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Jul 27 2016

3 Simple Steps in Maintaining your Air Conditioner

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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 »

Jun 28 2016

Crucial Vacuum’s Picks: Top 5 Vacuums of 2016

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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 »

Jun 8 2016

All about Tea: Types and the Process

tea-set-imageWe at Crucial tend to talk a lot about coffee, mainly because we love the stuff and want to pass on that love to any and all readers. However, there is another caffeinated drink that is extremely popular and we felt it was time to talk about that as well. It’s as versatile as coffee; it has as many different preparations as java for sure, and is just as nuanced in flavors and notes. We are of course, speaking of tea.

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, falling in line right after water. It has gained popularity in the past decade because of its health benefits and that it doesn’t have the acidity that troubles so many coffee drinkers. Tea does have small doses of caffeine, about one-half of an equivalent amount of coffee, which makes it a more suitable night cap for some. Green tea is high in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, which helps combat the signs and symptoms of aging. There is also a study that shows that drinking green tea daily helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Continue reading »

Jun 2 2016

How-to-Guide on Removing Weeds Naturally

shutterstock_401799625Last time, we talked about some preventive measures you can take to protect your garden from unwelcome creepy crawlies and other four-legged pests. This week, we’re going to tackle another type of pest. By far, the worst pest that will run rampant in your garden isn’t one with legs at all. It doesn’t creep or crawl, it just simply grows. We are of course, talking about weeds.

Here’s the thing. Weeds aren’t really a bad thing. After all, they’re just another type of plant, trying to make their way in a cruel world. However, when you’re trying to grow a specific type of plant, especially one for food, something’s gotta give. And in this case, it’s the weeds.

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May 9 2016

The Springtime Scents of Aromatherapy

aromatherapy-scentsSpringtime brings many things; from gentle April showers to fields of wildflowers, this season is full of scents and sounds. However, rain stops, and flowers fade, leaving behind faint memories in their wake. Baking cookies evoke different memories in different people, from warm memories to off-putting ones.  Different smells have long been known to evoke strong feelings in people, driving an entire field of study devoted to scents and how they affect us.  Aromatherapy uses various fragrances to help balance and support a person’s mental health and well-being  and we, your friends from Crucial Vacuum would like to help you improve that. Continue reading »