Category Archives: home improvements

When Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?

Your furnace works hard for almost half of the year, and it’s too easy to forget about proper maintenance and replacing it when it’s time. The last thing you want is to have to replace a furnace in a hurry because it stopped working – although with 24/7 emergency service, even that is possible. Still, it’s better to watch for signs that it’s time to replace your furnace before it breaks down and leaves you in the cold for hours at a time.

When It’s Old or Wearing Down

Schedule a consultation with Belknap Heating and Cooling to take a look at your furnace if it’s been giving you any issues or is more than a decade old. If parts are wearing down and it’ll cost more to replace them than to buy a new furnace, it makes sense to upgrade. If it’s still operational but over a decade old, the newer models will prove much more efficient, which will save you money on your heating bills.

With tax credits, discounts and specials, the cost of replacing a furnace is likely to be far less than you imagine. Plus, if you shop once the cooler season is underway – particularly if you wait until late winter or spring – you’re sure to find even better discounts. At the very least, you need to arrange twice-a-year cleaning sessions with heating experts to keep your current system in top form.

Had the day off

Well I had the day off yesterday, Michelle was at school and I decided to get started with the projects for the house that I wrote about earlier. I got the wallpaper put up in the living room. Man did it make a huge difference too. It looks great if I do say so myself. It’s got peach and pink colored flowers in it and it’s not a large print either. The background of it is sort of a creamy beige color. The leaves and vines in it are several shades of sort of a mossy green. It’s really pretty. I’m thinking of going with the mossy green in the leaves for the bottom under the chair railing. I think that would look real good.

I also went ahead and put up the ceiling fan myself. It wasn’t that hard to get up there. The whole living room looks so different. You should have seen Michelle’s eyes when she came home. She said ‘Mommy the living room looks so pretty. It was too cute. Hey, this is the ceiling fan I got. It goes great with the wallpaper.

Fixing up the house again

I’m back to fixing up the house a bit here and there. I went to Lowe’s yesterday and found a bunch of wallpaper, ceramic tile, and even a few discontinued ceiling fans all marked down really low. Guess what? I bought wallpaper for my kitchen and living room, a ceiling fan that already has the light on it for my living room and even got some ceramic tile for my bathroom. It’s all going to look great when I get it done. Grandma said my uncle has laid ceramic tile and would come help me do it myself. He’ll help put up the ceiling fan too. I can do it but why not let him do it, if you know what I mean.

In my living room there is chair railing and I’m going to put the wallpaper on the top and get some paint to go with it to paint the bottom part. I don’t know why I didn’t think to get it when I was there. I could have had them match it perfectly right then. Oh well, I’ll put the wallpaper up and then decide which color from it I want for the bottom. I’ll be sure and keep a large enough to piece to take back up there for them to match the color I want. It’s really cool how they do that. It’s technology wonderful!! Sure makes it easy to make a perfect match instead of just trying to find one of those paint cards to match it.

Shopping for furniture

Baker drinks tray table

Baker drinks tray table

Chris has finally moved out into her own apartment, and I have been trying to help her to furnish it. How exciting – her very first home of her own! I was hoping to get her a nice drinks tray table to accessorize her place. I know she really likes the styles of Baker furniture, and I have been having a really hard time to find baker furniture here in a local store. So I went online to see if there are any local stores that carry it, and I have found a few websites that claim to carry it, but nobody locally. And the websites that I found that show the furniture won’t even list the prices! How frustrating is that!

Have you ever seen burlap drapes?

Have you ever seen burlap drapes? My grandmother was telling me about how when she was a young child, when she went to visit her grandparents, her grandmother often sewed things from burlap feed sacks! She was telling me that the sacks actually had pretty patterns on them because the companies knew that the home-makers were going to use the material to make dresses and aprons and decorate their homes! I decided to go online and see if I could see some examples of burlap drapes and I found some plain ones for sale at this website, but I am going to keep looking to see if I can find examples of some drapes that had patterns on the burlap.