We Are Back Up and Running

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Florida was an exciting place to be in September. Between Harvey ,Irma , Maria and  Matthew and all their little hurricane friends, we were in a constant state of hurricane readiness.

Luckily most of Indian River County escaped the worst damage. It was mostly a few old fences and tree branches that took the brunt of things. Some had roof leaks, others had fallen trees, and of course our beaches lost half of their sand. Overall we came out okay.

We lost power for  a few days depending upon the area your home was in. It took just a couple days to come back on in some parts of Vero Beach and Sebastian, but for others it was over a week.

I had power at my home and our office come back pretty quickly, it was cable service that gave us the most trouble. Until this past week, my Comcast cable and phone system were  still not working properly. But we are back up now

If you tried to call to let me know you needed to change an appointment, or that you are headed south for the winter, please call again. We are ready for you!!

 

Carole Melasi

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The Part Timer’s Are Preparing To Return

The Part Timer’s Are Preparing To Return

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It’s still pretty warm here, but soon you will be able to feel the cooler breezes returning. Those easy traffic days will gradually go away, and making a left hand turn will once again take forever. By Thanksgiving most of our part-time residents will have returned for the winter. Yes, there are some who don’t return until after the Holidays, but it’s more common for people to want to come back sooner. [Read more…]

Cleaning Hints 101

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When people find out what I do they will ask me for advice on how to clean up certain types of messes, or how to keep things looking picked up and organized.  I love sharing my tips, and if you look through my  log here, you can see them.

I also like to find quick tips elsewhere, and one of my favorite resources are online magazines. Good Housekeeping had some great hints for making things easier around the house. Here are just a few of them:

Fill your dishwasher with everything but dishes.

Plastic toys, soap dishes, plastic hair brushes, and more can get clean in dishwasher — zero effort required. Take a lap around your house and gather the stuff you rarely (err, never?) clean and run an everything-but-plates load.

 Banish dust from baseboards.

You can tackle dingy spots without stooping. Lightly spray an old sock with some cleaning solution and run your foot over the baseboards to whisk debris away in a flash.

 Freshen your garbage disposal.

Got kitchen stink you just can’t kick? Try running a couple of lemon rinds through your garbage disposal, and follow with cold water to dispel the smell.

Clear dust from ceiling fans.

Before the first hot day makes you flip your fan’s switch, make sure it won’t fling dust all over the room. An old pillow case makes quick and tidy work of making your fan blades sparkle again.

 For goodness sake, just toss that pile of catalogs.

There are certain things you just don’t need to think about before you get rid of them. Recycle that stack cluttering your nightstand, no questions asked, and feel the lightness of free space in seconds. “

If you want you home to smell nice and fresh, there is nothing like good ole baking soda to remove stale odors. I know it’s pretty hot here in Florida at this time of the year, but if you turn up the air, and open your slider and a window or two, just for a half hour or so, that will get the stale air out and bring some fresh air in. It’s good for the energy flow in your home as well.

As always, our best advice is pick up each day, clear out the clutter, and if you have a family, remember, you aren’t the only person in the household who can use a sponge, mop or dust cloth. Delegate.

Or…call us

Carole Melasi

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Keeping Your Air Conditioner Working

Keeping Your Air Conditioner Working

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This time of year is hot, hot, hot in Florida. What that means to us Floridians is our air conditioners are running non stop, 24/7. They are working hard and we need to take care of them so they take care of us.

What are some things you can do to keep things running smoothly for the rest of the summer? The number one thing you must do is remember to change your air filter at least once a month. What else should you do?

DIY Network has these helpful hints:

“Clean a Plugged Evaporator Drain

On the interior, warm, humid air from your home’s interior is blown through the evaporator coil. The cold coil absorbs heat from the air, cooling it, before the air is circulated back into your home. The humidity in the air condenses on the cool surface of the evaporator coil as liquid water, dripping into a pan below. From the pan, the water flows into a drain tube which is typically routed into a basement floor drain, utility sink, or outdoors.

Over time, algae and mold can build up and potentially plug the drain, so if the drain is either not flowing or flowing very slowly, it will need to be unplugged. A plugged drain can either cause damage by flooding onto the floor or, if the system is equipped with a drain float, cause the system to stop cooling in order to avoid flooding.

First, find the drain line where it leaves the evaporator coil enclosure. The drain is usually a one-inch PVC pipe (white, grey, or black). Follow it to the end where it drains. Often the line drains outside near the condenser unit, but it can also drain into a utility sink or basement floor drain or, in the case of attic units, down an outside wall.

Once located, use a wet/dry vacuum to clear the drain. It’s best to remove the paper filter from the wet/dry vacuum so as not to ruin the filter. Hold the hose of the wet/dry vacuum to the end of the drain line. You can use duct tape or simply hold a rag around the gap. Turn on the vacuum for 2-3 minutes then turn off. This will clear the drain of any growing biological matter.”

This is also something you should do once a month. If you don’t it can cause problems with overflow water and your system can shut down altogether.

Another important thing to do is put a little bleach in the drain line every so often. That keeps the algae build up to a minimum. It never hurts to get your unit checked at least once a year by a licensed HVAC company. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down in this hot weather.

Carole Melasi