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What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Home Improvement

Believe it or not, Hollywood can teach us a lot about home improvement. While we can’t always connect with the sprawling mansions, majestic castles and modern highrises that we see on the big screen, we can still find inspiration for home improvement in the themes and plots of recent releases such as Beauty and the Beast, Ghost in the Shell, Boss Baby and Get Out. With the right attitude and enough effort, your home could become your own cinema worthy castle.

A beast can turn into a beauty

If anything can be learned from Disney’s reprize of Beauty and the Beast, it’s not to judge a book by its cover. When it comes to older, or seemingly rundown homes, it can be easy to right them off as lost causes. However, with the right vision, attitude and a little love, you can turn that beast of a home, or project, into a beauty.

Someone else’s trash can be your treasures

When it comes to home improvement, the ability to thrift can inspire or finish off the perfect project. Between garage sales, secondhand stores, estate sales, flea markets and even waste yards, you can find hidden treasures if you take the time revitalize them to even better than new. As seen in Ghost in the Shell, much can be done with something that has been deemed barren. See what you can find that, with a little paint and a few extra touches, can be transformed into something amazing.  

Never forget who’s the boss

Home improvement is often very practical and calculated. This is mostly a great thing, however, for families, it can be challenging. If a connection between DreamWorks Animation’s, The Boss Baby, and home improvement can be made, it’s to not let the extra work and stress of a DIY project or total home remodel allow you to neglect family time. Also while you’re at it, throw in a tree swing or top bunk slide to your projects to keep your little bosses happy.

Follow your own conventions

In Jordan Peele’s, Get Out, we get an eerie look into what it’s like to be trapped in a world that makes you feel like you don’t belong. When it comes to home improvement, you can come at it from an equity perspective or you can look at home improvements as an opportunity to personalize your home to better suite your needs or wants. If you feel like your style isn’t represented on HGTV or in magazines, movies like, Get Out, are a sign that the “standard conventions” are changing to represent and accept more styles and ways of life. Don’t be afraid to join the counterculture when it comes to your home’s renovations and projects to proudly showcase your personality.

Though we may know a bit about Hollywood out in San Jose, what we really know is HVAC. At Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning, we dedicate our expertise in heating, cooling, energy efficiency and the home improvements that can help boost your home’s efficiency. For star studded cast of HVAC specialists in San Jose, contact Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning today!

 

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.

8 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off [INFOGRAPHIC]

Many home improvement projects not only help you make your home a more comfortable place to live, but they can also increase the resale value of your house. These home improvement projects are worth investing your time, money, and energy in because they allow you to get back some of the investment later if you decide to sell your home. However, not all upgrades and repairs will pay off in the end. The key to getting a return on your investment is choosing home improvement projects that will increase your home value.

Home Upgrades That Improve Resale Value

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market in the future, you may want to take a look at these 8 home improvement projects that pay off in the end:

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For more great information about home improvement, HVAC, home comfort, and more, be sure to check out our blog each month for new articles and other fun and informative content.

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.