General Home Maintenance Schedule Series: Informed HVAC Decision On Air Conditioning Repair Or Replace

Informed HVAC Decision On Air Conditioning Repair Or Replace
By RM Harrington

In every home equipped with central air conditioning, there comes a time when repair or replace becomes a major HVAC question. The following tips won’t resolve all of your concerns, but they can help you get the guesswork out of the decision-making process. By presenting this basic guideline for:

– Reduced costs in A/C installation costs
– Increased comfort from effective equipment
– AND the assets that best guarantee favorable energy-savings from your home heating and cooling equipment;

These tips will help you better understand the current state of air conditioning technology.

Make A Confident HVAC Repair or Replace Air Conditioning Decision

In every home equipped with central air conditioning, there comes a time when repair or replace becomes a major HVAC question. The following tips won’t resolve all of your concerns, but they can help you get the guesswork out of the decision-making process. By presenting this basic guideline for: · Reduced costs in A/C installation costs · Increased comfort from effective equipment · AND the assets that best guarantee favorable energy-savings from your home heating and cooling equipment; These tips will help you better understand the current state of air conditioning technology.

Repairing or Replace – The Value of Updating

TIP! If replace is your only option, make sure you buy ENERGY STAR compliant equipment. It may seem a small thing, but it isn’t.

We all know that age affects reliability, electronics, mechanics and even people. Perhaps your old HVAC system is worth repairing. Test and see. Get an estimate of repair costs versus replace cost, and then calculate all of the interrelated costs such as system durability, system performance, and the age of the existing unit. Remember also that the older a cooling and heating system, the more the more often you will be forced to revisit the repair or install new HVAC decision. If after reading this article you determine that fixing your aged HVAC equipment is preventing you from enjoying the cost-saving operating benefits of modern home air conditioning equipment, contact your local A/C installation team. Ask them to put together an HVAC replacement package that fits your budget. Then make certain that the package not only includes new, energy-efficient cooling equipment but that some form of workmanship guarantee of excellence backs the installation. Making a Wise Repair or Replace Air Conditioning Decision When reviewing repair or replace air conditioning options, determining the best course of action involves many areas of consideration. The following breakdown highlights some of the most important decision making factors. Apply them equally to any make or model of HVAC equipment. If you have any manufacturer-specific questions, contact your HVAC vendor.

Air Conditioning Refrigerants

R-22 or R-410A; These are the two types of A/C refrigerants most widely used in home heat pumps and air conditioning condensing units. However, due to the 1987 Montreal Protocol and the associated Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, a phase-out of R-22 and any other ozone-depleting chemicals is in effect. By January 1, 2020, no chemical manufacturers will be permitted to produce R-22 for home air conditioning servicing. At that point, only recovered, recycled and reclaimed R-22 will be available for use in servicing existing A/C and Heat Pump systems. Although uncharged R-22 systems can be installed as a replacement or repair option for an existing older unit, 13-SEER efficiency is the highest available option and the cost of R-22 may run higher than your greatest imagination. If your HVAC decision runs between major repairs for an R-22 unit versus upgrading to a new R-410A system, go with the new.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER)

TIP! Before buying a new HVAC system, consider the rated energy efficiency. Pricing may be important, but the long-term savings of an installed new energy efficient cooling system can save thousands of dollars in reduced unit lifetime energy consumption. It’s an HVAC decision you cannot afford to ignore.

Established by the United States DOE and increased in January of 2006, 13-SEER is the lowers current efficiency rating for central air conditioning systems. A higher rating reflects greater performance and energy efficiency. When faced with the decision of repair or replace air conditioning in an older 10-SEER setup, make sure that repair is very cheap and very simple, or else install something newer and better.


Heat pump performance and efficiency is not only measured by a residential SEER scale that is equivalent to that used on residential central sir conditioners, but they are also rated for efficiency on a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). Also established and set by the DOE, the HSPF of your installed Arizona Heat Pump may be just as important as your A/C SEER rating. In general, running an hp is less expensive than heating with a fuel-based system. In Arizona, a good heat pump will save you money on your winter heating bills.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) – Add Fuel Utilization to Your HVAC Decision

As a service of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, the specs for your system’s AFUE are designed to ensure that your home is serviced by efficient HVAC equipment. The current ASHRAE restrictions require that manufacturers produce heating and cooling systems that perform no lower than 80% AFUE. But concerned air conditioning manufacturers strive to reap 96% and above. So what means the AFUE rating? In simple terms, AFUE rating identifies just how much of your energy dollar is fully utilized in the operation of your home furnace system. Thus, a 90% AFUE rating means that ten cents of every dollar is wasted.

