This has been one of the hottest summers on record as new temperature highs were set all across the northern hemisphere this year. If you’re like us at Crucial, you’ve been planning to celebrate November 26th with a huge party. (That’s the birthday of William Carrier, father of modern air conditioning.) While you might not be as enthusiastic as we are, you’ve probably been running your air conditioning a lot. And that means your cooling bill has seen some pretty high numbers too. While there’s not much you can do about it this year, we’re going to give you some tips on how to reduce your overall energy use for heating and cooling and save money on your energy bill. Continue reading »
If you’ve been following our gardening tips, you’re neck deep in fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and other vegetables. Now that you’ve eaten your fill, you may notice that you’ve started to collect a surplus. What do you do with all the extra produce that you’ve produced? Don’t worry. We at Crucial are here to walk you through one of the best ways to store those extra vegetables. That way, you can enjoy the vibrant tastes of summer even when there’s a foot of snow outside. All it takes is a little time, some Ziploc freezer bags and room in your freezer. Continue reading »
We’re nearing the end of July and entering into the end of the dog days of summer. With temperatures across the country reaching record highs, it’s likely that your central air conditioning has been running almost nonstop. That means that your machine is due for some maintenance. A bout of mid-season air conditioning maintenance will help keep your unit in peak condition for the long hot days still to come. There are three primary steps in your mid-season air conditioning maintenance. These steps are a general inspection, taking care of your filters, and dealing with your condenser and coils. You might be wondering exactly what you should do at each step. Don’t worry, we here at Crucial are here to walk you through that process. Before you begin any maintenance, it’s important that you shut off the power to the unit at the breaker box. Continue reading »
You may have seen or heard about steam cleaners and wondered what all the fuss was about. Why are people raving about this new method of cleaning and why is it so different? That’s what we at Crucial are here to explain: How it works, how it can benefit you and your lifestyle, and some tips on making a steam cleaner work for you.
Steam cleaning uses heated and vaporized water to clean almost every surface in your home. This includes mattresses, windows, hard-surface floors; the list is nearly endless. The three types of surfaces that you shouldn’t use a steam cleaner on are paper (like wallpaper), cold glass, or unsealed floors (especially wood). Other than that, you can clean pretty much anything with a steam cleaner. Continue reading »
Now that we’re officially in the dog days of summer (so named because Sirius, the dog star, now rises when the sun does), it’s tempting to just sit inside with the air conditioning blasting. However, just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean that you should stop keeping up with your healthy habits. While exercising in the summer heat can be more strenuous, you don’t have to run fifteen miles per day to stay healthy.
We at Crucial like to get our exercise in by walking. Experts recommend that you get a half hour of exercise at least three times per week. You don’t even have to do it all at one time. Three sessions that are ten minutes long or two fifteen minute bursts are just as effective. So, take your dog for two walks around the block, or spend ten minutes on a treadmill at various times through the day. Continue reading »