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Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:19



It’s that time of year again.  The New Year is here and it’s time to set goals and resolutions for 2018. What better place to start improving yourself than right at home? Each year homes need updates, maintenance, and improvements to help them last. This year give your home the TLC it needs with these 18 home resolutions for 2018.

 1. De-clutter

One of the best ways to ring in the New Year is by getting rid of the old clutter your home has accumulated over the years. Just by re-organizing your home, it can feel fresh and new again!

 2. Upgrade your home security system

Knowing that you and your household are safe and sound in 2018 is a great way to start the New Year. If you already have a home security system, consider adding easy-to-install alarms to your windows as well.

 3. Switch out your CFL light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs

LED light bulbs are more expensive but they can last up to 40 years! Not only do they save on energy but there is no hassle in replacing them every few months.

 4. Make your home more energy efficient

From upgrading aging appliances to adding weather stripping, each step towards a more efficient home will help to lower your energy bills and improve the environment!

 5. Install low-flow showerheads to conserve water

Switching out your showerheads is a simple DIY task that can make a big difference in your home’s water usage. Not to mention that most new low-flow showerheads improve water filtration as well!

 6. Create a weekly cleaning system for your home

For most, cleaning is a chore and if left untouched can become a very large and daunting chore. Start the New Year off right with a cleaning plan for each week.

 7. Clean the dryer vent

Once a year, clean your dryer’s vent for better air circulation and efficiency. If you have a large family or use your dryer frequently, consider cleaning in twice a year.

 8. Flush the water heater

At first this may seem like a daunting DIY task but your water heater will thank you! Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of your water heater and can cause premature breakdowns or replacements. Flushing the water heater annually helps to prevent the sediment from building up as well.

 9. Tune up your HVAC system

This year make a resolution to give your HVAC system an annual check-up. Professional tune-ups help prolong the life of your HVAC system and prevent untimely breakdowns mid-season when you need them the most.

 10. Test your sump pump

Once or twice this year, test your sump pump to make sure it is keeping the groundwater out of your basement.

 11. Seal drafty windows and doors

This is a great DIY project for the winter months. It will help keep warm air in and lower your energy bills!

 12. Check your foundation for termites

This should be done at least once a year. It’s best to spot the signs of termite damage and address them as soon as possible to prevent the need for expensive foundation and home repairs later on.

 13. Install a small safe

A small fireproof safe is important for any home. This New Year’s set a resolution to protect what’s most important in your home with this DIY project.

 14. Create a home improvement budget

Even if home improvements are not in the budget for 2018, planning ahead will make sure your home stays in top shape for years to come.

 15. Exercise your DIY skills

Save money and learn more about your home this year! Simple DIY projects such as weather stripping, patching holes in the foundation and even upgrading light bulbs can add up and make a big difference over time.

 16. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room

 17. Monitor your energy usage monthly

Getting acquainted with your energy bill and usage will help you identify where the most savings can take place.

 18. Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees

By turning your water heater down to 120 degrees, not only will you save on electricity but it will help to prevent scalding too.

The professionals at AJ Danboise are here to see that your home rings in the New Year right! Whether it’s home upgrades or routine repairs, AJ Danboise are the plumbing and heating experts you can trust! Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! 

Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:45



There is no better time of the year to make your home more efficient than when it is about to be bombarded with people for the holidays. Your household appliances are about to go into overdrive to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable throughout the break. Save money this holiday season and lower the risk of an untimely breakdown with these AJ Danboise-approved tips on making your home more efficient. You’ll rest at ease knowing your home is functioning at its best!

  • Change your furnace filter.
  • Put your ceiling fans on the reverse setting.

Most ceiling fans have two settings. The counter-clockwise works to cool the air. The “reverse” setting, or clockwise, is to be used in the winter for dealing with warm air from your heater. It works to pull the warm air from the ceiling and gently push it back down allowing it to circulate through the room. It creates a more even temperature and makes heating your home more efficient.

  •  Turn down your hot water heater.

Turning the temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower will reduce energy costs by up to 10 percent and help prevent scalding.

  •  Use a programmable thermostat.

Why pay for heat when no one is using it? Program your thermostat to turn back 10 to 15 degrees while you are asleep or away from home. When you are awake and at home, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.

  •  Lock windows.

This creates an added seal to keep the warm air in and cold air out. It will also discourage guests from opening them if they get a little warm, thus throwing off your thermostat.

  •  Minimize door drafts by adding a seal or using a draft snake.
  •  Keep the fireplace damper closed unless in use. When using the fireplace when the damper is open, close the doors leading into the room and lower the thermostat to between 50 and 55 degrees.
  •  Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Moisture will help retain some of the heat and eliminate uncomfortable dry air. You and your guests will feel more comfortable with your thermostat set at a lower, more efficient temperature.
  • Take advantage of natural heat from the sun. Open your windows and shades during the day to allow the sun to heat your home. When the sun goes down, close the shades to keep the heat from escaping.
  •  Turn off indoor and outdoor holiday lights when you are sleeping or not at home. This also helps to eliminate a common fire hazard mistake.

 

Increasing your home’s efficiency is a great way to spot any potential problems in your home as well. If you notice that your home cannot work as efficiently as it should, call the certified specialists at AJ Danboise. Ee understand that plumbing, heating, and electrical problems can happen any time. That’s why we offer 24 hour service, 365 days a year. Let the professionals at AJ Danboise give you peace of mind in your home this holiday season. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

 

Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:09


As a new parent, childproofing your home can seem overwhelming and expensive. In honor of Child Safety Month, we are bringing you 10 easy child proofing hacks to save you both time and money. The two things parents can use the most!

Every parent knows there are certain places in your home that need childproofing to keep the little ones out of harm’s way. What every parent may not know is how to child proof quickly and easily using common household items. Whether you are a well-seasoned parent or new to the game, these 10 DIY solutions below are sure to make your life easier and your child safer.

Corner guards for sharp corners.

Sharp corners on coffee tables, counters, or fireplaces can be a danger to small heads. Just imagine how bad it hurts when we bump our leg or hip into one! Corner guards that are translucent or match furniture can be purchased from many retailers. For a quick and easy fix, cut pool noodles to the specific measurements you need. Then, slice them down the middle so the pieces fit snugly. Pool noodles are also a great fix for awkwardly shaped furniture that traditional corner guards won’t fit.

Fridge door lock

Both adults and children always seem to go straight for the fridge! Prevent curious little ones from getting into the fridge by using two 3M hooks and a rubber band or hair tie to lock them together.

Cabinet door locks

Baby proofing 101 entails putting all medicines, chemicals, cleaning products and anything else you do not want kids to have access to in a locked cabinet, out of reach. Placing cookie cutters over knobs and tying them together with a hair elastic or a rubber band is an easy fix to prevent them from opening cabinet doors. If your cabinets have handles instead of knobs, try using dog collars threaded through both handles to secure the doors shut.

Safely store cleaning supplies and other harsh chemicals out of reach.

Ideally all toxic/dangerous supplies should be stored and locked in the top cabinets. Depending on how much storage space you have in your house, this isn’t always possible. For cleaning supplies, dog food, pet supplies or anything else you don’t want your little one getting into, store them in plastic containers inside of the locked cabinet to keep them safely out of reach.

Doorknob locks

Keep kids from opening doors and going to off limits places, such as garages and offices, by using small Tupperware containers over the doorknob. Just cut out one hole in the middle and a slit in one side of the lid. Then, slide it over the doorknob and screw on the bottom of the Tupperware. Their softer, round surface doubles as a doorknob lock and a protector from painful run-ins with doorknobs.

Power Bar and Cord Safety

To easily keep power bars and their cords out of reach, use a plastic container to house them. Simply cut a hole in one end large enough for all the necessary cords to come out of the power bar and thread through. Voilá, a baby proofed power bar!

Door guards

Pool noodles are so useful for baby proofing! Use one of these to prevent little fingers from getting caught in closing doors. Cut 10-12 inches of a pool noodle to use as a door guard. Make one lengthwise cut from the outside to the inner hollowed-out circle. Then, make another lengthwise cut down the middle. Cut enough out of the middle of the noodle so that it snugly fits over the door.

Drawer locks

Toddlers and small children are very curious about closed drawers. Not to mention, they make great climbing equipment for small humans. Keep drawers locked with a meter stick running through all the handles, down to the floor.

Bath time

Place a laundry basket in the bath tub and then set Junior in it. It’s a great bath time solution to prevent babies from slipping, plus, their toys won’t float away.

Toddler bed guard

Pool noodles for the win again! Use a pool noodle under a fitted sheet to help keep the little ones from falling out of their beds at night. They are low and soft enough that they can easily get into the bed themselves and big enough to keep them from falling out of it at night.

Being a parent is tough. If these DIY hacks can help you sleep just a little more soundly knowing your little one is safe, then it’s worth it.

When it comes to family, they can never be too safe. Let AJ Danboise help make sure your home is safe and secure for you and your family with our Annual Home Safety and Maintenance Plan. Call 248-236-5999 to enroll today!

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:04


As a family owned company, the holidays are our favorite time of year. Thanksgiving in Southern Michigan means delicious food, Lions football and community togetherness. What better way to help our community thrive than to lend a helping hand to those in need.

This November many local non-profits are going above and beyond to bring the holidays to those in need. Whether you are looking for a way for the whole family to give back to the community or a fun date night, the charities below have rewarding events for all ages.

Charity Events

The 17th Annual Thanks for Giving Benefit Dinner

Support Peace Neighborhood Center’s mission to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. This year’s dinner will honor The James A. & Faith Knight Foundation for their generous contributions. Dinner features ribs, salmon, salad, and other home-cooked dishes.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 6PM – 8:30PM.

Where: Zion Lutheran Church

1501 W Liberty Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Website: http://peaceneighborhoodcenter.org/wordpress/

Euchre Tournament to Benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank – Livingston County

Join the Rotary Satellite Club of Brighton Sunset for an evening of Progressive* Euchre Tournament. All proceeds will go towards providing Emergency Hygiene Bags for Gleaners Community Food Bank-Livingston County. Enjoy an evening of fun and friendly competition, snacks, cash bar and fellowship for a great cause.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 6PM – 10PM

Where: Mt Brighton Ski Area, Ore Creek Restaurant

4141 Bauer Road

Brighton, MI 48116

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/euchre-tournament-to-benefit-gleaners-community-food-bank-livingston-co-tickets-38836028607?aff=es2

3rd Annual Fall Crawl – Dive Bar Edition

Join Central Woodward Junior Chamber for their 3rd Annual Fall Crawl. All proceeds from the event will go to the South Oakland Shelter. Come join the fun and support your local community just in time for the holidays!

