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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:38

Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

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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Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:59

Mini-Vacation Ideas in Michigan

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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Friday, 30 June 2017 19:40

Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

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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Published in Air Conditioning
Monday, 12 June 2017 14:17

Safety Tips for Your Kids this Summer

With summer approaching, your kids are home from school while you are away at work. Leaving your kids by themselves always worries you. As a parent, the safety of your children is of utmost importance to you. You also understand that your kids are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It’s part of being a kid. But there are little things you can do to ensure that your kids avoid more serious injuries and situations. Check out these tips on keeping your child safe this summer.

Install Security Cameras. This option allows you to check in on your kids from time to time. Most security cameras can provide live feeds directly to your mobile devices – making it easier to see how your kids are doing. You don’t have to install a whole security system, but place a few cameras in places you know your kids spend the most time. Also, it’s probably a good idea to place a few security cameras outside of your home. This will help prevent break-ins.

Move Chemicals Out of Sight. Most chemical cleaners are hazardous to kids. Leaving them out or easily accessible will give your kids the opportunity to get into them. Place chemical cleaners in hard to reach places and hide them from your kids’ view. If they are not accessible, chances are your kids will not go looking for them.

Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include liquid packets for the laundry and dishwasher. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.

Put the toll-free number Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully you'll never need it, but it's nice to have just in case.

Watch for Water. Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for younger kids. Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools and store them upside down so they don’t collect water. If you can, install a fence around your pool if you have a built-in pool.

Check Your Furniture. If your kids like to climb stuff, it might be a good idea to make sure your TV’s are mounted or stable to prevent them from toppling off stands. If you have a heaver TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight. Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.

Check Smoke and Fire Alarms. Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm. As with smoke alarms, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, and keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances. Keep gasoline away from any source of heat, spark or flame. Even common household appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers can start a gasoline fire. Be sure to store your gasoline away from anything that could ignite it.

Summer can be a stressful time for parents when they cannot monitor their kids’ safety. Consider these tips and give yourself some ease of mind while you are away during the workday. Making sure your kids are knowleagable about the risks and dangerous of certain elements will also help their safety. Don’t let this summer be a stressful time for you!



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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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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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