A Couple Tips on Lowering Your AC Bill

It may be tempting to keep the air conditioning at full blast during a heat wave, but your energy consumption will be enormous, and that’s bad for your wallet, and bad for the planet. There are ways to lower your air conditioning utility bill without needing an ac service man to adjust the settings – just follow these simple guidelines.

Comfortable Settings

It stands to reason that if you don’t set your air conditioner at too low a temperature (after all, you don’t want your house to be an icebox!) then by default, your home energy bill will lower significantly. A good temperature, and one you should use as the normal temperature of your home, is about 83 degrees. That”s a completely livable temperature.

Want to know the facts and figures? For every degree that you increase the temperature in your house, you will see a five percent drop in your energy bill. That is a significant amount of money when you add up all the savings over the summer months. Going on a vacation? Turn the A/C off, or increase the temperature higher.

Move the temperature to a higher setting right before you leave and this helps save money while you’re absent. Once you get back home you can set it to a more pleasant heat range and your house will cool off quickly.

Shades or Blinds

Lets also assume that you will be preventing a lot of the sunlight from heating your home up, just by installing curtains or shades on your windows. A little known fact about home efficiency and heat/cool air loss is that over 20% of your air conditioning expenses may be caused by the sunshine that enters in through house windows which do not have shades and/or curtains.The more sunlight you can stop from entering your house the less your home’s air conditioner will have to operate to keep your house at a mild and livable temperature.

Also, make sure your equipment works efficiently! It sounds like a no-brainer, but very few homeowners have their air conditioning units serviced regularly by a technician. Contacting a Vancouver ac repair specialist and getting them to test out your system is the best way to be sure your A/C is working efficiently. Have your unit serviced after and before every warm season.

Once you follow these guidelines and take heed of these air conditioning tip, you should understand how the proper home air-con temperatures can save you lots of bucks. Conserve the maximum amount of cash as you possibly can monthly on your own air conditioning expenses by being exceedingly careful how and when you use your A/C unit to cool your home during the hottest months.

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Looking to Install Rain Gutters Yourself?

Unless you are a handyman, if you are looking for quality seamless gutters, it is actually more reasonable to have professional gutter installers Vancouver take care of it than to try to do it yourself. For reasons I will discuss momentarily, it is not cost effective for a company that manufactures seamless gutters to drive to your location, measure and cut the gutters and simply leave them (drop-offs) for the do it yourselfer.

Most of the time, if a gutter company is even willing to do a drop-off it is based on your measurements and your net cost per foot will actually be higher for the gutter material than had the price included the cost of installation. Professionals gutter installers measure to tolerances of as little as an eighth of an inch for a quality fit. What if your measurement is wrong?

There is too much overhead built into the process to make seamless gutter drop-offs profitable for most gutter companies. The cost of keeping a truck on the road, the inventory, the maintenance of the gutter manufacturing equipment, and the manpower involved make it impractical to drop-off anything but lengths of gutter that are far larger than the average homeowner will require.

Sectional gutters are easier to install but their disadvantages make the trade off a bad one. Unless you are scraping for the cash, and these days that can happen, seamless gutters are a far better investment in your property and they do not lend themselves well for the do-it-yourselfer.

Furthermore all you need is one stiff wind or awkward moment and you can damage seamless gutters in the installation process precisely because their greatest advantage once installed, being seamless, is also their disadvantage for the novice installer – extra long length.

If that kind of thing happens while the gutter company installs your seamless gutters (a rare event because of their experience) they will manufacture another gutter on the spot at no additional cost to you. All this does not even begin to address the possibility of hurting yourself.

Finally, for the difference in cost, if you are inexperienced, you really are better off staying off the ladders or messing with your roof. Yes, it is all a matter of your tolerance level, but after over ten years in the business I have heard the horror stories.

The fact is that the process is simple enough if you know what you are doing, but it will take you far longer to install your own gutters than the same procedure performed by a seasoned gutter professional. This should hardly be news to anybody because it is true of everything.

