Below we have provided preventative and easy-to-repair tips for your heating systems. If your issue cannot be resolved with our easy tips, we strongly suggest that you call us for an appointment. We will be happy to help.
Direct heat and central heat
Some 22 million American homes have a direct- heating sustems a throwback to the era of fire places and potbellied stoves. The heating apparatus exudes warmth directly to the space where heating system is located. Electricity provides a particularly comfortable source of direct heating. Resistance wires, similar in principle to the elements in a toaster, run through baseboard heating units or may be strung inside walls, ceilings or floors; individual heating thermostats control the temperature in each room.
The great majority of homes, however, have central- heating systems. These heating systems are popular largely because they are more efficient and can be located in an out-of-the-way place, yet can heat the entire house. Central heating systems are made up of several distinct units:
HEAT PRODUCER. This may be an oil, gas or wood burner, an electric heater or a heat pump, alone or in combination.
HEAT EXCHANGER. This unit is called a furnace if it heats air, a boiler if it heats water or makes steam. The air, water or steam goes through passageways inside the exchanger that keep it separated from the combustion gases of the burner; the gases are expelled through a flue. Any of these heat exchangers can be hooked up to any of the several kinds of heat producers.
HEAT DISTRIBUTOR. There are three types, one for each type of exchanger. In a warm-air system, the air is drawn into the exchanger by a large fan (a blower) and sent through ducts to warm-air registers. In a hot-water system, water is forced through the exchanger by a pump (a circulator) and sent through pipes to convectors, a type of radiator. Steam rises under its own pressure from the exchanger, going through pipes to radiators.
CONTROLS. Most homes have one thermostat in, the living area to turn the heating plant on and off. But some achieve closer control with several, and a few installations sense out side temperature in order to respond more to weather changes.
The most common problem with central sustains is uneven heat: rooms nearest the heat producer get too hot, those farther away never get warm enough. Since tinkering with one part of a system may affect other parts, adjustments may take days or weeks; so this is primarily a job for the homeowner.
Steam systems are least amenable to adjustment, but the heat of individual radiators can be regulated by turning the dial on each air vent (page 323). If your vents are not adjustable, change them; they are not expensive.
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Cooler Air Cooler Air
Although swamp coolers and air conditioners were invented to turn hot air into cool, the science behind each method is quite different.
What is a swamp cooler?
It’s just another name for an evaporative cooler. Water is used to wet absorptive pads around the sides of the cooler. A fan or “squirrel cage” draws outside air through the pads and the air is cooled as the water in the pads evaporates. The major benefit of this type of cooler is that you only need to power a water pump and a fan to draw the air through the pads.
They typically use between three and 10 gallons of water per day. That’s equivalent to a few toilet flushes or, on the high end, a short shower.
Unless the relative humidity is lower than 30% or so, swamp coolers are not very effective. They work well in the southwest, west Texas, and parts of Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. In those areas you should be able to achieve a 20 degree differential between outside and inside.
Also, for a swamp cooler to remain effective it must exhaust as much air as it takes in. This means keeping a window open. If you don’t, the humidity will rise and so will the temperature of the air blown from the cooler.
Air conditioning, on the other hand, is popular because it will reliably dehumidify and cool the air, no matter where you live. This how an air conditioner works:
The compressor compresses cool Freon gas, causing it to become hot, high-pressure Freon gas. This hot gas runs through a set of coils so it can dissipate its heat, and it condenses into a liquid.
The Freon liquid runs through an expansion valve, and in the process it evaporates to become cold, low-pressure Freon gas. This cold gas runs through a set of coils that allow the gas to absorb heat and cool down the air inside.
Mixed in with the Freon is a small amount of lightweight oil that lubricates the compressor.
Swamp cooler vs air conditioner: which is cheaper to operate?
In our friendly contest the swamp cooler wins handily. For similar sized units, even an air conditioner with and Energy Star rating uses 4-5 times the power needed to run a swamp cooler.
The difference is the amount of energy required to power an air conditioner compressor versus the electric motors used in a swamp cooler.
Which is better for the outdoor environment?
Unless you believe that soon to be outlawed R-22 refrigerant leaking into the atmosphere from your air conditioner is a good thing, the swamp cooler wins again. The swamp cooler maintains a Green profile by mimicking nature’s way of cooling.
The way in which an air conditioner or swamp cooler affects the indoor environment of your home is determined by the way it circulates the air. Although an air conditioner re-circulates the same air, this is helpful in controlling allergens such as dust and pollen.
Since an open window is necessary when running a swamp cooler, you’ll be letting in what the air conditioner keeps out.
Swamp cooler vs air conditioner: Which one wins?
I think swamp coolers are a good option since they’re relatively less expensive and much cheaper to operate than air conditioning as long as you live in Phoenix, Arizona. But if you call Little Rock, Arkansas your home, nobody’s going to talk you out of your air conditioner.
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Air ducts are an often neglected part of your home. This is not surprising since they are hidden and do not have a tendency to need repair so it is easy to overlook them when it comes to maintenance and cleaning your home. The result is that the majority of home owners only clean their air ducts after a problem is discovered. The EPA agrees that air ducts should be cleaned on an as needed basis to prevent environmental and other situations from negatively impacting the quality of air in your home.
Cleaning your air ducts on an as needed basis is a good idea only if the cleaning is cone as a preventative procedure in response to a specific event or circumstance but not as a reactive response to an incident or circumstance. This will not prevent you and your family from being exposed to unhealthy air in your house if it is not brought on by to a specific situation. It is not unusual for mold to grow from ordinary deterioration of your air conditioner, a roof leak and a leaking pipe which can exist for years before being detected. Rodents and insects can be in your air ducts on and off for years without being noticed.
Instances of having your airducts cleaned as a preventative measure on an as needed basis include cleaning them immediately after finding a leaking roof, a leaking pipe, a nearby forest fire or industrial fire, a flood, home remodeling, insect or rodent infestation, moving into a new home.
