Sometimes It Makes Sense To Replace Air Conditioning Systems

If you have been living with an air conditioning system in place, sometimes you may be held between keeping on repairing or replacing the entire system altogether. Its the same decision you have to make with your car. Most of the times, it makes sense to repair and move on. However, other times the idea to buy a new car is ideal. What remains a fact is that your systems will not run 100% effectively forever. Having been made by man, you can bet they will nag you at some point. So, how do you know when the system crosses the line and is in for a replacement? Here are the signs that should affirm your decision to replace rather than repair.

Too much age
Even the air conditioning systems have their twilight ages. Nothing is built to live forever. Even the manufacturers of air conditioning systems do appreciate that there is a maximum number of years that the system is expected to last. For many brands, its about 20 years although the number can be exceeded with proper maintenance practices. It is more likely that the system will serve you for the first 15 to 20 years. Not that the system will understand its time is over and break down after 20 years. Its just that the system will start developing a series of repair needs that may not be cost-effective. Rather than wasting money repairing such a system, it is better to invest on a new one and freshen things up. You will forget about repairs for at least the next decade having to attend to the system only occasionally.

Super expensive repair bills
Normal repair services for your system are understandable. The problem comes in when the hvac repair costs a fortune. The brain of a wise man will start to see the cost factor comparing how much a new system would cost. As a matter of fact, use the 50% rule to make an informed decision. If your repair bill is quoted to be over half the buying price of a new system, it only makes sense to go for the new system.

Hiking energy bills
With age, the air conditioning systems tend to be less energy efficient. You can tell of this if the energy rates remain the same but the energy bill keeps on shooting higher. Bringing a new system will save you the extra dollars going into the energy charges.

Home remodeling plan
If you plan to remodel your home, chances are that you are about to increase the home size. Air condition are rated to serve certain home sizes. The old system may not be able to serve the remodeled home effectively necessitating a new system.

With these reasons on board, there is no doubt that a new system will be the best solution.

Detecting Asbestos In Homes Or Businesses

It is possible there is ¬†asbestos in somewhere in your home that you didn’t know existed. With a little searching older houses you are bound to find some asbestos. If you search through an old home chances are you will find asbestos. Without a doubt if the section containing asbestos shows no wear or tear there should be nothing to be concerned about. Areas that are worn and tattered would be a possible sign of air contamination.

You cannot accurately determine asbestos in a material by visually examining it. It is definitely hard to determine if older building materials have asbestos or not. Numerous homes built before the end of the 1908’s show some kinds of asbestos. It was not until the early 1980’s that materials that contained asbestos were banned for use in buildings. Having it tested would give a clear result. You can either hire a company to come and do a test, or buy a kit that tests specifically for asbestos.

Testing for asbestos on your own requires some safety measures to be followed. Keep your hands and face protected while you scrape a test piece off that has been moistened with water. Usually this is the type of task you woul want a expert to deal with. Most homeowners aren’t experienced enough to handle toxic substances. Toxic airborne particles can cause adverse effects on anyone living in the building. Its a good choice to stay safe than risk being exposed.

What Steps To Take Now That Asbestos Has Been Uncovered

Cautiously take out all of the asbestos on your own, or search for a certified pro in removing asbestos. To tackle the work yourself you must rent or buy a HEPA air machine for trapping airborne toxins. Items like old clothes, shoes and face mask will be used but need to be disposable, as well as having a water source close by. During the removal process it is imperative to keep the asbestos wet.

An experienced asbestos removal company is the safest route when getting rid of asbestos. Asbestos removal experts are trained for the safe removal of asbestos. They can remove anything from asbestos roof shingles to vinyl floor tiles. Have a certified expert come to your home to give you advice. The asbestos will be safely removed by following a strategic plan. To make sure all of the asbestos is out of the air, an air quality test is performed. To conclude, most DIY jobs do not include removing asbestos.