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Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

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

During the Day Shut the Blinds

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

Use Your Ceiling Fans

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

Plant Some Outdoor Shade

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

Add an Energy Star

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

Learn More About Energy Star Appliances Here

Take Day Trips to Cool Places

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

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

 


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Published in Air Conditioning
Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:59

Mini Vacation Ideas in Michigan

When planning a vacation, many U.S. residents don’t have Michigan in mind - or on a list at all. Unfortunately, many people think of “rolling planes and XYZ” when it comes to the Midwestern states. But Michigan residents know how great our state is, even if it’s not a destination front-runner. The experts at AJ Danboise decided to celebrate our woefully undera ppreciated home with several essential must-see sights!

Mackinac Island

Wind down and enjoy the simpler aspects of life on Mackinac Island. Here, bicycling is the best way to get around the old Victorian landscape - since no cars are allowed! The lifestyle of the island is similar to that of a time in the 19th century. From sampling homemade fudge to horseback riding, there is something for everyone to indulge and enjoy.

Traverse City

If you love the great outdoors, then Traverse City is the perfect getaway for you! Located on the shores of Lake Michigan is Traverse City. From skiing to snowshoeing and even fat-tire biking, the city is a winter wonderland filled with adventures! On the outer parts of the city are a variety of beaches and trails that are perfect for a weekend of discovery. Catch a game at Wuerfel, the city’s stadium home for the Traverse City Beach Bums baseball team.

Grand Rapids

East of Lake Michigan located on the Grand River is the city of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is a city filled with world-renowned art and museums for the cultured art lover. If you love nature, Grand Rapids also has scenic golf courses and beaches for you to retreat to. The impeccable farm-to-table restaurants are a foodie’s paradise. Enjoy the perks of a big city while in Grand Rapids without all the fuss and hassle it brings!

Bay City

At the base of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron rests Bay City. This city is located about 90 minutes from Detroit, making it an easy and convenient weekend getaway. Hot spots that are a must-visit are the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and the Bay City Recreation Area. Both locations are not only filled with loads of history, but also filled with beauty. The Historic Webster House is a popular location that attracts visitors from around the U.S. The hotel was renovated in 2009 and features only 8 rooms. It is nice and quaint for the perfect intimate stay.

Explore beautiful state of Michigan this summer by checking out some of these hot spots. Weekend getaways are the perfect option to help make the most out of your summer break without breaking the bank. Treat your family to one last getaway before the craziness of the school season kicks off!

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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Published in News
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 summer HVAC maintenance is right before extreme temperatures hit, so try our energy-saving tune-up tips today!

DIY Maintenance

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

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

Call a Professional

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

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

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

Help Your HVAC Save Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Safety Tips for Your Kids this Summer

Summer break means freedom for your kids. The extended vacation often means endless hours of playing video games, hanging out with friends, and staying up all night. Unfortunately, many parents still have to work, and often their kids may be unsupervised. You want everyone to have a safe, relaxing summer, but kids at home alone can cause anxiety. AJ Danboise understands the importance of ensuring safety for your kids over the break. We have provided some helpful tips to keep your kids safe and secure while having fun. Sometimes the threat of danger can seem overwhelming, but by following these smart suggestions you’ll have some peace of mind throughout the break.

 

Below are some safety tips for kids from the experts:

 

Keep Dangerous Objects Out of Reach

  • When you’re not home, who knows what your kids will get their hands on.
  • Dangerous chemicals are common in homes, and unsuspecting children can sometimes find them.
  • Keeping products like kitchen cleaners, bleach, bug sprays and other toxic liquids locked away or out of reach from children can help prevent any accidental contamination.
  • Objects such as knives or lawn tools should be kept away as well, as sharp objects can cause cuts and injury.

 

Have Bug Repellent and Sun Screen Handy

  • With your kids always outdoors, there’s a good chance they can get some nasty bug bites or sun burn.
  • Having bug repellant tools such as spray and lotion can easily prevent those mosquito bites on your children.
  • A sunscreen with a high SPF will help prevent sun burns and other problems associated with excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Make sure your kids are taking breaks and finding shade regularly, along with staying hydrated.

 

Practice Water Safety

  • Summer vacation means it’s time for the pool, but your kids may not always know proper water safety.
  • Sign up your children for swimming classes at the local YMCA to teaches them proper water safety - and what to do in the case of an emergency.
  • Post safety rules by the pool – and make sure appropriate emergency numbers are clearly posted on the same notice.
  • Having floats such as pool noodles and water tubes can act as both fun toys and safety devices.

 

Check Your Security System

  • As with any home, a good security system is a lifesaver.
  • Have all your smoke detectors tested once a month, and make sure to replace the batteries about twice a year.
  • Installing security cameras can help monitor any potential danger that may occur.
  • Security lighting helps provide safety, and should be properly maintained as well.

It’s important that you and your kids should enjoy a safe, secure summer break. By following these essential safety tips you’ll be able to relax a little more over the break. And remember, if you need smoke detector or security lighting installation, contact AJ Danboise today! For over nine decades, we have provided the best electrical services in Farmington Hills, and continue to do so for our Southeastern Michigan neighbors. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and get started.

 


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

 

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

 

Benefits for Summer Humidifying:

It Can Remedy Allergies

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

 

It’s Healthy for Your Skin

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

 

It Can Cool You Down

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

 

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


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Once the summer begins, many homeowners assume it’s time to cover the hot tub. Summer activities are about cooling down and having fun - not to cook yourself in water, right? But hot tubs are useful even during warm seasons. Additionally, it’s good to get the most of your hot tub compared to storing it away. If you have a hot tub, you better get your money’s worth!

AJ Danboise likes to think outside the box for the benefit of the Southeastern Michigan homeowner. There are still uses for your hot tub in the hottest season, and below are three reasons why.

 

Cold Nights Are Still Around

  • Michigan weather always changes, but the winter cold never leaves.
  • While days are usually hot, nights still tend to be chilly.
  • Relaxing in the hot tub during the evening is a great way to warm up during cold nights.
  • Save money on your heater by warming yourself up in the hot tub instead.
  • Make sure to cover your hot tub when done, as insulating it will prevent heat seeping out, conserving energy.

 

It Can Clear Allergies

  • Summer is the prime season for allergies, with bugs and pollen spreading through the air.
  • Allergies mean runny noses, sore throats, and vulnerability to infections.
  • Hot water and steam are natural remedies to the symptoms of allergies.
  • The steam of a hot tub can clear runny noses and remedy sore throats, while the warm water elevates your body temperature to fight bacteria.
  • Clearing up some of your allergies means less time lying in bed and more time participating in summer activities.

 

You Can Change it to a “Cool Tub”

  • If it is getting too hot for a hot tub, then turn it into a mini pool!
  • Most hot tubs can lower their temperature, and turning it down to 85°F fights the heat in a fun-sized tub.
  • The smaller size of a hot tub makes it perfect for kids, giving them the fun of a pool while you easily supervise them.
  • If you your hot tub is attached to a pool, cooling it down will give an extra area to swim in.

 

Put your hot tub to work this summer! The backyard appliance has more uses than just warming you up during the cold seasons. If you are ready to install a hot tub in your backyard, then contact AJ Danboise today! Our affordable quality is guaranteed for Southeastern Michigan homeowners. If you are seeking experienced electricians who thrive in hot tub installations, give us a call at 248-236-5999. We are available year-round and have 24/7 customer support. Let us help you enjoy your summer!


 

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