Car Talk – LIVE Question & Answer – Podcast #315 with Scotty Kilmer

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You can ask any company to provide proof of general liability contractor insurance. Any company that is not happy to provide evidence of general liability (GL) insurance coverage ought to be avoided. A minimum standard for GL insurance is $1 million for property work and $2 million for light business.

There are other approaches for investigating cooling, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), carry out online searches and evaluations and ask the business in question for referrals. However, all these methods disappoint extensive openness. The BBB in fact works for the business it represents as they are only ranked if the company in concern pays them a recurring fee. Online review sites seldom show all the evaluations received, and post evaluations from sources that are not constantly reliable. This offers a platform for companies to post their own evaluations and people to quickly post evaluations without the business in question's capability to professionally deal with the issue. Furthermore, no company would provide an unfavorable referral; just those that are exceptionally positive. None of these are ideal characteristics for consumers seeking completely impartial reviews and referrals. It is encouraged to utilize these approaches as an educated customer and consider the info source for exactly what it is worth.

Among the very best methods to discover a new air conditioning, heating and ventilation contractor is by means of the "word-of-mouth" method. If the company advised was cost effective, professional and reliable for a buddy or member of the family, there is a great opportunity that business will do the very same for you. Good business use the word-of-mouth method to continually supply a new client stream by keeping their consumers pleased.

Other traditional methods for discovering a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation contractor consist of carrying out online searches, phone book directories or online directories and other ad mediums. Remember that all of these approaches are bought and paid for by the business in question. None of these methods should work as a testimonial and should be utilized only as locating sources.

Third party providers such as Angie's list, Find Regional and other online business are the most recent platforms for sourcing and ranking cooling, heating and ventilating business. Although these business do provide a service with some merit, they are, in fact, including expense to the customer. Angie's List, along with some other online company directories, charge the consumer straight for their scores and companies' contact details. Other third-party sites offer customers with air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies and add the expense of being a middle-man to the company formula. Keep in mind that none of these are "free" and that consumers should comprehend the expense and value of using entities like these.

Numerous quotes are recommend when hiring an air conditioning and heating contractor. There are no industry standards for pricing HVAC related product or service. Similar jobs can differ countless dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of 3 estimates is recommended prior to the repair or replacement of any significant a/c and or heater component and prior to the style and installation of new systems.

A consultation can be of worth if the repair work or replacement is pricey. Not all professionals or companies are equal or trustworthy. Fixing air conditioning and heating unit is exceptionally complex. It is not uncommon for a repair service technician to be not able to separate the issue or for an agent to recommend an unnecessary purchases. Contacting a completing a/c and heating business can save time and loan and regret.

Car Talk – LIVE Question & Answer – Podcast #315 with Scotty Kilmer

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is It Good To Use Window Units Along With Central Air Conditioning?
We Have Central Air In Our Home, And It Cools The House Great Except For Two Rooms. We Have A Window Unit In Each Of These Two Rooms And We Use Them Along With The Central Ac. We Can Keep The Central Ac Turned Up, So It Doesn'T Click On As Much, This Way. My Question: Is It More Energy Efficient To Use The Central Ac And Crank It Down To Where It Comes On More Often Or Is It Better To Turn It Up And Use The Window Units As A &Quot;Supplement&Quot;? We Live In Texas And Each Unit Will Be Used To Help Us Be Comfortable, Along With The Central Ac, For A Few Hours Each Day...They Are On Thermostats, Click On And Off And Only The Fan On Them Runs Constantly During These Few Hours.

It usually depends on the situation, most central units have a higher efficiency than window units,but to run it the extra to get the rooms you are talking about, you would probably be over-cooling the rest of the house. So for your situation, it sounds like you are doing the best you can.
For the short time the less efficient units are running, probably is more efficient than running the larger unit cooler and longer to get those rooms cooled
EDIT: from your additional details, I still believe you are doing the best, most efficient thing. You may want to try partially or totally closing some of the other vents in the house, to re direct some of the flow of the main A/C to that far room. This may, or may not work for you, depending on your preferences/needs. If it does not, just continue with what you are doing now. GL

Air Condition Or Heater - Cheaper To Run...?
I Am In Australia, With Different Electricity Prices To Many Of You, But That Shouldn'T Make A Difference Really. It Would Still Go On Ratio Etc. The Thing Is, That I Have Always Been Brought Up To Think, That Air Conditioners Are Very Expensive To Run. However, I Have Heard Recently On A Current Affairs Program, That They Are Actually A Lot Cheaper To Run Than Heaters. I Have Both - My Air Con Is Just A Cheap One That Goes In The Window, But Works Fine. My Heater Is A Large 3 Bar One. I Found That During Summer This Year, I Had My Air Con On For A Few Hrs Each Day And It Didnt Seem To Make Much Difference In My Bill. So Could This Be True? We Are Now Coming Into Winter And Am Wondering Whether To Use The Heater Or The Air-Con, Or Would It Make Any Difference That It Would Need To Blow Hot Heat, Instead Of Cool? Which One Would You Suggest I Use As The Cheapest Option?

