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How to Set Up the Ideal Home Office

Working from home may not be ideal for everyone, but it definitely has more benefits than drawbacks. One of the major benefits of working from home is the fact that you get to design your office to fit your needs. You may think that you don’t need an office, that if you’re working from home you can easily work in your bed still in your pajamas. But that’s a sure way to kill productivity.

If you work from home, setting up a home office is crucial. It can be an entire room or a quiet corner of your home, whichever you can afford to spare. You could transform that old guest room no one ever uses into an office or adapt the attic. It is important to have an area dedicated only to work. That will help modify your mindset and boost your productivity.

How to Set Up the Ideal Home Office

The key to designing the ideal home office is to maximize all available space, minimize distractions and just feel comfortable. In this article, we’ll give you a few tips on how to do that.

Choose the Right Desk

Your work desk is the most important item in your office. That said, you should not skimp when buying the desk. Look around local stores or online retailers like Shore Office Warehouse. What kind of desk appeals to you most? Do you prefer the traditional desk, a standing desk or an adaptable one that can do both?

Placing the desk is also extremely important. First of all, you should make sure that your back isn’t facing the door. Your back should be facing a wall and you should be able to see the entrance to the room so no one can surprise you when you work.

Ergonomically Adjust Your Workspace

Another key component to a productive office is comfort. That’s why you have to make sure you follow basic ergonomic rules when designing your office. First of all, make sure that your screen is placed at eye level or a bit below. This will help provide your eyes some rest and prevent fatigue. Make sure your forearms are parallel to the floor as you type. Make sure your feet are resting on the floor or on a footrest while you’re sitting at the desk. Find a comfortable chair that provides good support for your back. This is especially important for people who spend most of the day in a sitting position.

Let In Enough Natural Light

There’s nothing that could kill or boost your productivity faster than lighting. That is why you have to use the most out of the available natural light. Don’t place your workstation in a dark corner, but move the desk closer to the window and set it parallel to the panes. This will provide enough natural light without distracting your from work.

Add Artificial Lighting

That said, some rooms simply do not provide enough light if the windows are facing east or if the sun is obstructed by plants or buildings. In that case, don’t shy away from adding as much natural light as you need. Overhead lighting is generally not recommended for work. Instead, try getting a good table lamp which gives off a softer light and can also be a good decoration.

Draw a Line between Home and Work

When working from home this line is extremely thin, but if you plan on being productive you have to draw it clearly. Tell your family members that your home office is off limits, especially while you’re working, or it may lead to very unpleasant and unprofessional situations. Consider adding a separate phone number to your office so calls from relatives won’t disturb you in the middle of work.

Contact Shore Office Warehouse at 9530 Cabot Dr, San Diego, CA 92126; 858-271-8645 or browse their large selection of office desks at this link: https://www.shoreofficewarehouse.com/product-category/new/desks-new/

4 Useful Ways You Can Repurpose Old Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard is among the most used materials in the world. Not only does it make for perfect packaging used in many industries, it is also easy to recycle. But homeowners often choose not to throw old cardboard boxes away because the material can have numerous uses. What can you do with all that cardboard lying around?

Sure, you can always recycle it. In fact, the percentage of U.S. citizens who choose to recycle cardboard has increased from 55% in 1993 to a stunning 89% in 2014, according to the latest data. Recycling cardboard is great because doing so saves a lot less energy and produces less dangerous greenhouse gasses. Still, there’s a limit to how much you can recycle the cardboard, as the fibers inside it get shorter each time it’s recycled.

Repurpose Old Cardboard Boxes

Our recycling bin using an old cardboard box

But even if you don’t choose to recycle cardboard, there are numerous uses for all the excess lying around your home. You can repurpose old cardboard into something you can actually use. In this article, we’ll give you a couple of ideas.

Light Your Fire

Even though people often use sticks, branches and twigs to kindle a fire while out camping or in their fireplace, adding cardboard to the mix can help you create a quick and even fire. Make sure to cut the cardboard into thin strips and weave them around sticks, branches or whatever you’re using to kindle the fire. This will help light the fire easier, even if conditions are less than ideal. This could help if there’s a lot of humidity in the area where you’re trying to light the fire. Dry cardboard can help with that, and your fire will last longer and produce a more steady burn.

