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How to Cool an Older Home (Without Window Units)
How to Cool an Older Home (Without Window Units)
Posted by Emily Klump on July 29, 2021
Older homes offer a lot of charm, but unfortunately many do not use a central HVAC system, making you wonder how people in the olden days survived without AC. Luckily, some HVAC methods require no ductwork and can efficiently replace those pesky window units. A central HVAC system cools air at a central location and distributes it through rooms using fans and ductwork. Many modern homes come built with a packaged air conditioner and ducts, but installing this type of system in a home...
How to Maximize AC Efficiency
How to Maximize AC Efficiency
Posted by avery_dietzen on May 18, 2021
Looking for ways to keep your energy bill low and your air conditioning efficient this summer? Look no further! We’ve collected a few tips to help you maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. Clean Air Vents You can increase air flow and improve the efficiency of your air conditioning unit by getting rid of dust and debris buildup in your vents. Gently vacuum the dust out of the registers and the area around them. You also want to keep these areas free of curtains, blinds,...
How to Wash a Face Mask
How to Wash a Face Mask
Posted by mark_watola on April 13, 2021
A little over a year ago, COVID-19 broke out and changed millions of lives in many different ways. Since then, many different procedures, innovations, and products have emerged in response. Some of the most notable measures implemented across the globe: social distancing, hand washing, and wearing face masks. Cleanliness is key when it comes to effectiveness, especially when it comes to disposable masks or reusable cloth face masks. HomElectrical is here to share some valuable information...
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Mason Jar Snowglobe
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Mason Jar Snowglobe
Posted by mark_watola on December 24, 2020
Snow globes make a nice souvenir or gift, but sometimes they can be pricey. If you want to make a custom snow globe for that special someone, check out this guide to learn how to make one right at home! Materials Needed: Mason Jar Glue gun Decorations Liquid clear glue Glitter Spoon Time: 15-20 minutes WARNING: When using hot glue, make sure not to burn yourself! Remove the lid from the jar. You might have guessed, but the lid of mason jar acts as the base of the snow globe....
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Christmas Tea Tree
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Christmas Tea Tree
Posted by mark_watola on December 23, 2020
Tea packets make great stocking stuffers. But why not craft a specialty decoration out of tea packets? A Christmas tea tree is a simple, fun craft that doubles as both a decoration and useful present. Materials Needed: Cone Glue gun Tea packets Optional: Cardboard, Styrofoam, paper, ribbon Time: 10-15 minutes WARNING: When using hot glue, make sure not to burn yourself! First, if you would like to add a trunk, glue and place a piece of cardboard or Styrofoam...
12 Days of Christmas: Origami
12 Days of Christmas: Origami
Posted by mark_watola on December 21, 2020
Christmas and origami don’t relate to most people. But the Japanese papercraft can create just about anything from holiday animals like reindeer, to tree ornaments, and even bows. We’ll share some Christmas origami projects to help you get into the holiday spirit! Bow You can buy bows to adorn your wrapped gifts, or you can make your own! A few folds and you have an elegant bow that adds another personal touch to a gift. Origami offers many different flower models that can top a gift or...
12 Days of Christmas: 5 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
12 Days of Christmas: 5 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
Posted by mark_watola on December 17, 2020
If you use gift wrapping paper for the holidays, you will probably have some leftovers laying around. There may be those odd-shaped cuts of gift wrap and of course the unwrapped paper. Usually, it gets thrown away. Why not put it to use in other ways? Those odd-shaped cuts of gift wrap and unwrapped paper usually get thrown away. Materials Needed: Wrapping paper Scissors Tape Optional: pen or pencil Origami Origami can be crafted with most types of paper. For a...
12 Days of Christmas: How to Wrap a Gift
12 Days of Christmas: How to Wrap a Gift
Posted by mark_watola on December 15, 2020
Do you find yourself giving gifts with gift bags and tissue paper? If you want to switch it up or want to learn new skills check out this guide to wrapping gifts. Video by Mark Watola Materials Needed: Wrapping paper Scissors Tape Optional: Pen or pencil Time: 5-10 minutes per gift This is the easiest wrapping method for a box. For oddly shaped packaging, you can place it in a box, go with a gift bag, or use this guide as an outline and adapt as needed....
12 Days of Christmas: Charcuterie Board
12 Days of Christmas: Charcuterie Board
Posted by mark_watola on December 14, 2020
Photo by Leilani Angel During the holidays, most great food requires catering or cooking. With some planning, you can put together an excellent snack platter without having to turn on the oven. Impress your friends and family with a simple to assemble charcuterie board! A charcuterie board is an ensemble of meats, along with other ingredients, artfully laid out on a board or platter. The typical components of a charcuterie board are bread and crackers, cured meat, cheese, sweet, savory, and...
How to Maximize Heater Efficiency
How to Maximize Heater Efficiency
Posted by avery_dietzen on November 30, 2020
Photo by Wes Hicks During the winter, it’s not surprising to have a heater running constantly. Maintaining your heater’s level of efficiency can extend the life of your heater and save you energy costs in the process! Below, we list a few ways to keep your heater running efficiently this winter: Change Air Filters If your heating system uses air filters, regularly changing them can keep your heater running efficiently. Dust and dirt block heat from getting through the filter, meaning the...

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