out of 45 degree outside air. 30 degrees and the formula changes.
Ground source is great. The ground stays a constant temp below the frost line. But it requires additional material (piping) to exploit. Plus you have to pay the guy with the backhoe.
Water source: not common, but doable.
There is also the question of capacity. What you need is determined by a heat load/loss calculation.
Most residential electric service permits max of 208 vac only. The largest compressors that are typically available for 208 vac are 5-tons. 5-tons equals on 60,000 BTUs (12,000 BTU = 1 Ton).
So, if your heat loss in you home is ever greater than 60,000 BTUs, on come the electrical coils. And it won't be inexpensive. 60,000 BTUs is the most you could expect under optimal conditions. Other factors will limit what actually gets delivered.
You could install more heat pumps to get above 60,000, but this also increases the installation cost.
In comparison, single furnaces with 120,000 BTU ratings are common critters.
You could install a regular gas furnace with the heat pump to limit/avoid using the emergency heat. But, now your cost/benefit ratio is really starting to suffer.
How long will it take to actually save money? Your monthly utility bill reduction versus installation cost. Only you can decide this based on your needs and goals.
Bottom line. Before you decide on brand, careful and thoughtful consideration must be made as to if it is a viable heating method for YOU at YOUR locale.
Otherwise, I'm with mobildik. You want reliable, well built equipment... e.g. Trane or Carrier. Also highest S.E.E.R available.
You also want a highly competent and experienced installer. Avoid the contractor who is new to sizing and installing them. A/C experience might count for the actual install, but not he sizing and performance evaluation.
You want someone who has done this many times. Someone that has made those inevitable mistakes already and knows how to avoid them.