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 »
We’re fully into the sun and fun of summer, complete with heat and humidity. If you’re like us here at Crucial, there’s nothing better in the middle of a hot and sticky summer day than a dip in a pool. As a pool owner, you know that there’s a certain amount of responsibility that comes with having a pool. First among those is maintenance. Nobody wants to swim in a pool that has an inch-thick layer of algae floating on top. So let’s walk through weekly pool maintenance and cleaning you should be doing to keep your pool safe and sanitary. Continue reading »
To get the most out of your vacuum, you should be taking advantage of the attachments. Of course, with how busy most of us are, we sometimes just forget about them or completely ignore using them. This is a shame because the attachments can really bring the entire system together. So if you’re not sure how to use these various accoutrements, don’t let that hold you back from making the most of your vacuum system. So this week, we’re going to talk about the three most common attachments and how to use them. Then finally we’re going to talk about some specialty attachments that can make other cleaning chores a lot easier. Continue reading »
Mother Nature has finally begun to relent and release her icy grip on the Northern Hemisphere. While this is great because it means warmer weather and no more scraping ice from your car window, it also means the annual chore that we all approach with hesitation. Yes, we’re talking about Spring Cleaning.
If you own your own home, there are certain things that you should do every spring to protect the investment you have in your property. The first part of spring cleaning isn’t jumping right in with a broom. It’s about inspecting those things that might have gotten damaged over the winter. This means looking over your roof, your attic, and your basement. So let’s get started and work from top to bottom.
(Keep in mind that everything here can be done by a contractor if you choose. Licensed roofers and contractors are more than happy to do them, but with a free afternoon, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by doing it yourself. )