Thursday, June 29, 2017

AJ Danboise

Monday, 19 June 2017 16:28

Best Movies to Watch this 4th of July

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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Friday, 02 June 2017 20:22

Fun Activities for Father's Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and what better way to celebrate than to take your dad out this weekend and have some fun! Spending some extra quality time with your dad is definitely the best gift to give him this weekend. It doesn’t matter what the two of you do – the most important thing is to spend time together. Check out these fun ideas for a great Father’s Day celebration. We have suggestions to fit any dad, whether the two of you enjoy one-on-one activity or kicking back and relaxing with some much-needed quiet time.

Plan a Father’s Day Outing

Plan a trip to a nearby attraction to celebrate Father's Day. Check out a free museum, visit a farmer's market, or score cheap tickets to a local ball game. Choose something that fits Dad's personality and interests—after all, it is his day! Check out these things you can do right here in Michigan!

 Give Dad Alone Time

Whether it's watching baseball on TV, taking a nap, or catching up on some light reading, Dad will love the chance to have a few hours for himself. It's Father's Day, so let Dad pick his activity for the day—and then let him enjoy his alone time! Napping is a wonderful gift to give!

Grill with Dad

Grilling is one of the best activities you can do with your dad this weekend. It’s summertime and the living is easy. So, grab a few steaks or hamburger patties and slap them on the grill in the name of Father’s Day! Create a great family cookout so your dad gets to spend quality time with those who love him this weekend. Check out these fantastic grilling recipes to try out.

Take a Fishing Trip

Go fish! What better way to spend Father's Day than doing what Dad loves best? A fishing trip can be as simple as throwing a rod in the local pond, but he'll love showing you his tricks of the trade.

Spend One-on-One Time Together

Take Dad out for a date to your (or his!) place of choice. Milk shakes, burgers, a nice dinner—it doesn't matter! The important part is spending one-on-one time on Father's Day.

Enjoy the Outdoors Together

Find a hiking trail, go for a bike ride, or head to a local park to enjoy the outdoors. As long as you're outside and spending time with Dad, he'll be sure to have a great Father's Day.

 Other activities to do for Father’s Day:

  • Take your dad to a concert of their favorite band.
  • Listen to your dad. Set aside some time and listen to him tell stories of him as a kid.
  • Take your dad to a spa day.
  • Do some yardwork for him while he relaxes.
  • Show your dad a hobby you’ve been working on and get him to show you a hobby he’s been working on.

We at AJ Danboise want to wish all dads out there a happy and wonderful Father’s Day. We are grateful to our dads for raising us to be hardworking people who value others. AJ Danboise honors and appreciates all fathers this Father’s Day!


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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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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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Bathroom talks are considered taboo here in the American household. You get in, do your business and don’t think about it. The idea of researching a toilet that would be beneficial for your bathroom time has probably never crossed your mind. If you are planning to replace your toilet, you may want to consider investing in a smart toilet. A smart toilet may sound strange at first, but there are a lot of benefits that can come out of investing in one. They are expensive but they can save you money down the road and keep you feeling clean. Nothing feels better than being clean and refreshed as you go throughout the day.

Automatic Flushing

Smart toilets can flush without being touched. If you live in a household of people who always forget to flush the toilet, this feature could save you the pain of being greeted with an unwanted surprise as you are stumbling into the bathroom in the early morning. A smart toilet can either sense when a body has moved away from the toilet and flush or activate a flush by waving your hand in front of its sensor.

Whichever one you pick, the perk of having a sensor instead of a handle is that germs won’t get transferred from hands to the toilet and then to the next person who flushes. So, not only is there the convenience of not having to flush, you get to protect your family and yourself from bacteria.

Reduced Plumbing Issues

Traditional toilets can be subject to multiple plumbing issues. Clogged toilets, sewer smells and toilet leaks are among the common issues that traditional toilets will always face. Smart toilets are equipped with technology that can greatly reduce these types of plumbing issues. They not only prevent clogs, but they can also sense them before you overflow the toilet.

