Tips for buying, repairing and maintaining an air conditioner

Air Conditioning: Buying, Repairing, and Maintenance

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What Size Portable Air Conditioner Does My Room Need?

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Before you buy an air conditioner, take these simple steps to figure out your cooling needs, and you're sure to make a much smarter investment in your comfort.

Adding an Air Conditioning/Heating Vent

TDS Reader Contributors

Is adding an additional A/C vent a do-it-yourself job? And how to you find out of your current air conditioning unit can handle cooling/heating the additional space?

Solving a Dust Problem: Is It Coming from the Air Conditioning Ducts?

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TDS readers share their air conditioning maintenance tips that have helped cut down on the amount of dust on their homes.

Buy A New Air Conditioner?

Gary Foreman

Here's a look at three topics that can help you determine whether investing in a new air coniditoning unit will be cost-efficient: air conditioner efficiency, selecting the right size air conditioner and buying a new air conditioning system.

Air Conditioner Maintenance with Permanent A/C Filters

The Natural Handyman

Are permanent washable filters as enery-efficient as the pleated throw-away kind? The cost of the throwaway filters is so low that monthly replacement will probably give better results than the purchase of an expensive washable filter. And they will save you time maintaining your air conditioner as well!

Do Electrostatic Air Filters Work?

TDR Reader Contributors

TDS readers and A/C experts share their experiences using electrostatuc air conditioner filters, their efficiency and their cost to maintain.

Balancing Your Heat and A/C System

The Natural Handyman

If your air conditioner/heating unit is not distributing air evenly through your house, there are two ways to solve this problem. The easiest and cost-free way is to simply partially close down all the other vents to force the air to flow more readily to the "starving" register. The other way, which would require more work and expense, would be to install a boosting fan for that register.

Working With Soft A/C Ducts

The Natural Handyman

If your ducts get crushed, it can prevent cool air from getting to all rooms in your house. Regular air conditioner maintenance should include checking these ducts when the air ditribution gets unbalanced.

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