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You can ask any business to supply evidence of general liability contractor insurance. Any business that is not happy to offer evidence of basic liability (GL) insurance ought to be avoided. A minimum basic for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light business.
There are other techniques for researching cooling, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), carry out online searches and reviews and ask the company in question for recommendations. Nevertheless, all these methods disappoint detailed openness. The BBB in fact works for the companies it represents as they are just ranked if the company in concern pays them a repeating cost. Online evaluation sites hardly ever display all the evaluations got, and post evaluations from sources that are not constantly reputable. This provides a platform for companies to publish their own evaluations and individuals to hastily post evaluations without the business in concern's ability to expertly resolve the problem. Furthermore, no company would offer a negative referral; just those that are extremely positive. None of these are ideal dynamics for customers looking for entirely unbiased evaluations and referrals. It is advised to utilize these techniques as an informed customer and think about the details source for what it is worth.
Among the very best methods to discover a brand-new cooling, heating and ventilation contractor is through the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the company suggested was affordable, expert and trusted for a buddy or member of the family, there is a great chance that business will do the very same for you. Good business utilize the word-of-mouth approach to continually provide a brand-new client stream by keeping their customers pleased.
Other standard methods for finding a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation professional consist of performing online searches, phonebook directories or online directories and other advertisement mediums. Remember that all of these methods are bought and spent for by the companies in concern. None of these approaches need to function as a testimonial and should be utilized only as locating sources.
3rd party suppliers such as Angie's list, Find Regional and other online companies are the most recent platforms for sourcing and score cooling, heating and ventilating business. Although these business do offer a service with some merit, they are, in reality, adding cost to the customer. Angie's List, as well as some other online organisation directories, charge the client directly for their rankings and business' contact info. Other third-party websites supply consumers with cooling, heating and ventilation business and add the cost of being a middle-man to business equation. Bear in mind that none of these are "complimentary" which customers ought to comprehend the expense and value of using entities like these.
Several price quotes are suggest when hiring a cooling and heating professional. There are no market standards for pricing A/C related service or products. Comparable jobs can vary thousands of dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of 3 estimates is recommended prior to the repair or replacement of any major a/c and or heating system element and prior to the design and installation of new systems.
A 2nd viewpoint can be of worth if the repair work or replacement is costly. Not all technicians or business are equivalent or reputable. Repairing air conditioning and heating systems is very intricate. It is not uncommon for a repair work service technician to be unable to isolate the problem or for an agent to recommend an unnecessary purchases. Calling a contending a/c and heating company can save money and time and regret.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What Does The Air Condition Have To Do With A Hot Water Heater?
So I Had My Air On 68 Degrees. My Hot Water Heater Started Leaking, And One Of My Family Members Told Me To Keep The Air Above 70 Degrees. Why Is This?
They have nothing to do with one another. You're family member may like it warmer in your house.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Under 62Mph Does Air Conditioning Use Gas Or Battery?
When The Heat Or Air Conditioning Is Turned On In The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Does The Car Run By Gas Engine Or Battery Power
The air conditioning (A/C) compressor in Fusion Hybrid is driven by an electric motor - not by an engine-driven accessory belt. Having an electric motor allows the A/C to be operated without requiring the gasoline engine to run. Operating the A/C will not directly affect vehicle performance; however, it will drain the accessory power. For more information about your vehicle, check out the Owner's Manual, available for download here: https://owner.ford.com/servlet/ContentSe...
How Can I Reduce The Humidity In Air In A Hospital Ahu Without Using A Dehuidifier?
Well, the air will naturally dehumidify as the temperature of the air is dropped. In air handling units, this occurs when the coils inside connected with the air conditioning (cooling) side of the AHU cool the incoming air. This usually forms condensate on the coils that are drained off. If you have something to control the humidity level by sensing in the ductwork downstream of the AHU, you can also use the heating strip in the AHU to allow the AHU to over cool the air to remove humidity and then reheat to bring back to desired temperature.
Should One Add A Dehumidifier To A Manufactured Home With Central Air Conditioning In A Very Humid Climate?
