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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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Monday, 25 September 2017 18:49

With the end of September and the fall season officially starting, people are dusting off their fall decorations and getting ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins are all the rage for fall décor and there’s more than one way to decorate them! Gone are the days of simply carving a scary face into a pumpkin and then throwing it out after Halloween. Get your money’s worth by checking out these fun ideas for decorating with a pumpkin.

Carve a Pattern in Your Pumpkin.

Instead of carving a creepy or silly face, try a tasteful pattern to add Halloween cheer to your porch. Turn standard grocery store Halloween pumpkins into decorative votive holders that are embellished with polka-dot cutouts, or whichever pattern you would like. Gather small to medium orange pumpkins, opting for round shapes.

After removing the pumpkin guts, begin carving the various lantern patterns. you’ll need a carving knife, a wooden spoon, a pencil, and a cordless drill with various-sized drill bits. The easiest pumpkin carving pattern is the polka-dots. All you need to do is mark a pattern of dots on the pumpkin using your pencil, and then drill through the holes! The possible patterns are endless, and kids will love the chance to be creative.

Keep it Simple.

If you love the look of hurricanes lining a front path, put an autumn spin on them by using oversize heirloom pumpkins in various shades of orange and green as bases—perfect for welcoming guests to a fall-themed party. The key here is to choose a truly beautiful pumpkin. Large heirloom pumpkins, such as the “Cinderella” variety, work best. You’ll want a pumpkin type with a thick, tough skin, that is not too deep. Cut a hole and stick the hurricane and candle into the emptied hole. Alternate with plain and lit pumpkins for longer driveways for a traditional autumn-themed gathering.

Etched Pumpkin.

Not interested in the thought of being elbow-deep in pumpkin guts? Try etching instead. Etching will leave an artful and tasteful design on your pumpkin without having to carve out the insides. Leaving the pumpkin intact will also help it last much longer. 

First, use our templates as a starting point. Reduce or enlarge the size according to your pumpkin’s size. Using a non-serrated paring knife, cut along the outlines of the pattern template. Do not puncture through to the other side. Then, simply peel the skin off to reveal a lighter orange shade. Finish with a coat of petroleum jelly or vegetable oil to protect the pumpkin’s exposed flesh.

Pumpkin Carving Templates.

Carving intricate, symmetrical designs on your pumpkins is easier than you think. While free handing often leads to spacing issues and lopsided designs, templates offer a pre-planned, foolproof way to carve pumpkins. Around the Halloween season, Kits are available everywhere–from dollar stores to high-end kitchen shops–but really, you do not need a kit. Assemble your own with basic kitchen tools such as a sharp knife, a smaller paring knife, and wide, sturdy spoons to clean out the seeds and stringy pulp. A small handsaw is also helpful. Use free printable templates that are accessible online to make pumpkin carving even easier.

Cookie-Cutter Pumpkins.

These cookie-cutter pumpkins are anything but run-of-the-mill. They take no time to make and will add a gorgeous glow to your porch or walk. Start by selecting a theme, such as leaves, ghosts, or spiders. Because pumpkins are pretty tough cookies, look for durable cutters made of thick stainless steel. Smaller ones work best, as larger designs tend to lose their shape more easily.

Preparing the pumpkins is easy as pie. Cut a hole in the bottom instead of the top, and clean out the insides. Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin. Gently tap the cutter with a rubber mallet until it pushes through the skin. Repeat until you complete your desired design. Then simply place each pumpkin over a small candle, and enjoy the ghoulish glow.

Give your front yard and porch an extra flair with these pumpkin carving ideas. Make sure your home is ready for the fall and winter months, too. Call AJ Danboise for maintenance and repair on your HVAC unit. Enjoy the fall weather and the holidays that go with it. Don’t get stuck in the cold with a broken heater! Call today!


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Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:23

As you go about your day, what occupies your mind? You probably spend your time thinking about what needs to get done at home and at work. It’s likely you pay little mind to small electrical devices consuming electricity and driving up your energy bills. By spending just a moment to shut off items when they’re not in use, you can optimize your energy savings at home.

Is It Worth the Effort?

With so many other things occupying your time throughout the day, you may wonder: is it worth it to turn off and unplug devices on a daily basis, or is the energy savings not worth the trouble? Well, if you want to save as much energy as possible, then yes, it’s worth switching things off when no one’s using them.

A total of 100 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wasted annually in the US due to “energy vampires” alone – that is to say, those devices that continue to draw energy from the outlet even they’re when turned off. This collectively costs US consumers more than $11 billion, or about $120 per household each year.

Not only is this energy consumption a huge waste of money, but it also has a negative effect on the environment. If every home in America took a stand against energy vampires and made it a priority to turn off and unplug devices when not in use, millions of tons of carbon emissions could be kept out of the atmosphere each year.

How to Optimize Energy Savings at Home

Fortunately, it’s easier than you think to put that $120 back in your pocket each year. Follow these steps to optimize energy savings at home:

  • Turn off devices when not in use. Even things that don’t seem to consume much power when turned on add up over the course of a year. So turn off fans, lamps, overhead lights, CD players, DVD players and other devices when no one’s using them.
  • Unplug devices with power adaptors when not in use. It’s not enough to simply turn off devices with power adaptors. They enter standby mode and continue to consume power. That’s why you need to unplug them completely when not in use. Such items include battery chargers, computers, game consoles, TVs, DVRs, printers and high-end sound systems.
  • Use a central power strip as a turn-off point. This way, when you’re done on your computer, or you’re finished using the home theater, you can simply flip a switch and turn everything off all at once. Be sure to keep any product with a timer or clock display – such as a DVR or DVD player – plugged in so background functions aren’t interrupted.
  • Choose Energy Star qualified electronics, which consume less power while operating and in standby mode.

By utilizing these steps, you can put more money in your pocket with savings and have peace of mind that you are doing your part in saving energy! If you're looking for home electrical service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right, call AJ Danboise today! 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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Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:59

Unfortunately, Michigan tends to get lumped in with the rest of the Midwestern states when it comes to vacation hotspots. A lot of people flock to places outside of the midwestern area when they book vacations. However, Michigan is actually quite different from the rest of the states. It’s made up of two peninsulas, which creates some surprising and beautiful beach areas. Then in the winter, there are some incredibly skiing and other snow sport opportunities to check out. Here you’ll also find scenic drives, rugged paths, lush forests, and cultural attractions in the urban areas.

