If you are building a cabin to use as a secondary or vacation home, one of the decisions you'll need to make is how you'll heat it. A traditional fireplace may work if you live in a mild climate or don't plan on visiting in the winter, but many cabin owners are now opting for something a bit more modern: pellet stoves.
Pellet stoves are like a cross between a furnace and a wood stove.
No matter what the size of your building is, you need to do your part to keep up the HVAC system. That being said, HVAC maintenance in larger buildings is generally more tricky. There is just much more square footage of ducting, more air registers and larger appliances to deal with. Larger homes usually have a two part AC system, with a condenser unit and furnace. The condenser is outside of the home, but the furnace is usually in a basement, garage or utility closet.
Depending on the type of system you use in your home, relying on your air conditioner alone can add up to big bucks this summer. However, there may be a way to ease the burden on your A/C system and save both money and energy at the same time. If your home has ceiling fans, you can use these to save money on your cooling expenses.
How It Works
In order to take advantage of the potential savings, you'll need to make sure your ceiling fan is turning the right way.
As a homeowner, you'll eventually need to repair or replace some of the oldest appliances in your home to maintain the health and safety of your loved ones. One of the appliances you might not consider necessary to repair or replace right away is your outdoor AC unit, especially if it appears in good condition. Even if the unit looks fine on the outside, it may actually have some hidden problems that affect its ability to cool your home over time.
If the weather is getting hotter where you are and you have turned the cold air on your HVAC unit on for the first time this year, it may have problems. Fortunately, there are some signs you can watch for that indicate it needs to be repaired. Two of these signs are below so you will know that you need to call in a professional.
If you smell strange smells coming out of the air vents when you turn on your HVAC unit, this indicates that you have mold or mildew inside of the unit and duct system.