Tell Pests to Take a Hike

Indoors is indoors and outdoors is outdoors, and homeowners are pretty clear about what belongs where.  Yet pests and other tiny wildlife have little respect for which is which when they find their way through an entry point into our homes.

Ants marching in formation, buzzers caught in the miniblinds, stingers winging through your family room, crawlers setting up camp in the kitchen – this is nothing any of us want to see.

To help keep your home secure from unwelcome pests, start with this principle: Don’t give them what they want.

Pest infestations begin when pests find what they need to live and reproduce.  Like the rest of us, this includes food, water, shelter.  For example, pests see food in unsealed containers or in unsecured garbage cans as a welcome sight.  Moisture from leaky plumbing and fixtures or stagnant water from drainage may be distasteful to us but delightful to them.

Simple solutions will help, including:

  • Have a pest control technician check crawlspaces and the attic twice a year for signs of moisture, entry points and pest activity.
  • Keep food tightly sealed (pet food too).
  • Seal entryways such as windows, crawlspace openings, electrical wiring structures or other holes and cracks.flower

Fun in the Sun

Nothing quite drives the winter blues away like getting back to the great outdoors.  Besides the mood boost provided by vitamin D and fresh air, it’s also a great way to squeeze in family time.  Try out these fun family outings for Spring:bleeding heart

  • Go Geocaching – This is a real-life scavenger hunt with people from all over hiding and finding treasures.  Check out http://www.geocaching.com to get started near you.
  • Have a Garden Party – But forget the tiny tea sandwiches and fancy napkins.  Instead, pick a few spring veggies, plant them Tower of York - Mike Bristoltogether, then reap the delicious rewards at your family dinners all season.
  • Tour Your Own Backyard – Not literally, of course.  Check out some historical or artsy places in your hometown you haven’t visited in a while – or ever, like the Towers of York.  Sightseeing in your own town can help you discover hidden gems that are all the more reason to love where you live.

An A/C. Like New. Like Now

It’s hard to argue with a simple principle: If you take care of something, it lasts longer.  That’s true whether you’re exercising to tone your body, driving your car to a service appointment or updating the exterior paint on your house.  And it’s certainly true for taking care of your home’s air conditioning system.

Any piece of equipment can show signs of deterioration as it ages year after year.  Yet routine maintenance can substantially slow the aging process – while neglect can lead to a system a failure long before its time.Lennox rebates

To turn back the hands of time, schedule a routine tune-up every year on your air conditioner.  With this check by a professional tech, you’ll get a clear picture of how your system is holding up as it performs its duties of keeping you cool and comfortable. Filters

By tightening connections, lubricating parts, cleaning coils and blower components, checking drains, clearing debris, adjusting settings, checking refrigerant levels and checking controls, your system can be restored to its top condition, and you’ve got a much better chance of avoiding inconvenient repairs.

It’s always a good idea to take care of your large investments, and your air conditioning system plays heavily into your home’s value.  Plus, reliable, energy-efficient operation is well worth the time it takes for a friendly visit from a technician.

To keep your cooling comfort at peak performance, call us to request a tune-up on your air conditioning system. We’re here to keep things running smoothly all season long.

NOTE: Act fast to save!  Lennox rebates expire June 9th, 2017.

Going Green with Upgrades

Lennox rebatesIf you’re considering home renovations and improvements this spring, pay attention to how newer, more advanced “green” appliances can reduce your energy use.  You’ll not only enjoy greater comfort, convenience and reliability from technologically-enhanced features, but you’ll also shell out less “green” from your wallet in energy costs.

Replacing aging refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers with more energy-efficient models is part of a sound strategy for controlling energy costs.  But, of course, your air conditioning and heating takes the biggest bite out of your energy funds – as much as half or more in some cases.

According to the Department of Energy, switching to high-efficiency air conditioners as part of your energy conservation efforts can help you reduce your energy use for cooling by 20-50%.  That’s a huge savings that adds up quickly.

Over the years, air conditioning technology has made great improvements.  If you compared one of today’s best models with an air conditioner made in the mid-1970s, you’d find that it uses 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of cool air.  But even if your air conditioning system is just 10 years old, you could save 20-40% in cooling energy by replacing it with a newer model.

Remember – it’s not just the unit itself that saves energy.  You also need equipment that is properly sized for your home and professionally installed.  Units that are too large won’t adequately remove humidity.  Units that are too small won’t be able to maintain comfortable cooling on really hot days.  To talk about upgrading your air conditioning system, or other energy-saving options, give us a call at 402-362-5702.

Low-Cost Home Workouts

Looking for an alternative to a pricey gym membership?

Start by turning ordinary household items into equipment.  Chairs can be used for push-ups and dips.  Jump ropes are great for aerobic exercise.  Old milk jugs and laundry jugs can be filled with water and converted  into dumbbells. You can also use cat litter containers and cat/dog food.  Got stairs?  Go up and down for 30 minutes

Don’t invest in clothes racks.  Avoid buying equipment that only sees strength training exercises when you remove the clothes that pile up.  Before you make the purchase, make sure you’re going to use the equipment.  This will save you from buyer’s remorse, and keep you from wasting valuable storage space.

Buy smart.  When you know what you want to purchase, save money by checking out online classifieds for used equipment.  Just make sure it’s in good working order before you shell out the cash.  Also, for a great workout, you can buy or stream exercise videos for low to nothing cost classes right in the privacy and convenience of your own home.

What’s the Right Smart Thermostat For You?

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The iComfort S30, Lennox’s top-of-the-line model, is the smart thermostat that expertly adheres to your customers’ busy schedules.  Creative features like Smart Away mode and Schedule IQ technology will adapt to their routines and automatically change the temperature settings when a person leaves or arrives in the home, while advanced alerts and performance reports use smart diagnostics to monitor all system components.  In addition, the iComfort S30 has remote diagnostic capabilities that can potentially allow your local HVAC company to solve your heating or cooling problems without them having to make a house call.

iComfort Wi-Fi

The iComfort Wi-Fi smart thermostat, where technology meets accessibility, features an efficient touchscreen interface that puts comfort control right at your fingertips.  Similarly to the iComfort S30, this smart thermostat can be controlled from anywhere. For example, smartphones, tablets, and other web-enabled devices can program the thermostat from afar and change settings.  This thermostat is only compatible with premium Lennox equipment and it offers complete control over the humidity levels and temperature in a home.  The Precise Comfort Plus feature keeps the indoor temperature within 0.5° or better, so what is seen on the screen should be the same as what you’re feeling at home.

iComfort Wi-Fi Flex

This thermostat was created to work with Lennox non-communicating equipment along with most other brands of cooling and heating equipment.  The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex has almost all the same comfort, convenience, energy-savings, and performance features, which makes it possible to have complete control over standard HVAC equipment.  For people who still want the control and convenience of a smart thermostat, but aren’t quite ready to replace their existing systems, this is a great option.