How to Prepare Your Home for Fall

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This weekend marks Labor Day Weekend, also known as the unofficial end of summer.

While the temperatures may make it seem otherwise, fall will be here before you know it – you want to make sure you and your home are prepared when it does arrive. As a homeowner, here are some simple steps you can take to make your transition to autumn a smooth one.

Pack up your window air conditioner.

Once the temperatures cool off for good, you will want to take your air conditioner out of the window and store it away for the winter. Leaving a window unit in during the colder months can cause permanent damage, not to mention it creates an air leak (which we will talk about later). Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to safely remove your window A/C.

Test your smoke and CO2 alarms.

Home fires and carbon monoxide poisonings skyrocket during the winter months due to the use of heating equipment. You want to make sure your alarms are fully-functional so they are ready to warn you in the event of an emergency.

Check your home for air leaks.

Air leaks around the home can spike your energy bills because they give warm air an easy way to escape your home. Inspect for air leaks around your home’s windows, doors, and electrical outlets. If you do find an air leak, seal it up using weatherstripping or a caulking gun.

Clean your humidifier.

It is not uncommon for the air in our homes to become uncomfortably dry during the colder months. This low humidity can wreak havoc on our sinuses, as well as our wood flooring, furniture, and framework. Clean out your humidifier now so it is ready to go when you need it.

Schedule a tune up for your heating system.

A professional tune up is the best way to ensure your furnace operates at peak capacity all winter long. A certified technician will clean and lubricate the various components of your heating system, as well as inspect them for signs of potential failure. This is the best time of the year to schedule a tune up, before HVAC companies are at their busiest.

Devine Bros. offers heating system installations, repairs, and tune up services to homes across Fairfield County, Connecticut. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

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Let Devine Bros. Help You With Your Next Concrete Project

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Got a construction project on the horizon in southwestern Connecticut? Look no further than Devine Bros. for superior concrete at an affordable price.

Devine Bros. owns and operates two ready-mix concrete plants in the Fairfield County area. As a fully certified member of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the American Concrete Institute, you can trust us to deliver a high-quality cement mix that meets and exceeds your standards.

Being the top concrete supplier in Fairfield County, we are capable of manufacturing all types of concrete – from lightweight structural concrete to high-strength microsilica concrete. If we don’t have what you are looking for, we can even design and mix a custom aggregate to meet your exact specifications.

Take a look below at some of our most popular concrete options:

Connecticut State Mixes

  • State Class A
  • State Class C
  • State Class F

Concrete Admixtures

  • Chloride Accelerator – 1% or 2%
  • Non-chloride accelerator – 1% or 2%
  • Retarder
  • Waterproofing and Water Reducer
  • Superplasticizer
  • Concrete Fiber Solutions

Special Concrete Mixes

  • Grout Mixes
  • 1-2 Finish
  • 1-3 Finish
  • Flowable Fill

Concrete Blocks

  • Concrete blocks available in different sizes

Don’t see what you need? Don’t sweat it! Just contact us with what you are looking for, and we can make it for you. Our custom concrete blends can be made with 1¼”, ¾”, ½”, and ⅜” aggregate.

There’s a reason why some Fairfield County’s biggest projects – such as Westport Town Center, Stamford Hospital, and Norwalk Water Treatment Center – all use Devine Bros. concrete. It’s because we are the best!

Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to learn how we can help with your next project.

6 Simple Steps to Cleaner Indoor Air

Home is supposed to be our safe place, but it could be where we are in the most danger.

We often hear about how polluted the air outside is, but the air in our home’s is often worse – up to ten times worse! Indoor air pollution can cause serious health problems, so follow these six steps to keep your air clean.

Lose the shoes.

Wearing your shoes around the house doesn’t just dirty up your floors and carpet – it can also track in harmful pesticides. Place doormats outside all of your entrances and implement a strict “no shoes” policy for your guests.

Clean up your cleaning products.

Despite the fact that they are labeled as “cleaning” products, commercial cleaning agents are loaded with harmful chemicals. Opt for a cheaper, safer alternative by cleaning your home’s surfaces with a baking soda-vinegar solution; it’s just as effective!

Make your home a no-smoking zone.

Most people are aware of the dangers of first- and second-hand smoke, but scientists have recently discovered that the carcinogens released by cigarette smoke can stick on your walls and furniture for months.

Control your humidity levels.

High humidity levels do more than make you uncomfortable. More times than not, excess humidity leads to mold – a toxic fungus that can cause allergic reactions and respiratory infections. Minimize moisture in your air by running the bathroom exhaust fan after every shower and using a dehumidifier when necessary.

Have your heating equipment inspected each year.

As winter approaches, take the time to schedule a professional inspection for your heating system. As furnaces operate, they produce a fatal gas known as carbon monoxide. This is usually safely vented to the outside, but a block in your system could have deadly consequences.

Change your HVAC filters.

Furnaces and air conditioners both utilize air filters that must be cleaned or replaced on a monthly basis. Not only do dirty filters contribute to indoor air pollution, they also reduce energy efficiency and increase wear-and-tear on your unit.

As Fairfield County’s leading HVAC professionals, don’t trust anyone but Devine Bros. to help you clean up the air in your home. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call us for a free indoor air quality consultation at (203) 866-4421.

