It’s been a real scorcher this summer. In fact, it’s the hottest summer (so far) since they’ve been keeping records. With the rising temperatures will come an increase in air conditioning use. If you’re “power driving” your AC you might discover that it’s not performing as it should be. The fault might be in the age of that unit. Like any other type of appliance, an AC that is running 24/7 is simply going to wear down. If you’re considering buying a new model you might want to consider these helpful shopping tips:
Is this the right time to buy an AC? Actually, we’re at the peak of the summer where air conditioners are fetching a premium price. If you can hold out for a couple more weeks you might find a better bargain as retailers are looking to clear out the showrooms of their “summer stuff.” That’s when the discounts will really kick in. But if your AC is on the fritz, you might not have a choice to wait.
If you’re replacing a particular type of AC unit then it is easy to decide which type to buy. However, you might take a moment to consider all your options. For instance, many homeowners without central air have window units but there are also portable units that can be moved from room to room. This is a decent option when you want to conserve energy and save on your electric bills. Why cool off the whole house when you’re just using two rooms?
You’ll also want to check out all the improvements in AC design such as adjustable thermostats, variable cooling and fan speeds. Some units have an energy efficient setting that will shut down the fan when the unit has achieved its desired cooling temperature. Your new AC should also have an adjustable vent which will allow you to direct the cool air and an easy to remove filer for hassle free cleaning.
Make sure your new AC will be EnergyStar rated. That will guarantee the unit will be operating at peak efficiency which will translate into energy savings for you. The higher the number of cooling capacity or BTUs the more powerful the unit will be but think about room size. For a 150 square feet room you really only need around 5,000 BTU/Hour unit.
After factoring in all those “factors” you’ll be ready to head off to the store to begin shopping in earnest but don’t forget about one of the most important factors and that would be getting rid of the old AC. You’re not going to be able to throw out your AC in the trash. Instead, call up Junk King KC and let them take away that AC to dispose of it properly. While they’re at it, Junk King can also make a clean sweep of your basement, garage or closet to cart away all kinds of junk you want to get rid of. You’ll find yourself cooling off a lot better in a house free of junk!
The longevity of your water heater is directly tied to how much wear and tear you put it through. Unless there is some sort of disaster, running out of water is not something anyone in Kansas City has to worry about but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a proactive water user by following some of these helpful tips. Not only will your water heater last longer, but your bills should be greatly reduced.
The kitchen sink is a major culprit of water waste. Too often the faucets are kept running while doing the dishes as opposed to filling up the sink with water and cleaning the dishes that way. You could also rinse off veggies and fruit in the same way. If your sink is kept clean then there is no reason why that water won’t be clean as well. Also consider how often you use your garbage disposal. While this is a very convenient device, you could put those food scraps to better use in a backyard compost pile.
According to the EPA the typical American home ends up wasting up to 10,000 gallons of water every year through a combination of leaky faucets and running water to excess. The bathroom is another water waste zone you need to rethink. Your first consideration would be to take shorter showers. This is really where the pressure on your water heater builds up as it warms that water. The longer you stay in a hot shower, the more your water heater has to go into overdrive to keep up with the demand. Do you really need a 20 minute shower and the same “work” can be accomplished in 5 minutes? There’s also no need to run the faucet while you are brushing your teeth. The goal should be to get in and out of the bathroom as quickly as possible.
Outside you can conserve water by how you use it. Yes, your garden needs water to grow but do you really need to hose down your patios or walkways when a good sweeping will do the trick? Also, stick to the schedule when it comes to watering your lawn or garden. It will help maintain your water usage efficiency.
Even following all of those tips can’t stop time and that’s probably the biggest enemy for your water heater. If your old water heater has reached its limit and you are ready to swap it out, one of the first calls you should make should be to Junk King Kansas City
. These are the top professional Junk Haulers based in Kansas City who can remove that water heater without breaking a sweat. As you make way for the new water heater, you can also use the Junk King crew to clear out some other junk items which might be cluttering up your basement. Once the new water heater is installed, keep conserving and your lower water bills will help pay for that unit in no time!
