Boise! Is Your Home Ready for SPRING?!
Spring in Boise is here at last! With dust in the air one thing that comes to bear ever year is all the odors that have been sleeping during the Winter.
Despite the conditions of the floors being one of the items most directly correlated with cleanliness in a home it can be easy to overlook how smells impact the perception of your home until they hit you in the face.
Here are some tips we’ve put together to help you keep those nasties at bay:
Fresh flowers are a great way to not only improve the visual aspects of a room but they can also bring in fresh spring-like smells. Don’t go blooming crazy of course! There can be too much of a good thing, but this is always great, especially if you have guests coming over – just make sure they don’t have allergies.
Mans Best Friend
It’s easy to think that musty smell is coming from your carpets, curtains or other upholstery, but fact is you may not need to look that far to find the culprit. Not to worry, there’s no need to throw out your favorite pup! Just make sure to give them regular baths and take care of grooming. Have a kitty? Keep that litter box at bay by cleaning it out frequently; using a little baking soda to help absorb smells.
When Life Gives You Lemons
Lemons are a olfactory powerhouse – and they have a lot of uses for cleaning as well! Throw a “used” lemon into your garbage disposal with cold water to fight stink in the sink. A few peels from a lemon can keep that “fishy” smell down in your trashcan after seafood night.
Coffee to the Rescue!
Yes, this magical elixir is a life saver in any number of situations, but it can be used to fight odor and leave your room smelling great too! Just put some fresh ground coffee in a small bowl, leave it in a closed room overnight, and by the next day the smelly odors will be replaced with wonderful java aromas! You can put a little in a coffee filter and tie it shut to place in closets or footlockers as well.
We hope these tips get you off to a roaring start to Spring! And hey, if you’re having trouble tackling your honey-do list just let us know – we count some of the very best Idaho home service providers among our ranks and we’re ready to help!!
Idaho: Is Your Home Ready for Winter?
Fall in Idaho and Washington are beautiful things! The firey touch of color in the hills, the cool crisp mornings. But it won’t be long before the really cold weather start’s rolling in; so it’s important to get your home ready for the long chilly months that are on their way!
We’ve put together a quick checklist to help you keep your heating bills down this winter and also make your home warmer and safer for your loved ones. Check out these ideas!
Things for Indoors:
Saving energy is good, but make sure the temperature doesn’t get below 55 in the house, even when you are not home. This will help keep pipes from freezing and also save you the cost of re-warming the house when you get in.
It doesn’t hurt to leave the cupboard under a sink open in extremely cold tempatures – this lets warm air get in to keep water going. Though wasteful of water you can also leaving the faucet just dripping or trickling a little too.
Change the heating/air filters monthly – this can make a big difference in heating costs!
Make sure any attic access is closed and has a good seal.
Things for Outdoors:
Make sure all foundation vents are closed long before the snow flies!
Keep gutters cleaned – if they are clogged with leaves water can freeze and overflow or the extra weight can cause them to weaken.
Take a look at the seals around your windows and doors. Keep warm air in and cold air out can save you a bundle!
And of course: wrap or insulated outside pipes and hose bibs.
Do you have your Fall/Winter checklist all ready to go?
Got more items on that list than you can handle? We can help! Take a look at our Idaho Home Service Providers to find the home professional that’s right for you! From Window Cleaning to Carpet Installation, Heating and Cooling and more – we’ve got the experts you need to get the job done!
Homeowners: Go Green to Save Green!
CAN ADDING TOUCHES OF GREEN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE AND SAVE MONEY WHILE DOING IT?
You hear the term “Going Green” everywhere as our resources deplete and the cost of living continues to rise. What exactly does it mean to go green?
Reducing reliance on oil-based energy sources and using the methods that emit the least amount of pollutants back into our environment is the largest way that we can to make a difference in the impact we have on our environment.
Recycling is a huge way to begin seeing green! Purchasing only all organic, chemical-free products is another way that many people begin. Planting and rebuilding in a more sustainable mindset keeps us always inventing new ways to use nature surrounding us.
What about going green when it comes to construction of our homes, offices and businesses? A frequent remark we all hear is “Going green will be too much in start up costs and materials.”
Myth: There are so many cost-effective ways to green your home and businesses these days that can actually SAVE you money.
There are several misconceptions about the time and amount of money it takes to implement the green products and services. There are simple beginners steps you can take to introduce going green in your home.
ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND LIGHTING – Start with your choice of lighting fixtures or bulbs. Just changing something so simple as the type of light bulb you use can save you money on your electric bill.
Have you changed your lighting to LED?
You can use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) CFLs use one-fifth to one-third the electric power, and last eight to fifteen times longer, but they contain mercury which is a neurotoxin & is especially dangerous to children & pregnant women. Disposing of them can be complicated.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is an electronic light source giving off less heat with no UV or IR radiation. This is a instant on lightiing with low energy consumption & compatible with most dimmer controls. LEDs have a higher color rendering, so everything under them looks more vibrant. They deliver optimal light distribution without glare or hotspots. LEDs are environmentally friendly containing no mercury or lead. They also last significantly longer (up to 17 years) than traditional incandescent light fixtures. So they are the most cost-effective lighting source you’ll find.
Power strips, surge protectors, battery backup master cut off switches reduce the amount of electricity your electronics and appliances can use and can prevent a surge of power during an electrical storm or outage. These can save you money and save your home and equipment at the same time.
