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Thinking about buying a new Central Air Conditioning System? Here are some tips 0

Thinking about buying a new Central Air Conditioning System? Here are some tips

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

Most standard brands available today are Rheem, Trane, American Standard, Carrier, Bryant, Lennox, York, Amana and Goodman. Other Brands such as Maytag, Frigidaire and Tappan which are manufactured by Nordyne. Non standard brands such as Florida Heat Pump (FHP), First Company and Mitsubishi.
It is very important that you purchase the correct size system for your home regardless of the size you currently have. What I mean by that is, don’t just replace with the same thing you have now. It could be mis-sized and causing you problems that you are not aware of such as short cycling (causing humidity problems) or over working (shortening its life spa.
Today’s systems are different in design then your older system. In order to achieve the higher efficiencies, they have installed a TXV valve which regulates the flow of the refrigerant. These keep the units from working inefficiently but do not allow for deficiencies in sizing.
The best way to properly size your new system is to have your contractor do a Heat Load Calculation also known as a Manual J. If not, as a general rule of thumb, 500 sq. ft. per ton of a/c living space for a single family home (example 2000 sq. ft. of a/c living space is a safe bet at 4 tons) . Factors may vary depending on exposure of home, how many windows and type, attached or free standing home, single story or 2, inadequate insulation in attic and leaking ductwork.
Your contractor should also check your ductwork in the attic to make sure it’s sized properly for the new system. Don’t assume or let him tell you it’s fine if he hasn’t looked (red flag).
Seer Rating:
Acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER rating the lower your electric bill. Some utility companies offer rebates based on the SEER rating. 13 SEER is the minimum  rating allowed by law and can go up to 21 SEER or higher depending on the brand. Keep in mind that the higher the SEER the more costly the equipment. For a single stage unit (I will explain about this later on) 16 seer is about the highest and probably the most popular now because of price.<
Types of Central a/c systems:
Split systems, package units and water source heat pumps (less common and usually in high rise condos). A split system has 2 units, a condenser outside and an air handler inside. A package unit has both in 1 on the outside. A water cooled unit has both inside and is connected to a water source.
Single Stage vs. 2 Stage:
Single stage system is the least expensive and the more common system. It uses one compressor in the outside unit (condenser). A 2 stage system has either 1 compressor that changes speeds or 2 compressors that change back and forth according to demand. A 2 stage unit also has a variable speed air handler. The benefit to the 2 stage system is better humidity control, better air circulation and quieter operation.This system will keep your home feeling more comfortable over the course of a day because it adjusts to the changing environment of your home. Factors such as outside temperature, direction of the sun as it relates to your home and humidity will be compensated by this system.Also check your old thermostat.You might have to replace it and get a new one(Link-Programmable thermostat reviews) that support your system.
Types of Heating:
Heat strip, heat pump, gas furnace. A heat strip is a coil in the air handler that heats up like a toaster. The air blows over it as it goes through the air handler. A heat pump uses a reverse cycle on the compressor to produce heat and can be supplemented with a heat strip for additional heating (used in cooler climates). A gas furnace gets its heat from natural gas and is used in colder climates.
Refrigerant Line Sizing:
These are the the copper pipes that carry the refrigerant (or freon) back and forth from the condenser to the air handler. There are 2 lines. A liquid line and a suction line. They must be the correct size according to the manufacturers specifications. Make sure that your contractor checks them to see if you have the right size for the new unit. Don’t assume they are correct even if you are replacing with the same size a/c. They may never have been correct. Under sized lines cause premature failure of the equipment due to low lubrication of the compressor and will lower the SEER rating that you are paying for. If a contractor does not check these (red flag).

Rule of thumb.

1.5 to 2.5 tons minimum size is 5/8 and 1/4 up to a 50′ run.\
3 to 3.5 tons minimum size is 3/4 and 3/8
4 to 5 tons minimum size 7/8 and 3/8
Electrical Specifications:
Electrical wiring also needs to be sized properly. Don’t assume because you lived in your home for 20 years and your a/c has worked fine and you’ve never had a fire that it’s ok. Breakers also need to be sized properly. Again, don’t assume that what you have is right or safe. Make sure your contractor checks this without you asking. if not (red flag).
Rule of thumb for air handlers<
up to 30 amp breaker #10 wire and you can use a 5 kw heater
up to 45 amp breaker #8 wire and you can use a 8 kw heater
up to 60 amp breaker #6 wire and you can use a 10 kw heater

Rule of thumb for condensers
Varies by size and brand but wire sizes and breakers listed above are the same.