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:30PM – 8PM

Where: The Hideout

1110 West 14 Mile Road

Clawson, MI 48017

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-fall-crawl-dive-bar-edition-tickets-38166858100?aff=es2 

Pins 4 Kids Bowling Fundraiser

Come join Caleb’s Kids Foundation for bowling fun, fellowship, games and prizes! Proceeds of this event will go towards the 2017 Holiday Outreach Initiatives. Caleb’s Kids Foundation provides holiday specific mental health workshops and holiday support for youth in need.

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017 2PM – 4PM

Where: Plum Hollow Lanes

21900 West Nine Mile Road

Southfield, MI 48075

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pins-4-kids-bowling-fundraiser-tickets-39191152793?aff=es2

Pop the Top

Join Dine Drink Detroit for a holiday season kick off celebrating the drink that symbolizes cheer and celebration…champagne! Tickets include a custom champagne flute, samples of 30+ champagnes from around the world, and culinary delights from Detroit’s most popular restaurants and catering companies, plus entertainment and dancing!

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Bottomless Toy Chest, devoted to delivering art projects, crafts and interactive games to hospitalized pediatric cancer patients.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017 7PM – 10PM

Where: The Garden Theater

3929 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-the-top-tickets-38805723965?aff=es2

Volunteer Opportunities

Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners community food bank has volunteer Opportunities in the distribution center for the whole family. Their program, “kids helping kids”, teaches kids about nutrition and allows them to participate in the distribution volunteer tasks such as sorting and packing food and preparing for drives. 

Where: 2131 Beaufait St.

Detroit, MI 48207

Website: http://www.gcfb.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2rOtnJ-Z1wIVSJR-Ch1umgLNEAAYASAAEgKpGvD_BwE

The Bottomless Toy Chest

Each year The Bottomless Toy Chest gathers and wraps thousands of toys to give to sick children for Christmas. Support them by hosting a fund-raiser, sponsoring a toy drive, or having a wrap party.

Website: www.bottomlesstoychest.org

The 7th Annual Feed the World Day

The Kids Coalition Against Hunger is looking for 600 volunteers to help package meals for starving children around the globe and in our own surrounding neighborhoods. Come join forces at this event of 100,000 meal packaging sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Rotary Clubs.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shifts available from 7AM – 12:30PM

Where: Henry Community Ford College

Student Center Cafeteria, Building M

Dearborn, Michigan 48128

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-7th-annual-feed-the-world-day-tickets-37431663112?aff=es2

Make A Difference Day – Plymouth United Way – Clean Up Day

The Plymouth United Way is looking for volunteers to provide light outdoor labor for senior citizens and people with disabilities in the Plymouth/ Canton communities. Wear your Spartan gear to show Spartans Will...Make a Difference!

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: First United Methodist Church

45201 North Territorial Road

Plymouth, MI 48170

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-difference-day-plymouth-united-way-clean-up-day-tickets-38310007263?aff=es2


 

Join us in supporting our local community and help a neighbor in need this November. Since 1925, AJ Danboise has been the reliable plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical professionals for Farmington Hills and surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on being here for you and your family 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. For all your home service needs this holiday season, call AJ Danboise.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 18:49

October is here and Halloween is right around the corner. It’s finally your chance to have the house you’ve been dreaming of all year. It’s time to turn your warm and inviting home into the scariest haunted house on the block.

Whether you are a haunted house novice or a seasoned veteran, these safe and easy tips will help you transform your happy home into a horrifying haunted house.

  1. Give your house a character of it’s own. Think of this as your House’s costume. Your house should have a theme and narrative. This will provide context and add suspense.
  2. The outside is just as important as the inside. Stick to the theme and have the outside of your house look as spooky as possible.
  3. Window treatments. Windows are the first place people look when they see your house. For an abandoned effect, board them up.
  4. Adding shadow cutouts, flickering lights, blood and gore, are also a great way to give your house character.
  5. Shadowy figures, both real and fake, build a lot of suspense. Place these both inside and outside the house. Have at least one person inside and one outside to break up the fake shadows. A mix of both will keep suspense high, as people won’t know what’s real or fake.
  6. When in doubt, add fog. Fog can make any space feel dark and ominous. If you’re concerned about ventilating the fog inside the house, low lying fog outside of the house is a great alternative.
  7. Create a maze. Use open spaces such as basements or garages for your maze. All you need are 2-3 really scary rooms to send them running. Clothesline old sheets, tarps, or painters’ plastic to create walls for your maze in smaller spaces.
  8. Create lots of twists and turns. People always fear what lurks around the corner. Construct the path so that it’s hard for people to see what’s coming next.
  9. Use curves, walls, fog, or dark rooms to obstruct views.
  10. Use plastic rolls to map your path. They block out light and add an additional spooky effect.
  11. Have people move from a big space to a small space. If this involves twists and turns, even better!
  12. Make the visitors part of the experience. As they enter, tell them their role in the narrative. Are they new prisoners in the insane asylum? Are they the next victims of the murder house?
  13. Use flickering lights to give the impression something is wrong.
  14. Use sound effects. To make your haunted house more realistic, fit the sound effects to your theme. If you can time them to special effects and startles, even better!
  15. Use smells to build context. If you don’t want to create your own, look for scents in your local costume shop. There are scents for every scenario, from dentist office to rotting corpses. Smells relative to your theme will help bring your haunted house alive.
  16. Use strobe lights. These are a staple in any haunted house. They heighten fear by affecting proprioception and making visitors feel disoriented.
  17. Have a blackout room. It triggers a fear response by interfering with our ability to orient ourselves in space.
  18. Stuff in the face. A must have. It’s cheap, easy, safe, and terrifying. Anything that can hang from the ceiling will work. Spider webs, chains, netting and cheesecloth are all great options. Even all black painter’s plastic in an all black room can be terrifying when suspense is high.
  19. The startle scare. Even in broad daylight people jumping out at you can be scary. Put at least one outside your house and one at the beginning of the tour. It’s a great way to add suspense from the beginning.
  20. Use scares that encourage people to jump forward, not back. Keep in mind how people may react in terror. Make sure there are no metal props, screws, or anything else sticking out from the wall they may fall into or get injured by.

With these tips, your haunted house is sure to terrify anyone who dares to enter! To make sure your home is prepared to be the scariest on the block, be sure to call AJ Danboise for any electrical issues you might have. Call today for an electrical diagnostic so you can start preparing your home for the Halloween holiday!



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Friday, 05 January 2018 14:35



Plumbing is one of the most important components of our home, but the one we take for granted the most. You never know how much you appreciate well-functioning plumbing until something goes wrong. Every time the seasons change, it affects your home’s plumbing system. In the winter, your home’s plumbing is highly susceptible to frozen pipes, burst pipes, and flooding. This winter, use these easy do-it-yourself tips to protect your home’s plumbing – compiled by the professionals at A.J. Danboise.

  • Prevent frozen pipes.

This is one of the most important things you can do for your home this winter. Always leave a trickle of water flowing through a main faucet and leave cabinet doors open at night to allow heat to get to the pipes. Insulate pipes with heat tape or foam padding sleeves in areas they are exposed such as attics, basements, garages, crawl spaces, or outside walls.

If your pipes do freeze, work to unfreeze them as soon as possible. The longer they stay frozen, the more opportunity the ice has to expand, putting pressure on your pipes, and causing them to burst. Know the location of your home’s main water valve. If a pipe does burst, you will need to shut off your home’s water immediately and call a professional.

  • Prepare for travel.

Coming home to frozen or burst pipes and a flooded home is not a good way to end a vacation. Before you leave, either shut off the water to your home or have someone regularly check to make sure no pipes have frozen. If you do leave your water on, leave your home warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing. Do not turn off the heat in your home.

  • Prevent clogs.

The best way to prevent clogs is to remember the acronym FOG. It stands for fats, oils, and grease. These are the three things that should never be put down your kitchen sink or garbage disposal. It is also a good idea to regularly pour a natural drain clearing solution down your drain to help break-up potential clogs.

White vinegar and water or baking soda and water make great, safe to use, solutions. Always remember to turn on and run water down the garbage disposal for about 15 seconds before and after using it to completely flush anything left in the disposal.

  • Prevent hot water heater breakdowns.

The worst thing that can happen when you go to take a shower in the winter is for your hot water heater to not be working. Prevent unit breakdowns by regularly having it professionally serviced.

Your water heater should also be drained at least once a year to prevent sediment build-up in the bottom. When sediment builds up it requires your water heater to work harder, leading to premature breakdowns or necessary replacement.

  • Prevent leaks.

Leaks make pipes more prone to freezing in the winter. As a result, a small leak can turn into a major problem in the winter if it freezes. At the beginning of each season, check toilets, showers, bathtubs and sinks for links. If you notice a leak this winter, have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further - or more serious damage.

  • Check the sump pump.

The sump pump is your home’s last line of defense if flooding occurs. It rids the house of pooling water and protects against mold and mildew. Each season, check the sump pump for signs of dirt build-up and flow issues. It’s always a good idea to test the sump pump to make sure it is flowing away from your house and effectively pumping water out before you really need it.

  • Prepare your outside plumbing.

Your outside faucets and sprinkler systems are the most exposed part of your home’s plumbing this winter. If left unprotected, it can lead to big problems later on. Drain any water hoses and the sprinkler system to make sure no water is left in the pipes. Then, make sure all outside water valves are turned off. 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your pipes and plumbing if not dealt with quickly. If you suspect a leak or burst pipe in your home, don’t wait. Call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 today!

Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:36














All homes, new and old, will have sounds associated with their day-to-day use. These sounds may indicate anything from water simply flowing through pipes after turning on the faucet to a gas leak. Being familiar with your home’s natural sounds will help you distinguish whether it’s “normal” or something that should warrant concern. Some people call these typical sounds “settling of the home” while others refer to them as their home’s “friendly ghost.” While these sounds are normal, especially for older homes, other sounds can be a warning of a bigger problem. The experts at AJ Danboise are here to explain the most common sounds in your home - and if you should be concerned or not.

Common Sounds in Your Home: 

  • The sound of water running.

This could indicate that someone just turned on the water, or it could indicate something more serious, like a burst pipe. Check your toilets, dishwasher, sprinkler system, and washing machine to make sure they aren’t running. If all the water in your home is off and you still hear running water, call a professional as soon as possible.

  • Squeaky floors.

This is very common in older homes and is usually not a cause for concern. Floors and stairs start to squeak when a wooden floorboard has become unfastened. However, if it is becoming a nuisance, a licensed contractor can tighten the loose floorboards for you.

  • Clanking noise when you turn on the heat.

Some clinking and knocking when you first turn on your radiator or boiler is normal. It is also normal to hear a little of this throughout the house while it is on. However, if the clanking is coming directly from the radiator or boiler itself, call a professional to check it out.

