Category Archives: Maintenance

Ceiling Fans Save Money Year-Round

Save on cooling costs this summer by utilizing a ceiling fan in the rooms throughout your home. Simply installing a fan and turning it on isn’t going to do the trick, though.

When the mercury climbs, be sure your fans are spinning in a counterclockwise direction to maximize cooling potential. The counterclockwise rotation creates a wind-chill effect – an actual breeze – so air conditioning can be set a little higher while you remain comfortable.

Additionally, make sure you close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the A/C is running. Making sure the weather stripping on all your doors and windows is as important during the summer as it is during the winter; keeping the cool inside while it’s hot outside and vice versa in the winter keeps energy costs from skyrocketing.

When cold weather rolls around again, ceiling fans can help circulate warm air by changing the fan’s rotation to clockwise.

Because warm air rises, the clockwise turn of the fan picks up the air and forces it out and down. The natural circulation of the air means the warm air will rise again, and the fan will distribute the air out and down over and over again.

The clockwise rotation eliminates the breeze effect of the summer and instead creates more warmth throughout the room.

Because cooling down often means feeling a breeze, fan speeds can be medium or higher in the summer but should come down to low for the winter.

For optimal performance in any season, fan blades should be no more than 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling. If your ceilings are taller than nine feet or are vaulted, a good general rule is keep blades eight to nine feet above the floor.

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3 Items that Clean & Deodorize the Garbage Disposal

The smelly truth about garbage disposals is that they sometimes stink like the garbage that gets ground up inside them and whisked away.

Using a harsh chemical cleaner could potentially smell worse than the odor causing all the trouble in the first place, so try one of these solutions instead:

1. Lemon juice & baking soda: pour a generous amount of baking soda directly into the disposal followed by the lemon juice. The acid in the juice will react with the baking soda and foam up and out of the disposal. Leave the mixture for at least an hour and then rinse with cold water and run the disposal for 15 to 30 seconds.

2. Lemon juice, baking soda & vinegar: Pour a tablespoon of lemon juice down the disposal then use equal parts baking soda and vinegar and pour the solution down the disposal. After only five minutes, rinse with hot water.

3. Lemons, vinegar and ice cubes: Slice a lemon (or a lime) in half and put them down the disposal one at a time. Pour in vinegar and ice cubes while the disposal is running to dissipate the odor and sharpen the disposer’s blades at the same time. Or, create vinegar ice cubes with slices of lemon (or lime) in them and put them in the disposal, then run it for up to a minute.

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