Unless a member of your family has asthma or allergies, the biggest concern with air ducts is mold. Mold can cause a number of very serious health issues that typically take a long time and numerous expensive doctor visits to diagnose. Mold related illnesses regularly show up well after exposure to mold. Moreover, persons with asthma and allergies may be much more sensitive to mold and the consequences much more serious.
Unless you have your HVAC system inspected and serviced routinely and your air vents cleaned regularly, the most common ways people learn they have mold is:
• A member of their family gets sick
• They can smell it
If a member of your family becomes ill as a result of mold in the air ducts then it’s obvious the air ducts should have been cleaned sooner and there is real concern that other loved ones have been affected but the symptoms will not show up for years.
Mold is challenging to detect and apart from a family member getting sick it is most often detected by smell. Relying on smell to detect mold is not a smart idea because not all mold has an odor and secondly, if you can smell mold or mildew, your infestation is very likely serious.Not much mold is required to to cause difficulties, typically considerably less than is required to be able to smell it. By the time you smell mold, family members have very likely been exposed to the mold for an extended period of time which can have permanent health issues, frequently showing up years later.
The sensible way to prevent love ones from mold exposure is to prevent mold from entering your HVAC and ductwork. This is best done with regular professional air duct cleaning or diligent cleaning and inspection by the home owner.
Heating And Cooling
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Heating And Cooling
Heating And Cooling
Most people rarely think about their heating and cooling systems in their homes until the bill comes and it becomes painfully obvious how expensive it is to stay comfortable indoors. That’s because it takes 43% of your utility bill on the average to stay warm or cool inside your home.
In order to make your energy bills as low as possible, you should first make sure that you are using a heating and cooling system that is as energy efficient as possible. If your home has an older model system you may want to consider the considerable cost saving benefits of replacing it with a newer, more energy friendly model.
Another option you should consider is to make sure your home is as well insulated as it should be against air leaks. Air can escape from a wide variety of sources that you may not suspect such as windows, doors, walls, floors and ceiling that are poorly insulated. Even garage doors can be a major source of heat loss if they garage is connected to the home with a door that isn’t insulated.
If your not sure if you have a heating and cooling system that is energy efficient you can always have an HVAC tech come out and test your homes insulation abilities and measure your homes heating loss. They can also help you figure out if your system is the right size for your home and if not what size you need.
If you find yourself ready to upgrade your furnace, be sure to look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings of at least 78%. Energy star models can exceed 90% AFUE which is even better when it comes to saving on your energy bills. For cooling systems you are going to look at the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 13 or more.
If you have already taken the steps to upgrade your heating and cooling system and your home is properly insulated, there are still some simple steps you can follow to keep you heating and cooling system working at the optimum level. For example, you should clean your furnace filters every month or more if needed. You should also keep your air registers and baseboard heaters clean of dust and dirt to allow them to work at full capacity.
With the right heating and cooling system in place in your home and some basic maintenance of your system on your part, you should see a noticeable reduction in your energy bills without being uncomfortable hot or cold in your home.
Cooling System Cooling System
Your cooling system should be flushed every other year. No, I’m not crazy, but with all the new chemicals they use today, it will literally eat up the rubber hoses and deteriorate the heater core, and the radiator core.
Have a drain pan under the drain plug, or the lower radiator hose, to catch the old fluid. EPA doesn’t want you to let it run out onto the ground–it will contaminate Earth!
Make sure the engine is cold! Hot antifreeze burns dramatically and it will burn you, too!
If you can get to the drain plug, (sometimes it’s hard to get to) you can put a piece of 3/8 inch hose onto it. Put the other end into the drain pan and open the drain plug. This will let the fluid empty into the drain pan–that way all the fluid will go into the drain pan and not spread out and drip all over the place. Remove the radiator cap.
If you want, and it’s much faster, you can remove the lower radiator hose from the radiator. Use caution, though, you don’t want to break the neck on the radiator–that’s a no-no.
It is better to have the drain plug opened, though, when you start to flush.
A word of caution! Antifreeze/summer coolant is very toxic. Don’t get it on the body paint, or on your skin. Wash it off with water! Another thing, it will kill your pets if they drink it, so keep them, and children, away from it, remember, I warned you!:-)
Some vehicles have a vent plug. It’s located near the thermostat housing (where the upper radiator hose is connected to). Open this to vent: the fluid will empty out better.
Now will be a good time to inspect the hoses. Look at the heater hoses: are they swelled near the clamps? Do they feel hard, or real soft? If so, replace them. The same with the upper and lower radiator hoses. If your vehicle has a by-pass hose (from the water pump to the thermostat housing) check it also. Don’t be skimpy here, a little for a hose now will save a lot later. Replace the hose clamps, too, if they need replacing. I hate those “clip” type, and they are usually in need of replacing.
You can get a “flush kit” at most auto parts stores. Read the instruction as to how to install it. Most of the time you can cut the heater hose going to the waterpump and install it there. They are designed to be a permanent fixture: you can leave it hooked up.
After you have installed the flush kit you need to hook up the garden hose to the fitting. It might be best for you to remove the thermostat, as cool water will close it and restrict flow.
Turn the water faucet on, not too much, and leave the radiator cap off and the drain open. If water spews from the vent plug opening, put it back in.
Crank the engine and let it idle. Watch the fluid coming from the 3/8 tubing. When the fluid is clear as water, ha, you can turn the faucet off and then turn the ignition switch off.
You may need two drain pans to catch all the fluid, plus, you will need to find a place in your city to dispose the fluid: a repair shop, or disposal plant. Do not pour it out on the ground: EPA!!!
Let the vehicle cool down. After the engine is cold you can turn the water faucet on again and reflush. There is no need to restart the engine, just let the water run through the block, heater core, and radiator. Let this go for about two or three minutes, then you can turn the water off and remove the garden hose. Put the cap that came with the kit over the spout after you remove the garden hose…you won’t have to remove the flush kit, just leave it there for the next time.
