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The garage door opener you use to gain entry to your garage could use an upgrade if it is an older model. Even if it is still working properly, changing it for a newer model can increase safety and convenience. Here are some reasons why you should consider replacing your own garage door opener for a new model. Sound Quality Older garage door openers work by using a chain on a track to open the door. These tend to make quite a bit of noise as your garage door opens and closes. Newer models use belt drives or screw drives, both of which are considerably quieter because of the material they are made from.  Chain-drive garage door openers are still an option, as they are now constructed with a cover to help muffle the sound when in use. Security Garage door openers of the past used remote controls that were programmed with the same code for anyone with the same make and model opener. If you were to drive down the road with your controller and continuously push it, someone else’s door could open. New garage door openers offer much more safety. The code is reconfigured to work with your specific remote every time you use the door, eliminating the risk that someone else could get inside with their remote.  Safety If you have a garage door opener that is over twenty years old, there is a good chance that it does not have the safety-reversal feature that newer garage door openers are required to have. Two sensors are placed about a half a foot up from the floor on alternate sides of the garage door entryway. If something obstructs the path of the sensor when the garage door is being closed, the garage door mechanism will reverse so the door reopens. This design feature was invented to help keep small children and pets safe from having a garage door shut while they are in its path. Technology Modern garage door openers come with a variety of convenience features. There are applications you can download to your cell phone to run your garage door opener if you do not wish to carry a remote control unit. This allows you to swap vehicles without worrying that you forgot the device to open the door when you return home. It will also allow you to check on the status of your garage door when you are not at home via an Internet application. For more information, contact Girard’s Garage Door Services or a similar...

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If you want to have an affordable and reliable AC system, ductless air conditioners are a great choice. They are inexpensive, reliable, and can be configured to meet the cooling needs of your home. There are many choices today when it comes to ductless systems, which can be single systems, mini split systems, or multiple systems. If you are considering ductless AC for your home, here are four tips to get the right cooling for your home: 1. Getting the Right Size Systems for Your Home There are many different sizes of ductless cooling systems. You will want to have systems that are right for your home, which is calculated by cubic feet of air space and the tonnage rating of the AC. If you are using more than one unit, this should be calculated individually for the space that the units are cooling. This will ensure that you have adequate and efficient cooling for your home. 2. Using Mini Split Systems with Zoning Mini split units are ductless AC systems that use one heat pump with two air handlers in your home. They are ideal for smaller homes that have minimal cooling needs. It is a good system for a single floor home where more than one unit is needed to cool your home efficiently. If you are adding cooling to multiple floors, this may not be an ideal solution for your cooling needs. 3. Multi-Story Homes and Multiple Ductless AC Systems If you are adding cooling to different floors on your home, you may need to have more than one system installed. This can be several mini split systems, which can provide cooling for each floor. This will give you more efficient cooling and better performance than installing one split system to cool multiple floors of your home. 4. Location and Care of Outdoor Heat Pumps for Your AC The heat pumps of ductless systems are installed outside of your home like conventional AC. They need to have the same care as any other heat pump. This means you will want to locate them in a place that is out of sight and free of debris. During the winter months, you may also want to winterize the units and protect them with covers like you would with a central HVAC heat pump outside of your home. These are some tips to help you with getting ductless AC that is affordable and efficient. If you are ready to have your new AC installed, contact an air conditioning service like Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc and ask them about some of these things for your home cooling...

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If you’re getting rid of an old computer, replacing a broken one or changing an entire department of workstations, there’s a lot of scrap metal to be had from the various components inside. Gold, tungsten, aluminum and rare earth metals are often in demand and available inside drives and on boards inside the computer. A few inspection points can help you locate the scrap material for removal. Circuit Board Gold And Copper Computers are based around the motherboard, a board that connects many other components such as the hard drive, processor and memory. One of the most popular metals that scrap enthusiasts think of when discussing motherboards is gold. Unfortunately, that’s not the big ticket item. There isn’t much gold to be scraped off of most motherboards. From a single board, there may only be a few cents of gold. It’s still important to recycle as much material as possible, but don’t expect a massive profit unless you’re turning in hundreds of boards. Other boards such as video cards and sound cards have varied amounts of gold, but there are other scrap metals to consider as well. Many of these boards are called expansion cards, which means they expand the capabilities of your motherboard. The cards often act as miniature motherboards in their own right, and often feature copper heat sinks and other heat displacement metals. Hard Drive Scrap Materials Hard drives have a few recoverable metals as well. The casing is often made out of aluminum, which is used to protect the inner moving parts from damage in case of dropping. The real value inside is the rare earth magnets. The magnets are used to hold the reader arms for the hard drive, which are responsible for moving across the platters inside the hard drive to read and write information. Rare earth magnets are sought after by hobbyists looking for affordable, small and strong magnets to experiment. Industries also need the magnets for holding certain parts and processes together temporarily. It’s important to note that not all hard drives use rare earth magnets. Solid state drives (SSDs) drives have no need for the magnets, as they don’t have moving parts that need to be secured. Although SSDs are beginning to change the hard drive market, older, platter-based technology is still a major factor in business and personal computing. To find a place for your scrapped materials from computers, contact a scrap metal buyer like Jp Salvage & Core who knows what to look for in your...

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