Do you mean Heat Pump instead of Air Conditioner? An air conditioner only cools, a heat pump will switch the function of the indoor and outdoor coils in the heating mode and actually reject heat into the supply air of the space being served. Be sure you have a Heat Pump instead of just an AC before you try to heat your house with it this winter.

Electric heat is 100% efficient or has a coefficient of performance of 1, you get out as much heat energy as you put into it in electrical energy. The efficiency of Heat pumps in the heating mode on the other hand is variable and dependent on ambient temperatures. In mild conditions you may see a coefficient of performance of 3 or 4 but as the ambient temperature drops the COP decreases closer to 1. The reason Heat Pumps are able to achieve this in mild temperature conditions is because the electrical energy spent on running the system is used to absorb heat from the ambient air and reject it into the supply air of your house. When temperatures drop to the point that the COP starts to near 1 you also have to take into account the defrost cycle to keep the outdoor coil clear of frost and ice. In the defrost cycle the Heat Pump actually switches to cooling mode and to temper the air passing through the indoor coil as the system defrosts it energizes electric heat.

What Is Swine Flu, What Are The Symptoms?!!?
What Are The Symptoms? How Do You Get It? What Is It?

Swine flu is a strain of influenza that is more serious than your normal seasonal flu. Swine flu symptoms range from fever through to body aches and a cough. Swine flu can be contracted only through humans. This can be through direct contact, like sharing a bottle of water, or indirectly if the tiny microscopic particles go into the air and you breathe it in. Swine flu is quite predictable because it is a lot worse than your normal flu. However, if you are medically fit, and do not have any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma, you should be fine and recover within 7-10 days. If you do have these conditions, you should see your GP as soon as you can, since Tami flu only works if you start your dosage at the latest 48 hours after you develop symptoms. So in summary, swine flu is a strain of influenza, H1N1, that can be potentially fatal since it causes respiratory problems (cough, aches, sore throat) etc. But if you are fit, and rest for a week, you will be fine. Trust me, I had it.

Does Anyone Know Approximately How Much It Costs To Buy & Install Air-Conditioning Into A 2100 Sq. Ft House?

It depends on where you live,your contractor, and the pre exisiting duct work in your home. If you have forced air it may not be as expensive because there is less duct work needed. It also depends on the ton and seer rating of the unit. and do you want zoning than it will be up to 2k more on top of your price quote. I can say with pre exisitng duct work up to 4-7K

Cat Pee Smell But No Cats?
Ok So We Live In A Duplex Kinda Thing And For The Past 2 Days Now, I Have Smelled Nothing But Cat Pee. When We First Moved In It Never Smelt Like It. It'S Only In My Bedroom And Yesterday It Was A Faint Smell But Today Its So Bad It Gives You A Headache As Soon As You Walk Through My Room. I Don'T Know If The People Before Us Had Cats Or Our Neighbors But We Don'T Have Any. I Mean The Smell Just Appeared Two Days Ago And Now I Can'T Get It Out My Room. I Have Tried Spraying Lysol In The Air, Burning Candles, This And That But It Won'T Go Away. I Can'T Seem To Find The Main Source Of It. Its The Most Strongest By My Window And My Closet Which Is The Wall That Splits The Neighbors And Us. Could A Cat Have Sprayed By My Window Or Something? And If So How On Earth Can I Get Rid Of This Smell?! I Have Had 2 Killer Headaches From The Smell And The Bad Part Is It'S In My Bedroom! Help!!!!!

There are two possibilities - one is that, yes, there is cat pee somewhere in your home. In which case I advise getting a black light to help you locate any stains, and using an enzymatic cleaner such as Simple Solutions http://www.drsfostersmith.com/cat-suppli... to deal with it. You may also wish to contact your landlord (if you are renting) to discuss the condition of your home, because it was obviously not cleaned properly before you moved in. Sometimes even using the most effective stain removal products is not sufficient and carpet or wood flooring must be replaced. If you bought the place, double check your purchase agreement, to see if there are any clauses about cleaning it. The other possibility is that you could have a problem with dampness somewhere. Sometimes a damp old building will end up smelling like cat pee, very strongly, when there are not cat pee stains anywhere. Products such as DampRid http://www.damprid.com/ may be useful, but if there are hidden mold and mildew problems, well, this is beyond my expertise. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, but the one time I experienced this, I did not live in the place long enough to really deal with it.

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