5 Landscaping Projects to Try at Home This Spring

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People love landscaping because they can let their imaginations run wild. Anything is possible with the right supplies and a little bit of hard work. If you’re itching to get started on your next landscaping endeavor, here are five projects you can try at home this spring.

Start With a Bit of Maintenance

You know about spring cleaning for the inside of your home, but what about the outside? Before diving into a new landscaping project, do some basic maintenance such as picking up sticks and debris around the yard, pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, trimming your hedges, and washing off outdoor furniture.

Build a Patio

The simple addition of a patio can turn an ordinary backyard into an extraordinary summer escape. Patios can be brick, stone, or concrete, and you can customize the size and design to match the style of your home and yard. Best of all, building a patio doesn’t require a ton of time, knowledge, or money.

Touch Up Your Mulch

If the mulch in your gardens looks old and worn, or is less than three inches deep, a re-mulching is in order. It’s not hard work, most jobs will only require a topdressing – about an inch or so. Before re-mulching, turn the old mulch with a rake to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach plant roots.

Add a Stone Walkway

Do you have a focal point or gathering spot in your yard? Lead the way there with a beautiful stone path. A quick, cheap DIY project for any homeowner, stone paths are a subtle addition sure to spice up any landscape. Make one leading to your pool, fire pit, patio, gazebo, bench, garden, or playground – the possibilities are endless!

Warm Things Up

Nothing says summertime like sitting around a bonfire with your friends and family. A metal fire pit can be bought at your local home improvement store for under $100, or you could make a DIY project out of it. Some awesome fire pits have been made out of stone, brick, and even tree stumps.

Planning any of these projects for your Connecticut home? Be sure to stop by Devine Bros. for all of your supplies! We are Fairfield County’s #1 provider of landscaping and masonry supplies, and all of our products are available for pickup or delivery. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, visit our website for more info, or call us at (203) 866-4421.

3 Qualities to Look for in an HVAC Service

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If you are looking for an air conditioner tune up, furnace repair, or water heater installation, chances are you will need to call a local HVAC service. Unless you are a professional HVAC technician yourself, jobs like these require tools and experience that most of us just don’t have.

With so many options to choose from in your area, how do you know which one is the best? Looking for these three qualities is a good place to start.

Flexible pricing options

If you live in New England, there is a good chance that you rely on heating oil to keep your home warm during the winter months. With oil prices changing on a daily basis, it’s impossible to predict how much money you will have to spend the next time you need your tank filled.

With Devine Bros., you don’t need a crystal ball. We offer three different heating oil pricing options to meet the needs of any family and budget.

Years of experience

Experience is a key factor when choosing any service, but it is especially important in the world of HVAC. Who would you trust more: the technician that has 40 years of work under his belt, or the one on his first job?

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut have trusted Devine Bros. with all of their HVAC needs for nearly 100 years.

Variety of services

Finding one reliable company to handle all of your HVAC needs will save you time and energy down the road. It will also give you peace of mind knowing that you only have to call one number to handle any heating or cooling needs that may arise.

Devine Bros. offers a full suite of HVAC services to keep your family comfortable all year long. Our technicians are fully capable of repairing, maintaining, and installing any type of heating or cooling system.

If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, look no further than Devine Bros. for all of your HVAC needs. There is a reason Connecticut homeowners have relied on us for nearly a century. Visit our website or give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to get started.

5 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

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Think the air in your home is clean? Think again. According to the EPA, indoor air may be up to ten times more polluted than the air outside – and we spend 90% of our day indoors! Here are five ways you can clean up the air in your home.

1.) Change your air filters.

When was the last time you changed the filter on your furnace or central air system? A dirty filter not only hinders your energy efficiency, it can pollute the air in your home. Clean or replace your filters every month or two in accordance with your manufacturer’s recommendations.

2.) Ditch the air freshener.

Air fresheners freshen your air, right? Not quite. Despite their name, they are actually one of the biggest sources of indoor air pollution. Use one of these homemade fresheners or light a match to eliminate foul odors.

3.) Add some houseplants.

Houseplants not only add life to your room, they can help clean your air too! NASA conducted a study in the 1980s that found that certain plants can naturally remove pollutants from the air. Not all plants are created equal, however. Click here for a list of the best.

4.) Clean your air ducts.

Do you know what’s hiding in your air ducts? An afterthought for most homeowners, your ducts could potentially be circulating mold, dust, pet dander, and pollen throughout your house. Have them professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

5.) Open your windows.

With the weather warming up in the Fairfield County area, keep your windows and doors open whenever possible to promote better air flow throughout your home.

Do you know how clean your home’s air is? If you live in Norwalk, Wesport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, you can find out with a free air quality assessment from the experts at Devine Bros. Give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to get started.

Benefits of Going Tankless

Do you find yourself constantly running out of hot water? It could be because your showers are too long, or it could be because you need a new water heater.

A brand new hot water heater should last you well over 10 years, so it’s not very often that you find yourself looking for a new one. If you are in the market for the first time in over a decade, there’s a lot of new things to consider, like going tankless.

