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Selecting an Appropriate A/C System for Your House

Purchasing a correctly sized central air conditioning system (A/C) for your home presents a challenge. You must consider the size of the home and the area to be cooled. Measure the floors, ceilings, and walls of each room of your home. Remember to measure the windows and check the attic for insulation. Check the insulation in the crawl space and the walls. Other factors to consider include the temperature inside and outside of the home, roof color, and the number of people occupying the home. Is your home shaded by trees? Shading keeps the house cool. Be sure to check the air ducts for breaks and leaks. Make sure the air flows freely and unencumbered by broken ducts or ones that are too small. Fix misaligned ducts and reseal them using a quality sealant. Replace ducts that are damaged beyond repair. Ensure that the air filter is properly working.

Hire a qualified HVAC installation company that provides the service of selecting the right-sized system, inspects your home, measures it, and installs the new system. The company should provide maintenance and repair services. You will want to select a company that is certified with installation, repair, and the maintenance of new HVAC systems. Select a company that offers emergency service during weekdays and weekends. The company should be knowledgeable about up-to-date equipment and technology used to measure your home, provide statistics, printouts, and a fair estimate. They should stick with the estimate given as well as provide a guarantee and warranty. New A/C systems are required by federal law to meet the SEER level standard of 13 and up to 25. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) level is designated by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. The EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of a cooling device is the output ratio of cooling energy or BTU (British Thermal Unit) per hour to the input electrical energy (in watts) measured at a given operating point. The EER is generally measured using an outside temperature of 95 °F with an inside (return air) temperature of 80 °F and a 50% relative humidity level.

Keep your cool, when you learn the cost of installing a new HVAC system. An HVAC system can run as high as $5,500 to $12,000. For a completely installed HVAC system, depending upon the size and type of the system installed, the price will vary. Spend time checking on various HVAC installation companies, certifications, ratings, references, and prices. Though BTU is still largely used today, another measure used is joules with 1055 joules equal to one BTU / Btu unit. The kWh is a unit of energy that is typically used by utility companies as a billing unit. One (1) BTU is equal to 0.000293 kWh (Kilowatt hour) or 3.6 megajoules. Instead of fixing various parts of an old HVAC system, it is highly recommended that a new system be installed. Because old systems can malfunction and are inefficient, a new Energy Star rated system is cost-effective, operates efficiently, and it comes with a warranty.

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Residential Fencing: What are my Options?

Fences improve your property value and curb appeal. If you are “sitting on the fence” trying to decide whether you should invest in a new fence for your property, it pays to spend time weighing the pros and cons against the cost of your investment. In the long run, installing a new fence system gives you peace of mind and it boosts your curb appeal rating. That’s a winning combination.
Securing the safety of your property, family, and pets is priceless. Children and pets need to be safe. Keeping intruders off of your property is important to your family’s safety. If you are good with DIY home repair projects, you might be able to install a fence system without professional help which will save a lot of money.

However, for the best return on your investment (ROI), leave the job to someone who is experienced with installing fence systems such as a licensed fence installation company. Choose a fence style and type and gather estimates. Check for references and ensure that the chosen company presents a valid contract with the terms of the job. Check on their reputation, their license, business references, and their online reviews. Avoid disreputable fence installation contractors. You get what you pay for, before you pay money to a fence installation company, protect your investment and check all of the contract’s details. Ensure the contract is what you are expecting as discussed with the company. Sign the contract only if you are sure you will receive a valid deal.

The most common types of fence material installed are wood and chain-link fences. Each type of fence requires maintenance. Some fence types will last for many years in any type of climate and others will last only a short time. Before your final purchase, research to ensure the fence you have chosen is suited for your property, inclement weather, and check the warranty before you sign on the dotted line.
Aluminum, wood, wrought iron, ornamental metal, vinyl (PVC), steel chain-link, and chain-link vinyl-coated are all widely used residential fence materials. Electric (invisible fence), bamboo and high tensile (farm), picket fence (vinyl and wood), deer fencing (plastic), and composite fencing material (engineered wood/vinyl) represent unique choices of fence type and style. Privacy, picket, pool, deer, split rail, front yard (picket, wrought iron, chain-link), backyard (privacy/stockade fence), and security fences are very popular choices.

If you are planning to install a new fence system, study up on fence terminology:
Aluminum, barbed wire, cedar batten boards, chain-link, curved top, custom ornamental iron, decorative rings, extended top, finials, flat top, galvanized steel, gauge, good-neighbor fence, grade change, horizontal picket fence, lattice, pickets, posts, post caps, prefabricated iron panels, press point, pressure-treated wood, privacy slats, rackable panels, rails, ranch style fence, razor ribbon, rot board, salt spray, scalloped cedar fence, shadow box, stain, steel chain-link, stockade panel, treated pine, underpinning, vinyl-coated, western red cedar, windscreen, wood grade, and wrought iron. Not a complete list, there are hundreds more terms and hardware that go with installing a new fence system. Research online to find more fence hardware terminology.

