Troubleshooting My Furnace

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Troubleshooting My Furnace

As soon as winter rolled around this year, I knew that I had a problem. Our home heating system didn't seem to be working well, and it was really frustrating. We would wake up to absolutely frosty mornings in our own home, and so I decided to pull out the user's manual. I started researching different furnace problems and it occurred to me that the issue might be the filters. I checked them, and you wouldn't believe how full of dust and debris they were. After they were replaced and the air handler was blown out, my furnace started working again. Check out this blog for more information about troubleshooting your furnace.

7 Ways to Hide Your Outside Air Conditioning Unit

Your air conditioning unit might provide an invaluable service to you and your family, but that does not change the fact it can be a bit of an eyesore. Unless you are prepared to brave warm summer days, removing the unsightly unit is not an option. Fortunately, there are ways you can hide the unit. Here are just a few things you can do.  

  1. Build a bamboo fence. Bamboo is an affordable and easy-to-use material that can be used to decoratively hide the air conditioning unit. It is important to remember that your unit still needs proper ventilation. Ensure your fencing is not too close to the unit to avoid future problems.  

  2. Construct a dog house. Although you cannot house the family pet in the dog house, you can create a feature that will blend in with your home and help to improve its curb appeal. A nicely built dog house with a few plants surrounding it will complement your home and hide your AC unit.  

  3. Use a vegetation screen. A trellis placed strategically in front of the air conditioning unit combined with climbing plants can mask the AC and create an attractive feature that adds to your home's curb appeal. 

  4. Create a screen with shutters. Old shutters can be repainted and placed around the unit. You can add matching flowers to it.  

  5. Redirect attention to your garden. An air conditioning unit becomes less noticeable when there are other distracting items near it. For instance, a decorative path leading past the unit and to a garden can attract attention away from the sight of the unit.  

  6. Create a centerpiece with the unit. Although your instinct is to hide the air conditioning unit, you can go the alternative route and turn it into a centerpiece for your yard. For instance, you can surround the unit with various plants and greenery that complement it and your home. 

  7. Turn the area into a utility space. Instead of simply hiding the unit, you can make the space functional. Installing a privacy fence around the unit hides it, but it also gives you space to store your gardening equipment and other tools.  

An HVAC installer like A-1 American Services can suggest some other ways you can hide the unit when he or she installs it. The installer can also help ensure your solution for hiding the unit is safe and does not result in damage to the unit.