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Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

Checklist: Preventative HVAC Maintenance You Should Be Performing This Summer

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Heating and air conditioning, Heating and air conditioning repair, Heating and air conditioning units, Heating and cooling, Hvac company, Hvac repair companies

hvac maintenanceIf your home has air conditioning, it’s likely that you’re focused on efficiency, especially throughout the summer. Considering that switching to high-efficiency air conditioners can reduce energy usage by up to 50%, it makes sense that you’d be focused on that aspect.

But there are other ways to increase efficiency in your current HVAC system. To help you determine what those are, we’ve devised three HVAC maintenance checklists for you to follow this summer and all the summers to follow.

Right Now
First, you need to start thinking in the present. What can you do right now to create a more functional air conditioner? Aside from working with a reliable air conditioning company, here are three things you can do today to help your AC out:

  • Invest in a high-efficiency air filter for your AC unit.
  • Make sure your AC unit is free of leaves, grass, dirt, and other outdoor debris.
  • Clear an area at least two feet wide around the entirety of your AC unit.

Monthly
Monthly maintenance is just as important as making adjustments to your daily HVAC maintenance routine. Some of these tasks should be performed by your HVAC company, but the majority of them simply require your attention and a little bit of extra time. Here’s what you should be checking on a monthly or semi-monthly basis.

  • Have your HVAC company inspect refrigerant lines.
  • Replace or clean your high-efficiency filter to ensure high air quality.
  • Clean any AC vents inside of your home and keep them free of debris.

Seasonally
The most efficient HVAC systems are inspected twice annually: once in the fall and once in the spring. If you want to ensure your AC will work for many summers to come, it’s important that your HVAC company does the following:

  • Inspects all parts of AC unit for spring inspection.
  • Prepares furnace for fall and winter during autumn inspection.

Annually
You might not have to perform these maintenance tasks every single day, but that doesn’t make them any less important. Yearly HVAC maintenance tasks include the following:

  • Make sure your AC unit is sitting on level ground.
  • Replace any carbon monoxide detector batteries.
  • Clear out your AC drain. This may be a task you should leave to the professionals though!

Whether you’re a new homeowner or a veteran who’s about to pay off an entire mortgage, make sure you’re keeping these HVAC duties in mind all year long for a safe, cool summer.

Downspouts Protecting Your Roof and Home

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Cincinnati gutter installation, Deck cleaning solutions, Exterior gutter washing

Gutter repair service

Gutters channel water away from the foundation. That’s their job. Without gutters, houses are likely to be flooded, water damaging the property. But even with gutters, it’s important to look for clogs and mechanical difficulties, else the gutters overflow and water seeps into the house through the facade.

Here are some tips on how to clean and manage gutters.

First, there are downspouts. A downspout is a pipe that carries water from the gutter onto the ground or asphalt surrounding a home. It’s often called a water pipe, down pipe, drain spout, roof drain pipe, or leader, depending on the area.

Maintenance of the downspout is critical. Water accumulates on top of the roof, then fills in the gutters. If the downspout is not properly maintained and cleared, water will become clogged and spi

What Is Ductless Air Conditioning? And Other FAQs

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Ac repairs, Ductless ac birmingham al, Home heating maintenance

Emergency hvac repair

Keeping your home comfortable should be a primary concern. Most homeowners today find that having a central heating and air conditioning system is a must. But have you ever wondered whether there might be a less costly option? Ductless air conditioning is a more targeted system that can keep your home comfortable when a conventional system is impractical or too expensive to install and run. Below, we’re answering your questions on ductless AC units and how they may solve your cooling woes.

How does ductless air conditioning work?

Ductless AC systems have an outdoor condensing unit (consisting of a compressor, condensing coil, and fan) and an indoor u

To DIY your Fence or to Hire Professional Fence Contractors?

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Building a new deck, Deck contruction, Nj decks

Benefits of a vinyl fence

Are you tired of the lack of privacy you have in your backyard? A backyard should be a place of relaxation and entertainment. You should be able to sit in the beautifully landscaped yard and enjoy yourself, without loud neighbors drawing your attention. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this problem. Building a fence is a relatively simple project, whether you choose to build it yourself or hire a fence construction company.