They make chemicals to flush systems that have a lot of rust and deposits in them, but this procedure will work in most cases.
Be sure you have the lower radiator hose clamp tight (if you removed it), and have the drain plug tight (remove the hose if you put one on).
Now you can add your antifreeze/summer coolant. Depending on where you live, most vehicle manufacturers recommend a 50/50 solution. Look in your owner’s manual and see what they recommend. If your vehicle holds two gallons of coolant, then you want to put in one gallon of coolant and one gallon of water.
If your vehicle doesn’t have a vent plug, you can fill the radiator to the top, then crank the engine. Note: If you removed the thermostat, be sure to reinstall it, I’d recommend installing a new one.
After you crank the engine, let it idle. Watch the radiator filler spout, water may overflow. If it does, put the cap back on. Feel of the upper radiator hose. When it gets warm to hot, then the thermostat has opened and you can remove the radiator cap slowly. If no water tries to escape, then you can remove it and add water.
Most vehicles of late have a plastic reservoir. After you have the radiator full you can fill the reservoir to the line on the side of the container, “full cold”, with water.
Now, start the engine again and let it idle. Look for leaks (repair them if you have any) and watch the temperture guage. If you have a light you will have to feel of the upper radiator hose to tell when the engine is at operating temperture: the hose will be very hot. Most vehicles run a 190o thermostat, so you won’t be able to hold the hose very long, unless you’re a hot-metal worker. icon smile Cooling System
No leaks? Temperture ok? Fluid level full? You’re a genius! You are ready to do some more “maintenance” on your vehicle, and you don’t have to take it to the repair shop.
When it gets warm outside, your air conditioner becomes your best friend. This is most definitely true in your car, where temperatures can sky rocket to 170 degrees under direct sunlight. But most people these days are under the impression that the more you run your air conditioner the more gas your car will guzzle. Now that gas prices are higher than the cost to eat at McDonald’s, people are starting to take precautions and do what they can to help with their cars fuel economy. The assumption that running your air conditioner burns way more gas is somewhat untrue. Leaving your air conditioner off makes barely any difference in the amount of gas you burn. With the advent of modern, more fuel efficient cars, this myth is busted!
The air conditioner draws its power from the engine which uses some gas, but with today’s cars, this use of gas is minute. The air conditioner can decrease the fuel economy of your car up to 20% in some vehicles, but it depends on the type. Driving with the air conditioner is more fuel efficient than driving with the windows down. Driving with the windows down creates drag which means that your engine has to work harder to keep your car at the current speed; this burns more gas than if you just ran your air conditioner.
In the long run, using your air conditioner is far better than any other means of cooling yourself off in the car, unless you’re driving in traffic. When you drive in traffic you aren’t going very fast so the drag on the car is minimal. In these cases, you burn more fuel running the air conditioner than having the windows down. That makes sense. When you drive on the highway you can use either the air conditioner or the “window down” method to cool yourself, because, honestly, there is no noticeable difference in gas usage at those speeds.
Here are some tips about you and the heat in your car. Before you get into a hot car, roll down the windows and let it air out. There is nothing worse than getting into a hot car, sitting on a lava hot seat, touching a super hot steering wheel, and breathing stuffy super heated air. Your car needs some time to cool down for itself and for you. Once you believe it is cool enough to actually sit on the seat, turn on the car and run the air conditioner on recirculation. This will help the car cool down much quicker, and you can be on the road fast without sacrificing a layer of your precious skin.
So now that you know the air conditioner can be your fuel efficient friend, maybe you won’t be so quick to turn it off or ignore it in favor off putting the windows down and choking on bugs. The air conditioner in your car burns much less gas than your window method, so give your air conditioner a chance and be cool in the heat.
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Air Conditioning Coils
Air Conditioning Coils
Every air conditioning unit includes two coils that bring in cool air, and blow out warm air: The evaporator coil, often called the “indoor coil” and the condenser coil, often called the “outdoor coil.” In modern air conditioning units, there coils are usually made of tubular copper or thin aluminum fins. Keeping these coils well maintained, and free of dust and contamination, can extend the life of your air conditioner, and ensure peak performance.
Air Handler Coil
Inside the home is the air handler, and within this unit resides the evaporator coil. This coil absorbs the heat from the air within the home, sending cooler air out in its place. These coils are partially protected by air conditioning filters, which should be replaced ever 30-90 days. But despite filtering, dirt and debris from the air flowing over the coils does land on the coil. It is important to clean off this dirt to keep the evaporator coil functioning properly, and ensure proper cooling of the building.
Outside the home is the air conditioning condenser. This unit includes a condenser coil, which takes the warm air that has been removed from the building and blows it off into the outside environment. These condenser coils are open to the elements; while this is necessary for proper air flow, it also means that these coils can get filthy with dirt and debris, including leaves, grass clippings, germs, and bugs.
The Horrors of Dirty Coils
Dirty coils are less efficient at transferring heat. Thus, the entire air conditioning unit has to work harder in order to cool the building. This puts additional strain on the unit, which can cause early unit failure, or insufficient cooling. In addition to causing early unit break down, dirty coils can actually reduce the energy efficiency of a cooling system by 30 percent.
Keeping Coils Clean
Keeping the indoor coil of the air handler clean usually requires an air conditioning professional. This coil is usually buried inside the unit, behind the filter or an access panel. The coil is very delicate, and needs to be cleaned with the proper amount of air pressure and cleaning solution. Evaporator core cleaning, if done regularly from the time the coil is new and clean, can be done simply with a soft bristle brush, or low pressure forced air. Once the coil becomes more contaminated, a mild cleaning solution may need to be applied; this solution is left to sit for five minutes, then rinsed away.
