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You can ask any company to supply evidence of general liability contractor insurance coverage. Any business that is not ready to provide proof of general liability (GL) insurance ought to be avoided. A minimum standard for GL insurance is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light industrial.
There are other methods for looking into a/c, heating and ventilation companies such as: contact your local Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and reviews and ask the company in concern for references. Nevertheless, all these methods disappoint detailed openness. The BBB actually works for the business it represents as they are just rated if the company in question pays them a repeating cost. Online evaluation websites rarely show all of the reviews received, and post evaluations from sources that are not constantly reputable. This offers a platform for companies to post their own evaluations and individuals to hastily post reviews without the business in concern's ability to professionally solve the problem. Moreover, no company would provide out an unfavorable referral; only those that are incredibly favorable. None of these are ideal characteristics for customers looking for completely impartial evaluations and recommendations. It is encouraged to utilize these approaches as an informed customer and consider the info source for exactly what it deserves.
One of the best methods to find a new a/c, heating and ventilation professional is through the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the business advised was cost effective, expert and reliable for a friend or relative, there is a likelihood that company will do the very same for you. Great business utilize the word-of-mouth technique to constantly supply a brand-new client stream by keeping their consumers pleased.
Other standard methods for discovering a brand-new a/c, heating and ventilation professional consist of carrying out online searches, phonebook directory sites or online directory sites and other ad mediums. Remember that all of these approaches are bought and paid for by the business in question. None of these approaches should serve as a testimonial and needs to be utilized just as locating sources.
Third party providers such as Angie's list, Find Regional and other online companies are the newest platforms for sourcing and score air conditioning, heating and ventilating business. Although these companies do offer a service with some merit, they are, in reality, including expense to the customer. Angie's List, in addition to some other online company directory sites, charge the customer straight for their scores and business' contact details. Other third-party sites offer customers with air conditioning, heating and ventilation business and add the cost of being a middle-man to business equation. Keep in mind that none of these are "totally free" which consumers need to comprehend the cost and value of utilizing entities like these.
Multiple price quotes are suggest when hiring an air conditioning and heating contractor. There are no industry standards for rates HEATING AND COOLING related service or items. Comparable jobs can differ countless dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of three price quotes is suggested prior to the repair or replacement of any major a/c and or heater element and before the style and setup of new systems.
A 2nd opinion can be of worth if the repair or replacement is pricey. Not all professionals or business are equivalent or trustworthy. Fixing a/c and heater is extremely complex. It is not uncommon for a repair work technician to be not able to separate the problem or for a representative to advise an unnecessary purchases. Calling a competing air conditioning and heating business can save money and time and regret.
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Cost Of Running Air Conditioning?
Growing Up My Folks Always Preferred To Open The Windows Over Turning On The A/C And As A Kid With No Concept Of How Money Works I Always Hated That, But I Respected My Folks And Understood That They Worked To Keep My Fed, Clothed, Housed Etc.
Well I'Ve Got My Own Place Now, And I'M Wondering How Much Does It Cost To Run The Air-Conditioning. The Money I Make Puts Me At A Middle-Class Level So If I Run The A/C Is It Going To Cost Me So Much That I'Ll Have To Take Up A Second Job? Or Is It More Like I Won'T Be Able To Buy A Fancy Dinner, But Can Still Run It Without Any Any Real Issues On Money? This Is My First House And I'M Trying To Be Good With My Money. I Don'T Have An Air Conditioner Yet Actually.
1) Your question is in more or less the right place.
2) You can figure out exactly how much it will cost to run the AC with a little math.
There is an info label on the outside part that tells you how many amps it pulls when it's on. There will be a similar label on the inside part. When your AC is on, those two things are running simultaneously. NOTE: if yours is a "package" HVAC, where everything is together in one unit outside the house, then there won't be an "inside part."
ALSO NOTE: a window air conditioner is a smaller example of a package unit. It gets everything done in one neat package - hence the name.
Amps x volts = watts. Chances are good your unit is single-phase, 208-230v AC. So amps x 208 = watts while running. Then multiply that number by how many hours your unit runs every day. That will tell you watt-hours.
Divide watt-hours by 1000. That tells you kilowatt-hours.