Manufacturers, Utilities and Government Rebates:
Manufacturers have rebates usually in the spring and the fall. The higher the price of the equipment, the higher the rebates (typically up to $1200). Keep in mind that the dealer absorbs half the cost of the rebate, so it gets built into the price to the consumer. Here is a link for state, local and/or utility incentives in your area Power utilities may also have rebates for repairing ductwork and replacing insulation in the attic. Federal Energy tax credits ended on December 31, 2011 but legislation is in congress for new tax credits.
Hiring a Contractor:
Your local power utility company may have a list of participating contractors for any utility rebates. Better Business Bureau is good if you take the time and check how many complaints a particular contractor has (too many and red flag). Angie’s list is also good. The best way to find a contractor is by word of mouth. Ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers. If they’ve had a good experience, they will surely let you know, if not then you know which contractors to stay away from. Get 3 estimates. If you do your research and call reputable contractors, then 3 should be enough. Too many will definitely get you confused. Make sure that they leave you a written estimate with all work to be done as well as model numbers and prices. If all these things are not on the proposal or if they tell you that they don’t pull permits for the job then beware. Most cities require permits even if your replacing with the same thing. This is to make sure that your contractor did all the work according to code and that your home is safe.

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Create your own South Park style avatar 0

Create your own South Park style avatar

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

Today I want to tell you about a funny  pastime, something to relax that makes you forget for a moment the warm temperature of this period.As you may have guessed from the title I want to introduce you to an online service to create the ‘free South Park style avatar , the famous American cartoon series.More info and fun facts including episode guide of the show here. The site I’m about to introduce will allow you, to create the Avatar directly online  and without, therefore, to install any software on your PC.I chose this service because I was struck by the friendliness and quality of the tool to create the avatar  In fact, once you create your character you can choose to save it to your computer in Avatar style as well as  in portrait style, for desktop background or image for your blog.

Let us first of all see how to reach the site and then how to create an avatar for free.
Site to create free avatar
The site in question is and you can directly reach the service to create avatars of  by clicking on the link in the box below:

Just click on the previous link and wait for application to load.To begin to Click on the word  New avatar .

Now let’s see how to create the avatar.

After clicking on New avatar , the first thing you have to do is choose the body style of character that you want to create.


At the center you have a preview of the character you are creating.

The vertical scrolling menu contains, all objects and body parts you can change and add on your character from South Park. The menu items are:

  • Skin: Skin tone
  • Emotion
  • Hair: Hair
  • Tops: upper garments
  • Bottoms : lower garments
  • Accessories: various objects for the body

The horizontal scrolling menu contains the various type for the above parts.

The color tab which appears after hair selection at the bottom left allows you to change the color of the various accessories and items  on the character of ‘Avatar.

At any point you can you can click on Save .

It will open a page where you can.

  • Save on pc : through which you can save the ‘image on the PC of your character in Avatar style
  • Save as wall paper : through which you can choose to save the image to your PC in Blog style wallpaper (desktop background), and Portrait (Portrait).
  • Email to friend
  • Post to facebook.
  • Send To a Friend : to send the ‘avatar created to a friend via email.

What do you think? This application is real fun online?

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What’s This? A Gun Safe Door Organizer With Easy Installationsafe) 0

What’s This? A Gun Safe Door Organizer With Easy Installationsafe)

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Welcome to our review on a great gun safe door organizer by Cannon. The Cannon Safe 9000-Pistol 2009 Door Panel Organizer provides all that you are looking for, if you want a quality gun safe organizer.

The Skinny on Cannon’s Door Safe Organizer

Some of the main benefits of this safe accessory are the easy to use installation clips, with no drilling needed.  Customization of the panel thanks to Velcro holsters.  The ability to fit both small in large safes, and all at an affordable price.  But of course this gun safe door organizer is not a flawless product.  It has been suggested that the material used to make to panel isn’t of the highest quality, and although it will fit any safe, it is primarily made for Cannon safes.  In the end  we suggest that this is one of the best  on the market, but you will need to read on to get all the details.

Organizer Panel = Firearm Safety?

Obviously, the primary advantage to having a door panel is to organize your firearm safe . But to add to that rather apparent perk this should add to firearm safety in your home.See a list of best gun safes by James matt at An organized safe is one in which you can quickly take an inventory meaning you can insure all firearms are accounted for, and therefore securely in your safe.

gsdrThe product features six configurable holsters with Velcro backing, designed for quick and easy positioning.  It also includes two multi-utility pockets for additional storage, and requires no drilling thanks to easy to use clips.

One of the primary benefits of this particular door panel organizer is the fact it is easily installed using the aforementioned clips, so it doesn’t need to be screwed in or attached an in other way.  This means you have more time at the range and less frustrating assembly time.

Installation Summary:

• The Cannon gun safe door organizer panel can be hooked behind most safe doors with the height of 60 to 70 inches. Using the hook and loop fasteners, the holsters and pockets easily attach to the panel.
• The kit comes with 6 holsters that you can easily reposition trough the Velcro design.
• It has a felt like panel that you can hang on the back of the door of the safe.
• The kit has two mesh pockets.
• The kit is designed for thin back door cover or for slots. If the door has a fire liner or a drywall, you can bend the clips so that they fit.

