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

There are other techniques for investigating air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and reviews and ask the company in concern for references. However, all these methods fall short of thorough transparency. The BBB in fact works for the business it represents as they are only ranked if the company in question pays them a recurring cost. Online evaluation sites rarely show all the reviews got, and post reviews from sources that are not always credible. This offers a platform for companies to publish their own evaluations and people to hastily publish reviews without the business in question's capability to expertly resolve the concern. In addition, no business would provide a negative referral; only those that are very favorable. None of these are perfect dynamics for consumers looking for totally objective reviews and referrals. It is recommended to use these techniques as an informed customer and think about the info source for what it deserves.

Among the very best methods to find a new cooling, heating and ventilation contractor is via the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the company recommended was cost effective, expert and reputable for a good friend or relative, there is a great chance that business will do the exact same for you. Great business utilize the word-of-mouth technique to continually offer a new customer stream by keeping their consumers delighted.

Other standard approaches for discovering a new air conditioning, heating and ventilation contractor consist of performing online searches, phone book directory sites or online directory sites and other ad mediums. Remember that of these methods are bought and paid for by the business in question. None of these approaches ought to act as a review and needs to be utilized only as locating sources.

Third party companies such as Angie's list, Discover Local and other online business are the most recent platforms for sourcing and score a/c, heating and aerating companies. Although these companies do offer a service with some benefit, they are, in truth, adding cost to the consumer. Angie's List, along with some other online service directory sites, charge the customer directly for their ratings and companies' contact info. Other third-party sites provide customers with a/c, heating and ventilation companies and include the cost of being a middle-man to business formula. Keep in mind that none of these are "totally free" and that consumers ought to understand the expense and value of utilizing entities like these.

Several price quotes are recommend when employing an a/c and heating professional. There are no market requirements for rates HEATING AND COOLING associated service or items. Similar jobs can differ countless dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of 3 estimates is suggested prior to the repair work or replacement of any significant cooling and or heater component and before the style and installation of new systems.

A consultation can be of worth if the repair work or replacement is pricey. Not all technicians or companies are equal or trustworthy. Repairing a/c and heating systems is incredibly complex. It is not uncommon for a repair work professional to be not able to isolate the issue or for an agent to advise an unneeded purchases. Getting in touch with a contending cooling and heating business can save money and time and remorse.

John’s Piping and Heating-(605) 204-9578

Frequently Asked Questions:

Air Conditioner Unit Question?
I Have Central Air. Air In Take In My Loft, Main Unit Out Side. Question Is, Recently Had The Unit Serviced Where They Cleaned And &Quot;Fully Charged&Quot; The System With R-22 Or Whatever They Use These Days. I Have A 1 Bedroom Apt W/ Loft And I Know The Ac Can Get It In The 60'S With No Problem. Right Now, 72* Seems To Be As Cold As The Unit Will Get It. It Was 86* Outside Which Shouldn'T Matter Too Much. My Question Is, I Took The Filter Out And The Condenser Coil (I Believe That'S What It'S Called) Is Bone Dry. To My Knowledge This Coil Should Be Wet. I Thought If I Run My Finger Across It, I Should Get Moisture On My Finger. Any Advice Is Helpful. Thanks.

Yup. Under *normal* circumstances, the evaporator coil will be at least damp, but depending on how humid outside conditions are, it *may* not be. If you live where the air is very dry to begin with, you won't see nearly the amount of moisture that you might in say, New england's summers. The problem I see is that your unit isn't getting below 72° however, so I have a feeling that the A/C contractor *may* have OVERcharged the unit. Too much refrigerant is just as bad (if not worse) than too little, and with what are called *cap tube* systems, the charge must be durn near exact! "Fully charging" a system is totally unnecessary if it hasn't had a leak. It's a closed system, so unless there IS a leak, you should never need a *topping off* (so to speak.). Two things, it's time to call them back in till they get it right (at their expense) and stop running you finger over the coils. If you go perpendicular to the fins, you can bend them reducing the efficiency of the unit, but even worse, if you go parallel with the fins, you're going to get a nasty cut. Those things are SHARP!! {wink}
Al

Is It Normal For A Child To Suddenly Have Two Nosebleeds In One Day?
My Son Is 10 And He'S Just Getting Over A Cold, And We Have Just Started Into Winter Here So The Air In Our House Is Probably A Bit Dry Due To The Furnace Being On, But I Am A Parent And A Worrier So I Have To Ask. This Morning Right After He Woke Up, He Started Getting A Nosebleed. It'S The First Time He'S Ever Had A Nosebleed. It Was Dripping Into The Bathroom Sink And Within About 30 Seconds Of Him Pinching His Nose, It Stopped. He Just Told Me It Started Again At School Mid-Morning, So About 3 Hours From The First One. He Said It Took A Few Minutes To Stop, But It Hasn'T Happened Since (About 5 Hours). I Know He Picks His Nose Sometimes, Although He Would Never Admit It! Of Course I Worry About Bleeding Disorders, Leukemia, Etc., But He Is A Big Boy (5 Feet Tall And About 110 Lbs) And Is Not Losing Any Weight. Other Than The Cold He'S Getting Over, He'S Healthy. Is It Normal To Suddenly Have Nosebleeds?