Through the years any gutter system professional has regularly encountered surprises during the installation process in the most unlikely places. Everything from rot, to roof lines that are not straight, to the need for creative solutions to properly secure a gutter in an awkward space crop up regularly when we go from house to house. The do-it-yourselfer who is looking to save a few dollars may end up saving a little money but can often end up with an unwelcome headache.

Because of the reasons I have outlined earlier, quite frankly unless somebody just likes to do the work because it is a hobby and is willing to settle for what is widely regarded as an inferior result from sectional gutters, it is not worth the bother to do it yourself. The overall quality trade off is lousy, the time saving is nonexistent, and the financial savings are not meaningful both from the out of pocket perspective and may even be negative when considered from the outlook of return on investment at resale.

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Residential Roofing Choices

There are few circumstances where a band-aid solution is the right choice once the roof has reached its limit. Roof replacement trumps repairs much of the time for many reasons. Re-sale value, cosmetic appearance and of course peace of mind are all good reasons to consider replacing the roof.

Lifespan of Typical Residential Roofing in Vancouver

There is a time in each home’s life when roof replacement is unavoidable. Depending on the level of roof maintenance you have practiced and local conditions, the roof requires occasional repairs as well as eventual replacement.

The traditional life of a roof is about 15 – 20 years depending on circumstances. If you opted for a higher quality roof installation last time the roof was done then it might have lasted 30 – 50 years. That aside, once you discover missing shingles and visible signs of trouble it’s probably best to replace the roof rather than going for the cheaper roof repair alternative. This is a call best left to a professional whom you can trust.

So let’s say you’ve called a Vancouver roofing contractor and he comes over to do an estimate. He says it’s important to replace the roof, and that roof repair isn’t a good choice because the leaks you thought were minimal, turn out to be a serious problem and could result in structural damage. To understand the lingo better, visit our page on roof repair tips to better understand exactly what a contractor is saying when discussing your roof.

When you call, ask about algae resistant shingles. They are a great upgrade that keeps your roof looking nicer many years longer than usual and will even extend the lifespan. For quality work and a great residential roofing company, call us today.

Residential Roofing Tips

Below Are Three (3) Tell-Tale Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired or Replaced…

1. Dips In The Roof

If you have found visible signs of a dip in your roof this usually indicates trouble. There could be rot developing in the framework or moisture could be causing different areas to swell and buckle. In either case it is a good thing you caught it before it gets away from you. The roof should be a uniformly straight surface. If there are areas where water can build up, problems will only get worse!

2. Damaged Shingles

Shingles curl up as they age and nails will start working their way out. This happens as the UV coating gets washed away by rain and snow. There will also be a loss of granules because they tend to fall out at about the same rate as the UV coating loss occurs. If these signs are visible then it is time to replace your shingles.

3. Leaks

You may be able to extend the life of a leaky roof with some repair work, but if you notice that the leaks seem to be getting out of hand, it is likely that you will need to replace your roof altogether. Keep in mind that some roof leaks are easier to spot than others. While a puddle in the floor is obvious, you also need to be on the lookout for discolorations on your ceiling. Any brown spots are indicative of moisture, which could be coming from a leaking roof.

Another cause of problems can stem from a lack of proper drainage due to lack of regular gutter cleaning. If rain is not running off the house properly it can cause problems to the foundation as well. Compounded problems of this nature are not welcome in any home. If you are concerned about anything mentioned here call us to talk about it.

It is difficult for an amateur to pinpoint exactly where a leak originates…

… so that’s when you’ll want to call a local roofing company and ask them to find that leak for you. Once the inspection is done you have a better idea the kind of shape your roof is in. An experienced roofing contractor can determine if a simple roof leak repair is enough or you need to replace the roof entirely. When inspecting your own roof for problems, some things will be clearly obvious like algae, crumbling shingles, but it is the hidden problems that will haunt you. All roofs have a limited lifespan, and when yours has expired it is time to bring in a professional.

Yes, replacing the roof can be expensive but wooden roof trusses rot when exposed to the elements, so doing nothing WILL become EXTREMELY expensive. If your roof is starting to sag, then roof replacement may be your only option. We do not advise waiting that long to address a problem with your roof.

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