Customize Your Organizer Panel Accessory

The Amazon reviews also suggest that the another great feature of this product is the configurable holsters that can be easily reposition because they are Velcro-ed on. This allows you to customize your gun door organizer, and one particular reviewer suggests that this will let you put the bigger guns higher on the door organizer panel so that when the safe door opens and closes it will not swing off the door. Alternatively, you could find a way to secure the lower part of the panel by screwing or fastening it, but arranging your pistols from big (top) to small (bottom) keeps the door panel secure.

The multi purpose pockets are also very useful in storing little items that create clutter on your safes shelves. You can place your knives, your jewelry, your badges, insignias, and the like into these multi-purpose pockets without worrying about them getting scratched or collecting dust.

Small and Large Gun Safe Accessory:

Another Great benefit to this gun safe door organizer is that it can fit smaller or larger safes of all types, Liberty, Sentry, Winchester and of course Cannon.  If you start by purchasing one for a smaller safe and then down the line you want to upgrade to a larger safe, you can detach the door panel, purchase another, and place both on your new safe.  Just keep in mind that the dimensions of the product are 3.8 x 17 x 7.  Of course if you already have a larger safe then you could always buy one panel to see if you like the product, and buy a second if you think it’s worth the price.

Pros of Cannon’s Safe Door Organizer

Affordable Price
Frees up space in your safe
Helps with firearm safety
Easy Installation
Fits a variety of safe sizes

Not Another Bias Review?

Just like any product, the safe door organizer panel is not a perfect product. First is that it was designed primarily for Cannon safes. The hook does not fit in bigger firearm safe doors. Nevertheless, you can still adjust the hook to fit thicker doors or find another way to install it.

Next, the materials used for the product may initially seem cheap and you might just get an impression that they are not the highest of quality. But really this should be expected because the Cannon door organizer is very affordable. One Reviewer suggests that even though he was initially put off by the poor quality of the material that his organizer is still attached to his safe door, and no holsters have fallen off, which is the most important fact.

Cons Summarized

Although it fits a variety of safes Cannon safe owners will have the easiest time installing
The door safe panel can tend to swing if pistols are not positioned properly
The material is not the highest of quality

The Final Word On this Gun Safe Accessories

All in all, the Cannon Safe 9000 gun safe door organizer is one of the best gun safe accessories on the market. It is efficient in organizing your safe, can be easily installed and comes at a great price.  The main advantage it has over other products like the Liberty gun safe organizer panel is it ability to be customized. With its price, surely you will find great value for your money. Click here to find the best price online for the Cannon Safe 9000-Pistol 2009 gun safe door organizer.


John Granada. “Liberty Gun Safe Door Organizer Panel”

Amazon Product Reviewers. “Amazon” 2012.

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Cute Ways to Decorate a Bathroom for Winter 0

Cute Ways to Decorate a Bathroom for Winter

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

The inside of your home can be updated to reflect the seasons, and you can do it in creative and clever ways. Remove fall decor and decorate your bathroom for winter. You can add a number of cute themed items that will echo the beauty of the season. Some options are homemade, while others are available in retail stores and online. In any case, your restroom can be transformed into a crisp and cool wintertime space, and it can be accomplished quickly and easily.

Transform Rolls of Tissue Paper into Smiling Snowmen

When thinking of rolls of tissue paper, decorating does not usually come to mind. It is intended for a purpose that is far less appealing, but it can become part of the decorating scheme when striving to decorate the bathroom for winter. Stack two double rolls, and apply craft foam cutouts to create facial features and buttons. Glue dots are ideal for attaching craft foam to tissue paper. Finish by tying a small scarf around the snowman’s neck. If you do not have one, braid strands of thick yarn to quickly and easily make one. Finish by placing a small stocking cap on the snowman’s rolled paper head. He will look incredibly cute. Unlike real snowmen, he will last until spring – unless of course you run out of tissue paper.


Decorate the Windows and Walls with Peel-and-Stick Snowflake Decals

If your bathroom walls are anything but white, decorate them with peel-and-stick snowflake decals. Look for detailed iridescent designs that will reflect light. They will look amazing when applied to a focal wall. If the walls are white or far too light, apply the snowflakes to the window or the corner of a mirror. A snowman or a bear dressed in winter garb would look cute beneath the giant flakes of snow. The application of decals is one of the easiest ways to decorate a bathroom for winter. They take just minutes to apply.

Update the Bathroom with Cute Seasonal Towels

Shop for cute seasonal towels in better department stores. You will find everything from adorable embroidered penguins to kids on skates. Snowmen are also quite popular. Mount a bar especially for decorative towels, and update your bathroom for winter. Be sure to hang thick and fluffy bath towels close to the shower or bathtub, and keep one next to the sink. If the decorative toweling goes unused, it will last considerably longer.

Add a Cute Wintertime Soap Pump, Soap Dish and Toothbrush Holder

One of the fastest and easiest ways to decorate a bathroom for winter does not involve crafting. Buy a cute wintertime set that includes a soap pump, a soap dish and a toothbrush holder. If you do not want to continue a snowman theme, consider choosing snowflake accessories. After all, a snow theme is an obvious choice when decorating for winter, even if you live in an area that does not receive a single flake.

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