I don't normally have nosebleeds, but it seems that the rare times I do, they happen more than once before it's said and done. I don't have any serious health issues, so hopefully it's nothing. I'd say have it looked at to be sure. on the subject of the dry air, You can contact your heating and air conditioning contractor, and get an estimate for a whole house humidifier. it attaches to your existing furnace, taps into existing water lines, and will provide humidity control based on your preference (there are things to consider when you set the humidity level, your contractor should be able to explain it all) I'm an HVAC/R service tech. don't know you and I probably live nowhere near you, so you can be assured I'm not trying to sell you anything. Just wanted to let you know that that option is there.

What Kind Of Geothermal Installation Is Most Energy Efficient, And Can You Install It Yourself?
Some Geothermal Installations Involve Drilling A Well, Others Involve Laying The Anti-Freeze Filled Plastic Pipes In Ditches. Which Is The Better System? What Has Your Experience Been? Does Someone Sell A Kit For Installing The System Yourself?

Pascha, I can help you. Unfortunately the responses you've gotten so far reflect the lack of understanding about this type of geothermal.

Sorry in advance for the long response - but it will give you some of the answers you are looking for.

The type of geothermal you are asking about is sometimes referred to as geoexchange or ground source heat pumps. You made a smart decision looking into them. The EPA has called them the "most cost effective, energy efficient, environmentally friendly way" to condition our homes. They are five times more efficient than the highest efficiency gas or oil furnaces in heating and more than twice as efficient than traditional heat pumps in cooling. Plus, there is federal, state and county rebates that will help you pay for your system since it's considered a "renewable resource".

Companies like WaterFurnace are pioneering the use of these systems and you can see that investors are agreeing, the stock is one of the best performing stocks on the Toronto Stock Exchange (WFI).

Here’s a quick overview on how it works: Unlike traditional heat pumps that are hindered by wildly fluctuating outdoor temperatures, geothermal systems use the relatively constant heat just below the frost line (50-65 degrees) to provide year round comfort and amazing environmental benefits. To extract this stored heat, a series of polyethylene pipes are buried 5 ft below the surface. These pipes (called a “loop”) circulate water and an antifreeze mixture (ethanol – basically alcohol). During the winter, while traditional heat pumps are struggling to pull heat from zero degree air, the geothermal system is pulling from a reservoir of fifty degree heat. It compresses this heat to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and distributes it throughout your home. During the summer, the process reverses and the system now pulls heat from your home and places it back into the cooler earth, completing the cycle. They simply move heat - not create it.

The loop type that is best for you depends on the amount of land you have. If you have a large yard, horizontal loops (trenches) are the cheapest solution. The downside to this is that you will have to re-landscape after installation. If you live in a neighborhood and have little yard space, vertical loops (wells) are about your only option. These loops are more expensive, but can be installed in as small an area as 10 square feet.

There are variations of each. An "open" loop uses wells to pull water from the ground but then dumps this water after it is done. This is the most efficient loop, but you'll generally need to upgrade your well pump and have somewhere to discharge all the water. A "horizontal bore" uses a radio controlled drilling rig that horizontally drills and leaves your yard intact. And there is a "pond" loop that is a good solution if you have a large body of water near the house.

Installing a geothermal system yourself is NOT a good idea. . There are Air Conditioning contractors that I wouldn't even recommend doing it. Always find a contractor who's been trained by the geothermal manufacturer and has plenty of installations under his belt. Ask for references from previous GEOTHERMAL customers.

And as far as payback goes, grizzbr1 is misinformed. Since a geothermal system can cut your utility bills as much as 70%, the money you save every month will allow you to recoup your costs in about 5-7 years.

If you have any more questions, look at the links I've provided at the end of this answer. There are some good resources out there.

What Is The Best Pool Heater For An All Seasons Above Ground In Fl?
I Need Help Understanding How To Go About Installing A Pool Heater, Which Is Most Recommended Propane, Natural Gas Or Electric For My 20+ Across Circular Above Ground In Florida. Does It Connect To The Intake/Outlet? Do You Have It Near The Pool? I Don'T Even Know Whom To Call To Assist In Such Things The Area Pool Stores Were Clueless And No Help.

Well it seems no one wants to answer so I'll give it a go. In FL the most efficient way to heat a pool is a pool heat pump (electric.) Natural gas if you have it piped to your home would be 2nd and propane the most expensive. All of them connect to your pump and filtration system after the filter. If the pool stores don't know who to recommend, try calling a reputable air conditioning contractor. If they don't sell and install them chances are they would know someone who does.

Edit: At 40 degrees outside there is still lots of heat left to capture in the outdoor air but the efficiency of the heater will diminish to a degree and the demand would be greatly increased. You would have to use a larger size heater to account for it. There are calculations that can be done to ensure you choose the right size for your needs.

Portable Heat Pump/Demudifier/Air-Conditioner?
Does Anyone Know About Portable Heat Pump/Demudifier/Air-Conditioner? Does This 3-In-1 System Function Effectively And Help Conserve Electricity? If It Does, Pls Do Recommend A Good Brand. Thank You!

Helen
Compressor driven air conditioners are in themselves, dehumidifiers as a process that is part of cooling the air. Portable air conditioner sites on the web are found here:

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22port...

and as two words, air conditioner"
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22port...

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