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You can ask any company to provide proof of general liability contractor insurance coverage. Any business that is not happy to offer evidence of general liability (GL) insurance ought to be avoided. A minimum basic for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light industrial.
There are other approaches for investigating a/c, heating and ventilation business such as: call your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), carry out online searches and reviews and ask the business in concern for references. However, all these techniques fall short of extensive openness. The BBB in fact works for the companies it represents as they are only ranked if the company in question pays them a repeating fee. Online review sites hardly ever display all of the evaluations got, and post reviews from sources that are not always trustworthy. This offers a platform for companies to post their own reviews and people to quickly publish reviews without the company in question's ability to professionally deal with the concern. Additionally, no company would offer a negative reference; just those that are very positive. None of these are perfect characteristics for customers seeking totally objective evaluations and references. It is advised to utilize these techniques as an informed consumer and think about the information source for exactly what it is worth.
One of the finest ways to discover a new cooling, heating and ventilation contractor is by means of the "word-of-mouth" method. If the business suggested was cost effective, expert and reputable for a good friend or family member, there is a great chance that company will do the exact same for you. Excellent business use the word-of-mouth approach to continuously provide a new customer stream by keeping their clients delighted.
Other standard approaches for finding a brand-new air conditioning, heating and ventilation contractor consist of carrying out online searches, phonebook directory sites or online directory sites and other ad mediums. Remember that of these techniques are bought and paid for by the companies in concern. None of these techniques must function as a testimonial and should be utilized just as finding sources.
Third celebration providers such as Angie's list, Find Local and other online business are the most recent platforms for sourcing and ranking a/c, heating and ventilating business. Although these business do provide a service with some benefit, they are, in fact, adding expense to the customer. Angie's List, in addition to some other online business directories, charge the client straight for their scores and business' contact info. Other third-party websites supply consumers with air conditioning, heating and ventilation business and include the expense of being a middle-man to business equation. Keep in mind that none of these are "totally free" and that consumers should understand the expense and value of utilizing entities like these.
Several quotes are recommend when working with an air conditioning and heating specialist. There are no market standards for prices HEATING AND COOLING related product or service. Comparable tasks can differ thousands of dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of 3 quotes is suggested prior to the repair work or replacement of any major cooling and or heating unit part and before the style and setup of brand-new systems.
A 2nd opinion can be of value if the repair or replacement is pricey. Not all technicians or companies are equivalent or credible. Repairing air conditioning and heating unit is extremely intricate. It is not unusual for a repair work technician to be unable to isolate the issue or for a representative to suggest an unneeded purchases. Getting in touch with a completing air conditioning and heating business can save money and time and remorse.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What Would You Say Is More Expensive Living In The North Or In The South?
If You Weigh Out The Cost Of Air Conditioning Versus The Cost Of Heating A Home, Which Is Less Expensive To Do?
I would say that it is cheaper to live in the South, in general. Mostly that is due to real estate taxes (not electricity). Real estate taxes in a lot of the northern states are really out of control (NY, NJ especially, but also MA).
Onto the actual heating/cooling question... Utility rates are generally cheaper in the South. So even if you exactly the same amount of power it would be cheaper to do in the South. My electric rates in NC are about 60% of what I paid in NY. Heating is only heavy duty in the north for about 5 months and A/C is heavy duty in the south for about 6 months. In the north I paid electric and gas for heat and hot water. Those combined would always exceed my electric in the south (which is heat, A/C, hot water, etc.).
plus - you could keep the A/C off if you really had to. Heat was a necessity up north.
No Air Conditioning For 3Rd Story Apartment.?
I Live In A 3Rd Story Apartment And No Air Conditioning. It's Really Super Humid Outside Today And My Apartment Feels Like A Steam Room. My Dad Suggested That I Point The Fan That I Have So That It Is Blowing Air Out The Window (So The Hot Air In The Room Blows Out)...Do You Think This Will Work? Or Does Anyone Have Any Other Suggestions On How To Keep My Apartment Cool?
I live in hot area also, my mom used to always put the fans pointing out the window, back in the olden years of no a/c, but houses were made to get a cross-breeze, with windows on the other side of the house, in those days. These days, in apts, there are usually no opposite windows to achieve this cross-breeze, and somehow, pointing the fan towards your body just seems to psychologically feel better. We just experienced Hurricane Ike, so lots of people just have tiny battery-powered fans to relieve the heat and situation that you are dealing with. Good luck, We are all praying for a cool front for our many, many friends that have no power at all at the moment. Just be glad that you have water and a roof. I know that doesn't help, but believe me, the heat is worse without running water...OH, put a pan of water in front of the fan, I swear, it can help feel cooler, I remember that also from my a/c less, childhood.
In What Ways Can You Get Cold Air In A Hot Room Without Air Conditioning?
My Room Gets So Hot I Made What You Might Call A Swamp Cooler Using Coper Around The Fan But The Water Pump That Pumps The Water Around The Fan Stop Pushing The Water Through The Tubs I Never Got A Chance To See If It Really Works As I Was Having Difficulties With It. Anyway , How Much Does Placing Ice In Front Of A Fan Help? And I Cant Get A Air Conditioner .. What Is The Best Way To Get In Some Cold Air?
