Invest in a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat to easily control the temperature in your home, whether you’re home or away
Get a furnace tune-up
Maintain your current system as new units run around $4,000
Thoroughly clean the unit; blower, fan blades, and drain line
Replacing furnace filters regularly can shave another 15% off your energy bill
You can perform the tune up yourself or call a contractor to do it for you, which will include an inspection for other furnace issues as well as testing for leaks, fuel pressure, and airflow
Get a fireplace inspection
This inspection checks the liners, smoke chamber, chimney exterior and firebox to detect for structural problems
If you haven’t used your fireplace in a while, check for fallen debris or nests that may have been formed by pests that can clog the chimney which can lead to a chimney fire, carbon monoxide poisoning & toxic fumes
Take the time to schedule a maintenance appointment to avoid a fire than can cost thousands of dollars in repairs to your home or injury to you and your family
With Memorial Day this past weekend, many of you may have broken out your lawn furniture for the first time this year. With the harsh and unpredictable weather we are accustomed to here in Buffalo; wear-and-tear on outdoor fixtures is virtually unavoidable. Check out these quick and easy tips from Zillow.com on how to get the most out of your outdoor furniture.
Extend the lifespan:
Wipe up any beverage or food spills right away.
Wipe off furniture after it rains.
Remove any tree or bird deposits as soon as possible.
Remove any residue from suntan lotions and body oils that can stain or accelerate the breakdown of materials. Have towels available to provide an easily cleanable barrier between chairs and their occupants.
Store or cover furniture that doesn’t stand up well to constant exposure, such as bamboo.
Check all bolts and screws and tighten any that may be loose.
Replace broken, rusted or missing pieces.
Use a silicone lubricant on all wheels and hinges.
Bring the furniture inside during harsh winter weather or store under a breathable cover.
Look underneath chaises for damage to the glides from dragging. Replace if they are worn out or missing.
Aluminum is one of those great recyclable items. Strip this furniture to the aluminum only, removing webbing, hardware (if not aluminum) and glides. Recycled aluminum is made into cans, pie pans, small appliances and lawn furniture.
If the furniture is still serviceable but your design ideas have changed, donate the item to a local charity that sells used goods.
If the lawn furniture is made from No. 2 plastic, it also can be recycled into other durable products.
With drops in temperature, citizens of the north got serious about moving… or just buying a second home… Check out this amazing infographic that shows how the polar vortex effected web activity related to living in warmer climates:
Buffalo certainly isn’t as walkable a city as New York– with the weather and lack of adequate walking paths, driving seems to be a much more efficient option. Certainly, when the weather turns warmer, our city has much to offer in the way of healthy outdoor options, but the design of the city, like many others, could be contributing to obesity.
Studies from around the world are showing a correlation between the location and design of our neighborhoods and overall health. For Buffalo, which is comprised of many suburbs that are far and away from shopping and entertainment, this means that driving is the best means of getting anywhere. But being forced to drive (in winter and summer) means that we are sitting more than ever.
Of course, just because one lives in the suburbs doesn’t mean he or she has to miss out on a healthy lifestyle. The study also found that the number of opportunities for a healthy lifestyle also can help keep neighborhoods from keeping us lethargic. With the number of gyms throughout Buffalo and its suburbs, as well as bike paths, tennis courts, and other hubs of exercise, it is truly up to the individual to make the change.
So go outside or to the gym and do something active! Enjoy your neighborhood, even if it forces you to drive.
Cold weather got you down? Check out these gorgeous rooms that make snuggling up and staying in look perfect. From movie theaters that double as bedrooms to perfect spa get-aways, these rooms take cozy to a whole new level.