Michigan has a little bit of everything to offer and we get to benefit from it since we call this state home. It’s location in the U.S. makes Michigan an easy place to take a road trip and explore all the quaint towns and cities. Before the school year takes off and the stress of the holiday season takes over, check out these great mini-vacation ideas that will help save you money! You won’t have to leave Michigan to have a great vacation!

Weekend Getaway in Allegan

Allegan is an ideal weekend getaway in Western Michigan for outdoors lovers. The town is in the Allegan State Game Reserve and a haven for fishermen, boaters, hikers and swimmers. It has a historic small-town charm, and one of the biggest county fairs in the entire U.S. takes place here.

The Allegan Antiques Market, Wild West Ranch, and Something Sweet are also worth stopping by in town. Book your stay at Delano Mansion Inn, a romantic Bed and Breakfast with just 6 beautifully decorated rooms, just a short drive away from Lake Michigan.

Take a Trip to Tecumseh

For another lovely example of small town America, take a weekend trip to Tecumseh. Here you’ll find a scenic landscape, historic homes, and downtown shopping district that keeps the entrepreneurial spirit alive. Tecumseh has been called the best-kept secret in the state of Michigan, but now the secret is out!

There are several nice B&Bs in Tecumseh, including the Chicago Street Suite and the Loft. Chicago Boulevard is a wonderful place to take a walk and window-shop. The suite is over the Daily Grind Sandwich Shoppe and sleeps up to five, while the loft sleeps three.

Recharge in Frankenmuth

Experience traditional Bavarian hospitality right here in Michigan! This is a great place to visit for families and groups of friends looking to recharge and experience something different, even if only for a weekend. Families with kids enjoy the indoor water parks, foodies love sampling the German specialties, and everyone loves a good festival.

Couples can take horse-drawn carriage ride or a wine and chocolate boat tour to add a little romance into the weekend. Make sure to spend time at the Frankenmuth River Place Shops and do a tasting at St. Julian’s Winery. Plan to stay at the Bavarian Inn Lodge when you’re in Frankenmuth, which has 360 European-themed guestrooms and the largest family fun center in any Midwest hotel.

These are just a few vacation ideas to check out in Michigan. Explore the state you live in this summer and save money by not having to fly across the states to have a good time. Weekend getaways and mini-vacations right in your home state are the perfect way to relax and unwind without breaking the bank. Have one last getaway together before the school break is over and before the holiday stress sets in for the upcoming months!


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Monday, 19 June 2017 16:28

Unfortunately, Independence Day falls on a weekday this year so, if you can’t get the day off from work, you’ll probably be watching fireworks and hitting sheets early for work the next day. If you are not planning any lengthy festivities, a night spent at home is always a great option. This is America and that means you are free to do whatever you please to celebrate 4th of July.

Not into fireworks? No big deal. Not into hanging out with large groups of people? Even better! Consider ordering a few burgers and popping in a patriotic movie this Independence Day. You won’t have to leave your house and you’ll be doing your duty as an American to celebrate the much-coveted holiday that defined the establishing of America. We’ve rounded up a few movies that you can watch that will make you feel as if you were right there in the trenches!

Johnny Tremain. This 1957 classic is one of the oft-forgotten films about the Revolutionary War. In colonial Boston, a young silversmith’s apprentice injures his hand and finds himself befriended by the Sons of Liberty and caught up in the events of the American Revolution. Best of all, this is a Disney movie! You and your kids can gather around the TV and learn about the American Revolution while being entertained during the process.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This is one of the greatest underdog stories in film history. This tale of a naïve hopeful entering a corrupt government and rising above scandal is sure to fill you with the patriotic spirit. Mr. Smith rises above the corruption and keeps his honesty and moral integrity. This film is sure to keep your American spirit pure at heart.

Yankee Doodle Dandy. The most unabashedly patriotic and flag-waving movie out there, this film is an overly idealized telling of entertainer George M. Cohan’s life. Some of these tales include his birth on July 4th and his fame and fortune as a singer-songwriter and actor-playwright. Of course, this movie is not completed without its amazing musical numbers. If you like a good musical and you are feeling the patriotic spirit, this film is perfect for you!

The Patriot. An iconic movie that takes place in the middle of the Revolutionary War. This one is about a peaceful farmer who is pushed into the militia after British soldiers murder his son. What starts out as a lost cause quickly turns into a hope for freedom. This film makes the American Revolution a little bit more personable and it will have you connecting with the main character and his family. If you watch this one on July 4th, be sure to have a few tissues next to you – you’re going to need them.

Sometimes, watching a good old-fashioned patriot movie can get you in the patriotic mood. Especially when you hear fireworks in the background. Take a night off and relax. No need to go all out this year. Why? Because you are an American and you get to do whatever you want thanks to the Bill of Rights. If you’re feeling extra dangerous, toss some tea into a nearby river. Just remember to have a safe and fun 4th of July!

We at AJ Danboise want to wish you a happy Independence Day!



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Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:01

Knowing what causes the drains in your home to become blocked, and understanding how to keep them clear, can save you from having to call a plumber. Better yet, when you can maintain free-flowing drains, it is easier to keep your sinks and bathtub clean and clear. They will be less likely to get coated with deposits of whatever gunk that would otherwise become backed up and make a mess.

Bathroom drains routinely become slow from sticky substances like toothpaste, shaving cream and hair which all collect in the drain pipe. Kitchen sink drains have similar problems because oil and grease tend to solidify and build up over time.

Tips from the Pros

It is easy to treat and prevent these issues using items you already have at home. Below are some ways you can clear your drains and keep them running smoothly:

Do-It-Yourself

Bathroom sinks and tubs usually become slow and blocked for different reasons than kitchen sinks, so you have to deal with them in different ways. For cleaning bathroom drains, ordinary table salt can be a very effective ingredient in your toolbox. Pour at least one tablespoon of salt into your bathroom drain followed by 1⁄4 cup of plain white vinegar, and let it sit for an hour. Then, run HOT water to clear out the all of the loosened substances from the drain. For best results do this a second time.

Maintain Your Sinks

To keep your drain clear after you clean it out in this manner, from time to time pour a little bleach into the sink. Let it sit overnight or for at least an hour before you run water down the drain again.

Ditch the Grease

Grease build-up in your kitchen sink drain can be remedied with liquid dish detergent and a large volume of boiling water. Put a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Squirt a generous amount of dish liquid (at least a tablespoon) directly into your drain and pour the boiling water into the drain, a little at a time. The rapidly boiling water will melt grease deposits while the detergent helps to dissolve grease and oil and allow the boiling water to flush it away. You may want to repeat this process two to three times if the grease build-up is substantial.

