Friday, August 28, 2009

Exterior Door Replacement

Exterior doors that are exposed to the weather can be damaged quickly if not protected.

This door was painted, yet was damaged from the rains. Why? Well, I can think of several reasons.

1. The door was not properly primed before painting. All the surfaces, including the top and bottom of the door should be primed before painting. An oil-based primer is best.
2. Water needed to be diverted away from the door. This door was at the end of the gutter, when the downspout was clogged, water cascaded over the top and on to the door.
3. Maintenance. At the first sign of loose paint, swelling, discoloration, etc. the problem should be addressed. Fixing some loose paint, or checking for door swelling can allow a problem to be corrected early. Correcting a door problem early can at years to the life of the door.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Clean and Dirty Air Filters

Two identical air filters; one is new, the other has been in use for 4 months. Clean your air filters regularly and save money.
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HVAC Air Filters - Keep Air Filter Clean

Air filter

Heating and Air Conditioning systems make our living spaces comfortable, but the cost of running these systems can be expensive. How can we keep the costs down? Well, the simplest answer may be the air filters.

Air filters catch small debris that can harm the HVAC unit. Over time the air filters get dirty. These filters need to be replaced regularly. How often do you change these filters? It depends. Q

The air filters pictured below are from a home in Placerville. It shows how quickly these filters can get filled with dust and debris. One filter is only 4 months old. New carpet, pets, landscaping, etc can all lead to dirty filters. How often is system is running will also effect the life of the filter.

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