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When it comes to buying things for the home, the air conditioning unit is not the most intriguing. But it is one of the essential components. Choosing the right A/C unit may be the difference between utmost comfort and sizzling heat. Determining the right type of air conditioning unit and how to measure for it will help you find the ideal one for your home.
Types of Air Conditioners
Before you buy an A/C unit, you need to know which type is right for your home. Air conditioning units come in varied sizes, shapes, and prices. Below are four types to consider when shopping around.
• Central Units: This kind of A/C pumps cooled air from a split unit into an entire home via duct work. Although it is expensive, it is more energy efficient. If your home already has duct heating, this is an excellent choice for you.
• Window Units: A window unit sits on a window sill and pumps cool air inside a room and forces warm air outside. They are great for keeping single rooms cool, but in a larger home you may need several to keep the temperature comfortable.
• Through-the-Wall or Mini-Split Units: These systems attach to an exterior wall with the compressor and condenser portions of the unit on the outside and the controls and airflow on the inside. These come in various shapes and sizes. Some are meant for installation below a window while other designs allow for overhead placement.
• Portable Units: This type is ideal if you have limited space and want to move from room to room with ease. If you are conscious about home decor, portable units are very sleek-looking. Some portable units utilize a hose to eject hot air outside a window while others simply recirculate the air within the room.
Things to Consider When Choosing an A/C Unit
Once you’ve narrowed down the type of system, choosing the right A/C unit is not difficult. Below are the items to check when selecting the perfect A/C unit for your home.
• Capacity: When it comes to choosing the right A/C, it is vital to pick the correct size. Picking the right size does not mean the physical size of the A/C unit but for the output of your home. Generally, air conditioner sizes measure by BTUs (British Thermal Units) for window, wall or portable units or by the ton for central-duct units. To know the right size for your home, you need to know the square footage. For a BTU system, 8,000 BTUs will cool 350 square feet and 1,2000 BTUs will cool 550 square feet. For centralized systems, you add one ton for every 600 square feet of your home. That is to say, if a home has 3,000 square feet and you want to cool the entire house, purchase a 5-ton air conditioner unit. Figure out the size of your home and choose an A/C unit that is the ideal size based on tons.
• Energy Efficiency: Now that you know the size of the A/C unit, it’s time to think about energy efficiency. Energy efficiency may be complicated, so it’s best you consult an HVAC professional for expert advice. Choosing a more efficient A/C unit saves money, and it’s eco-friendly.
• Features: Some A/C units come with better features than others. Check for features such as smart thermostats, auto delay switches and fan-only options before buying an A/C unit for your home.
• Warranty: Before you buy, double check the warranty of the A/C unit to make sure any foreseeable malfunctions are covered. Some warranties only cover parts like the condenser or the pump while others cover labor and parts if the unit becomes faulty.
For expert advice on finding your perfect air conditioning unit, have an energy efficiency inspection done for your home, or consult an HVAC professional.
Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell or just getting settled into a new one, making sure your roof is in excellent condition is important. Your roof helps keep the inside of your home safe from water and other types of damage. Roofs can endure wear and tear over time or end up with damage from storms, but routine maintenance helps reduce these risks. Getting professional roof maintenance done once or twice a year provides the following benefits for your home.
Lower Risk of Major Repairs
When you have your roof maintained, you’ll have a lower risk of needing repairs. Roof maintenance involves checking different parts of your roof for minor damage or potential issues that could lead to damage over time. You can then have these smaller problems taken care of as they arise. Doing this helps reduce your risk of ending up with serious roof damage that requires costly and complicated repairs. Keep in mind that many signs of roof damage or issues aren’t easy for homeowners to spot. Having your roof inspected and maintained regularly helps ensure that these problems are found early.
Longer Lifespan for Your Roof
Although your roof should last for many years, it could have a shorter lifespan due to excessive wear and tear or damage that goes unnoticed and isn’t fixed. Since the cost of a roof replacement is among the bigger expenses for homes, you should try to help yours last as long as possible. Routine roof maintenance helps reduce the effects of wear and tear on your roof and ensures that minor or more serious damage is found and fixed promptly. With this type of regular maintenance, your roof should reach its lifespan instead of needing to be replaced early.
