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

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Throughout summertime, the most awful of things you can experience is the relentless blazing heat. The high temperature levels just won't go down but rather appear to go up night and day. You lay awake during the night attempting to find out where you can get a cooling service that works on weekends, but the temperatures are too expensive for you to focus. This article discusses the significance of hiring professional Air Conditioning repair experts when your a/c system malfunctions.

AC Setup:

Most people select professional cooling services when they wish to set up a brand-new Air Conditioner in their office or homes. Though A/C specialists mainly provide setup services this is not service that they provide. A couple of other services offered by such professionals in addition to Air Conditioner installation are repair, replacement and Air Conditioning maintenance services. Since air conditioning units cost a significant quantity of cash to purchase it is generally recommended that resident with malfunction systems choose to repair instead of change their systems when they begin malfunctioning. Regular upkeep of house cooling units keeps them from malfunctioning often and increases their sturdiness.

Air Conditioner Service:

One benefit of deciding for an expert cooling expert is that such people, business or providers use their client a/c maintenance services which are quite crucial for the correct operating these devices. In order for an A/C to run both effectively and efficiently regular cleansing and upkeep or maintenance is required. Air conditioning systems that are not correctly preserved lose their toughness and have a tendency to breakdown quite frequently which naturally leads to extra monetary problems on property owners due to the constant repair work they need. In order to avoid the financial concern of needing to pay for A/C replacement services it generally recommended by market specialists that you schedule your a/c system for maintenance every 8 months to 12 months.

Access to know-how:

Another advantage of choosing a professional when it pertains to AC repair work is that of the knowledge they provide. Many air condition systems installed in homes typically cost a considerable amount of loan. As such when these vital home devices malfunction it is essential to obtain somebody who is knowledgeable and has the required know-how have to make the essential repair works. Attempting to take on such a job separately as a DIY project might unfortunately in more cases than not result in more harm than good; sometimes needing an Air Conditioning owner to invest a lot more in changing the home appliance rather than fixing it. By choosing for professional Air Conditioner repair service you have the ability to limit the quantity of cash invested in remedying the malfunction given that such specialists are well put to identify and fix the accurate issue.

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

Radiant Hot Water Heating Installation In New Home Being Built, Questions?
Ok, I Am Planning To Have Radiant Hot Water Heating Installed In A New Home That I Am Building. This Will Be The &Quot;Wet Installation&Quot; Radiant Heating That Is Installed In Cement. This Home Is An 1800 Sq Ft Single Story Ranch With A Full Basement. My Plan Is To Have The Radiant Heating Installed Throughout The Basement Floor And Throughout The Main Floor, And Possibly The 3 Car Garage. The Garage I Definitely Want Heated As Well But Im Not Sure If I Should Also Go With Radiant Hot Water Heat Or Hot Water Baseboard Heat, But I Will Get To That Later. For Now What Should I Do With The Radiant Heat In The Living Space, Basement And Main Floor. My Dilemma Is This: Basement: Since The Basement Slab Hasn'T Been Poured Yet, I Don'T Know Which Of These Two Ways I Should Have The Radiant Heating Tubes Installed Since I'Ve Seen It Done Both Ways: 1) Install The Radiant Heating Tubes Now Before They Pour The Basement Slab. Or 2) Let Them Pour The Basement Slab, Then After It Hardens, Install The Insulation Heat Barrier, Then The Radiant Heating Tubes, Then Pour Gypsum Concrete Over That. I Seen Them Do It This Way With The Insulation Heat Barrier To Direct The Heat Upwards And Not Sure Which Way Would Be More Efficient And If This Is Even Necessary. Which Way Should I Have It Done? Main Floor: Now Without Getting Into The Structural Weight Issues Of This, My Question Is Basically Efficiency And Best Installation Method. My Plan Is To Staple The Radiant Heating Tubes To The Subfloor And Have Gypsum Concrete Poured On Top. Do I Also Need An Insulation Heat Barrier Under The Tubing Here As Well Or No? Garage: What Should I Do In The Garage, Hot Water Baseboard Heat Or Hotwater Radiant Heat? And If Radiant Heat, Should I Install It Within The First Fresh Slab Pour Or Let Them Pour It, Wait Until It Dries And Do The Insulation Heat Barrier, Then The Tubes, Then The Gypsum Concrete On Top Again? Please Help Guys. I Know This Is A Lengthy Question But I'M Having A Home Built And Need To Do This Right. Thank You.

After reading your somewhat lengthy question it seems as if you are "having your house build" without benefit of an engineer, general contractor or a qualified heating contractor as you don't seem to have anyone on site to whom you can address these issues. The best I can do from here is to review some general principals and suggest that because a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing" you may find that hiring qualified help may assist you by avoiding very costly mistakes in material and labor.

Starting with the garage: Radiant heating is by its nature designed to use radiation for transmitting heat rather than conduction or convection. This is what allows radiant heating to use a lower temperature and supply heat to possibly open areas. With radiant heating most of the energy is stored in the floor, not the air. If you opened a garage door are not losing stored heat with all the air that leaves. The temperature at which you operate radiant heat is much lower than when using baseboard heating about 120 to 140 maximum vs 160 to 180 deg F for baseboard heating.

