I used to find myself constantly sneezing whenever I would turn on my air conditioner. I vacuumed and dusted, but it didn’t stop my sneezing. I would sometimes avoid turning it on at all and just use the fan to keep myself cool. One of my neighbors said that I should try getting my air ducts cleaned because all of the dust and dirt trapped inside them was probably the cause of my sneezing. He gave me the contact information for a company that does air duct cleaning in Pleasant Hill.
The day after I contacted the duct cleaning company, they arrived and went to work to fix the problem. They pulled a device out of their truck and attached it to one of the vents. The device was a special kind of vacuum for sucking the dust out of the ducts. They went from room to room, sucking out each vent. Once they were done, I turned on the air conditioner again to see if the ducts were completely cleaned. I stood right in front of one of the vents and let the cold air hit me right in the face, taking deep breaths through my nose. I did this for five minutes and didn’t let out a single sneeze.
The company told me that dust would build up inside the ducts again, so I would have to call them at least once a year to have them cleaned. They also told me that I should change the filter more often, because dust can build up on it. All this time I had been sneezing in agony when I could have just had the ducts cleaned in less than an hour. Since my neighbor was the one to tell me about the duct cleaning company, I gave him a fruit basket as a thank you gift.
We have had a weird winter this year. It has not been as cold as it typically is. For a few days, it will be in the eighties temperature wise, and then suddenly a front will come through and drop the temps down into the thirties. It makes for planning your days out a little hard because you don’t know what to expect. I didn’t think it would happen, but our AC/heater broke. I felt lucky in finding that there are Sacramento HVAC services that stay open all week to help customers.
My mom is a senior, and she has trouble with extreme temperature changes. She lives with me and I like caring for her. So, during the week, I asked her to stay inside so that she wouldn’t have trouble with the weather outdoors. However, I didn’t count on anything happening inside the house. Continue reading “It Was Important to Get Things Fixed for My Mom’s Sake”
My husband and I used to dream about the kind of house we wanted when we would finally be able to buy one. For the first eight years of our marriage, we lived in apartments in three different cities, so it was nice to finally start looking at real estate in Chicago when he got a permanent job offer about a year ago. It did not take us long to find what we wanted, which had everything we had dreamed of except for one thing. Before we made an offer, I did a search for Chicago sunrooms because I wanted to see just how easy and affordable it would be to add a sunroom to the back of the house.
That is actually one of the things that we wanted most, because we both enjoy sitting outside and watching the sunrise, the sunset, and even the birds. Continue reading “We Wanted a Sunroom for Our House”
I found the most strikingly beautiful window treatments. They are not curtains or blinds. They are not Roman shades or miniblinds either. And, please, they are definitely not those dust magnet cell blinds. I think I like them about as much as miniblinds! No, I got these from a plantation shutters company. They are custom made for each window and become part of the architecture of the house. I decided to get them for our bathroom that was being remodeled. We have a large window next to the bathtub. It lets in a lot of light when the tub is not in use, but you want privacy when you are in the tub.
The shutters give me complete privacy when I am soaking in the tub. Then I just flip open the louvered slats to let the light in when the tub is not in use. Continue reading “Replacing Curtains and Drapes with Indoor Shutters to Keep the Dust Down”
I have decided that I am ready to get to work on the back yard seriously. It has been a couple of years since we bought the place and all of the time the back yard has been a big mess. I have really not had that much spare time. I have done a couple of things, like turning sandbox in vegetable garden. Mostly I grow eruca sativa, which is also called arugula or simply rocket, along with some of the other cooking herbs. I need to have a good supply of it and rosemary, thyme and so forth. There is not much like cooking with ingredients fresh from your own garden and that is one of my favorite things. The sandbox was of no real use to us and it was in a great spot for a garden. Continue reading “I Am Finally Ready to Tackle the Backyard”
When my company took over the management of a large office complex, I knew that changes were going to have to be made immediately. What was once prime office space had recently shown more empty offices than not. Tenants were leaving, and it was my job to figure out why and how to bring them back. As soon as I looked at the building upon arriving for my first inspection, the first thing I realized was that I had to find a company that does window cleaning in Toronto. First impressions are vital in every relationship, including ones where a person comes to an office building to do some type of business. Continue reading “First Impressions Matter, Even with Windows”
My parents used to get a large variety of home improvement magazines that I had a lot of fun with going through as a teen. After mom would read them first, I would go through them and point out which ones were my dream homes. So, when I moved into my first home, I could not wait to start sprucing it up with the help of my husband. I had big plans for the outside of the house. I wanted to add a bit of decor like putting up shutters and some rock siding as well. I figured I would see how that looked, and then figure out what to do next.
The first thing I researched was how to put a rock front on the house. I learned early on in my search that you can purchase siding that looks like rock, but is actually made of vinyl. It wears really well under all sorts of different types of weather, and it looks like real rock. Continue reading “My First Duty Was to Make My House Look Nicer”
My dad is the type of person who has everything he could ever want. I think that is really great for him, but it does make it hard to find something to get him for Father’s Day, his birthday and Christmas! This year, I thought long and hard for his birthday gift, and I finally came up with something that I knew he would enjoy. My problem was that I had always thought of material gifts, when the perfect gift opportunity was actually hiring a lawn care service for Palatine to take care of his lawn several times a month.
My dad is nearly 70 years old, and he has always been very independent. Continue reading “Lawn Care Services As a Birthday Gift”
Our home was flooded last month. In my fifty years of life, I was previously lucky enough to not go through any major trouble with Mother Nature, but she finally caught up with me. After having to get a lot of work done to fix the damage, my husband surprised me and said that we should take things a bit further and get some of the things I had been wanting for a long time like plantation shutters and wood flooring. This was wonderful news to me.
We married young, and we did not have much money back then We always found a way to make do with what we had. I was always grateful to have a roof over my head, even though our home was not the most stylish place. And I was always busy taking care of bringing up our four children, so worrying about whether my home was in style or not was not all that important to me. Continue reading “We Decided to Do Some Decorating After Some Recent Bad Weather”
I have been with this one energy company for over 5 years now. Ever since I bought the house, I think it is just over 5 years, but I can’t remember the exact date that the purchase of the house was official. Anyway, that does not really matter. I am looking for a useful reference to help me to evaluate the different electricity companies that provide electricity service to this area. I might be making a switch to a different provider, but I am not quite sure about that yet. It will depend on what information I can find out and what I think when I am comparing the different rates and information between the companies in this area.
I decided to look into the possibility of switching to another company after I got my last electricity bill. Continue reading “Best Reference for Comparing Energy Companies”