10 Ways to Beat the Heat Without an Air Conditioner

Keeping cool isn’t always about air conditioners. Here are some additional ways you keep comfortable in the heat:

1. At night, open your windows and turn on any ceiling fans so they’re spinning counter-clockwise to circulate the air. In the morning, close the windows to trap the cooler air inside while it lasts (especially during peak heat times of 10am – 2pm). Closing your blinds and curtains will help the cooler air last longer, especially on the south or west sides of your home where the sun beats most.

2. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime, as it raises body temperature.

3. Turn off the computer, stereo, TV, desk lamp, or any electronic that generates heat when not in use.

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Everyone’s Talking About the HP Sprocket Photo Printer and This is Why

Do you love taking selfies? The HP Sprocket is a photo printer you can use on the go, and it’s small enough to fit in your jacket pocket. You can print peel-and-stick photos from your phone after personalizing them with cool filters, text, and frames. Everyone wants an HP Sprocket, so we decided to try it out to see what it’s all about… and we LOVE it!

Setup is quick & easy

First, we installed the HP Sprocket Photo Printer app, available through Google Play and iOS App Store. The app is supported by Android 4.4 and above and iPhone iOS 8.0 and above. You can pair your device and printer through the Sprocket app. The printer works off Bluetooth, … Read more...

5 Ways the Right Mattress Can Improve Back Pain

Are you waking up in the morning with your back feeling stiff and achy? In some cases, an old mattress that’s not properly supporting you can be to blame. After all, you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping in bed, and the way you sleep will directly affect the other 2/3 of your life. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, and sleeping on a proper mattress makes all the difference!

1. Comfort

If you can’t remember the last time you bought a new mattress, there’s a good chance your current mattress is no longer providing the support you need. If your mattress has become worn, saggy, and lumpy, this is a telltale sign that it’s time to be replaced. In … Read more...

5 Tips for Getting Your A/C Summer-Ready

Whether you’re at the beach all day or out and about chillin’ and grillin’, you’re going to want to come back to a cool home. In order for your air conditioner to work its best, it’s important to properly maintain it. Prepping your A/C before you use it for the season could help prevent costly repairs, improve efficiency, and reduce energy consumption. Be sure to also check out your A/C’s manual for instructions before doing any maintenance work. Here’s some tips to get you started…

1.) Cleaning or replacing your A/C’s air filter is more important than you think
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5 Things You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

When the temperatures rise and air conditioners come out, there are some important things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners:

1. Change the filter often during the cooling season

While your air conditioner is cooling you off, it’s acting as an air purifier and prevents outside debris from blowing into your home. When was the last time you took a look at your unit’s air filter? Cleaning or changing it will increase efficiency, decrease your energy bill, and can potentially benefit your family’s health. Make a mental note to clean the filter at least once a month in the summer … Read more...

Splish Splash Water Park Coupons Available at P.C. Richard & Son

Summertime is almost here, and it’s starting to get hot out! What better way to cool off than with a trip to Splish Splash water park in Calverton, NY? Stop into any P.C. Richard & Son superstore and ask for your coupon toward discounted admission! There’s no purchase necessary to get this coupon.

Check out the amazing deals you’ll get: 

From 5/27/17 through 8/30/17, save $6 on each general admission at ticket windows or when purchased online for up to 6 guests.

From 7/1/17 through 9/4/17, save $4 on each general admission at ticket windows or when purchased online for up to 6 guests.

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How To: Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

Looking to clean your appliances? Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime, and dusty condenser coils, should be the first project you take on. Here are some step-by-step instructions on making your fridge look and perform like new, and tips on how to keep it that way year round.

Preparation

You’ll need to block out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half of your day to really clean out your appliance. Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is a perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it.

Because your refrigerator will be open while you’re cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. … Read more...

5 Pro Tips for Cooking on the Grill

Finally… the warm weather is here! Are you ready for some grillin’, chillin’, and outdoor livin’? Whether you’re prepping for a Memorial Day cookout or in the mood for some grilling on a weeknight, it’s good to have some tips handy that’ll help you create irresistible dishes every time. So, get your grill ready to go and check out these pro tips!

You can cook anything on a Weber grill that you’d normally cook in your oven!

Yes, that means you can grill a homemade pizza! All you need is some dough, fuel for direct cooking, clean grates, and lots of great toppings! You can experiment with different types of cheeses like mozzarella, ricotta, Gorgonzola, feta, or Gouda. Add delicious veggies … Read more...

3 Simple Summertime Recipes

With the nice weather, the last thing we want to do is spend too much time in the kitchen! So, we came up with some quick, easy-to-make recipes to share with you. Feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients listed… it’s all based on preference. These delicious mixes, each serving about 8, are perfect to pack for lunch or a picnic with the family. If you or your kids are lactose intolerant, these are great options that don’t contain dairy, and they are also vegan. Plus, they only take about 30 minutes to make… that way you can spend more time outside instead of in the kitchen!

Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of
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5 Reasons Why an Outdoor TV Is a Summertime Must-Have

Do you use an indoor TV for your screened-in porch or patio? Do you find that it’s hard to see because of the glare? Not only are you not getting the best picture, but using an indoor TV outside allows moisture and dirt to get into the ventilation holes, which could lead the TV to short circuit. Using a SunBrite outdoor TV  not only provides a brighter picture and eliminates sun glare, but they are specifically designed for outdoor use and a much safer option for you and your family.

Without a doubt, summertime is a great time to add an outdoor TV to your backyard. Plus, having a weatherproof TV allows you to use it all year round.

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