Cleaning Quick Tips!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 4, 2015

home_houseKeeping up with the house can be, no pun intended, a real chore.

 

Between work, family, the yard, and then trying to have some kind of social life it’s not hard to get behind on the tidying up. So here are some good tips to make the job a little easier!

Put on some music.
Having some music to distract your mind and lift your mood never hurts to help make the time go by!

 

Go in circles.
Seems counter intuitive at first but if you start at the furthest corner of the house and work your way in you can maximize your time. This is especially true for vacuuming.

 

Garbage first.
Go through and empty and garbage first. Carry a bag or bin room to room and do a quick pickup of obvious trash. Having a clear floor to start will make the whole thing easier and garbage bins will be empty for any new trash you need to dispose of in the process.

 

Clean top down.Back-to-front.
It really just makes sense. Start high, finish low. By doing this you can more easily get any dust or grime down on the floor before doing a final sweep or vacuum.

 

Clean as you go.
You don’t have to make cleaning just a weekend thing. In fact, if you take care of smaller messes during the week as you notice them you will have less to do all at once; can spend that extra time actually relaxing on the weekend!

 

Multi-task.
Working a little double duty into the routine can make it less of a rut. Fold clothes while you watch tv, unload the dishwasher while a commercial is on. Just find little ways to work cleaning into your time and you will be surprised at how much you actually get done.

 

Put things in their place.
A place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? When you use something, be sure to put it right back when you’re done. Whether it’s a remote or a screw driver, putting things where they are suppose to be helps keep things de-cluttered and keeps you from having to put them back later when you are already in full clean mode.

 

It’s a hassle, sure, but until you train the kids to be butlers or hire a live-in-maid you can at least make it as little of a production as possible. We hope these home cleaning tips have been of some help! If there is ever anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask!

Homeowners: Go Green to Save Green!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 27, 2014

boise green livingCAN 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!

Boise Plumbers: Keeping You Safe!!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on December 2, 2012

After a number of health concerns some areas of the nation are starting to force the use of backflow devices on homes. Cases of local people getting extremely sick from the water in their homes and high pathogen counts in water systems is never good for anyone.

State Program Status: A list of the areas that are on board with protecting our Drinking water.

 

Protecting the Health and Safety of the Boise Community is what our Boise Plumbers do every day. Also Public awareness for our valued Boise citizens is the priority that all Plumbers in Boise take serious. No matter what your plumbing needs may be call 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing & Remodeling today for the best plumbing services in the Treasure Valley!

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New Boise Fall Affiliates!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on October 21, 2012

The Boise Builders group strives to continually grow and provide you the local homeowner with the most exceptional service providers available in the area. One way we do that is to nurture business relationships with great companies here in the Treasure Valley who have a reputation for outstanding service! This month we want to introduce you to some of our newest members. Don’t hesitate to call on these professionals in your moment of need!

Boise Beauty and Skin Care
DermaViv Skincare Studio, LLC
Call 208-954-6433
Visit www.DermaViv.com

Dermaviv is your source for exceptional whole body wellness. Did you know your skin is the largest organ in the human body? Isn’t it true then that you should take as good a care of it as possible? Dermaviv is a Board Certified Esthetician, and Massage Therapist with an emphasis on innovative, effective skin care and body treatments.  Schedule a little “me time” with them today!

Boise Water Purification
Idaho Water Solutions
Call: 208-475-4046
Visit www.IdahoWaterSolutions.com

Idaho Water Solutions is your Idaho owned, factory direct water softener, water filtration and water purification systems dealer serving the greater Treasure Valley Idaho! They have a real passion for delivering quality service and water solutions!

Boise Dent Repair
DENT-B-GONE
208-869-8000

Dent-B-Gone in Boise specializes in expert paintless dent repair! Owner Tom Cassidy has proudly served Idaho for over a decade; knows how to handle any ding or dent easily! Fully mobile dent repair services, just give a call and Dent-B-Gone will be on the scene with a solution in no time!

What Makes a Boise Plumbing Professional?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on July 12, 2012

Are Piping Contractor and Plumbing Contractors the same?

We really are living in a time of a lot of blending and multi tasking. It has much to do with the way things are run in our everyday lives.  While it seems that this question should have an easy answer,  it really requires slightly more clarification than you might first think.

Most Plumbers are state approved and ( depending on the State ) required to do a continued education call to keep that approved state. This allows them to do any specialized area of piping they prefer ( Notice the term any Piping ). So Yes a Contractor with highly qualified Plumbers can handle any situation in the pipe field. Which does not leave very much wiggle room for a Piping Contractor ( at least you might think ).

Piping Contractors are undoubtable the most misunderstood and underground specialty profession that can go unseen. Plumbing contractors can often do more complex tasks than a plumber, as well as all of the tasks that a plumber can do. You might find a plumbing contractor working to construct the home’s waste disposal system, installing gas connections and flues, or even working on water heaters. Truly there is a great need for these under estimated professionals. They fit into an industry of unique areas and require a measure of skill to be successful in the field.

So who does it best? Plumbers and Pipers have had a few wrestling matches on who can do what better than who and that keeps the drive in the trade to new ideas and keeps the industry flowing in the direction it needs to go.

The good news is 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing & Remodeling can help you no matter what your plumbing or piping related needs may be! To find out more on the proper plumbing System and what it is made up of  visit our links below or Call 891-1104 for immediate assistance!

Joe Corcoran
2 Thumbs Up Plumbing and Remodeling Services
208-891-1104

Good Health and Good Plumbing

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 23, 2011

Boise PlumbingGood plumbing is a matter which concerns health. The plumbing system in your home is composed of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings fresh water in, and the other takes waste water out.

A leakage of polluted water from the house-drainage system is unsanitary and dangerous. Leakage within the house may pollute the habitation and permit food infection through the medium of insects; they may transport disease germs, and thus be a menace to your health.

City ordinances usually define the exact methods and materials used in the home for sewage disposal, they outline the methods by which connections must be made, and specify the installation of waste lines.

Regulations governing the installation of plumbing have been established in many places, many cities have plumbing codes or local ordinances governing plumbing. These regulations have been important in improving living conditions throughout the country. For the safety of your health check the license of any plumber you are considering using. For plumbing tips and coupons please look at http://www.bestboiseplumber.com
Joe Corcoran
2 Thumbs Up Plumbing and Remodeling Services
208-891-1104