Smart toilets will also stop you from flushing the toilet if it’s clogged. This helps keep water levels in the bowl low until you’ve fixed the problem – ultimately getting rid of overflow.

Automatic Cleaning

This feature is definitely a favorite. Smart toilets are made up of a smooth ceramic that has a non-stick coating preventing mineral and waste buildup. These toilets also feature ultraviolet lights that kill odor-causing bacteria and have automatic cleaning cycles that keep things fresh and clean. You won’t have to clean your smart toilet as much and it will be an easy task to accomplish when you do. Throw away those harsh toilet cleaning materials – you won’t need them when you have your smart toilet.

Water Savings

Smart toiles use as little as 0.6 gallons per flush, which is one gallon less than what a traditional toilet uses. They sense how much water is needed and flush using just the right amount. This will greatly reduce the water consumption in your household and cut back on utility bills.

Other smart toilet features include:

  • Water spray and air dryer
  • Nightlight
  • Slow closing lid
  • Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities for music while you go
  • Foot warmer
  • Remote control
  • Emergency flushing system for power outages
  • Massaging bidet wash
  • Heated seating
  • Built-in sensors that alert you of plumbing issues

Getting a smart toilet is a big decision but the payoff will be worth it down the road. If you need help installing one, give AJ Danboise a call today and we can help with the plumbing aspects that come along with a smart toilet. You’ll be able to enjoy your new smart toilet sooner by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 19:30

Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

We at AJ Danboise understand the importance of saving money and cutting back on costs. Most of us are still recovering from holiday shopping, traveling and vacations. It seems that, for every expense you tackle, there are more surprise costs that come around the corner. Now, you are planning for summer vacations, birthdays and anniversaries. All of these costs are adding up and you are trying to cut back on spending too much money. Suddenly, you have unexpected plumbing issues to deal with.

While there are significant issues that need to be left to the experts, there are some plumbing fixes that you can do yourself. The “do-it-yourself” method has taken the internet by storm and has saved many people a lot of money. You can easily unclog sinks, fix the water pressure in your showers or clear stopped-up toilets by looking up a few YouTube videos or gathering information on Pinterest or Angie’s List. Fixing a few plumbing issues can help save you money if you are trying to cut back on costs. However, it is important to know how to prevent bigger issues down the road while fixing these mishaps by yourself. Be aware of common mistakes you could make while fixing your own plumbing issues. Check out these common “do-it-yourself” plumbing mistakes below and learn from them so you are not facing bigger costs down the road.

Failure to Turn Off the Water:

This one is the most common mistake when it comes to fixing a plumbing issue by yourself. It’s the first step you need to take for the majority of plumbing projects but it is often the one that is neglected the most. If you are trying to remove a plumbing fixture or fix a pipe before shutting off the water, you’ll have water spray all over you and your home. Suddenly, this quick plumbing repair has now turned to water damage and a huge mess to clean up.

Most shut off valves for plumbing fixtures can be found beneath the fixture itself. Using a plumber’s wrench to turn of the valve is the most efficient way of shutting it off – especially if you haven’t used it in a while. If you are having a tough time finding these shut off valves, it is easier to just shut off the water from the outside. Keep in mind that this will shut off the water for the entire house.

Overusing Drain Cleaner:

Using drain cleaner to unclog your drain each time it gets clogged can damage your drains. They are great to use every once in a while, or if there is a huge clog that just won’t clear. Drain cleaners usually have harsh chemicals that are used to break up solid waste and scrub pipes clean. The harsh chemicals in them can eat away at the walls of both metal and PVC pipes. Overuse of a drain cleaner could cause you to replace your pipes because of the deterioration overtime. This DIY plumbing mistake can set you back on finances and add yet another expensive project to your list.

You could substitute a heavy-duty drain cleaner with an eco-friendly alternative. Mixing ½ a cup of vinegar with ½ cup of baking soda to pour down the sink is an easier method. Follow the mixture with a pot of boiling water after the mixture has set for an hour. Using a pipe snake to clear out clogs will also help reduce the wear and tear on your pipes.