Reuse for Shipping

Repurpose Old Cardboard Boxes

While this is probably the most obvious way to use old cardboard boxes, a lot of homeowners still choose to recycle their cardboard and buy brand new boxes at the post office. But if you recently received a cardboard package of any shape and style, you could easily find a way to reuse it to ship something yourself. Simply replace your address with a blank paper where you’ll write the new recipient’s address.

Eliminating Weeds in Your Garden

Did you know that cardboard makes for a great compost? Therefore, it can have numerous uses in your garden. One of the best uses is to battle persistent weeds. Cardboard can help eliminate the weed by blocking out the sun, killing weed in the process. To do this, you need to break the boxes into flat cardboard sheets. Place the cardboard sheets over the weed-infested area. Soak the cardboard up with water and add an extra level of soil. After a couple of weeks you’ll see that your weed problem is gone without having to use dangerous weed killers.

A Gift for Your Pet

Repurpose Old Cardboard Boxes

If you have a furry friend like a cat or a dog, all you need to do is simply give them a box, and they’ll find a fun way to use it. But you can also repurpose it into an impromptu bed, a scratching post or a toy. For example, you can punch a hole in one side of the box and add noisy trinkets inside it. Watch your cat have fun trying to fish the trinkets out.

How to Improve Sleep Quality

If you have sleep problems, then you sure know how much a good night’s rest is important for our overall health and everyday life. Poor sleep quality or insomnia can be caused by so many things, but there are also so many ways to relieve them, from the very basic ones, such as your sleeping schedule and environment, to other life activities which influence your night rest. But let’s start with the basics, with so many advanced methods, people often forget about the most obvious things.

How to Improve Sleep Quality

Your Bedroom

A few factors such as light and temperature can have an impact on the quality of your slumber. First of all, whenever possible, try to sleep while it’s dark outside, since that’s the natural rhythm our body follows. Also, try to block light in your bedroom as much as possible and as much as it’s convenient for you since darkness enhances the production of the so-called “sleep hormone”, melatonin.

Temperature is another important element of sleeping well. It should not be too high since it causes a restless sleep. According to some researches, ideal bedroom temperature is around 65°F or 18°C. Of course, you can check for yourself and find your ideal temperature, which is the one where you’re neither feeling hot nor cold, but just right. Yet, from my personal experience, the colder the better. Also, if the room is not well aired, you may find yourself waking up all tired and broken, regardless how long you slept, so keep that in mind too.

You should remove all the distractions from your bedroom, including your beloved pets, but also the PC, TV and other electronic devices. Furthermore, the color of your bedroom walls shouldn’t be too bright or stimulating, so opt for calmer tones.

Your Bed

So, your back pain is giving you restless nights? And you don’t know the cause. Oh, it’s not the back, it’s the neck pain, right. Well, look behind you, or under you, if you wish. The quality (and age) of your mattress and pillow are crucial for a good night’s rest. Make sure they are comfortable, anatomical, made of natural material, and ideally not worn out, so they provide good support for your body.

Also, clean, fresh sheets contribute to this comfy, cozy feeling that will relax you and help you doze off. What’s more, just like the bedroom walls, make sure the color of your bedding isn’t too stimulating or upsetting.

Food and Drinks

It’s strongly advised not eat immediately before going to bed, especially not heavy, greasy food and also, to avoid drinks that contain caffeine. That being said, there are many types of food that can help increase your sleep quality in the long run, such as fish, jasmine rice, kale, whole grains and others.

In general, your diet can very much influence your sleep. There are also drinks that will help you fall asleep faster and keep your eyes firmly shut such as yoghurt, tart cherry juice, and various herbal teas which do not contain caffeine. So keep in mind everything is connected and your sleep deprivation may be connected to your poor diet.

Daily activities

More often than not, sleeping problems are connected with our stress level, so make sure to “shake it out” before going to bed. Depending on your personality and type of lifestyle, you can take up some physical activity which will help you sweat it out, empty your mind and tire your body so you can rest well at night. It can be jogging, or gym, or any other sports activity.

On the other hand, if you’re not so much of a sports person, you can choose less dynamic (though not less physically demanding) activities, such as yoga, which will help you calm your thoughts and relax your body. If, however, even this is too much for you, try just meditation and breathing exercises which will help you silence your mind and reach inner equilibrium, and thus fall asleep lighter and sleep tighter.

