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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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Three Tips To Care For Your Air Conditioning

If you need to get your home ready for the dead heat of July and August weather, you need to get a jump on the summer time by caring for your air conditioner. When you do this, you'll be sitting pretty the next time the temperatures hit 90 or above. To make sure that your air conditioner is taken care of, follow these tips below and do not hesitate to find a great air conditioning contractor for more service. 

#1: Finding a new air conditioner

Prior to summertime, you need to make sure that you get a complete inspection and audit into your air-conditioning system, to see if it will make it through the summer with maintenance. Some people make the mistake of patching up a faulty air conditioner, when the real necessary decision is to replace the air conditioner overall. When you need to buy a new air conditioner, make sure that you purchase one that is as new and up to date with today's standards as possible. Shop for the labor and parts for an air-conditioning installation so that you can find the most affordable deal. On average, people pay about $5000 for a new air conditioner installation.

#2: Take care of your air conditioner through diligent maintenance

When you want to make it through the summer, be sure that you follow some excellent steps for air conditioner maintenance. The most critical way to maintain your air conditioner is to change out the air filters. This should be done about once per season or every month during peak times -- such as summer season. You should also check your electrical wiring to make sure that they are still intact and that you do not have any wiring issues. Bring in an air-conditioning contractor to clean out your air ducts, so that your system works the best that it can. It might cost you between $300 and $500 to clean out your air ducts.

#3: Maintain your thermostat

Your air conditioner thermostat can sometimes be the root of serious issues if it is not properly working. A bad thermostat will waste electricity and cause the temperatures in your home to fluctuate significantly. If you need to replace the thermostat entirely, you can expect to pay somewhere between $200 and $250, according to national averages.

Adhere to these three tips for greater conditioner maintenance and you will be comfortable throughout the summer months.