Cleaning of this coil should be done at least once a year in areas where the cooling season lasts four to six months, more often in areas or buildings where the cooling is done more often. It is also important to remember to change the filter regularly, which will help keep the coil cleaner, and increase air flow to the unit, increasing efficiency.
To keep the outdoor coil in the condenser healthy, and to ensure long term cooling of the building, it is imperative to keep the area around the coil free of debris. It is also important to clean the coil itself, at least every other season, preferably every season if the air conditioning is run for more than four months out of the year.
When neglected, air conditioning coils can become severely contaminated, actually resulting in degradation of the coil, and eventual failure of the entire cooling system. But, with regular maintenance, your air conditioning system can do its best at cooling your home, and can last you a very long time.
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Forced Air Furnace
Forced Air Furnace
If you are like many people, you may have a forced air furnace. These are quite popular nowadays due to their being quite energy efficient. However, to keep the energy efficiency, you will want to keep the furnace maintained and clean. This is not too difficult, simply do it once or twice a year and you should keep your costs down.
Whether you have a gas or electric furnace, you will need to know how to maintain it to keep up the high efficiency. This will help you avoid costly repairs and make the furnace last longer.
The first thing you should learn how to do is check your air filters. Air filters are supposed to keep your air clean and they do this by trapping all of the dust and dirt in the air. This means that the more often you clean them, the cleaner your air is for you to breathe.
Your furnace may have a permanent filter, or a disposable filter. If you have a permanent filter then you will need to clean it the way that the manufacturer recommends. A disposable filter needs to be replaces, which is quite easy. Either way, you need to know how to get into your furnace and get to your filter.
Before doing any type of maintenance to your furnace, you should turn the power off to the furnace. Do this at your circuit breaker box. Now go to the furnace and open up the cover in the front of it. You will need to look for a door or compartment marked ‘filter’.
This door may need to be unscrewed or simply lift it off of its hooks, look around a bit and see what it needs. After you take off this door, look for the filter. It should be mounted beneath the blower motor. Slide it out and check to see if it is permanent or disposable, it should say right on it.
If the filter is disposable, throw it out and replace it with a new one, before throwing it out, be sure to write down the model number so you can be sure you replace it with the right one. If it is not disposable, clean it according to the directions on the filter. Either way, replace the clean filter in the same place you removed the dirty one.
While the furnace is open, you may as well so a few more things to help improve its lifespan. Vacuum up any debris inside and clean off the blades well.
By John Streta
Article Source: ezinearticles.com
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An ordinary question that is asked by many people who are worried about the hygiene of their air ducts in their home. It is a rather straightforward and simple to follow task to do when doing it yourself, as cleaning air ducts in your house hold is something you will want to know how to do should you not want to spend money on the cost for hiring a duct cleaning company or air duct cleaning equipment. So the answer to the question can I clean my air ducts myself is an uncomplicated yes.
Can I clean my air ducts myself? The answer is yes. As time goes by, the air ducts that you have in your home will increase with fragments, mold and dirt. The elimination of these unnecessary contaminants will make sure that you give your house hold cleaner air as well as to make the cooling and heating systems in your house hold run much more competently. This job would be best suited for the expert companies who would have the essential equipment for doing such a job, but it can be done by yourself, which would lead to you having some added benefits as well as the likelihood to save on the cost when going DIY. When you want to start cleaning ducts, there are a small amount of things you need to do in order for you to do this DIY task in the approved manner.
The initial thing you will need to do when you clean your ducts is to slice open two access panels so you can simply reach the areas you need to clean. You will have to cut one access panel at the face of your duct in the main supply line and the second breach should be near the main return line which is generally situated at the rear near the furnace. After that you will have to fasten a specifically made, high powered vacuum system in to the holes that you have made. But you have to make sure that you fit the nozzle in to the gaps properly and firmly, as to prevent any dust, mold and or debris from diminishing out.
Next you will need to fasten up all the vents in your house hold to avert any contaminants from escaping into your clean air. Once you have ensured all the vents are potted, you can power up the special vacuum, which creates a negative pressure in your duct system that starts the air vent cleaning process. Once the vacuum is running, you will have to open each vent individually in order to contact its ductwork. Then you must clean all the contaminants from the ductwork back towards the furnace by the means of air powered hoses. Lastly, you must take away the vacuum’s nozzle and reseal the breaks.
There are a lot of benefits in knowing how to clean your own air ducts, as air conditioner duct cleaning services can be rather costly. The answer to can I clean my air ducts myself is now an answer you will know.
By Lee Andersons
Article Source: ezinearticles.com
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Vent duct cleaning is something which is not paid its due importance in a household. It is always that you talk of pollution outside in the place around which is visible but what about the indoor air which you breathe. It is dirtier and more polluted than the visible outside one. Most people do not realize that the bacteria mold and ducts are lurking in the air ducts and vents in their homes.
Vent duct cleaning is important, as the dirt residing there does not cause only nuisance, but can also be hazardous for one’s health. It can cause problems such as asthma and respiratory allergies. To save yourself from any such problems you should vent duct cleaning at least once a year if not once in the spring and again in the fall.
Usually vent duct cleaning is left to professionals because the job is quite involved. Vent duct cleaning must be thorough to be effective. It’s important to know which factors comprise a proper vent duct cleaning so that you do not become the victim of lazy vent duct scam artists. Some vent duct cleaning companies charge low rates and then they skimp and cut corners in their cleaning methods.
To get into hands of a proper vent duct cleaning, it is necessary to know the steps involved in its procedure. A proper vent duct cleaning includes the following things. It takes care of cleaning of all registers, the furnace fan cleaning, cleaning of inside of all ducts. It even includes cleaning of the inside of ventilation and heating system. The air conditioning and heat pump coils is a nother story and needs to be conducted by a profesional in that feild. The vent duct cleaning should run disinfectant through the duct vent system to kill any bacteria, mold and mites that is lingering.
