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Over time, ducts collect dust, pet dander, and the lingering, unsaid thoughts our brains just can't hold in anymore. Clear the air with this Groupon.
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Spirit Home Services, LLC
A breath of fresh air never felt so sweet as the first breath you take with newly cleaned air ducts. Spirit Home Services, LLC specializes in creating a clean, dust-free environment in homes and offices. Its staff vacuums ductwork to remove everything from microbes and fungi to pet dander and the trolls that live off it. After a cleaning, the air-pollution levels in your home should be noticeably improved, giving you the ability to breathe more easily. Services also directly prevent dust from clogging up the air and coating the furniture.
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Carpet Cleaning: Putting the Heat on DirtAs techs re-fluff your carpets and your vacuum weeps in envy, learn how they work their magic with Groupon’s guide to steam cleaning.
Although steam can be an effective cleaning tool, when pros talk about steam-cleaning a carpet, they’re usually talking about a process technically known as hot-water extraction. That’s because steam—which occurs when water reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit under normal conditions—is simply too powerful for many residential jobs, posing a risk of damage or shrinkage to some kinds of carpet fibers. Fortunately, water usually only needs to be heated to around 140 degrees to kill most of the microorganisms that can live in a carpet and cause odors. A skilled technician will know what range of temperatures is ideal for any given fiber.
Whether it’s a rolling model or a massive van-mounted machine, a carpet cleaner has three important elements: a heating device, water jets, and vacuum suction. As the water is heated, it will sometimes be mixed with detergent, but one of the benefits of steam cleaning is the fact that soap isn’t necessarily a must—pressurized jets can reach deep into fibers to get at grime. A vacuum hose then pulls most of the liquid back into the machine, though some dampness will linger in the carpet. Generally, after about three or four hours a carpet will be ready for you to walk on and set all your little army guys back in position.
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Battle of the spouses. Thinking about remodeling your current home? Read on for a few tips.
Your spouse comes home to find you gutting the bathroom. Do they react by throwing a few choice words your way or do they give you a hug for finally moving forward with the remodel you’ve been talking about for the last three years?
If you’re a fan of sleeping in the bedroom and not on the couch, you probably get the hug, because there’s no way you’d embark upon a major remodel without talking to your partner first. And while this is definitely a wise move from a relationship preservation standpoint, knowing what your significant other wants before you get started is critical to the success of any major project. Perhaps that’s why 80% of homeowners we surveyed make the smart move to include their partner in the decision-making process. Problem is, couples often have different ideas of what’s important in a remodel, especially when it comes to major projects. So, what’s the key to reaching a common goal? Compromise.
A Bathroom for Both of You
He wants an integrated sound system, a car wash shower, and a walled-off toilet space. You want a huge soaker tub, plenty of natural light, and dual sinks. If money is no big deal, there’s no reason you both can’t get what you want. However, it probably is, which means you’ll need to drop a few items from your wish list. The good news is that both of you can still get the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. To get the relaxing space you want while satisfying his efficiency requirements, go with the dual sinks, separate toilet space, soaker tub and shower. It might not be as extravagant but it will be a bathroom you’ll both be happy with.
Basements are tough, especially when everyone has their own idea of how it should best be used. Talk to any guy and they’ll tell you a bar, game room, and home theater are high on their wish lists. Women, on the other hand, tend to be a bit more pragmatic with their priorities. For them, it’s all about optimizing the space for multiple uses, with extra bedrooms, plenty of storage, and expansive family rooms being the most popular choices. And while it is possible to incorporate all of the above into your basement, to maximize your space and budget you’ll need to pick the features that deliver the most value and utility. For this reason, we recommend going with a multi-purpose family room (wet bar included if you have the space), an extra bedroom (that can do double duty as a home office), and an additional bathroom.
While you and your partner might not completely agree on what the perfect bathroom or basement looks like, most couples are able to reach a consensus when it comes to remodeling their bedroom. They want a relaxing room with plenty of space, plenty of storage, and an en-suite bathroom. The differences come when it’s time to decorate. Since style is so subjective, the key to arriving at a look you can both be happy with is for each of you to make a list of design elements and color options. Usually, this means picking out paint you can both be happy with. Go through the list together and identify the styles you share. Put those at the top of the list. If you’re able to reach a consensus, perfect! If not, go through your wish list and talk about what’s essential and what’s not.
Part of the fun of a remodel is sitting down with your partner to daydream about what the finished product will look like. No, you probably won’t see eye to eye at first. But with a little give and take, you’ll find that your remodel will satisfy both of your wants (and maybe even some of your needs, too).
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Post winter storm reminders for clients with secondary homes.
As the area begins to clean up and eventually return to normal after the recent storms, individuals with secondary homes in the storm-effected area are reminded do the following:
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, PROTECT YOUR HOME!
It seems as if warm air is constantly looking for ways to escape your home during the winter months. While good insulation and weatherized doors and windows can help, other sources of potential air leaks are often overlooked.
In the average home, more than 40% of heat loss occurs through fireplaces, air ducts, and plumbing and electrical access points. Sealing gaps and air leaks in these areas can result in significant savings on your winter heating bills while improving the comfort of your home.
Fireplace. Your chimney is an outlet for the warm air generated by your furnace or boiler. If your fireplace is not in use, keep the damper closed to prevent any warm air from going up the chimney. Check the seal on the flue damper and make sure that it is as snug as possible. Consider installing tempered glass doors and a heat exchange system that blows warm air back inside.
