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  1. Clean Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

    Annual central air conditioner maintenance saves you money by increasing its efficiency and preventing breakdowns. You can complete the chore in an hour.

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  1. DIY Air Conditioner Repair

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    Our expert shows you how to repair the most common central air conditioning problems by replacing three parts. You'll be up and running sooner and will probably save the expense of a service call.

  2. Air Conditioner Repair: Replace Rotted Insulation

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    Rotting insulation on your outdoor A/C lines can cost you energy. The fix is simple. We show you how to do it and tell you where to get the special insulating foam.

  3. Covering Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

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    Cover your air conditioner condenser with plywood for the winter. If you wrap it with plastic, it'll rust.

  4. Fix a Sinking Air Conditioner Pad

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    Air conditioner compressors and heat exchanger pumps sitting on concrete pads may settle and tip over time, putting strain on coolant lines. One of these fixes can correct the problem.

  5. How to Clean a Room Air Conditioner

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    Air conditioners work more efficiently when the evaporator and condenser coils or cooling fins are clean and the fins are straight. Save money and keep your house cooler by doing the job yourself.

  6. Cleaning Air Conditioners in the Spring

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    Few routine chores will pay off more handsomely, both in comfort and in dollars saved, than a simple air - conditioner cleaning. The payoff: Summertime comfort and lower cooling bills. You'll also prolong the life of your air conditioner .

  7. Choosing a Whole House Fan

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    Whole house fans will keep you and your home cool at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning . We walk you through the pros and cons and help you choose the best option for your home.Photo courtesy of Tamarack Technologies Inc.

  8. Efficient Heating: Duel-Fuel Heat Pump

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    In cold climates, dual-fuel heat pumps (different from heat pumps used in the South) replace your air conditioner and save you money for both heating and cooling.

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    Bob Vila's July projects include building a raised garden bed, DIY lawn games, unusual wallpaper applications, alternatives to air conditioning and tick prevention.

  2. Ice box air conditioner

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    This gadget will save your life in the summertime! Out of desperation, in the summer of 2002, I made this improvised "air condition" unit. 2002 was the warmest summer in years, and i almost melted! This might sound like a joke, but it truly does work. You don't need to cool down the entire room to ...

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    If you're thinking about installing a solar energy system, you first want to be sure it makes sense for your home. Let us lead you through some of the variables you'll need to consider.

  4. May Home Maintenance - Bob Vila

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    Ready yourself for the summer months by tackling these five easy but important home improvement projects now.

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    Jeanette Pavini tells us how keep electric bills in check in better ways to save.

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    In this home video, you will learn step by step how to audit your home's heating and cooling systems.

  3. How to Fix Window Air Conditioners

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    Learn how to fix window air conditioners, using a 1969 Sears as an example.

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Blog Posts

  1. Beat the Heat and Cut Cooling Costs

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    Ten years ago, I installed central air conditioning in my old house, but the south bedrooms were still too steamy. I thought about reworking the duct system to pump in more cold air, but tried something simpler first: I built these simple shutters to...( read more )

  2. Lower Your Utility Bills: Better Bath Fan Controls

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    A bath fan can save energy or waste it, depending on how long you let it run after a steamy shower. If you don't let it run long enough, a lot of humidity is left in the air, and that forces your air conditioning system to work much harder. If you...( read more )

  3. Sunday Night Sneak Peek

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    FromDIY Diva

    It’s safe to say I’ve been on a roll around the house for the past few weekends, and the question I get most often from people is “How do you...

  4. Comparing Heating & Cooling Solutions for your New Home

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    When building a new home, it is always important to explore every option when it comes to heating and cooling solutions. While you want to provide a comfortable environment for your family, you should also consider costs, energy efficiency, impact on the environment and any added value to your ...

  5. That Big Parking Lot in the Sky

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    FromDIY Diva

    Last week I had to say my final goodbyes to this big yellow beast, which at different times has been referred to as “the beast” “the bus” and the “Thunder...

  6. Long Weekend, Big Project

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    FromDIY Diva

    Labor day weekend lived up to its name. Three full days of hard-core, unadulterated, sunup to sundown, sawdust-slinging labor. I hauled lumber. I swore. I sniffed an inordinate amount of...

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