10 Family-Friendly Things To Do This Summer in the Phoenix Area
It’s a familiar scene: your kids are out of school, and they’re on top of the world...for about ten minutes. Then it’s, “Mom, I’m bored!” Here are ten fun, family-friendly events and festivals you can do with your crew this summer that will keep everyone having a good time.
4 Ways to Landscape Your Arizona Lawn with Water Conservation in Mind
It probably sounds like an oxymoron to suggest you can have a nice lawn in a city like Phoenix and conserve water at the same time. As far-fetched as it may seem, by combining some nature-friendly ideas with a bit of landscape planning, you can have a beautiful lawn that requires minimal watering. Here are four ways to conserve water and maximize the beauty of your Arizona lawn.
Getting the Most from your Tax Refund
The best part of tax season? That return! People do a lot of things with their tax returns, save it, pay off credit cards, splurge on something they’ve always wanted, or invest it. We think investing your tax return is a great idea. You should use your tax return in a way that makes you money.
Phoenix’s top allergies and how to fight them
Brace yourself: Arizona is one of the worst state for allergies. You may already know this as your body battles through sickness every spring. The most common cause for dry, itchy eyes, running noses, and congestion may seem to be dust, but there are many plant-based allergens that pop up once the weather begins to heat up. Phoenix’s most common allergens are: mulberry, ash, mesquite, ragweed, Bermuda grass, mold, and animal dander.
Finding and Fixing Air Leaks
We do a lot of things to make our homes energy efficient. We buy high-efficiency appliances, change out lightbulbs, and work to conserve water. While all those efforts are great for the environment and our pocket books, we might be missing the easiest and most common energy-sucks, air leaks.
What’s really in my air?
The Phoenix area is blessed with mild winters and low humidity. That doesn’t mean, however, that we are without our own issues with our HVAC units and the air that we breath. While surrounded by the open desert air, inside the city and county limits, pollution is high. Phoenix is ranked one of the top 10 worst cities for Ozone pollution and 21st in short-term particle pollution. Pollution in the Phoenix area comes mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, exhaust from vehicles, smoke from fireplaces, ragweed, and other plant pollen.
Off-Setting the Cost of Your Christmas Decorations
Christmas décor can brighten up your home and your neighborhood. There is something joyous about seeing streets lined with lights and windows lit by trees. While these beautiful decorations bring in the holiday spirit, they also bring in higher utility bills. Powering 10 strands of lights for 5 hours a day for one month will add an additional $37.50 to your electricity bill. Inflating a lawn snow globe for 16 hours a day will add an additional $22-$30. $30-$40 if your run it 24/7 for a month.
Why Is My Upstairs So Much Hotter Than My Downstairs?
Many people would tell you it is because hot air rises. While true, that isn’t the main issue in this case. The issue here is home zoning. We aren’t talking about the whether or not you could run a business out of your home type of zoning, we’re talking about your HVAC system.
What You Should Know About Air Filters
While your air filter in your heating and cooling system might look like a flimsy piece of equipment, it’s capable of a lot more than you know.
Covering Phoenix in Trees for More Shade
There’s been a local push to add more trees to the Phoenix skyline. More trees mean more shade, which can make downtown more comfortable and enjoyable.