Homeowners Guide to Heating and Cooling

AccuTemp's Heating and Cooling Tips for HVAC

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While June isn't exactly the month to plant any fresh plants, we have some great tips for you to keep your garden thriving through the heat. If you're new to this, there are probably a lot of little things you don't know. There are also a lot of neat things you can do to grow more food!

Pinch off any side-shoots from your tomato plants. You can plant the side-shoots to create new tomato plants. After about 5 weeks, add mulch around your tomato plants. This will help them retain moisture. Fertilize 2 weeks prior to your first picking and two weeks after. Planting basil near your tomatoes is helpful in repelling mosquitoes, aphids, whiteflies and tomato hornworms.

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If you have fruit trees, you'll probably experience the "June drop." This is when fruit just falls off your trees to the ground. This is completely normal. Go ahead an harvest any fruit on congested branches. This will allow the tree to replenish the fruit bigger and better than before. Place netting around your fruits to protect from squirrels and birds.

Water your garden early in the day. Since the sun is about to beam down on your precious produce all day, watering them in the morning allows them to stay hydratedYoung plants through the heat of the day. Do your best to not get the foliage wet. If it does happen to get wet, since you watered in the morning you probably will avoid disease. If you plan to water in the afternoon, you need to make absolutely certain you don't get the foliage wet. The heat mixed with the water helps the spread of diseases. Unfortunately this could lead to an entire garden of unusable produce. You can't even compost it due to the possibility of spreading disease to your next crops. Placing a flat rock the size of your palm near the roots helps to pull water towards the roots.

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Stained grout looks awful but as you know, it’s SO difficult to get clean. I’ve tried various baking soda recipes, bleach, peroxide and a gazillion other things. Unfortunately, none of these options got all the stains out. All I know is, it’s clean! It just doesn’t look it.poly

This isn’t the fastest project in the world, but it is the most effective that I know of. You can purchase this magical product at your local Home Depot. It should cost around $13.00 for a bottle. Each bottle covers about 35 to 40 square feet. You’ll also want to purchase a small paint brush. The bottle recommends you use a toothbrush to apply. You have way more control with a paint brush. Make sure to wipe off any that gets on your tile immediately. This stuff sets fast so you don’t have a ton of time. This product is also fade and stain resistant.

The first step is to clean your floors really well. Once everything is dry, you can get into focus mode. You’ll need it for the next several hours. You literally paint your grout line with this product. To get yourself through, here are some before and after pictures. Perhaps they’ll motivate you to keep pushing through.

After you’ve completed this grueling task, you’ll get to enjoy stain proof grout! Spills, muddy shoes and normal wear won’t touch your new looking grout job. Essentially, this stuff is sort of like paint….except better since it won’t wear out. Feel free to share this with your friends. Help us end the dirty grout days. This is 2017, we don’t have to have dirty grout anymore.

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These days, a new invention is created every time you blink. Some of these interesting inventions work well, and others not so much. It’s really neat to be living in this day and age though. We get to test out all these cool products. Here are our favorites.

Image result for self cooling towelFirst up, the self cooling towel! All you have to do is soak it in water, wring it out and snap it. Instant cooling! This neat effect can last for several hours. This particular one has a carrying case and is RoHS approved. For just $7.99, you can enjoy this great product. 51zqQ%2BtaQgL. SL1001

We found the coolest little hand held, mini air conditioner. We didn’t test out this product ourselves, but the reviews are mixed. People say the air is cool but that it doesn’t blow very well. It’s a great concept though! Perhaps in a few years we can revisit this and they will have improved upon their great invention.

Image result for cooling vestIf you work outside, a cooling vest looks like a pretty good item to invest in. The popular idea seems to be getting the vest wet. Some of them you wring out, some of them have a built in gel. I imagine working in a hot attic or as a landscaper outside, this would be a fantastic item to add to the wardrobe. The prices range from as little as $20 up to around $200. Just read reviews and remember you get what you pay for.Solaration® 7001 White Fan Baseball Golf Hat

This item has got to be my favorite. I’d probably only purchase it as a gag gift, but it’s awesome. It’s a baseball cap with built in fan! If the fan on it was better, I’d probably consider wearing one of these regularly. It’s another one with a great concept but poor performance. This idea probably won’t go any further than the phase it’s in now so don’t get too excited about it.

