Car Talk – LIVE Question & Answer – Podcast #271 with Scotty Kilmer

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Throughout summertime, the most horrible of things you can experience is the ruthless blazing heat. The heats simply will not decrease but rather appear to increase night and day. You lay awake at night aiming to find out where you can get an a/c service that works on weekends, but the temperatures are too expensive for you to concentrate. This article talks about the value of working with professional A/C repair work specialists when your air conditioning system breakdowns.

Air Conditioner Setup:

Many individuals opt for expert air conditioning services when they wish to install a brand-new A/C in their houses or workplaces. Though AC specialists primarily provide setup services this is not service that they provide. A few other services provided by such specialists in addition to Air Conditioning installation are repair, replacement and A/C maintenance services. Since air conditioning units cost a considerable amount of cash to acquire it is typically advised that resident with breakdown systems opt to fix instead of replace their units when they start malfunctioning. Routine maintenance of home air conditioning systems keeps them from malfunctioning frequently and increases their toughness.

AC Service:

One benefit of selecting a professional cooling professional is that such individuals, companies or companies offer their consumer a/c maintenance services which are quite essential for the proper working these gadgets. In order for an A/C to run both effectively and effectively regular cleansing and maintenance or maintenance is needed. Air conditioning systems that are not effectively kept lose their durability and have a propensity to breakdown frequently which naturally results in additional monetary problems on house owners due to the consistent repair work they require. In order to prevent the monetary problem of having to spend for Air Conditioner replacement services it normally recommended by market specialists that you arrange your air conditioning system for upkeep every 8 months to 12 months.

Access to know-how:

Another advantage of selecting a professional when it pertains to Air Conditioning repair work is that of the know-how they offer. Many air condition systems installed in houses generally cost a substantial quantity of cash. As such when these important house devices malfunction it is necessary to obtain someone who is skilled and has the necessary proficiency have to make the needed repairs. Trying to take on such a task individually as a DIY job may sadly in more cases than not lead to more harm than good; often needing an Air Conditioner owner to invest far more in replacing the appliance rather than fixing it. By opting for expert Air Conditioner repair work service you are able to limit the amount of money spent in correcting the breakdown because such professionals are well positioned to identify and correct the accurate problem.

Car Talk – LIVE Question & Answer – Podcast #271 with Scotty Kilmer

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is A Heat Pump As Efficient As Centrail Air Conditioning?
We Live In Missouri And Have An Ac Unit And Furnace - We'Re Considering A Heat Pump Unit Instead - The House Is Approx. 2500 Sq. Feet With A Main Living Level And Basement. Will We Be Able To Keep The House Comfortable - Around 75 Degrees All Year - With The Heat Pump?

A heat pump is simply an air conditioner with a reverse capability. Living in Missouri you will need a backup heat source for those really cold spells but the heat pump can handler things down to around 30 degrees or so. True a Geo Thermal heat pump would be more efficient, but the price to go GEO would most likely be 3 to 5 times as much as to add a heat pump to your current heating equipment.

When Is It Too Hot For Kids Without Air Conditioning?
A Friend Of Mine Is Divorced. This Week She Turned Her Kids Over To Her Ex Because She Didn'T Have Air Conditioning. She Does Upstairs In Her House, And Turns It On At Night. She Felt The Temperature Of 95 Degrees Was Unsafe For Kids, And Justified Her Actions? What Do You Say? Personally I Grew Up Without Air Conditioning. I Turned Out Ok

95 degrees won't kill you, especially if you leave some windows open for the breeze - but if they're VERY young (read newborn to 2 yrs.), then they're more at-risk. It can't hurt to move them to somewhere with AC, but locking a kid in a car in Phoenix in the Summer, and not having AC in your house are two very different propositions, and if they're over 2 yrs. old, give them a bucket of water to cool their feet in if the heat wakes them up at night, or tell them to take a cool shower.

Whatever you do, don't let someone tell you that it's some kind of abuse not to have AC, or that your kids will die if it's too hot in the house; people have been living perfectly fine in hot places, (and continue to do so all over the world) without constant Artificial Cooling.

Compressors Used In Air Conditioning Units?
What Type Of Compressor Is Most Energy Efficient And Less Noisy

As far as I know, the rotary scroll design in small units, the centrifugal in large are the most common and most efficient compressors. All are hermetic except the larger industrial centrigugals. There are a few less effecient reciprocating all which are open drive.
The most efficient units will be the ones with the highest energy ratings. They will also usually have the better warranty.
The type of control and the design of other components will have a bearing on the overall efficiency of the unit.

Heart Conditions In Air Force?
Can Someone Fly In The Air Force If They Have A Vsd (Tiny Hole In Their Heart) Even If Its Not Bad Enough To Affect Anything?