Manufacturer Warranty Coverage

Perhaps you wonder why anyone needs a warranty for a product that should be built to last? Well, face it! In this world, perfection does not exist. Even the best efforts to design a fully fault-proof heating and cooling system fall short. Most times, buyers get a winner, but on occasion someone gets a lemon. Every major HVAC equipment provider strives to give you the best product for the money spent, yet they too recognize the complications of Murphy’s Law. Compare product warranties. Find out exactly what is covered and for how long each component is covered. Consider the value of acquiring an extended warranty when available.

And then follow-up by making sure your HVAC installation provider supports their services with a limited lifetime workmanship warranty.

Picking An A/C Installation Team

Competition in the HVAC industry is among the greatest of any industry in the nation. Low-ball pricing by unlicensed installation teams is a common reason for ineffective heating and cooling services. Protect yourself. Demand evidence that a company is Bonded, Insured and Licensed to work at your residence. And get and check references. The cost of installing a new air conditioning system is no laughing matter. Avoid as much future hassle as possible. Use a reputable dealer.

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rmharrington is a professional HVAC content writer working exclusively for rmharrington is equally skilled for communicating with A/C technicians, HVAC product engineers or the home/business buyer in need of reliable A/C related details.

Home Improvements: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – CFL

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – CFL

By Amelia Yap

cfl  Every single home needs light and uses light bulbs and for the most part these can use up a considerable amount of power. There are alternatives. These alternatives include fluorescent light bulbs. Up until a little less than 20 years ago, there were no fluorescent based light bulbs that could be used inside a regular lamp. The only ones that were available where the long or short tubes that most people still think of as fluorescent lighting, compact fluorescent light bulbs however can provide your home with energy efficient lightening. These compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) can save you hundreds of dollars a year when it comes to your electric bill and in the process eliminate tons of green house gases. They also tend to last longer than traditional light bulbs making their price more affordable.

These compact fluorescent light bulb look like a mini fluorescent tube that has been bent and twisted into something similar to the size of a regular light bulb. They have a standard base allowing them to be used in the same socket as a regular light bulb, but it may be difficult fitting into a fixture due to it’s height or width.

They are still difficult to dispose of because of the mercury so like regular fluorescent you do not just want to throw them in the trash. In Canada and the US, Home Depot has a compact fluorescent light bulb recycling program. Check online to see what is available in your city. The price has fallen over the years and since they can last longer than a regular bulb and take up considerably less energy while providing a cleaner and brighter light, they are well worth it.

The average life for compact fluorescent light bulbs is between 8-15 times greater than a standard incandescent light bulb. This means they are rated for between 6,000-15,000 hours. These lights are made to be left on for longer periods of time so keep this in mind when lighting your house. You can reduce a compact fluorescent light bulbs lifespan by 85% simply by turning it off within the first five minutes of operation. In order to prevent this leave the light on for at least 15 minutes. If you know, you have an area, which has shorter lighting time consider using regular light bulbs on these lighting areas.

Fluorescent light bulbs can create a great deal of benefit for you. They produce a cleaner more natural light as a result; they often appear brighter than regular lights. They take less energy to run making them safer for the environment even if they do need to be disposed of properly and cannot just be thrown away. You should consider the lighting situation before placing the light bulbs, as there are some fixtures, which may not have the room for these types of light bulbs. You can be on your way to saving not only the environment but also money and energy through the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Amelia Yap is a mother who is very conscious about global warming and the future or our environment. She has made it her mission to educate others to go green, reduce their carbon foot print, and help save our environment.

You can download her FREE report, “Simple Ways to Go Green and See Green” to see how easy it is to go green and save money along the way.