Reduced Risk of Health Problems
Roofs can develop leaks that result in mold growth over time. When these leaks go undetected, they can cause serious water damage and mold growth inside your ceilings, walls and other areas of your home. Mold can cause respiratory health problems and other kinds of health issues for some people, especially those with asthma or allergies. During routine roof maintenance visits, your roofing technician can look for signs of minor or major leaks and take steps to repair them as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of mold growth and water damage.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Problems with your roof, such as a missing shingle or two, can affect your energy efficiency. Your home can lose heated air through your attic and roof during winter, causing your furnace to run more. In summer, hot air from outside can make your home harder to cool. Routine roof maintenance can help prevent higher heating and cooling bills and increased energy usage.
There are few things more frustrating than finding out that the plants you’ve been tending to all summer have been overrun with insects and aren’t producing any fruit. Perhaps even worse is when you find a trail leading into your pantry where your food has been compromised by a tiny army of ants.
Keeping the pests out of your home and garden is a difficult task made even harder if you want to do it without using harsh chemicals and pesticides. However, there are ways you can effectively keep your food safe. In this article, we’ll show you how.
Protecting your garden from pests
The most important tool you have at your disposal when it comes to protecting your lawn, flowers, and garden from pests is your own vigilance.
In the garden, take note of the condition of your plants’ leaves. Look on the underside of them for small, yellow or brown dots. These are often insect eggs that will soon hatch and result in your plants being devoured before they can produce crops.
As a last-ditch effort to keep the bugs away, you can try spraying your plants with a homemade insecticidal soap spray. These sprays are usually 95% water and then a small amount of pure castile soap or vinegar. Be sure not to use too much or this can harm your plants or soil.
Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or in the country, there are likely to be some furry creatures who see your garden as a food source. One way to keep many away is by framing the garden with a simple metal wire fence.
If it’s flowers you’re worried about, try planting them in mulch and keeping the leaves dry when possible. This will avoid excess moisture which can cause plant-killing diseases. Using a watering can rather than a hose will help you target the base of the plant and keep the leaves dry.
Keeping the bugs outside
Regardless out whether your home is old or new, you’ll likely someday find yourself with an insect problem. Some are lured in by warmth in the cold seasons, others are seeking a food source.
Let’s begin on the exterior of your home. Check for cracks in your foundation and along doors and windows and seal these cracks up. Next, if there’s a space under your door, install an aluminum door threshold if there is a gap between your door and the floor. While you’re there, make sure the weather stripping on your door is in good condition.
Next, make sure all of the screens in your doors, windows, and other ventilation areas are in good condition. Even the tiniest tear can be enough to let in flies and other insects.
The final step in keeping the bugs out of your home is to remove what’s luring them there in the first place. Store your food in airtight storage containers within your cabinets. Not only will this keep bugs away, but it can also make organizing food easier, especially things you might not use often, like flour or a large bag of sugar.
When everything is online, it’s hard to discern when getting up, leaving the house, and checking out a home can be helpful. There’s so much information regarding real estate online; you probably want to pick and choose when and where you go to see a home. Even if you’re nowhere near being able to buy a home, you may want to check out open houses to help you in the future.
Looking at real estate is fun. You can dream of living in a neighborhood on the street you may never be able to afford. There are many advantages to checking out open houses.
You’ll Understand How Far Your Dollar Will Stretch
The type of home that you can afford, and the type of home you want may not be in the same ballpark. If you take a look at different open houses, you may be able to see where your budget takes you. Even if the market changes, you’ll be able to match your expectations with your wallet. As you know what’s out there, you’ll be able to hone in on what you want in a home.
From here, it will be easier to work with a real estate agent because you’ll be able to give them a better idea of what you want when the time does come to buy a home.
It Will Be Easier To Hire An Agent
As you go to open houses, you’ll meet more real estate agents. These agents can become potential hires once you do get more serious about buying.
You’ll See The Market Firsthand
Besides understanding how much house you can get for your dollar, you’ll be able to get an idea of how many buyers are actually out there. If you’re seeing many other potential buyers at open houses, you may be facing quite a bit of competition when you head out to buy a home of your own. When the competition is high, you’re looking at offering above asking price for houses. You could even get into bidding wars. A lot of other buyers doesn’t mean you should back out of buying a home altogether, but just enter the market with caution.
You Can Discover New Areas
By exploring open houses, you may find a neighborhood that you love that wasn’t on your list before. How can you get to know an area if you have never spent time there before?
You’ll Learn Where You Need To Compromise
By looking at different houses, you can see the potential (or lack thereof) in many homes. If you can see where you’d be willing to compromise long before the home search is on, your search will be that much smoother