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You can ask any business to provide proof of general liability contractor insurance coverage. Any business that is not going to supply evidence of general liability (GL) insurance coverage should be avoided. A minimum basic for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for property work and $2 million for light industrial.
There are other techniques for investigating a/c, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your local Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and evaluations and ask the business in concern for references. However, all of these methods fall short of detailed transparency. The BBB really works for the companies it represents as they are just ranked if the business in concern pays them a recurring charge. Online review websites hardly ever show all the reviews received, and post reviews from sources that are not always reputable. This supplies a platform for business to publish their own reviews and individuals to hastily post reviews without the business in question's ability to professionally deal with the issue. Furthermore, no business would offer an unfavorable reference; just those that are very favorable. None of these are perfect dynamics for consumers looking for totally objective reviews and recommendations. It is advised to utilize these methods as an educated consumer and think about the information source for exactly what it is worth.
One of the best methods to find a new a/c, heating and ventilation specialist is via the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the business recommended was cost effective, expert and reliable for a friend or member of the family, there is an excellent chance that business will do the same for you. Excellent companies utilize the word-of-mouth method to continually offer a brand-new consumer stream by keeping their customers pleased.
Other standard approaches for discovering a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation specialist consist of carrying out online searches, phonebook directories or online directories and other advertisement mediums. Bear in mind that of these methods are purchased and spent for by the business in question. None of these techniques should serve as a testimonial and ought to be used only as finding sources.
3rd party companies such as Angie's list, Find Regional and other online companies are the most recent platforms for sourcing and rating cooling, heating and aerating companies. Although these business do offer a service with some benefit, they are, in truth, including expense to the consumer. Angie's List, as well as some other online company directories, charge the client straight for their ratings and business' contact info. Other third-party sites supply customers with a/c, heating and ventilation companies and add the expense of being a middle-man to the service equation. Keep in mind that none of these are "complimentary" which consumers need to comprehend the cost and worth of utilizing entities like these.
Multiple quotes are recommend when hiring an air conditioning and heating specialist. There are no industry standards for pricing HVAC related product or service. Similar jobs can differ thousands of dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of three price quotes is suggested prior to the repair work or replacement of any major cooling and or heater component and prior to the design and installation of new systems.
A second opinion can be of worth if the repair or replacement is expensive. Not all specialists or business are equivalent or respectable. Fixing air conditioning and heater is incredibly complicated. It is not unusual for a repair technician to be unable to separate the problem or for an agent to suggest an unneeded purchases. Getting in touch with a contending cooling and heating business can save money and time and remorse.
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Summer/Winter Use Of Cfls?
I'M Wondering If Any Formal Testing Has Ever Been Done On This.
Assuming A Closed Environment... (Your House Isn'T Rally Closed But It Doesn'T Really Have Much Effect Here)
Using A Cfl Versus An Incandescent Light Bulb Generates Roughly The Same Amount Of Lumens But Uses 70% Less Energy. This Energy Savings Is Primarily Because The Cfl Generates Much Less Heat Than A Incandescent Bulb &Quot;Normally Considered Wasted Energy&Quot;. However, It Would Seem To Me That In The Winter Time, When The House Is Closed The Heater Is Under The Control Of Thermostatat, That Any Heat Produced By Lighting (Or Any Other Sources) Would Effect The Ambient Temperature And Have A Diminishing Effect On The Heaters Run Time. The Only Variable Is The Efficenacy Of The Heater Vs The Efficieny Of The Bulb. Conversely Incandescent Lights Run In The Summer When The Air Is On Whould Have The Opposite Effect Because The Air Conditioning Has To Extract That Excess Heat Created By The Bulb.
Just Doing The Math In My Head Whithout Any Lab Testing, I Would Estimate That The Use Of A Cfl In Place Of A Incandescent Light Whish Diminishes Electricity Useage Of The Bulb Itself By 70% Is Actually Saving You Something Close To 70% When No Climate Control Is Being Utilized. 0-10% When In A Heated Climate, And Somewhere Near 250% When It Is In An Air-Conditioned Climate. Are There Any Tests Out There That Show How Close My Numbers Are?