INSULATION – Insulation is the key to energy efficiency & a warm & safe home. Keeping the warm air out in the summer & keeping the warm air in come winter, the HVAC system is responsible for roughly 45% of all the energy used in the home.
Insulation is green by its very nature because it saves energy. There are so many products on the market now for alternatives to the old conventional fiberglass insulation Products like soybean foam sprayed into walls or shredded denim, hemp or sheeps wool. These other options can save the homeowner money, but can also save the environment.
WINDOWS – You can get many different types of energy efficient windows now in many styles taking away the need to compromise beauty for bucks. Double pane windows are usually seen as the best in energy efficience. Tax credits for energy efficient windows are given for purchasing new windows for an existing home or if you are in the process of building & that can mean the difference between the average windows & the best energy saving windows available. Windows lose and gain heat by conduction, convection, radiation, and air leakage. Always inspect the windows before you pick the ones for you.
HEATING AND AIR – also known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), are all-in-one temperature-maintaining units. These systems can come in electric, gas, dual fuel and other variations. Some are more energy efficient than others. You can choose a electric forced-air system or an air to air heat pump system (also called a ‘minisplit’ system) but is geothermal, no drilling is involved. It’s possibly the most energy efficient electricity-based heating and cooling system. Tax credits are now available for energy efficient homes heating and air systems so take advantage.
The natural gas system is the most common energy efficient system, but isn’t available to everyone. There are many efficient gas based heating systems like Viessman or boilers like Munchkin just to name a couple. But what if you don’t want to install a new HVAC system? Do you have ceiling fans? Do you ventilate by opening and closing windows and regulate the light by using the shades instead of moving the thermostat?
Energy Recovery Ventilators or Heat Recovery Ventilators (ERV or HRV) help provide homeowners with air that is healthier, removes more odors, reduces moisture and indoor pollutants. They take already used heat and moisture from the air that’s exiting the house while mixing it with fresh air entering the house. Dedicated duct work is recommended because because fresh air is delivered to the living room and bedrooms, while stale air is removed from kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. If you don’t have a dedicated duct system ERV/HRV can still be installed.
ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES – Replacing old appliances with new energy efficient ones is a great way to save money & now there are tax credits available for certain appliances as well.
LOW FLOW PLUMBING – There are many options that are simple to change in your home that can be installed for very little upfront costs. Things like faucets, shower heads, washing mashines and dishwashers are all in low flow options now and reduce water usage a great deal.
FINISHES AND FURNISHINGS inside the house have a big impact on home sales. It comes down to health and durability rather than efficiency.
What kind of floors does your home have? Hardwood floors are generally more appealing than carpet or vinyl and are durable, long lasting and easier to clean. Wood cabinets as well as stone or granite manufactured countertops represent clean, healthy work surfaces with beautiful long lasting storage.
THE HOUSE EXTERIOR – Durability and maintenance is a big factor in the exterior of your home. Always check rain gutters and make sure they are clear of debris and that water is running away from the house top to bottom. Rain barrels installed to catch runoff at gutter downspouts is a great way to collect water & can be used to wash the car or water plants and gardens conserving on water.
You can always add insulation to the outside of your house if you are re-siding. It does cost a little more in the beginning, but it can add a lot to your efficient home. Take a look at all of our Boise Home Service Providers to find the one’s you need to get the job done!
Dishwasher Blues in Boise?
You know the old joke about if your refrigerator is running? Yeah, we hear it a lot too! But seriously: having any one of the appliances in your home working at less than it’s best and your whole household can come screeching to a stand still!
Dishwasher broke, have to do them by hand.
Microwave busted, gotta grandma it and cook everything on the stove.
Fridge broken…EE!! Real problems then, and costly loss of food too!
Unfortunately a lot of homeowners put off repairs longer than they should for fear of the price of having things looked into…but fact of the matter is the COST of waiting to take care of a problem is really what can hurt your pocket book.
Keeping things running great before there is an issue is the best way to go; we’ve put together some quick tips for your dishwasher to help out!
Gritty residue in your glass can be a real turn off; this is especially true if you have company at your house, it’s the holidays, and you hear “Eeew! Whats this muck in my cup?!”. So try these tips to keep things running smooth!
• Use a granular dishwasher soap instead of gel
• Clean sprayer arms with picture hanging wire and a white vinegar bath
• Remove grit and reside from fine and coarse filters
• Check underneath the coarse filter for grime
• Eliminate hard water scale buildup with Lemi Shine
• Take a vinegar soaked cloth or sponge and wipe the door gaskets and under the door gasket.
These things won’t stop your dish washer from breaking, everything wears down given enough time, but it can help keep it running great for a longer time. We hope you’ve found these tips helpful and will contact us for any of your home appliance repair or service needs. You’d be surprised to know that very often it is much cheaper to repair a broken appliance than it is to replace it!!
Home Appliance Service Open House
Don’t Miss This Great Boise Gathering!
Please join us on September 23rd, 11am – 2pm for Home Appliance Service’s Open House!
Boise Chamber of Commerce will be on hand, as well as a representative of Boise City Council! We are located on the NW corner of 5mile and Executive. There will be refreshments, door prizes and lots of fun! Ribbon cutting at 11am.
Home Appliance Service Inc is your number one source for quality appliance repair and servicing in Boise Idaho’s Treasure Valley! We can help you save that old washer or appliance and save cash at the same time!