Recipes to Cool Down Your Home

Recipes to Cool Down Your Home

Although fall is just around the corner, the summer’s heat is still beaming through your windows, making the simplest tasks impossible without the AC. But what if you’re ready to change your HVAC system and get ready for fall? What can you do to cool down your house? One of the easiest things you can do to cool it down starts in the kitchen. There are so many simple recipes that won’t heat up your kitchen that you should try out while you’re in between the climate change. We’ve found 8 recipes that will hit your taste buds perfectly and make it possible to turn off your AC for the rest of the summer season. Cool Breakfasts Avocado with toast Zapped scrambled eggs with veggies Lunch and Dinner Broccoli and feta pasta salad Chicken and apple salad Lettuce wraps Cold peanut sesame noodles  Cool Snacks No-bake strawberry icebox cake Coconut and mango rice pudding pops Now that you have some starter recipes, you can turn off your AC and get ready for the fall and pumpkin spice lattes. If you’re not sure how to get your house fall ready, reach out to a Connect Building Services contractor today. For more tips and tricks for you HVAC system and your home, follow our...
Decorating Tips to Trick Your Guests

Decorating Tips to Trick Your Guests

Your home is an expression of yourself. When visitors come into your home, they see your personality shining on each wall, table or bookshelf and in every picture or object you have strategically placed. But, maybe your home is lacking a little style because you’re not really one for decorating. Maybe you want more with little or no effort at all. Well now you can trick all your guests with these 8 tips that will make you look like you have it all. Decorating Tips to Trick Your Guests Get a plant You may think that getting a plant will be a pain because of all the watering and sunlight they usually need, however, there are plants that don’t need too much attention. You can get an Aloe Vera plant, a cactus, or even a jade plant, all of which will live with limited amounts of water at a time. Fill your kitchen Buy jars that you can stick flour, sugar, grains, rice or pasta in and stick them on your kitchen shelves. Not only will it give your kitchen some style, but it will also be convenient for finding your ingredients. Add a bar cart This is a great way to add an elegant look to your dining room or living room while also keeping your drinks organized. You can also place extra décor on it to make it stand out even more. Bowl of citrus A bowl of lemons and limes is a great way to add some color to your dining room table or even your bar cart. This item is very little effort and it...
10 Tips for Fall Cleaning

10 Tips for Fall Cleaning

Deep cleaning your house should happen more than once a year and what better time to do it with fall rapidly approaching us. You may not know how much dirt can pile up in the summer, but with these simple cleaning tricks, your house will look like you just moved in. Dust before vacuuming. Clean your window tracks by dipping a Q-tip in white vinegar and run it along the track. This will make them their whitest white without replacing them. Clean your mattress the natural, chemical free way. All you need is essential lavender oil or fabric softener, baking soda and a kitchen strainer. Sprinkle it on your mattress and leave it for an hour then vacuum the bed. To clean your baseboards, take a sheet of fabric softener and rub them with it. They will pick up dust and grim that has built up since the last time you cleaned. If you appliances get sticky and gunky, use a few drops of water, cream of tartar and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand new again. To clean the inside of a toaster, watch this video. Put water on a stubborn stain on your carpet then put a washcloth or towel over it and iron it to get it out. Dust builds up on light bulbs. An easy way to get it off is by wiping it with a microfiber cloth. To clean the rings around the toilet, snip off a slice of Magic Eraser and drop it in the toilet. Let it float overnight and it will remove the ring. Have an old...
Tips For End of Summer HVAC Maintenance

Tips For End of Summer HVAC Maintenance

It’s that time of year when the summer is settling down and the weather is getting cool. This can only mean its time for end of summer HVAC maintenance. Because the kids are heading back to school, houses are beginning to become empty during the day, which means it’s time to consider turning your thermostats down. Transitioning from the cooling season to the heating season also means taking care of any air conditioner maintenance tasks that you may have put off. Taking a few minutes to make follow these HVAC tips below will ensure that you get the most out of your last weeks of summer. Tips For End of Summer HVAC Maintenance Close your shades and blinds during the day. This will help keep the sun’s heat from raising the temperature in your home. It will also help ease the load on your air conditioner and allow you to save energy while you’re not at home. Use your ceiling fans more often. Transitioning to a season like fall is the perfect time to take advantage of energy-saving tips that remove a strain on your HVAC system. Typically, when you run your ceiling fan, you can turn your thermostat up 4 degrees without feeling a difference in temperature. Change your air filter. You should change it monthly anyway, however it’s very important to do it after summer. Summer is one of the seasons that your air filter gets dirty the fastest. That’s because your HVAC is running almost non-stop so airborne particles are constantly getting trapped in the filter. Clear debris from your outdoor condenser unit. If you haven’t...
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...
Lighting Trends: Subtly Update Your Decor

Lighting Trends: Subtly Update Your Decor

With the limitless options of home décor, lighting is something that shouldn’t be forgotten. Perfect for a focal point of the room or even setting the mood, lighting impacts the overall design of your home. So what are the latest lighting trends? Find out our top 5 lighting trends below and see what’s best for your home décor. Geometric Lighting Trend                  Sharp lines and clean edges are popular with residents looking to update the look of their home. Geometric lighting is often found in modern interiors, however they’re beginning to cross over to traditional styles. One of the best things about geometric lighting is that it can be mixed and matched, giving you a clean aesthetic.   Glamour Lighting Trend                             This trend is gives an elegant look to your entryways and dining rooms. Glamour lighting includes chandeliers adorned with crystals, beads and bobeches. Lately these lovely pieces are making their way out of the common areas and into kitchens and bathrooms. LED Lighting Trend               LED is one of those trends that just make sense. This trend has transformed into a viable lighting solution that provides you with energy savings and a pleasing light output. Because it’s so mainstream, a wider range of styles have been coming into fruition. LED fixtures are not built to cater to the broad spectrum of design tastes. Residential architects have had an upswing of demand for LED lighting, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. One...