Research Says No. In The Rio Grande Valley Of Texas Many Months Are Tropical.My Central Air Has An A Coil Inside+Outside Condenser +Proper Tonnage. My Man.Home As With Many M/H'S Does Not Have An Attic, Air Return Vents Nor The Proper Insulation For This Climate But Passed State Inspect. A Teacher Of An Hvac Class Brought His Students To My At My Request. *He Cut Off The Fresh Air Intake Above The A Coil Explaining That The A/C Would Be More Efficient. My Home Has Been State Inspected.
I Am Most Comfortable With Humidity Below 40% As I Suffer From Sweats Due To An Auto-Immune Disorder. Yes, I Drink Much Water.
I Have Several Types Of Air Purifiers In My Home & Change The Best Type Of Filter Each Month. I’Ve Had Qualified Hvac Techs Check The System. One Recommendation Was An Intake Vent Installed Above The Filtered A-Coil Area. Ducts Have Been Cleaned And Repaired. A Dehumidifier? No Mold Is Present On Walls, Grout, Etc.
Ok, just to start off with the basic opening question... yes, a de-humidifier can help remove additional moisture from the air, if your air conditioner alone is not pulling enough out to be comfortable for you. You will most likely find, that the first day you run the de-humidifier will be the day it pulls the most moisture out of the air....after several days of running it will be less and less, typically. You would see an increase during seasonal changes, and when the home is left open (doors, windows, etc, on a nice day). Most humidifiers can be regulated by humidity level, so that they shut off, when they reach a certain level of moisture in the air, much like a thermostat operates the central air system.
Now, on to a couple of other items you've mentioned.
Air return -- while it is true there are no return air ducts run to other portions of the home... the home IS DESIGNED to ciruculate the air. The front of your furnace unit will most likely have a slotted door, with the filter behind it. This is your return air duct. The air is pulled thru the rest of the home thru the doorways, and on some home designs, by small wall vents above the doors. On the majority of homes, the doors are built with about a one inch gap between the door and the floor. This is sufficient, in most cases, for proper air circulation throughout the home. If you find a particular room stays warmer during summer, or colder during winter, when the door is closed, then try leaving the door open more often, or install a vent above the door.
Installing a vent above the door to help increase air circulation is easy to do. You simply purchase a pair of vents, and cut the appropriate opening (on both wall surfaces, above the door). Installing a 2x4 is often the quickest way of sealing the top of the vent space, and is easy to do by either 'toe-screwing', or using L-brackets to hold the stud in place. Then simply screw the vent covers over the opening. This helps air circulation more than most folks would realize, especially if they have a tendency to close doors. By the way, speaking of doors... the door to the room the furnace is in must also be vented. This would be the laundry room door in most manufactured homes, where the furnace/air unit is in that room. If the unit is in a hall space, then there is usually a vented bi-fold door.
Fresh air vent -- I am somewhat concerned about this, that an HVAC teacher would cut off the fresh air supply. It is there for a reason. Today's homes are much more resistant to wind penetration....something that has come to light in recent years as being very important for the health and well being of the inhabitants. If you have a gas fueled furnace, that vent is CRITICAL for your safety, as it will supply fresh air to the flame, rather than robbing your home of much needed oxygen. I have seen some folks put a damper on the fresh air supply, so that it can be opened in winter, and shut when not using the heat. That still leaves you with the situation that you have limited fresh air entering the home...that may not be a problem if your entry doors are in constant use, hehehe, but it is definitely something you need to be aware of. There is also the possibility that tampering with the vent could impact you legally.... either with your home warranty, or your insurance coverage. Technically speaking... yes, if your air conditioner is drawing its sole air supply thru the fresh air vent, and it is several degrees hotter than your interior air, it would cause the central AC to do less work, by cutting it off.... but that fresh air vent is NOT the only source of air, as your central air system is ALSO recirculating the interior air. In my opinion it would be more beneficial to have the fresh air....and again, if you have an open flame furnace, it is extremely important. (Some homes even have a powered damper, which will open the vent when the furnace is in use, and leave it closed at other times, so hot air is not trickling down the vent when it is not being used)