Hotter Than Usual Water

It may seem obvious, but simply putting hot water down your kitchen and bathroom sink drains at least weekly can go a long way to keeping them clean and clear. For the kitchen sink, hot water will help to melt and flush away light grease deposits. Bathroom drains also benefit from very hot water, since you normally wouldn’t use such hot water for washing your hands or face.

Drains always seem to clog at the worst possible time, like when you have a houseful of overnight guests or a big party. We at AJ Danboise can help with any and all drain clogs! If you can’t fix it, call us today before it gets worse. Call today at 1-248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:52

Taking a shower should be pretty easy at this point. You’ve gotten your routine down to a science and you stick to it as much as possible. You know what products you like, the water temperature that works best for you and the proper lathering and rinsing techniques. Showering has become an item on the to do list that just needs to get checked off.

What you might not realize, though, is that how you go about cleansing yourself actually needs to alter a bit depending on the season. Which makes sense, if you think about it: how could the same method work just as well both in the dry, frigid depths of winter, as well as during the dog days of summer? It couldn’t! That’s why we’ve put together a few tips that will help you stay cool in the summer and prepare your body for the heat.

Look at Your Shampoo and Conditioning Routine

The amount you should be washing your hair is largely dependent on a couple of factors. Hair type, for one. Also, grease and sweat build-up. It’s the latter that becomes more prominent as the weather warms up, and so, if you haven’t already, you going to want to reconsider the frequency with which you shampoo and condition. Maybe it should increase. Maybe it should stay the same. Either way, a little analysis couldn’t hurt.

 Colder is Better

Sure, a hot shower is nice. But when the summertime heat is knocking on your door, there’s definitely something to be said for turning down the heat. For one, it can help with sweat by lowering your surface body temperature, setting a higher threshold for perspiration. Secondly, cold showers can help your skin lock in moisture, constrict blood vessels for reduced flushing, and help you cool off after a hot day outside.

Consider Showering at Night

Here’s a quick fact: science has proven that people fall asleep easier, and sleep better, when their body temperature is on the decline. Now, during the winter, that’s an easy thing to achieve—the weather has pretty much got you covered. But in the summer, it can be somewhat more difficult, which is why taking a cold shower at night can be a solid choice. Another tip: don’t towel off as thoroughly, as going to bed slightly damp will help keep you cooler for longer.

These tips will definitely help you get through the warm summer months here in Michigan! Showering can be the perfect way to cool off while getting clean at the same time. Make sure your water is doing what it’s supposed to do. Call the experts at AJ Danboise for all of your plumbing needs! We look at water tanks, drains and water filtration systems! Call us today and get back to beating the heat!


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Monday, 10 July 2017 19:14

At this point in time, most homes have some sort of filtered water available. Whether that’s through your refrigerator or your own device you purchased, filtered water has become a common placement in modern homes. Things like bacteria, parasites, fluoride, chlorine and other emerging pollutants can contaminate your tap water – whether you are living in the city or not – and could get into your system if not properly filtered out.

We know that filtering water is the best way to drink water at its purest. Did you know that there are several filtration systems that can filter your water? We have listed a few filtration systems here that can benefit your home and help you live a healthier lifestyle!

Activated Carbon Filters

These are also known as carbon filters or pre-filters and are generally responsible for removing larger particles like sediment and silt from your water. They work by attracting and absorbing these particles so they’re no longer present in the liquid that comes out of your faucet.

An activated carbon filter will also make sure the end result has less in the way of odor and tastes much better. This is because they reduce the amount of chlorine and other contaminants that can make your water smelly or just darn right unpleasant to drink.

Reverse Osmosis

This type of filter is incredibly popular mainly because it has the ability to remove all sorts of contaminants that can be a danger to your health, as well as making sure the end result is clear and odor free. Originally, it was invented to separate seawater from salt.

As water enters the filter, it’s first put through a pre-filter which traps larger particles like silt and sediment. After that, pressurized water is sent through the RO membrane which will filter out all of the contaminants and impurities you would rather not have in your drinking water. Once this has all happened, you water will receive a final “scrub” so it’s ready to drink.

Alkaline/Water Ionizers

These filters use a process known as electrolysis. What this means is the water is passed over plates which are electrically charged, and it’s separated into two streams. One is alkaline and the other is acidic.

Not only do you get softer water as a result, water that’s low in acidity is much better for your skin as well.

UV Filters

These types of filters are possibly one of the newest technologies on the market. When ultraviolet radiation is used to treat water, it has the ability to destroy various bacteria that can be damaging to your health.

If you want a more environmentally friendly way of purifying your water, this filter may well be the answer because it doesn’t need any chemicals or additional heat to be effective.

Infrared Filters

As with alkaline filters, this technology is used to help soften your water, so if you live in a hard water area, infrared technology will help. Much like alkaline filters, infrared uses heat and light to negatively charge the water, and give it a softer feel.

Whatever your preference, it’s important to make sure the water you are drinking and bathing with is filtered. This helps promote a healthier lifestyle and gives you peace of mind about what is in your water. Call AJ Danboise and see if your home could benefit from a whole home water filtration system or from other water filtration services. We want to make sure you have usable water so don’t wait to call!


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Thursday, 06 July 2017 20:09

Going green has been a popular trend over years and with good reason. This trend helps the environment but it also helps you save money. There are so many ways to go green within your home – including your plumbing. Along with the benefits of cutting back costs, utilizing some green plumbing tips will also make your home healthier.

There are several ways to go green with plumbing. Your home’s plumbing covers a wide range of categories, from the drainage and pipes to the water heater, toiles and sewer main. Check out these helpful tips on how to go green with your plumbing. It’s easy!

Insulate Your Pipes. Heat likes to escape the home and this couldn’t be more evident than in your pipes. Insulated pipes prevent heat from leaving your home as water travels from your hot water heater to your faucet. Likewise, if you can, avoid running your home's plumbing through outside walls.

Install a Whole House Water Filtration System. Whole house filtration systems can eliminate the presence of chemicals, particulates and microorganisms in your water. That means healthier water for you and helps extend the life of your hot water heaters.

Investigate Your Water Supply. Get your water tested by one of our pros at AJ Danboise. Different water filtration and purification systems target different water quality issues. So, before you spend money on going green, make sure you’re putting it in the right place.

Install Low-Flush Toilets. Flushing your toilet accounts for the single biggest water draw in your home, to the tune of about 28 gallons of water per person, per day. A typical low-flush toilet uses anywhere from two to five times less water per flush.

Install Faucet Flow Reducers. These easy-to-install flow reducers fit on the end of your faucets (where the aerator screws on), and can reduce faucet flow by as much as 40%.