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Termites: What Are They and How to Get Rid of Them

Termites are horrible pests, most of them blind and not seasonal, that infest a home and eat away at items made from wood or cellulose. They consume dead plant material and cellulose, such as wood, leaf matter, soil, and animal waste. Of the thousands of species of termites, five common types of termites exist such as drywood, conehead, damp wood, subterranean, and Formosan. The most common type that people identify with is drywood termites which feed on wood products.

Termites destroy soil structures and add to the problem of erosion. Termites serve a purpose, surviving in a variety of climates, such as subtropical and tropical regions. They recycle wood and plant matter which is important to the ecological cycle. They can colonize on most land areas except Antarctica. Termites, like cockroaches around since the beginning of human life as we know it, were once classified separate from cockroaches. However, recent studies indicate that termites come from close ancestors of cockroaches evolving during the Jurassic or Triassic periods millions of years ago. Existing are 3,106 species of termites. Similar to bees, wasps, and ants, termites divide and conquer their work by using castes that consist of sterile female and male “workers” or “soldiers”. Termite colonies range in size from a few hundred to millions. Now, that’s a scary thought.

Several predators including 65 species of birds and 19 types of mammals seek termites. They are hunted by arthropods like ants, centipedes, cockroaches (distant relatives), crickets, dragonflies, scorpions, spiders, reptiles (lizards), and amphibians (frogs and toads). Also, two species of spiders, from the family Ammoxenidae, find termites to be a tasty treat. The warning signs of a termite infestation include the following: when struck, solid wood sounds hollow, mud trails found on or nearby to exterior walls, and visible dry bubbled paint on furniture are all evident warning signs of a termite infestation. Termites feed upon dead plant materials, wood fixtures containing cellulose (sap) which termites find to be a delicious meal.

Use a professional exterminator service to destroy termites. Here is a list of home remedies toxic for termites: spray soapy water or use orange oil. Wet cardboard traps them and once trapped they can be sprayed with an insecticide or soapy water. Try using clove oil spray or a canola oil and water spray mixture. Garlic oil effectively destroys a large infestation. Mix garlic oil with water and spray an infested area with it or mix garlic oil with neem oil and tobacco. Aloe Vera gel and boric acid, non-toxic to humans, quickly kills termites. Petroleum jelly applied to furniture drives them away. Spray a mixture of white vinegar and lemon on a small infested area. Use a spray solution of salt and water. An age-old technique used to get rid of termites is to use sunlight exposure. Termites are averse to high temperature and extreme heat. Avoid using wood mulch for landscaping and plants. Remove old stumps and dead wood from your yard and avoid using it for landscaping purposes.

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Five DIY Home Improvement Ideas
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Five DIY Home Improvement Ideas

Home decoration and renovation is required after every specific period of time as the things starts getting old and boring. It is not easy to make your place look good all the time as you need dollars to do so.  What to do now? You can still do this by using your own mind. There are different ideas for home improvements. Just do it yourself. It might sound really tough but your hard works will hundreds of dollars and your home will improve. If you really want to increase the beauty of your place then grab your tools and try the ideas given below:

1. Remove Out Date Fixture

New fixtures can add a lot of beauty in your room.  Why don’t you remove all those out dated stuff out and bring some new glass pendants  in contemporary glass globe fixtures, if possible get rid of old ceiling fans and bring new modern and fashionable fans. Don’t forget to add new light fixtures.  It is going to change your place and improvements will be better than the one which people avail after paying thousands of dollars.

2. Yellow Glow

It is something about which people mostly do not think much. The lights! Yes lights completely change your place look. If you are using white sharp lights then go for yellows. Yeah the yellow glow is a bit calming and eye relaxing. While buying try to grab LED’s in yellow as they last for longer period as compared to bulbs.  If further you want to add glow is to try dimmers. They can increase brightness of your rooms depending upon your mood.

3. Bring Some Greenery

This is the best part as it also improves health. Bring some plants in. There are some plants and even flowers that can be grown inside.  It will not only enhance the beauty of your place but will also create fresh air to breathe in. It is not even so costly. Such plants are easily available must go for greenery.

4. Do Fresh Coating

When it is about DIY improvement for home then this is the best step and actually important one. There are some of the things that actually prominently improve the space and paint is one of them. You do not need to hire someone for it. Do it by yourself. It is healthy to work around as your body is going stay active. Paint your kitchen, bedroom or wherever you want to. Change the color scheme, try some cool refreshing colors it will add up beauty of your place plus your mental condition highly get affected by it.

5. Smart Tech Is Must

Smart technology is a must. It is the need of life. People these days always prefer best equipments so why don’t you upgrade your home with new and modern one? You can wait and see when the sale season arrive it will help you save some money. The new designs and efficiencies of the things will not only help you work well but will transform old looking place into a newly bought house.

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