Get to Know Airpro!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 5, 2014

Summer is quickly on it’s way Boise! It’s a good time to get things ready for the hot months ahead; that includes servicing your air conditioner and heating systems! We of course recommend Airpro for all your home heating and air needs in the Treasure Valley, and as part of our belief in working with folks we KNOW, LIKE, and TRUST, we want you to also get to know John Bertram from Airpro as well!

John_BertramI grew up in Boise around my fathers heating and sheet metal shop. When I was in college my father had a heart attack and I came home to work for him and never changed my business.   It’s been almost 40 years now.
I find great satisfaction in solving problems for people and serving people with honest pricing and quality products.

In a heating and ac business you get to work with sheet metal, electrical and control wiring, plumbing, refrigeration, indoor air quality, and duct design and installation. I like the diversity of the tasks and even after years doing it I always learn something every day.
This last week I had a customer in Caldwell call me and I was overbooked.
I was not able to make the trip to help him but was able to give him some things to try to correct his problem.

He phoned me the next day to tell me what I told him to do, fixed his problem, he thanked me. Things like this make it worth the effort for me.

If you are having problems with your air conditioner in Idaho , or just need to put in a service call don’t hesitate to pick up the phone! I love helping my customer get exactly what they need!

Boise Air Conditioning

Call 208-853-6556 or visit http://airproheatingandac.com/

Boise Home Improvement: 3 Things for Spring!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 7, 2013

Spring Home MaintenanceYES! Spring at last! The snow bunnies are tucking their sticks away for next season, the grass is turning green and the temperature’s are getting us ready to complain about how hot it will be in July! Idaho in Spring time is truly a place of beauty; everyone in the valley is just itching to get outside – even if it’s just to take care of the yard work!

While chances are good that you already have a growing list of things to check off of your honey-do list there are a top things to take care of first that will help your home take better care of itself all season. These high-priority tasks may not seem glamorous – no gold plated chandeliers in this episode – but they will help you save energy, money, and maintain the value of your home.

Stop the Drafts!
Home experts will recommend insulating your home and sealing windows in preparation for Winter, but fact is making sure your home is properly insulated helps keep it cool in the longer Summer months ahead too! Make sure all your windows have a good seal and that your attic is properly insulated as well. While these sorts of things can be easy to do yourself – just a little insulation, weather stripping or caulking in the right places – you may not even know where to start figuring out where to start. If you’re stuck with any kind of heating or cooling problem in Boise, give Airpro a call!

Update Your Appliances
This one may run a little deeper into the pocket book if you go for full replacement, but switching to newer, more energy efficient appliances can not only save you money but it’s also generally better for the environment too! Hot water heaters, refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers — these are all good items to take a look at. And with today’s economy it might not be time to upgrade, or even be feasible right now. As a consideration think about having your current appliances services or repaired. Repairing your appliances or making sure they are in their best working order can in many times be just as good as an upgrade at a fraction of the cost! Talk to Home Appliance Service for more information and options about how they can help!

Gut the Gutters!
Water damage is often one of the most expensive repairs for your home. While the snow is melted we will likely still see a good bit of rain this Spring; one of the areas of concern for leaks can be your gutters. A few sticks and leaves in the gutter may not seem like a big worry, but your home’s gutters are the first line of defense when it comes to taking the water from the sky and channeling it away from your home. All Valley Window Cleaning not only provides great window cleaning services in Idaho but also can help you get those gutters taken care of as well!

A last good general tip is to just take a walk around your home, look for any early warning signs of future issues like cracks in the concrete, mold or mildew, standing water, or any other indicators that there could be a problem now or in the near future! A little time spent doing regular inspections throughout the year can help you stay on top of things before they become a problem.

 

Fall in Boise Already?!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on September 10, 2012

Believe it or not the last week of Summer is upon us here in Boise! It seems like it was just last week that we were wondering if the sweltering heat would ever see an end; yet here we are already getting the coats out of the closet and thinking about starting the Christmas shopping.

Even though it’s not quite the end of Summer just yet, it’s still a good time to start taking care of seasonal home maintenance items before they get the jump on you!

Here are some good tips to help you keep your household in great shape for the change of seasons ahead!

 

Check for Drafts
Feel for drafty windows and doors. You can use a lighted candle near entry points to your home to detect where you might be experiencing air leaks. Keeping the heat in your home over the winter can save you big bucks. Talk to our Boise HVAC Pro if you need help!