Invest in a Tankless Water Heater. These heaters use less energy than a traditional tank-type water heater. They last up to 10 years longer than tank-type heaters, take up less space and the hot water they supply runs continuously as it isn’t limited to the size of the tank.

Unblock Your Sink Naturally. When your sink gets blocked, it can be easy and “quicker” to use a chemical to unclog it. By using these products you’re sending chemical toxins down your pipes, which are quite bad for the environment. There are safer methods of unblocking a sink such as a plunger. If this doesn’t work, try to temporarily remove the U-bend from under the sink so you can physically remove the blockage.

Turn the Tap Off. When brushing your teeth, make sure to turn the tap off while you brush. A running tap can waste up to eight gallons of water.

Fix Leaky Faucets. If a faucet is left leaking it can waste about 20 gallons of water so it’s highly important to fix this. It may seem expensive to get a plumber but can save you lots on your water bills in the long run.

Give AJ Danboise a call today and one of our experts will come out and inspect your plumbing. We believe in making sure our environment is being taken care of and we can help you go green with your plumbing. you're looking for plumbing 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. Call us today!


 

Friday, 12 May 2017 16:26

Summers here in Michigan tend to be really warm during the day and very cold during the evening. Late night summer activities usually revolve around a camp fire or bundling up. If you have used your hot tub over the winter months and are considering retiring it during the summer, you may want to reconsider. It turns out that there are a few activities that you can do with your hot tub during the summer. These activities will help you get your money’s worth out of your hot tub while, at the same time, have you enjoying the summer breeze.

1.       Hot Tubs Make Great Mini Pools for Your Kids

You can take the worry of having your children swim in large pools away from your mind. When you cool a hot tub down, it can easily be converted to a small pool for younger kids. If you clean it as often as you did when you used it during winter, the water will be just as safe cold as it would be warm. All you have to do is reduce the temperature setting to 85F or less! Then, you can have your kids splash around in there to cool off from the heat and you won’t have to worry about them swimming in a large pool.

2.       Your “Cool Tub” Can Help You Relax After a Long Day Outside

If you don’t have kids or your children left the nest, this is also an effortless way for you to relax and unwind. Turning your hot tub into a cool tub can be an easy way to cool off after spending your day outside in the heat. Whether you were planting a garden, doing yard work or at an outdoor party, you can beat the heat by cooling off your hot tub! With the cover off and the air jets running, your water temperature will drop quickly and give you the cool off you need.

3.       Use Your Hot Tub to Warm Up in the Cold Summer Nights

Summer nights in Michigan can get pretty cold. The winter weather here never really leaves us. One way to warm up on cold nights like those is to use your hot tub! Keep your hot tub heated throughout the day, grab a cup of coffee and warm up. This also helps with relaxing your muscles if you’ve been running around all day. The steam from the hot tub can open your pores and help you breathe easier if you have bad allergies during the summer months.

AJ Danboise has expert electricians who excel at hot tub hook ups and repairs. We have all the necessary equipment and tools to install, repair or replace any hot tub models. If you're looking for home electrical service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right, give AJ Danboise a call today! We're a family owned and operated business and have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925.


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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, 19 September 2017 16:27

It’s hard to believe but September is already here — which means that winter is just around the corner. You might still be trying to squeeze a few more days out of that summer wardrobe, but let’s face it, the boots will become a staple shortly. Everyone here in Michigan knows the winters here are brutal. They are so brutal that our winters were ranked the second most brutal in the country!

"Winter in Michigan begins well before Thanksgiving and stretches far past Easter, which makes for four-to-six wearisome months of always-gray, always-cold, always-drizzly, but-rarely-snowy-in-a-good-way misery," Messink writes. "Some other states may see colder temps or more snow, but Michigan winters are unrivaled for their utter lack of sunshine.” Yikes!

Here in Michigan, the average homeowner is used to below freezing temperatures and can last a week or more with a busted furnace. But if you run a retail store, office building, commercial space, hotel, or have small children in your home, then you can’t afford to procrastinate.

Upgrade and Maintenance Your Furnace Before Disaster Strikes

A properly installed furnace lasts for an average of 15 to 18 years, but any local HVAC technician will tell you that they’ve seen homeowners and businesses try and make their furnaces last twice that long. So do yourself a favor and call for furnace repair sooner than later. Because come January, when your furnace is going 24/7, repairs might not be an option.

If you need incentive to get your furnace upgraded before winter arrives, remember that furnace technology has come a long way in recent years. It may not be as exciting as the latest gadget to come out of Silicon Valley, but high efficiency heating systems have an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating (AFUE) of 90-98.5% in 2015.

By law, all new furnaces must have an efficiency rating of at least 78%. What does that mean to you? The more efficient your heater, the less it will cost you on your utility bills each month. And since heating and cooling makes up 48% of the energy use in the average U.S. home, that could add up to big annual savings.

Call AJ Danboise Today!

Some people put off calling us because they’re scared they can’t afford it. They’re wondering how they’ll ever pay for a new heating system, when in reality, they’ve just got a leaky duct. Sometimes we get called to an emergency heating situation, only to find a broken thermostat. Either way, call the pros at AJ Danboise for your furnace tune-ups and repairs. Don’t get caught in the frigid Michigan Winter without a functioning furnace!


 

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 20:47

When the last of summer’s heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts, it’s time to tackle a few simple chores that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.

Stow Your Mower

If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, get to know it. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas from degrading. Add stabilizer to your gasoline can to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter, and top off your mower tank with stabilized gas before you put it away for the winter. Run the mower for five minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.

Don’t Let Your Garden Hoses Drip

Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn’t sneak up and cause damage.

Turn off any shutoff valves on water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets. That way, you’ll guard against minor leaks that may let water enter the faucet. 

While you’re at it, drain garden hoses and store them in a shed or garage.

Clear Out Your Sprinklers

Time to drain your irrigation system. Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads.

  •          Turn off the water to the system at the main valve. 
  •          Shut off the automatic controller.
  •          Open drain valves to remove water from the system.
  •          Remove any above-ground sprinkler heads and shake the water out of them, then replace.

If you don’t have drain valves, then hire an irrigation pro to blow out the systems pipes with compressed air. A pro is worth the $75 to $150 charge to make sure the job is done right, and to ensure you don’t have busted pipes and sprinkler head repairs to make in the spring.

Seal Open Cracks and Holes

Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk ($5 for a 12-ounce tube) and make a journey around your home’s exterior, sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy.