A true swamp cooler is more complicated than just running cold water through copper tubing. It actually adds the moisture to the air which because of [science] can cool a room by up to 35 degrees or so. This is inverse to relative humidity so unless you're in a desert you'd be lucky for 10 degrees of cooling.
If I was going to DIY a non air conditioning cooling method for a room I'd start with an old dehumidifier, have an AC shop drain the refrigerant, remove the compressor, and install my own lines to the radiator part of it. Run cold water through that with the internal fan going and you'll get a LOT more heat transfer than copper pipe in front of a fan.
What Happens When Someone Hits The Ground?
Im Sorry If This Offends Anyone, I Do Not Mean To Offend Anyone And I Respect 9/11 And I Pray For All The Families Of The Victims. But Im Really Curious.... What Happend To The People Who Jumped.. When They Hit The Ground... What Exactly Happens To The Human Body From Such A Height When Impacting The Ground. I Know That Alot Of The People Died In The Air.. Or Passt Out In The Air, But What Physically Occurs When They Hit The Ground?
Myth: People died in mid air.
Myth: People passed out in mid air.
Not likely. If these were true, skydivers would suffer the same thing in mid air and either pass out or die.To the best of my knowledge, NO skydiver in free fall has ever passed out or died during the free fall provided they were under 10,000 feet. Above 10,000 feet, you require an external oxygen supply or you MAY pass out from a lack of oxygen because of low air pressure, which is why aircraft are pressurized. It takes TIME to safely descend from cruising altitude to 10,000 feet which is why they have those little yellow masks so even though the pressure is too low for your lungs to work, they increase the O2 level so you can still get enough to survive. Your lungs work on what is called partial pressure. If the partial pressure of O2 is high enough, your lungs work even though you may be in a really low pressure area. Spacecraft, the moon landings, ran only 7 pounds per square inch inside the capsule which is like being on top of Mount Everest and then some. Raising the percentage of O2 raised the partial pressure so their lungs still worked as if they were at sea level. Anyway, the buildings were only about 1400 feet to the roof, well under the altitude for needing O2. Now as for what happens on impact... This is rather gruesome. Think a water balloon that is half full and what happens when it lands. It greatly deforms and then does not break. The body has bones, but the bones are simply not strong enough to avoid fracture. After all, since you are mostly water, you really DO respond to the impact just like that half full water balloon. Fall from high enough and you literally break most every bone in your body. All of your internal organs will deform and literally be ripped apart as they are squished. The connecting tissues are not strong enough to survive without tearing apart. You will die in a fraction of a second as your brain flattens when your skull shatters. The thing is, your skin is remarkably strong and will contain the broken parts mostly intact. In essence, the water part of your body will "splash" which liquefies and makes mush of your internal organs, but your skin will likely stay whole. When you see blood around a body, that is simply leakage from natural orifices or from a place where the skin DID split open. Witnesses to people falling have reported seeing the body bounce just like the half full water balloon does. It takes roughly 15 seconds for a skydiver to fall 1500 feet. It takes roughly 12 seconds in free fall to reach terminal velocity of about 120 miles per hour. Some people say that since the buildings took between 9 and 10 seconds to collapse, the short time is proof the buildings were brought down with demolition charges because buildings that have been imploded take exactly that same amount of time. WRONG. The reason why the skydiver takes 15 seconds is wind resistance. The building collapse has no wind resistance and hence, fell faster as a result. The floors literally cascade like dominoes. The failure of one floor to the next overloads the second floor to immediate failure which overloads the third and so on. One floor failing has brought down several buildings without associated fire. The most recent I heard of was a 10 story department store in Korea. They had added about 100 tons of equipment, mostly air conditioning units to the roof after the fact. The top floor eventually failed from the extra weight on the roof, taking all of the other floors down with it. One other myth, windows "exploding outwards" as the buildings fell prove there were internal explosions. WRONG. As the buildings came down, the air trapped inside was compressed and resulted in blowing out windows and doors. Ever stomped on an empty milk carton? Same thing. Pressure builds until a seam fails and it pops. It is likely that what people thought were a series of explosions really were the sounds of windows and doors popping out because of internal pressure.The windows are the obvious weak points which failed when the trapped air inside was compressed. I apologize for being long-winded here. BUT! If I was faced with such a terrible choice to jump or burn, personally... _I_ would jump...
What Could Be Wrong With The Central Air Conditioning?
We Had Our Unit Off For About A Week While Out Of Town. When We Got Back The Inside Unit Seemed To Turn On But No Air Was Blowing. The Pipes Were Frozen. A Repair Man Came And Said That The Unit Has A Leak Because It'S Very Low On The Refridgerant. He Said He Can Add 2 Pounds And Recharge It But The Best Solution Is To Get A New Unit - But He Did Say The Brand In Our Home Is Cheap Stuff. Does It Sound Like He Is Right Or Scamming Us In Some Way (I'M Always Leary Of Having Repairs).
Frozen pipes or iced up coils are a symptom of low refrigerant and\or dirty coils. If the coils ice completely over, you will get very little air flow thru it and you wont feel anything out of the vent.
You can over come dirty coils to a point by adding refrigerant but it wont last long. So it is possible he is correct but I would ask him for an estimate to fix the leak and also get another couple estimates\opinions before I made a decision.