  • Bubbling or cracking sound coming from the water heater.

Over time sediment builds up at the bottom of the hot water heater. This sediment acts as an insulator, forcing the burner to work harder. The bubbling noise is the sediment heating up and could indicate that your water heater is facing premature failure. Call a professional to inspect it as soon as possible.

  • Whistling from the HVAC unit.

This can occur when your air conditioner or furnace is on. It usually means that your air filter needs to be changed. The whistling is a result of your furnace trying to pull in air from around it, causing it to overwork.

  • A hissing sound.

If your home uses gas, a hissing sound could indicate a leak. If you hear a hissing sound and smell gas, leave your home and call the gas company immediately. 

  • A boom or popping coming from your furnace.

These sounds are the result of gas building up in the combustion chamber and causing a delayed ignition. When the ignition does fire after the excess gas has built up, it causes a small, exploding popping sound. This will only get worse and cause larger, dangerous explosions over time. Call a professional early on.

  • Your lights are buzzing.

Buzzing lights, or any electrical appliance, is usually a sign of a loose connection. These loose connections can lead to sparking and cause electrical fires. Call an electrician to assess the situation.

  • Scratching noises in the attic or walls.

Any time you hear scratching in the wall or above you, especially at night, it is a good indication of rodents in your home. Call a professional immediately for a safe and effective eradication and prevention plan.

  • Banging or hammering noise.

If you hear a banging or hammering noise, especially after flushing the toilet or turning on the faucet, try resetting the water in the pipes. Turn it off at the main, wait several minutes and then turn it back on. If the noise persists, call in a professional.

It is normal for your home to occasionally make some of these sounds. If a sound suddenly occurs or is accompanied by other symptoms, it could indicate a larger problem. When in doubt, it never hurts to have a professional inspection. It could save you from more expensive repairs or replacements in the long run. The holidays are the worst time of year to need home repairs. If your home is giving you warning signs, don’t hesitate, call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 today!

Thursday, 30 November 2017 21:38



Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home and your family’s safety if proper measures aren’t taken. Here in Farmington Hills and surrounding areas, we are no stranger to frozen pipes, ice dams, and untimely, winter furnace breakdowns. Luckily, so far this year, Southern Michigan has had a mild fall. Before snow and ice settle in, there are several areas in your home that need to be protected and maintained to keep your home safe this winter. Follow these tips to protect your home from the inside out.

Top 6 Areas in Your Home for Winter Maintenance

  1. Pipes and Indoor Plumbing

Left unprotected, pipes can easily freeze during our Michigan winters. Protect your pipes this winter by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation sleeves. Take special precaution with pipes that are exposed or closer to the outside of your house such as those in your basement, crawlspaces and attic. Another trick is to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. It’s also a good idea to keep a slow trickle of water flowing through your kitchen faucet or the faucet that has pipes closest to the outside of your home.

  1. Attic and Roof

The most important thing you can do this winter to protect your roof is to minimize any damage from heavy snow and ice. Be sure to remove any tree branches that are close to your home that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house - or a neighbor’s. Repair your roof leaks before snow and ice start to build-up and before it has the opportunity to thaw.

Prevent ice dams by making sure your attic is properly ventilated and the attic floor is properly insulated. This will minimize the heat rising through the attic and melting the snow and ice on the roof. When this snow and ice refreezes, an ice dam can be created, leading to water damage or even a roof collapse.

  1. Fireplace

Have your chimney checked by a licensed contractor before using it this winter. Keep the fireplace flue closed when not in use.

  1. Furnace or Boiler

Before the heating season, have maintenance performed on your furnace or boiler by a licensed professional. They will check for safety standards and any repairs that need to be done to prevent breakdowns during the winter.

Regularly check and replace your furnace filter. Check your furnace filter every month and replace it every 2-3 months, or sooner if needed.

Check all vents and ducts for proper air flow. Make sure the heating vents are not being blocked by furniture or window treatments.

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

House fires are more common in the winter than any other time of the year. Regularly check your smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly and do not need batteries replaced.

  1. Alternate Heating Source

When it comes to snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, it’s always best to plan for the worst. Keep a safe, alternative heating source available in your home and alternate fuels available in case your heater or power goes out unexpectedly.

It’s not too late to make sure your home is prepared for the winter! Take steps to keep you and your family safe. Make repairs and soon as they arise and always be prepared. AJ Danboise is here for you any day, any time for any of your home’s plumbing, heating, and electrical needs. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

 

 

 

Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:01

Having your sink clogged is an inconvenience no matter when it happens. It is important to keep your drains clear and clean from debris. Routinely checking your drainage pipes will ensure efficiency and unexpected leaks and breakdowns. Along with keeping your pipes professionally maintained by the experts at AJ Danboise, there are several things you can do to help minimize clogs. Our professionals have outlined a few DIY essentials to keep your sinks unclogged.

 

Limit Drain Waste

Staying conscious of what you are pouring down your drains is important. When cooking fatty food items that produce a lot of grease, do not dispose them down your kitchen sink. Instead pour your excess grease into a coffee tin or container for later use. Coffee grounds are another item commonly thrown in the drain. Instead take those coffee grounds and use them to create mulch for an outdoor garden.

 

Hot Water Helps

Pouring hot water down your train once a week helps keep the drains clear. Hot water aides in getting rid of grease deposits. Boil a pot of water then add a drop of dish soap. Pour the liquid down the sink slowly to help dissolve oil. You can also use this to pour down bathroom sinks and tubs. You can repeat the process more than once if your grease build-up is excessive.

 

Use Drain Covers

Installing a sink drain cover can help reduce the amount of large debris that goes down your pipes. Sink covers can help limit how much hair goes down your bathtub, and lower leftover food build-up from dishes in your kitchen sink. Be sure to install a cover that has a strainer and rubber stopper to keep your drains as clear as possible.

 

Cold Water Occasionally

When utilizing the garbage disposal, it is better to have cold water running the entire time. With cold water this helps any grease in your disposal stay hard enough for the blades to break through.

 

DIY Remedies

There are do-it-yourself cleaners that you can make at home to help unclog your sinks. Some recipes include utilizing baking soda and vinegar. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it down the sink. Follow up by pouring half a cup of white vinegar in the drain then cover the drain opening. Allow the mixture to work in the drain for about thirty minutes then run hot water down. If your sink is severely clogged, you will need to repeat the mixture again.

 

Call the Experts

If your sinks are still clogged even after trying the tips above, it may be time to call in professional help. AJ Danboise can help you with sewer and drain cleaning. Count on our techs to be your drain cleaning experts from main drain to kitchen; we will help you clear out your pipes. We serve the Livonia, Farmington Hills, and surrounding Michigan communities.

Making sure your drains clear can be a maintenance task that you can keep up with weekly using the tips above. Don’t let your sinks build up grease, hair, and other items to keep your pipes from running efficiently. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment with Michigan’s favorite home service company! 


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:52

We all know how refreshing a shower can be, especially in the summer. After a hard day’s work, there’s nothing better than hopping in the bathroom and getting some much-needed relaxation. Showering remedy’s stress and helps clear your mind - but don’t get too comfortable just yet! When showering in the summer, there is more you should consider than just the shampoo, so we gathered our showering tips to get you through the summer. 

 

Showering in the summer is a bit different than other seasons. Considering the blazing heat and persistent humidity, you can’t treat it the same as showering in the winter. Your body needs to adjust to the fluctuating temperature and patterns of summer showering. Additionally, your home needs a strategy for the water and energy usage. We at AJ Danboise know each homeowner deserves a good shower, and we have provided some showering tips for the summer that will help your body and home.

 

Shower at Night

  • Sweating immediately after showering is an unpleasant experience, and this usually happens when you shower during a hot summer day.
  • Nighttime is cooler than the day, and can help in maintaining your body temperature after going in and out of the shower.
  • A hot shower can be very relaxing; going to bed immediately after can help you enjoy a deeper sleep.

 

Take Cold Showers

  • Although hot showers can offer relief, when it’s hot outside a cold shower is often more soothing.
  • Consider taking cold (or tepid) showers to cool off from a hot day. Taking a cold shower after working out can also help sooth sore muscles.
  • Not only are cold showers good for the summer, they also help save on energy by not using the water heater.

 

Maintain a Shower Routine

  • Maintaining a good shower routine is key to a healthy body during the summer.
  • Choose the right shampoo and soap for your hair and body in summer. If you are an avid swimmer or spend a lot of time in the sun, you will want to find a bar soap or body wash that replenishes moisture.
  • Limit your shower time to a few minutes, giving you ample time to clean, but saving water in the process.

 

Keep your body healthy and your utility bills low with these easy summer showering tips. If you are experiencing any problems with your shower or other plumbing fixtures, contact AJ Danboise today! For over nine decades we have been the premier home services company in Michigan, providing showering installation and maintenance services at an affordable cost. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and meet your local professionals!


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Friday, 12 January 2018 14:54



Winter is the most important time of year to make sure you are keeping a healthy indoor air quality. With the cold and flu going around and more people spending time inside due to colder temperatures, it’s no surprise that one out of ten people will get sick in January alone. The first step in protecting your household from cold and flue this winter is making sure your home’s indoor air quality is as healthy as possible. These tips from our experts at AJ Danboise will help ensure your home is keeping a healthy IAQ all winter long.

Bring in house plants.

Houseplants help to clean and purify the air by removing excess carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They are a safe and easy way to add fresh air to your home in the winter. Some species can even absorb air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Good options that are also pet friendly include ferns, spider plants, and aloe vera.

Install a whole-home air purifier.

A whole-home air purifier is installed to your HVAC unit and filters the air before it circulates through your home. They improve indoor air quality by removing allergens, dust, and odors. If a whole-home air purifier is not an option for your home, try setting up individual units for each room or in areas where they are needed most.

Proper Ventilation

Newer homes are very well insulated. As a result, during the winter months, when windows are left closed and the heat is on, indoor air quality can suffer. When weather allows, open a window to allow fresh air in and stale air out. Kitchen and bathroom vents are another great way to pull out some of the stale indoor air during the winter. Be aware, these also pull out the warm, heated air if left on for too long. Only use them as needed.

Check and change air filters regularly.

The most important thing you can do for healthy indoor air quality is to have clean air filters. Check them at least once a month and change them every 2-3 months. If you have pets or members of the household that are sensitive to allergens, they may need to be changed as frequently as once a month.

Eliminate dust.

Keeping your home dust free will help your air filters to work more efficiently and improve your indoor air quality. During the winter months be sure to regularly dust and vacuum your home to reduce airborne pollutants. 