There are 2 different methods used for vent duct cleaning. The first involves cleaning with a large vacuum brushing system that works its way through the ducting system and the other involves a high-pressure air hose being forced through the ducting system to remove debris and particles. Usually a proper vent duct cleaning takes round about 1.5 hours (depending on the size of your home and it costs depend on the amount of ducts and cold air returns. Thus a substantial amount of money is paid but it is worth to improve the quality of air inside your house.
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By Ross Morrell
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By way of introduction, air compressors are pretty straight forward machines. Most models that the average home owner or small business owner are familiar with work on some pretty basic principles. They use an air tank that has a valve that can be opened and closed, allowing pressurized air to build up inside the tank to be used later to run pneumatic tools. These tools range widely from simple tire inflators, to paint sprayers, to nail guns and others.
The power plants on these machines are usually either electric motors that just plug into standard outlets, or gasoline powered engines that require fuel. Both are good options and each has its advantages. Electricity is clean, quiet and inexpensive. Gasoline allows air compressors to be truly portable. Your application will determine which is the best option for you.
Air compressors come in both stationary and portable form, but their basic function and use is the same. Assembly of each type is simple. Once you have the unit unpacked and have verified that all the needed parts are there you can begin. On some portable units there is no need for assembly. These are truly as simple as it gets. Just attach an air hose and tool, make sure the air tank is closed and set the air gauge to your required setting. Plug it in and let the pressure build, being sure to monitor the pressure so you can adjust it according to what you need. That way things stay safe.
Larger air compressors require you to do some basic assembly. This usually amounts to attaching a handle on the back, maybe a couple wheels on the other end, and a few rubber feet. One thing to remember when doing this is to make sure there is a small tilt toward the drain valve. Air compressors build up moisture during use that has to be drained out of the tank every time you are finished using it. Doing so will help insure that rust and corrosion doesn’t shorten the life of the tank.
As for maintenance on air compressors, it is also a pretty simple affair. As with any machine that does work, it is a good idea to keep it clean, and to keep moving parts oiled and lubed. Electric units just need to be kept clean. When you first hook up a tool to the hose, just add a couple drops of tool oil into the air connector on the tool. This is probably the biggest help you can do yourself for insuring longevity of your tools. Air compressors have safety valves. These should also be checked often to verify their proper function. If your unit uses oil, just be sure to stay on top of regular oil changes. Air filters come on these models and are just as simple to check. Remembering to do the basics is usually the challenge. We get busy and forget. I like to keep maintenance records. Find what works for you.
Storing air compressors couldn’t be easier. Cool, clean places where they are protected from getting banged into is about it. The larger models are usually located where they are stored. Smaller units can be taken out and used and put back when finished. Many find that just putting these back in the original box is a great way to store them safely. Air compressors set up easily, are simple to maintain and require nothing special to safely store. They are amazing machines that can be expected to give years of faithful service.
By MJ Marks
Article Source: ezinearticles.com
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When you have chosen to use the cooling tower water treatment system, it is most important to remember to not ignore the maintenance required. The water carries bacterial growth in it whether it flows through the faucet or if it is flowing through a cooling tower. If this water is not treated as soon as possible, it can rust and corrode and deposits will form inside the water treatment equipment. This reason makes the cooling tower water treatment system so very important.
Problems From Not Maintaining The Cool Tower
When you do not keep up the proper maintenance on you cooling tower water system, you will find that many different problems will come up. These problems can include scale formation, corrosion, and biological fouling.
Problems With Scale Formation
Scale is what is formed when wet solids get clogged in the pipes. This scale is made from heat and cold water that contains a very high mineral content. These deposits will continue to build up over time. If these scale deposits start to form on a heat exchange surface, they will eventually clog the passages and slow the system down. The cooling tower can also be affected by the scale deposits. If the deposits block the flow of the basin or fill in the cooling tower, problems arise.
Choosing to use a cooling tower water treatment system will help to stop the problems of scale deposits. It is a very budget friendly way for you to treat the problems you are having but also to lower the maintenance and the cost of maintenance on the cooling tower system itself. The majority of money that is spent each year is on the removal of the scale deposits from the inside.
When metal starts to dissolve, you have what is known as corrosion. Oxidation effects break the metal down significantly. The breakdown will cause the system to degrade at a faster rate than normal. The major point being that when the metal starts to break down, the strength of the metal and the thickness off the metal are reduced. The structure of the metal can no longer stand up to the pressure that it was designed for and pits and craters can form in the metal.
A cooling tower system will help to stop the corrosion from happening. The better of the treatments for corrosion is the ozone treatment. There are also other methods that work just as good.
Problems With Biological Fouling
Problems with biological fouling occur when the water has not been used and left for long periods of time. When the water is left unattended, it has the potential to form bacteria, fungus, algae, and protozoa. The microorganisms will eventually get to large proportions in the water and will cause a biological film to form on the surface of the water. This film is very hard to get rid of. This is what is known as biological fouling.
The biological fouling problems are commonly known to be the worst problem that you can encounter with the cooling tower system. The problems that can occur with biological fouling are low heat transfer, the fill can stop working properly, the water flow can be restricted or blocked, or corrosion can occur from the microorganisms present. It can also result in health problems for the humans that are using it.
The use of a cooling tower water system helps to get rid of this particular problem. When you purchase a good system, it will remove the bacteria, viruses, fungus, and any other organisms that should not be in the water. The cooling system will help the fouling that is a problem with the biological affects in the water to not occur. When these nasty things are removed from the water, it will definitely improve the quality of the water and also the flow of the water through the tower.
By Dave Faulkner
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Images Of Air Quality Images Of Air Quality
Images Of Air Quality
Images Of Air Quality
Lately, a lot of attention has been given to the air we breathe outside. Pollution is a big deal these days and cities all across the world have instituted air quality alerts and control measures to try to keep their citizens safe and healthy. With that said, did you know that your home air quality – that is, the air actually inside your home – can be unhealthier to breathe even than the air outside in large, polluted cities such as Los Angeles and Beijing? Allergy sufferers will attest to this firsthand. Harmful particles such as dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and many others circulate and stagnate in your home air, harming your lungs and respiratory system, aggravating your allergies, and putting your health at risk.