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175 Firestone Drive, Delaware, OH 43015 Open House Saturday April 25 2:30pm to 4:30pm



Garage / 2 Spaces
Year Built
Sq Footage
2035 sqft.
Lot Size
0.26 Acres


175 Firestone Drive, Delaware, OH 43015 – Own your own awesome New England Craftsman Exterior, open loft w/open hand rail, master suite w/soak tub & tiled shower, upgraded cabinets & ceiling fan rough-ins thru out, open kitchen w/island flowing into bright family room, media taps, network panel,oval lead glass door, upgraded flooring & pad, upstairs laundry, recessed lighting, front porch, full basement w/full bath rough-ins, S/S appliance pkg and more . Contact me for MS print out plus full color pics. Too good to pass up. No waiting, new build ready for moving in.


Contact info:
Diana Barnum
Best Homes Real Estate, Ltd.



198 Dogwood Dr Delaware, OH 43015 Open House Saturday April 25, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


New neighborhood park & over $24K in Awesome Trendy Improvements including new landscaping! Start by pulling up to the new concrete driveway and walking in to your new open concept home. Check out the new laminated flooring in main bathroom w/soak tub on 1st floor, open great room, soaring ceilings, gas fireplace, new tiled kitchen & master bath, new interior paint throughout house, Kinetico Reverse Osmosis water filter, LG washer/dryer set, 95% efficient furnace, finished basement includes family room & full bath. Exterior back w/sheltered gazebo and deck that overlooks the spacious 1/3 acre lot. Enjoy tons of extras & updates. Carpeting allowance to choose your own. Beautiful treed area with nearby parks, pond, recreation for the whole family, plus nearby shopping. Won’t last long.


198 Dogwood Dr, Delaware, OH 43015


Year Built: 1997
Sq Footage: 2649 sqft.
Bedrooms: 3 Beds
Bathrooms: 4 Baths
Floors: 2
Parking: 2 Garage
Laundry: In Unit
Lot Size: 0.34 Acres
Property Type: Single Family House


  • Living room
  • Family room
  • Basement
  • Balcony, Deck, or Patio
  • Fenced yard


  • Garage – Attached


Contact info:
Diana Barnum
Best Homes Real Estate, Ltd.




General Home Maintenance Schedule Series: Check Your Roof & Siding

Common Signs That You May Need to Hire a Siding or Roofing Contractor

While it’s to be expected that a home’s exterior will get a little beat up over the years, there comes a point when a homeowner needs to take action and get some repairs done. If you ignore the little signs that you may have a problem with your roof or your siding, then you could be putting your home and your family at risk. It’s much better to call in a home improvement pro when you start to see the first signs of wear and tear.

Sometimes, the signs that your home’s exterior needs repairs will be quite obvious. If, for example, you come home to find unexplained puddles in your living room or bedroom, then you’ll know that you need to check your roof for leaks. Unfortunately, not all signs of disrepair are as obvious as that. In some cases, it takes a watchful eye to notice that your home’s exterior needs the help of a repair pro.

It’s always a good idea to check your home for signs that you need repairs to essential components such as your roofing and siding. You don’t have to do this too frequently, but it’s advisable to check every few months for signs of wear and tear. It’s especially important to do this after a big storm. The storm could have damaged your roof or your siding significantly, and if it has, then you’ll want to get repairs or replacements right away.

Signs of Roofing Problems

When you have a problem with your roof, there are a lot of different signs that you should look out for. If your roof is leaking, you may notice that there are stains on the ceiling inside your home, which means that you should call in roofing contractors right away. Some other signs that you may need to hire roofing contractors are missing or curling shingles. If you can stop a roof problem before it progresses to a leak or other major issue, then you could end up saving yourself a lot of time and money down the road.

Signs That You Need New Siding

Although exterior siding is meant to last for a long time and to protect your home for many years, it’s not indestructible. Siding can get damaged by extreme temperatures and other elements, and it’s not something that you have to simply put up with. If your exterior siding is showing signs of wear and tear, then it might be a good idea to contact siding contractors and ask for repairs. You don’t want to leave your home at risk because of damaged siding, and professional siding contractors can help you further protect your home and restore its beauty.

 If you stay on top of things by keeping an eye on your roofing and siding, then you’ll easily be able to spot problems before they become big issues. You can hire contractors to help you fix roofing or siding issues, and your home will stay in great shape for many years to come.

Maria Allen is a home improvement hobbyist and an Internet marketing expert for Prospect Genius, a local online advertising company.