Open-Door Policy: Air Conditioning And Room Air Pressure

If you’ve just moved from an older home or apartment to a newer residence, especially one that has a newer central air conditioning unit, you may have noticed something funny going on. Running the air conditioner suddenly makes the doors to individual rooms much harder to open. There is nothing actually wrong, however — you’re just finding out how well-sealed your rooms are. But you should take that as a hint to keep more doors open when the air conditioner is running because that will help keep your system running efficiently.

Added Pressure

When the air conditioner is on, it’s blowing air into a room, thus adding to the amount of air in the room. If the door to the room is open, other air will be pushed out of the room. If the door is closed, however, the other air will have a harder time getting out. There won’t be as many ways for it to leave, and that will place the walls and door of the room under pressure. So that extra air will actually press against the door, making it harder to open because you’ll have to pull against the force of the air.

Obviously, your average room isn’t airtight. Air can get out under the door, through window weepholes, and other small openings. It just can’t exit in the same amounts as the new air that’s being blown in.

That can actually force your air conditioner to work harder. Surprisingly, the air being lost under the door can lead to outside air being sucked in through other openings, such as small cracks in the wall or around the window. (You’d think that the air pressure in the room would turn all those openings into exit routes for the extra air in the room, but no.) That hotter air makes the air conditioner work more to cool that hotter air down.

Better Circulation

Keeping your home’s internal doors open helps air circulate more freely, thus making the air pressure in each room less troublesome and thus reducing the amount of outside air that is sucked in. You can still close doors for privacy, but if you can, leave the doors open.

If you have more questions about how your air conditioner affects the air inside your home, call an air conditioning repair company today. They can help you ensure that you’re using the right type and size of air conditioning unit for your home. The techs can also help you modify the doors to the rooms so that more air can circulate when the doors are closed.

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Three Tips To Add Sustainable Water Sources To Your Irrigation Systems

The landscaping around your home probably needs to have sprinkler systems to water plants and the lawn. These systems usually use water from the water service to your home. If you use a municipal service, this can be an extra cost on your water and sewer bill. If you have a home that uses well water, the use of a sprinkler system can put you at risk of drying your well out. If you want sustainable solutions for your landscape irrigation, here are some things that you may want to consider doing:

1. Using Rainwater And Drip Irrigation Systems

If you live in an area that has a high amount of rainfall, rain collection systems can be great. They can give you water for many different things, including for irrigation. If you want to have the irrigation be completely sustainable, drip irrigation can also be used. You can use drip irrigation that is gravity fed, which will not require any electricity if you choose to pay for pumps or sprinkler system installation, for irrigation that is located below a water tank.

2. Diverting Greywater From Home Appliances

Greywater is waste water from the plumbing in your home like appliances and sinks, and it is a clean source of water. You can use the water that comes from appliances for different tasks that do not require potable water. Greywater can be a great source for irrigation when rain collection systems have been depleted. The greywater systems can also be supplemented with fresh water for times when you don’t use your plumbing as much, such as when you are on vacation. This can make your system more efficient and effective.

3. Using Storage Tanks And Small Pump With Sprinkler Systems

You can also have tanks installed to store the greywater from the plumbing in your home, which will allow you to use it for more than just irrigating your landscaping. You can also add small pumps to the tanks, which can be used to provide water pressure for a sprinkler system or other outdoor plumbing. These tanks can be used for greywater and rainwater systems that you have installed for the irrigation needs of your home.

These are some systems that you may want to consider implementing for sustainable water for your sprinkler system. If you want to install sustainable features for your landscaping irrigation, contact a sprinkler contractor and talk with them about some of these irrigation solutions for your home.

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