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Tips for | Heating | Cooling | Computers

(On Computer Tips, Please read disclaimer at bottom of page)

Getting the Most From Your Heating and Air Systems


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Regular Maintenance

To optimize the energy efficiency of your HVAC System, it is important to follow a regular maintenance schedule. If you have been using your system without regular maintenance for over 10 years, there is a good chance that you are not receiving optimal energy efficiency.

Changing your filters

To increase the efficiency of your system and improve the air quality, the filters should be changed every three months in your home and every two months in commercial buildings.

Home Insulation

Properly insulating your home can greatly affect the comfort level. Having the appropriate “R-Value” (the higher the value, the better the insulating muscle) is very important. An appropriate R-Value for your exterior walls lies around R-13, and for your ceilings R-30 is recommended. You can more easily maintain comfortable temperatures all year long and reduce your energy bills by properly insulating your home.

Free Cold Air

Ventilating your home “naturally” during the cooler parts of the day or night makes it easier for your A/C system to work properly. Ventilate while it is cool outside and seal everything up during warmer hours to keep the cool in and the hot out. And don’t forget your attic! It is extremely helpful to ensure that this “hot point” is well ventilated to keep your home properly cooled. Installing attic exhaust systems to ventilate the hot air in the attic is a solution. This will help reduce the electric bills by allowing the A/C system to run more efficiently.

Keep your air clean

According to air quality experts, the air in your home can actually be more contaminated than the air outside. High Efficiency filters and a properly sealed and clean ducting system help make sure you are breathing the cleanest air possible. We offer many different types of high efficiency filters which are more effective in cleaning the air. They also reduce dust, which is a necessity for allergy sufferers.


Heat Troubleshooting
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Heating

Be sure the thermostat is turned to the heating position, and make sure the thermostat is set higher than the current room temperature. If you raise the temperature level on your thermostat and hear a faint click, this is a good indicator that your thermostat is working.


Pilot light

Try checking your pilot light; it may need to be relit. See manufactures directions for relighting the pilot light.

Most systems contain safety mechanisms which will shut down your system when necessary. If you have tried raising the setting above the current room temperature and you do not hear the system come on, contact a heating professional that is experienced in troubleshooting. It may need maintenance or repairs.


Air Troubleshooting
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Air Conditioning

Make sure your system is set to cool and the thermostat is set below the room temperature. If your system has incurred “lock out”, it may take a few minutes to hear the system clicking on. If you hear this click, your thermostat is probably ok and the problem lies within the system.

Ensure that all connections are secure and check your circuit breakers or fuse box to make sure it has not tripped a circuit or blown a fuse.


Getting the Most From Your Computer
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Speed up Computer that Drives you Crazy

Have you ever been in the middle working on your computer and suddenly it froze, crashed or came to a slow crawl? And you had to restart, lost your work, lost time and felt so enraged that if you had an ax... WAIT, don't kill the computer. Here are 7 tips to speed up computer.



1. INCREASE VIRTUAL MEMORY

Virtual memory is the space your computer uses when it's short of RAM (Random Access Memory), which is the memory used when running programs like Office Suites.

Resetting the virtual memory usage on your computer, also referred to as pagination, is great way speed up computer. DO NOT exceed the limit given in the properties box of your windows system.



To access and reset the Virtual Memory:

On the Start menu, click My Computer. The My Computer window is displayed.

Click View system information. The Systems Properties dialog box is displayed.

In the Systems Properties dialog box click the Advanced tab.

Under Performance, click Settings. The Performance Options dialog box is displayed.

In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.

Find the Virtual memory area. Click Change. The Virtual Memory dialog box is displayed. Here you can change the pagination file to add more memory and speed up computer.



2. BUY MORE MEMORY

Buying more memory for your machine is one of the biggest speed improvements you can make and it is cheaper now than it has ever been.



3. STORING FILES ON THE MAIN DRIVE
Do not store lots of data on the main drive, which is where you install your windows operating system. Storing software like games, finance programs and other software on another drive of your computer is another way to speed up a computer's peformance.



4. RESETTING START UP MENU

The speed with which your computer boots, especially used cheap laptops, depends on the amount of programs that are set to be started automatically at booting. Removing unnecessary and unwanted programs from the start up process can greatly speed up computers at the start up level through msconfig.



To access MSCONFIG.

click the WINDOWS KEY + R at the same time to get to run

Type MSCONFIG in the run box

click OK or hit ENTER

** If you get a popup to allow this, click ALLOW and do the all the above once again to allow

click on the STARTUP TAB

uncheck everything except YOUR ANTIVIRUS and ANTISPYWARE

click APPLY and OK or ENTER

click RESTART NOW



5. TURN OFF SYSTEM RESTORE:

+++This will speed up the system but will not give you the option to go back to a good time if you have problems. Please keep this in mind before turning it off.

Having the system restore option on takes a lot of space from the hard drive. Freeing up a lot of physical memory by turning off system restore can significantly speed up computers.


To access System Restore:

click START

click ACCESSORIES

click SYSTEM TOOLS

click SYSTEM RESTORE

Once there you can edit settings and then turn off the system restore option.



6. CLEANING INTERNET CACHE AND COOKIES:

Temporary Internet files affect browser speed, as well as, computer speed in general. Regularly cleaning the cache and cookies will make your browser and computer perform at a faster speed.

To Clean Internet Cache and Cookies:

click Tools from your browser toolbar

click Internet Options to delete and clear cache and cookies.

