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Calorique Blog

Our blog is dedicated to Home improvement, Energy saving, New Energy Sources.

Professional HVAC, Furnace And Heat Pump Installation

Air Conditioners

Central air conditioning unit installation can be a complex process. Removing an older, less efficient unit for replacement with a more efficient system can also involve changing ductwork and electrical lines. The trained and skilled technicians at Howard Air have the professional experience to do the job right every time.

Since HVAC unit installation is such an investment, you need to be certain your old air conditioner is ready to be replaced.

We recommend that you be on the lookout for these signs:

  • Humidity: Increasing humidity means your central AC has difficulty removing all the moisture from treated air.
  • Unexpected noises: Any change in the pattern of sounds coming from your system can indicate that age has caught up with some of the parts.
  • Short-cycling: As a central AC system fails, it has trouble keeping up with cooling demands.
  • Age: Even the best AC systems do not last forever; you can generally expect around 15 years of reliable, efficient service before age increases repair costs and repair visits.
  • Old refrigerant: To help protect our earth’s fragile atmosphere, old refrigerant has been phased out, to be replaced with less destructive R410A refrigerant. Your old system could be harming our Arizona air.

A new central air conditioner is a great investment in your family’s comfort and safety. Your home’s furnishings benefit, too, with the less humid air and more finely regulated temperatures. Everyone breathes easier with a new AC system, including you at bill-paying time, when you notice lower energy costs attributable to a more efficient unit. 

For professional AC unit installation in Phoenix, please consider Howard Air. We have installed and serviced thousands of systems over the years in the Valley of the Sun and our name is trusted throughout the metro area.

Furnaces
Installing a furnace may seem a low priority for Phoenix residents, but Arizona’s cool winter nights can remind us all how handy a furnace is to have.

If your existing gas furnace is showing any of the following signs, it may be time to consider a replacement:

  • Age: A system older than 15 years is energy-inefficient.
  • High gas bills: Large increases in your monthly bills may indicate a system running inefficiently.
  • Uneven heating: Cold rooms adjacent to overheated rooms signal trouble.

For professional furnace installation, Phoenix homeowners know to turn to Howard Air. Our professional technicians will ensure your new unit is installed correctly to work efficiently for years to come.

Heat Pumps

Most heat pumps need replacement between their 10th and 15th years in service. Here are some warning signs of a failing unit to watch for:

  • Increased frequency of calls for repairs
  • Decreased efficiency, leading to higher energy bills

Installing a heat pump is as complicated as installing a central air conditioning unit or furnace, and is best left to professional heat pump installers with the experience and training to do the work correctly the first time.  

For heat pump installation in Phoenix, trust the local, dependable contractor so many fellow Phoenicians have used; trust Howard Air.

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Need installation on your AC unit, furnance or heat pump? Contact the proffesionals at Howard Air.

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Upfront Costs Of Buying A Home

Buying a home is likely to be the biggest decision a person makes in their life. This is a major commitment and it is also likely to be the most expensive purchase a person makes. This means you need to ensure your finances are in a good place and long before you start to seriously look at properties, you need to review your budget, improve your finances, build some savings and improve your credit score.

This is a lot of work to do to get yourself on the property ladder but there are plenty of people who think life is falling into place when they have a mortgage offer. Knowing what you have to pay each month for your mortgage is a good starting point but you shouldn’t think this is the only monthly expenditure you have you with owning a home. There are many other monthly bills you need to consider when owning a property, including:

  • Council tax
  • Utility bills
  • TV Licence
  • Commute or travel costs to and from work
  • Food/drink
  • Clothing
  • Entertainment

You need to pay out a lot of money every month when you own a home and while no one can tell what is going to happen in the future, it is essential that buyers understand how much money they need to earn each month to cover these payments.

Of course, if all you had to worry about was the monthly payments, life would be quite simple. Unfortunately, there are also a number of upfront costs to deal with when buying a home. This can place you under considerable pressure during one of the most stressful periods of your life.

Solicitor Fees

Solicitors don’t provide services out of the goodness of their heart, they have to be paid for the work and time they provide. Given that the deal cannot be concluded until the solicitor settles up with the mortgage firm and other parties, you need to make sure that you can pay your solicitor.