 

Mismatching Your Pipes:

Replacing leaky pipes can be a tricky process. It is important to know the size and type of pipes you need for the job. Many DIY plumbers make the mistake of trying to make the right size fit with the wrong connectors. Trying to connect galvanized metal pipes with copper, for example, is a common mistake people make when trying to fix their own plumbing. This causes corrosion and your pipes will leak again. Just because pipes seem tight and seem like they fit, it doesn’t always mean they’ll hold water.

Not Hiring a Professional Plumber:

Some plumbing jobs are easy to take on by yourself. Saving money is important and it seems difficult to try and not spend as much as possible. Fixing plumbing issues around your home by yourself can save you money in the long run but you need to know where your strengths and weaknesses are when fixing these issues. Any project that seems beyond your ability or requires accessing main water lines or cutting into walls and floors needs to be handled by a professional plumber. If you were to try and do these repairs by yourself without the proper training or equipment, you’ll end up being out of pocket more than if you just called a plumber the first time.

If you are having plumbing issues that are beyond your control, give AJ Danboise a call or schedule your appointment online. We have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925. We provide an upfront, flat rate pricing so you won’t be left in the dark with how much a project is going to cost. Give us a call today at 1-248-236-5999 and have peace of mind knowing that you are getting the best plumbers to get the job done right.

 

How to Know When It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Let’s face it – we would all be lost without water heaters in our homes. Day in and day out, this vital household appliance provides us with hot water at the press of a button. So the next time you’re taking a hot bath or shower, washing a load of laundry, running the dishwasher, or brushing your teeth, thank your lucky stars you have a water heater that takes care of you and your needs. There will come a time, however, when your water heater will fail. It’s far better to have it replaced before it completely fails so that you don’t have to be without hot water. Here are four signs that your water heater is on the fritz.

Age

The average lifespan of a water heater is between eight and 12 years. If you aren’t sure how old your water heater is, you can find the age by looking up the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker, which should be located on the upper portion of the appliance, near the warning label. It can be a little tricky determining the age using the serial number. The serial number doesn’t plainly state the date the water heater was manufactured. Instead, it reads more like a code. There are numerous manufacturers, and each of them uses a different format. Check out this article on how to de-code a serial number.

If your water heater is within the eight to 12-year age range, it might behoove you to have a licensed professional inspect it. This will give you a better idea of when you need to replace it. If your water heater is 10 years or older, you will most likely need to replace it sooner rather than later due to the potential of it springing a leak.

Rust & Pools of Water

Complete a thorough visual inspection of the outside of your water heater tank. If you come across pools of water, sludge or corrosion, it’s a good indication that there is a leak and that you a replacement is in order. Have a professional come take a look to determine where the leak is coming from. It could be that a leak is coming from the fittings or connections to the tank.

Rust-Colored Water

If your water heater is emitting rust-colored water from the hot side piping in your home, it could mean that the inside of your tank is rusting and could begin to leak. If you have galvanized piping, it could also be your pipes rusting and not your tank. In this case, you will want to schedule an appointment with a trusted plumber as soon as possible so that the issue can be resolved.

Strange Noises

Toward the end of your water heater’s lifespan, sediment will buildup on the bottom of your tank. Eventually, it will harden with continuous reheating. You can tell that this is occurring when you hear a loud rumbling noise. Should this symptom be present, it’s a sign that your tank will need to be replaced soon. When you have sediment buildup, your tank will lose efficiency and begin to leak. Avoid damage to your home by having it replaced in a timely manner. An inefficient water heater only wastes energy, costing you more. In most cases, the cost-effective thing to do is replace rather than repair.

High Energy Bill

Between old age, corrosion and leaks, it’s no wonder your energy bill has seen an increase as of late. As we mentioned earlier, an aging water heater is less efficient, so pay attention to your monthly energy costs. For many homeowners, a hot water account for nearly 25 percent of energy usage. By installing a new water heater, you can expect to see those costs decrease.

If you're concerned about the state of your water heater, schedule an appointment with AJ Danboise today! Our fully trained and certified technicians can inspect your water heater to determine the best course of action. If your tank does need to be replaced, we can help you find the best one for your needs and budget. We can install a variety of makes and models.


