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The Top DIY Social Media Accounts to Follow

Do you love tackling home design and organization projects on your own? Though DIY may not be ideal for every home improvement project, there are many ways that you can have fun and personalize your home space by taking on home projects on your own.

There is no shortage of inspiration for DIY projects online. In fact, social media can be a great resource for those who want to find new projects to start or just get tips on how to DIY successfully. Below, we’ve put together a list of our favorite DIY social media accounts.

Best DIY Social Media Accounts

Follow these social media accounts for inspiration, ideas, and tips and tricks for your next DIY home design project:

Martha Stewart

For many, Martha Stewart is the queen of DIY home design and décor. If you love following her show and getting little tips and tricks for your own home design, then you’ll really enjoy her social media pages. Stewart’s Instagram photos are nothing short of breathtaking. On her account, she shares plenty of recipes and how-to’s so that you can create your own beautiful designs and meals. Martha Stewart also shares a lot of her blog posts and other resources on her Twitter account. This is a must-follow for anymore who can’t get enough of Martha’s designs and recipes.

Chip and Joanna Gaines

This fun and friendly couple from HGTV’s Fixer Upper has provided plenty of DIY inspiration for homeowners across the nation on their show. However, when you’ve run out of episodes to watch, you can still be inspired and enjoy their fun personalities on the couple’s social media accounts. Joanna Gaines has a Pinterest account that is full of fun boards with inspiration from each season of the show. Her Instagram is also full of fun design inspiration and tips as well as a little peek into her family life.

HGTV

If you love DIY home design then there’s a good chance that you are already crazy about HGTV programming. If you can’t get enough of this inspiring home improvement and design, then you’ll definitely want to check out HGTV’s social media pages. Not only do they provide great tips and tricks, but they also keep you up-to-date with the latest on their shows and often provide behind-the-scenes looks. Check them out on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter so that you never miss an update.

Though DIY may be great for home design and organization, it is not ideal for more complex home improvement projects like HVAC repair or installation. When you need help with your air conditioner or heater, call in the experts at Air Quality Heating and Air Conditioning. We are here to take care of all your home comfort needs from helping you choose the best IAQ products for your home to routine HVAC equipment maintenance. Call today to schedule an appointment: (408) 899-8878.

Our Top Tips for Keeping Your Home Comfortable

Do you often find it hard to get comfy? Air Quality Heating and Air Conditioning has been a trusted San Jose HVAC provider since 1999, so we know what it takes to keep your bay area home comfortable. We’ve put together some of our most popular articles on home comfort so that you benefit from what we’ve learned by helping families and individuals stay comfortable over the years.

San Jose Home Comfort Resources

Your home should be an oasis for comfort and safety. Use the resources below to help make your own home safer, healthier and comfier in no time:

Introduction to Carrier: 5 Home Comfort Products from the Experts

Carrier is a leader in heating and cooling systems and products, providing a variety of innovative home comfort solutions to meet every comfort need. This post covers some of the best home comfort products available and how they can help keep your home more comfortable throughout the year. This is a great article for anyone who is contemplating buying a new HVAC system.

Why is Changing My HVAC Air Filter So Important?

Most homeowners know that they should change their air filter when it gets dirty or clogged. However, many still don’t make an effort to keep up with regular HVAC air filter changes. This post goes into a bit more detail about why changing your HVAC filter is an important part of providing a healthy, safe, and comfortable home environment for you and your family.

All About Cor Thermostats

Smart thermostats have revolutionized the way that we think about home comfort. These devices learn your habits and comfort needs and respond by adjusting the temperature and other air quality factors to keep you comfortable. Not to mention, smart thermostats can also help you save more money on energy costs by running your HVAC system more efficiently. This post introduces you to the Cor thermostat from Carrier, an innovative device that will change the way you keep your home comfortable.

Home Humidifiers for Allergy Relief

Now that it’s winter time, you may notice more dry air than usual. Dry air not only affects your skin, but it can also cause breathing problems for those who have asthma or allergies. This post explains how home humidifiers can help those who suffer from allergies find relief. Not sure if this IAQ product is right for you? Read this post, and if you still have questions, give us a call: (408) 899-8878.

What Do UV Lights Really Do for Your Indoor Air Quality?

Did you know that UV lights can help improve your indoor air quality? This is just another air quality product that can help you provide a safer and healthier environment for your family. This post goes into more detail about how UV lights work and the indoor air quality benefits they provide. Read this post to find out if UV lights might be the right IAQ solution for you.

Breathe Easy: 4 DIY Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Humidifiers and UV lights are not the only way to improve your indoor air quality for better home comfort. This post offers 4 simple, do-it-yourself solutions for improving your IAQ and helping you and your family breathe a little easier year-round. This is a must-read for anyone who suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues.

Want more tips for maintaining home comfort? We update our blog on a monthly basis with all kinds of informative content on HVAC, home improvement, comfort tips, indoor air quality, and home maintenance. Be sure to check back here regularly so that you don’t miss the chance to learn more about how to keep your home safe, healthy, and comfortable.

