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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Is It Your Air Conditioner That Needs Servicing, or Something Else?

by Darlene Jenkins

Sometimes you will just know that an air conditioner needs servicing; it may never come on no matter what you check, or you hear it make a terrible noise right before it grinds to a stop. However, for those who are new to owning a central air unit or who may just now be experiencing problems with their home's central air, you might want to note a few troubleshooting tips. In some cases, it might not be that the air conditioner itself needs servicing. Note the following.

1. When the unit continues to run

If you know that the temperature in the room is cool enough that the air conditioner should shut off but it keeps running anyway, you might need a new thermostat. Remember that the thermostat communicates with the air conditioner and tells it the desired temperature and the current temperature in the room. If your thermostat is not reading the room temperature correctly because it needs calibrating, or the wiring between it and the central unit is faulty, this will affect how the air conditioner operates.

You may also have something very warm near the thermostat itself so that it is reading a higher temperature than it should; even the heat from a small light bulb can affect how your thermostat works. Have it checked and recalibrated or replaced and see if this addresses the problem with your home's cooling.

2. When the unit runs but doesn't cool

One common reason for this problem is that the condenser of the unit is blocked and, in turn, it cannot operate properly. The condenser is the outer area of the housing unit, and it looks like a car's radiator. This condenser circulates refrigerant from the compressor to the air that goes into your home, allowing heat to escape. If it's blocked, that heat cannot get out and, in turn, the air that is sent to your home doesn't get cool. If there are tall weeds, leaves, or other debris caught in the condenser or blocking it, remove these and see if the air gets cool again.

If this problem with not cooling your home happens only in particular rooms, you might note if you're letting in too much sunlight or if the room is not properly insulated. This too can be a reason for your entire house to remain warm; the air conditioner can only lower the inside temperature so much, no matter how long it runs. Try closing blinds or curtains and investing in more efficient insulation for your home so that your air conditioner can actually work as it should.

For more information, contact a local air conditioning service