Tips to Cool Down Your House

Tips to Cool Down Your House

With the hot summer weather comes the constant use of your air conditioner and although it may have been running for over a month now, you may not have checked to see if it’s running properly. Once you have it up and running, have you considered an overall strategy for keeping your house cool while saving money? If you haven’t, read the tips below to learn how you can stay comfortable while staying efficient. Maintaining Your Air Conditioner Replace filters everyone one to two months during the cooler season. You can lower energy use by 5% – 15% by replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one. Check the evaporator coil each year and clean as needed. Pass a stiff wire through the unit’s drain channels. When they are clogged, the unit can’t reduce humidity and excess moisture could cause discoloration in the walls or carpet. Clean around outdoor condenser coils by removing debris and trimming foliage so there are at least two feet around the condenser for airflow. Also, be aware of debris build up from dryer vents, falling leaves, and trimming and mowing the lawn. Clean away the debris as needed throughout the cooling season. For room or window air conditioners, inspect the seal between the air conditioner and the frame to make sure there’s contact with the unit’s metal case. Damage to the seal can cause leaks and waste energy. Planning Your Cooling Strategy Once your air conditioner is ready for use, start working on your overall strategy for using it along with other methods of cooling your house. You should also consider your cooking...
10 Ways to Decorate Your Small Home

10 Ways to Decorate Your Small Home

Having a smaller home might not be something you planned on. It may also be a little more difficult to decorate. Luckily, we’ve found 10 ways to decorate your small home that will give your space more room and more style. 1 – Instead of regular doors, use sliding barn doors for your bathrooms or closets. 2 – Put your bed against the wall so you can prop pillows up when you need to use it as a couch 3 – Use seating as storage for books. 4 – Give your window or wall a projector screen for movies or TV shows. 5 – Opt for furniture that suits a smaller space, like a chaise lounge instead of a couch. 6 – Use light colors on the walls and floor. Softer hues can make a cramped room feel bigger and brighter. 7 – Place a mirror opposite a window and it will bounce light around the room, making the space feel airier. 8 – Install floating shelves above your bed or in your living room. 9 – Hang up your jewelry or pretty cutting boards and trivets to clear out valuable drawer space in the bedroom or kitchen. 10 – Use a chest to double as a coffee table and storage. For more tips and tricks on keeping up your home, visit our blog...