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Realistically, if you are going to be walking around at a festival or anywhere for long periods of time, you may want to invest in a sun umbrella. They have tons of these from plain to stylish. This great product provides personal shade and protection from UV rays! This is a great product for your children too. Sunblock paired with a sun umbrella and your little human should be pretty well protected.

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Summer time brings outdoor activities for some of us and the rest of us would rather hang out inside, in the air conditioning. If that’s you, we don’t blame you. Georgia gets HOT! In order to keep you entertained and productive, we’ve compiled a small list of projects you can do indoors this summer.winnndowe

We’ve all seen the random old windows sitting in front of antique stores. If you’re like me, you probably wondered what the heck those are for. Well, I figured it out! You can turn the window sideways and paint the back of the glass different colors. Flip it around, hang it and BAM! You now have a nice dry erase board that is a huge step up from the ugly white ones.

Have you seen those beautiful sunburst mirrors? These things are EXPENSIVE in the store. I saw one in Target for over $100. You can make your own for under $20. All you need is twigs, glue and a small framed mirror. After you glue your twigs to the frame, allow to dry for 24 hours.

Hop in my time machine and I’ll take you back to the 90’s! Remember the perler bead projects? Well, they’re back! Except this time, a bit more mature. In past times I only made lizard key chains. Now I realize the potential of these awesome plastic pieces. You can make lids for your beverages to keep flies out, coasters or even tribal jewelry! This is also a kid friendly craft. They can make cute little key chains while you craft things for your home.

aloe-vera-ice-cubes-final2If you or your family members do plan on playing in the sun, be prepared! Sometimes we as humans make errors. Sometimes those errors land us a sunburn. Freeze aloe gel in an ice cube tray to have on standby in case someone starts turning into a lobster. This is such a soothing feeling when your skin stings from the burn.

While there are thousands upon thousands of projects you can tackle in the summer, the above are our favorites. Have you created one of these yourself? Do you have other great DIY projects to escape the summer heat? Let us know in the comments! We love the creativity.

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Georgia definitely brings the heat during the summer months. The vast majority of us struggle with this and do everything we can to stay cool. Luckily, we’ve figured out a few tricks to help with that mission.

Choose cotton for your bedding. A light color is helpful as well. Cotton is more breathable than most bedding options out there. Due to this fact, you maintain a better level of ventilation. We’re also lucky enough to be living in a day and age where there are inventions for everything. There are bed fans that are placed at the end of your bed and just beneath your covers. If you become a furnace when you sleep, I highly recommend this product. If you prefer a more natural option, you could place a frozen water bottle in your bed. Just make sure it’s sealed tight!

coldshowerWhile it may sound uncomfortable, take a cold shower. This will help to decrease your core temperature. It won’t keep you cool forever but it will certainly help for a quick temperature drop.

If you’re hanging out inside and it seems hot, dampen a bed sheet. You get a bonus if it’s white! Hang the sheet in front of an open window and the breeze across the damp sheet will help make you feel cooler.

In cases when your extra hot and need to cool down immediately, dip your feet in ice cold water. Your feet and head have a lot to do with your entire body temperature. The cooler your feet are, the colder your entire body will be.peppermint

If you’re into essential oils, use your peppermint oil to your advantage. It leaves a cool sensation on the skin. Rub a drop or two on your neck. This is a completely natural technique that works well.

Last but not least, my most unknown tip. Toss your down pillows and invest in buckwheat pillows. They don’t retain heat like regular pillows, which make for a much cooler sleeping experience.

Stay cool this summer! If you have any other great tips you’d like to share, feel free to let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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