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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Easy Air Conditioner Maintenance Tasks Can Prevent Big Problems Later

by Kelly Simmons

It's easy to get lax about home maintenance chores when you have a busy life, but when you neglect simple tasks, you can sometimes suffer the consequences of equipment damage and paying for repairs that could have been avoided. This is especially true for your air conditioner. Maintaining it doesn't take much work, but if the work isn't done, then your AC can malfunction, stop working completely, and suffer damage. Here are some of the important things you should do to maintain your AC.

Keep The Air Conditioner Clean

One of the crucial maintenance tasks is keeping the air conditioner as clean as possible. This is accomplished by changing the filter on time. You might need to change the filter once a month, but be sure to check the manual for the AC to be sure. A clean filter works properly to block dust and particulates from getting inside the air conditioning unit. When the filter is coated with a thick mat of dust, some of the dust gets pulled inside the AC to coat the coils and other parts. This can cause your AC to ice over and stop working.

Another problem with a dirty filter is that it restricts airflow through the system and this can cause your AC to overheat and be damaged. You can also dust the AC and use the wand attachment on your vacuum to dust around the vents and registers. The inside of the AC and the coils need cleaned occasionally, too, but these parts are cleaned by an HVAC technician on an annual service call.

Maintain Space Around The AC Cage

The outdoor part of the air conditioner may not need much maintenance from you since the HVAC technician cleans, inspects, and services it as well. However, you should keep an eye on the condenser that sits outside just to make sure nothing blocks the airflow around it. You might need to trim back bushes and keep grass trimmed so weeds and leaves don't cut off the air around the unit. Also, make sure nothing rests on the cage, such as beach towels, toys, or folded lawn furniture. There should be a wide space of a few feet around all sides of the AC so it can get plenty of air.

The difficult work of maintaining an AC is done by a technician, like those at Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., since it involves removing the panel or opening the cage and working on internal parts. During this maintenance call, the parts are all checked and serviced to make sure they are still working and ready for another season of keeping you cool. As long as you keep the filter changed and have annual maintenance checks, your air conditioner should be kept in great shape and be at a lower risk of breaking down when you need it most.