Pick a nice day when temps are above 50 degrees so caulk flows easily.

 

De-Gunk Your Gutters

Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.

If you find colored grit from asphalt roof shingles in your gutters, beware. That sand-like grit helps protect shingles from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Look closely for other signs of roof damage (#5, below); it may be time for a roofing replacement.

Your downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from your house to prevent foundation problems. If they don’t, add downspout extensions; $10 to $20 each.

Of course, be sure to schedule an appointment for one of our pro technicians to come out and inspect your HVAC system. We can check your furnace and heating to make sure you are prepared for the fall and winter months. Our experts will also check your fireplace and make sure it is cleaned out and ready for colder season. Call AJ Danboise and give your HVAC units some TLC before the colder weather leaves you in a tough situation!

Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:35



Using a Space Heater to Keep Warm? Follow These Tips.

We know you’re ready for the spring season, but hold tight for just a little bit longer, because we’re still in the grips of winter. While you prop your feet up near your space heater and dream about all the fun outdoor activities you can’t wait to take part in come warmer weather, make sure to keep these important space heater safety tips in mind. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) estimates that nearly 65,000 homes catch fire every year due to heating equipment. Don’t get so lost in your thoughts that you become a statistic. Always be vigilant.

1. Inspect Before Using

With any electrical device, you should always inspect it prior to use. Check for frayed wiring, loose connections and cracks. If you don’t feel that it’s up to par, you’re better off replacing it with a new system. Continuing to use a worn heater only puts you and your home at risk.

2. Be Smart with Placement

Where you place your space heater could mean the difference between life and death. It only takes one small error to ignite a devastating fire. For good measure, follow these guidelines when determining the safest place for your heater:

  • Make sure to place it on a flat, stable and non-flammable surface. Keep your heater off carpet because it can cause your system to overheat and start a fire.
  • Keep a three-foot buffer zone around your heater. Keep it far away from anything flammable such as paper, clothing and rugs.
  • If you have a pet, keep it out of their reach. You can do this by either not allowing them into the room where the heater is, or by setting up a gate.
  • Do not place it near furniture, draperies or tapestries.

3. Don’t Leave It Unattended

No matter how desperate you are to keep the living room or bedroom warm for when you return, it’s better to be safe. Make a habit of turning your heater off whenever you leave the room. Further, never leave your pets alone in a room with a heater. Whether you have a cat or dog, they’re bound to be a little curious, and perhaps even a little reckless.

4. Turn Your Heater Off Before Going to Bed

If you can’t keep an eye on your heater, turn it off. Nearly 80 percent of home fire deaths are caused by space heaters. Going to bed with your space heater on puts you in a vulnerable position. If a blanket, sheet or pillow were to fall on it, it could easily cause a fire to break out. For your safety and peace of mind, turn it off before you go to bed.

5. Plug It Directly into the Outlet

Never use an extension cord or power strip with your heater, as both can overheat and spark a fire, not to mention an extension cord is a tripping hazard, making way for a whole host of other problems.       

6. Install Adequate Smoke Alarms

Make sure your home is equipped with plenty of smoke alarms, and test them often to ensure they’re working properly. Follow these tips on smoke alarm safety:

  • Install an alarm inside every sleeping area as well as on the outside of each door.
  • There should be an alarm on every floor, including your basement.
  • Both your kitchen and living room should have alarms. Keep the kitchen alarm 10 feet from cooking appliances to help prevent false alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month by pressing the “test” button. If you have an alarm with a non-replaceable 10-year battery, replace the entire alarm when it begins to chirp. If it uses regular batteries, simply replace them.
  • Interconnect all your smoke alarms so that when one goes off, the others will follow.

Regardless of what heating system you use to stave off your bitterness toward the winter weather, make sure to practice safety on all accounts! Whether you use a furnace, boiler, electric blanket or space heater to keep warm, always be cautious. When it comes to using an additional heating source such as an electric blanket or a space heater, remember that it should not be your sole method for heating

Check out these additional home heating safety tips:


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Friday, 03 February 2017 19:49


It’s no secret that Michigan receives ample snow during the winter season. Last year alone, our state saw over 176 inches of it; that’s over 14 feet! If you haven’t already prepared for the brutal winter storms that are ahead, now is the time! For many residents, substantial snowfall isn’t new; however, that shouldn’t keep anyone from preparing ahead of time to prevent unwarranted problems and to ensure your safety.

Whether it’s your first time dealing with snow or it’s your hundredth time, it never hurts to refresh your mind. It’s common to think, “This won’t happen to me,” but the truth is, it very well could. Make sure to follow these winter storm safety tips! Doing so could mean the difference between having peace of mind and warmth and being without. The best decision you could make is to be proactive so that when it comes to be reactive, you have a clearer mind.

A few prominent organizations have compiled great tips on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. We truly care about your safety and peace of mind; our goal is to instill some type of calmness within your life during this time, because let’s face it: winter storms can be chaotic, even for the pro’s.

FEMA has put together a compressive printable packet, which includes information on storm preparation. Below is a succinct checklist that you can easily pin onto your refrigerator. Don’t let the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” become your reality. Keep this on hand so that you don’t forget anything!

 

The Red Cross has also put together a useful checklist you can keep on hand. Even though FEMA and Red Cross share much of the same content on their check lists, it’s good to keep both on hand for added measure.

 

When severe weather hits, there is a lot at stake, your safety and warmth being at the top of the list. If you find yourself without heat, call a licensed HVAC technician as soon as possible. Hopefully, you can gather items that will help keep you warm when you are without heat. Depending on the severity of a storm, it could be several hours, a day, or even a few days until a technician can come to your home. In the meantime, make sure to keep these items in your home:

  • Purchase a space heater – You will be glad to have invested in of these. If you’re not sure which one to purchase, give us a call! We are happy to help determine the best solution for you.
  • Layer up – Pile on the t-shirts and sweaters. You might experience some difficulty in getting around easy, but we guarantee it will be worth it. Warmth > Looks
  • Blankets – Some people sleep better in the cold, however, if it’s too cold things can become miserable. Load up on blankets! You can even purchase heated blankets for extra warmth.
  • Warm foods and drinks – Now isn’t the time to be drinking an ice-cold coke or treating yourself to a deli-style sandwich. Stick to hot foods and drinks, like soups and teas.
  • Stay with Family or Friends Close by – If you can, stay with nearby family or friends until someone can perform a repair.
  • Avoid the Outside – If your heat is out, the last thing you want is to go outside. Stay indoors, and keep all doors and windows closed so that you can trap the remaining heat.