Ok, on to the attic space.... I am sorry, perhaps it is my lack of knowledge, but I cannot picture ANY manufactured home that does not have an "attic space". Ive crawled around, in, under, and above, (and even in the attic spaces) of hundreds, if not a thousand or more, of manufactured homes, and they all had some sort of attic space. The way most manufactured homes are made, the roof system uses trusses, to carry the roof load to the perimeter walls, and the marriage wall...and trusses leave a space between the roofing cover (whether shingles and decking, or sheetmetal), and the ceiling drywall. There is always some form of insulation over the ceiling drywall, and there is an open air space above that. There are two methods of venting an attic space, passive and active. In an "active" ventilation system, there is an electrically powered fan, in an exhaust duct(s) that pulls the attic air out. This is usually an aluminum duct, about a foot in diameter, that vents directly up thru the roof. In a "passsive" ventilation system, the design is made to rely on thermal convection (usually)...that is, hot air rises... So, vents are placed along the roof, either at the peak, or just below it. Some homes use turbines, but most manufactured home passive vents are just flat squares...usually about 2 inches in height, and about a foot square. Most are brown or black in color. For the homes that use the peak ventilation, there is actually a gap at the peak of the roof, between the two halves of a doublewide home. There is a fiber type of product (it looks like a long layer of scotch pad material, usually black in color) that is placed over the gap, and shingles are placed over them, leaving a small gap, between the 'crown' shingles, and the top course.
With any of the ventilation systems Ive mentioned so far, there has to be a fresh air intake, to the attic space. This is normally done, on a manufactured home, by vented soffet. Some homes will have actual vent grills, but most utilize perforated soffeting. Sometimes ALL of the soffet is perforated, and sometimes they alternate solid with perforated. When I do an inspection, I'll check to see that the soffet vents are open, and not blocked by debris or insulation.
A properly vented attic space will result in the roofing material having a longer life. If there is no ventilation, then the heat and moisture will, literally, cook the roof decking and shingles. And that doesnt even begin to address the problems with mold that will result, eventually, because of the humidity problems that are present in a poorly vented attic space.
Insulation -- All manufactured homes are built to certain 'zone' requirements. This is federally, and state mandated, and ALL manufacturers must build to meet the minumum requirements for each 'zone'. A home CANNOT be sold in an area for which it is not rated. That does not mean it could not be improved upon....it just means that it meets the minimum requirements, and yes, this will result in its passing state inspection. You should have a "dataplate" somewhere in your home. Most often this is a letter size page (or 2), detailing the homes manufacturer, the plant location, the wind zone, and temperature zone for which the home was built, and also its serial number. These are often found inside a kitchen cabinet, often on the backside of a door, or on the back wall of the cabinet. Your state inspector should have looked at it when they inspected your home. For example, a 4 inch wall will meet the minimum zone requirements in most southern states... but a 6 inch wall allows for more insulation, resulting in a higher R-value insulation in the wall cavity. And, unless your home was built to be installed over a basement, there will be underbelly, and insulation, under the floor.
I hope this post has been helpful. I've traveled quite a bit, as a contractor to service manufactured home warranties, and I've often found that the dealers who sell the homes, have failed to educate the home buyers. This often leads to misunderstanding, and dissatisfied customers. The best dealerships are those that take the time to listen to their customers, and answer their questions as thoroughly as possible, and even go so far as to point out things the home owner hasn't thought to ask. Unfortunately, "profit margin" often comes ahead of "satisfied customer"....in my experience tho, the more satisfied customers one has, the more successful the enterprise is over the long run.
There ARE manufacturers that build exceptional quality homes, and there are those that try to look like these homes, while cutting corners. It is important to know the difference, and what to look for when comparing homes. 😉 but that's another post.
How Do I Turn On Central Air Conditioning?
I Just Bought This House And There'S No Manuel For The Central Ac. Where Is The Main Switch Located?
I assume the breaker is on. If not (meaning there is no electric running to the unit) you will see a double pole breaker. It should be marked in one form or another. There is no way to determind the location of that breaker without being in the house.
The thermostat is in the house somewhere (on the wall). There shoudl be two switches. One will say Cool-Off-Heat. The other will be the fan and will read, Auto-On. Switch the thermostat to Cool and the fan to Auto. Then turn the temperature to what you would like it to be in the house (say 74deg).