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Make Your Bathroom Sparkle with a Good Scrubbing

The spring season is all about new beginnings, which is why now is the perfect time to address your poor bathroom habits. We know – we know. When it comes to spring cleaning, this is probably the last place you want to touch because of all the harbored germs; however, that’s precisely why you need give your bathroom a deep clean! Face your bathroom routines head on and make the necessary changes so that you can keep a sparkling clean space. Follow these tips on how to thoroughly clean your bathroom.

If you can’t recall the last time you really cleaned your bathroom, you may be in for a wild journey. Hold on tight, but don’t worry too much because we’re here with you every step of the way. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to do it all at once. You want to make sure that you hit every point, so if needed, don’t hesitate to spread the tasks out over a few days. 


Shower

Showerhead: Grab one of your many plastic grocery bags that you’ve been meaning to recycle and fill it generously with white vinegar. Submerge your showerhead into it and let it soak overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and run the water to rinse it.

Curtains and liners: If you have plastic shower curtains and liners, run it through a load in the washing machine along with a few towels. Mold and mildew tend to grow and accumulate on curtains and liners, so this task is especially important.

Shower door: Take a cup of baking soda and add a few drop of white vinegar to form a paste. Apply it directly to the door and allow it to sit for an hour. Once the hour is up, rinse the area and wipe clean using a microfiber cloth.

Shower walls: Soap scum can also accumulate on shower walls, so don’t forget to clean these areas as well. Apply your preferable bathroom cleaner to the wall and let sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly after.

Bathtub

Cleaning a tub isn’t as time-intensive as a shower. Spray your preferable bathroom cleaner into the tub and wait 15 minutes before scrubbing clean.

Grout

Using an old toothbrush, dip it into bleach and scrub the areas where discoloration has occurred. After a thorough scrubbing, rinse the area and keep the room well-ventilated.

Countertops, Tile, Walls & Ceiling

Spray your preferred all-purpose cleaner on the countertops, tile, walls and ceiling, and turn on the shower. Make sure the temperature of the water is hot enough to steam up the room, and wait five minutes. Turn the water off, close the door and allow the steam to build up for 20 minutes. Make sure you get out first! After 20 minutes has passed, start wiping all the surfaces. For higher spots you can’t reach, use a dry microfiber mop.

Pro Tip: The floor should be the last place your clean. After wiping all the walls, ceilings and countertops, the floor is bound to collect more dirt. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

Toilet

This seems to be everyone’s least favorite chore, and for good reasons. It’s one of the dirtiest places in your bathroom. First things first: pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Using a toilet brusher, wipe the bowl thoroughly and flush.

Toilet Brush: How often do you clean the toilet brush itself? Never? The truth is, you should be cleaning your toilet brush after each use. After you’ve cleaned the toilet seat, place the brush over it in such a way that it’s secure. Pour bleach directly onto the bristles and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing it with water.

Toilet Brush Holder: Fill the holder with warm, soapy water and let sit for a few minutes before pouring the dirty water into the toilet.

Sink

The sink itself: Wipe clean using your preferred bathroom cleaner.

Drain: Pour one part white vinegar or baking soda along with one part hot water down your drain.

Faucet: Wipe clean using your preferred disinfectant wipe.

Ventilation Fan

For many homeowners, this is uncharted grounds. Before cleaning your fan, make sure the flip the circuit breaker attached to it to prevent hazards. Remove the cover and place it in a container of warm, soapy water. Clean the fan blades using your vacuum’s nozzle attachment; this will allow you to get all the built-up gunk that’s been sitting there for…well, ages probably. Then wipe the blades clean using a damp cloth.

Dishevel all the dust and debris from the motor and other small openings with a stiff, unused paintbrush and vacuum it up. Once the area has completely dried, you can place the covering back over the fan.

If you come across any plumbing problems during your deep-clean such as a leaky faucet, slow drain or clog, the trusted professionals at AJ Danboise have the skill, knowledge and tools needed to restore functionality back to your bathroom.


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Friday, 21 April 2017 20:07

3 Benefits of a Spring A/C Tune-Up



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.

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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