This should be done on a regular basis to ensure ongoing improvement of computer performance.



7. DEFRAGMENTING THE DISK

Regularly defragmenting the disk drive will speed up computer. This tool can be accessed from the Start Menu then Accessories then System Tools


Computer Won't Power up
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Initial Steps:



* Make sure that the PC's power cable is plugged firmly into a wall socket or power strip and that the power strip is on.


* Try plugging the PC or the power strip into another wall socket.


* Ensure that the power cable is firmly connected to the PC's power-supply outlet.


* Check to see that the power supply is switched to the "on" position.


* Attach a working power cable to the PC's power supply and plug it in.


* Unplug all external devices from the PC -- including a CD drive or digital camera -- except the monitor. If the computer powers on without the devices, add the peripherals back in one at a time until you can identify the problem device.



If none of these steps solves the problem, check to see if your computer is still under warranty and send it back to the manufacturer. If the warranty has expired and the above doesn't solve he problem, you may need to bring it in for service.


Computer Powers up but screen is Blank
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Initial Steps:



* Ensure that your computer can boot normally and that all of the usual power lights are on.


* Make sure that the monitor is plugged firmly into a working wall socket or power strip and that the power strip is on.


* Try plugging the PC or power strip into another wall socket.


* Verify that the monitor's power button is switched to the "on" position.


* Make sure the monitor's brightness and contrast controls are properly adjusted (check your monitor's manual for information on how to do this).


* Check to see that the monitor cable is plugged firmly into the back of the display and that the pinned end is tightly screwed into the computer's video output on the back of the case.

* Remove the existing cable and replace it with a known working monitor cable. Connect it to the display and to the computer.

* Obtain a working monitor and hook it up to your PC. If this display works, buy a new monitor. If the monitor does not work, your video card may not be working and you'll need to open the desktop's case.



If none of these steps solves the problem, check to see if your computer is still under warranty and find out how to send it back. If the warranty has expired, you may need to bring it in for service.


Computer Won't boot from Hard Drive (Doesn't Get to Windows Splash Screen)
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Initial Steps:



* Make sure that there is no bootable media in your floppy or CD drive.


* Remove all external drives or devices and try restarting the computer.

* If you receive a series of beeps or error messages, write them down, as they could be instrumental in diagnosing your problem. Beep codes vary by manufacturer, so consult your BIOS documentation for more in-depth info on what those beeps mean. (BIOS Central also has an exhaustive list of beep codes). Otherwise, proceed as follows:

* Enter your computer's BIOS (access key varies by machine; usually you'll need to push the F1 or Delete key as the computer boots) and write down the current settings before proceeding further.

* Keep an eye out for any built-in diagnostic tools; you might be able to find an error by using these.

* If no diagnostic tools exist, go to the BIOS's hard drive section and make sure it's configured as "Auto."

* If the BIOS has an autodetect feature, run it to make sure that it can actually detect your hard drive.

* If your BIOS has an optimized default option, try loading it and rebooting.

* If the BIOS has a failsafe default option, try loading it and rebooting.

* Attempt to enter your PC in Safe Mode. (As your computer boots, quickly press the F8 key.) If you can get in, run Windows' built-in diagnostic tool to check your drive for bad sectors and file system errors.

* While still in Safe Mode, scan your computer for viruses, Trojans, spyware, and other threats that could be causing problems.



If none of these steps solves the problem, check to see if your computer is still under warranty and find out how to send it back. If the warranty has expired, you may need to bring it in for service.


Windows Won't Boot (After BIOS POST Has Been Completed) or Crashes
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Initial Steps:



* Make sure that there isn't a disk in your floppy or CD drive.

* Remove external drives or devices.

* Enter the Windows Advanced Options menu by pressing the F8 key during the BIOS's Power-On Self Test (POST). Select the option for "Last Known Good Configuration." (Note: if this works, you will lose any recently installed software or newly created files.)

* Enter the Windows Advanced Options menu, boot into Safe Mode with networking, and perform a system restore.

* While in Safe Mode run your antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Remove any detected threats.

* If that fails, attempt to back up your data using back-up software, burn files to a CD. You may eventually have to reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows.

If none of these steps solves the problem, check to see if your computer is still under warranty and find out how to send it back. If the warranty has expired, you may need to bring it in for service.


Free Software for your computer we believe in.
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Defraggler A more complete defrag program.



Firefox A faster browser than Internet Exployer.



Avast Antivirus Free antivirus protection.
              (NOTE. You can only have 1 antivirus on your machine. You must remove your old one before installing a new one.)



CCleaner Cleans temp files and trash from your computer.



SuperAntiSpyware Free Antispyware protection. The free version works as effectively as the paid.



WinRar Free Zip Program.



Winamp Free music player.



Thunderbird Free email client. Windows 7 -64 bit doesn't have an email client preinstalled with it's system.



Legal Stuff (Disclaimer)
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Use the above software and / or procedures at your own risk!
I have been building and repairing computers for multiple years, and have personally used the above procedures on many computers. Each computer is different and the competence of the user can vary and this and that deviation from the recommended procedure can make a big difference. We, in no way warrant the above procedure or procedures, nor can we be held responsible for any problems, loss of data, loss of business, or any other damages caused by the application of the above procedure or procedures. If you are not comfortable with the above procedure or procedures, DON'T DO IT. If you need help please Contact Us before attempting the above procedure or procedures.

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I can be reached by calling 870-672-1452