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Do you have a window air conditioning unit that takes forever to cool your house down? You may want to invest in central air conditioning because you will get the temperature you desire fast, which will save on energy costs. In this article, discover why a central air conditioning system is more ideal than a window unit and the cost to get one installed in your home. Why is a Central Air Conditioning System Better than a Window Unit? One thing that makes a central air conditioner better than a window unit is how much safer it is. For instance, a window unit has to be installed in a window that is open at all times that can make it easier for burglaries to get inside of your home. The constantly opened window also allows air to seep in or out while you are trying to reach a specific temperature. You end up having to use a lot of electricity just to cool down. A central air conditioner is also ideal because it is connected to a duct system that has vents in nearly every room in the house. Central air conditioning is able to cool a home quickly after it is turned on because of the duct system, which takes long with a window unit because it cools a single room at a time. You can save money on energy costs because the system won’t be on long. If your home is well ventilated, the temperature you set on the thermostat should last for a while. How Much Does a Central Air Conditioning System Cost? The cost of a central air conditioning installation will depend on what all is in need of being done. For instance, you won’t have to spend as much money if you already have central heating in your home because it will requires less work. You are looking to pay an estimated price between $2,100 and over $10,000 for a new central air conditioning system with all parts installed. You will be happy with your investment with time because of the money you will save on cooling costs each month. You don’t have to continue with the frustrating of not having cool air in a timely manner with a window air conditioning unit. Central air conditioning will solve your cooling problems and you won’t have to leave a window open. Contact an air conditioning specialist, such as one from Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services, to get a system...

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Have you had a home heating oil spill, and are struggling to remove the smells that it has left behind? If so, you will be pleased to learn that you can remove the odors that have been left behind in your concrete surfaces. Here, you will learn how to take out the stink that the heating oil has left behind in your concrete. Direct Cleanup The best way to put a stop to the smells the heating oil leaves behind is by acting fast when the spill occurs. Clean up the spill using kitty litter directly following the spill. The kitty litter will work to absorb the oil. Give the litter 30 minutes or so to absorb the oil. Sweep up and bag the dirty litter. If more oil remains, sprinkle more litter on the area and repeat the process. If the spill was substantial, you may have to repeat this process several times before it is all absorbed. Note: Disposing of the oil-saturated kitty litter can require a special trip to your local waste department. You should never put oil in your general trash for pick up. Contact your local waste department to learn what to do with the waste during this cleanup project. Trisodium Phosphate Paste Use a clean bucket to mix 5 cups of water with 5 ounces of trisodium phosphate. Mix small amounts of diatomaceous earth with the mixture until the consistency is that of peanut butter. Making the paste can be difficult as it thickens, but the efforts will be well worth it in the end when the odor has been removed. Apply the paste to the spill area using your hand or a putty knife. Cover the paste with a sheet of plastic or a garbage bag and tape the sides to the floor. Let this mixture dry for a couple of days. As it dries, it will absorb the smell and some of the stain that the heating oil has left on the concrete. After the paste has dried, use a broom to sweep it up. If you are having troubles breaking it up to sweep it, use a putty knife to scrape it from the concrete. Place the waste in a plastic bag for disposal. If the smell remains, repeat this process until it remains no longer. Concrete Sealant After you have removed the oil from the concrete and have eliminated the odor, apply a coat of concrete sealant to the area. This will help to seal any remaining odors inside the concrete and keep it from being an issue. This process can take you a few days to complete, but it will be time well spent when you no longer have to deal with the lingering odor of your spilled heating oil. People with experience handling oil like Enright and Sons can give you more...