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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:38

In warmer months, it’s tempting to crank the AC or plant yourself in front of the nearest fan. But these aren’t the only tricks to keeping cool. It turns out there are plenty of ways to buffer your home from the heat without racking up your electric bill.

Keep Your Blinds Closed

As simple as this tip may seem, it can save a lot. In fact, up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Utilizing shades and curtains can save you up to 7 percent on bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Closing the blinds essentially prevents your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse, which is especially the case with south and west facing windows.

Be Smart About Your Doors

Closing off unused rooms will prevent cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to capitalize on the cooler night hours, too, letting air flow naturally through your home.

Use a Ceiling Fan Instead of Turning on the AC

Not even an air conditioner can give off a fake sea breeze, unfortunately. But you can create your own by filling a mixing bowl with ice and positioning it at an angle in front of a large fan. The air from the fan will whip off the ice in an extra-chilled, extra-misty state. You can get a nice breeze going and you can save money by not using your AC. Killing two birds with one stone!

You may not realize that your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Set your ceiling fan to run counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed. The fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your family feel cooler.

Swap Your Sheets

Not only does seasonally switching your bedding freshen up a room, it’s also a great way to keep cool. While textiles like flannel sheets and fleece blankets are fantastic for insulation, cotton is a smarter move this time of year as it breathes easier and stays cooler. As an added bonus, buy yourself a buckwheat pillow or two. Buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them so they won’t hold on to your body heat like conventional pillows, even when packed together in a pillow case.

Sleep Low

Heat rises, so hit the downstairs couch or basement, or put your mattress on the floor if the air feels cooler. Make sure there are no monsters in the basement before setting up shop, though!

Let the Night Air In

During the summer months, temperatures may drop during the night. Make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking the windows before you go to bed. You can even create a wind tunnel by strategically setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze. Just be sure to close the windows and blinds before things get too hot in the morning.

 Start Grilling

Using your oven or stove in the summer will make your house hotter. If it already feels like 100 degrees in your home, the last thing you want to do is turn on a 400-degree oven. Besides, who doesn’t want to get more mileage out of their outdoor furniture and seasonal accessories?

Make sure your AC unit is working properly and call the experts at AJ Danboise for a maintenance check! We have the expert technicians who are certified in their work and know how to get the job done right. Keep cool during the rest of this summer season and make sure your AC is functioning properly today! Call today at 1-248-236-5999!


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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 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 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


A changing of seasons means an increase of allergies. This is especially true during the spring and summer months. You might be thinking, “why would I use a humidifier in the Summer? Summer days are so hot already!” The air conditioner is likely being used quite a bit, which can be contributing to low humidity in the home. This causes the moisture to be removed from the air, causing the air inside your home to become stale and dry.

 

Chronic dry air can present a number of problems inside of your home:

  • Dry air can cause your sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, leading to nasal complications and making your body more susceptible to infection
  • Dry air also causes itchy skin, eyes and throat.

 

Use a cool mist humidifier during the summer months when pollen and mold counts are at their highest and counteract the effects of air conditioning. Keep your home cool and still maintain the proper amount of humidity!

 

Benefits of a Humidifier

According to the National Institutes of Health, increasing the humidity in your home when you're battling a cold, the flu, or a sinus infection helps moisturize your nasal and throat passages. This helps drain excess mucus so you can breathe more clearly.

When you're fighting a respiratory infection, breathing humidified air can ease the dryness of your bronchial tubes and lungs, making it easier for air to pass through your breathing passages. The American Academy of Pediatrics routinely recommends the use of humidifiers around young children and infants, who may have difficulty clearing breathing passages on their own, to treat upper respiratory infections.

Humidifiers are also effective when used to relieve allergic conditions and ease asthma flare-ups.
Other benefits include:

No more electric shocks when touching doorknobs or electronics. Those annoying static pops can also damage your electronic devices so humidifying the air will keep them safe.

Reduce itchiness and other eczema symptoms. Sometimes eczema outbreaks can be prevented by humidifying the air.

Better looking, healthier skin. Healthy skin needs a minimum of 30 to 40 percent relative humidity.

Less wrinkles. Dried-out skin has more prominent wrinkles. Proper indoor humidity hydrates your skin thus making it appear healthier and less wrinkly.

During summer months, air conditioners can dry out the air throughout a house. Dry air causes the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, leading to nasal complications. Dry air can also make the eyes itchy and the throat itchy. The summer warmth also encourages the growth of mold spores and pollens, which cause common seasonal allergies. Using your humidifier in the summer will help prevent these issues and give you a chance to enjoy the summer weather without pesky things like allergies getting in the way!

 If your humidifier has stopped working or started leaking, AJ Danboise Heating & Cooling Technicians are trained and experienced on how to deal with any humidifier related issue you may encounter.  AJ Danboise services all makes and models of whole house humidifiers including Trane, Aprilaire, Honeywell, Carrier, Lennox, Bryant, Skuttle, General, Lobb, Autoflo and more.  Scheduling an appointment for service on your whole house humidifier is as easy as one phone call to 248-477-3626, or by clicking here and completing our online service request for service.


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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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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:43

Do you have any old two prong outlets in your home? These have only two wires running through them: a hot wire and a neutral wire. Two prong outlets are not grounded, which can leave you unprotected from stray currents and result in electrocution or a power surge through sensitive electronics, often destroying them in the process.

Three prong outlets feature a third grounding wire, which gives energy surges somewhere to go other than into your body or electrical equipment. This feature has been the standard for a while now, but if you live in a home built before the 1960s and you haven’t addressed the wiring, odds are you still have two prong outlets throughout your home.

Can You Keep Two Prong Outlets?

The National Electrical Code allows you to replace an existing two prong outlet with another one like it when no grounding wire is present in the circuit powering that outlet. This means if you must replace a faulty two prong receptacle, you aren’t breaking any codes if you choose not to upgrade.

Why Three Prong Outlets are a Must

Modern sensitive electronics come with three prongs for a reason. Anywhere you plug in computers, TVs, window air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, and other appliances or electronics with three prongs, you need a three-prong outlet.  All outlets in your kitchen, for example, should be three prong outlets.

Perhaps you think plugging devices into a surge protector, which you then plug into a “cheater” three-to-two prong adaptor to fit the old-fashioned outlet, is the way to go. However, this does you no good at all. The fact remains that two prong outlets have no ground and therefore don’t benefit from surge protectors.

Simply swapping out two prong outlets for three prong versions isn’t enough, either. In fact, this creates an electrocution and appliance hazard.

Getting Your Outlets Up to Code

You have four safe options for getting your outlets up to code.

