Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad
1 large cucumber
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 Tbsp light sour cream
1 tsp finely chopped onion
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar
– Peel your cucumber, unless you like the cucumber skin.  Then slice the cucumber into fairly thin slices. Place into a colander and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Set on something to catch the water that drains off, and set aside.
– Mix together sour cream, onion, dill, vinegar, and sugar.
– Cover and place in fridge.
– Let cucumbers drain and dressing chill for at least an hour, up to 2 hours.
– Before serving, rinse cucumbers under running water briefly. Pat dry with paper towel.
– Toss dressing with cucumbers and serve.

It’s those cotton thingy’s!

Cotton from the cottonwood trees has been blowing through the neighborhoods. There can be negative consequences for the air conditioner and heat pump units, when this happens.   When cotton and other debris collect on the outside of the unit, it can  cause a reduction of air efficiency, which ends up costing you more money.  Here are some suggested routine maintenance tips to improve air efficiency that can be done by either the homeowner or service technician:  (NOTE: Do NOT do these things unless you know what you are doing as it could be dangerous)

Depending on what type of unit you have the cleaning may be different.  Both window or central air units need attention.

* Clean or replace filters regularly (Filters require different replacement times.  Ask you’re local HVAC dealer if you are unsure how long your filter(s) will last).

* Remove plant life and debris from around the outdoor unit.  Shrubs around to shade the unit are great just make sure to trim them and keep them a safe distance so they don’t damage the unit.

* Clean supply and return registers and straighten their fins.

* Clean outdoor coils, as often as necessary (It’s recommended to clean when dirt is visible on the outside of the coil).

* Clean evaporator coil and condensate pan when needed.

* Clean the blower fan blades.

Note that most of the cleaning can be done on outside units with a garden hose.

Some other appliances around the home that should be checked for cleaning or replacement include: furnace filters, refrigerator and freezer coils, humidifier pad and nozzles, exhaust fans, dishwasher filters, dehumidifiers, etc.  Taking the time to check these items will increase the life of the equipment and save you money on energy and servicing bills.

Cotton is Flying

Cotton is Flying

Warning Signs of an Air Conditioner Scam

Unfortunately, not everyone works with a good set of ethics.  That’s why we at J & R Heating & A/C would like to give you some of the warning signs that your heating and air guy may not be so ethical.

1. No license, insurance, or bonding.  Do not risk it if a technician doesn’t have one of these things.  The extra costs of a licensed and insured company/technician will be worth it in the long run.

2. No website or has a site with minimal content.  A “technician” is not going to put the time and effort into a well developed web base if they are just trying to convince you to pay for maintenance.

3. Inability to answer questions.  As a customer, it’s important to ask the technician as many questions as needed to make you comfortable.   If they can’t answer the questions or explain their process(es), they may not know what they’re doing .

When hiring an HVAC contractor make sure you are hiring a well-trained professional with experience and credentials to back them up.  After all, you don’t want to be left with thousands of dollars of repairs (or their medical bills if they are uninsured and become injured on your property) because you didn’t do your research.