Air ducts. Over time, ductwork can develop leaks, holes, and poor connections. In the areas you can reach, seal all ductwork with mastic or metal tape. Insulate ductwork in unheated areas, such as attics and crawlspaces. If you suspect more serious problems, contact a heating and cooling professional.
Plumbing and electrical access. Gaps may occur where electrical lines, plumbing, and gas pipes enter your home from the outdoors. Seal these areas with a do-it-yourself spray foam insulation.
A home energy assessment is a great way to ensure that your home is operating as efficiently as possible. Call 1-866-527-SAVE to schedule your no-cost in-home energy assessment from National Grid. To optimize the efficiency of your heating system and maximize your comfort, your Energy Specialist will determine if your home is properly insulated and whether the gaps around doors and windows need to be caulked and sealed. Based on the findings of your Energy Specialist, you may be eligible for no-cost air sealing and 75% off (up to $2,000) toward the cost of installing approved insulation. Your Energy Specialist will provide you with information on how to move forward with these insulation and air sealing improvements.
Additionally, remember to have your existing heating system cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician. Or, it may be time to upgrade to a new high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler. Your Energy Specialist can help you make this decision. Old, inefficient heating systems often have a continuously lit pilot light, are connected to a chimney, use a draft hood (an opening at or near the top of the appliance that allows room air to be drawn into the chimney), and contain old coal burners that were switched over to gas. If your system is 15-years-old or older, it’s probably time for an upgrade. You may notice that some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold; your home has humidity problems; and/or your heating system is noisy, too large for your home, or in need of frequent repairs.
You must be a National Grid Massachusetts residential customer who owns and resides in a 1-4 unit home to be eligible for an energy assessment. If you rent an apartment or own an individual condominium unit, you cannot apply directly for this program. Your building owner/agent must contact us directly to determine eligibility and enroll your building in the program. We encourage you to speak to your building owner about your interest.You must be a Massachusetts residential natural gas heating customer of National Grid to qualify for heating rebates. Only equipment purchases and installations made between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 are eligible. Equipment must be installed by a licensed heating or plumbing contractor at the customer’s service address. Rebate request must be submitted within 60 days from installation date.
Winter has arrived! With months of gloomy days and cold weather ahead, your instinct may be to hunker down until spring. Building a sustainable future, however, requires a year-round commitment. The tips that follow will help you reduce your environmental footprint. You'll feel a little warmer on those cold winter days knowing you're doing something good for the planet.
Use hand tools for snow removal. Snow blowers are often powered by fossil fuels, which produce harmful emissions. Removing snow with shovels, brooms, and other hand tools is better for the environment. If you do not feel comfortable shoveling show, consider hiring a snow removal service or a neighborhood teen to do it.
Break out your sweaters. During the height of the energy crisis in the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter told Americans to "lower your thermostat to 68° and don a sweater." While everyone should set their thermostats according to their comfort needs, it is a good idea to lower them a few degrees when you are asleep or out of the house. A programmable thermostat can make this easy. Through our online store, National Grid offers Massachusetts residential gas heating customers a $25 discount on 7-day programmable thermostats and a $100 discount on Wi-Fi programmable thermostats.
Use non-toxic de-icers. Commonly used de-icers such as rock salt are made from chemicals that can become surface and groundwater pollutants that are harmful to plants, animals, and the environment. Consider using non-toxic de-icing substances such as clay cat litter, sand, or fireplace/stove ash to avoid hazardous chemical waste.
Save wood fire ashes for your garden. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save the ashes and mix them into your compost heap to create a valuable soil additive that provides nutrients to your garden.
Take advantage of the sun. On sunny winter days, open the curtains and let in the sunlight. This will help to warm your home and reduce the need for heat from your furnace or boiler.
Close the recycling loop. Many articles of winter clothing, including jackets, scarves, gloves, and boots, are now being made from recycled materials. In fact, most fleece products are made from recycled plastic soda bottles. Moreover, some clothing and shoe manufacturers are using recycled cotton scraps and rubber tires to make their products. Keep this in mind when shopping for new winter clothing.
Significant snow events, such as the one New England encountered earlier this week, can often result in dangerous and destructive ice dams. Ice damming occurs when water from melting snow runs down the surface of a roof and re-freezes. As it re-freezes, ice builds up and begins to “dam” the subsequent run-off. Roof shingles are designed to shed water, not handle pooled water. Some of the pooled water finds its way under shingles and can refreeze, lifting the shingles from the roof deck and creating an avenue for the water to enter. This scenario is caused by warm air in the attic space, heating the undersurface of the roof deck and melting the snow. The run-off makes its way down the roof and eventually comes in contact with the deck over the eaves, which is not exposed to the heat from the attic. This is where the ice generally begins to form.
Here are some ways to prevent ice dams from forming this winter:
may damage the shingles) and again, always be mindful of the location of all
o If you are uncomfortable, or believe the situation is unsafe, consider hiring a
licensed and insured contractor to complete the work.
• Use a melting agent like calcium chloride, which is one of the most common agents
used. For added effectiveness, we suggest placing it in a nylon stocking, which allows for the agent to remain in place for a longer period of time and to be released gradually, extending the melting process.
Source: Arbella Insurance
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