Summer is in full swing. As things start to heat up it is time to start thinking about ways to save on energy costs around the homes and find ways to stay cool. Here are a few helpful tips to conserve energy.
A great way to cut costs on cooling your home is to turn on your ceiling fans. If you don’t have a ceiling fan you can purchase a portable fan that can be moved from room to room. Fans are great to help cool the room down. Because fans help circulate the air in your home you may be able to turn up the temperature of your home a few degrees while still maintaining your comfort.
Closing your blinds, curtains, and interior shades help to keep the warm sun out of your home. Keeping them closed throughout the day helps to not only block the sun and keep your home cool but it also helps protect your home from damaging rays that could harm your furniture and flooring as well. If you have windows that face south, you’ll especially want to make sure during the hottest parts of the day those blinds and curtains are closed. You may also want to consider exterior shades on any south-facing windows as these will also help reduce the exterior heat coming into your home. Miss the sun? Don’t worry, you can open your blinds and curtains again in the evening when the weather has cooled down but the sun is still out.
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy in the summer is to make sure you change your air filter regularly. Chances are you might not remember when you changed your air filter last, so you’ll want to do that as soon as possible. When you don’t change your air filter your AC has to work much harder to cool your home down. As a result, your energy bills could be much higher. You might even consider replacing old cooling systems and filters as new systems are much more energy efficient. Yes, you might have some costs up front but in the long run, you’ll save on your heating and cooling bills.
Devices like computers, curling irons, hair dryers, stereos, and televisions heat up your house as well, so make sure they’re turned off or unplugged when they’re not being used. To help make turning off appliances easier consider putting electronics on power strips so you can easily turn them all off at one time. Also, be mindful of where your thermostats are and try to keep electronics away from them.
Try to limit your hot water usage in the summer. Did you know that 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes toward heating the water? Doing your laundry on either the cold or warm cycle will help save you some money. Drying your clothes at a lower temperature will cut costs and keep your clothes looking good longer.
Kitchens are full of heat-producing appliances. When it’s hot both inside and out why not fire up the grill for dinner and save energy costs within your home? If you need a little culinary inspiration, check out one of our recent blogs for some great BBQ recipes. Also, try using the microwave more than the stove as it uses just one-third the energy than an oven and produces very little external heat.
Many of us just expect higher energy costs during the summer. However, by implementing a few of these tips you might just use less energy and save some money on your utilities while you’re at it. From the whole team at Blind Appeal, have a great summer!
Cleaning with kids can be fun. Here are a few ways to help make chore time something the whole family can look forward to. Bonus: make sure to keep reading to learn about a great deal for one of our new services!
Create age-appropriate chores and expectations. This can help kids view to-do lists with less dread. If you give them too many chores or explain them too fast children can easily become overloaded and disinterested in helping. Look for chores that motivate your kids and discover ways you can allow them to lead the process so that cleaning is something everyone can pitch in with and not viewed as the dreaded chore or task list. This can help make cleaning a win-win for everyone.
Make cleaning more fun with games. Create a game out of each chore. For example, tell your kids they have 5, 10, or 15 minutes to do a particular task as fast as they can. Set the timer and check in on their progress. As the clock starts to run out of time, update them on how many more minutes are left on the clock. When finished, check to see how much they were able to accomplish in that particular time frame. If needed, you can set the clock again if they weren’t able to finish the entire task. Playing games can help make chore time more fun and even competitive.
Provide your child with their own cleaning basket. Keep things in the basket that are fun and useful in helping your child complete their chore list. Be sure to make the basket and cleaning supplies age appropriate for each child. Include things like a duster, lint roller, spray bottle with water and or vinegar, rags, and baby wipes. Go ahead and give them a little project specific to them. They can then explore the various cleaning supplies you’ve provided in the basket that will help them get the job done.
Create various chore cards for each room in your home and list specifics of each task. This way the child can read the card, or you can read it to them, so they know exactly what needs to be cleaned. They can then check off each item on the list to keep track of what’s been cleaned during the process. You can laminate the cards and include them in each of the cleaning baskets. The cards will help keep your child on task, so they know exactly what needs to be cleaned in each room.