The best way to eliminate this threat to your health is with a quality air purifier. But there are so many of them out there, how do you know which one to purchase? This guide will help you make the right decision for you and your family’s health.
Here are the main criteria to evaluate when buying an air purifier.
1. What is your budget? Air purifiers cover a wide gamut of price ranges, so first you want to establish how much you are willing to spend on one so that when you are comparing across several units, you are doing so with units that fit into your specified price range. You don’t have to break the bank on an air purifier to get a good one, but this is something that is too important to your family’s health to simply look for the cheapest discount option.
2. True HEPA filters only! You only want to consider air purifiers which contain a true HEPA filter. These filters will capture a staggering 99.97% of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This will literally eliminate all pollen, dust, dust mites, tobacco smoke, and pet dander from your home. Do not fall for cheap units which claim to have a “HEPA like” filter. There is no substitute for a true HEPA filter.
3. How big of an area do you need to clean? Any unit you evaluate should have listed the maximum room size it is able to clean effectively. This can range from 100-150 square feet up to 900 or more square feet depending on the power of the air purifier. If you have a large house and you want the whole thing to have clean air, you might consider using more than one air purifier. Personally, I use a large model for the open space that encompasses my living room, kitchen, and dining room, and a small, quiet unit for my bedroom.
4. Compare extras. The above paragraphs outlined the basic criteria that must be present for an air purifier purchase to be worth it. As you compare them, you will notice that some units have some special features that while they aren’t vital, some people strongly prefer to have them. These features include a carbon prefilter that captures large particles and keeps them from clogging up the HEPA filter, thereby prolonging its life; an ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other biological airborne contaminants; and an ionizer to release negative ions into the air, which some people believe makes the air healthier to breathe. If one or more of these extra features are important to you, focus on selecting an air purifier within your budget which offers them.
Your home air quality is vital to your health as well as the health of your family. Don’t let the air you breathe inside be even worse than the air you breathe outside. By choosing a quality air purifier for your home, you can be confident that you are doing all you can to keep your family safe.
By Gregory Phillips
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Images Of Air Ducts Images Of Air Ducts
Images Of Air Ducts
Images Of Air Ducts
As a homeowner, you have probably wondered if your air ducts should be cleaned. Air duct cleaning companies are constantly advertising about the need for their services. They show you disgusting pictures of dirty air ducts, mentioning that there are all sorts of little critters living in your air if your ducts are dirty. However, the cost of an air duct cleaning is quite substantial, so you should make sure that your air ducts need to be cleaned before you sign up for cleaning services.
Look at Your Family’s Health
The first, and probably most important, thing you can look at to decide if your air ducts need to be cleaned is your family’s health. When your family members start experiencing breathing problems, unexplained illnesses of any sort, or a sudden onset of asthma, your air ducts could be to blame. Poor indoor air quality can cause a wide range of physical problems for the family that is living in a home.
Keep in mind, however, that there have been no studies done to conclusively prove that having your air ducts cleaned can fix health problems. The particles in the air that are causing the health problems in your family may not e coming from your air ducts. However, cleaning your air ducts cannot make the problems worse, and sometimes it does appear to help, especially when family members are suffering from breathing problems.
Have You Had Unexpected Guests?
If you have had a recent infestation of insects, mice, rats, or some other unexpected and unwanted guest, you should have your air ducts cleaned. These little critters love to live in air ducts, and they leave behind dead bodies, waste, hair, and dirt. These cannot be completely removed without the help of a professional air duct cleaning service. Also, you may not know exactly where in your air ducts the little critters are living, so getting them professionally cleaned will ensure that you got all of your unwanted houseguests.
Do Your Air Ducts Look Dirty?
One of the most obvious signs that you need to have your air ducts cleaned is the way they look when you inspect them visually. If you can see dust and debris in the air ducts, then chances are they need to be cleaned. You can stick a vacuum hose down the air ducts, but you will not be able to reach all of the gunk. Only a professional has the right equipment to reach all of the space inside your air ducts.
Also, if you can see a film depositing itself on the walls or floor around your air ducts, then they need to be cleaned. This film is the junk that is being put back into your air whenever your furnace or air conditioner kicks in. Again, only a professional can reach all of this debris.
Got Mold? Get a Cleaning!
A final indication that you need to have your air ducts cleaned is visible mold growth inside your air ducts or HVAC system. This requires professional cleaning, and is definitely not something to be ignored. Mold spores cause health problems, so get those air ducts cleaned if you spot mold growth.
After you have cleaned out the mold, contact an HVAC professional to help you determine the cause of the mold. Remember, mold will return if the cause is not corrected. This will mean you will have to have your air ducts cleaned yet again, so get the professional help you need to stop regrowth of the mold you have just removed.
With these tips, it is easy to know whether or not you need to have your air ducts cleaned. If you do, schedule a cleaning with a qualified and licensed air duct cleaning company. Soon your family can be breathing clean, healthy air again!
By Amy Nutt
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Pic Of Heating Air Conditioning Pic Of Heating & Air Conditioning
Pic Of Heating & Air Conditioning
Pic Of Heating & Air Conditioning
How many of you belong to an electric coop? If so, do you receive a monthly magazine from them with little tidbits of information on how to save energy in you home? Well, I do and most of the time I don’t actually read the magazine. But, today I did and let me share with you some of the tidbits of information it told me.
1. Set thermostats to 78 degrees in summer, 68 degrees in winter. I have almost always followed this. Especially in the winter. Always run your HVAC system on auto. This is the most efficient setting for your unit. We recently remodeled an old house and we made sure that we had plenty of insulation to make the house more energy efficient. Check to see if the relative humidity inside your house during the summer is at 60% or higher.
