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Temperamental Temperatures: Preparing your Home

Temperamental Temperatures: Preparing your Homes Heating and Airconditioning.

Colorado Springtime: majestic and unpredictable, and though it is not officially here, Spring is right around the corner. It is almost time to start planning your garden, break out those spring cleaning supplies, Also, this is a prime time to get your AC and furnace checked, and get excited about all of those things that it has mostly been too cold to do for the last few months. Picture beautiful hiking trails, bright spring fashion, Easter celebrations, and the sweet scent of spring showers.

Back up a little and don’t forget we are in Colorado. To all of these fabulous spring activities and stereotypical weather moments, add in random blankets of snow, scraping ice off your car especially if you have somewhere to go in the morning, and quite honestly, the temperature and weather varying nearly hour to hour. On the bright side, that also means that Colorado’s snow enthusiasts need not yet despair, that there is time before the necessity of wearing tiny clothes to not boil alive season. Also, hot chocolate on many days is still quite appropriate.. The hopefully considered fact is that Colorado temperatures swing as drastically as the moods of a hormonal teenager so it is best to be prepared. In your fabulous outdoor adventures, it is common knowledge to wear layers, have the right equipment for whatever activity you are enjoying, etc. If you wish for your downtime to be comfortable, do the same for your indoor dwellings and be prepared in your home or workplace as well.

 

What needs to be done to prepare your air conditioning in Denver this season?

In the case of upcoming varying weather, it is best to make sure that all apparatuses for both heating and cooling are in prime condition. If your appliances are ten or more years old, highly consider replacing them with a more current model. Assuming you do not need to install anything new, you should start with making sure everything is clean. Though you can check basic cleanliness and there are a few basic do it yourself HVAC tutorials, it is wise to call in a trained professional to give everything a once over. Items that are vital to your house running smoothly (for instance your hot water heater that can both scald the heck out of a novice and if tampered with incorrectly, whose breakage can cause pipes to freeze and cause a mess of problems), should most definitely be handled by a professional.

If you have had all of your basic heating and cooling elements inspected, communicate with your technician to fix anything that may have or be near breaking down. After repair and a good cleaning, your system should run smoothly.

 

Which company is right for me to prepare my home for the season’s weather?

If you are in or around the Denver Metro Area, there is a company that provides all of the services you need to make sure the temperature of your home is ideal, no matter what the Colorado springtime brings. From air conditioning installation to cleaning/maintenance and air conditioning repair, the friendly staff at Kennedy Plumbing and Heating are highly trained and available to make sure that your home remains cool or cozy, however you like it moment to moment. Contact Kennedy today for a quote and enjoy the bliss of a comfortable dwelling.

Apr 03rd, 2017

Air Conditiong Denver, Denver Colorado ac repair, heating home in Golden Colorado, Denver metro area HVAC Installer

Furnace maintenance blog

Is your heater not turning on? Throw your heating repair worries into the furnace with our blog series do-it-yourself troubleshooting guide.  This is a furnace maintenance blog.

As the warm summer days draw to a close, it is important to start thinking forward to the chilly Autumn days to come. Whether you are curling up on the couch with family and friends for a Broncos game on a clean, crisp fall day, or reading your favorite book and drinking something hot alone while colored leaves fall outside your window. We want to make sure that you are able to enjoy all of your favorite autumn activities in comfort.

This series will give you some of the basic furnace troubleshooting tips needed to keep your home warm for the upcoming colder months. Before you begin any gas or electric furnace troubleshooting it is important to keep your households safety in mind. Begin with making sure the power is off on your device. You can do this by turning off the switch plate (usually red) found near the device or top of the cellar stairs. Next locate the fuel shutoff valve, located near the oil tank or on the incoming gas pipe.

Now that we have that out of the way, we can start your furnace troubleshooting. Often times the reason for your heater not turning on is due to a collection of soot in the combustion chamber. You can repair this, without an hvac contractor by initially taking off the combustion chamber door, located in the back. This can be done by lifting the door up and out. Then you can clean the chamber by carefully finding signs of soot (with a flashlight) then taking a small wire brush to brush it off. After this, grab your vacuum and tape a small ½ drain pipe to the end of the hose (approximately the length of your furnace) and begin to collect the soot you just cleaned off.


Thank you for taking some time to read our first installment in the do-it-yourself furnace troubleshooting blog series! We hope it helps in your heating repair needs.

