Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.


Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

4 Myths About Air Conditioners You Need To Know

Carla Taylor

If you are thinking about installing an air conditioner in your home or replacing your old one, there are many myths that you must discount first. This will ensure that you definitely choose the right air conditioner for your home. Here are four myths to know:

  1. A Bigger AC Unit Cools the House Quickly: The size of your air conditioner does matter, but not how big it is. The size needs to be the right fit for your home. An oversized air conditioner isn't going to heat your home any more quickly than a properly sized one. In fact, you will be overcooling your home, which is going to lead to big energy bills each month. Before jumping into buying an AC unit, be sure to have a professional air conditioning contractor come to your home to measure it. Once this is done, they will be able to tell you what size you need. 
  2. Shutting off Vents to Certain Rooms Makes the House Cooler: You would think that shutting off the vents to rooms that are not being used is the best way to keep your home cool in the areas that need it most. However, when you do this, it makes your air conditioner work harder because it is still going to try and cool the entire home. When your air conditioner is trying to work harder for this purpose, it can lead to many repairs that could have otherwise been avoided.
  3. The Ceiling Fans Help Keep the House Cool: When you have the air conditioning on, don't waste more energy by turning on the ceiling fans too. The ceiling fans do not keep the home cooler. Ceiling fans are only used to blow air onto people in the rooms to keep them cool. If there is no one in the room, then there is no point to having the ceiling fan on. The air conditioner should keep you cool enough anyway and you should only use the ceiling fans when you don't want to have the AC on. 
  4. Maintenance Isn't Necessary: Many homeowners believe that if they buy a sound air conditioning unit, they don't have to worry about maintenance. Instead, they only have to hire professionals when something is actually wrong with the AC. For some, maintenance just seems like a waste of money. The problem with this thinking is that maintenance actually is important, not only because it saves you money on larger repairs in the future, but also because of your health. A great deal of dirt and debris gets trapped inside of AC units and that debris will be circulated in the air in your home, which often causes asthma flare-ups, allergies, and more. When you have your AC serviced, these issues are avoided. 

When you know these four myths about air conditioners, you can be sure that you install and maintain an AC unit that is going to contribute in a positive way to the coolness in your home. Contact a business that handles air conditioning installs for more information.