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Aussie Advice – Keeping Cooling Costs Low As Mercury Rises

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Australians have taken to air conditioning in a big way with an estimated 9.2 million units working to keep the summer heat away. Air conditioning is particularly energy hungry with many people wasting money on unnecessarily high electricity bills because they are ignoring a few simple ways to reduce their cooling costs.

 

“Closing doors and windows on hot days and covering window glass will help keep your home cooler”, says Grant Waldeck, a spokesperson for comparator website comparethemarket.com.au.

 

“Sunlight can warm a room quickly, making air conditioning necessary,” Waldeck says.

 

How to keep cool – without blowing the budget

 

  • Monitor your temperature gauge and remember that every increase of 1 degree can add up to 10 per cent to the running cost of your unit Clean or replace your filter regularly. A clean filter will help ensure your air-conditioner is performing at its most efficient.
  • Don’t leave your air-conditioner on when you aren’t at home. Consider purchasing a unit with remote control functionality.
  • Avoid placing other heat emitting home appliances near your air-conditioner. It causes your unit to work even harder to cool the air around it, increasing its energy output.
  • Shade your windows in summer with curtains, awnings, or shutters to reduce heat absorption. By keeping your house cooler your air-conditioner has less work to do.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/money/saving/keep-cooling-costs-low-as-mercury-rises-20140207-325on.html#ixzz2skst4Lla

Do Your Ducts Need Work?

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Although many homeowners consider duct cleaning a way to make their indoor air cleaner, research on whether it can really create a healthier home is in the early stages.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends looking into duct cleaning after fires, floods, pest infestations and in hazardous waste situations, or if you can see particles coming out of your ducts. Otherwise, the agency says it’s not necessary for the average household.

Does poor duct work effect value?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

Tom Keys, president of Atlantic Duct Cleaning in Sterling, Va., says his company has done more than 80,000 duct-cleaning jobs, and that many customers report back that they have better air quality, a cleaner home and lower energy costs. Customers often are surprised at how much debris collected in their ductwork over the years, he says.

“Most of the people who do it, do it for peace of mind,” Keys says. His company has found all sorts of items in ductwork beyond dirt and grime, including class rings, rare baseball cards and construction debris from when the home was built.

Keys encourages homeowners to ask duct-cleaning technicians for evidence that there is dirt in the ducts that should be removed.

Jodi Araujo, executive director of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, says homeowners can tell when ducts are dirty by simply removing a register cover, inserting a camera and clicking a photo.

On the other hand, John DeSilvia, a contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Rescue My Renovation,” doesn’t generally recommend duct cleaning to homeowners. It’s normal for dirt to accumulate and stick to the sides of air ducts, he says. The exception, he says, is if there’s visible mold growth.

If you do have ductwork cleaned, he advises getting a few estimates and ensuring that the service you hire uses high-powered equipment to capture what they dislodge. Otherwise, the effort could backfire.

“Any dust and dirt not collected will be distributed throughout your home, causing a bigger problem,” DeSilvia says.

If you decide to get your home’s ductwork cleaned, expect to pay between $400 and $800 if there’s one HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. If you have more than one zone, you could pay more. That’s because duct cleaners don’t just clean the ducts; they also clean the furnace and air handler for each unit, which could extend the life of your appliances.

In addition, they can identify any places where a duct has become unsealed, torn or flattened, preventing good airflow. Many professional duct cleaners recommend having a system cleaned every five to eight years.

Read more at: www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar/02/tp-do-your-ducts-need-work/?print&page=all

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Does Your Home Need the Ductwork Cleaned?

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Although many homeowners consider duct cleaning a way to make their indoor air cleaner, research on whether it can really create a more healthful home is in the early stages.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends looking into duct cleaning after fires, floods, pest infestations and in hazardous waste situations, or if you can see particles coming out of your ducts. Otherwise, the agency says it’s not necessary for the average household.

Will this type of maintenance add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com  for your value questions

Tom Keys, president of Atlantic Duct Cleaning in Sterling, Va., says his company has done more than 80,000 duct-cleaning jobs, and that many customers report back that they have better air quality, a cleaner home and lower energy costs. Customers often are surprised at how much debris collected in their ductwork over the years, he says.

“Most of the people who do it, do it for peace of mind,” Keys says. His company has found all sorts of items in ductwork beyond dirt and grime, including class rings, rare baseball cards and construction debris from when the home was built.

Keys encourages homeowners to ask duct-cleaning technicians for evidence that there is dirt in the ducts that should be removed.

On the other hand, John DeSilvia, a contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Rescue My Renovation” (which premieres Feb. 27), doesn’t generally recommend duct cleaning to homeowners. It’s normal for dirt to accumulate and stick to the sides of air ducts, he says. The exception, he says, is if there’s visible mold growth.

If you do have ductwork cleaned, he advises getting a few estimates and ensuring that the service you hire uses high-powered equipment to capture what they dislodge. Otherwise, the effort could backfire.

“Any dust and dirt not collected will be distributed throughout your home, causing a bigger problem,” DeSilvia says.

Read entire article at: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2013/02/does_your_home_need_the_ductwo.html

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