Utilities charge by the kilowatt-hour. Where I live it's about 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, which doesn't sound like much but my unit pulls 3400 watts while it's running, so it actually costs over 42 cents per hour. If it runs half the day, that's over five bucks per day.
Five dollars a day is $150 per month, and that's JUST for the air conditioning. That $150 doesn't include the refrigerator or lights or the stove. $150 a month for AC makes you think pretty hard about doing without it.
So you can see that while AC is really nice, it can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. I use a fan in an upstairs window, circulating cool air all night long, completely throughout the house. The house doesn't start to warm up until after lunch, and the AC doesn't come on until around 3:00pm. By 9:00 we can turn it off and rely on the fan again. It's a bit of extra effort, but that extra effort saves us a lot of money.
Obviously your results will vary from my example, but my example is really just to show you how what looks like small costs rapidly telescope into big bills.
How Do I Not Smell Like Cigarette Smoke On A Date?
Well, I Have A Date Today At A Girl'S House, And I Know We Are Going To Be Getting Close To Each Other. Now The Main Problem Here Is That My Parents Are Hardcore Smokers, And Even If I Were To Wash My Clothes I Still Have To Drive To The Girl'S House In A Car Which Is Just Engulfed In The Smell. Please Tell Me What I Should Do ≫.≪
When you are driving to her house, open all the windows, and (legally) drive as fast as you can. Do NOT turn on the air conditioning or heater, since the smell is embedded in the engine, all this will do is blow cigarette smoke at you.
It is probably best to apologize to her immediately. If you don't and she smells smoke on you, she will automatically assume that you are the one smoking. That could ruin things for you. But if she understands why you smell like cigarettes, and sees how far you've gone to try and hide the smell, she will probably have more respect for you.
Cigarette smoke is impossible to hide. Even changing clothes and walking to her house won't eliminate all of the smell. And remember that you are much more used to it than she is, so even if you think you smell fine, she will probably still be able to smell smoke on you.
Or, on the other hand, perhaps she will open the door to her house and you'll be greeted by a houseful of smoke, with your date standing at the door holding a burning cigarette in her hand.
Best of luck!
I Live In A Dorm & I Smell A Poop-Like Smell Somewhat Often.?
We Have A Simple Boiler Heating System In This Dorm Building. My Computer Desk Sits Besides The Radiator By The Window & I Smell A Poop-Like Smell From Time To Time. Could There Be Something Wrong With The Heating System? Could It Be Coming From My Neighbors' Rooms?
It's very unlikely to be coming from the heating system itself, unless there happens to actually be some poop on the heater that's warming up when the heat turns on. It's more likely coming in the window. Drains - to any plumbing fixture - if piped correctly, have vents, Vents are a continuation of the drain that go up through the roof. Odors from vents can swirl around and sometimes pass by a window depending on wind conditions.
So, take the cover off the heater (if there is one) and check for poop. Then see if the smell comes by with the window sealed shut.
Additional Details: Ask the maintenance department to get the cover off, or just explain the problem to them.
2007 Honda Civic, Weird Smell With Air Conditioning.?
I Have A 2007 Honda Civic And When I Turn On The Air Conditioning, At The Very Start, I Have A Weird Smell. It'S Kind Of...Syrupy If That Makes Any Sense. Anyone Know What It Is? It'S There For A Couple Seconds Then Goes Away In Time, But It Still Shouldn'T Happen, Never Happened Before...
My grandmother has one 2008 and it has the same problem!! It smells like if it was many years old or if the filters were wet. Also my father had an Accord and it presented the same problem... I guess it is generally a Honda problem. He took his car to the dealer and they did a full pipe clean with a special spray they have. The smell disappeared and the car's interior odor was very pleasant but it returned about a month later. It may be a drainage problem in the air conditioning system that causes mildew and/or humidity in the air conducts. I suggest you do the same as my father, maybe you get lucky and your car gets fixed once and for all.
Adding Central Air Conditioning?
My Sister And I Just Rented A House For College. The House Has Central Heating. Approximately How Much Would It Cost To Get Air Conditioning Added To It? Would There Have To Be An Entirely New Unit Put In?
Central A/C is very expensive to install. ~
How much it costs to run depends on how well the place is insulated, how big it is, and how cool you set the temperature.
I would just get a window unit of about 1 ton (12,000 BTU) capacity. That can be run off one 20 amp 120V circuit.