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Archive for December, 2015

Winter Home Maintenance Tips for Floridians

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Winter Home Maintenance Tips for Floridians

As the weather cools off, it is time to  think about fall and winter maintenance for your Florida home. Here are some steps to lower your energy bills, protect your home from stormy weather, and keep your family as comfortable as possible over the next few months. Reprogram Your Thermostat One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to change your thermostat’s settings two or three times a year. Most specialists suggest that families lower Read more

Home Resolutions for the New Year

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Home Resolutions for the New Year

There are some generally consistent New Year’s resolutions we’ve all heard of or aimed for ourselves: lose weight, quit smoking, get a new job, etc. This year, take things to the next level by making some resolutions for your home. A minimal investment and a little bit of time will save you money and lots of headaches in the long run.   Save 15-20 percent on your energy bills by weatherproofing your home. Inexpensively freshen up a room by rearranging Read more

10 Tips for Hosting Out-of-Town Guests

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10 Tips for Hosting Out-of-Town Guests

When hosting friends or relatives from out of town, adding small touches to show you care can make all the difference. Here are some quick and easy steps to help your guests feel relaxed and comfortable over the holidays. 1. Provide easy-to-access toiletries such as soaps and lotions. Using a DIY soap making recipe can add a great personalized, environmentally-safe touch. 2. Place a refreshment/gift basket on their nightstand to help them settle in. 3. Supply plenty of blankets and Read more

How to Boost IAQ Before Your Holiday Party

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How to Boost IAQ Before Your Holiday Party

Shopping, cooking, baking and decorating are just a few areas you’ve focused on preparing your home for the holidays. But have you considered sprucing up your home’s indoor air quality? A clean and fresh indoor environment will not only help your home smell nice, it will also help guests and family breathe easier. Here are some easy ways to boost your home’s IAQ. Scent Your Home Naturally Candles and scented air fresheners may smell nice, but they often mask odors Read more

8 Holiday Safety Tips

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8 Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season is a fun, festive time of year, but if we aren’t proactive about potential hazards, the celebrations can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. Everything from our mental health and the health and safety of our pets and children can impact the quality and outcome of the holidays. Be mindful of these eight holiday safety tips to help ensure you make this season one of your best yet. 1. Reduce your stress level for a calm, enjoyable Read more

HVAC Tips for Your Beach House

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HVAC Tips for Your Beach House

Whether you live close to the beach throughout the year or just vacation at your beach house, comfort management can be a bit of a challenge at times. The humid climate in the Largo area can make it tough to manage conditions in the home, which can affect both your comfort and health. However, there are some helpful strategies for addressing these problems. Humidity Management in the Home The ideal humidity in your beach house is less than 50 percent, Read more

3 Benefits of Installing UV Lights in Your Ductwork

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3 Benefits of Installing UV Lights in Your Ductwork

Hospitals have long used ultraviolet lamps to kill airborne bacteria and viruses, and the same technology is available for homeowners in the Tampa Bay area. UV lights installed inside HVAC ductwork help prevent toxic contaminants from circulating through your home. Here are just three of the many benefits you can expect to enjoy with a UV light ductwork installation. Healthier Indoor Air UV filtration systems work by breaking down the DNA in viruses, bacteria and other biological pathogens, effectively inactivating Read more

How Often do my Appliances Need Maintenance?

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How Often do my Appliances Need Maintenance?

Today’s appliances provide many benefits in a busy world, but a malfunction can lead to chaos. Preventative maintenance is a key strategy for minimizing these risks, but standards and recommendations for maintenance can vary. For instance, you might wonder, “Who should handle the tasks?” or “How often does maintenance need to occur?” If you use the appliance on a daily basis, this will factor into the frequency and amount of maintenance required. If you signed up for a service plan, Read more

Top 10 Holiday Displays for Your Front Yard

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Top 10 Holiday Displays for Your Front Yard

Now that the holiday season is upon us, are you looking for some new holiday display ideas to dress up your front yard this year? No need to look any further as we have compiled a list of some great examples of creative holiday decorations from across the country. 1. Some people like to interweave specific themes into their holiday displays. Learn how to create a theme for your front yard with these creative holiday light designs for houses. 2. Read more

7 DIY Holiday Decorations

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7 DIY Holiday Decorations

One of the best parts of the holiday season is creating gorgeous decorations for the house. These seven DIY holiday projects are sure to add just the right amount of joy and cheer to your home. 1.Ornament Wreath. Wreaths are a great way to create a holiday ambience from the minute guests arrive on your doorstep. This festive ornament wreath only takes thirty minutes to make, and it’s the perfect accessory for your front door. 2.Plastic Straw Star Ornaments. You’ve Read more