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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.


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Cool It! How To Wind Down Your Air Conditioner After A Hot Summer

by Kent George

Really hot and uncomfortable summers can put a lot of stress on your air conditioner. This is one of the biggest reasons why you need air conditioning maintenance right now. Your poor air conditioner has been under a lot of stress this year, trying to keep your home cool without overheating itself. Here is how to wind your A/C down after one of the longest, hottest summers on record.

When You Turn the A/C Off, Leave It Off

When you finally decide to turn the A/C off for the season, leave it off. The system has to get settled before any maintenance can be done on it. It is also important to leave it off so that you can reduce your energy bills for a couple of months before winter hits and the heating bills stack up.

Clear away All Debris 

The HVAC technician cannot reach your A/C unit if there are tons of branches, leaves, logs, etc., all blocking the unit. Clear these away. Additionally, these things can get jammed up inside the unit and then cause some major damage and major repair expenses.

Refill Refrigerant

The biggest reason you need an HVAC technician to do the maintenance is so that he or she fills your A/C's refrigerant. You want to keep icy cool next summer, and you cannot do that if your A/C's refrigerant is running on empty. (A lot of the other maintenance tasks you may be able to do yourself.)

Cover It Up

After your unit is clean, calm, cooled off, and ready for next year, cover it up. Wrap it up tightly with tarps, tape, bungee cords, or the original A/C box cover. Whatever you have, use it. Once you have wrapped the unit up for the season, you definitely cannot turn it back on again, which is why you made a point of turning it off and keeping it off all this time.

If it gets really hot again mid-fall, as it seems to be doing this year, do not start the A/C up again. Then you have to repeat parts of the maintenance process to make sure your air conditioner is ready for next year. If you are concerned with the unit getting too warm because of the weather, use a cover that is entirely white and lacking metal, as the white tarp or cover deflects sunlight and the lack of metal prevents the conduction of heat.

For more A/C maintenance tips, contact companies like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.