Roof Check!
Here’s one place you do NOT want to have to deal with mid-winter! If you are able to do so safely, now is the time to at least give your roof the quick once over to check for loose shingles or leaks. Need a roofer in Boise? Talk to our Roofing Pro!

Clean the Gutters
Keeping the gutters clear of debris can really help make things run a lot smoother, especially as we have the more wet Fall months ahead of us. A good once over should do the trick, but if your gutters are hard to reach or just too much to take on All Valley Window Cleaning can help you take care of them – or you can give our Boise Handyman a call also!

Faucets,Hoses,Water
Winter will be a terrible time for leaks or burst pipes! Get ahead of those items by inspecting your water systems. This includes blowing out sprinklers, storing hoses, and making sure outside faucets are weather ready. Our Boise Plumbing Expert can help you with any of your plumbing questions or needs.

Chim-chim-cheree!
Chimney sweeps aren’t something just out of Mary Poppins – and if you’ve ever experienced a clogged or dirty chimney you know they are no children’s faerie tale! A filthy chimney is not only inefficient but it can be a real hazard! Keep your house warm and safe – talk to our Chimney Sweeping Pro!

No matter how long your list of honey-do’s and get-ready items may be the Boise Builders Group can help you get those things marked off your list! Get your home ready for the Winter now so you can enjoy these fast fleeting months of Fall in Boise while they last!

Home Help on FacebookWant to stay up on all the fun events and festivals in Boise this Fall? The best way to do that is to LIKE our Fan Page on Facebook! We’ve always got great local information and home tips!

Summer Energy Saving Tips

Posted by Boise Home Helper on July 2, 2012

Summer time Summer time sum-sum-summer time! It’s here in full force!

summer time fun in BoiseWhile this is many people’s favorite time of year, a time of long warm days and relaxing evenings shared with friends higher energy bills are something homeowners don’t look forward to during this time. Extra energy costs can come from running the air conditioning, or even just electric fans, but there are ways you can help keep energy costs down.

Check out these 10 Summer Time Energy Saving Tips from our Home Warranty Authority Lori Apodaca from Home Warranty of America!

1.Close shades, drapes and blinds during the day, especially on the east and west ends of your home.

2. Don’t choose a lower thermostat temperature when you first turn your A/C on. It won’t cool faster; it will always run as fast as it can. It will only cool longer, not faster.

3.Use fans when weather is cooler instead of turning on your cooling system.

4. Light up your outdoor grill. The stove or over can raise the temperature in your kitchen as much as 10 degrees!

5. Use clothes lines – they are a great alternative to using your clothing dryer.

6. Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heat cycle.

7. Take shorter showers. They use less hot water than a bath!

8. Plant shaded trees. Shade on the east and west is most important. Outside shade can actually reduce air conditioning costs up to 30%.

9. Delay heat producing chores such as laundry and dish washing until the end of the day.

10. Spend more time outside. Spending time outside of your home will help curb your energy consumption.

Did you know that another great way to not only save money but to also protect your home investment is through a home warranty? Home warranties can save you a lot of headaches and hassles when it comes time for repairs to your home, or for those unexpected accidents. Home Warranty of America offers one of the countries best home warranty plans – contact Lori Apodaca ( 208-761-1666 ) today to find out more about how they can help you!

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Posted by Boise Home Helper on June 25, 2012

The summer heat has hit with real force here in the Treasure Valley and with the warmest months still coming it’s good to really give your house a thorough once over now that the Spring cleaning is over.

Taking care of a few of these items before they become major problems is always the best recommended course of action, but should anything around the house get to be too much we’re only a call or email away!

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system – this means from the dryer itself all the way out to the exterior vent cap. Dryer lint can be highly flammable and poses a real fire risk in our dry environment. Also, clogged dryer vents can be the cause of carbon monoxide back building into your home, which can be deadly.

Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Sealing helps keep your home more temperature resistant and can lower your cooling bill. It also helps keep other critters and bugs out of your house.

Take care of cracks in concrete patios and driveways. For cracks less than a quarter inch wide you can easily apply “concrete caulk”, just be sure to clean the crack out with a high pressure hose (let it dry) and then apply the caulk per manufacturers instructions. Larger cracks or damage may require a professional.

Clean and seal your deck or fence. For best results you need three good dry warm days (easy here in Southwest Idaho!). Day one: Start early once there is full sun by dry cleaning and sweeping the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck thoroughly. Let it dry the remainder of the day. Day two: make sure no new dirt or dust has accumulated on the deck. Apply the deck sealer as per it’s instructions. Day three: let it dry. Guard your deck with a fierce vigilance the first few hours after applying sealer!

