Cooling Reminder

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I did this post last year, but decided it is a helpful reminder every year as Houston heat rises! We have had a cooler than usual winter, which means your A/C has had a break. Collecting dust, debris and more. So, let’s talk about cleaning your cooling!

Is this something you should invest your time or money in? I am going to tell you a little bit about the benefits of a good deep clean of your cooling system in your home.

Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings.

Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil.

You should remove dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Some of this, you can do on your own. If your system needs more of a deep clean, thorough maintenance, I suggest calling a professional to spruce up your cooling system especially before the spring heat hits!

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Class Valentine Ideas

Valentines Day means classroom parties!!! Your children look forward to passing out their Valentines marked with their name. Are you looking for creative and simple ideas? This post may inspire you as you plan ahead for the special day to share your love!

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These are simple ideas. They are also inexpensive and thoughtful. Your children can help you make these which will give them an extra dose of pride at their classroom party.  Happy Valentines Day!

Mardi Gras Galveston

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Some information from the below link… “If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2018,  grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The island’s 107th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 2 thru February 13, 2018 is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, parades, balcony parties and several elegant balls.”

For more information:

https://www.galveston.com/mardigras/

Things to Watch During Thaw

As the temperatures rise, pipes frozen by the low temperatures will begin to thaw. And while it may sound like a good thing, it could create plumbing nightmares. Here are a few things to look out for as Houston warms up.

Drips or water stains will, most of the time, be on your ceiling or underneath the sink. If the water damage isn’t caught immediately, then that’s when problems start to mount. Also, check the water pressure throughout home. Low pressure or decreased flow is a sign that something may have occurred in pipes during freeze/thawing process.

Keep a close eye on your pipes. Water can cause so much damage. Slow leaks, sudden leaks…any kind of leak needs to be detected as soon as possible.

Fresh Kitchen Tip in New Year

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Did you entertain a lot over the holiday season? Was there more traffic in your home than usual? Well, you may notice a smell lurking in your kitchen. More guests usually means more food, cooking and leftovers going down the disposal! Here’s a trick…

If you notice an odor around your sink or a blast of foul smell when you turn on the disposal, it could be time for a good cleaning. First off, try grinding lemon peels and ice. This is an old trick that usually works and absorbs odors.

If that doesn’t work, I have something that will knock out any disposal odor…Instant Power Disposer & Drain Cleaner. Read the directions on the back to make sure it is applied correctly. In seconds, your kitchen will smell fresh again!

Just a helpful tip as we recover from the holidays and get going into the new year!!!

Pipes and Plants

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Happy New Year! Here are some tips to help you prepare for the freeze that is kicking off our New Year!

PROTECT PIPES

  • Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
  • Wrap exposed faucets and pipes, including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
  • If you have a pool, besides keeping the pump running, make sure all the valves are open as well.

PROTECT PLANTS

  • Cover your plants with a frost cloth. It lets the plant breathe, but also holds a lot of heat. If you can’t find a frost cloth, a sheet or a blanket works well. Just make sure the material allows your plants to breathe and that it isn’t just sitting on top of the plants. You want to wrap it around and below the plant so no wind enters.
  • Spread at least two to three inches of mulch to protect the roots of plants and trees. If the roots are protected then the roots can come back in the spring.
  • Use water on plants. It goes against common sense, but watering your plants actually protects them from the cold. The water in the ground is going to keep the roots from getting frost damage.
  • You should also avoid some common mistakes: Don’t cover plants with plastic. Don’t cut back dead-looking parts of plants after a cold spell.

Hopefully this post helps you prepare your home for the coming days. Stay warm!