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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.


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Tips For Installing A Cost-Efficient Air Conditioning System

You can begin to save money on air conditioning from the beginning, by using some simple guidelines to plan out your air conditioning installation. Here are some great tips for installing an AC system that's cost-friendly.

Plan Your HVAC System Well

When installing a great air conditioning system for central air, it often comes down to how you plan the flow of air. There are a few principles that can guide you through HVAC installation and planning. For one, you should try to incorporate as many straight edges as possible in your design; each seam is a potential waste as it can let cool air escape from the HVAC system. It also presents a potential for more repairs, since the seams are weaker than the solid-metal, straight edges of your HVAC system.

Another trick is to use Y connectors as branches in your system. When you need to change the direction of airflow, each branch can add more seams and more potential waste to the system. Adding Y connectors can cut down the number of seams greatly, since two branches can split off of the main branch using the same seam.

Consider Window Units

If you are installing an HVAC system in your home, it's a mistake to think that you need the central air system to cover each room. If there are areas of your home that you don't use often, it might be best to install a removable air conditioner unit in the window. This way, you can control the airflow in this extra space and you won't cool it down when you don't need it.

The window AC method is also a good idea if your house is very spread out; if you need to add a lot of extra piping in order to reach a certain part of your house, you might be better leaving it out of the HVAC system and removing some strain on your system.

Set a Maintenance Schedule

Prevention is often the key to saving money on your air conditioning repairs. While you're doing your installation, you can set up a maintenance schedule with your installation technician. This person already knows the ins and outs of your system, so they can preemptively look for the weak spots in the system and make a note to check on them later. By installing a sound air conditioning system and getting regular maintenance, you can keep yourself from wasting money to stay cool.