Wood Vs. Vinyl Fencing: Which is Better For Your Home?

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Vinyl fencing is the new must-have product for your yard. Millions of people around the world are considering replacing their conventional wood fencing with vinyl fences. Others are still contemplating on which way to go. The advice below will come in handy if you count yourself in this second group.

The Wood Advantage

Wood has been around since times immemorial. It has been etched into people’s minds to use wood for everything from home construction to boat making. Wood, at the end of the day, is a prime construction material that can be molded into anything of your choice. The same flexibility has made it the fencing item of choice. Wood can be turned into different shapes and looks stunning on an average backyard.

Wood fencing, however, comes with a set of problems of it’s own. First things first, wood can be an expensive material. You have to cut trees to get wood and the supply of trees will end one day. Those interested in the conservation of nature do not like to use wood or at least to minimize its use by any fence installer.

An average family will still use wood but has to keep in mind certain key factors. Wood comes in varying shapes and sizes and at varying prices. You need an above-average quality wood for fencing so that it can withstand the weather and annual cleaning/staining process. Quality ranges for pressure treated from #1 (best) to #3 (worst). Add to this the yearly staining costs and the eventuality of the wood getting rot and mold.

All things considered, wood is not as durable as you might think. It is exposed to elements and you have to protect it by applying stain and other chemicals. The yearly costs of maintenance and lack of durability makes wood a less preferable item for making fences.

Vinyl Economy

Vinyl fencing is getting popular and for a variety of reasons. First, it is available at economical prices. The downturn in economy has forced many people to rethink their finances. Many prefer to install vinyl fencing since it’s cheaper in the long run. Economy of price is not the only factor that has tilted the balance in favor of vinyl fencing.  Often, communities get together and buy all their vinyl fence at once to get wholesale pricing to further push down the cost.

It is the durability that has won many fans. Vinyl is a very tough material that can withstand the onslaught of weather and elements. It does not corrode or crack easily and stays firm and solid for many years to come.

All you need to do is to apply a mix of soap water and spray it on the vinyl fence to clean it. There is no varnish or staining required, as you would do in the case of a wood fence. Vinyl also adds to the decor of your garden, as it is now available in many colors and textures. A comparison between wood and vinyl reveals that economy and easy maintenance along with durability are three key factors that are encouraging people to turn to vinyl fencing.

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Modesto, CA HVAC Money Saving Tips

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When it comes to air conditioning problems associated with ac units and their usage, there are a few factors which are the cause of most air conditioner related issues.

Most air conditioning problems can be attributed to incorrect usage, the need for maintenance, or incorrect initial installation of the ac unit.

Air conditioners have to work hard to maintain a constant temperature and there are a number of problems that can cause the air conditioner system to perform poorly and use excessive electricity.

When the aircon unit is in use its important that you close all windows in the area being cooled, and close doors if the aircon unit is going in one part of the house but not in another.

Open windows allow for a change in air pressure and put simply, the cold air will  rush out any opening – be it an external window, or a door to a warmer part of the house.  This will help you save on ac repair.

Incorrect usage can also come from attempting to “speed” cool an area or room by turning the thermostat down to a low level in order to speed up the cooling process.

This in fact overloads the air conditioning unit – it will consume a lot of electricity trying to get to the desired temperature and in the process go straight past the optimal temperature that you are really looking for.

Its best to set the thermostat on your air conditioning unit and then leave it in place, close all windows and if you are using a small aircon unit close the doors to the room as well.

Air Conditioning Problems  – Maintenance

Maintenance, or lack of it, is the number 1 cause of most air conditioning problems, together with excessive power usage.

An ac unit is comprised of a compressor and a fan unit. There is also refrigerant gas and filters that can cause issues if poorly maintained.

One easy step to follow is that of regularly cleaning the filter. On small aircon units and split air conditioners, the filters are normally readily accessible and can be easily removed and cleaned either by using a vacuum cleaner or in some cases washing the filters. If the filters are allowed to clog up with dust the aircon unit will have to work overtime to push air through the filters, there will be less airflow from, and higher energy consumption.

Given that this is an easy task, there is no reason why this function cannot be performed regularly.

Adding refrigerant is a more specialized job and generally requires a trained technician to assist with maintaining and servicing the air conditioner, and recharging of refrigerant levels.

Additional issue that can arise on very hot days might include the air con switching off unexpectedly, simply because the compressor is being overworked.

Normally there is a reset button that can be pushed to reactivate the compressor. Perhaps consider turning the temperature up a degree or two so that the aircon is not under such a  high workload.

Another possible maintenance issue can arise if in fact refrigerant is leaking from the unit, in which case the refrigerant level will be continually getting lower and lower and will be impossible for the aircon unit to maintain the desired temperature int he room.

Don’t be alarmed however when you see condensation dripping from the outside of an aircon unit.

This is normally humidity taken from the air and is a common site especially with small window-type air conditioning units.

If your air conditioning unit is leaking refrigerant you will need a trained service technician to fix the leak before recharging the air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Problems – Installation Issues

Small air-con units are designed for small areas such as bedrooms or a study. Larger living areas are best managed by split air conditioners or centrally ducted air conditioning. Having the wrong ac unit for the area you are trying to cool will lead to excessive power consumption and frustration with temperatures that fluctuate and are either too warm, or too cool.

Before purchasing an air conditioner it pays to get the assistance of a trained air conditioner installer as this will help prevent air conditioning problems arising in the first place. A trained installer will help determine the correct type of air con for your home or office, where to locate it for best operation and least maintenance issues.

To avoid encountering air conditioning problems review all the issues above, clean your filters regularly, and used trained service technicians for installation and servicing.

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