If you are planning any major renovations, such as converting an unfinished basement area into living space, it is especially important to test the area for radon before you begin. If your test results indicate an elevated radon level, radon-resistant techniques can be inexpensively included as part of the renovation. Major renovations can change the level of radon in any home. Test again after the work is completed.
In gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed.
The National Association of Attorneys General lists home-improvement scams as one of the top-ten consumer problems. The most important thing to remember to have a written, signed and properly executed contract before any work is begun on your home or property. In particular, make sure the following information is contained in the contract: A complete description of the work to be done and the materials to be used; A provision requiring written approval for ANY changes; A statement that explains the builder's or contractor's guarantee on the work that he or she will perform; A starting date and a completion date; A complete description of the cost of the job, full disclosure of the payment terms, and the financing costs; Your signature and the contractor's signature.
Insects love warm electrical components and air conditioners are full of them. If you want to keep insects out, experts say do not use insecticides, because the electrical components will not like them. One option is to get a special cover for your relay switch, but be aware that it has to be installed by an air conditioning technician. The cheapest (and easiest) way to keep them away is to use a flea collar. To install the flea collar, shut the power off to the air conditioner and simply placed the collar near the relay switch.