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Dirty Air Conditioners

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

We are well into summer and many areas are seeing temperatures in the 90s or higher. We rely on our air conditioner to keep us cool and comfortable during times like this, but is it working as well as it could be? For many, the answer is no. The reason is simple lack of maintenance. Your air conditioner sucks outside air through the metal condenser coil while it’s running. Dust, bugs, grass, dirt and all kinds of other contaminants can get sucked in and stuck in the coil. Eventually this build up reduces the airflow through the coil, reducing the cooling capacity of your air conditioner. This means longer run times and more energy usage. It could also mean that your system won’t be able to keep up on the hottest days.

The solution is simple. Just spray the outside of the coil, working from the top down, until the debris is gone and the coil looks clean. If your coil is very dirty, the unit will require disassembly and a coil cleaning chemical to get it fully cleaned. If this is the case, you may want to hire an HVAC company to clean your unit. If you are mechanically inclined and want to take the side panels off for a full cleaning, Nu-Calgon Nu-Brite is an excellent coil cleaner. One gallon should last a long time since it must be diluted with water in a sprayer at a 1:4 ratio.

Whether you choose to clean it yourself or hire a pro, your AC will reward you with higher efficiency and less breakdowns when you keep it clean!

Goldfish bowls are evil

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

The idea that goldfish can live happily in a fish bowl is a huge misconception.  The analogy I like to use is that keeping a goldfish in a bowl is like keeping a great dane in a closet.  It just isn’t good for them.

Goldfish are active and need room to swim around.  They are also messy and need good water filtration.  The rule of thumb with goldfish is a minimum of 10 gallons per fish (so if you want 3 goldfish, you need at least a 30 gallon tank).

You will also need very good filtration, since they generate a lot of waste.  I recommend getting an over-sized filter for your tank (if you have a 20 gallon tank, buy a filter that is designed for a 30 gallon tank).  I would not recommend the use of an under-gravel filter for use with goldfish.  Instead, get a hang-on-back power filter or a canister filter.  If you have a very large aquarium, you might need more than one filter.  Also plan on doing a 30-50% water change at least once a week while the aquarium is new, and at least every two weeks once it is established.  Remember to use water conditioner to remove chlorine from the water when doing water changes.

Many commercial goldfish foods are full of fillers and don’t provide the best nutrition.  I recommend feeding your goldfish a high quality food like Omega One.

For more in depth information on goldfish care, I recommend visiting Koko’s Goldfish.

If you follow these simple guidelines, your goldfish will live a long happy and healthy life!

-Daniel