Keep your household happy and healthy this winter with a healthy IAQ. Not only will your family thank you, but your HVAC system will run more efficiently too. If you notice anything unusual with your HVAC system this winter, call AJ Danboise. Our professionals will help to diagnose and fix the problem before you lose heat or your indoor air quality suffers. Call us at 248-236-5999 to make an appointment today!

Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:50



The holidays will be here before you know it. With freezing temperatures outside, you want to make sure your home feels cozy and inviting for your guests. Unfortunately, the holiday cooking and a home full of people can make your interior feel like Florida in August. Give your home the perfect temperature to suit all your guests’ comfort needs with top ten heating tips from the experts at AJ Danboise.

  1. Check and change your HVAC filter before guests arrive.
  2. Make sure heating devices and vents are clear of anything flammable. As more guests enter, these can easily get blocked unknowingly.
  3. Use your programmable thermostat to automatically adjust for a lower temperature during times when you will be cooking - or when you know your home will have the most people in it. The more people in your home, the warmer it will get.
  4. Place throw blankets on the couch so they are readily available for those that are typically a little cooler. They will be less tempted to try to adjust the temperature themselves.
  5. Cook as much as possible ahead of time to avoid heating up the house unnecessarily.
  6. Light the fireplace to create ambiance and drop the thermostat. Not only will you save on energy, your guests will be more comfortable too.
  7. Lock your windows. This will create a tighter seal around your windows to keep in the warm air. It will also help prevent guests from cracking a window when you’re not looking!
  8. Install a whole-home humidifier. It will help retain heat so you can set your thermostat lower and make your home more comfortable. A humidifier will help eliminate dry air and reduce static electricity – ensuring your holiday guests remain comfortable.
  9. Use ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a “reverse” setting that will push the rising warm air back down to ground level. This helps to maximize the heat generated from the heater. Ceiling fans also help circulate the air, keeping a more even temperature.
  10. Use space heaters. If your guests are going to be spending time in a cooler part of your home, consider adding space heaters to even out the temperature. A space heater that mimics the look of a fireplace is a great way to add a little ambiance to your party!

Start your holiday season with regular maintenance on your furnace and take care of repairs as soon as you notice the warning signs. This will help to ensure your system is working properly before guests arrive. The holidays are the worst time of the year for your heat to go out. Remember that the experts at AJ Danboise are here for you all season long. If your furnace is on the fritz, call 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:53



In Michigan, having your furnace quit on you in the middle of winter is not an option. With temperatures already dipping below freezing, most of us have had our furnaces on for a few weeks now. This is a good time to check your furnace and make sure everything is functioning properly. Chances are, if your furnace is going to break down this winter, it’s already showing signs. Your furnace will give you several indications as to whether it is functioning properly - and how serious the repair may be. Depending on what is wrong and how old your furnace is, it may be cheaper to replace it for a newer, more efficient model than to continue repairing your current one. The experts at AJ Danboise have some up with 10 telltale indications that it might be time to buy a new furnace.

10 Signs You Need a New Furnace

  • Your furnace is more than 15 years old.

If your furnace is more than 15 years old and starting to need frequent repairs, then it might be time to consider replacing it. Parts can be difficult to find, expensive and your furnace could be costing you extra money by lacking efficiency.

  • Your energy bills have unexplainably gone up.

An older furnace in need of repair means an inefficient furnace resulting in higher energy usage. Your energy bills may be the first clue that something is wrong with your furnace.

  • Your house isn’t warming, even though the heat is on.
  • There are grinding or banging noises coming from the furnace.

It’s not uncommon for furnaces to make noises. However, loud noises and more frequent noises may indicate your furnace is aging and that something may be wrong.

  • A musty smell lingers for more than a few days after turning it on.
  • Furnace turns on and off frequently - or runs all the time.
  • Frequent furnace repairs or breakdowns in the last two years.

It is common to see frequent repairs in the last two years of your furnace’s life. It’s a good indicator that it might be time for a new one.

  • Your pilot light is yellow instead of blue.

This can be a sign that your furnace is producing excess carbon monoxide. Call a professional as soon as you notice it. They can help diagnose the problem and see if a repair or replacement is best.

  • Rust, cracks or corrosion on the outside of the furnace.

This is an indication of age and can become a safety concern. Have a professional take a look at it as soon as possible.

  • The amount of dust has increased in your home, despite efforts to clean it.

As your furnace ages, it can no longer filter and distribute clean air effectively to your home. It could signal a much larger problem.

Furnaces have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. If you are noticing any of the signs above but your furnace isn’t even a teenager yet, then it most likely can be repaired. Furnace repairs can be difficult and dangerous to do yourself. Be sure to call a professional for a complete diagnosis before attempting anything on your own.

When to Call a Professional

  • Water is pooling around your furnace.
  • You smell gas leaking.
  • The air blows weakly out of the vents.
  • The thermostat stops working.
  • Your furnace blows cold air.
  • Condensation on your windows.
  • Leaky ducts.


If caught in time, these signs do not have to mean a death sentence for your furnace or an inevitable breakdown in the middle of winter. Contact the professionals at AJ Danboise as soon as you notice any of these signs! We know how important it is to have heat this winter. Our experienced professionals are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure you and your family stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter. If you notice any of these signs or are having ongoing problems with your furnace, call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! We’ll walk you through all your options and help you find a solution to meet your needs and budget.

Friday, 17 November 2017 15:15



Programmable thermostats are now an essential technology. With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to worry about whether it’s on the most energy efficient setting. A programmable thermostat also keeps track of the humidity levels in your house. In addition, with a new smart programmable thermostat, most settings can be changed from your smart phone.

These features are great… if you know how to use them! While your thermostat will automatically change temperature based on how it is programmed, it is up to you to make sure it is programmed correctly. If your thermostat’s settings are off or are lost, it could end up causing significant energy inefficiency in your home. This will ultimately result in an increase in your utility bills.

When you first have your programmable thermostat installed, it is a good idea to ask the technician to program it for you. They will be happy to show you how and make sure the settings are appropriate for the season that you are in. Unfortunately, though, seasons will change, and the thermostat program will reset or expire after time leaving you to set the new program on your own. The professionals at A J Danboise have come up with some tips to ensure your thermostat is set to save you money - and keep your home comfortable this winter.

Step 1: The first step is knowing the best energy saving temperatures during the winter and which temperature will make your home feel comfortable without breaking the bank. Energy.gov, recommends turning your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day from its normal setting to save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling.

This is most easily done either at night while most people enjoy cooler temperatures and winter blankets can be used for warmth or during the day while no one is home. During the winter, the temperature should be between 62-66 degrees F for optimal energy efficiency.

Step 2: For an optimal balance between comfort and energy efficiency, when someone is home during the day, set your thermostat between 68 degrees F and 72 degrees F.

Step 3: Plan out your weekly schedule to identify when someone is home and when the house is empty. Include the times that you typically wake up and go to sleep. Then, write the desired temperature next to each of these. It will make programming your thermostat go more smoothly and help eliminate errors. No one wants to wake up to a 62-degree home on Saturday morning!

Step 4: Enter the corresponding days, times and temperatures into your thermostat. Most will give you the option to decide when the program will reset or “expire”. Try to set it at the beginning of every season for the duration of the season. This usually works out to programming your thermostat every 3 months.

Step 5: Try to avoid letting your thermostat automatically resetting by checking the settings every month.

Step 6: Change a digital electronic thermostat’s battery at least once a year.

Some heating systems, such as radiant floor heating and some heat pumps, may not be compatible with a programmable thermostat. A professional can help you determine if a programmable thermostat is right for your home. If it is not right, there are several other ways to save energy and money this winter!

More Energy Saving Tips for the Winter

-          Only heat the rooms you use.

-          Keep your furnace clean and unblocked.

-          Find and seal leaks.

-          Maintain your heating system with routine maintenance before the heating season.

-          Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. If you don’t use the fireplace, plug and seal the chimney.

-          Use LED holiday string lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

For more energy saving tips this winter, check out energy.gov!

The winter months are the perfect time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. Our expert technicians at AJ Danboise can install and help you program it to get the most out of your furnace this winter. Call 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!
Monday, 16 October 2017 19:25

Fall has officially arrived in Southern Michigan, bringing with it a welcome lull in temperatures. With cooler days and even colder nights, your air conditioner is finally able to get a break from the hot summer months, but don’t send your HVAC system into hibernation yet. The subtle decrease in temperatures is the perfect time of year to prepare your HVAC system for the heating season. These 8 easy steps will ensure your HVAC system is ready to deliver when the winter months arrive.

Step 1: Check and replace your air filters.

Regularly checking and replacing HVAC filters is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the systems longevity and prevent breakdowns. Change air filters at least every 3 months. For allergy sufferers or homes with pets, change filters more frequently.

Check your air filters every 2 to 3 weeks to make sure they are functioning properly. Improperly functioning air filters can prevent a home from heating or cooling adequately and efficiently, taxing your system and increasing costs.

Step 2: Clean your outdoor unit.

This fall, check your outdoor unit for debris and damage. Trim any tall grass, shrubs, or trees that have grown too close to the exterior unit before winter weather arrives. Then, clean the unit by switching it off and rinsing out dirt, twigs, and any other debris with a garden hose.

This is also a good time to notice if there is any damage or debris that is hard to remove from your outdoor unit. For damage or anything unusual, call AJ Danboise and speak to one of our HVAC professionals.

Step 3: Clean your air ducts and vents.

Air ducts and vents are responsible for circulating air throughout your house. To make sure the air in your home is being properly filtered and circulated, regularly clean your air ducts and vents and have all of the registers open. Obstructed air ducts force HVAC systems to work harder, decreasing both efficiency and lifespan.

To get your air ducts and vents ready for fall, check to make sure all of the registers are open and that they are not covered or obstructed by furniture, drapery, or other items. Then, vacuum any visible dust from your air ducts and vents. Use a wet cloth to remove any dust left behind by the vacuum.

Step 4: Find and seal any possible air leaks.

Air leaks are the number one cause of inefficiency in HVAC systems. Check windows and doors for any air that might be coming through. Apply weather stripping to windows and doors to seal them from air leaks. If you consistently feel some rooms are warmer or cooler than others, the air leak may be coming from your ventilation ducts. One of our HVAC professionals at AJ Danboise can help you identify the leak and prepare your home for the heating season.

Step 5: Examine furnace burners and blowers.

Fall is the perfect time to test the furnace to make sure it is working properly before relying on it in the winter months. Before turning your furnace, check for any dust or obstruction that may have accumulated over the warm summer months.

Then test the furnace and burners to make sure they are working properly. If you notice anything unusual, call AJ Danboise for a furnace inspection to make sure your HVAC system is ready to heat before the colder months are here.

Step 6: Program your thermostat.