2. Run ceiling paddle fans on medium, blowing down in summer and up in winter. There is a little switch on your ceiling fans to be able to switch the way the paddles rotate. This really does help to make your room more energy efficient.
3. Change HVAC filters monthly. This is very important. When the filter is dirty, it doesn’t work efficiently. Sometimes you might find that you may have to change it more frequently. Check the types of filters available and don’t be cheap. Get a decent filter for the conditions of your home. Also, make sure the filters are facing the correct way. They usually will say on the filter. Remember to have your unit checked at least once a year by a professional to make sure that you have no problems. If you have a window A/C unit, you will also need to change its filters monthly and be sure to check that you have properly placed weather stripping around it. Read the directions that came with your window A/C unit for proper use.
4. When heating or cooling, keep windows locked. Also make sure that your windows are the correct type of windows. Check the rating of your windows with where you live. Energy efficient windows will keep the cold out . Check to make sure your windows and doors have the proper weather stripping. Caulk around the outside of your windows. Closing your shades or curtains at night during the winter will keep the heat in the house and closing them during the summer days will keep the heat out.
5. Insulate electric wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads. This is a very easy thing to do. You can buy these foam pads almost anywhere. Check the hardware section of the store. Just screw off the face plate and place them inside. Even if your walls are insulated, you will still loose a certain amount of energy through the wall outlet.
6. Caulk along baseboards with a clear sealant. You can usually paint over caulk, if you want it to match the paint in your room. This is another way to make sure that your house is sealed correctly from any air flowing in or out.
7. Close fireplace dampers when not burning a fire. You would be surprised how many people forget to do this. Not only does it allow the outside air to come in, causing a draft, but it also can allow birds and other things to come in as well.
8. Caulk around plumbing pipes, phone lines and electrical wires that come through the wall or floors of your home from the outside. This will prevent air from coming in and any bugs that might squeeze through, as well.
9. Make sure inside and outside that the vents are not blocked. For your house to run efficiently you need to be sure that air flows properly inside and outside.
10. Insulate attics, attic doors and keep attic doors closed tightly. Remember heat rises.
By Wendy Greif
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Aircon Installations Aircon Installations
If you need an air conditioning system installing, then perhaps you know what you need, what to look for, and which company will install it for you. Alternatively, you might not know where to start.
Here’s what you should consider
1. You’ll need to work out your requirements. A small shop will have different requirements to a hotel or office block. Will you need to add to your air con system? Will you have server rooms to consider? What about your restaurant and kitchen? Remember that you’ll also need to budget for anair conditioning maintenance schedule too, so that your system is covered for any eventuality. You won’t want to have to wait weeks for an engineer.
2. You’ll want plenty of help and assistance so that you get the right system for your needs. You can’t be expected to know all about heating and ventilation, and you don’t want to be sold the wrong system. Is there an air conditioning design service available?
3. You’ll want your air con installation company to work with your construction team if it’s a new build. Working within the requirements of the relevant building specifications, and with architects and builders and other tradespeople, will mean that your air conditioning system will be installed properly, and as part of the building, rather than an afterthought.
4. It’s essential that your air con company understands your business requirements. You’ll want to be treated like an individual, and no two businesses are exactly the same. Not all shops will have the same requirements and not all hotels, offices or restaurants will need the same things.
5. Your installation company should be qualified in the systems that they sell. You’ll feel reassured that they do actually know what they are doing, and can improve your heating and ventilation.
6. The air con company should have plenty of experience, and ideally in your industry, or in similar sectors, so that they are able to suggest the right sort of air conditioning systems for you. You don’t want to discover that you are their first customer in your industry.
7. With a substantial portfolio of satisfied clients across various sectors, you can be sure that you’ll get the professional installation that you want, and the air con that you need.
8. It’s important that you have plenty of brands and models to choose from. you won’t want to have to make do with a system that’s not really right, because it’s the only system the air conditioning installation company offers. By having different brands and models, you won’t have to compromise.
9. When you’re having your heating and ventilation system installed, you’ll want to make surer that there are minimal disruptions. Perhaps you can ask the air conditioning installation company to work out of hours, such as at the weekend or when your shop is closed, so that you don’t have to shut down your busy company for a period of time.
10. No matter which air conditioning installation company you choose, or system you need, it’s important that you’re getting value for money. There’s no point in choosing a system that isn’t right for you, and won’t meet your needs.
Now you know what to look for, you’ll be able to choose the most suitable air conditioning installation company.
By M James
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Air Conditioner Filters Air Conditioner Filters
Air Conditioner Filters
Air Conditioner Filters
If you have a central air conditioning unit, you know that it is an expensive piece of equipment that has a lot to do with how comfortable you are in your home. In order to make the most of this investment, you have to take care of your air conditioner. Part of taking care of your air conditioner is making sure that you change out the filter regularly. This is important for the health of your air conditioner unit, and for the health of yourself and your family. The filter in your air conditioning unit traps the unwanted particles that reside in your home, and keeps them from re-circulating back into the air. Filters keep your home from being overrun with dust, mold, and bacteria.
Typically, you can find air conditioning filters at your hardware store, and even in some cases at your grocery store. This disposable filters come in all sizes, and you should be able to find one that will fit in your unit. They are fairly inexpensive, but they do not last forever. It is important that you purchase and replace these filters at least every one to two months. It is always a great idea to buy them in bulk, so that you have a supply on hand to change out your filter when it starts to get too dirty. Changing out the filter every three months or so, will help you keep a cleaner house with cleaner air for yourself and your family.
There are also filters on the market that you only have to purchase once. They are made of washable materials instead of the polyester that the disposable filters are made out of. You will have to pay a little more for one of these filters, but most of them come with a lifetime warranty. These types of filters will save you money in the long run, because cleaning them is as easy as taking it outside and spraying with your garden hose. They can also be cleaned as frequently as you would like, making the air in your house free from dust, mold, and bacteria. These types of filters are an investment worth making.