Survey or Report Costs

It is likely that you’ll need to have some form of survey or report undertaken of the property and again, this doesn’t come for free. The overall fee will depend on various factors, including the fees of the firm and the size of the home.

Stamp duty

If you buy a home that costs more than £120,000; you will be entitled to pay stamp duty on the property and this is expected to be paid to HMRC within 30 days of the property deal being concluded. This doesn’t give much time to arrange funds to make the payment.

Moving service fees

Don’t forget that if you are looking to hire a removals firm to help you into your new home, this will cost you money as well. You may be able to save money by getting friends or family members to pitch in but you’ll find that there will be some cost involved in the moving process.

All of these upfront costs can leave you feeling very frustrated and it may place your property plans into jeopardy. This is why it is good to have a Plan B or a helping hand available when you are looking to tie up a property purchase. Having just obtained a mortgage, it is not as if too many people are going to rush into taking out any other form of loan or finance agreement, but it may be that there is an option that will give you the financial flexibility you require.

When you need additional funds at short notice but which can be paid back over a longer period of time, a guarantor loan is of benefit. While the process of buying a home should see you considered to be a good credit risk, as you have just bought a property, or waiting to get everything signed off, you don’t want to be seen as placing your credit score at risk. This is why the presence of the guarantor can have a huge impact on your ability to get the funds you need.

It is essential that when you are planning to buy a home, you know all of the costs associated with the process. If you only think that the mortgage payments are all you have to worry about, you’ll find that you soon have a number of bills to contend with at short notice.

Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn't sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.

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Roof Lanterns As A Decorative Addition To A Home

For those in the construction game it is easy to see why so many customers are asking for a roof lantern as an addition to their home, either as part of a orangery, or to place on top of a flat roof extension. A roof lantern is the perfect decorative addition to any home, improving the overall aesthetic of a property as well as adding a range of other benefits to a home. If you can provide roof lanterns as part of your service your company will find a good level of regular custom as a result.

A Variety of Roof Lanterns

In the past the traditional roof lantern would have consisted of glazed sections and decorative frameworks, but now, of course, the modern consumer wants a bit more choice. There is now a wide range of designs to go alongside the traditional roof lantern aesthetic, especially for flat roof applications, ensuring you have a lot more flexibility to offer your client. This not only covers the design of the roof lantern being applied to the extension, but also to the different shapes and sizes that can be constructed and applied to an extension or conservatory.

More modern design fits in naturally with the aesthetic of modern buildings generally, allowing a seamless fit with clean, minimalist interiors to conservatories, bi-fold door systems and crystal clear, cutting edge glass. A modern roof lantern can include joint-to-joint clear glass, utilising a base framework only. Even without the full glass roof lantern, the modern designs offer a property much more chance to let in larger quantities of natural light. Your clients can also implement a lighting system that works in tandem with the roof lantern design, with a roof lantern unit including joints to house down lighter wiring, allowing for the whole system to be lit up as the natural daylight fades and evening begins. This offers a sumptuous level of elegance to any property with an extension.

Longevity of Use and Performance

 Not only can you offer your clients a wider range of designs, shapes and sizes, but also materials that will last a lot longer than traditional roof lantern designs. Over recent years there has been a vast improvement in the design and build of roof lanterns and their application. Whether you choose to use UPVC or aluminium frames you roof lantern will be tighter with regards keeping water out, a higher resistance to the effects of the weather and last for many years to come.

Whatever design you offer your client, a roof lantern will provide them with a number of benefits. With the modern design aspects of the size, shape, design and the different types of glass for a roof lantern that can be utilised, there is little reason to worry about the roof lantern’s popularity as an addition to any conservatory or flat roof extension. Adding to the decorative aesthetic of a home helps the customer feel more comfortable in their abode and adds to the valuation of the property.

