I’m about to renovate my new house. It’s a foreclosure, and while it’s in pretty good shape for a foreclosure, it’s not exactly move-in ready (unless I wanted to live with stained carpet, a broken oven from the 1960s, partially unfinished walls you get the idea). So since I’m going to have to spend a bunch of cash on home improvement, I’d like to take away a bit of the sting by paying for the purchases with a rewards credit card and getting some cash back. Homeowners are setting up a home contingency budget and selecting projects that can be accomplished within the limits of funds on hand. That’s a good rule of thumb for all household spending. If you choose a different method of air conditioning (ceiling fans, window units, or evaporative units), you may be able to do the installation work yourself.
Stand up with me, fellow home improvement not-so-tough guys and embrace the all-purpose work glove. An overcharged air conditioner is usually the result of tampering with the system and putting in more refrigerant than the AC should have; it is a very easy mistake to make—and unfortunately one with serious consequences.
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