You are now probably wondering why changing out the air filter is so important. There are many reasons. A clogged air filter does not trap allergens or dust making the air in your home stale and dirty. If your allergies start acting up, suddenly it is a good idea to check your filter and make sure it is clean, if not you have found your culprit and you should take care of that immediately. Filters also trap a lot of the dust that naturally occurs in any building. If you are not found of dusting your furniture or vacuuming then maintaining a clean air filter will help you do these chores with less frequency. Filters also help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses, so during those when the flu is rampant it is a good idea to make sure your filtration system is not causing more harm than good.
When it comes to comfort, health and cleanliness of your home, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure the air filters in the air conditioning unit are clean, and make sure you are performing the proper maintenance on your unit to ensure that it is working efficiently. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable in their own home, and part of that is making sure it stays at a good temperature, and that you and your family are breathing clean fresh air even when you are inside. Air conditioning units will break from time to time, and the repairs are always expensive, but checking the unit and cleaning it properly will go a long way toward protecting your investment.
By Ethan D Orman
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Mini Split Air Conditioning Units Mini Split Air Conditioning Units
Mini Split Air Conditioning Units
Mini Split Air Conditioning Units
What you should know about installing a mini split air conditioner in your home. If you have an older home that was built without an original central air conditioning system then you might be the perfect candidate for a mini split ductless air conditioning system. Unlike larger split air conditioning systems you will not have to install elaborate duct work through out your home. Depending on the space in your attic installing ductwork can be simple or a complete nightmare. In addition to installing the duct work you must also install a return air grate somewhere in your home and the large air handler.
The air handler is the piece that contains the fan that circulates the air throughout your house. It draws in the cooler air from the return grate inside your air conditioned space and accelerates it through the coils which actually cools the air to whatever your setting is on the thermostat. The air handler is usually rather large and if you have a small attic your will have to locate it somewhere within the house. Most often they are installed in a closet or in the garage if there is a shared wall where a return grill can be installed. Some people do not like to have the air handler in the garage because of the humidity and constant sweating due to the temperature difference of the inside and outside. Not to mention air handlers are not very aesthetically pleasing.
On top of installing the air handler you must also find a location to install the compressor. This is usually the large cube shaped piece of the system that sits outside your house. Ideally you want this piece to be as close to the air handler as possible. There are a couple of copper pipes that run between the compressor and the air handler. With the current price of copper it is in your best interest to have these two pieces near each other as long runs of the copper pipe can get rather expensive. On top of that the compressors of larger traditional split systems are rather large. You may have trouble finding a large space to pour a concrete pad to set a larger compressor.
If all of this sounds a little hard to follow then you should definitely consider a ductless mini split system. With a mini split air conditioning system you will be able to cool your home in different zones which is ultimately more energy efficient. For example at night you may only want to cool your bedroom where you are sleeping. This means you are only paying to cool the area of the house that you are using. You will not have to install any ductwork and can simply mount the head of the system on most any wall. The easiest installation would be to put the head on an outside wall but you can easily install the system on interior walls. The compressor part of a mini split system has a very small footprint and you can also run multiple heads with just one compressor. The size of air conditioned space you have will ultimately determine the number of heads you need to efficiently cool or heat your home.
In 2010, HVAC Raleigh, an HVAC company servicing the Raleigh, Durham area of North Carolina had mini split ductless air conditioners make up thirty percent of their sales. This was up from five percent in 2009. So before you pay to have an HVAC Contractor retrofit a larger traditional split air conditioning system in your home you should get an estimate for a Ductless Mini Split System. They are very competitive on price to have installed and are definitely more energy efficient!
By Danny Jacobs
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Air Curtain Air Curtain
Have you noticed that when you enter some commercial establishments that right there at the entrance you are greeted, not by the security guard, but by a sudden gush of strong air coming right down from the ceiling? That forceful air is coming straight from one of those air curtain doors.
What are these air curtains to begin with? These are nothing more than electronic air blowers that release a strong and continuous current of air. It is directed either straight down to the floor or at an angle towards the entrance or exit, whichever way you are facing it. If you think it was placed there just to make you feel that strong air, you are wrong.
That is because there are major uses of these air curtain doors. The most common ones include:
To keep outside odors and fumes away from the room you are protecting. If you have an enclosed area that should be kept free from any foul smelling odors but you need to keep the entrance always open (maybe for continuous human traffic or transfer of goods and equipment) then installing an air door is your best option.
Want to keep dust, dirt and other contaminants from entering your facility? This is the device that is right for your needs. By blowing directly at the direction of which these pollutants would be entering the room, it will block it and push those pollutants away from the entrance. Of course this is not perfect because a person may carry the same pollutant within his body or clothing, but nevertheless this air blowing device is a good first line of defense.
If you need to maintain the temperature of the room and again you need an entrance that is always open, installing an air curtain is a sensible thing to do. It serves as a blanket of flowing air that helps block or prevent the outside air (of different temperature) to contaminate or change the temperature of the room.
But it is not just the entrance of a room that you can use such a device. In fact there are air curtain manufacturers who create such blowers to help dry up the conveyor belts of a manufacturing facility. It is a heated type of air curtain that effectively and quickly dries a conveyor belt or any part of the manufacturing equipment.
These air doors are also perfect for keeping all those pesky winged insects from entering your facility. Of course nobody wants any insects whether you are running a restaurant, a cold storage facility, a manufacturing plant, or a warehouse. These air curtains will surely do the job for you.
If there is one thing that these doors are not meant to be then it is for security purposes. For obvious reasons you cannot use an air door to secure a room especially from unauthorized personnel.
So there you have it. These are some of the top uses of air curtain doors. Do you think you need one for your facility? Talk to the nearest distributor in your area today.
By Reed Slidell
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