Posted by genieSABRE on Sep 10, 2011
Week # 36 – Home Maintenance Tips

Week # 36 – Home Maintenance Tips


Just do it!

Source: Hannif Highclass
Publish:My Blog: 08/26/2011
 

Home Interior

Ensure ceiling fan blades are spinning counter clockwise.

Fans are more than a decorative element for the ceiling. When used properly during the summer, ceiling fans can make rooms feel significantly cooler. The U.S. Department of Energy reports ceiling fan users can bump up their thermostat by 4 degrees and see no change in comfort level. This means your air conditioner runs less and saves you more. To maximize your fan’s full potential during warmer months, ensure its blades are spinning counterclockwise so that it creates a cool downdraft.

Here are some other good ideas to help stay cool during these last dog days of summer. Avoid reaching for the thermostat and try these five steps first:

  • Turn off the lights. Light bulbs are great at illuminating rooms, but they also have a knack for increasing indoor temperatures.
  • Keep window shades and blinds closed.  This is especially true for homes during the summer. Sunlight that is allowed in will cause indoor temperatures to rise.
  • Use fans wisely.  Fans do not reduce indoor temperatures, but they make people feel cooler by producing a wind chill effect as the breeze blows across the skin. Since fans do not actually lower air temperatures, remember to turn them off in unoccupied rooms so energy is not wasted.
  • Avoid using the oven and stove. The oven and stove are not the only ways to make a hot meal, but they are a sure-fire way to elevate indoor temperatures. Ovens and stoves produce a lot of heat, which can escape into the living space. Try using the microwave or outdoor grill instead.
  • Seal air ducts. In most homes, leaky ducts lose 20 percent of the air they are carrying before it even reaches the living space. To make sure you get all of the cooled air you paid for and to maximize the cooling system?s efficiency, inspect the ducts for leaks and seal them where necessary.

Home Exterior

Give windows a thorough cleaning..

Windows are magnets for dirt, dust and pollen, and heavy rains aren’t enough to keep window panes clean. Dirty windows are a major eyesore. Not only are they hard to see out of, but they also negatively impact your home’s curb appeal.

Washing Window Tricks
Have you ever wondered how those professional window washers move so fast with the squeegee, and the windows turn out perfect? Well, there really are some tricks to it that are simple to learn, and once you do, dare I say it, you may even enjoy washing windows. It is possible!

  • The first trick is to invest in a good squeegee. They aren’t expensive and they are worth every cent! Those $1.99 ones just will not do. A professional squeegee has a very soft, rubber blade with no imperfections in it. There are probably many sources to get one, but a source I like is Squeeze Net .
  • Secondly, do your windows on a cool, or cloudy day. If you HAVE to do it in the sun, do it in the morning. What you want to avoid here is heat. Heat works against you.
  • Get a bucket of lukewarm water (not hot), and add 2-3 tablespoons of plain ammonia. Use a sponge that has a white scrubber on the other side (don’t use the green ones, they are too course). Wet your window with the sponge side, then flip to the white scrub pad side, and scrub the window. You’ll be able to “feel” when it’s clean. You’ll feel rough patches, etc when it’s still not clean. This is a step most people fail at, if the window simply isn’t clean, it’s going to look cloudy when done. Scrub well.
  • You’ll also need lots of clean, white cotton rags/towels/cleaning cloths. Diapers work great here. Dry by hand a 1 inch strip at the top of the window. The trick for no streaks with the squeegee, is placing the dry rubber blade on a dry window. Take the squeegee now and place it at the top of the window in that 1 inch dry strip. Pull down smoothly. Dry your squeegee blade with between each sweep. Finish window, if need be do one last sweep left to right at the bottom of the window.

And you’ll feel great having clean windows

Home Interior

 

Begin fall plantings.

 

Fall is the time to spring into gardening!!  Seriously most think spring is the best time to garden but fall is just as good and in my mind a better time to garden.  Fall is the perfect planting season as ground temperatures are warm, rain is more frequent, evenings are cool and daylight is not as strong meaning plants have the best chance of establishing healthy roots before winter sets in.  Fall is a great time to save.  Many Garden Centers and Home Do-it centers are looking to get rid of their garden gear and plant material before the deep meaning now is the time to SAVE BIG!!

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