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Carrying Your Tools Securely

For many professions there is a requirement for tools to be carried around on a regular basis. If you are an individual who works within one of these professions, such as an electrician, builder, decorator, installation person or other tradesperson, or a photographer and other creative occupations, an aluminium case to transport your tools securely could make a massive difference to your ability to perform your job role effectively. There are a few suppliers of high quality aluminium cases, in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that can be utilised for the easy and safe transportation of often expensive and important equipment and tools.

If you are on the market for an aluminium case to transport your expensive tools for work purposes, what is it that you are looking for exactly?

A Robust and Strong Case

 The first thing you should be searching for is a case that has been designed to last for a long, long time. If you are travelling everyday for work and have to keep your expensive tools and equipment with you as you travel, it is important that you have the strength and flexibility to allow you to do so with complete peace of mind. You know that as you are in transit it is likely that your case will take some bumps, either in your hand or out on the road in your vehicle. Choose an aluminium case that has been designed to withstand those sorts of bumps and bruises without damaging the interior and the equipment it holds.

Easy to Transport

 Not only is it important that the case is designed and built in a way that makes it sturdy and difficult to penetrate, no matter the types of bumps it receives, it is also vital that it is easy to carry. If you are in a profession where you are likely to be carrying your equipment all day, every day, walking over long distances at times, and lugging the case up and down stairs, the last thing you need is to be carrying a case that is both cumbersome and heavy. With that in mind, look for an aluminium transportation case that fits the bill, providing you with the strength of security but the lightweight nature and flexibility that allow you the comfort of knowing you will be able to easily carry it over long distances and for many hours each day at work if necessary.

Customise for Greater Peace of Mind

 A good aluminium transit case will do the job to help you keep your tools secure each day, but why not go that extra bit further and ensure there is virtually no chance of your equipment being damaged whilst inside the case? There are companies that can provide not only an aluminium case to transport your goods securely, but also provide custom foam inserts that are designed and applied to the exact specification of your tools, ensuring that they fit snugly inside the case and are prepared for any impact.

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Five Ways To Discourage Home Break-Ins

Regardless of where you live, home break-ins are a common concern amongst homeowners. Homes experience burglaries far more often that commercial properties, with one home burglary occurring approximately every 13 seconds in the United States. Even if you are away from home at the time of the break-in, it can impede you and your family’s sense of safety.  Fortunately, there are several methods you employ now to discourage burglaries. Here are some ways you can keep your family and valuables safe from harm.

Make It Appear Someone is Home at all Times

It is easier to break into a home when a burglar knows no one is home. Therefore, burglars are most likely to break into homes when they know the owner is away. Some even scout neighborhoods in an effort to note when most people are away at work. Whether you’ve gone to work or on vacation, make it appear as if someone is there. Install automatic light timers automatically turn the lights on and off on a similar schedule to your daily use. Also, have a neighbor pick up your mail and place your garbage cans out on trash day.

Never Hide a Spare Key

Some families choose to hide a spare key in a secret place outside, in case someone forgets theirs when no one is home.  This is never a good idea. Your hiding spot by not be as inconspicuous as you believe it to be, or the burglar may observe someone taking or putting the key back in its hiding place; this prompts them to come back when no one is home.  Instead of hiding the key, keep the spare with a trusted neighbor or family member.

Keep All Doors and Windows Locked

Believe it or not, many burglars enter homes simply through the front door, side door, garage, or first-story windows. If you know the locks are damaged or broken, contact an emergency locksmith to repair or replace them as soon as possible. Deadbolt locks are more secure and make it difficult for burglars to enter your home.

Your neighbors can be your best defense against a break-in. Get to know your neighbors well enough that you look out for one another’s homes while the other is away. If they witness anything suspicious, they will most likely be prompted to contact you and the authorities. Remember, storing your key on the outside of your home is a risky practice, and can lead to an easy break in. Always know who holds keys to your home, and install systems that make it harder to tell when no one is there. Also, keep everything locked when you are away, and when you are turning in for the night. This prevents anyone from simply using the front door or an open window to gain quiet access. If you are concerned that some of your locks may need replacing or repair, contact a trusted locksmith to ensure the repairs are done correctly. 

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Florin is a Digital Marketing expert and blogger who likes to research the latest trends in business, technology and marketing and writes about a range of topics.

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