Weather patterns change frequently in the fall in Southern Michigan causing a range of temperatures. This is a great time to invest in a programmable thermostat, if you have not already. Programmable thermostats change based on the outside temperature, helping your HVAC system work more efficiently. With the constant fluctuation in temperatures as seasons change, a programmable thermostat extends your system’s life and saves money on heating and cooling bills.

Step 7: Schedule a professional HVAC maintenance.

Before the colder winter months set in ensure your HVAC unit is functioning properly with a professional HVAC maintenance. Regular maintenance will make sure your system is functioning properly and efficiently when you need it the most.

Step 8: Test it out.

The final step to getting your HVAC ready for fall in Southern Michigan is to test it out. Once the equipment has been cleaned, inspected, and the settings have been adjusted, test the system to make sure that it is working properly.

Don’t get caught in the cold this winter! Use these steps to make sure your HVAC system is ready to function properly and efficiently before you need it most this winter. If you notice anything unusual, we, at AJ Danboise can help! Call today at 1-248-236-5999 for all your fall preparation needs!


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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:38

Summer is always a fun season for all. School is out for the kids, and family vacations are in full swing. It’s the best time to enjoy trips and picnics by the lake. Or you can cannon ball in your backyard pool. Summer is also the best season for BBQs and bringing people together for fun under the sun. Speaking of the sun, summer also brings with it intense heat and in some places humidity. With higher temperatures come increased energy bills with more air conditioning usage. Not to worry, AJ Danboise has some tips on how you can beat the heat and keep cool this summer!

During the Day Shut the Blinds

Keeping the blinds closed during the daytime can help keep heat out of the house. You can lower your indoor temperatures by about 15 degrees just from closing the blinds during those hot summer days. You can increase your coolness by installing light-colored blinds, window sun-screens, or film to help keep the heat outside. Another inexpensive way to keep cooler is putting blackout curtains over your windows to help reduce warmth.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

Instead of keeping the air conditioning running all summer, install some ceiling fans in your home to help reduce how much energy you’re using. During the summer turning your fan on counterclockwise helps bring cool air down. A secret cool down method is filling a large bowl with ice and using your fan to help circulate the cool air in the room.

Plant Some Outdoor Shade

You can make cooler improvements to your home – and not just in the interior. Add some green around your home to help reduce the sun’s rays from entering. For a long-term solution, planting some trees to help provide shade around your home is great. However, if you’re looking for a short-term quick fix, you can add vines and taller shrubs to add some coolness.

Add an Energy Star

If not using your air conditioner is not an option this summer, try upgrading your system to a more energy-efficient model to help save costs. Try switching to a newer, and more efficient model that will save you money and keep a lower carbon footprint in the long run.

Learn More About Energy Star Appliances Here

Take Day Trips to Cool Places

This is probably the best way to keep cool on this list. If the summer heat ever gets unbearable, it may be time to pack up the family and head to the lake for a fun day on the water. Head on down to Lakeshore Park and enjoy the shaded areas, and beach. You can plan to spend the whole day there with a picnic and utilizing the bike trails at the park to really maximize family time.

You can also have an AJ Danboise technician come by and check to make sure your current air conditioning unit is working efficiently with necessary maintenance. If it’s time for a new model, they can help assess the right size and brand best for your needs. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

 


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Friday, 30 June 2017 19:40

A typical household spends roughly $2,200 a year on energy bills, and nearly half of that comes from heating and cooling costs. With the summer heat in full force, people here in Michigan are turning their air conditioning up to full blast. But you can save electricity and avoid hefty repair bills by giving your HVAC system an annual check-up. In fact, the best time for summer HVAC maintenance is right before extreme temperatures hit, so try our energy-saving tune-up tips today!

DIY Maintenance

Clean & Change the Air Filter. If you only make one tune-up this season, make sure to give your air filter some TLC. Cleaning your air filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15%. In the summertime, you should wash your reusable filter or replace your disposable one at least once per month.

Clean the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit. Keep vegetation at least two feet away from the unit so it is free to pull in air. This includes making sure your grass is not too tall and raking up leaves in the fall season.

Call a Professional

Some parts of a thorough annual check-up require taking apart an AC unit, so you’ll need to call a service technician for a quick, professional check-up. If you call one of our technicians to service your HVAC unit, we will do the following:

Clear the Drain. A clogged drain can waste nearly as much energy as a dirty filter because your unit has to work harder to send out even less cool air.

Clean the Outdoor and Indoor Units. The technician will keep the outdoor condenser fan running efficiently by cleaning the fan blades and will maintain the unit’s ability to cool the air moving through it by removing dust and other buildup from the indoor evaporator coil.

Help Your HVAC Save Energy

To get the most bang from your HVAC buck, use these general energy-saving tips. They will help you support your system and save energy around the house.

Get a Programmable Thermostat. It’s easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat than a regular one because you don't have to think about it each time you want to change the temperature. You pre-program your settings so that the thermostat raises the temperature while you're at work and asleep, and kicks on the air conditioning when you're at home and awake. With "smart” programmable thermostats, you can even control the temperature from your smartphone.

Seal Your Heating & Cooling Ducts and Any Open Spaces. Make sure doors, windows, and nooks and crannies are shut and properly sealed. The less cool air that escapes your home, the less energy you'll waste, and more comfortable you'll be.

Set Your Thermostat to Your Ideal Temperature.  Setting the air conditioner to a colder-than-desired temperature doesn't cool down your house any quicker – it just keeps the unit working longer than necessary. So, set it to where you want it. And remember: You save up to 1% on your yearly cooling bill every time you raise the temperature by one degree for a period of eight hours. So, set it to around 78° - after all, it is summer!

If you're looking for home air conditioning service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right you've come to the right place! We're a family owned and operated business and have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925. 

We have the expertise you need and can be counted on for all of your home air conditioning needs. From regular maintenance, to repair and replacement, we offer complete air conditioning service. Our highly trained technicians can service all makes and models of air conditioning equipment. Give us a call today and schedule some maintenance for your HVAC this summer!

 


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Friday, 09 June 2017 06:00

Summer is just about here for the Michigan area and that means that you’ve probably had to kick on the air conditioning a few times already. For some of us, that means the beginning of very big electric bills, but using a ceiling fan to save money is a great idea!

But while a typical air conditioning unit uses 3,500 watts of energy when running, the average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts – even on its highest setting. So, if running your ceiling fan all day allows you to cut down on your AC usage – even by just a half an hour a day – you could feasibly save a lot of money over time.

To do this, it’s important to know ceiling fans don’t cool rooms; they cool your skin through a wind-chill effect. If you leave a ceiling fan on while you’re gone for an extended period, it won’t change the temperature of the room. However, some experts say it helps to limit humidity and prevent mold. The U.S. Department of Energy says if you use a ceiling fan and air conditioning unit simultaneously, you can raise your thermostat setting by 4 degrees without a change in comfort. You can save a lot of money and energy if you do some careful planning and tinkering when it comes to using your ceiling fans. So, the best way to cut electricity bills with ceiling fans during warm-weather months is to:

Turn fans on only when you are home and using rooms that they are located in.

  • Increase your house temperature by 4 degrees, or more if you are comfortable. This strategy can also work during the winter months. If you reverse ceiling fan rotation, it pushes warm air downward, so you’ll save money by dropping your thermostat to find your ideal room temperature.

  • Make sure your ceiling fan height is at least 8 feet. They work best when blades are a foot from the ceiling and 7-9 feet from the floor.

  • Install Energy Star ceiling fans, which on average circulate air with 20 percent more efficiency than non-certified models.

  • If it doesn’t mess up the aesthetics of your room, go with a large ceiling fan, as they move more air and cool at a lower speed than smaller fans.

  • When applicable during the summer months, close your window blinds and curtains to keep the sun’s heat out. In the winter months, open your blinds and curtains on windows facing south to let warm sunlight in, but close them at night to reduce cold drafts.

Adjust the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

Most fans have a “clockwise” setting and a “counterclockwise” setting, each appropriate for a different season. There are conflicting accounts of which direction to use and when, because the direction you want to use depends on how the blades are aligned, and that can vary by model.

Luckily, there’s a straightforward way to determine the direction your fan should rotate in summer: Stand beneath the fan and turn it on. If you immediately feel a breeze from the fan, then it’s set on the “summer” setting, usually counterclockwise.

Otherwise, you can turn off the fan, climb up near the base of the fan, and look for a little button or switch that sets the fan to run in the opposite direction.

If you need help with ceiling fan installation, give AJ Danboise a call today or schedule your appointment online using our online service request form. If you're looking for home electrical service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right you've come to the right place! We're a family owned and operated business and have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925.  We have the expertise you need and can be counted on for all of your home electrical needs. From regular maintenance, to repair and replacement, we offer complete electrical service. 



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Friday, 19 May 2017 19:42

Using a humidifier in the summer seems a bit ridiculous. After all, why would you want to be humid during the hottest season? Summer doesn’t always mean it’s time for fun activities and hitting the pool. Summer is the prime season for allergies. With all the bugs and pollen spreading throughout the air, it’s not uncommon to notice more runny noses than usual. On top of that, the constant use of an air conditioner can make the air dry. Dry air can cause irritation if allergy symptoms are already present, and can even lead to infection in some cases.  

 

What role would a whole house humidifier play in fixing any of this? The uses of a humidifier go beyond just making areas in your home humid. In fact, there are some significant reasons to use a whole house humidifier in the summer, and the experts at AJ Danboise have documented them for the benefit of our Southeastern Michigan neighbors.

 

Benefits for Summer Humidifying:

It Can Remedy Allergies

  • Hydrating during allergy season is helpful in fighting the symptoms.
  • Having cool mist absorbed by your body will help energize it and clear up congestion in the nose and throat.
  • Humidifiers can help fight off infection with their ability to kill germs and other contaminants.
  • Combatting dry air can build your body’s defense toward sicknesses and allergies.

 

It’s Healthy for Your Skin

  • Whether or not you’re sick, your body needs moisture.
  • Using a humidifier to moisturize is great for your skin, and can help clean your pores as well.
  • Hydrating your skin will give it a healthier look and keep your body temperature at a stable level.
  • The hot sun can dry out your skin, so it’s good to rehydrate constantly.
  • Keeping your skin hydrated will help prevent wrinkles as well.

 

It Can Cool You Down

  • Fighting the heat can be difficult during the summer, but a humidifier can help cool you down without using a lot of energy.
  • Using a humidifier in tandem with the air conditioning can keep rooms cooler, allowing you to raise the temperature of the A/C – and use less energy.
  • Using a humidifier can make you feel cooler for longer periods of time, due to the hydrating nature of the affected air.

 

A humidifier can make your summer even better. If you notice any damage or leaks in your humidifier, contact AJ Danboise today. We specialize in whole house humidifier installation and repair, and are always looking out for our Southeastern Michigan neighbors. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and get started. Remember to stay hydrated and have fun this summer!