One of the most popular types of home remodeling project is to do a complete kitchen do-over in your Kansas City home. This makes a lot of sense because in many ways the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. This is where the plans of the day are launched and it is where the family gathers at the end of the day to catch up. If you throw any type of party involving the cooking of food you’re going to find folks naturally gravitating to the kitchen. It’s home base. As such, many families have discovered that their current kitchen layout just isn’t cutting it. Perhaps they need more counter space. Maybe the goal is to expand the walls to incorporate a center prep island. Whatever the reason, a kitchen remodel is also the perfect time to get rid of your old appliances. That can be handled by hiring a crew of professional Kansas City junk haulers
like Junk King.
You might not like to think of your current stove, refrigerator or dishwasher as junk. After all, they served you wonderfully through many meals. However, at the very moment you decide to replace them they can be officially classified as junk. What is the alternative? Are you going to hang onto an old stove? Is there room in your home for a second dishwasher? On some level you could make the argument for keeping a second fridge around if you have the space in a garage or basement. That can come in handy for an overflow from the kitchen fridge. Keep in mind though that if you are hanging onto that old fridge and it isn’t as energy efficient as a newer model, you could be throwing good money after bad in terms of your rising energy bills.
If you are going ahead with the kitchen remodel, you also have the opportunity to introduce a new color scheme to the room. This is another reason to consider getting rid of those old appliances. Gone are the days when your only color option for kitchen appliances was white. Today, appliance manufacturers have introduced a fresh approach to kitchen appliances by providing them in an array of vibrant colors.
Swapping out the old appliances for new ones also means you’ll have the chance to start working with the latest in computer technology that has been programmed into these appliances. This makes cooking in a stove more precise. It also allows for adjustments in wash cycles to reduce the cost of water bills. As for the new lineup of refrigerators, it’s all about storage options both on the door and in the unit itself. Do yourself a favor and go shopping for appliances just to see what is out there. Once you see all those modern upgrades you’ll be convinced it’s time to replace the old appliances. When that happens you’ll want to make sure you schedule an appointment with Junk King Kansas City who is experienced in taking away large items. The sooner the old appliances are gone, the sooner the new ones can come in and you can a start enjoying your new kitchen!
We have now officially reached the age of the internet. Need a recipe for mashed potatoes? Forget thumbing through the “Joy of Cooking.” Go to the internet. Need to buy a new car? Read the reviews and compare prices first on the internet. Looking for a new pair of eyeglasses? Plug in your webcam and go to the internet for a virtual mirror to try on virtual glasses. And now thanks to all our cell phones and personal data devices we can carry the internet with us wherever we go.
All of this comes back to the issue of appliance disposal in Kansas City. If you’ve got a big bulky item to get rid of where would you go first? Obviously the internet because that’s where you’re reading this article! But just because something is on the internet doesn’t automatically make it the most sensible thing to do.
For instance, a quick internet search of appliance disposal popped up a forum where folks are sharing their advice.
“Put it on your curb. Generally they will get picked up by random people. Depends on where you live though. The more urban the area, the more likely it will be noticed and picked up by those looking for such things.” Well, there’s a lot wrong with that suggestion. Do you really think if you put an old stove or a washing machine out on your curb that someone will roll by and pick it up? Suppose nobody comes by right away and that old stove gets caught in a rain storm. Is that going to be any value to anyone? Sure you can hope some junk dealer might ride by your home with an empty truck and the manpower to lift your appliance off the curb and into their truck, but that’s kind of a long shot. If that doesn’t happen, now you’ve got a big hunk of metal sitting in front of your house collecting rust. All it takes is one call from a neighbor and you could be cited by the police for illegal dumping even if it is in your front yard!
Then there is this advice: “Give it away on Craigslist.” For those who don’t know, Craigslist has become the internet version of the old fashioned newspaper classified ads. Folks are selling, buying and trading all kinds of stuff on Craigslist. For most of these transactions there are happy customers on both ends. However, consider what you’re asking. You would be posting to a total stranger telling them you have an old washer you want to get rid of and all that have to do is come over to your home and take it away. Is that really a smart thing to do? Sure you can ask for references and speak to them on the phone but the fact remains this is still a total stranger you are inviting into your home. That’s not a very safe choice.
The best bet for getting rid of your appliances is to hire a professional hauling crew like Junk King Kansas City. This would be a team of experienced haulers who are licensed and bonded. They have the means and the muscle to take away whatever appliance you need removed. It’s safe, it’s secure and it’s easy. What more could you want?
For the best in appliance disposal
, simply call Junk King Kansas City at 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.