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Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

“Tired of your current bathroom, but not sure what you want to do, or how much it will cost?  Here’s an article that will explain what you should expect to pay, and just might inspire you!”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

4 Things You Need To Know About R-22 (Freon) Refrigerant

“If your A/C Unit was manufactured before 2004, you’re still using Freon.  And if you’ve had a repair where you needed to add Freon, you know how expensive it’s gotten.  Here’s a great article that explains why it’s so expensive now and how to start using the newer cheaper refrigerant.”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

Charging a residential heat pump system with refrigerant

You may or may not have heard of R22 refrigerant, but the phasing out of this refrigerant may affect you and the way you stay cool this spring and summer. Before the topic heats up, here are some fast facts to answer some common questions about R22 refrigerant:

1. What is R22 refrigerant?

Answer:  Isn’t R22 the robot from the big sci-fi mega movie? No, not R2-D2. Actually, R22 is a refrigerant gas. Refrigerant gas is what an air conditioner uses to produce cool air. R22 refrigerant was most commonly used in air conditioning units up until 2015.

2. Who decided that it needed to go away?

Answer: The decision to ban the use of R22 refrigerant came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by phasing out all production of virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to eliminate different types of R22refrigerant in specific phases, making R22 refrigerant much harder to source. The production of R22 refrigerant was dramatically reduced in 2014 and will continue to reduce each year. Production and consumption of R22 refrigerant will be totally phased out by 2020.

3. What should I do if my A/C was manufactured before 2004?

Answer: Turn it into a decorative lawn ornament? No. you don’t have to go that far. You can still have your A/C unit serviced with R22 refrigerant if available, but the cost per pound is high and will continue to increase. Another option is to replace R22 refrigerant with an alternative EPA approved HFC refrigerant. The cost for alternative refrigerants is much less, but it does require labor to fully evacuate the R22 refrigerant and replace with the alternative refrigerant and may require the replacement of some parts. Or, you could take the plunge and get a new, modern, energy-efficient A/C unit. Most of the components of such systems last on average 10-15 years, even when they are well maintained. A new A/C system can help lower your energy bills, too.

4. Will it cost me more money to get my A/C fixed now?

Answer: The short answer is, “Probably, yes.”

The alternative refrigerant costs much less than R22 refrigerant, but it does require flushing the system of existing refrigerant prior to charging your system with the alternative refrigerant you choose to use in place of R22 refrigerant. R407C is approved by the EPA for use as alternative to R22 refrigerant. Most manufacturers’ warranties on an existing systems will not be affected, depending upon the alternative refrigerant used in place of R22 refrigerant.

Originally Published by American Home Shield

Are You Making One of These 7 Landscaping Mistakes?

“You want to make your yard look nice so you start planting flowers and bushes and then you realize it doesn’t look like the magazines you’ve been reading. Check this article out to see if you doing some of these.”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

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Crowd-Pleasing Paint Colors for Staging Your Home

“Want to do something ‘different’ with paint, but your really not sure what to try, or why?  Check out these great ideas, especially if you are getting ready to sell!”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

 

10 Tile Layouts You Haven’t Thought Of

“Want to do something ‘different’ with tiles, but your really not sure what ‘different’ is?  Check out these great ideas!”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

 

7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

“Everyone loves a great kitchen.  Updates, Upgrades and Remodels all can make a difference in how a kitchen feels to you and how it presents itself if your trying to sell.  Be aware of how to make the most of the work you put into your Kitchen.”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

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10 Reasons to Bring Back the Rec Room

“Rec Rooms are great for families and to get away and have fun and relax in.  The other great thing about Rec Rooms is that they can be anywhere in the house!”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

Garage Organization Ideas Under $50

“It’s amazing how much ‘Stuff’ we collect over time.  Are you taking advantage of all the space available in your garage?”

Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team

 

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