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Blurb Launches Layflat Photo Books

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Creating memories using photo books is something I do for almost all special events. Some of the events I created photo books include baby’s first month from the birth, his first year moments, birthdays and also preschool years. Other than these events, I also prepare a photo book each year using our family photographs of the year.

A page from my son’s photo book of his journey to the world.It is not a layflat photo book,but I created this photo book with Blurb.

Blurb is one of the photo book companies I use for creating photo books. For my son’s first baby book, I used Blurb. However that time I used a soft cover photo book which is still a good piece of memory.

What is new with Blurb photo books?

Blurb finally launches the layflat feature. Among many photo books I created, I always like layflat photo books than the other photo books. Now with Blurb’s new Layflat photo books I am excited to say that you will have beautiful photo books that are gorgeous in its final finish.

 

With the layflat feature, now you can use full spread of images across two pages without losing any portion of the image to the center.

To check more designs and features of Blurb’s layflat photo books, check here. If you haven’t prepared any baby book or birthday photo books for your kids, now it is time to start!

Futon Mattress vs Regular Mattress

Comfortable sleep is a must for anyone. It is common to hear that lack of sleep can cause lot of health problems. There are several reasons that affect your sleep. Poor sleep can be due to some health conditions too. While heavy work load, stress and other health conditions can cause sleeping problems, your bed and pillows can be the culprits too. If you don’t have a comfortable bed then you will not enjoy   comfortable sleep throughout the night. You may keep waking up during the night for few times. You will also experience pain on your body due to the wrong selection of your bed, mattress and pillow.

Few weeks ago I experienced a neck pain which lasted for around one week. That was an awful time because I couldn’t turn my neck without pain. This can be due to the wrong pillow I use. However the experience reminded us to check our beds and go for new mattresses and pillows as we didn’t change those for a long time. During the past few years my concerns were more on the growth of the kid forgetting some of other stuff at home. My concerns were always about sleeping problems of kids than comfortable sleep for us as the first few years are really important for any kid’s life.

Futon Mattress vs Regular Mattress

But, why am I talking about Futon mattress and regular mattress in this post? Reason is simple. Living in Singapore, we own a small apartment/flat which we need to consider space usage when we buy anything. And if we buy new furniture we always need to discard or sell the used ones to save the space. Having our bedrooms furnished with beds and regular mattresses, we are considering options of buying a sofa bed or folding bed which we can keep in our living room and to use as an extra bed when there is a visitor. A kind of sofa bed will save space while we can use it as a seating space during the day time.

What is a Futon Mattress?

Futon is the Japanese word for ‘traditional bed’. However, nowadays the word ‘Futon’ is used to identify ‘sofa beds’ or mattress that can be used as a guest bed. A futon can be converted to a bed when you want and to a sofa bed when you want to use it as a cushion or seating space. A futon with high quality mattress will help to sleep comfortably and will not give back pain.

What is a regular mattress?

There is nothing to explain. We use regular mattresses in our beds to experience a comfortable sleep. With layers and with springs and coils inside, a quality regular mattress gives a firm bed making it comfortable to sleep. However, a regular mattress is heavier than a futon and also it is more expensive to buy when comes to a high quality mattress.

Anyway as my requirement is to find a mattress that is easy to use as an extra bed, I prefer to go for a futon which I can use in the living room. In such I like to consider both quality and aesthetic value by selecting a good design for a futon. After comparing few futon designs I am thinking of a futon that comes with a wooden frame due to the beautiful look of it as a sofa. On the other way, timber frames are durable and will create a firm bed.

Futon Mattress vs Regular Mattress

How to buy a Futon?

Before you buy a Futon mattress, there are several factors to consider.

First, think of the place you use it. Will you keep it in a bedroom or in living room? Are you going to use it regularly or once in a while? Will the futon matches with your current furniture or style of home?

Above are some questions that you need to ask from yourself before starting to check different futon designs. Once you have the basic idea of a futon, a well explained futon mattress buying guide will be really useful to select the most suitable futon for your home comparing the quality of mattresses.

Things to know before you buy a futon mattress

Below are some specific things and considerations about futon which you need to know before you buy a futon.

Be sure to know the space you have because futons can be larger than you expected when it is unfolded. Therefore, know the measurements before you buy.

Check the type of frame of futon when you decide on the futon. If it is a steel frame, it will not take much space than a wooden frame.

Futons are available as bi-folds and as tri-folds. Consider the best option for your home when you select a futon.

Don’t forget the mattress. As there are beautiful futon designs available, you may end up selecting the beautiful design that gives the best look as a sofa. But, don’t forget the mattress. It should be comfortable, thick enough and durable. After all, a futon will serve as a comfortable bed. That should give a pain free sleep making it a comfortable bed when need.

Final words

After comparing the options of a futon and a regular mattress for my home, I already decided to buy a futon as it saves the space. Before buying a futon it is necessary to check the type of frame, size and mattress quality in order to select the best futon matching with the needs.

Do you own a futon? Please share your experiences below.

 

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Smart Ways to Get Rid Of Your Used Baby Stuff

Like many other moms, I also have the problem of having lot of baby stuffs that are no longer useful for the kid. My kid will be 4 years old in few days. But we still have his baby cot, baby stroller and lot of baby gears. All these baby stuff are in new condition and some stuff we used for really few months only. It is so sweet to see his stuff and remind the memories of my baby. But, actually these baby stuff take a considerable space of home.

I am sure this is same with most of the moms. If you have more than 1 kid in the family, these baby stuff are useful for other kids. But there is a day that we need to de-clutter home with lot of such baby gear.

Finally I started to get rid of these baby stuff  that we no longer use. I am sure these tips are helpful for you too if you are with such collection.

Here are the smart ways to get rid of your used baby stuff!

1. Donation

Smart Ways to Get Rid Of Your Used Baby Stuff

I always like to reuse any stuff giving a new life or new hand. Donation is one of the easiest ways to get rid of excess baby items. If your kids are already grown up, they will also understand the power of giving away.

There are sites that allow posting advertisements about free stuff. These sites are always helpful to find someone who really needs the items you own.

In Singapore there are charity services that collect used clothes and other small stuff for recycling purpose and also to donate to other African and Asian countries. I always use this opportunity to give away some of our outgrown clothes and shoes.

2. Re-purpose or Recycle

Recycle is one of the best ways to dispose some baby stuff which are no longer suitable for a second life. At the same time, it is always easy to re-purpose the existing baby stuff when your kid grows.

Getting Rid of Baby Gear

We re-purposed our baby cot as a place for reading and spending time for kid.We removed one side of the cot lowering the seating area to the lowest position.so it is easier for him to sit on the cot without help.

Out grown baby clothes can create a beautiful quilt if you are crafty enough. At our home we used our baby cot as a reading place after removing one side. Until recent this baby cot reading area was my kid’s favorite place to spend time reading a book or playing with toys.

3. Sell your baby stuff

Selling your baby stuff is another great idea to pass the items that are in good condition to a new hand. I use this method and usually it is easy to sell the newly bought items for a half rate.

While arranging a garage sale is a fun idea there are also market places that you can easily sell your used items.

AdYoYo is a video only market place which facilitates parents to sell their stuff using their app. Not only sell, you can also buy any stuff that you like using the AdYoYo market place.

AdYoYo Review

Currently this AdYoYo app is available in US and India which is helpful to bring the local community together providing an easy platform to buy and sell with confident.

Unlike other second hand market places that use photos of the items available for sale, AdYoYo is a video based app that users upload a short video of item to sale. You can easily download the app from both apple store and Google play store.

The money you earn by selling can be used for buying any new stuff you need for your kids at this moment. So, selling the unwanted but still in good condition baby stuff can be another great way to de-clutter your home.

Above are the tips I use to get rid of the baby stuff. Do you have any more ideas to add for this list? How do you get rid of your used baby stuff? Please comment below.

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Make Sure your Family is Always Prepared for a Disaster

Natural disasters are a serious problem in many parts of the world and can cause distress, disruption, and in many cases, casualties. If you live in an area prone to such calamities, be prepared to react quickly.

Have a detailed emergency plan in case your city is hit by a hurricane, a blizzard, or an earthquake. It’s also important to have a survival kit with food and medical supplies, and to have a basic understanding of CPR procedures if someone, unfortunately, gets hurt.

Learn more about the different ways to be prepared for a disaster:

Get a Survival Kit

Earthquake Survival Kit

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You should have enough supplies to last at least two weeks, as you never know how long you’ll need to survive on your own. So, not only will you need plenty of nonperishable food, but you’ll also need one gallon of water per person day. Make sure you also have batteries, maps, tools, radios, and a week’s supply of medications (think of it as a month-long camping trip).

Create an Emergency Plan

When there’s an emergency plan in place, you just need to focus on following the right steps instead of being clueless about what to do. All your family members need to know the escape routes and meeting points close to your home, and you should also have everybody’s contact information in one place in case someone gets lost.

Learn Life-Saving Skills

Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, even if you’re extremely prepared, someone can still get hurt. So, it’s essential to have at least one member of the family trained in first aid emergencies, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrillator). These skills can save someone’s life in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Have a Back-Up Generator

Power outages are common in areas plagued by natural disasters. A few hours without electricity isn’t a big problem, but a couple of weeks can be a massive headache. Consider buying a back-up generator to keep your HVAC system working, keep your food fresh in the fridge, and charge electronic devices to keep you informed.

Be Prepared If You’re Not Home

Sometimes, catastrophes can happen when you’re at work, school, or even commuting. In that case, it’s important to know exactly what to do to increase your chances of survival. You should memorize alternate routes to get to a meeting point, have emergency contacts with you, and learn about emergency exit procedures on a train or station platform.

Check Emergency Alerts

If a disaster happens or is about to happen, the government will let the population know as soon as possible. Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems will inform the population via the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), Emergency Alert System (EAS), or the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR). So, have all your devices turned on to learn about what’s going on.

At the end of the day, the only thing you can do against disasters is to be prepared. Don’t leave it to the last minute to have a strategy in place, or it might be too late. When you and your family know exactly what to do, it’s just a matter of following the emergency plan until everything’s back to normal.

3 Tips a Business Can Use for Improving HVAC Efficiency

Business owners have two types of expenses in their companies: static costs like rent that never change and dynamic costs like hourly payroll and materials that fluctuate seasonally. Most companies would prefer their energy bills to be static, but they can dramatically increase over time. If you’ve noticed that your energy bill is chipping into your profits, it could be time for a change. Here are three ways to decrease the energy use in your company while making your employees more comfortable.

Upgrade Your Existing System

Air Conditioning Repairs

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HVAC systems typically last between 15 and 20 years before they start to show wear. While some models can last 30 years, they become less efficient over time. This is particularly true in high-use situations like businesses that are located in hot or humid climates.

If your HVAC system was around to see the new millennium, then it could be time to replace it. Systems made in the ’90s have different efficiency standards than the models created today. By upgrading your system to a more efficient model, you can save energy and the environment. An HVAC technician can evaluate your model to determine how much of your energy bill is due to an outdated system and what models you can use to lower your costs.

Choose the Right Unit for Your Business

One of the main problems business owners have is finding an HVAC unit that matches the size of their business. If the unit is too large, then your energy bills will skyrocket because it requires more energy to power. However, if your unit is too small, you could end up running it longer or struggle to push cool air throughout the entire business.

Your local HVAC specialist can recommend the right size unit for your business so you can find the sweet spot between too big and too small. If you suspect your unit is too small, check to see if some rooms get cooler than others. You might need a large model or a ductless air system to cool that room.

Schedule Regular Maintenance Checks and Cleanings

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Scheduling regular maintenance checks can help you spot problems ahead of time and reduce the likelihood of your system breaking. These improvements can also improve efficiency by removing blockages and cleaning out clogged hoses. Instead of waiting years for your HVAC system to get clogged and shut down, you can keep it running efficiently with regular cleanings.

You should also make sure your air ducts are cleaned regularly to improve air flow. This will make it easier for the cool air to travel through your office and improve the indoor air quality in the building. If you have employees who suffer from allergies or are sensitive to dust, this will be a welcome improvement to their work environment.

Don’t wait for your HVAC system to break to make changes to it. By improving its efficiency and performance on a regular basis, you can keep your office at a comfortable temperature all year round and save money at the same time.

 

Importance Of DTI Ratio While Working On Home Mortgage Loans

It does not matter whether you are ready for the mortgage qualification or not, but debt to income ratio always matters a lot. The income’s percentage, which goes for paying the mortgage debts, can always help lenders to figure out bit monthly mortgage payment, which you are able to handle. It is quite important just like your credit score and also like job stability. Lenders make it a point to work extra hard and calculate the said debt to income ratio. For that, they are going to divide monthly debt obligations from gross, income or pretax. Majority of them look for 36% or less than that, however, there are some exceptions available in the market.

