Archive for April, 2012
Choking of rain gutters can have the rooftop water wash over the walls, windows, and doors, defeating the very purpose they were first installed for. Debris and rotting leaves peeping out of the rooftop gutter is not a very beautiful sight to behold. Hence, cleaning the gutters regularly is necessary. In most parts of the country gutters need to be cleaned at least three times in a year. However, their position and height above the ground make it no ordinary job for a layman. In addition, as time passes by overhanging ledges and rooftops become slippery due to moss and cracking of concrete and wood. It requires workmen and equipment to safely clean all the gutters and spouts on all the floors. Alternatively, installing a gutter guard or gutter cover is an option available to greatly minimize the yearly maintenance required.
Statistics have shown that the number of injuries at home are reported more during the “gutter cleaning” time of the year. These injuries can vary from being minor to fatal. However, with the advent of gutter covers there has been a drastic reduction in such mishaps. Manual cleaning is not restricted to a fixed time of the year. You may have to climb on to such precarious positions even during a thunderstorm because of the leaves, which flew in and blocked your gutters which were squeaky clean earlier in the day.
A gutter guard is always the better option. A gutter guard in general is an accessory for the gutters to prevent falling leaves, accumulation of dust, and other flying debris from entering the gutter system. Some are made of a sheet of metal or PVC with slits at regular intervals. While water flows along the edge into the gutter, the debris jumps over the edge directly to the ground below. Since all the debris fall off the roof, this eliminates the need for regular cleaning. The smooth surface prevents growth of moss and weeds and saves the effort required in plucking them off the concrete or wooden base.
Wire strainers may also, be used to prevent large objects like leaves and pine needles from falling into the gutter. Others consist of a screen of small pores, which can be easily installed and removed for maintenance.
The American standard air conditioner is one of the leading brands of air conditioners that are available in the market. The American brand air conditioner is well known for its top notch quality and service.
The air conditioner from the American standard company is very reliable and comfortable to the customers. There are several advantages in buying an American standard air conditioner. One of the major advantages is the fact that it lets the customer stay cool and it also helps in saving a lot of money with his efficient usage of current.
There are several American standard models available on the market. These models vary with respect to the SEER value. SEER is nothing but the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is the ratio or the rating that is used to measure the efficiency of cooling factor of a specific heat pump or an air conditioner.
If the seasonal energy efficiency ratio is higher then the efficiency of the air conditioner is also higher and vice versa. So it is always better to buy an air conditioner with a higher SEER value.