Posted by Tia on June 26th, 2014
One of my favorite things to do on a sunny summer afternoon is to go to the park. There is nothing better than feeling the sun on your face as you hang out in nature and recharge your batteries after a particularly taxing week. Not only are these spots relaxing, the fresh air will be a nice change from poor air quality that normally plague’s big cities. For moms with kids out of school for the summer, going to the park can be the very thing that saves our sanity! Some of America’s big cities have created the most enchanting and creative outdoor public spaces you can imagine. If you are in the vicinity, check out these great American parks:
The High Line in New York City – The High line is an abandoned rail line that was transformed into a public space! The Park runs around Manhattan’s West side and is open to the public from 7 AM to 11 PM. Not only is this a great free space to relax after a hard day at the office, you can’t beat the sweet treats that are offered up and down the rail line by street venders.
Check out the rest of the blog post here!
Posted by Tony on May 14th, 2014
After a strenuous winter, it’s already time to think about the hot summer months ahead. Forecasters say it’s going to be a scorcher, and the last thing you want to deal with is a hot house all summer. Consider the following tips to keep your family comfortable and safe this summer—they’ll help keep your energy costs down too!
Schedule a Professional AC Tune-Up
Central ACs account for most of the electricity used during summer months, and just like your car needs regular tune-ups–so does your air conditioner. Simple maintenance will keep it running at its best and prolong its life.
A professional air conditioning tune-up will include safety inspections to make sure your system is safe and meets the cooling needs of your home.
Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency
- Change your air conditioner’s filter monthly as needed.
- Use a programmable thermostat and program it to run only when people are at home.
- Keep leaves and debris away from your air conditioner’s outside cabinet
Other Easy Tips for Staying Cool
- Ensure Proper Attic Insulation
If you’re attic isn’t properly insulated, it can reach scary-high temperatures (140 degrees F), and this heat will build up, seep into your home, and make your AC work harder.
- Install Ceiling Fans
Help your AC out by letting fans circulate cool air around your space. On cooler nights, these may help avoid using your central AC.
- Unplug Unused Electronics
Reduce energy and heat output in your house by unplugging appliances and electronics you’re not using.
- Cover Windows
You can help reduce the heat in your home by keeping your windows closed and covered by blinds or drapes to block out the sun during the day.
- Add Supplemental Cooling
If one of your rooms gets overly warm or you only need to cool certain rooms you’re in a lot, consider installing a portable air conditioner or even a window AC. For energy-smart models, look for ACs with the Energy Star seal—earned by models proven to save you money on energy/operating costs.
By taking some time now, you can make your home more comfortable and safer for your family this summer. Then, you can relax and enjoy the summer weather to come! Have additional tips? Tell us below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.