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One of the most important parts of any construction project is ensuring that there is a stable foundation in place. This usually entails removing large amounts of soil from the area, but many homeowners do not understand the excavation process. As a result, they will likely need a couple of questions answered if they are needing to hire an excavation contractor: Can Excavation Contractors Help With Expanding A Basement? A basement can be an excellent way to add more space to your home without dramatically increasing the cost of the building project. This stems from the fact that it is cheaper to build a basement than a second story to a home. Due to this fact, is not unusual for homeowners to want a larger basement if they decide they need more space.  However, adding to a basement is a highly-complex task, but hiring an excavation contractor can dramatically reduce the challenges of this task. These professionals will be able to remove the soil around the wall that is to be expanded, and they can do this without causing structural damage to the home’s foundation. Once they have completed this work, your building contractor will be able to finish adding on to the basement.  Does Excavation Worsen Erosion Problems? Many homeowners are under the assumption that excavating a portion of the yard will contribute to worsening erosion. Luckily, this is typically not a problem for those excavating for building projects. Once the foundation has been completed, soil is added to fill the area that was excavated, and this will prevent the soil from eroding away during the next storm.  During the construction project, the excavated area will be covered with tarps when storms are in the area. These tarps will prevent rainwater from accumulating in the hole, and this is important because rainwater will weaken the walls until collapse. If the hole is too large for a tarp, it will be necessary to place a pump in it to prevent large amounts of water of gathering.  Excavating for a building project may seem like a routine task, but many new homeowners may learn that it is far more complex than they ever thought. Yet, without this type of work, it would be almost impossible to build stable structures on anything other than perfectly flat land. By understanding the answers to these two common questions, you will be in a better position to understand what to expect from this type of construction project. To learn more, contact a company like Rita’s Trash Disposal Inc. with any questions you...

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Putting Christmas lights up on your home every year is a challenge, especially when you live in the northern half of the United States. Here, where the temperatures are below forty degrees Fahrenheit half the year, it means that you have to take the warmest day you can get in late November or early December to put up your lights. The weather is almost never conducive to this task, so you do the next best thing: put the lights up on your house when it is not raining or snowing. Once Christmas is over, you have to take them back down again. Here is how you can do that without killing yourself. Hire a Roofer Now you are thinking, “That is crazy. A roofer will not put up lights.” Actually, they will, especially if you are elderly or infirm and need help decorating for the holiday season. Roofers know how to work their way around many a roof, and almost never get hurt or fall off a ladder. In some communities, roofing contractors will even offer their services as a public service for those who want to put up holiday lights but do not own a ladder or the means to put lights up. If this sounds like a service you could really use, contact some of your local roofers like Lucas Roofing & Sheet Metal to see if they participate in this type of program. Use Gutter Clips These little plastic clips snap on to your gutters and catch hold of the cord ropes of your holiday lights. If you have an extended reach pole, you can stand on the ground and loop the lights through each of these clips. After the holiday season, you can unloop the light strings from these clips simply by lifting up the electrical strings through the tops of the clips. The clips themselves stay put for next year’s display. Leave Them Up Indefinitely This is definitely not everyone’s favorite solution, but it is one that will allow you to never worry about taking lights down or putting them back up again. The only thing you need to remember to do is to unplug the lights and store the plug in a plastic bag as it dangles outside in all weather, all year. Unless a powerful windstorm pulls part of the light string down, you never have to worry about climbing up and taking the lights off of your house. Your neighbors will only notice the light strings if they are standing right in your driveway or next to your...

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If your drains are running slow but you can’t seem to get them unclogged, it might actually be due to a clog of the main sewer line. Using a small auger in your shower drain or a plunger in your toilet isn’t going to help when the main sewer line is involved. Instead, you will need a heavy-duty sewer drain snake. Here are tips for using this type of snake and unclogging your main sewer line. Check for Standing Water The first thing you need to do when using a sewer drain snake is locate the main line and check it for standing water. Remove the cap from the sewer line and look inside. You may see some standing water, which is common for large clogs. If there is standing water, the drain machine cable should be run toward the street. However, if you don’t see standing water, you can run the cable toward your house. Position the Drain Snake Once you know where you will be pointing the cable, you can get your drain snake ready. Position the snake as close to the drain as you can. This helps to prevent the tubing on the snake from tangling. It helps to have leather gloves on when you are using a drain snake because the machine can move hard and fast when it’s turning. If you are renting the drain snake, they should provide you gloves that are appropriate for this type of machine. Begin Using the Snake Once you have the snake positioned properly, put the head of the cable and several feet of it into the drain pipe. Turn on the machine and hold onto the cable with both hands. You don’t want to let go because it can snap back and injure you. Hold onto it tightly with both hands. If you are able to get a drain snaking machine that includes a spring to avoid this from happening, that is definitely ideal. Clear the Drain With the machine in the forward position, feed more of the cable into the drain and wait until you reach a spot where it feels like it is pushing pressure on the cable. This is usually a sign that you have hit a clog. Pull it back a few feet and you will be able to pull up whatever the head of the snake has captured in the drain. Continue with this method until you are sure the drain is clear. For help with sewer lines, drains, wells pumps, and any other plumbing concerns, you can also always call a service to help get your plumbing in working...

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