Your garage is this kind of a space. Radiant heating should work well there and floors should be warm if you intend to do any work there, but it will not be a space where you can quickly turn on the heat or turn it off. Radiant heat does not work well with setbacks. Regardless of the name baseboard heading uses a much smaller radiation surface, higher temps and depends more on convection and conduction than radiation. With baseboard heating you need to be more concerned about insulation and air loss but the system will heat the room quicker where savings from leaving the system off or in a low heat state (setback) is used.

Regardless of the way radiant floors are constructed there must be an insulating layer below the area or heat from the pipes will be conducted down where it is not needed and a general loss. If pipes were put in a concrete floors without insulation the ground below would act as a heat sink stealing a great deal of the heating energy. If you don't insulate your first floor pipes from below you are asking for problems with zoning and regulating the heat. While it is possible to mix baseboard radiation and in slab radiant heating it requires additional equipment. Without a preexisting condition or usage requirements why would someone bother.

In my area it is customary to install first a waterproofing membrane (plastic sheeting) and then 2" of ridged foam, R10, below a concrete slab and then the pipes are typically tied to a reinforcing mesh that is embedded midway through a 4" slab of concrete. Why would anyone want to go through the time, expanse and additional material cost of installing a new concrete slab and then more layers above that to hold the pipes, (unless the concrete was a preexisting condition?.) A garage slab is slightly thicker. The requirements for your construction/area may be entirely different.

In my area most homes are of a frame construction. Here concrete floors above the basement level are for commercial buildings. Where masonry buildings are the rule concrete floors will not be unusual. If you are going to have concrete floors then you will save time and expense embedding pipes in the concrete. Gypsum concrete is sometimes used in multifamily dwellings for sound proofing and fire regulations. Building codes and requirements will vary from place to place not only because of political considerations but because of the prevailing weather and other environmental conditions. A local expert will know what is customary in your area.

My Car Sat For 2 Months And Now My Air Conditioner Won'T Work, Please Help Me.?
My Air Conditioner Was Working Just Fine Before, What Could Be The Problem, And Also My Brake Light And My Abs Lights Came On As Well.

I would Get the Air Condition Checked your probably low on Freon or the Motor inside went out.Also if your Lights come on you could just Have Dummy Lights that Come on for no Reason at all cause I have a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis and the ABS Light sometimes comes on on mine to but when I turn the Car Off and Start it up again The Light/Lights Go Off And check your Fuses as well Hope that Works for Ya.

How Can I Get New Customers For My Air Condition And Heating Business For Free?
I Need Customers

May I suggest that advertising is just one of the costs of doing business that you need to face. Besides the immediate payoff of bringing in more work, there's the more intangible "branding" benefit of getting your name into the unconfused memory of future prospects, studies have suggested that a name has to have been seen 7 times before people start accepting it.

Luckily the modern replacement for classified ads used by many people is Craigslist or the smaller counterpart backpages, both free for the most part. Services in some cities might have a charge, I don't recall.

Another great free resource, if you have a business address are Google Places pages, if you make more of an effort than your competitors you might get your page ranked higher by getting more customer reviews on the page and more yelp, yellow page directories listing the exact same business address.

Things To Do In Louisville, Kentucky?
What Are Some Fun, Girly Things To Do In Louisville, Kentucky? My Sisters, My Mother, And I Are Doing A Girls Weekend In August, So Things Like The Louisville Slugger Museum Just Aren'T Going To Cut It. I'M Running Out Of Ideas And Would Really Appreciate The Help! Thanks In Advance......

You will want to check out Bardstown Road between Baxter Avenue and Douglass Blvd, which has numerous unique stores and great restaurants.

There also is the Louisville Antique Mall on East Broadway with several vendor booths,

A Steamboat cruise on the Belle of Louisville on River Rd (since it will be August, you might want to cruise on the Spirit of Jefferson ship... it's not an authentic steamship, but does have air conditioning),

Hadley Pottery on Story Avenue (started by Mary Alice Hadley, who signed her work M.A.Hadley, with people from other areas sometimes thinking she was Ma Hadley and in rural Kentucky),

Glassworks at 9th & Main (with glassblowing events and glassblowing artists),

Locust Grove Historic Home on Blankenbaker Ln,

Farmington Historic Home on Bardstown Rd,

The Louisville Zoo on Trevilian Way off of Poplar Level Rd. (they currently have a baby elephant),

Speed Art Museum on S. 3rd St,

& The Kentucky Derby Museum on Central Ave.

For nightlife, there are several popular bars on Bardstown Rd. & Baxter Ave as well as 4th Street Live downtown between Muhammad Ali Blvd. & Liberty St.

Is It True That A Car Uses Less Petrol With The Air Conditioning On And Windows Closed...?
...Than With The Windows Open And The Air Conditioning Off?

The answer is yes. Automobiles today are designed in a wind tunnel using mock up designs with the windows CLOSED. At the proving grounds, we have noticed that fuel economy drops around 5% with the windows open compared to windows closed and the air on. With the windows open, the dynamics of the car change, and the airstream actually blows into the car and pressurizes the cabin, and acts as a sort of parashute.

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