Replace with Another Two Prong Outlet

As discussed earlier, you can replace an existing two prong outlet with another like it without breaking electrical codes. This is the riskiest option however, since it leaves you unprotected.

Replace with a GFCI

A better, though still not perfect, solution is to upgrade your outlets to a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. According to the National Electrical Code, the outlet must be tamper-resistant if installed 5.5 feet above the floor or lower and you must label the outlet as “GFCI protected” and “no equipment ground.”

You may need to replace the outlet box to accommodate a larger GFCI receptacle. A GFCI installed in this way is not grounded, so while this option prevents shock-related issues associated with two prong outlets, it provides no ground protection for sensitive electronics.

Retrofit a Three Prong Receptacle Without Rewiring

Metal boxes found in most old outlets are attached to an armored cable, which serve the same purpose as a ground wire. You can take advantage of this to ground the receptacle without rewiring.

First, test for a grounded box with a circuit tester. Insert one prong into the shorter hot slot and touch the other prong to a cover plate screw. If the circuit tester lights up, the box is grounded. You now know an electrician can inexpensively ground the receptacle without rewiring it.

Rewire the Panel

If a circuit test reveals that the box is not grounded, hire one of our electricians to rewire the panel with a three-wire circuit to provide the necessary ground. This is the best way to ensure your family and electronics are protected from stray currents that can cause electrocution and power surges.

For help upgrading your two prong outlets for safety and electrical code compliance, please contact AJ Danboise today!


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Monday, 28 August 2017 18:30

Now that cooler weather has arrived here in Michigan, you can revel in warm sweaters, cozy socks and comfy blankets. Your nightly routine consists of curling up in your electric blanket and sipping some warm coffee. Before you start using your electric blanket this fall, ask yourself this question: Is your new electric blanket safe to use?  Follow these simple safety guidelines to ensure your electric blanket doesn’t create a fire hazard.

DO:

  • Choose an electric blanket that conforms to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards. This safety certification organization has been testing products and establishing standards for over 100 years.
  • Lay the heated area of the electric blanket flat rather than folded or balled up so the heat doesn’t become too intense.
  • Place the blanket on top of you, not under you, to prevent damaging the blanket’s internal coils. Keep other items such as books, pillows and stuffed animals off of the blanket so heat has a way to escape.
  • Keep pets away from electric blankets, especially while in use. A sharp claw or tooth could puncture the cord insulation or damage the wires.
  • Turn off the electric blanket when no one is using it. Most models have no internal temperature control, so they will not automatically turn off if they overheat.
  • Loosely wrap the control cords around the blanket when folding it up for storage.
  • Turn off and unplug the electric blanket immediately if you see smoke or smell something burning. Blanket discoloration could indicate melting or burning internal elements.
  • Call the manufacturer for advice if your electric blanket starts operating improperly, such as if one area of the blanket becomes overheated or you see a scorch mark on the blanket. If you can’t resolve the improper operation, discontinue using the product.

DON’T:

  • Don’t use electric blankets on infants or toddlers, people with disabilities, or anyone who can’t operate the heating controls themselves.
  • Don't use an electric blanket all night unless it is specifically rated for safe overnight use.
  • Don’t run the power cord between the mattress and the box spring when using the electric blanket in bed. This could damage or heat up the cord and potentially cause a fire.
  • Don’t twist or pinch the control cords since this could damage them. This is also means you shouldn’t use electric blankets with adjustable hospital beds, sofa sleepers, or Murphy beds where the cords could become pinched in the bed-folding mechanisms.
  • Don’t use an electric blanket on a waterbed.
  • Don’t use an electric blanket and a heated mattress pad at the same time. The combined warmth could cause overheating and possibly start a fire.
  • Don’t wash your electric blanket. The twisting and tugging motions of a washing machine are almost certain to damage the internal coils.
  • Don’t iron your electric blanket. This could melt the cord insulation.
  • Don’t dry clean your electric blanket. Solvents used in dry cleaning could damage the cord insulation.

It may seem like using an electric blanket comes with many do’s and don’ts, but most of them are fairly common sense. Use your electric blanket safely and you’ll enjoy added warmth and coziness this fall. For help with other electrical issues in your home, call the experts at AJ Danboise today!


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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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Friday, 24 March 2017 18:40



Declutter Your Home with a DIY Charging Station

It’s difficult to find sanity in a cluttered home. If you’re tired of having to pick up all the tablets, laptops and other electronic devices as well as their chargers, we’ve got the solution for you: DIY charging stations! By establishing designated spaces for all your devices while they’re charging, you’ll not only decrease clutter, you’ll also rid your home of tripping hazards and always know the location of your chargers. Few things are more frustrating than trying to find your charger when your device is just minutes from dying. Restore sanity – and organization – by crafting these DIY charging docks for all your devices!

Family Charging Station

All you need for this tutorial is a shoe box, some decorative paper and an extension cord. This DIY station is perfect if you have a couple kids who always leave their gadgets around the house. It’s simple to construct, requiring very little of your time. We recommend placing this dock in the family room, living room or kitchen – depending on where your family spends the most time. You can even make it a fun family activity by decorating it together!

IKEA Charging Station

This DIY tutorial is ideal for those who hate having clutter strewn across their kitchen counters. Counter clutter not only inhibits you from being able to prep meals, it also makes cleaning seemingly impossible. If your kitchen cabinets have free-standing sides, you can hang a rail near an awkwardly placed outlet to dock phones, tablets and laptops. This type of station would be especially beneficial to those who have limited counter and/or table space.

Book Charging Station

If you have an old book or never-been-used journal that you use for decoration, consider using that as a charging station with this tutorial. You can keep it by your bedside table or any other side table throughout your home or apartment to provide quick and discreet charging for your phone or tablet. This easy DIY does not require a lot of material and can be a quick weekend project.

Office Charging Station

All you need is an old magazine rack for this one. Turn it on its side and drill a few holes for the chargers and simply place your tablet, laptop or phone inside. This is perfect for your desk or for your home office. Organizing your tablets that you use for work can make it easier to charge and access them if you are in a rush.

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Charging Station

If you have a few plastic bottles lying around your house that you keep meaning to recycle, consider turning one into a cell phone holder. An upcycled plastic bottle charging station is perfect for those oddly placed outlets that aren’t near tables or counters. These are easy to make and perfect for when your phone needs a quick charge. You can make it as fancy or simple as you like.  