The heat produced by the lights would reduce the amount of time the heaters would run. If the heaters were electric then there would be no savings in using CFL's over incandescent light bulbs as all the energy is eventually transformed into heat, however if the heat is from natural gas then there would be an economic savings as energy from natural gas is typically one third the price per BTU as electricity though a gas furnace is less efficient in that some heat is vented to the outside. I doubt that the issue has been studied to any degree, lighting represents a small percentage of a home's energy use, heating, cooling and hot water is over 70% of a home's energy use. Changing the light bulbs may benefit the utilities in an overall reduction but it doesn't benefit the home owner by much.
Dehumidifier Or Air Purifier For Tropical Moisture And Humidity?
Dehumidifier Or Air Purifier For Tropical Moisture And Humidity?
I Live In Sf,Ca That Is Usually Very Dry And Windy But This Year Has Been Very Humid, With Tropical Storms That Sucked The Air And Made It Full Of Moisture Or Whatever It Is Made The Air More Difficult To Breath.
I Am Not Able To Breath Well In Those Conditions And Also Make Me Very Dizzy And Tired, Without Energy, But When I Go In A Place With Air Conditioning I Feel Immediately Better.
Is A Dehumidifier Or Air Purifier Better For My Bedroom/Living Room?
I Dont Have Money For Air Conditioning Right Now
Air-conditioning dehumidifies the air to be sure. Air-purifiers remove contaminants.
Since you specifically mention humidity then it is a dehumidifier that you need. However, pollution may well be an issue for you if you already have breathing problems.
A portable dehumidifier might cost around $200 (a comparable air-purifier the same). A portable air-conditioner twice that.
Air Conditioning Problem ....?
With My Air Conditioning Unit I'M Having A Problem. In The Winter My Living Room/ Kitchen/ Dining Are Very Warm, But The Rooms On The Other End Of The House Are About 15 Degrees Cooler. Also In The Summer, My Kitchen/ Living Room/ Dining Are Nice And Cool While Other Rooms Are Hot! I'Ve Been Leaving The Doors Open To Let The Air Circulate But I'Ve Had No Luck Getting My House One Temperature. I Have A Small 3 Bed 2 Bath House ... So Why Is The Temperature So Inconsistent? I Was Thinking I Might Need To Get The Vents Cleaned .... Would That Help?
I've seen problems like this over and over again as an HVAC tech. Here is usually what I've found, depending on what your duct work is made out of:
Flexiable duct or insulation board: Check for signs of rodents wherever your duct work is located. These ducts are often a primary source of water for them and they will chew through the insulation to get at it, sometimes entirely through the duct work itself if it isn't sheet metal. Believe it or not, I've actually seen one or two chew through even that!
Sheet metal: If it's insulated on the inside rather than on the outside, it's possible that part of the insulation has torn off and plugged up the branch of ducts that cool/heat the problem area in your house.
Other possibilities of either type of duct is simply a disconnected trunk down the line that feeds the others to that problem portion of the house, usually due to old duct work and/or bad installation jobs that have eventually caught up.
My very last assumptions would be ductwork that is simply dirty or the need for airflow boosters. I don't recall going on a service call and diagnosing either one of these issues as the main problem of the type you're specifically dealing with.
Balancing with dampeners may work, but that's assuming both 1) there is no damage to the duct system and 2) the HVAC system never worked properly to begin with since the day it was installed.
Start looking for damage first. It's the most common problem. Then go from there.
My Furnace Blower Keeps Running All The Time Even When Not Heating When In Auto .?
When In Auto It Blows At About 50% When It Is Not Suppose To Be On When Switched To On It Blows Harder.