The tankless water heater is a relatively new product that is gaining popularity in homes across the country. It is just what it sounds like – a water heater without a holding tank. Instead, these devices heat your water on demand as it flows through a heat exchanger. This concept offers many benefits for users, such as:

  • Increased energy efficiency. Because there is no storage heaterreservoir, tankless water heaters only consume energy when they are being used. Traditional water heaters, on the other hand, need to use energy around the clock to keep the water in the tank warm, whether you are using it or not.

  • Unlimited hot water supply. Running out of hot water is a problem of the past thanks to tankless hot water heaters. As long as your unit is properly sized for your home, you will have a virtually unlimited supply of hot water at your disposal.

  • Compact design leaves more room. Traditional water heaters can take up valuable floor space, but tankless models are small enough to be mounted onto a wall or even underneath a cabinet. This is particularly valuable i
    n minimalist homes and small apartment spaces.

  • Longer lifespan. Tankless hot water heaters require less maintenance and can last up to ten years longer than traditional tank heaters.

If you are thinking about going tankless in your Connecticut home, talk to the heating and cooling experts at Devine Bros. For almost 100 years, residents of Fairfield County have depended on us to keep comfortable all year long. If you live in Westport, Norwalk, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

What Can Devine Bros. Do For You?

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If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Devine Brothers is a household name. Residents of Norwalk and the surrounding area have relied on us to for nearly 100 years, but many people still aren’t aware of our full range of services. Check out everything we can do for you.

Heating & Cooling Services

Whether you need to stay warm in the winter or cold in the summer, Devine Bros. will help keep you comfortable all year long. Our HVAC technicians can repair, maintain, or install any of your household heating and cooling units.

Landscaping & Masonry Supplies

Got an outdoor project coming up? Trust Devine Bros. for all of your landscaping and masonry needs. We offer a wide selection of bricks, blocks, mulch, topsoil, flagstone, and more. All of our products are available for pick up or delivery.

Concrete

Devine Bros. operates two ready mix concrete plants in Fairfield County. We have lightweight structural concrete, high strength microsilica concrete, and can even create a custom blend designed to meet your specifications. We are certified by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the American Concrete Institute.

Automatic Standby Generators

In Connecticut, power outages are a year-round threat. Between snow storms in the winter and hurricanes in the summer, you never know when your lights are going to go off. Have peace of mind knowing you are always protected with an automatic standy generator. These device automatically detect blackouts, and power on within minutes to provide your entire house with the energy it needs.

If you live in Norwalk, Wesport, New Canaan, or any of the surrounding areas, Devine Bros. is just a phone call away. Contact us any time by dialing (203) 866-4421.

How To Prepare Your Home For Spring

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After a very short winter, spring is in the air all around Connecticut. With Fairfield County temperatures reaching as high as 80° in recent days, homeowners are starting to think about spring cleaning and home improvement projects.

Before spring officially hits on March 20th, here are a few things you should do to make sure your home is prepared for the warm weather.

Clean your gutters

Those spring showers are on their way, you want to make sure your home isn’t damaged as a result. Leaves and sticks can accumulate in your gutters during the winter months, which can cause all kinds of problems if they aren’t cleaned out. When your gutters can’t effectively drain water, heavy rain can pour over the side of your roof, damaging your siding and flooding your basement. Leaky ceilings are another common consequence of backed up gutters, so break out that ladder and clean out them now!

Swap out your storm windows

Many homeowners install storm windows and doors on their homes before the start of every winter. This extra sheet of glass helps reduce heat loss and adds an extra layer of defense against the harsh winter weather, but they should be removed during the spring. Swap them out for screen windows and doors to promote better air flow when the weather warms up.

Have your A/C system tuned up

Did you know that many central air manufactures recommend having their systems professionally tuned up every year? In fact, many of them will even void their warranties if they are not. A professional tune up can improve your energy efficiency and even help to prevent future break downs. The start of spring is the best time to schedule a tune up because you don’t want your A/C breaking down in the middle of a heat wave, when HVAC companies tend to be at their busiest.

If you live in Norwalk, Wesport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, trust the heating and cooling experts at Devine Bros. to keep you comfortable all year round. As Fairfield County’s leading HVAC professionals, we offer a variety of services including tune ups, repairs, and installations. Give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to get started.

Why This Is the Best Time of the Year to Get an A/C Tune Up

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Calling all Connecticut homeowners! When was the last time you had your A/C tuned up?

It’s already March – before you know it, it will be spring, then summer. Your air conditioner is going to be working hard to keep you cool, don’t you want to make sure it lasts all season?

The best way to prevent your A/C from breaking down this summer is by having it tuned up this spring. During a tune up, a professional technician will examine your unit and do things such as replace the air filter, clean and lubricate various pieces, and closely inspect components for potential signs of problems.

Benefits of an A/C tune up include:

  • Better energy efficiency

  • Improved comfort

  • Reduced risk of breakdown

  • Better indoor air quality

Thinking about getting your air conditioner tuned up? There is no better time to do so than now! The beginning of March is typically not a very busy time for cooling companies, so take advantage of the down period by scheduling a tune up today. The last thing you want is for your A/C to break down in the middle of a heat wave, when HVAC companies are at their busiest.

If you are looking for an affordable, dependable HVAC company to tune up your home’s A/C system, look no further than Devine Bros. Residents Fairfield County have depended on us to stay comfortable for almost 100 years. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.