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 »
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 »
Vacuum cleaners have come a long way since they were first introduced in 1905 by Walter Griffiths. Through the years, various improvements have come, including beater bars, cyclonic action, HEPA filtration and even automated robotic units. So, now, 111 years later, what are the best vacuums you can get on the market?
It really depends on what you’re looking for. A vacuum that would suit a homeowner with four cats is not the best vacuum for a college student just starting out. So, here we have a list of five of the best vacuums for you, depending on what your needs are. Continue reading »
We at Crucial talk a lot about how important it is to change your filters on a timely and regular basis. Whether it’s your household furnace or central air, your vacuum cleaner, or your humidifier or air purifier, taking care of your filters is important. This is especially true if you suffer from allergies or any other sort of breathing malady. To understand why it’s so important to change your filters, you need to understand how filters work. It’s also important to understand how filters are rated; after all, not all filters are created equally. Continue reading »