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25 En 2016 

HVAC Getting You Down? These Tips Will Help - HVAC Contractors In NJ

HVAC will help you to secure your own home functioning again. The HVAC system in your home is a component to having a nice living space. Or you having no air blowing at all, the only thing that follows is misery, if it's too hot or cold. You know how expensive it is to fix, so it is vital that you prevent these things from occurring. Below there are many good tips to help you keep up with proper HVAC maintenance.


Although most people are thinking of their heating systems during the winter months, air conditioning is also important. When installing a new furnace or heating system, make sure the air ducts are also set up to work with your air condition system. Using the ducts for both cooling and heating is the most economical choice.




Think of what you wish to have done, before choosing an HVAC contractor. This will make the quote process much easier. It will be way more hard if you can't figure out what they need to do. Know this stuff ahead of time.


An HVAC system is a really expensive investment. This is why you should do some browsing before purchasing your system. Try to find a good sale so you can get your system at a discount. Before making a decision, check out a couple of sites. A great site to begin is www.energystar.gov.


Look to your family and neighbors to get recommendations of good HVAC specialists. Likely there's someone you know who's already done a ton of research. Use this knowledge to help get you the best specialist you can. This can save you many hours of research time and money too.


If your evaporator coil, found inside your home, becomes dirty, your unit will lose efficiency. Just pop off the front panel of the furnace and check to see that the coil is dry. Using a brush attachment on a vacuum, gently clean the coil of any dust or other debris.


Have the HVAC system checked twice a year at the least. This should be checked often for malfunctions and debris. Whether you know of problems or not, good maintenance will help you to avoid future issues.


When you mow your lawn, take care that you don't get grass clippings all over your outdoor unit. Try shooting the clippings away from it. This also applies to blowing leaves or moving debris. Just be careful with that exterior HVAC unit.


Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out if your HVAC system needs to be fixed or needs to be replaced. If your system frequently breaks down, is always turning on or off on its own, or if your bills are too high, it may pay to have it replaced. Otherwise, little things can just be fixed.


Consider a mini-split system instead if you don't want to install ductwork in your home. They work form the outside in, allowing your whole home to cool without a central air conditioner. This allows you to enjoy all of your indoor space in a cool, comfortable way all summer long.


Use your HVAC system to heat your water for free! In the summer, residual heat pulled out of your house is used to heat water through a geothermal system. This will cool your home while allowing you to save a ton on hot water costs, plus it's environmentally friendly to boot!


Have your HVAC inspected every year to ensure that it is working properly. The technician will check your filters, drain lines, air Freon and flow levels. This will have your HVAC working at peak performance saving you money all season long. Before they become big problems, it will also alert you to any repairs that need to be address.


Before installing a central air conditioner, consider all of your alternatives. You can only cool certain rooms, use whole-house fans, or even make use of a geothermal system. The more efficient the system you set up, the less you'll spend on utility bills over time as you use it.


There is a lot to think about when you install an air conditioner unit. For example, a big unit won't remove humidity while a small unit won't cool enough. Placing it in the wrong place can make it less efficient, and not insulating your home adequately could render it almost useless.


It's important to have doors and windows that are efficient for the most efficiency for your HVAC unit. Make sure they are tightly sealed so air can't seep in. You can hire a professional to test them all for you and often this testing is free.


For top efficiency, figure out what direction your home faces. If you strategically place trees, it's possible to block some of the morning sunlight so your home won't become overheated. If there's less heat inside your home, your AC will work less.


Try looking at some reviews online for local HVAC companies. There are many websites and directories online that should include these services that are in your area. This can help you comparison shop. You need to look at many aspects. Pay special attention to licensing, how many years they've been around, any issues, and how they were resolved.


Improve the efficiency of your air conditioning by installing ceiling fans. Change the airflow direction of the ceiling fans. During the summer, the blades should move in a counter-clockwise direction. During the winter, the blades should move clockwise to help move the hot air in hvac the ceiling down into the room.


Get your work order in writing. You should always have a written proposal before the HVAC contractor begins work. This will help prevent overspending. Alternatively, any extra fees or expenses that you may be unaware of. Make sure you go over it with your contractor so that you understand every charge.


Never hire anyone to work on your HVAC system unless they are bonded and licensed. This industry is one where mistakes happen often and you want to make sure that you are protected. You do not want to be stuck paying for medical bills that are more expensive than the work you were having done.


Proper maintenance is key to having a good working HVAC system. Don't let your system go bad, use the tips here to inspect it for problems to ensure that you don't have costly repairs down the road. Keep checking it and remember the tips here to use as guide so you know what to look for.



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30 Nov 2015 

Freddy Gray case to draw from pool of 80 potential jurors, black and white - CBS News

The jury selection process began Monday in Baltimore in the first trial related to the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while he was in police custody in April.

Officer William Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter and has pleaded not guilty, is the first of six police officers to be tried in the case.