The blower in your furnace operates at 2 different speeds for heating versus air conditioning. When your thermostat fan switch is set to ON, the blower of your furnace is energized on its high speed winding and it will run constantly. The desired choice of setting on the thermostat is AUTO. The furnace will operate the blower on the high speed winding when air conditioning is being used and on the low speed winding when heat is being used. This is because different amounts of air are needed for the different operations. The furnace gets a demand for heat from the t'stat and begins the heat production process. If its electric heat we want the air to begin moving right away so the blower gets turned on and the electric resistance elements are energized. With natural gas or LP gas, the furnace ignites the burners and begins to heat up the heat exchanger of the system. The blower delays turning on to give the heat exchanger that time to heat up. The delay is usually about 30 seonds but it sometimes is a little more. At the appropriate time the blower is energized on its low speed winding and begins moving air through the heat exchanger to be warmed and moved back into the home. Natural gas furnaces often have safety features built in to prevent fire hazards. One of those features is known as a lockout condition. When the system calls for heat, the burner ignition process beins. The combustion air fan turns on and establishes an induced draft through the burner and flue. A pressure switch verifies that combustion air is available. The control board then energizes the ignitor. Typically, either a spark ignitor or a hot surface ignitor is used. The ignitor begins to spark or begins to glow into the yellow range. The gas valve is energized, gas flows to the burner and strikes the spark or the hot surface and ignites. The flame becomes steady across all burners quickly and a rod sticking directly into the flames detects the fact that a flame is present. The flame sensor has a single wire connected to it from the control board and that wire is supplied with AC voltage. The flame is made of gases of combustion and is electrically charged. A process known as rectification occurs whereby electrons begin to move from the sensor to the metal surface of the burner in one direction, thus creating a DC millivolt potential. The control board is designed to recognize that DC millivolt potential and is thus told that there is a flame present. The rectification occurs very quickly and is easily recognized by the control board. If the flame sensor does not detect flame, the furnace may recycle and attempt to ignite again. It will do this 3 or more times and then go into a lockout condition. A typical lockout condition automatically turns on the blower and/or the combustion air blower and keep them on as a safety measure and to induce someone to have a look at it. A lockout condition can be reset by turning power off to the furnace for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then turning power back on. The system will attempt to light and you may have the oportunity to see what function is not occuring as it is supposed to. Watch to see if the combustion air fan turns on, see if the ignitor sparks or glows, listen for the gas valve to be energized and open. You can often feel the gas valve opening with your hand. If the ignitor is bad, the unit will cycle to a lockout condition. If your blower is running all the time on the low speed winding and everything else is doing what it is supposed to be doing, then the control board is possibly bad. The switching for the blower is performed on that board and the low speed selection on the board may be stuck in the closed position.
Do We Need To Redefine What It Means To Be &Quot;Poor&Quot; Since The Poorest Are Living So Well?
As Scholar James Q. Wilson Has Stated, “The Poorest Americans Today Live A Better Life Than All But The Richest Persons A Hundred Years Ago.”
In 2005, The Typical Household Defined As Poor By The Government Had A Car And Air Conditioning. For Entertainment, The Household Had Two Color Televisions, Cable Or Satellite Tv, A Dvd Player, And A Vcr. If There Were Children, Especially Boys, In The Home, The Family Had A Game System, Such As An Xbox Or A Playstation. In The Kitchen, The Household Had A Refrigerator, An Oven And Stove, And A Microwave. Other Household Conveniences Included A Clothes Washer, Clothes Dryer, Ceiling Fans, A Cordless Phone, And A Coffee Maker.
The Home Of The Typical Poor Family Was Not Overcrowded And Was In Good Repair. In Fact, The Typical Poor American Had More Living Space Than The Average European.
By Its Own Report, The Typical Family Was Not Hungry And Had Sufficient Funds During The Past Year To Meet All Essential Needs.
Thats true. People died from the simplest things that do not kill anyone anymore. People have clean water like they never had 100 years ago and plenty of food. No wonder they drank so much alcohol.
So, as you can see, the poor complaining about their lot in life really is driven by jealousy and envy. They are living like kings but don't know it, because some other king lives a little better than they on their middle class income versus their lower middle class income.
And they let that little bit of lack of kingdom in their life make them crazy and throw their lives away on being miserable about other people's stuff.