Having the right outlet for your chargers can also help declutter your home and organize the areas where you charge your gadgets. Not a lot of people know that there are numerous outlet options from which you can choose. In addition to basic, three-pronged outlets, there are also USB charging port outlets for your cell phones or tablets. You can promote organization with the installation of this outlet. The USB charging outlet is compatible with a variety of electronic devices such as:

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iPod
  • Tablets
  • Mobile Phones
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • E-Readers
To keep all your various devices powered, you need working outlets. For expert outlet repair and installation, leave it to AJ Danboise!

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:51



Knowledge is Power

All of us rely on electricity to get through the day; from the time we wake up, and into the night, we use electricity – even while asleep. The electricity in your home operates around the clock to supply power to all your major appliances. Because your home’s electrical system is an integral and necessary part of life, it’s important to familiarize yourself with some basic concepts. Should something go awry, you’ll have an easier time identifying the source of the problem before calling a licensed electrician, not to mention you just might impress your friends and family with all your newfound knowledge!

Our intention isn’t to overwhelm you, so we’re going to focus on just four basic terms we think every homeowner should know.

Electrical Panel/Breaker Panel

Located in either your basement or garage, the electrical panel controls the flow of electricity to your home. As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to find the location of your panel and get familiar with it. Your electrical panel houses a series of circuit breakers, which control the power to an appliance. These circuit breakers are usually labeled to indicate the breaker controlling an appliance. While there is value in familiarizing yourself with your electrical panel, it’s important to leave all panel work to a licensed electrician! Electricity isn’t something you want to experiment with, as the results can be quite ugly.

GFCI Receptacle/Outlet

Otherwise known as a ground fault circuit interrupter or ground fault interrupter (GFI), this type of receptacle protects people from electrical shock by monitoring the current flowing into or out of a plugged-in device. Should this receptacle detect a current exceeding five milliamps, it will shut off the flow of electricity in as little as .025 seconds. The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements and most outdoor receptacles have GFCI outlets installed. These locations usually have a water source, which is why the NEC has named these locations. If you live in an older home and do not feel that your home has adequate GFCI receptacles, schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians! We will help safeguard you and your loved ones from electrical harm.

Watt

A watt is a unit of measurement indicating how much electricity is being used in one second. Even if you didn’t know what this term meant, you’ve probably seen it on the packaging of light bulbs. It’s important to know that watts do not determine the brightness of a bulb. A bulb’s brightness is expressed in lumens, which we will explain next. Light bulbs with higher wattage will use more energy, thus increasing your utility bill. You can decrease the amount of energy you use by switching to Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Both have lower wattage than incandescent bulbs but emit the same amount of light.

Lumen

Lumen is a unit of measurement that describes the brightness of a bulb. If you want to enhance a space with additional light, choose a bulb with more lumens. If you’re looking to add ambiance to a room, choose a bulb with less lumens. Under the direction of the Federal Trade Commission, light bulb packages now have labels, similar to nutritional labels in appearance, that provide information on the brightness, energy cost, the bulb’s life expectancy, light appearance (warm or cool), wattage, and whether it contains mercury.


If you ever have any questions about your electrical system, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’d be happy to assist you in learning the ins and outs of this incredibly vital system. As they say, knowledge is power – no pun intended!


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Monday, 09 October 2017 19:59

As the fall season approaches, you might anticipate crisp air, colorful foliage, and the chance to wear your favorite scarves and boots. However, autumn also comes with a few downsides that can follow you into your home. Specifically, humidity drops as temperatures cool off, and cold fronts start to move in. If you’re concerned about your health and comfort this fall, consider investing in a humidifier.

Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Even if you have, you could still develop a cold or catch a new strain of influenza, and the resulting symptoms can leave you miserable for days. Dry air compounds your misery because it dries out your sinuses, throat, and nose. That’s why you might feel better after you take a hot shower or breathe in steam from a mug of tea.

You don’t have to spend your entire illness in the shower or with a cup of tea cradled in your hands, though. A humidifier increases humidity levels throughout your home, which eases your symptoms and helps you breathe easier. While you can buy a portable humidifier for a single room, we recommend whole-home humidifiers because they’re more efficient, and they don’t require human intervention. They become part of your HVAC system, just like your air conditioner and furnace.

Improve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Similar to a cold or flu, allergies and asthma can create uncomfortable respiratory symptoms. During the fall, leaves start dropping from trees, and allergies can flare up. Additionally, the chilly air can make breathing difficult for asthma sufferers, even while taking medication.

Whole-home humidifiers help control your symptoms throughout the fall and winter. You might experience less coughing and wheezing because your lungs remain sufficiently lubricated. Additionally, you might not have a constant runny nose or the dreaded sinus congestion that often results from dry air. 

Additionally, whole-home models improve your home’s indoor air quality. They don’t promote bacterial growth like portable units can, and they constantly measure humidity levels to maintain the proper balance. You don’t have to clean whole-home humidifiers like you would portable models, so you can just let them work in the background.

Relieve Skin Discomfort

Dry air doesn’t just impact cold, flu, allergy, and asthma symptoms. It can also make skin disorders more pronounced because your skin needs moisture to heal itself. That’s why you might use more moisturizer and lotion during the fall and winter months. If you have rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or another skin condition, a whole-home humidifier might help you manage your symptoms more efficiently and effectively.

Additionally, humidifiers can battle simple dry skin. If you notice that your elbows begin to crack or your knuckles become inflamed during the fall, you can blame dry air. While moisturizing products can help, keeping your home more humid offers less hassle. We can install your humidifier during a single visit and keep it running properly during routine maintenance. Plus, you won’t have to haul around a portable unit.

Breathe Easier at Night

Have you ever woken up with an unexplained cough or the need for a glass of water? Maybe you snore more often during the fall and winter, or perhaps you experience overnight nosebleeds. All of these symptoms can be traced back to dry air. While you sleep, your nasal passages, chest, mouth, and throat become progressively drier, which leads to discomfort.

A whole-home humidifier can relieve these symptoms and allow you to sleep peacefully through the night. You don’t have to worry about setting up a portable unit in each family member’s bedroom, nor will you trip over it in the middle of the night since it’s wired into your HVAC system.

Now that fall is fast approaching, don’t risk your health or comfort to dry air. Humidifiers help keep your family comfortable and symptom-free so you can enjoy all of the good things about autumn. If you do not currently have a whole house humidifier, or if you’re interested in updating your current system, contact AJ Danboise to schedule a free in-home estimate by calling 248-477-3626 or by clicking here to use our online service request form.  Our heating & cooling specialists will offer you an estimate for the correct equipment to fully benefit your home at a great value.


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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!


For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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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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