Avoid these Common HVAC Mistakes in the New Year

The new year is a perfect time to start thinking about what you can do better. Whether you are developing detailed New Year’s resolutions or just thinking about your personal goals, the start of a new year presents a new beginning and a chance to get things right.

Though your HVAC system may be the last thing on your mind when setting your intentions for the new year, this important home system is vital to keeping you comfortable year-round. Why not resolve to stop making costly HVAC mistakes in 2017?

How to Avoid Common HVAC Mistakes

Now that the new year is almost here, it’s time to think about how you can be better to your HVAC system. Below, we’ll cover a few of the most common HVAC mistakes and how homeowners can avoid them:

Ignoring strange sounds or smells coming from your HVAC system.

When your heating and cooling system is operating properly, there should be no loud noises or strange odors in the air. If you notice that your furnace or air conditioner is making a great deal of noise or you start to notice stagnant smells in the air, this could be a sign that something is wrong with your HVAC system.

Though some homeowners might try to cover the smell or ignore the noises, it is important that you don’t just ignore these warning signs. Just because it is still functioning despite the noise, does not mean that there is not a problem with your AC or heater. Call an experienced HVAC technician who can evaluate your system at the first sign of trouble to avoid having to undergo more costly repairs later on.

Skipping your annual maintenance appointment.

Another common HVAC mistake that homeowners make is skipping their annual heating and cooling maintenance appointment. It may be tempting to skip on a tune-up when your heater and air conditioner appear to be working fine. However, preventative maintenance is an important part of making sure that your system continues to run efficiently throughout the year.

Your HVAC technician helps prolong the life of your unit and keep things running smoothly by cleaning, lubricating, and inspecting your system during the tune-up. Though they may not find any issues during this time, they can prevent future issues from occurring by keeping your system clean and well-oiled.

Attempting to fix your system with HVAC hacks.

In an effort to save money, some homeowners will take on home improvement projects by themselves, including HVAC repairs. The issue with this is that many homeowners do not have the knowledge, skills, or tools they need to properly diagnose and fix the issue. Not to mention some “HVAC hacks” that can be found on the internet only provide temporary fixes, or worse, can ruin your HVAC system.

If you do not have experience with heating and cooling equipment, it is best to leave any repairs beyond basic maintenance up to the experts. HVAC technicians are trained in diagnosing and fixing HVAC systems, and they have the training, tools, and time to dedicate to making sure that your AC and heater are running optimally.

If you’re ready to start being better to your HVAC system in the new year, Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning is here to support you. Whether you need a routine maintenance visit or a more extensive repair, our team of HVAC experts is only a phone call away. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

Breathe Easy: 4 DIY Tips to Improve Your Air Quality

Keeping the air inside your home clean and free of allergens is an important part of creating a comfortable home environment and protecting your family’s health. Though you may think that you are safe inside your home from air pollutants like mold, pollen, and chemicals, the truth is that this pollution can make its way into your house and impact your air quality, making allergies and asthma symptoms worse and even leading to respiratory problems.

DIY Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

The good news is that there are a variety of things that you can do yourself within the home to help improve air quality and breathe easier:

  1. Install a high-quality air filter.

Not all air filters are created equal. Though you do have the option of buying the cheapest HVAC filter available, keep in mind that this may not be the best filter for capturing all of the dust, pollen, and other pollutants that make their way into your home. An electrostatic filter is a bit more expensive, but it works to filter out tiny particles as well as large debris. A high-efficiency HEPA filter is another option for households with infants, elderly family members, people with allergies, and others with compromised immune systems.

  1. Use low-emitting materials in your home.

It’s not just outdoor pollutants that can impact your indoor air quality. The paint, carpet, and furniture in your home can also emit harmful fumes. You can make home improvements yourself using low-emitting materials to decrease the amount of these pollutants in your home. When you re-paint, replace your carpet, or buy new furniture, look for certified products that are made with low-emitting materials.

  1. Keep things clean with natural cleaning products.

Another way to reduce these pollutants in your home is by cleaning regularly. Use a damp cloth or dust mop to dust surfaces throughout your home. Thoroughly vacuum furniture, drapes, rugs, and carpets once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. This helps reduce dust and other allergens. Wash your bedding in hot water and dry thoroughly once a week. Also, if you have pets, make sure that you bathe them regularly to reduce pet dander throughout the home. While cleaning other areas of your home like the kitchen and bathroom, make sure that you are using natural cleaning products that don’t introduce new chemicals into the air.

  1. Purchase an air purifier.

An air purifier helps remove contaminants from the room and can be beneficial for those with asthma or allergies. You can purchase a stand-alone unit to use in your home to help further reduce pollutants and improve indoor air quality. There are also larger units that can be attached to the HVAC unit. You may want to consult with an HVAC professional to see which type of air purifier is right for you.

Your HVAC system plays an important part in maintaining healthy indoor air quality. If the system breaks down or is not running at full capacity, this can impact the air quality inside your home. If you are experiencing issues or just want to make sure that your HVAC unit is running efficiently, give us a call today for a tune-up.