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Friday, 21 April 2017 20:07



A Spring A/C Tune-Up Will Keep You Happy and Cool This Summer

After the biting winter Nokesville had, we’re glad to finally see some warmer weather. While there are still a few more mildly chilly days ahead, you can expect the temperatures to continue to rise. Before a heatwave hits, be sure to schedule your spring A/C tune-up! As it continues to heat up, you’re going to want your HVAC system operating at optimal efficiency. We’re already slated to see several days in the upper 80s; make sure you’re ready to beat the heat. Don’t risk having to go without cool air during the dog days of summer.

There are numerous benefits to having your air conditioner maintained on a routine basis. While peace of mind is the most basic benefit of maintenance, there’s so much more to it. Here are three reasons as to why your HVAC system should undergo regular TLC. 

1. Safeguard your system against frequent, expensive repairs.

Homeowners rarely think about the state of their conditioning system because it’s something they use on an around-the-clock basis. Once you’ve adjusted the temperature to your liking, you move on with your day. Don’t wait until something isn’t quite right to pay attention to your A/C, because you could be dealing with a costly repair.

When you neglect to care for your system, you’re more likely to experience frequent breakdowns because it’s in constant over-drive. The more you overwork you’re A/C, the less efficient it becomes. A dirty filter, worn or old capacitator, or loose electrical component can make for an ugly, costly situation. For example, if you have a small refrigerant leak, we can easily repair that during your tune-up. However, if left unrepaired, your refrigerant can drain, causing your compressor to burn. This kind of repair can cost upwards of $1,000. It’s far better – and cheaper – to repair a minor problem before it worsens. Think of it like your car. Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles you change your car's oil to prevent troubles from occurring. Show the same kind of care to your air conditioner!

By scheduling routine maintenance, you can rest easy all summer long in the comfort of your cool home. During your check-up, a licensed technician will inspect all the inner-workings of your system to ensure that everything is up to par. A tune-up is just a fraction of the cost of a repair; save money and ensure comfort by scheduling A/C tune-up with AJ Danboise today!

2. Prevent the need to prematurely replace your system.

Since you use your HVAC system year-round, it’s so easy for it to become an afterthought. With routine maintenance, you’ll not only prevent frequent breakdowns, you’ll increase your system’s lifespan. We’ve all been guilty of ignoring things that demand regular care. What many of you found in doing so was that the object didn’t last as long as it could’ve. Without a regular air conditioning tune-up, you can expect to replace your system much sooner than you intended to. When you have clogged and dirty coils, a dust and debris-filled filter, low refrigerant levels, or damaged fan blades, it’s no wonder your system isn’t running efficiently. At this rate, it won’t be too long until your system can no longer keep up with your demands.

Because a new A/C is a costly investment, it’s important to get the most of your system to avoid a premature replacement. A well-maintained central air conditioner should last between 15 and 20 years. Give your system a long, healthy by showing it some regular love. 

3. Ensure your system operates at maximum efficiency.

Because heating and cooling account for nearly half your utility costs, it’s important to make sure that your HVAC system operates at maximum efficiency. A poorly-maintained system will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat because the temperature just won’t seem to get any cooler, it’s a good indication that your system isn’t operating efficiently. A simple yearly cleaning will boost efficiency and help lower cooling costs.

Tips on How You Can Keep Your System Happy & Healthy

We highly recommend enlisting the help of a certified technician to complete your annual maintenance. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t complete a few simple tasks on your own to help keep it running smoothly year-round. Follow these extra HVAC maintenance tips:

  • Change your air filter every 30 to 90 days. Read your manufacturer's guide on how often you should change out the filter. If you have pets or are prone to allergies, you may want to ere on the side of caution and change it every 30 days.
  • Keep your system clear of debris. When dirt, debris and twigs make their way into your system, it can decrease efficiency. Keep all plants at least two feet away from your air conditioner.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Gone are the days where leaving your air conditioner on all day is the only way to maintain comfort. Simply program your thermostat once, and sit back and relax.

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Friday, 19 January 2018 20:39



Have no fear, for GFCIs are here! Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are a type of receptacle that helps prevent shock from ground faults and short circuits. Ground faults and short circuits happen when electricity flows through an unintended path, which can lead to shock. GFCIs work to fight this shock by first detecting uneven electrical flow, and then immediately shutting off the current to reduce the severity of the shock. Although their function is simple, they are a life-saving tool, able to prevent serious or even fatal injuries from electrical shock. Knowledge of GFCI receptacles is important for Michigan homeowners, which can help keep your household safe from potentially hazardous situations.

We at AJ Danboise value the safety of our Michigan neighbors. If you live in an older home without GFCI receptacles, it is important to consider having them installed. Our experts have listed a few reasons why:  

Electrical Safety

  • Electricity is a dangerous, sometimes unpredictable element. Because of our reliance on it, it’s important to protect ourselves and our family.
  • Coming into direct contact with electricity can lead to severe, life-threatening injuries; especially if water is part of the equation.  
  • A GFCI receptacle ensures your protection with its shock-prevention, and further strengthens the electrical safety in your home.
  • Beyond just being an outlet, GFCIs are essential safety tools, having saved thousands of lives since their inception in the 70s.
  • GFCIs have cut the number of home electrocutions in half.

Appliance Safety

  • The NEC (National Electrical Code) has made GFCIs mandatory for certain appliances that are within specific distances from a water fixture.
  • GFCI protection is required for all 15A, 20A and 125V receptacles that are placed on kitchen countertop surfaces.
  • A GFCI is not required for receptacles that do not supply power to appliances on countertops.
  • A good safeguard would be to replace all electrical outlets in your kitchen, bathroom and home exterior with GFCIs – regardless of where they are located.

NEC Requirements for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Does My Home Have GFCIs?

  • Your home might already have GFCI outlets installed. Check your outlets, do they have three slots with a small button in the middle?  
  • A standard receptacle consists of a left vertical slot (which is neutral), a right vertical slot that is slightly larger (which is “hot”) and the bottom circular hole (which is the “ground”).
  • A GFCI outlet looks similar, but also contains a test/reset button in its center.
  • When the reset button is “on,” the electricity can flow through the outlet. By pressing the button, you will disconnect the electrical flow – or interrupt the current.
  • This button will automatically stop when it detects that the electrical flow is out of balance.

Keep your home safe by installing GFCI receptacles throughout your home. The professionals at AJ Danboise can assist you when you are ready to make the switch. Contact us if you need expert GFCI installation - or any electrical home service. Call 214-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! 

Friday, 27 October 2017 01:19


Halloween is right around the corner, and before you know it kids in costumes will be taking over the neighborhood hoping to cause a fright.

But Halloween isn’t just psychologically scary; it’s physically threatening as well. While the spirit world may be out of our control, luckily we can prevent truly horrifying physical events from occurring with a little preparation.

Why Is Halloween Scary?

Halloween is a dangerous time for many reasons. From home fires to motor accidents, Halloween can cause serious injury and even death. And it won’t be coming from a killer clown or a vengeful ghost.

Here are some scary Halloween safety statistics that might scare you into action:

 While evil dolls, poltergeists, and specters can scare the bejesus out of you, the real danger comes from electrical, fire, and falling/tripping hazards.

Keeping Your Kids Safe (and Spooked) This Halloween

The scariest stories are the true ones. Go over the frightening consequences of ignoring or disobeying the following Halloween safety tips:

 Costumes

  • Make sure your costumes are flame resistant.
  • Avoid bulky, flowing garments.
  • If you wear a mask, make sure it is easy to see and breath out of.
  • Add reflective tape to your bags and costumes. Consider glow sticks.
  • Test Halloween makeup on a small patch of skin in advance. Use non-toxic, non-comedogenic, FDA-approved makeup.
  • Only use colored contact lenses if they are prescribed by your optician.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Establish a curfew (hazards increase at night).
  • Make sure all children under 12 are accompanied by an adult.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Make sure somebody in the trick-or-treating group has a cell phone and a flashlight (if possible, make sure your child has one).
  • You can use Find My Phone/Find My Family apps to track the location of the device.
  • Go over pedestrian rules (“walk, don’t run,” “look both ways,” “obey all traffic signals,” etc.).
  • Don’t eat any candy until you go home and have them inspected by an adult.
  • Don’t go trick-or-treating on an empty stomach.
  • Do not accept any unwrapped candy (throw away all suspicious candy).
  • Never follow strangers into a home, apartment, car, or anywhere for that matter.
  • Never get into a car where the driver has been drinking.
  • Don’t drink and drive!
  • Stay away from all open flames.

Halloween Safety for Parents 

  • Learn and practice Halloween food safety tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Stay extra alert and vigilant when driving on or near Halloween.
  • Drive slower than normal and practice safe driving tips.
  • Get rid of all hazards around your home, especially your front porch and lawn.
  • Do NOT use real candles or torches. Use battery-operated lights instead.
  • If you do use candles, make sure they are accompanied by adult supervision at all times.
  • Do NOT use flammable decorations.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames and other fire safety (“stop, drop, and roll,” etc.).
  • Don’t drink and drive!

Halloween Fire and Electrical Safety

Don’t be shocked this Halloween! Since holidays like Halloween and Christmas rely on lights and machines that run on electricity, it’s important to take the following electrical safety precautions to protect your home, family, and guests:

  • Schedule a professional electrical safety inspection at least once a year, preferably in the fall before the holiday season.
  • Test your AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupters) and GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) every 30 days.
  • Follow all extension cord safety and manufacturer instructions.
  • Always inspect cords, plugs, and electrical devices before use. Repair reo replace damaged items.
  • Make sure your extension cords, lights, and other electrical devices are tested by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • If you notice any flickering, humming, or burning smells coming from any of your plugs, switches, or devices, turn power off to the circuit and contact a qualified electrician.
  • Don’t use flammable decorations.
  • Keep all decorations away from all open flames, heating, and light equipment. Learn portable heater safety tips.

Halloween Safety Infographic from the National Safety Council

For more Halloween Safety Tips and Downloads for Kids, visit NFPA.com.


 AJ Danboise wants you to have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:43

A household contains many different types of electrical outlets. Some outlets are modern, while some are outdated. Besides age, outlets vary on amp, model, and features. Outlets such as GFCI and AFCI protect from shock, while switched and smart outlets easily turn off power with the press of a button. It’s good to know the types of outlets that are in your home, as you may find a two prong outlets are not up to code.

 

As the name suggests, the two-prong outlet is one in which each socket only has two openings (prongs). This model has been outdated for some time, and for good reason. Two prongs only have two wires: neutral and hot, meaning no ground wire. Without a ground wire, there is no protection from short circuits and high voltage. A ground wire allows high current to return safely to the ground and avoid serious damage and injury. Although modern homes have adapted to the new outlet standard, many older homes still have the antiquated (and hazardous) two prong designs. Two prong outlets become increasingly dangerous as we venture further into the electronic age.

 

Are Two Prong Outlets Allowed in Homes?

According to the National Electric Code, two-prong outlets are allowed in homes as long as they are properly working. If you choose to replace your two prong outlet, you do not have to upgrade to a newer model. If the two-prong outlet is properly functioning and tested, you may keep it in your home. However, this is not recommended as they are not grounded – and not always compatible with new appliances and electronics.

 

Switch to a Three-Prong Outlet

Three prong outlets are the norm for modern homes. As a straight upgrade to two-prong outlets, three-prong outlets come equipped with the ability to attach ground wires to the outlet, providing safety to the homeowner and allowing adequate current flow. Three prong outlets were created to adapt to modern electrical standards. Since modern electronics and appliances require higher energy usage, more precautions must be set in place. Merely replacing a two-prong outlet with a three-prong outlet is not enough however, as there is still no ground wire.

 

Keeping Your Outlet Safe and Up to Code

With no ground wire in place, additional steps must be taken to keep your outlet safe and up to code. Remember to consult with AJ Danboise before proceeding, as our electricians will determine the best cost-effective electrical outlet option to take. With that said, below are options for your electrical outlet.

 

Upgrade to GFCI

  • If there is no ground wire to be found, then your three prong outlet must be GFCI to comply with the National Electric Code.
  • If there is no GFCI or ground wire, then the outlet is violating code.
  • These outlets must be 5.5 ft. above the ground and labeled as “GFCI Protected” and “No Equipment Ground.”

 

Rewire Your Box

  • Older homes that have two prong outlets may have a ground wire or armored cable, but probably encased in sheetrock or other materials.
  • Have an electrician determine if this is in your home.
  • If you manage to find an encased ground wire, an electrician will be able to rewire your box to have a ground.

 

Rewire Your Panel

 

If you have two prong outlets in your home and are looking to replace them, contact AJ Danboise! For over nine decades, our electricians have adapted homes to comply with current electrical standards. Our licensed electricians provide premier electrical outlet services to all Michigan homeowners. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and meet your trusted electricians!


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Monday, 28 August 2017 18:30

Never go without warmth during a Michigan winter. With the chilly weather upon us, its time to bundle up in your favorite sweaters, socks, and blankets. One of the more popular warming methods, and more antiquated, is the electric blanket. While older designs were problematic, often shorting out and sometimes leading to more hazardous situations, more sophisticated blankets offer much safer use. The basic design hasn’t changed: a blanket equipped with wiring that warms heating pockets places throughout the design. Even though new heating blankets are much safer, there are still several safety procedures that are important to follow. Before you cover yourself with one and turn up the heat, it is important to know the dangers and how to avoid them.

 

The experts at AJ Danboise have provided the do’s and don’ts of using an electric blanket.

 

DO:

  • Do examine your blanket thoroughly every time before use. Be mindful of any areas that look burnt or worn by wiring.
  • Do read the manufacturer’s manual completely.
  • Do keep heat levels within manufacturer specifications.
  • Do turn off the blanket when not in use.
  • Do use new and up-to-date electric blankets. If you own a blanket that is more than ten years old, discard and buy a new one.
  • Do keep the blanket on top of you and never under or squeezed in the side. Heating blankets should always be placed over a blanket.
  • Do allow the blanket to cool off after use before putting it away.
  • Do wrap around the cords properly when not in use.
  • Do dispose of the blanket when you notice that it has stopped working efficiently.

 

DON’T:

  • Don’t let water touch or splash on the electric blanket, as this can ruin the wiring and cause shock.
  • Don’t bundle up the blanket when not in use, as this can compromise the wiring and lead to short circuiting.
  • Don’t use electric blankets on those who can’t use the controls such as infants, elderly, or people with disabilities. There is the danger of overheating.
  • Don’t tinker with the wiring in the blanket, as you can destroy and fray the wires.
  • Don’t use an electric blanket in a foldable bed, as the wiring can easily get torn or frayed.
  • Don’t wash your electric blanket, as this will destroy it.
  • Don’t use a blanket with cuts and tears, or has exposed wiring.
  • Don’t use the electric blanket if it is overheating or not responding to the controls properly.
  • Don’t use a blanket that is old and barely works.

 

Electric blankets are meant to supplement other warming/heating elements, so keep this in mind when in use. And remember, if you are experiencing any electrical problems in your home, AJ Danboise is ready help! For over nine decades we have been the premier electrical services company for Michigan homeowners, and provide affordable quality only found in Farmington Hills. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment to meet your trusted electrical experts.

 


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Friday, 14 April 2017 17:56



Energy-Saving Tips to Follow This Earth Day

It’s easy to think that our individual actions can’t effect real change, especially when it comes to protecting and preserving our earth. “To make a noticeable impact, everyone has to come to together and act.” How many of you have had a similar thought? The truth is, succumbing to this kind of thinking isn’t productive as it discourages people from attempting to enact even small change, like picking up a piece of trash or turning off a light. This Earth Day, we want to empower you to cut back on your energy usage at home. By simply adjusting your daily routines and being more mindful, you can help sustain our environment, not to mention we think you’ll enjoy the monthly savings!

Change your HVAC air filter regularly.

A dirty, clogged air filter reduces your system’s efficiency, causing it kick into over-drive to keep up with your demands. Change your filter every 30 to 90 days, depending on the manufacturer. If you have household pets, you’ll want to change it every 30 days for good measure.

Schedule annual HVAC maintenance.

Have your HVAC system serviced in the early spring and fall to ensure maximum efficiency. During a tune-up, a trained technician will check all the inner-workings of your system to make sure all is working properly. An unmaintained system, like a dirty air filter, requires more energy to operate.

Install programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat allows you to cut costs but not comfort. By setting your thermostat back 10 degrees for eight hours every day, you can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10 percent. There are numerous benefits to switching to home automation in general. Check out our article: “3 Reasons to Switch to Home Automation” to learn more about how you can benefit from going automated.

Unplug appliances and devices when not in use.

So many of us now sleep with our smartphones next to us, plugged into the charger. Instead of keeping it plugged in overnight, charge it a few hours before you go to bed. Do the same with other electronic devices like your tablet or laptop. Check every room in your house for appliances or devices that you leave plugged in, but rarely use. That toaster you haven’t used in four months? Unplug it. That lamp you haven’t turned in ages? Unplug it.

Install water-saving fixtures.

Switch to low-flow shower heads and sink fixtures to cut back on your daily water usage. A family of four can save around $250 a year on water heating costs by switching going low-flow. If you want to take it a step further, you can also install low-flow toilets.

Switch from baths to showers.

By opting to take showers instead of baths, you will save nearly 13 gallons of water each time. Depending how often you clean yourself every day as well as how many people are in your household, this could make a huge impact. We also recommend taking shorter showers lasting no more than five minutes. We know how tempting it is to want to stay in and let the warm water soothe you, so set an alarm for yourself that requires you to get out to turn it off.

When doing laundry, use hot water only for dirty loads.

Unless you’ve got some really nasty clothes to wash, always opt for the cold cycle. This small adjustment will help lower your water heating costs. Before you wash a load, make sure it’s full, but not too full. After the load has finished, hang them up while they’re still damp. You’ll cut back on energy usage and prevent wrinkles and shrinkage.

Light your home efficiently.

Lighting accounts for nearly 10 percent of your energy usage; therefore, you should make sure your home is equipped with the most efficient lighting. Reduce lighting consumption by up to 75 percent when you switch out your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs).

For more energy-saving tips to try out this Earth Day, check out these additional resources:


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Monday, 09 October 2017 19:59

Humidifiers have many benefits for your Michigan household in the fall and winter. The trick is finding the right balance of humidity. Dry air can trigger allergies, cold, flu, flaky skin and snoring (which is unhealthy for you – and whoever might be in the same room). The dry air in the fall and winter can also wreak havoc on your home. It can dry out wood structures and cause cracking and breaking, affecting both furniture and your home. To combat these problems, we recommend a whole house humidifier to ensure the right amount of humidity throughout the year.

The indoor air quality experts at AJ Danboise have put together a helpful list of the benefits a whole house humidifier can being to your home:

Replenish Dry Heater Air

In the winter, when you turn on your heater the warm air can instantly begin drying out the home. Along with the air - your skin, hands, lips, and eyes can all get very dry. The layered clothing that a Michigan winter demands, along with dry skin, can cause severe irritations. A whole house humidifier can add the necessary humidity to the air to add moisture and prevent some dryness.

Prevent Cold/Flu

With dry air your system has a harder time functioning, meaning your sinuses don’t drain properly – and lungs can become irritated and scratchy. A healthier humidity can help correct the drainage and dryness issues and in turn prevent cold and flu. Unfortunately, if you already have a cold or flu, you’ll need to rely on a doctor’s advice to cure it!

Alleviate Snoring

Snoring can be triggered by many different things - and dry winter air is one of them. Dry air can dry out your sinuses and cause breathing issues with certain people. If you already snore, this can exacerbate the problem which in not only a nuisance for others – it can cause severe health problems.

Diminish Allergy Symptoms

Just like spring, fall and winter come with their own set of allergies. The dry air from outside combined with your heater creates in your home, can aggravate any allergy symptoms you have and lead to complications such as sinusitis. Low humidity levels can make any sinus or lung issues worse.

Effects on your Home

Dry air can cause extreme damage to wood. Your home can be compromised structurally; cracking and warping can lead to a variety of problems. Cracks in doors and around windows can also raise utility bills, allow pet infestation and cause water leaks. If you have wallpaper in your home, it can also peel and crack. Wood furniture is also compromised – and should treated with oil-based solutions every winter regardless of humidity levels in your home. 

Most Michigan homes already contain one or two portable humidifiers to combat many of the problems related in this piece. However, our dry winters demand a much more holistic approach when keeping the humidity at healthy levels. Portable humidifiers are great for bedrooms; especially for small children and people who have extreme allergy and sinus problems. But these units only cover single rooms and constantly need to be filled with water (and running) to ensure optimum efficiency. A whole home humidifier (coupled with your portable units) can help considerably with all the common problems associated with dry air. If you are considering installing a whole house humidifier, contact the IAQ experts at AJ Danboise. Call 248-236-5999 for a full assessment today!  

 


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:59



Poor Indoor Air Quality Can be Detrimental to Your Health

Moving into a new house or renovating your current home can be an exciting time for many families. It signifies the start of a new journey and carries the challenge of making a house feel like a home. Unpacking is stressful on its own; the last thing you want to worry about is quality of your indoor air. Having poor IAQ can sometimes be a silent reason as to why you’ve been plagued with frequent headaches or irritation to the throat, lungs and eyes. If you are moving into a house or renovating your current home, you may need to identify the quality of your home’s air.

As we’ve mentioned in a previous post about asthma triggers, indoor air is often two to five times, and in some cases 100 times, more polluted than outdoor air. Because so many of us spend most our days inside, whether it’s because of work or school, this should be especially disconcerting. Poor indoor air quality makes way for a host of health problems, all of which can be detrimental if left untreated. Even though we’re surrounded by air, it’s invisible to the eye; therefore, it’s important to know which signs are indicative of poor IAQ:

The health effects of poor indoor air quality can range from short-term to long-term. While it’s easy to downplay many of these symptoms, make note of how often they occur as well as where in your house they occur.

  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs
  • Asthma and other respiratory problems
  • Lung cancer

Why is my indoor air unhealthy?

So, you’ve connected the dots and now believe that you’re dealing with poor indoor air quality. Let’s get to the root of the issue. If you’re wondering why the air in your home is unhealthy, we can help you out. The best thing you can do for your home – and for yourself – is to have a certified professional complete a thorough indoor air quality test. Using advanced technology, we can determine the underlying issue and then properly begin the remediation. The American Lung Association has provided a detailed list of common indoor air pollutants:

  • Asbestos
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Building and paint products
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Newly installed carpets
  • Cleaning supplies and other household chemicals
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust mites and dust
  • Floods and water damage
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Mold and dampness
  • Pet dander
  • Radon
  • Wood burning
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Volatile organic compounds

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Sometimes it can be as simple as changing your HVAC air filter. It is important to change or check it at least every 30 days – especially if you have pets. Another way you can improve your IAQ is by scheduling annual maintenance for your heating and cooling system. Doing so will ensure proper ventilation and mitigate the presence of harmful contaminants.

Per the Environmental Protection Agency, there are three main strategies for improving your home’s IAQ: source control, improved ventilation and air cleaners. Here’s a look into the actions required of each strategy.

Source Control: To effectively treat the issue at hand, you will need to locate the source of the problem and either eliminate it or reduce it. For example, if you have a gas stove, the emissions can be adjusted.

Improved Ventilation: A cost efficient method for improving your home’s ventilation is allowing more outdoor air to makes its way indoors. You can do this by opening doors and windows, running the attic fan, or using kitchen and bathroom fans that exhaust outdoors. This is especially important to do if you’re completing home improvement projects such as painting or installing carpet.

Air Cleaners: In short, an air cleaner collects the polluted air and draws it through a filter where it is then cleaned and redistributed. There are numerous air cleaners on the market from which you can choose. Styles range from small table-top cleaners to whole-house systems. To determine the best system for your home, we recommend enlisting the help of a licensed professional first so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with.

For more tips on improving your IAQ, check out these additional resources:


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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:30



Safeguard Your Family Against the Dangers of CO

What’s colorless, odorless, tasteless and has the capacity to harm or kill those who encounter it? If you guessed carbon monoxide, then you are right. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year 430 people die and approximately 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This potentially dangerous gas, also known as a silent killer, is found in the fumes emitted by numerous appliances in your home such as generators, stoves, lanterns and gas ranges.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. When it comes to safeguarding your loved ones, it’s critical to always act with vigilance. Because carbon monoxide is quite literally out of sight, it’s easy for it to also be out of mind. Don’t let this happen! Follow these simple yet important safety tips.

Why is carbon monoxide dangerous?

You already know that carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless, odorless and dangerous, but do you know why it’s dangerous?

Here’s how the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) puts it: Carbon monoxide is dangerous because, when inhaled, “it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen.” When large amounts of CO are inhaled in a short time, it can cause one to lose consciousness or suffocate. Other side effects include:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Muscle weakness

Symptoms vary from person to person, meaning that you may experience only some of the side effects. People with health conditions are at a greater risk. If any of these conditions apply, you or a loved one may experience side effects sooner:

  • Young children
  • Elderly people
  • People with lung or heart disease
  • People at high altitudes
  • Smokers
  • Fetuses

If you seek medical attention in a prompt manner, poisoning can often be reversed. However, per OSHA research, while you may recover, acute poisoning may result in permanent damage to areas that require substantial oxygen such as the brain and heart. In some cases, it may also effect reproductive organs.

Tips on Preventing CO Poisoning at Home:

CO poisoning doesn’t happen often, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautionary measures to prevent it. Follow these general prevention tips provided by the CDC:

  • Do not heat your home using a gas range or your oven.
  • Do not park your car in a closed, or even partially closed, garage while it’s running.
  • Do not run generators, pressure washers, or gasoline-powered appliances in basements, garages or enclosed areas, even if a window or door is open. The only time it’s safe to run these in the specified areas is when they have been professionally installed and vented.
  • Make sure your vents and flues are free of debris.
  • Do not use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent or camper.

Install CO Detectors: 

Installing CO detectors throughout your home is an effective way to prevent poisoning from occurring. Follow the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) tips on installing CO detectors:

  • Install detectors outside each sleeping area and on every level of the house. The best practice is to interconnect all detectors so that when one goes off, it triggers the others to do the same.
  • Read your manufacturer’s guide on instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Purchase a detector that’s been tested by a recognized laboratory.
  • Test your detectors once every month to ensure they’re working properly. If there’s a chirping sound indicating the batteries are low on power, change the batteries immediately.
  • Install new detectors every 5-7 years.

How to Treat CO Poisoning:

If you suspect that you or a loved one have CO poisoning, leave the premise and seek medical treatment immediately or call 9-1-1. Because symptoms often feel like the flu or food poisoning, one might not realize what’s happening.  

Once in the emergency room, you may be given a mask to put over your mouth and nose and directed to breathe pure oxygen. If you’re having difficulty breathing on your own, a ventilator may be required to do the breathing for you.

Often, medical professionals will turn to a pressurized oxygen chamber as a treatment method. During this treatment, you will breathe pure oxygen in a chamber where the air pressure is two to three times higher than normal. Higher air pressure levels help speed the process of replacing carbon monoxide with oxygen. You will most likely undergo this type of treatment if your poisoning is severe or you are pregnant.

At AJ Danboise, we offer comprehensive indoor air quality service, which includes installing CO detectors. Should you need any assistance with installing your detectors or determining the best detector for your home, be sure to give us a call! We’re standing by to assist you in a friendly and professional manner.


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Friday, 03 March 2017 18:02

Did you know that indoor air is often substantially more polluted than outdoor air? Per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your indoor air pollutant levels could be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. If that isn’t enough to cause alarm, perhaps knowing that in some cases, indoor air pollutant levels can be more than 100 times higher will. Since Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their times indoors, it’s no wonder so many people with Asthma can’t find solace, not even in their own homes. We’re here to help you locate those pesky indoor allergens and irritants so that you can get a handle on them and keep your loved one from having an asthma episode or attack.

If you’ve had an asthma episode or attack or have witnessed someone who has, you know precisely how scary it can be. Triggers vary from person to person, however, it’s important to cover as much ground when trying to mitigate allergens and irritants.

Treating Asthma Allergens

Allergens are substances that, when inhaled, swallowed, touched or injected, cause an allergic reaction, which can trigger asthma. Should someone with allergic asthma have contact with a bothersome allergen, their immune system will respond by releasing a substance called immunoglobulin E (or IgE), which can cause swelling in the airways if too much is released.

Six common allergens known to cause asthma episodes or attacks:

  • Dust Mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Pollens
  • Molds
  • Pet Dander
  • Rodents

Keeping your home clean and the allergens at bay will make your home a much more comfortable – and safe – place to be. We highly recommend talking with your doctor too, as they will be able to devise an effective treatment plan. You may only be sensitive to a few of the allergens, so you’ll want to allocate your time towards treating those.

Here are some helpful tips from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAI) on how to reduce indoor allergens:

Dust Mites:

  • Encase your mattresses, box springs and pillows in allergen-proof fabric covers or airtight, zippered plastic covers.
  • Wash your bedding weekly in hot water. You can also purchase allergen-proof bed sheets pillow covers.
  • Keep the humidity level in your home low with either a humidifier or an air conditioner.
  • If possible, remove wall-to-wall carpeting and replace with hardwood, tile, or linoleum flooring.

Pet Allergens:

  • Keep pets out of bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Vacuum often, and if possible, replace carpeting with hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring.
  • If you have a small rodent for a pet, clean their cage often as urine is the source of allergens from rabbits, hamsters, mice and guinea pigs.

Cockroaches:

  • Seal off all areas where roaches can enter your home. This includes crevices, wall cracks and windows.
  • If you have any water leaks in your home, repair them immediately, as roaches need to water to survive.
  • Hire an exterminator to complete a thorough removal of the insect.
  • Properly store away food items, including your pet’s.
  • Vacuum often, and if possible, replace carpeting with hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring.
  • Take out the garbage every day and keep counters clean. Don’t leave any dishes in the sink either.

 Molds:

  • Using water, detergent and a little bleach (if necessary), wipe away mold found in basements, bathrooms and anywhere with leaks. Do not mix this cleaner with any other chemical or product. Dry the area completely.
  • For areas with large-scale mold, hire a licensed professional to effectively remediate it.
  • Hire a licensed plumber to repair any leaks coming from your pipes.
  • Keep your home properly ventilated at all times.

Read these other resources for treating your indoor allergens:

Treating Indoor Irritants

 Irritants aren’t substances that you can be allergic to; however, they can still induce an asthmatic reaction by inflaming one’s airways. It’s impossible to eradicate irritants, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still take measures to mitigate them.

 6 common irritants known to cause asthma episodes or attacks:

  • Smoke from cigarettes
  • Air pollution – smog, ozone
  • Wood fires
  • Charcoal grills
  • Dust
  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) – found in cleaning products, detergents, paint, aerosols, etc.

Read Asthma & Allergy Friendly’s “Guide for Reducing Allergens and Irritants in the Home” for tips on improving your home’s indoor air quality. This brochure goes into great depth, explaining which materials are best to use when building or remodeling a home, which cleaning products are safest, room-to-room cleaning, and how to treat older homes that have asbestos and lead paint.  You don’t want to miss out on this incredibly beneficial resource!


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Monday, 02 January 2017 21:27

Radon levels can soar during the colder months when residents keep windows closed and spend more time indoors. As many as 22,000 people die from lung cancer each year in the United States from exposure to indoor radon.

The EPA Administrator urges Americans to heed January as National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the country, indoor radon gas. Approximately one home in 15 across the nation has unacceptably high radon levels; in some areas of the country, as many as one out of two homes has high levels.

EPA Recommends:

Test your home for radon -- it's easy and inexpensive.
Fix your home if your radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.
Read EPA's "Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon."

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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