3 Books About Home Improvement Every DIYer Should Read

DIY home design and improvement projects are a fun way to pass the time and add a personal touch to your home. Not to mention learning how to take on some of these tasks yourself can save you money! Though most home improvement projects should be left to the experts, there are some simple home design and organization tasks that you can do yourself with a little help. Below we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite home improvement books for DIYers.

Top 3 DIY Home Improvement Books

Here is a list of 3 best-selling DIY home improvement books that are available at your local bookstore. These are must-reads for anyone who enjoys DIY home design or improvement projects:

1. A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room

The farmhouse design style has become popular recently, and for good reason! This open and inviting design style can make your house feel more like a home. If you love farmhouse home design, then you won’t want to miss checking out A Touch of Farmhouse Charm by Liz Fourez, founder of popular home and lifestyle website Love Grows Wild. This book has all the inspiration and advice you need to create a warm and rustic feel in your own home with some simple tips for DIY farmhouse design.

2. Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day

Cleaning is a task that many homeowners like to put off, but keeping your home clean and organized is an important part of creating a healthy and happy home environment. Clean My Space by Melissa Maker helps make the process less daunting so that you can finally start loving your living space. Maker rose to YouTube fame with her re-engineered approach to cleaning. This is a great read for those who don’t have a lot of time but want to make the most of their cleaning efforts.

3. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

It happens to the best of us. You’re browsing Pinterest and start to feel a little jealousy when you see so many images of beautifully styled homes. You may even start to wonder, why can’t I do that? Well, now you can. Styled by Emily Henderson demystifies the art of arranging rooms and spaces for both livability and beauty. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to get more out of their home spaces but doesn’t know quite where to start.

Don’t DIY HVAC Issues

When it comes to your HVAC system, there are some simple maintenance tasks that you can do yourself such as changing your filter regularly, but you should never attempt to repair or replace your HVAC system. All Weather Heating, Air & Solar is here to help. Our experienced and certified HVAC technicians offer heating and cooling maintenance, repair, and installation services to homeowners in Vacaville and the surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule an appointment: (707) 400-6875.

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Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner When it Rains?

It rains quite a bit in the Vacaville/Fairfield area and many people want to know if they need to take measures to protect the outside component of their heat pump or A/C system from the rain.

Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner?

In a word: No. There are two distinct sections of a split-system heat pump or air conditioner. The outside portion is the condenser/compressor, and the indoor portion is the air handler that includes the evaporator coil.

The outdoor portion of an A/C system is built to withstand the rain, and even severe rainfall will not damage it. Flooding is different, though. If your air conditioner’s outside unit becomes partially or fully submerged, it probably will be destroyed.

Your air conditioner does not need any form of special protection, assuming you are not in some extreme situation that is, though some experts suggest it’s not a bad idea to cover it during the winter, even with a plywood board weighted down with a couple of bricks. Any other type of cover should approved by the manufacturer of your A/C system. It should have small openings to allow air circulation in the outside unit, to prevent moisture from becoming trapped and damaging sensitive internal parts. Of course, you shouldn’t cover the condenser/compressor if there’s any chance you’ll be using it.

People also want to know if they can continue using their A/C or heat pump when it’s raining. The answer is: Yes, you can use these systems, even during heavy rain. Keep your systems in good working order and the rain will not damage them. For more on how weather can affect the outside unit of your heat pump or A/C system and other questions related to home comfort issues in our area, please contact us.image

The Importance of Properly Sized Ductwork

When replacing your home’s heating and cooling unit, it’s critical to also address your duct system. Ductwork is responsible for distributing air throughout the home, which is a function that directly impacts the central unit’s performance. By addressing your ductwork in unison with central unit replacement, you can ensure proper functioning of your HVAC system as a whole.

To understand the crucial role ductwork plays in HVAC unit efficiency, you’ll need to learn a little bit about how it works. A duct system has two sides: the “return,” which is responsible for drawing in air and pushing it through the central unit, and the “supply,” which carries the air into each individual room throughout the home.

Since an HVAC unit has a specific airflow design, when the ductwork’s return is undersized, it restricts the amount of air the unit is able to draw in and push through to the supply side. This causes the unit to work harder than it’s designed to, which hampers efficient performance and creates potential mechanical problems. So, when replacing your central unit, it’s important to assess your ductwork and make sure it’s properly sized—only then will it be able to achieve the level of efficiency you’re looking for.

 

Essential HVAC System Maintenance

To maximize the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you’ll want to address a couple of basic maintenance aspects. In this video, Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gil Medrano, owner of All Weather Heating, Air & Solar, discusses the importance of air conditioner and heater maintenance: