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Air Conditioning Tips to Live By

With temperatures rising every day, were in the beginning stages of a hot, hot summer! That means cranking your air conditioner to beat the heat, but with comfort comes a hefty price tag. Here are a few air conditioning tips to live by this summer so you’re not drowning in electric bills — or sweat.

Check Your Air Filters

When you run your air conditioner, dust and allergens can clog your filter. This makes it harder for your HVAC system to cool a room. During the summer months, be sure to check your air filters regularly. We recommend once per month and replace them as needed.

Shade Your Unit

If the air around your air conditioning unit is hot, it will have to work harder to cool it. That’s  why it’s important to properly shade your cooling system. Cooler air requires less energy to bring it to your desired temperature.

Make Sure Your Thermostat Isn’t Receiving Excess Heat

Your thermostat reads the temperature of the air surrounding it — so if it’s in an area that receives direct sunlight or additional heat, it will think your house is warmer than it is. Make sure to remove any excess heat sources and if necessary change the location of your thermostat.

Strategically Set the Temperature

The optimal temperature for energy savings is actually 78-degrees. When the thermostat is set more closely to the temperature outside your air conditioner consumes less energy. To slash your energy bill, set your thermostat according to the weather forecast.

Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

By investing in a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to schedule when you want your A/C to power on and off. We recommend the Nest Learning Thermostat — it learns your temperature habits in about a week and you can adjust it from your smartphone or tablet.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Remember, to ensure the longevity of your HVAC unit be sure to schedule a professional tune-up once a year. Our 16-point air conditioning tune-up is $161 for the first unit and $111 for each additional unit.

If you live in Fairfield County, trust Devine Bros. to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape this summer. We offer air conditioner repairs, installations, and tune ups, and have one of the largest inventories of landscaping supplies in southern Connecticut. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, contact us today at 203-866-4421!

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Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Summer

Your home should be a tranquil domain that promotes health and relaxation. That’s why you need to take action to rid it of airborne contaminants that can negatively impact your family. Devine Bros. is here with some helpful tips on how you can improve indoor air quality this summer.

Ditch the Scented Candles

Who doesn’t love burning a good scented candle? The truth is with each use they actually release very harmful carcinogens into the air. For a relaxing fresh scent, opt for essential oils. Diffusing a mixture of lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils not only smells amazing, but will begin to remove airborne fungi from the air in less than one hour.

Dust and Vacuum Regularly

Cleanliness is happiness. We know it’s easy to let dusting and vacuuming fall to the wayside, but by neglecting these simple household chores you’re opening yourself up to indoor allergens. Try using a microfiber cloth when dusting. They trap particles while you clean so you won’t have to deal with flying dust particles.

Cultivate Houseplants

Whip out your green thumb! Houseplants naturally purify the air, help balance out humidity, and add more oxygen in your home. We recommend potting some Boston ferns, cactus plants, English ivy, lilies, reed palms, and/or tillandsias.

Regulate Moisture Levels

Humidity can be a tricky thing to regulate — but it must be done. Too much of it can have a negative impact on your home and family. Invest in a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from your home during those muggy summer days.

Need help assessing the indoor air quality in your home? If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding Fairfield County area, the experts at Devine Bros. have you covered! Contact us today for your FREE consultation: 203-866-4421.

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Ceiling Fan Fundamentals for Saving Energy

It’s no secret that running your heating and cooling system can cost you big bucks, but did you know that you can supplement this through the use of ceiling fans all year round? Cut your energy costs by adopting these ceiling fan fundamentals.

Adjust your ceiling fan in the summer so that the air blows downward. The majority of ceiling fans have both clockwise and counterclockwise settings. Your summer setting depends on the angle of your fan blades. The easiest way to figure out which setting to utilize is to stand directly beneath the fan and turn it on. If you immediately feel a breeze, you’ve found your summer setting. Typically this is the counterclockwise direction. Fans cost pennies per day to operate, so by circulating your air downward in the summer, you’ll be able to run your air conditioning system less, saving yourself money.

Set your thermostat higher in the summer. When you’re using the correct setting, ceiling fans will make warm rooms feel cooler by circulating the air. This means you can set your thermostat to a warmer temperature and still feel comfortable. Instead of running your A/C on 69 degrees, try setting it to 72 degrees and run a fan on high to stay cool for less.

Remember to turn your fans off when you leave the house. While ceiling fans may be cheap to operate, it’s important to turn them off when you don’t need them running. This will only add to your power savings as time goes on. Try using a Hunter Fan Company SimpleConnect Programmable Control box. This device works with most pull chain ceiling fans and connects to bluetooth so you can program your fan from your smartphone. — Pro Tip: It’s available on available on Amazon and also allows you to control your fans light!

Don’t forget to adjust your fan setting in the winter. It must seem counter productive to run a ceiling fan in the winter. However, switching the setting so that air blows upwards in the winter will actually circulate warm air throughout your room. This means your furnace won’t have to work as hard, thus cutting energy costs.

Ceiling fans not cutting it when it comes to keeping you cool? Your air conditioner may not be working efficiently. If live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or any of the surrounding areas we’d love to come take a look.

The air conditioning experts at Devine Bros. have been keeping Fairfield County, Connecticut residents cool for years. Our home cooling services include professional A/C installations, repairs, replacements, tune-ups, and more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians: 203-866-4421.

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DIY Masonry Tips | Pavers

Planning a DIY masonry job this summer? You can give an area or room a unique look by installing brick pavers! These stones are similar to construction bricks but thinner. The job is similar to installing tile. However, there are a few things you should know before laying those pavers yourself.

First things first, you’ll need to pick up a few supplies. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Spacers
  • Rubber Grout Float
  • Notched Trowel
  • Short-Nap Roller
  • Level
  • Chalk Line
  • Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Wet Saw
  • Thin-Set Mortar
  • Grout
  • Brick Pavers
  • Brick Sealer

Cut the Brick

When cutting your bricks, you’ll need to use a wet saw to achieve smooth edges. This tool utilizes a diamond-impregnated blade that’s cooled by water. — Pro Tip: For cutting precise square notches to accommodate irregular spaces, raise the brick as you push it towards the corner cut.

Prepare the Thin-Set Mortar

Up next it’s time to prepare the thin-set mortar. You’ll want the consistency to be that of toothpaste. Make sure to only mix what can be applied in 20 minutes time. This material can be quite dusty so mix it outside or in an area with good ventilation.

Apply the Thin-Set Mortar

Grab your notched trowel to begin spreading the mortar. To create a level bed, hold it at a 45-degree angle and create grooves to help hold the brick in place.

Lay the Brick

Start from the center and work your way out by pressing firmly on each brick and gently twisting them in each direction to ensure they are set securely in the mortar.

Apply Sealer

Sealer is important to make sure your pavers don’t absorb too much moisture from the grout. You can use a short-nap roller, a paint brush, or a sprayer. Once you’ve applied a coat, allow it to cure for at least 24 hours.

Apply Grout

Once the sealer has dried completely, use the same method to apply the grout as you would for a tile floor. Using a rubber grout float, force as much grout as possible into the brick joints. Be sure to hold the float at a 45-degree angle to the grout lines.

Clean Up

After allowing the grout to cure, wipe away the excess material using a clean sponge. Rinse the sponge and repeat this until the all of the residue is gone.

If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area and are looking for high-quality masonry supplies at a reasonable price, look no further than Devine Bros. We have a wide variety of masonry and landscaping products available for pickup or delivery — contact us today to learn more about our inventory: 203-866-4421.