Custom Building Tips for Spring Cleaning & Organization

Although Texas has been warm for a while, spring is officially here and 'tis the season for refreshing, cleaning, re-organizing, and building anew! Here are some custom organizational ideas and the handy tips for the yearly check-up:
 

ORGANIZATIONAL BUILT-INS

For all ages, spring cleaning typically revolves around tidying a closet. The easiest place to hide and stash things that don't need to be seen every day, the closet becomes the result of the mass exodus from the clean laundry pile, accumulating en masse until the clean somehow needs to be washed again.
 
In an effort to help dissuade the chaos, organizational systems have been designed specifically for the clutter-minded, such as huge wall-to-wall built-ins, additional hanging racks, shoe racks, laundry chutes, drop zones etc. Even, as shown below, a hidden door could be built to match the other closet built ins! Depending on the level of finish, built-ins could match the cabinetry throughout the rest of the home, or sport paint-grade pine constructed by a trim carpenter. 
 
Custom Wall-to-Wall Cabinetry Built-In:
 
Custom Wall-to-Wall Cabinetry
 
Built-In Shelving and Hidden Door: 
 
Built-In Shelving and Hidden Door
Built-In Shelving and Open Hidden Door
 
 
Additional Top Rack for Closet: 
 
Additional Top Rack for Closet
 
 
Laundry Chute and Receiving Cabinet: 
 
Laundry Chute
Laundry Chute and Receiving Cabinet

 
Custom Drop Zone: 
 
Custom Drop Zone
 

MAINTENANCE:

Directly from our Energy Star Partner website: https://www.energystar.gov/
Follow this checklist to ensure your home is ready for the heat surges ahead!!

Maintenance Checklist:
  • Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.
Cooling Specific:
  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system's ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner's refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system's efficiency by up to 15 percent.
Heating Specific:
  • Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.
Actions To Do Yourself:
  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.