Measuring For Doors:
If you are measuring for a manufactured
home door (single outswing door, no
storm door), measure the outer lip of
the door itself. You can stand outside
the home and do this easily, make sure
to measure the outer lip of the door
itself, not the frame of the door. If
you are measuring a house-type door
(with storm door), you will need to
measure the rough opening in the wall.
This will be the hole that will remain
when the full door is removed, including
the storm door and frame. Make sure to
give us your exact measurements, or pick
the door that will be closest to your
hole size, without being too large.
Determining Left-Hand or Right-Hand:
To determine if your door is a left hand
or right hand door, also referred to as
left and right hinge, look at your door
from the outside of the home. Whatever
side the hinges are on looking from the
outside determines your door type. If
they are on the left it will be left
hand, and the same for the right.
Measuring For Windows:
To measure for a window you use the
measurements of the opening when the
window is removed. If your opening was
24.5" x 32.5" for example, you would
need a window that is 24" x 32".
Remember to keep in mind the several
different styles of windows available,
feel free to email any questions on
their differences and advantages.
Measuring For Tubs:
To measure for a tub you will need to
measure the opening that remains once
the tub is removed from the home. You
will need to measure the width of your
tub and depth from the wall, the height
is not needed. This opening will
determine the size of the new tub, be
careful to make sure that both the old
and new will fit through any doors or
halls for installation. You will want to
contact us regarding shipping to get the
most exact quote, remember most of our
tubs are fiberglass and are heavy and
costly to ship, although many sizes are
also available in plastic.
consumers should know before they
central cooling systems.
With summer heat underway, many central
air conditioners units will be repaired
or replaced. Additionally, the rise of
summer heat also means a rise in
electric bills. One of the most
expensive appliances you'll purchase for
a home is a central cooling system (only
to be rivaled by the heating system).
Finding the right central cooling system
for your home is largely dependent on
the contractor you choose.
The beauty of a central air conditioning
system is that it can distribute cool
air through the whole house as opposed
to window units which are generally
designed to cool a single room. Despite
the larger initial cost, a central
cooling system can still save you money
by reducing your monthly utility bill.
If new or modified ductwork is required,
then your initial investment will rise.
Central air conditioning units also vary
in size and efficiency. A common, costly
error is to install an oversized unit in
Choosing the right unit for your home
will largely depend on the contractor
you choose because he will determine the
capacity required. A good contractor
will estimate the cooling loads and duct
requirements by collecting detailed
information in your home and using
industry calculations to determine the
correct size. (For more information on
how to select a contractor, including
what questions to ask him, see the
article on choosing the right
There are different models, sizes and
efficiencies available on the market.
The type of unit, for example, a split
system versus a single-packaged unit,
may depend on the region of the country
you live in and the type of home you
live in (e.g., basement house, slab
foundation, crawl space, etc).
Regardless of the type of central air
conditioner you install, the size and
efficiency can have the most impact on
Air conditioner sizes, also referred to
as cooling capacities, are measured in
British thermal units per hour (Btu).
One ton is equal to 12,000 btus. A unit
that has too little capacity may not
keep the whole house cold, while an
oversized unit will cost more and be
more expensive to run.
A unit's energy consumption is rated in
SEER (seasonal energy-efficiency
rating). The higher the SEER rating the
less energy required to run the unit.
The Department of Energy standards are
currently a minimum of 13 SEER for
central air conditioning units. The
ratings can range from 13 to 18 SEER.
Units with a 13 SEER rating are
typically installed in new homes and as
replacement models. According to a
survey of over 500 contractors, a rating
from 13 to 14 are mostly recommended
because they are the least expensive to
own overall and require the least
The most expensive part of an air
conditioner to replace is the
compressor. Air conditioners typically
feature a scroll or reciprocating
compressor, depending on the unit size
and efficiency. Check to see if the
compressor has an additional warranty
(e.g. 5 year compressor warranty),
separate from the standard cooling
Finally, if you are gone during long
periods of the day (or night) invest in
a programmable thermostat. With a
programmable thermostat, your cooling
system can use less energy while your
gone and then adjust itself so the house
temperature is comfortable when you
And if you are wondering whether you
should turn off the air conditioner so
you can open a window to enjoy a break
in the warm weather, here is some
advice: do not continually turn on and
off your air conditioner to adjust to
the changing warm weather patterns
outside. If you want to open a window to
get some fresh air, it is better to
leave your air conditioner on rather
than turning it off. If the inside of
the house gets hot and you have to turn
the air conditioner back on then your
air conditioner has to work harder to
cool down your house and everything in
What over 500 surveyed contractors
A top leading consumer magazine recently
surveyed over 500 contractors and
reported the following tips on
purchasing a central air-cooling system.
Choose the right-sized air
If it is too small, then it won't
cool properly; if it is too large,
then it won't dehumidify properly.
Invest in a 13-14 SEER model.
13-14 SEER are recommended for their
combined performance in increased
energy efficiency and product
Beware of replacing only one of the
two main components if shopping for
a replacement system.
Replacing only the indoor or the
outdoor unit of a system may result
in a mismatch that compromises
efficiency. Contractors also said
these systems are more repair-prone
than systems where the two units
have been bought and installed
Look for an experienced contractor.
One-fifth of the contractors
surveyed said the primary reason for
their service calls was improper
application or incorrect
Maintain your system properly.
At least 40 percent of surveyed
contractors said that service calls
were primarily the result of