Designed for cooling the entire house, central air conditioners are located outdoors. They consist of a large refrigerant compressor and condensing coils unit joined by copper tubing refrigerant lines to an indoor coil mounted in the furnace. The same ducts are used for distribution of both heated and cooled air. This is known as a “split system”. In a “packaged system”, all the components are located outside the house in a single unit. In both types, an additional component called a thermostat is used to control the level of cooling in continuous feedback loop.
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If you plan on installing a ceramic or vinyl tile floor, a basement floor is optional. But if you want laminate, hardwood, parquet, cork, carpeting, or bamboo or flooring in your finished basement, you’ll want to lay down a basement subfloor. This ensures protection of your floors against moisture damage. It also makes for a warmer and more comfortable floor.
It’s becoming widely known that aside from its natural beauty, bamboo is a tough, resilient and versatile flooring surface. Still, as with any surface in a home, it’s subject to general wear and tear, damage and stains. Also, just as with any other surface, you’re wise to repair bamboo flooring as soon as possible after the damage has been sustained. That way, you keep it looking as fabulous as the day it was installed, and you don’t allow further damage to occur.
What can Go Wrong?
As tough as it is, you might have to repair bamboo flooring after spills, scratches, nicks and stains have occurred. Keeping pets indoors is almost a sure way to cause marks in the floor. For instance, dogs and cats with unclipped claws are renowned for their scratches.
What a great choice you’ve made. Bamboo is one of the hottest flooring trends at the moment and with good reason. It’s durable, low maintenance, very pleasing to the eye and it’s not too precious to live with. Aside from those qualities, it’s also a wonderful material in terms of sustainability, the latest environmental buzz word.
Since it’s actually a grass, and can be harvested time and again from the same plant, it produces a crop every 3 to 4 years, making it very handy indeed. Even the manufacturing processes are environmentally friendly, so jump on the bandwagon and tell your friends! Now, as for the best method to install bamboo flooring, well it all depends on your skills level, how much you really want to do it yourself and whether saving money is a big factor to you.
The most common images one conjures up when thinking of bamboo is those wonderful pictures of the giant pandas held in a zoo in China, munching away on lovely fresh bamboo stalks. Bamboo is actually a grass though with modern manufacturing processes, is able to be turned into highly attractive, durable and versatile bamboo flooring for homes, stores, offices and restaurants.
Bamboo flooring history probably dates back millennia, to when ancient Chinese peasants used it in its most rudimentary form – slashed and placed on the ground – to cover the dirt and keep their homes clean and hygienic.