Mar 27th, 2017

Furnace maintenance blog, do-it-yourself troubleshooting guide, basic furnace maintenance troubleshooting tips, heater

Having Breakfast in Shower. #Showereats

Having breakfast in the shower seems like an odd behavior to many people, but since the September tweet of 7th Heaven starlet, Jessica Biel, daring readers to “try it”, Twitter has been taken by storm with the movement #ShowerEats. One writer from extracrispy.com even went so far as to do a vegetarian replication of the tweet. While the coffee part went over superbly, it turns out having an actual plated breakfast can be quite tricky for many mere mortals. From that came a thought. Here in America, where breakfast is often skipped in the morning in many ways due to time constraints, how could it be easier to enjoy these multitasking moments of solitude to the fullest?

The first thought that occurred is the likelihood of difference between the showers of a starlet and a food blogger. The photo posted by Miss Biel looks luxurious, her breakfast of a plate of chicken and apple sausage with an espresso seemingly untouched by the shower and with even a small plate under her drink, giving it a very put together appearance. Writer Maxine Builder’s experience looks vastly different. In this bathroom, her coffee mug balances on an edge, a place to hopefully keep it from becoming full of bath product. Her vegetarian breakfast sausage has no place for the plate to perch, and though it is a well thought out experiment, seems like there is no place to shield the nutritious food from the soapy elements. Though the shower coffee was a success, the writer’s breakfast in this case was rendered disgusting, and without the single agonizing swallow, completely inedible.

In the end, the challenge was publicly fulfilled and many are continuing to ponder the idea. If it is possible to have an actually edible meal in the shower, why not make it a place of contemplation and nourishment? Two things that are said to often make any day better is getting clean and having a good meal. It seems that if done properly, this is a win-win: a little retreat where everyone from a starlet to an average person can come out both squeaky clean and with a full stomach. In our fast-paced everyday, it seems like something that should be given a chance.

Now, soggy sausage in hot steam….not all would find that particularly appetizing. Some people, like Extra Crispy writer Maxine Builder’s friend admit to shower eating, but only granola bars. To each their own. Some other ideas for people without a large space or enough time to prepare breakfast might include a breakfast smoothie with a lid and straw, other crunchy fast paced foods, or even a well covered toaster pastry. In college, there were many alleged hangover cures in constant conversation circulation. I found that my best bet was not a whole meal in the shower, but as much cold electrolyte drink as I could muster and then a coffee in a very hot shower before attempting to go to class or consume anything seemed to do the trick.

 

Humorous Food & Shower planning:

Another option for those that want to make breakfast in the shower a regular immersion into their own temporary getaway would be to mold their bathroom around their habits. People that cohabitate, stay at home parents, and busy career-folk might fit into this category. I thought long and hard about alternatives, but for most it would not be worthwhile inventing and producing items specifically to keep shower meals dry and out of the water stream. If you are planning on a bathroom remodel anyway, a few tips to make it shower eats ready might assist in the planning process:

 

  1. If you are planning on acquiring a new bathtub, one with enough surface area on the corners can help you have places to set that beloved morning coffee or smoothie. Though hot water is pleasant to bathe in, sudden scalding coffee tipping over onto your feet seems unpleasant enough to make a point in avoiding.

  2. If your budget allows and you are in the process of installing a shower only, invest in a shower that makes you feel posh. Some amazing showers have benches built in and turn into steam rooms, but if you are going a bit more basic, try to get a shower with enough surface area to comfortably set down at least a mug, but a plate as well on those days you are feeling adventurous.

  3. A nice shower head can make a lot of difference in your experience. At the very least, invest in a showerhead that adjusts well, if not simply for the sake of comfort, for the sake of your breakfast so the water can be pointed as far away from your nourishment as possible.

  4. One less expensive, but awesome change you can make to your bathing area is to acquire some sort of waterproof radio (which can be found for under thirty dollars on several shopping sites) or if you are springing for it, getting sound installed in the restroom so that you can jam out and get pumped for your day.

  5. No room for a larger shower or bath? If you are working with a limited space in the actual room, see if you can get your toilet as far from your shower as possible. Even those with a sparkling restroom can be put off by their food if the only place to store their coffee is on or inches from their toilet.

  6. If it is not possible to do a remodel and you are simply looking to make your bathroom more pleasant all around, the number one step is keep it clean. There is nothing nice or calming about a room that causes discomfort or disgust. Do a good clean, maybe get some fluffy towels, keep your favorite products stocked, and have a soft mat to step out on. Even the little things can make a difference in your morning shower eats experience.

 

I am optimistic that this article provided at least an overview of the #ShowerEats trend, and for those who remain loyal to this practice, a few tips to make your soapy morning nosh even more enjoyable. Here in Denver, after a very good clean of my shared bathroom, I plan to give it a proper chance. Aside from being a great place for alone time, the bathing area is hopefully a part of everyone’s day, so for all of those busy people out there I say give shower eats a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Having breakfast in the shower seems like an odd behavior to many people, but since the September tweet of 7th Heaven starlet, Jessica Biel, daring readers to “try it”, Twitter has been taken by storm with the movement #ShowerEats. One writer from extracrispy.com even went so far as to do a vegetarian replication of the tweet. While the coffee part went over superbly, it turns out having an actual plated breakfast can be quite tricky for many mere mortals. From that came a thought. Here in America, where breakfast is often skipped in the morning in many ways due to time constraints, how could it be easier to enjoy these multitasking moments of solitude to the fullest?