AR 40-501
Chapter 2
Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction

2-18. Heart

a. Current or history of all valvular heart diseases, congenital (746) or acquired (394), including those improved by surgery, do not meet the standard. Mitral valve prolapse or bicuspid aortic valve is not disqualifying unless there is associated tachyarrhythmia, mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, insufficiency, or cardiomegaly.

b. Current or history coronary heart disease (410) does not meet the standard.

c. Current or history of symptomatic arrhythmia or electrocardiographic evidence of arrhythmia.

(1) Current or history of supraventricular tachycardia (427.0), or any arrhythmia originating from the atrium or sinoatrial node, such as atrial flutter, and atrial fibrillation, unless there has been no recurrence during the preceding 2 years while off all medications, does not meet the standard. Premature atrial or ventricular contractions sufficiently symptomatic to require treatment, or result in physical or psychological impairment, do not meet the standard.

(2) Current or history of ventricular arrhythmias (427.1), including ventricular fibrillation, tachycardia, or multifocal premature ventricular contractions, does not meet the standard. Occasional asymptomatic unifocal premature ventricular contractions are not disqualifying.

(3) Current or history of ventricular conduction disorders, including, but not limited to disorders with left bundle branch block (426.2), Mobitz type II second degree atrioventricular (AV) block (426.12), and third degree AV block (426.0), and Lown-Ganong-Levine-Syndrome (426.81) associated with an arrhythmia do not meet the standard. Current or history of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (426.7), unless it has been successfully ablated for a period of 2 years without recurrence of arrhythmia and now with a normal electrocardiogram, does not meet the standard.

(4) Current or history of conduction disturbances such as first degree AV block (426.11), left anterior hemiblock (426.2), right bundle branch block (426.4), or Mobitz type I second degree AV block (426.13) do not meet the standard when symptomatic or associated with underlying cardiovascular disease.

d. Current cardiomegaly, hypertrophy, or dilatation of the heart (429.3) do not meet the standard.

e. Current or history of cardiomyopathy (425), including myocarditis (422), or congestive heart failure (428), does not meet the standard.

f. Current or history of pericarditis (420) (acute nonrheumatic), unless the individual is free of all symptoms for 2 years, and has no evidence of cardiac restriction or persistent pericardial effusion, does not meet the standard.

g. Current persistent tachycardia (785.1) (resting pulse rate of 100 beats per minute or greater) does not meet the standard.

h. Current or history of congenital anomalies of heart and great vessels (746), except for corrected patent ductus arteriosus, do not meet the standard.
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Take copies of any and all medical records related to your condition and treatment to a recruiter, so they can be sent to MEPS for a medical prescreen.

Air Conditioning Options For 2Nd Floor?
I Have A 1966 Colonial Style House. In Summer, The Upstairs Is Always Hot. In Winter, It'S Slightly Cool, But Not As Noticeable. I'Ve Added Plenty Of Insulation In The Attic And Have Tried Everything I Can To Rebalance The Air Flow From Central Heat/Ac To Get The Desired Affect. Rather Than Run The Whole House Cooler (For The Sake Of The Upstairs), I'D Like To Add A Supplemental A/C Upstairs. I Picked Up A Small Window Unit And The One Unit Did Enough To Make It Comfortable. Problem Is . . I Hate The Window Unit. Are There Any Other Relatively Low Cost A/C Products For Such An Application. I Would Love To Install Something In My Attic And Have It Direct The Cold Air Through A Vent In The Ceiling. Does Any Such Thing Exist?

You have four viable options - the window-shaker being the most obvious one, and the one you have rejected. This is also-and-by-far the least expensive. There are such units that have a very low profile at the window -maybe only a few inches) that also shield the compressor a bit - more expensive, but possibly acceptable. Of course they come out over the winter. More effort on your part. Standard through-the-wall units have the same noise issues but do not need seasonal removal and installation and do not reduce window area.

You can install a split-system such as are made by several companies - they consist of a remote compressor and a blower-evaporator in the space to be cooled. They are quiet as the compressor is elsewhere, but they require a condensate drain, they are permanent and some say they are ugly. This will be moderately expensive, require a professional to install, require an outside compressor (roof or ground-mounted) piping, electrical and so forth. Some of these systems are sophisticated enough to serve several locations independently - just more plumbing.

You can install a permanent self-contained heat-pump unit - Zoneline (from GE) comes to mind. This system is what you commonly see in motels and hotels that do not have central chillers. They are reasonably efficient, moderate in cost, require no special plumbing, only electric, are remarkably quiet for what they do, but involve a penetration through the wall at the location - and take up real-estate inside the room.

Then, there are high-pressure duct systems (AKA "mini-duct") that may be attic or closet mounted. They have an air-handler (that will require a condensate drain), a remote compressor and require careful mounting against vibration and noise. These are typically designed to be used as central systems in houses without ductwork - radiators instead of forced-air heat, for example. This is by far the most expensive option, but also the most flexible.

NOTE: It is a very, very bad idea to use AC units outside their design parameters. So, ducting a remotely-placed window shaker or through-the-wall unit not so designed is a very bad idea.

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