Friday, February 22, 2013

Co-Writer Advice & How to Save $ this Summer!

-- Brummet's In the Media -- 

Today -  Friday February 22 - at 8:30 pm EST/ 5:30 pm PST  I'll be participating in a discussion on the pros and cons of having a co-writer, co-writing advice, working with a spouse and more. I believe the host Corine La Font will have a chat room open for live listeners... and the live broadcast will be archived so that people can access the audio at their convenience later on. I hope that you are able to drop in to the live or archived show, and would love to hear what you thought of it... feel free to leave a comment on this blog, on the episode page or visit my site and contact me from there.

-- Save Energy - Save Money, This Summer! --

Spring is here and in some areas gardening activities have already begun; soon the heat will hit us and we'll be wondering how to save money and stay cool at the same time. Well, we have some tips today via today's article - written by Marcelina Hardy. She uses an AC repair in Cedar Park company for air conditioning Round Rock service.

Save Money with a Well Maintained Air Conditioning Unit

Homeowners spend over 11 billion dollars in electricity running their air conditioner annually. It also uses as much as 5% of all electricity the United States produces each year. While it may not seem like much, it can have a major impact on the amount of non-renewable energy available.

To save the Earth and money, you can help your air conditioner run much more efficiently. An efficient running air conditioner is one that uses up less electricity and saves money in repairs in the long term. 

How to Maintain an Air Conditioner

The first step in maintaining an air conditioner is changing its filter at least monthly. If you have pets, it may need to be replaced twice a month. You can find the size of the filter by checking the side of it when you take it out of the register. If it’s a new home that doesn’t have one, you can measure the register and take those measurements with you to a home supply store to purchase the correct size. 

The next step is to check the unit’s evaporator coil. The coils can become quite dirty, especially if there are trees, bushes, and other debris around it. It’s best to cut back bushes, brush and other forms of debris from the unit. Rake up leaves around the unit as well. Don’t worry too much about a tree near the unit because the shade it produces will help the unit function more efficiently. The shade keeps the unit cooler during the summer months, which can affect how long the unit runs when it’s trying to cool your home. 

If you have a window unit, inspect the seal to make sure it is still strong. If the seal is cracked, the hot air from outside will come inside your home causing the unit to work longer and harder. It’s also important to ensure there is no moisture around the seal. This moisture can let the cool air escape from inside the home. 

Hiring a Professional

While there are many ways to maintain an air conditioner yourself, it’s a good idea to ask a professional to review it annually. The cost of having someone maintain the unit is much less than having someone come to your home to diagnose a problem and repair it. 

Not only does it cost less, but it can also lead to less hassle. Just think of those 100 degree days when all you want to do is soak up some air conditioning only to find it doesn’t work. You have to call a repairman, wait many hours or even days for him to come, and then possibly have to wait for a part to be ordered and delivered. 

With maintaining your air conditioning unit, you will end up catching malfunctions before the unit fails to run. You’ll be able to keep your unit running longer and more efficiently too. 

It’s worth the few minutes each year to review your unit’s functions, clean it, and get it serviced by a professional. Give it a try this year during the spring season and then after the summer each year afterwards.

-- Conscious Living Event -- 

Feb 22nd

Coast Waste Management Association

Overcoming challenges in servicing multi-family residential buildings

Location:  Vancouver Island Conference Center – Nanaimo BC

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