Importance Of DTI Ratio While Working On Home Mortgage Loans

Checking on the ratio

The ratio is basically known as DTI in the mortgage industry. It helps in answering the amount, which you can afford for the house. It becomes a great guide for all the mortgage lenders out there, who are willing to find out the amount they can borrow. But, remember that DTI is not the full story as it has some more to it. It helps in leaving out some unavoidable monthly expenses, like utilities, food, health insurance and definitely transportation costs, among other variations. It is mandatory to keep these in mind as you are able to evaluate ability to buy a home.

Importance Of DTI Ratio

How DTI can work?

When it comes to ratio, there are practically two types relating to DTI. The first one is defined as front end ratio, which is also known as household ratio. This is basically the dollar amount relating to expenses of your home. Some examples are property tax, proposed form of monthly mortgage, homeowner’s association fees and even insurance ones. These are collaborated together and finally divided by the gross income on monthly basis. You can visit here to get some more ideas on it.

The second ratio type

Other than the front end ratio, you have back end ratio as another important option under house mortgage industry. This comprises of all forms of debts, which you need to pay on monthly basis. Some examples are student loans, credit cards, car loans and even personal loans. This is added with the proposed expenses of other household. These back end ones are a bit higher and would like to take into account some of the reliable monthly debt related obligations around here. The more you get to know about it, the better options you are about to come across for sure.

The areas matter the most

Mortgage lenders ensure to check both the types of DTI ratios, before working on the home mortgage process. But if you had to compare between front end and back end options, the latter forms major services now. It helps in taking the entire debt load into proper account. Lenders always make it a point to focus more on back end ratio for some conventional mortgages, along with loans, which are offered by online mortgage lenders or banks and not by any government programs. Get to the core of the values, before it gets too late.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring an HVAC Company

Is your HVAC unit in need of repair? If you’re looking for a company to fix it for you, it’s important to remember that, unfortunately, not all of them are reputable. These companies can do more harm than good, so you should hire the right one for the job. Dishonest companies will try to push unnecessary services like monthly maintenance plans that don’t cover anything or come up with mysterious charges once the job is done.

Sometimes they’re not even real businesses, and if they happen to be uninsured, any damages to your equipment won’t be covered. Learn about the six mistakes to avoid when hiring an HVAC company.

Not Get Everything in Writing

Signing Paperwork

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It’s not uncommon for dishonest businesses to add unexpected charges to your bill, take longer than usual, or use more expensive components than previously agreed. Instead of entering into a verbal agreement, have a written contract with the company discussing the length of the project and any materials that will be used.

Not Checking If the Company Is Real

Even in this day and age, there are fraudulent companies that slip through fiscalization and work with no licenses. They pretend to be real businesses and perform services that they don’t have permission to do. Check your local organization to make sure the company is licensed.

Ignoring Customer Reviews

If a friend of yours had a horrible experience with a company, you’d think twice before hiring them, right? You should check all the reviews before contacting a business to repair your cooling and heating equipment. If there are too many bad reviews, it’s a sign you should avoid the company.

Buying an Unnecessary Monthly Maintenance Plan

You don’t need a monthly maintenance plan for your HVAC unit. Reputable companies will check your equipment once a year or when a serious issue takes place. They want to ensure your unit is working efficiently (therefore reducing your energy bill) and most of the time will offer a one-year warranty to guarantee you’re satisfied.

Hiring a Company With No Insurance

Imagine hiring a company for a regular check up, and they end up breaking your HVAC equipment? If the company is uninsured, you’re unlikely to receive any compensation unless you take them to court. If you’d like to avoid a massive headache, insist on checking whether they carry any insurance.

Not Comparing Rates With Other Companies

Unless you live in a small town, there are likely to be a few companies offering HVAC maintenance services. You should research other businesses and check their prices before hiring any services. You can save a lot of money by avoiding a company which would otherwise overcharge you.

At the end of the day, heating and cooling equipment is expensive and needs to be properly cared for. In the same way you wouldn’t lend your car to an inexperienced driver, it’s essential to leave your HVAC unit in professional hands. Just remember to check the companies thoroughly, so you don’t end up hiring a bogus business.

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