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Forrest Fetherolf
Mr. Fix-It

Necessary Garage Upgrades

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For some reason, the garage is one of the most often remodeled rooms in the home.

Perhaps this is because due to the fact that when people remodel their garage, they forget a few things and then have to do it over again. 

If you are planning to remodel your garage, keep in mind these necessary garage upgrades. That way you only have to do the job once !

Space 

It almost seems like you can never have too much space in your garage.
When planning your garage upgrades though, keep in mind that while it may be nice to have unlimited space in your garage, it isn't really practical to have a garage that is as big as your house.

Keep your desires and your needs balanced and realistic. To do this though, you need to have a purpose for your garage in mind.

Will it be storing your cars?

Will it be used as a storage room?

Have a single purpose in mind and work around that.

Storage 

Regardless of what the primary purpose for your garage is going to be, you need to make sure that you have plenty of storage room.

At the very least, you need to ensure that you are able to properly store the items that you keep in your garage.

For example, if you use your garage as a game room, then you may want to think about creating some storage for the games.

Insulation

When you upgrade or remodel your garage, make sure that it is properly insulated.

This includes the garage door.

An improperly insulated garage can become horrendously cold during the winter and exceptionally hot during the summer.

Either of these can lead to higher energy bills and an uncomfortable situation for you when you use the garage.

Soundproofing

 Some may say that soundproofing your garage may not be necessary, strictly speaking.

However, if you are in the rest of the house do you really want to hear the noise coming from the garage?

Those cars getting fixed, the music or even the games being played can all get pretty loud.

At the very least, soundproofing your garage will provide peace and quiet for the rest of the home.


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Here's a few ideas on how to make your garage more useful...and maximize the space.





As you can see, there's more to a garage than a car...and...golf cart !


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Switching to LED Lights 
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If you're like most baby boomers or from earlier generations, when you think of office or overhead lighting, you envision fluorescent bulbs; and when you think of home lighting, you think of the familiar incandescent light bulbs.

But... the next time you purchase light bulbs for your lamps, take a look at the LED lights that are offered for home use.

The main difference between incandescent and LED lamps is the filament versus the electronic chip used to generate the beam of light.

That is, the incandescent bulb uses a filament, and LED lights use a light-emitting diode (thus, the initials L.E.D.).

LED lighting is part of a type of lighting referred to as solid-state lighting (SSL), which incorporates the use of solid-state electro-luminescence, rather than thermal radiation to emit light.

Because it doesn't use thermal radiation to emit light, SSL generates light while creating very little heat.

Here are some points to consider if you're contemplating using LED lighting in and around your home:

1Hot, but not

Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs produce very little heat.

If you've ever changed a hot incandescent bulb, then you know how the bulb can burn your fingers.

If you touch an LED bulb, it will not burn at all since they produce 95% less heat than incandescent bulbs.

2Long lasting

LED lights can last up to one hundred times longer than incandescent bulbs and up to ten times longer than fluorescent bulbs.

Since you'll need to change bulbs less frequently, you'll save money in the long run by purchasing LED lighting.

3Versatile

You can use LED lights in and around your home and rest easy in the knowledge that it is safe to use around children and pets.

 If they touch the lighting, they won't be burntThe lights will not shatter, either.

With traditional lighting, you run the risk of shattering a bulb if you drop it or run into it.

With LEDs, the casings are high density plastic, and will not easily shatter upon impact.

Use LEDs if you're concerned about helping the environment, because they are extremely eco-friendly.

LEDs use a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting, and lend themselves well to a variety of uses, including solar lighting and other renewable energy sources.

LEDs use lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, translating into energy and money savings for the consumer.

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Getting Your Air Conditioning System
Ready for Summer


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Summer is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to check your A/C system.

It’s important to regularly check the system in order to prevent any breakdowns once things start to heat up.

Below are a few helpful steps for checking your A/C system.


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Power Down

Before beginning any kind of A/C repair or inspection, be sure it’s powered off in order to prevent damages to any of its many parts. It’s also an important step for ensuring your personal safety, as 
air conditioner repair can sometimes be a tricky task. 

Cleaning the Condenser

Inspect the area around the condenser for any debris that could potentially prevent air from flowing into the system.