Choose your fencing materials

There are many fencing materials that you can choose from. If you simply want something that separates your backyard from your neighbor?s backyard, you can go with a metal chain link fence. However, if you prefer somethi

The Hose Man’s Way of Preserving Nature

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Food service, Hose, Rv water hoses

Rv water hose

There’s that moment. The sun is shining. The air feels warm. Soil has been dug. That moment–when the garden has bloomed.

The number of people who gardened from spring 2013 to spring 2014 was 113.5 million. It’s a hobby for some, a craft for those who put the work in, and a field of study for those that do the research. But the end result is that moment when all the hard work, the digging, the planting, observing which areas have the most sunlight…all pays off.

The flowers that can be planted:

  • Geraniums
  • Daisies
  • Phlox
  • Hibiscus
  • Roses
  • Pansies
  • And many others

Growing a garden free of weeds, with the correct sunlight, the strongest soil, the most nutrient rich compost…all takes a strong effort, caring after the flowers day after d

Is Your Air Conditioner Not Working? Here Is What You Can Do

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Air conditioning service, Jupiter ac repair, Mold caused by malfunctioning air conditioner

Central air broken

When it comes to having a comfortable and relaxing home life, much of it depends squarely on the kind of home appliances that you have available at home. If you live in areas that experience extremes of weather, it is important that you have the right kind of home appliances installed properly and maintained efficiently, to ensure that you have the most comfortable environment possible inside your home. Air conditioners and climate control systems are used by a large amount of families in the country, and for good reason. If you are looking to find the right air conditioner for your home, or have had one for a while and thinking of making a change, there are important things to consider.

Is your air conditioner not working according to your expectations? This can often happen due to lapses in main

3 Ways to Use New Commercial Doors to Help Your Business Stand Out

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Commercial door locks, Commercial door locks schaumburg, Commercial replacement doors schaumburg

Installing a door

When you’re looking for commercial replacement doors, there are important factors to consider. Important factors to consider are safety and security. Having a professional locksmith install your commercial door locks will ensure your business is as secure as possible. In addition to safety, you should also consider how your new doors will help your business stand out.

Appearance is one of the first things people notice about a business, so it’s crucial to have the outside of your business reflect what’s done on the inside. This article looks at a few ways you can utilize your new commercial replacement doors.

  • It can be helpful to place

Finding the Right HVAC Unit For Your Residential or Commerical Property

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Emergency ac repair in tampa, Oldsmar ac company, Tampa emergency air conditioning repair

Westchase air conditioning repair

Are you in the market for a new air conditioner? If so, you are not alone. Dozens of homeowners every day are looking for the exact same thing. Maybe you want a new air conditioner to increase your home’s efficiency, or perhaps you just need an upgrade because your current unit is not doing the job. Whatever your reason may be, you are in luck because there are so many options available to you. Below are three things to think about when shopping around for different types of air conditioners:

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4 Tips for Identifying Signs of Water Damage in Potential House

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Asbestos encapsulation, Interior water damage, Water leak detection

Water leak detection

Purchasing a house is a significant financial decision. You are putting a lot of time and resources into home ownership and it is crucial that you put the appropriate amount of research and inspection into your potential house. Many houses are purchased after just a couple of showings. This may not be sufficient time to identify any serious problems, such as home water damage. Home water damage is an extremely costly repair and can lead to additional housing problems.

Always do an initial inspection for home water damage
Although it is illegal for a home seller to cover up any known problems, it still happens. As a home buyer, it is your responsibility to look at all aspects of the home before closing. This especially includes inspecting for home water damage. Signs of

Homeowners Remodel Kitchens More Often Than Other Rooms

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Italian kitchen cabinets, Kitchen design nyc, Kitchen designers

Eurpoean kitchen cabinets

When renovating a home, there are many different projects to choose from. Will you tackle the outdated bathroom or replace the flooring? What about updating all the light fixtures throughout the house? For homeowners, the options often feel endless. However, one room, in particular, is an extremely popular choice among homeowners deciding to put a bit of work into their home, and that’s the kitchen. In fact, recent studies from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that about 25 percent of money spent on home renovations is spent on renovating and remodeling kitchens. It turns out, people nowadays want a new kitchen.


As the hub of the home, it’s no surprise that homeowners are willing to go above and beyond to bring their vision of a new kitchen to life. From updating ca