As the nights get colder, many of us are turning on our heating systems for the first time this fall. Now is a great time to inspect our HVAC systems to ensure everything is in good working order before the cold of winter settles in.

Central Air System

  1. Replace furnace filter(s) on a regular basis. Many filters last about 3 months, but some only last 1 month, so you will want to be sure that you are keeping up with filter changes, especially so now that our units are running so frequently during the cold winter months. This will insure that you are capturing all the unwanted particles and allergens before they are allowed to recirculate.

  2. Call a HVAC service technician and have them review your heating system. They will inspect the duct work, lubricate and oil furnace components, clean and test the fan, check the gas pressure, and more. A professional review of your HVAC system will help prevent problems during the high demand months, and if anything were to go wrong (knock on wood), you would have already established a relationship with a service technician or company to help you out.

  3. If you have rooms where furniture may be blocking the air flow, consider air deflectors to redirect the flow of air. These are great for pushing air up walls or out from under sofas or beds so that you get the full benefit of the forced air. We have adjustable products for both wall vents as well as floor vents.

  4. Survey areas of heat loss and remedy those situations with either temporary or permanent solutions. For more details on what can be done to keep heat locked inside, please view our article Doit Yourself Tips for Lowering Your Heating Bill.

Hot Water Heat

  1. Let the air out of the system by opening valves at the radiators and convectors. By “bleeding” the system of air, you will eliminate any air that has been built up in the system due to a lack in water pressure.

  2. It is also a good idea to call a professional to have your hot water heat system reviewed every once in awhile. This professional will often test the water pressure in the system, lubricate the water pump, and other preventative maintenance steps. These steps can also be performed by the homeowner, if you fill well-informed in doing so.

  3. Make sure that radiators have room to breathe and are not contacting items that could be a fire hazard. If furniture has been moved and is crowding the radiator, you will want to re-position items. If window and doors close to radiators are poorly insulated and letting warm air escape, you will want to better insulate them so that heat has a chance to move throughout the home.

  4. Survey areas of heat loss and remedy those situations with either temporary or permanent solutions. For more details on what can be done to keep heat locked inside, please view our article Doit Yourself Tips for Lowering Your Heating Bill.

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Many of our lawns are nearing their one or two last cuts of the year. For myself, this means that I want to finish my last cut and then push the lawn mower to the back of the garage and forget about it! Unfortunately, doing so without first properly winterizing your lawn mower, means that you could damage parts and find your mower impossible to start come spring. So, now is a great time to consider what needs done before you store your mower for winter. Here, we provide some suggestions…

Use fuel stabilizer on your final fill-up: If you are in need of some more gasoline this season to run your outdoor yard tools, then we would recommend adding fuel stabilizer to the gasoline. This additive will help keep the fuel good for up to 2 y...

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Grub are here and they are hungry! Over the past couple of weeks, we have started getting questions regarding grub damage and how best to remedy the situation. In this article we focus on how you can diagnose and treat a lawn effected by grubs.

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temp-post-imageIt seems like every summer is tough on our lawns, and this year was no exception. Many of our lawns are suffering from dead patches and areas of poor grass quality and encroaching weeds. This fall is a great time to remedy some of these conditions through reseeding and fertilizing your lawn. In this article, we will focus on reseeding.

Did you know… the fall is actually the best time of the year to seed? By seeding now, you will see quick results because the soil is warm and the days/nights are cooler. Unlike the spring, you do not have to wait for the soil to warm up from a cold winter. Also the days and nights are cooler, so the soil will not dry out as quick and grass seed will stay moist for longer. This goes a long way to see...

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I hate to say it, but winter is not too far from us. It won’t be long before colder temperatures set in on us and we begin to reach for the ice melters and rock salt. Now is a prefect time to begin thinking about whether or not you would like to seal your concrete and natural stone surfaces before the winter. If you plan on doing this work, August and September are great times to start the process and to clean those surfaces so that they can be sealed in time before winter.

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Step 1 – Clean: Before sealing an exterior surface, you want to make sure that it is clean and dry and these hotter months of the summer are a prefect time to do so. We have many different options in our store when it comes to cleaning the surfaces, including pressure washers and spray or scrub cleaners. The most popular one in our store is the Olympic Deck Cleaner, which can also be used on concrete and other natural stone surfaces outside to quickly take them from dark and dirty to clean and brilliant! (Just take a look at the before and after photos to the right from my own walkway).

Step 2 – Seal: Once the surfaces are clean and thoroughly dry, then you are ready to seal! Sealing these porous surfaces before the winter will help prevent damage due to salt and ice melter usage. Sealant will also inhibit stains from gasoline, oil, yard debris, and more. This really is a necessary step in making sure that your concrete (or other stone surface) stays in good condition, year-after-year. For more detailed information on concrete and stone sealers, please reference our blog article from September 2014, or stop by our Paint department where we are always willing and able to help you with all of your questions!

Thanks for reading everyone. We hope that you are having a great end to your summer!


Derek Satterfield

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As the summer drags on, many of our fruits and flowers around the garden are shutting down. Part of this is due to the hot weather. Part of this has to do with a lack of fertilizer.

For many years, I have only applied plant food in the spring when planting containers and flowering annuals throughout the garden. However, after a couple of months that food is most definitely been used up and our plants are in need of more nutrition!

August is a great time to apply a well-rounded plant food that will encourage new growth and, most importantly, new blooms! Just look for a fertilizer that has an N-P-K fertilizer ratio that emphasizes the middle digit. The P stands for Phosphorous, which is very important for encouraging new roots development an...

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July in our lawns and gardens means bugs, bugs and more bugs. Many of these bugs are none damaging and can actually benefit our gardens. However, that is not the case with many beetles, including the Japanese beetle. In store, we have noticed for the past few weeks that questions and concerns regarding beetles have really peaked.

What type of damage do they cause? The Japanese beetle has a very “damaging” life cycle that repeats year after year. They like to damage our gardens (especially vegetables and fruit-bearing trees) in the summer time as adult beetles. As young larvae, the Japanese beetle is a white grub and they damage our lawns in the fall, and sometimes a little in the spring. This is truly a pest that you do not want to have in your yard, since it can mean headaches throughout the growing season!

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New this week to our store is the Auto.Dog.Mug from Highwave products. This innovative dog bowl fills up with water from the travel water bottle that is attached. The result is refreshing, clean water that is on-demand for when you dog needs it during his/her walk. This solution is more convenient than public watering bowls and it is certainly more sanitary than public spaces.

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Did you know that you can increase the run time of cordless string trimmers up to 15% with a more efficient trimmer line? I never even considered this until the makers of our new Shakespeare trimmer line mentioned that there is more science to trimmer line than you would think!

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Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228

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