What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home

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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Freon Dangers: Why Should You Upgrade Your Old AC System Now?

If you currently have an old cooling system installed in your home, you may want to upgrade to a newer air conditioning system now, especially if your old system uses or leaks Freon. According to sources, Freon is expected to phase out in the future, which means that you may not be able to get or use it if your cooling system runs out of refrigerant. Freon can also create a number of problems for cooling systems, homeowners and the environment, including ozone depletion and respiratory poisoning. Here's why you should upgrade your cooling system now and what you can do to get started.

How Can Freon Harm You and Your Cooling System?

Unlike safer coolants, such as R-22 and other refrigerants, Freon has the potential to cause issues with the environment if it leaks. The coolant may also be dangerous if it leaks out of your indoor handler's refrigerant lines and invade the home. Because Freon is an odorless and colorless gas, you might not detect it right away unless you have gas detectors installed in your house. 

In addition, leaking coolant can place stress on your cooling system by making it work harder and longer than necessary. Your AC might not have the ability to cool down your house and break down as a result. If your current AC system is outdated or no longer sold on the market, repairing it may not be as simple or cost-effective as you may want. 

One of the best ways to avoid the issues mentioned above is to replace your old AC with something that doesn't require Freon.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Home, Family and the Environment?

If you haven't done so already, schedule a visit with your local air conditioning contractor for services. A contractor can examine the condition of your home and help you determine the best replacement option available for you. In addition, you may have the option of installing a cooling system that improves the safety of your home with recyclable coolant.

Until you seek out a contractor's help, take steps to keep your home safe from Freon. For instance, you might do a preliminary check on the refrigerant lines outside and inside the house. You're looking for deterioration in the lines' insulation, which might make the lines vulnerable to the elements as well as cause your system to run longer and harder. If you find issues, you can temporarily secure the lines with a nonflammable insulation product found at your local home and gardening store. 

Also, remove overgrown plant life from around the lines. You may want to remove grass, flowers and weeds by hand to avoid damaging the lines. A weeder, garden hoe or lawn mower may accidentally perforate the lines and cause leaks. Finally, install a gas detection system in your home. You can place a small device in your AC closet or close to it.

If you have additional concerns or questions about Freon or replacing your old AC system, contact a contractor today (click here for info on that).