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Why You Should Invest in Portable Air Conditioning Units

Many people debate over whether they should invest in a static air conditioning system or just rely on a portable ac unit. Some will call in air conditioning companies for an installation quote only to be horrified by the cost. Well, let’s have a quick review of the reasoning behind owning portable air conditioning units whether you already have a static system or not. IMHO they are still worth the investment.

First and most obvious advantage is that static units are just that, you can’t move them around the home! OK, I’ll admit if you have an efficient static system you may not need a portable one, but they still have their uses. For example, in exceptionally high temperatures your system may not be quite as good as you would like, and a portable unit would help reduce the temperature where the unit was placed, usually in the living area or kitchen. If you don’t have a static system at all, you can place portable air conditioning units where you are and just move it when you need to without having to worry about ripping hoses out etc.

Talking about ripping hoses out, a portable ac unit does not need professional air conditioning companies to install it! Just plug it in and go!

Another quite obvious benefit is the purchase and running costs. Full ac systems are expensive to buy. Even with the most efficient static system it will certainly cost a lot more than one or two portable units. The only time that running costs will increase is if you are using both types.

Added bonuses to portable air conditioning units are that they usually double as heaters. This means they can be used year round, instead of sticking it in a cupboard for the winter as you may do with a cheaper and more inefficient air cooler unit. You will usually find that the portable units have dehumidifiers as well. This is great for helping get rid of mold in the house as it will help dry excess moisture from the air.

The only against point I can think of when you don’t have a full ac system in your home, is that portable air conditioning units are perhaps more suited to smaller properties and where people tend to stick to one room (unless you have multiple units). Other than that, it’s probably a good idea to get at least one to either boost a static system, to keep as back-up or, if you can’t afford a full installed system they will function well enough to help you keep cool.

From Small Business to Big Business – Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream

Once in awhile a small business comes along that helps to change the way we think and feel about a product. While many small businesses have the potential to do this very few do. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream started as a small business and while growing big managed to change forever how we think about ice cream. In doing so they built a small business to big business success story that anyone could be proud of and should be inspired by.

So how did it all start? If you can believe it Ben & Jerry’s was actually started by a couple of ex-hippie friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in Burlington, Vermont. The two friends had recently taken a correspondence course that they paid $5 for on how to make ice cream from Pennsylvania State University. Their first location was opened in a renovated gas station in 1978 with a $12,000 investment.

Once they were ready for business and they opened the doors their particular way of making ice cream took over. Besides using fresh Vermont milk and cream it was the innovative flavors that won the day. Flavors like Cherry Garcia, Chubby Hubby, and Milli Vanilla. It was during 1980 that they started to sell their ice cream in pint sized cartons. They’d managed some initial success in selling to local Vermont restaurants and felt they were ready to expand the business. So they moved into a facility that was large enough to house their packaging operation and went to work.

From that first shop that was opened in a renovated gas station with a few thousand dollars they managed to build their business into a global chain. Eventually they opened over 200 locations and planted themselves in every grocery store while reaching a quarter billion dollars in sales. Finally in 2000 Ben and Jerry sold their business to the food giant Unilever. And although they don’t have regular positions with the company anymore they are still active in a number of charitable pursuits and eco friendly endeavors. During their run to the top they were even recognized in 1988 as the U.S. Small Business Persons of the year for their efforts.

Although they no longer own the business Ben and Jerry’s name has become synonymous with some of the best ice cream in the world. Once a year the company even holds a free cone on the anniversary of the founding of the business. They have left a mark on society that they can be truly proud of. And a legacy that will outlive them both.

As entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have done more than most people dream they can do. But there is no reason that your dream cannot become just as great as theirs has. Your business can become your own legacy if you want it to. Your business may start small but is entirely up to you how great it will become. You just need to look deep down inside yourself and ask how much you want your business to achieve. Once you have your answer you’ll know what you need to do.

Start a Business For Under $400 Dollars – Sell Stained Glass Art Online

If you are a creative person and you are looking for an online business, and you have $400 dollars to invest, you might want to consider stained glass art. It would actually cost less to get started. You will need to purchase a beginners kit with a soldering iron and glass cutting tools and of course some glass. This is an absolutely fascinating art that will allow you to grow as large as you want.

You can find free patterns in glass art magazines, or online or you can purchase patterns. If you want, you can even make your own, you just need to measure for the seam allowance. You can find designs everywhere, from cake design to coloring books. And the ideas are endless; they are limited only by your own imagination. You can make house number signs for your yard, you can make wind chimes, and you can make sun catchers or windowpanes. And the colors you choose to use are up to you.

You can sell your projects online at an auction site. All you do is set up an account; the site walks you through it. And you will probably want to use a digital camera to take some pictures of your items. Then you choose a starting price. You can set a price on the item and also use the ‘buy it now’ feature, but that would only be good until the first bid. After that, the sky is the limit. If two or more people are interested an item you wanted to sell for $40 dollars, it could actually sell for $100 dollars. Just think of the possibilities and all because you were looking to start a business for under $400 dollars.