Summer is officially here. To celebrate the warm weather season, my family and I always host a small party at our house and invite our neighbors. We barbeque, play games and catch up with folks we haven't seen in a long time.
During our most recent get together, I was talking to Oliver, a friend and neighbor who is an electrician. We started talking about appliances because I told him that I thought it was time that I purchase a new air conditioner.
Oliver said that before I do, I should consider some things. First, he said, I should think about where I want the AC to go. He let me know that small ACs are only going to cool one room because they simply aren't powerful enough to cool larger spaces.
Oliver then advised that I look out for how much power the air conditioner I want to buy is going to use. I asked how I'm supposed to know how that is measured. He said BTUs measure energy and power. He said I certainly don't need an appliance with 20,000 BTUs if I am just going to cool the kitchen.
Finally, Oliver said that once I purchase the AC, it's important to take steps to keep it working properly. I asked him what he meant by that and he said I should clean the filter on a regular basis and be aware of any strange noises the appliance is producing.
I thanked him for the advice and he said anytime I needed to know anything else about an air conditioner, I could just walk over to his house and we could discuss my questions over a Jack and Coke.