3 Reasons to Upgrade to Energy Star

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Whether you are shopping for a new appliance, HVAC system, or television, always be on the lookout for the blue Energy Star tag. These labels are not just for looks – there are plenty of good reasons why they make a smart investment for your home.

Here are three reasons you should consider choosing Energy Star for your next purchase…

Save money.

Products that carry the Energy Star label have been tested by a third party and proven to offer significant energy savings. You will reap the benefits of these products every month when it is time to pay your utility bill.

Save energy.

Energy Star products use less energy, and there are plenty of benefits to that. Not only will you save money on your monthly bills (as mentioned above), but you are doing your part to save the environment – and who can put a price on that?

Qualify for rebates.

Energy Star products can save you money, both in the short- and the long- term. These products can pay for themselves over the course of several months, but many people yearn for instant gratification. Energy Star can offer that too, thanks to government rebates. Click here for a list of rebates available in your area – some of them could save you thousands.

Once you find an Energy Star furnace, cooling system, or water heater, let the experts at Devine Bros. install it in your Connecticut home. Even an Energy Star HVAC system won’t save you money if it is not properly installed. If you live in Fairfield County, give our home heating and cooling experts a call at (203) 866-4421.

Are You Making These Common Landscaping Mistakes?

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When it comes to curb appeal, your landscape is equally as important as your home. Even the most beautiful house won’t look as good if it is placed atop a dead lawn with deteriorating decorations.

If you are looking to maximize your landscaping appeal, here are three common mistakes which you must avoid.

Mowing Mistakes

Cutting your grass isn’t as simple as cutting your grass. Mowing your lawn is a science, and one you need to follow closely if you want the best results. There is a best time of the day to mow your lawn, a best technique for doing it, a best height to cut your grass, and more. Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you start up your lawnmower.

Planting Too Deep

Many people make the mistake of planting their trees, flowers, and shrubs too deep in the ground. The thought is, the more soil the better, but this is not always the case. Submerging your plant too far can prevent oxygen from reaching the roots and cause the plant to die more quickly.

Not Using the Right Supplies

Your landscape will only be as good as the supplies you use to build it. Using cheap supplies will result in a cheap look that will likely not last as long as if you used high-quality materials.

Looking for more landscaping mistakes to avoid? Check out this article from HGTV.

Residents of southwestern Connecticut need to look no further than Devine Bros. for all of their landscaping and masonry needs. We have Fairfield County’s most extensive inventory of supplies, and all of our goods are available for pickup or delivery. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

5 Reasons to Change the Air Filter on Your HVAC System

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When was the last time you changed the air filter on your HVAC system?

Just like a car, your furnace and air conditioner both have air filters that need to be cleaned or replaced periodically. It’s an easy task to forget, but it is important to the health of your HVAC system. Here are five reasons you need to be keeping up with filter maintenance:

  1. Extend the lifespan of your equipment. A dirty air filter allows dust, dirt, and debris to enter your HVAC system. This forces your unit to work harder, increasing wear-and-tear and ultimately shortening its lifespan.

  1. Improved energy efficiency. When your HVAC system goes into overdrive due to a dirty air filter, it consumes more energy than usual. You can easily see the difference a clean filter makes when you open your utility bill.

  1. Maintain good indoor air quality. The point of the air filter is to collect common airborne allergens such as dust and pet dander. A dirty filter cannot effectively trap these contaminants, leaving them free to circulate throughout your home.

  1. Enhanced comfort. When your HVAC system is operating at maximum capacity, it can heat or cool an area more efficiently. This translates into a more comfortable home with minimal temperature fluctuations.

  1. Prevent breakdowns and repairs. Did you know that four out of every five HVAC system breakdowns are caused by a dirty filter? Changing yours on a monthly basis is recommended if you don’t want to rack up a hefty repair bill.

Trust the professionals at Devine Bros. to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape. As Fairfield County’s home heating and cooling experts, we offer a variety of services to help keep you comfortable all year long. From furnace repairs to central air installation, and everything in between, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

The Cost of Power Outages

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Power outages are more than an inconvenience; they are a complete disruption for homes and businesses alike. And they are only becoming more and more frequent across America.

Did you know that 500,000 people are affected by power outages on a daily basis? These blackouts can cause more than $150 billion in damages every year, according to Kohler Generators. Where do these costs come from? Here are some potential expenses you could be facing the next time the power goes out in your area:

  • Burst or Frozen Pipes: $10,000

  • Flooded Basement: $21,000

  • Mold Removal: $500 – $30,000

  • Food Loss: $250 – $500

  • Alternative Shelter: $110 per night

So, how can you prepare yourself for the next power outage in your area?

The best way to protect yourself from blackouts is by investing in an automatic standby generator. These devices can automatically detect a power outage, and turn on within seconds to provide your home with the energy it needs. Unlike a portable generator, standby units produce enough energy to power your entire house – including your lights, refrigerator, and television.

When you compare the cost of a standby generator with the potential costs of a power outage, you can see that protecting your power supply is a smart move. When you add in the peace of mind and convenience factor that generators provide, the decision to invest in one becomes easy.

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut can trust the experts at Devine Bros. to protect their power supply. All of our standby generators come equipped with a wireless monitoring system, as well as an industry-leading 5 year warranty. If you live in Norwalk, Wesport, New Canaan, or the surrounding towns, call us today at (203) 866-4421.