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Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Every year we get new and interesting requests around the holidays. So we have decided to officially offer services that can help you survive the hustle and bustle this year. Here are some ways we have helped clients in years past -

  • Scheduling special cleaning services to prepare for guests

  • Managing deliveries and assembly of items

  • Researching and scheduling vendors for special events - day of coordination if needed

  • Design consultation, purchases, decorating and takedown

  • Organization and purging - donation drop off

  • Holiday card coordination

If you are interested in scheduling a project or service during your winter travels. Let us know ASAP those times tend to be in high demand for vendors.

Cleaning gutters to remove leaves, sticks, and debris should be a top priority on your fall checklist. Keeping leaves out of gutters is crucial for protecting the structure of your home and preventing costly inconveniences in the future. There are a number of reasons why cleaning your gutters is important, and we’ve outlined five of them below.

Cleaning your gutters will help:

  1. Prevent water damage. When gutters and downspouts are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater may not drain properly. As water overflows from gutters, it can cause water damage on both the interior and exterior of your home.

  2. Protect your roof. Clogged gutters give rainwater nowhere to run. When water continues to flood over it can can cause moisture to creep in between shingles and cause long-term issues.

  3. Keep pests from causing trouble. Gutters clogged with leaves can make desirable homes for rodents, birds, and insects. The last thing you want is a pest infestation in your home!

  4. Reduce the risk of a cracked foundation. When water is blocked from traveling away from your home, it can pool around the foundation of your house. This water can crack your foundation when it expands during the winter months.

  5. Save you money. Gutter and downspout cleaning can help prevent unexpected and expensive projects down the road. Taking preventive measures now can help minimize the likelihood of having to repair or replace your roof.

In addition to cleaning your gutters we recommend trimming any trees or foliage that hangs over or touches the roof. Branches can act as a bridge for squirrels, ants and other pests that can chew through wires on your roof, make their way into your home or cause other damage behind the walls. Winter is coming ... are you ready?

  • Melissa Shymko

How often should you get your HVAC system serviced? We recommend it every year! And we suggest changing your filters at least 3X a year. Scheduling an HVAC specialist annually to do a safety check and clean and inspect your system will help catch issues before they become problems and increase the lifespan of your system. We also look for other efficiencies and long-term savings by exploring new thermostats and measuring airflow to detect duct leaks. Nest claims that their smart thermostat can save you somewhere between 10-12% on energy and some of their competitors claim up to 20%.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is not a single system or appliance but rather individual systems that typically share a blower and ventilation system. There can be some variation in how these systems work and the complexity varies with every property. Some homes we work with have as many as five or six AC units! When we first on-board a new client we connect with the HVAC company on record to get a lay of the land. Furnaces, blowers and AC units can be hidden in hard to detect areas like attics, rooftops, etc.

Here is some basic info on how each system works -

AC UNIT - AC units are typically outside the home and use electricity and refrigerant fluid to cool air. Warm air is exchanged for cooler air and then distributed through the home. Simply explained, the compressor, the condenser coil and the evaporator coil work together to convert gas into liquid and back into gas again. Hot air is discarded and cool air is pumped through the ducts by the blower fan.

FURNACE - Your furnace is typically inside the house usually in a closet, basement, attic or garage out of sight. A flame and gas heat up the heat exchanger and exhaust is sent out the flu and warm air is pushed through the ducts via the blower. In this case cold air from inside the home is exchanged for warmer air. The warmer air basically pushes the dense cold air back to the return where it travels back to the furnace to be warmed.

Understanding how the system works and its setup can help us troubleshoot common issues like temperature fluctuation and high energy bills. Waiting until something is “wrong” is too late to give your HVAC some love.

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