Eighty potential jurors poured into a Baltimore courtroom Monday while about 20 people protested outside as the selection process began.

Every juror was familiar with the Gray case, the riots and curfew that followed Gray's death and the $6.4 million civil settlement that the city reached with his family.

The defense had argued for the trial to be moved outside of Baltimore because of the effect the case had on the city's residents.

Half of the jury pool is black and half is white and the group is evenly split between men and women, with a range of ages represented.

Only a few jurors knew some of the 150 potential witnesses the judge read from a list. Half of the potential jurors said that they had either been a victim of a crime, charged with a crime or other contact with law enforcement.

Potential jurors will now be questioned individually. Once they are seated, the judge has ruled that they will remain anonymous, but won't be sequestered during their service.

Gray suffered a severe spinal injury while he was in police custody on April 12 and died a week later. His death triggered citywide protests and violence for several days.

The judge said the trial will begin in a few days and won't go past Dec. 17.

CBS News' Paula Reid contributed to this story.

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25 Nov 2015 

Who Won Dancing with the Stars Season 21? - E! Online

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Congratulations...Paula Deen!

Just kidding. Bindi Irwinand Derek Hough swept that thing, as we always knew they would.While they weren't exactly perfect every week, they were perfect enough. We had gotten to the point where their perfection was boring us. That's how good they truly were.

Bindi had some fantastic competition in Nick Carter, Carlos PenaVega, and Alek Skarlatos' adorable face, but there was really no comparison to her spirit, her smile, and of course, her dancing.

Look at us. Bindi Irwin has turned us into soft weepy messes, and we don't even care. She's been an inspiration, a "shining light," and a beautiful ray of sparkling sunshine on a regular basis, and we couldn't be happier to see her win.

CLICK: Catch up on what went down last night

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Tonight's finale was not all about crowning Bindi and Derek as the winners, however. It was also about a whole bunch of delightful holidaynonsense. Santa Claus was there, and once he was even played by Gary Busey in an odd Twas the Night Before Christmas sketch that made us feel a bit like we were dreaming.

There was also more dancing, including a few great but relatively forgettable final performances from the three finalists, just before Alek Skarlatos was rightfully eliminated. He was fun inspirational and all that, and did improve a lot over the course of the season, but his dancing did not even compare to that of Bindi, Nick, Carlos, Alexa, or even Tamar before she fell ill.

If you ask us, Bindi was the rightful winner from week one.

Did the right couple take home the trophy? Sound off in the comments!

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30 Sep 2015 

Lawmakers Renew Push for Black Lung Benefit Reform

U.S. lawmakers are making a fresh run at passing legislation to reform the black lung benefits program, two years after an ABC News investigation into allegations that benefits often had been wrongly denied to dying coal miners.

"The coal miners and the families who have been impacted by black lung can't wait for justice, Sen. Robert Casey said Tuesday. We know the system is broken and we have a basic obligation to fix it.

In 2013, reports by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity revealed how lawyers and doctors retained by coal companies played a key role in helping delay and defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung disease.

DIGITAL FEATURE: Out of Breath

FULL COVERAGE: Black Lung Investigation

For Some Miners, Black Lung Proof Comes Only in Death

Casey, D-P.A., has worked with Democratic Sens. Sherrord Brown of Ohio, and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia to push legislation meant to address the problems highlighted in the news reports, but the legislation never advanced out of a Senate committee due to Republican opposition, according to the office of one of the Democrat lawmakers. The U.S. Labor Department had helped senators craft the bill, the department's top lawyer told ABC News last year.

In the new push, Casey is joined by lawmakers in the House: U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-P.A., and Bobby Scott, D-V.A.

The reform legislation, known as the Black Lung Benefits Act of 2015, will strengthen the black lung program by allowing miners or their survivors to reopen cases if they had been denied because of medical interpretations that have subsequently been discredited and helping miners review and rebut potentially biased or inaccurate medical evidence developed by coal companies, among other things, according to the lawmakers.

We cant stop working at this issue until we achieve a basic measure of justice or those miners who suffer from black lung disease, Scott said in a press release. We know the black lung claims process is badly broken and in need of reform to target unethical legal and medical practices and to give miners a fair shot at justice.

After the news reports in 2013, Johns Hopkins Medicine announced it suspended reading X-rays for black lung. Doctors in the black lung unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital had amassed a long record of reading coal miner X-rays as negative for severe black lung, a review of records found.

The unit was involved in more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000, according to available case files examined by ABC News and CPI, but never found the severe form of black lung that automatically triggers benefits. Doctors there defended the readings, saying they followed appropriate medical practices.

Casey said the overall findings of the ABC News investigation with the Center were disturbing and he continues to push for reforms.

Justice cannot abide a system in which those with black lung are denied the benefits they have a right to expect," Casey said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/lawmakers-renew-push-black-lung-benefit-reform/story?id=34132138
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10 Mayo 2015 

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