Following these tips will help you keep some of the favorite parts of your home safe, looking great and providing enjoyment for years to come! Got questions about keeping your home in tip top shape? Contact any of our home professionals here on our website or find us on Facebook and post your questions there!

Boise Summer Heats Up!!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on June 4, 2012

Summer is warming up, and so are our services! As the days here in Idaho get hotter you will of course want to remember our Boise Air Conditioning expert to help you keep cool, but don’t forget we have a number of great service providers for your home needs.

Speaking of which, we’d like to welcome our newest Boise Builders Group affiliates to the group, Perfect Order and EmbroidMe.

boise de-clutter helpPerfect Order
208-323-6761
www.perfectorder.biz

Overwhelmed by mountains of paper? Struggling to make sense of everything before a big move? Perfect Order can help you restore order in your household with their exceptional organizing services. This team of Idaho organizing professionals has the years of experience you need to tame the clutter!

EmbroidMe
208-322-2222
www.embroidme-boisenw.com

Make your marketing memorable! EmbroidMe is a locally owned part of a national company that specializes in corporate apparel and promotional materials for businesses in Idaho! From caps to bags, pens, cups and more they have the know-how to get your name out there and in the hands of prospective customers!

The Boise Builders Group is an every developing collaboration of today’s top service providers in the Northwest. While many of our members specialize in services for the home you will also discover as we grow that we also have affiliates who can help you get your own local business off the ground. While space within our group is limited, we’re always interested in meeting new local companies.

New Homeowner Tips: Maintenace

Posted by Boise Home Helper on February 22, 2012
boise home maintenanceBeing a new homeowner is an exciting time in your life; getting your new home in order is without a doubt one of your biggest focuses after the paperwork and moving is done. Getting the furniture in place and decorating, hanging photos, all these things will no doubt create a whirlwind of energy around you as you settle in.

But it shouldn’t stop there – although it may be less thrilling, it is also up to you to have a plan in mind for your new homes routine maintenance in the coming months.Besides the usual cleaning and taking care of things like carpets and dusting there are a number of things you can do to help maintain your home for years of comfort to come.

Here are some good maintenance tips to keep in mind:

• In late summer or early fall give all your systems( air condiditioning, heating, plumbing) a good inspection.

• Be sure to change air filters at least every three months.(maybe more if you are in the more dusty parts of Idaho!)

• Clean the filters and dust screens on any freezers or refridgerators frequently.

• If you have a gas furnace, keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.

• If there is a noise, there could be a problem. Worn washers or loose parts in your faucets can be the source of noisy pipes. It’s good to make sure all washers and parts are tight and in good working order to help reduce vibration that can lead to leaks later on.

• Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust.

• Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure to cut back on pest problems.

• Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. An annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels.

• Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it. Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

These are just a few suggestions. Our experienced home service professionals are more than glad to answer any questions you might have about specific parts of your home. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line here or join us on Facebook to get answers to your home maintenance questions and see what the Boise Builders Group can do for you!

Get Your Home in Boise Ready for Old Man Winter

Posted by Boise Home Helper on December 5, 2011

home winterization in boiseNow is the  time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because as temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter.

Here are some good things to think about in getting ready for the long cold winter ahead!

 

 

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
  • Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

 

2) Get the Fireplace Ready

  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
  • If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
  • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.

 

3) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
  • Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
  • Have any problem areas looked at by a quality Boise Plumber.

 

These things may seem like common knowledge, but you know what they say about an ounce of prevention…

Still have questions or concerns? Take a look at our directory of Boise home service experts to find the right home professional to fit your specific need! All of our members are trusted and experienced service providers for all household needs big or small!

Boise Air Conditioning Services

Posted by Boise Home Helper on September 21, 2011

Just because summer time is drawing to a close doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of that trusty A/C unit! Get ready for winter by having your air conditioner serviced or repaired. The Treasure Valley air conditioning experts at Airpro can make sure that your air conditioning is running properly and ready for the long cold winter ahead.

Speaking of winter – now is the best time to make sure your home heating is ready for the chilly months ahead! Airpro also offers the best Boise area home heating service and installation. We can make sure that you’re nice and cozy warm throughout the Idaho winter season. Our prices are great and our trained and experienced technicians have the skills to get the job done right.

Contact AIRPRO in Boise today for all of your home cooling and heating needs in Idaho! We specialize in installation, repair, and servicing cooling and heating equipment as well as home air quality issues!

Call Airpro: 208-853-6556
Serving The Treasure Valley for Over a Decade!