The first thought that occurred is the likelihood of difference between the showers of a starlet and a food blogger. The photo posted by Miss Biel looks luxurious, her breakfast of a plate of chicken and apple sausage with an espresso seemingly untouched by the shower and with even a small plate under her drink, giving it a very put together appearance. Writer Maxine Builder’s experience looks vastly different. In this bathroom, her coffee mug balances on an edge, a place to hopefully keep it from becoming full of bath product. Her vegetarian breakfast sausage has no place for the plate to perch, and though it is a well thought out experiment, seems like there is no place to shield the nutritious food from the soapy elements. Though the shower coffee was a success, the writer’s breakfast in this case was rendered disgusting, and without the single agonizing swallow, completely inedible.

In the end, the challenge was publicly fulfilled and many are continuing to ponder the idea. If it is possible to have an actually edible meal in the shower, why not make it a place of contemplation and nourishment? Two things that are said to often make any day better is getting clean and having a good meal. It seems that if done properly, this is a win-win: a little retreat where everyone from a starlet to an average person can come out both squeaky clean and with a full stomach. In our fast-paced everyday, it seems like something that should be given a chance.

Now, soggy sausage in hot steam….not all would find that particularly appetizing. Some people, like Extra Crispy writer Maxine Builder’s friend admit to shower eating, but only granola bars. To each their own. Some other ideas for people without a large space or enough time to prepare breakfast might include a breakfast smoothie with a lid and straw, other crunchy fast paced foods, or even a well covered toaster pastry. In college, there were many alleged hangover cures in constant conversation circulation. I found that my best bet was not a whole meal in the shower, but as much cold electrolyte drink as I could muster and then a coffee in a very hot shower before attempting to go to class or consume anything seemed to do the trick.

Bathroom Construction Planning Tips

Another option for those that want to make breakfast in the shower a regular immersion into their own temporary getaway would be to mold their bathroom around their habits. People that cohabitate, stay at home parents, and busy career-folk might fit into this category. I thought long and hard about alternatives, but for most it would not be worthwhile inventing and producing items specifically to keep shower meals dry and out of the water stream. If you are planning on a bathroom remodel anyway, a few tips to make it shower eats ready might assist in the planning process:

 

  1. If you are planning on acquiring a new bathtub, one with enough surface area on the corners can help you have places to set that beloved morning coffee or smoothie. Though hot water is pleasant to bathe in, sudden scalding coffee tipping over onto your feet seems unpleasant enough to make a point in avoiding.

  2. If your budget allows and you are in the process of installing a shower only, invest in a shower that makes you feel posh. Some amazing showers have benches built in and turn into steam rooms, but if you are going a bit more basic, try to get a shower with enough surface area to comfortably set down at least a mug, but a plate as well on those days you are feeling adventurous.

  3. A nice shower head can make a lot of difference in your experience. At the very least, invest in a showerhead that adjusts well, if not simply for the sake of comfort, for the sake of your breakfast so the water can be pointed as far away from your nourishment as possible.

  4. One less expensive, but awesome change you can make to your bathing area is to acquire some sort of waterproof radio (which can be found for under thirty dollars on several shopping sites) or if you are springing for it, getting sound installed in the restroom so that you can jam out and get pumped for your day.

  5. No room for a larger shower or bath? If you are working with a limited space in the actual room, see if you can get your toilet as far from your shower as possible. Even those with a sparkling restroom can be put off by their food if the only place to store their coffee is on or inches from their toilet.

  6. If it is not possible to do a bathroom remodel and you are simply looking to make your bathroom more pleasant all around, the number one step is keep it clean. There is nothing nice or calming about a room that causes discomfort or disgust. Do a good clean, maybe get some fluffy towels, keep your favorite products stocked, and have a soft mat to step out on. Even the little things can make a difference in your morning shower eats experience.

 

I am optimistic that this article provided at least an overview of the #ShowerEats trend, and for those who remain loyal to this practice, a few tips to make your soapy morning nosh even more enjoyable. Here in Denver, after a very good clean of my shared bathroom, I plan to give it a proper chance. Aside from being a great place for alone time, the bathing area is hopefully a part of everyone’s day, so for all of those busy people out there I say give shower eats a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised by Having Breakfast in Shower. #Showereats.

Nov 03rd, 2016

Showereats, Bath Tub Denver, Bathroom Remodel