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 »
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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 »
Last week we at Crucial Vacuum, covered tips on how to clean some of the toughest spots in your house. This week, we’re going to get you going on how to move from room to room like a cleaning dervish, leaving behind a clean streak in your wake. With these spring cleaning tips, your annual cleaning spree should go off without a hitch. Just remember that having your spring cleaning go smoothly lies in having a plan and using the right tools for the job. Running in with a bucket of water and a sponge will only lead to frustration. That isn’t to say that cleaning requires hundreds of dollars in expensive gadgets either. Here are some things to get you started. Continue reading »
Welcome back to our 4 part series on Spring Cleaning. This week, we’re going to talk about actual cleaning and some tips on tackling the tough spots when it comes to cleaning. These are areas like your HVAC registers or radiators, under the fridge and stove, and your window blinds. In general, these are the spots that leave people shaking their heads or cleaning inefficiently or incorrectly. Let’s get to it!:
Last week in our Spring Cleaning series, we at Crucial discussed a great starting point for your annual cleaning spree: checking your roof and crawl spaces. This week we’re going to get you started on that spring decluttering. You know, the annual, “Do I really need to keep this Summer ’12 Pottery Barn catalog?” (Hint: unless you participated in making the catalog, probably not). We’re going to cover some great decluttering tips to get you started and touch on some things you definitely shouldn’t do. After all, whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a 16-room mansion, decluttering is a big job and intensely personal. Also, keep in mind that spring cleaning isn’t usually a one weekend job unless you live in a studio apartment. A proper spring clean can take twenty hours of work to do. Spacing that out over a few weekends can really help keep the job from stressing you out.