To help the condenser breathe, make sure there are at least a couple of feet between the condenser and any shrubbery, fencing, or tree branches that are in the area.

Use a regular garden hose to then wash both the inside and outside of the unit. 



If you suspect small leaks in your A/C system, you can usually fix them from the condenser’s end by using a refrigerant leak repair kit.



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It simply clips to the condenser’s suction line and sends sealant throughout the system, sealing any small leaks along the way.


Be sure to also check the fan belt,  which connects the motor and the blower, can weaken or wear down over time and require readjustment, more lubrication of the bearings, or even a total replacement.

Different A/C systems require different fan belts, so make sure you find one that’s specific to your system before purchasing.

After you repair or replace your fan belt, make sure there is at least half to three quarters of an inch of slack in the line.

Fan belts that are too loose or too tight are more likely to break. 


Duct work & Filters

Now it’s time to start following the A/C system indoors.


First, you’ll want to search your house for all registers (vents) and make sure that any rugs, carpeting, or furniture does not block them.

If you have floor registers, make sure to look inside for any foreign objects; it’s not uncommon for small household objects to fall through the vents.

Next you’ll want to inspect the duct work running through your attic or basement. Make sure that they are properly insulated and that there are no gaps in the seams.

Improper insulation can cause irregular condensation on the cold metal coils and lead to leaks that can seep through your ceiling. 



After the duct work has been properly inspected, go ahead and check your filters for any clogs.



It’s recommended that you change filters at least once a month to keep your system running smoothly.

Filters that protect against common allergens will tend to clog quicker, so they require more frequent attention. 

Professionals


Consider hiring an air conditioning repair professional to regularly check your A/C system. There are many parts that can go unnoticed by the untrained eye, and a professional can help prevent future problems by providing proper, detailed maintenance.

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Home Air Filters?

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Have you noticed a sudden upsurge of sneezing, coughing, or other allergy attack symptoms within your home?

If so then you probably need to change the air filter on your HVAC system.

Keep in mind that choosing efficient air filters, which is what you want to do in this situation, requires a bit more effort than simply going to your local home improvement store.

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Know the Size

An important part of choosing efficient air filters is to make sure that you choose one that will work for your particular unit. This means that you need to know the size of air filter you can use for your particular HVAC unit.

Usually all you need to do to find this information is look at the existing air filter and see what size it is.

If the existing air filter does not have a readily seen size, then take a look on the door to the air filter compartment.

On this panel you can usually find some rather important information that will include the filter size for your particular HVAC unit.

Look for Energy Efficiency

Take the size information that you now have, and go to your local home improvement store. There you will find a variety of different air filters, and while many will work, most will not work for what you want.

Take a look at the energy efficient models that are on sale.

These are the ones that you will want to continue looking at since they are designed to be the most energy efficient in how they capture the particulates that are within the air, and purifies it.

Find the ones that have the highest energy ratings before you continue making your choice.

Check the Ratings

Take a look at the filtration ratings that typically come with these types of units.

Make sure that you know what the usable ratings for your particular HVAC model are, and if you don't know, look up the model on line to ensure that you find the correct rating range.

If you are looking for the best filters you will want one that meets the HEPA requirements.

One Time vs. Reusable

You can often find one time usable units,  or ones that are reusable. Either one will work just as well, the question is a matter of cost efficiency.

The single use models are typically lower costing initially, though the cost of purchasing a new one every six months can quickly add up.

The reusable ones are initially more expensive, but over the long run are more cost efficient if you clean them regularly.

The choice of which one to use is up to you.

Change It Regularly

Once you have finished choosing efficient air filters that you can use in your home, you need to then change it out regularly.

This is a rather simple operation in most cases, and is something that most homeowners can accomplish.

Usually all you really need to do is remove the old one, and then place the new one in properly.

Most, if not all, HVAC units have instructions on the door to where the filter is located. If not, then take a look at the packaging for the filter to find the instructions. Simply follow those instructions and you will be able to change the filter without too much (if any) problems.

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1 comment:

  1. The Foundation Assisting Seniors will install the filters for you at no cost.You purchase the filters and they will install. call them at 725-244-4200

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