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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

1.    Smart/Programmable Thermostat- A smart or programmable thermostat is a great way to cut down on the amount of time your system runs. Programmable thermostats can be set to operate when you are likely to be home and off when you’re not. Smart thermostats incorporate various motion, light, humidity, and temp sensors to ensure efficient operation of your HVAC system. As an added bonus, smart thermostats have Wi-Fi connectivity to allow remote monitoring and control of your AC system.   

2.    Out With the Old- Replace an old underperforming AC unit with a newer, more efficient one that will keep you cooler for less money. Look for an Energy Star certified unit that is guaranteed to be more efficient. An added perk of upgrading is that most all states allow you to receive a tax credit for units that are greater than or equal to 16 SEER.    

3.    Air Filters- Swapping your home’s air filters is usually an inexpensive way to make sure your system is running at its peak potential. Depending on where you live, filters need to be replaced as often as every 3-4 months.   

4.    Circulation- Ceiling and floor fans are a great way to circulate what would be otherwise, hot stagnant air. They will help move the cool air pumped into your home by the AC system for a more even feeling temperature. 

5.    Clean Vents- Your AC system could be in peak condition but it won’t matter if you have clogged vents. Check the vents in your home to make sure there aren’t any children’s toys or other obstructions restricting what would otherwise be adequate airflow. If there is an obstruction call a professional to remove it for you.   

Give us a call and let Bright Star Property Services keep you and your family cool and comfortable this summer!

 

Posted by brightstaradmin at 6/1/2016 1:07:00 PM

Our lawns are more than just decorative landscape, they provide a few great benefits to us other than a soft place to throw or kick a ball around. Our yards also act as giant dust traps and air filters that keep the area around your home a cool, clean, and enjoyable place to be. Here are few tips on maintaining those emerald islands around your house this summer.

Watering- To keep your grass healthy, be sure to water it in the early morning when the air temp is cooler and the wind has died down. This will make the water your using go further and prevent mushrooms and fungus from growing. Watering less often for a longer period of time will also keep valuable nutrients from leeching away and it will condition the grass to grow deeper, stronger roots so your yard is more resilient.  

Fertilizing- Everybody’s lawn is different but we can agree that a well fed lawn is a happy lawn. Fertilizing between the months of April and November will yield a healthier lawn that looks as good in the summer as it does in the winter.    

Weeds- Weeds are the bane of every home owner and each and every spring they always seem to pop up. A couple quick tips to keep you sane this summer:

  •  Resist pulling them- Use a reputable weed control chemical to ensure the weed is dead from the root upward.  
  •  Deep watering and cutting the grass higher will encourage thicker grass that chokes out weeds and prevents the seeds from germinating. 

We hope you are having a great summer and if you have any lawn care questions please feel free to give Bright Star Property Services a call for any of your landscaping and lawn care needs.  

Posted by brightstaradmin at 6/1/2016 10:56:00 AM
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