List the various chores you’d like your kids to accomplish throughout the week. Be specific with each chore you create and break down each task into specific details and place it on your chore chart. This way it is easy for kids to read the specific details that need to be accomplished with each task. Also, check to make sure that the chores have been completed to your satisfaction. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn your specific cleaning style and what your expectations are of them when cleaning the home. Figure out a fun way your child can mark off each chore when a task is completed whether it is a simple check mark or a sticker they get to choose. It is fun to get the family organized by finding easy to make and print chore charts online if you need some inspiration.
Develop some sort of a reward system for your child. It is fun to be rewarded for a job well done especially if all the chores have been completed all week long. Rewards don’t necessarily have to be of monetary value. It could mean a special treat, time spent with you doing something your child enjoys, playing a game with your child, etc. Find a way to make your child feel appreciated for the great work they’ve done especially if they’ve followed through with all their chores during the week.
Involving your kids in household chores can help teach them responsibility as well as give them a sense of pride when accomplishing a task. However, sometimes you just need to let go and let someone into your home to clean. Blind Appeal is proud to announce our newest service: Housecleaning! For a limited time, new clients will receive one hour FREE home cleaning ($35 value) with purchase of our new home cleaning services. Give us a call today and let us clean your house while you have some summer fun!
If you’ve lived in Boise long enough, you’ll learn to get the most out of the full summer sunshine that we get. Entertaining friends and family around the backyard barbeque pit is an American tradition as old as apple pie. Now, if you’ve already gotten your motorized exterior shades installed around your back patio, then you’re ahead of the game and ready to start firing up the grill. For bonus points, you can have us at Blind Appeal wash your windows to get them looking fabulous for your summer guests. Ask us about that and our other products and services to help turn your backyard BBQ dreams into a reality.
Now, once you have your shades set and your windows washed, it’s time to start planning your menu! We’re going to try something new this year. The theme for this ultimate BBQ will be southwest gourmet. The menu will have three courses that finishes with a grilled dessert. Every course will be 100% cooked and finished on the grill top. We’re going all in on that delicious smokey bbq goodness that you can only get over an open grill in your backyard surrounded by a few good friends and cold beverages.
For the first course, we’re kicking things off right, southwest style with a cheese stuffed grilled pepper with a zest of lemon for a kick. These grilled and stuffed peppers are a great way to kick off the day’s grilling because they are simple to execute yet pack a huge flavor punch. This will help tide people over until the main course can be served. We recommend either a mixture of provolone and mozzarella or provolone and Queso Fresco for that real authentic south of the border flavor packed into every bite. Here’s the full recipe to get you started!
For our southwest BBQ entree, we are going on a one way trip to flavortown with this bold flavored burger accompanied by a grilled salad and grilled potatoes. (We’ll reveal the burger at the end. Trust us, it’s worth the wait!)
For the grilled potatoes, we’re going patriotic with a unique twist on grill “fries” with these red, white, and blue themed potato skewers. They consist of a mixture of golden, purple, and red potatoes drizzled with olive oil and topped with salt and pepper. Here’s the full recipe.
For the side salad, we’re going full southwest with this light and juicy grilled corn salad with a honey lime dressing. This salad has a little bit of everything. Sweet honey and zesty lime with a hint of smoke and pepper to bring it full circle. This salad will dance on your pallet like a whirling firecracker. Make sure you have lots of libations to wash it down!
For the main course finale, it’s time for the burger. You’ll be serving an angus beef coffee-rubbed burger topped with peppered bacon and a house-made Dr. Pepper bbq sauce. This is a true masterwork of flavor innovation that will enshrine your next BBQ party in the history books. The all-angus beef patties are rubbed with a tangy, sweet, and smokey coffee based dry rub, grilled to perfection over a hot grill (along with the thick cut peppered bacon) and then topped with homemade Dr. Pepper bbq sauce. They are then adorned with a thick and pillowy pretzel bun and arugula cheese. For an extra southwest kick, we recommend grilling a few jalapenos alongside each burger which are then added to the top layer above the bacon. Here’s the full recipe. Enjoy!
Well, that burger is a tough act to follow, but we have just the thing to wind down the night in a way that is still decadent and sweet, but not too heavy. We’re serving farm fresh grilled peach halves topped with cinnamon-sugar butter. The heat from the grill helps to activate and caramelize the sugars in the peach while also softening up the juicy interior. They are going right off the grill and onto your plate with a dab of cold cinnamon-sugar butter on top. Check out the full recipe here. This simple, tangy, sweet, and light dish is the perfect way to wind down your southwest BBQ feast and to pay tribute to fresh crops of summer. From our family to yours, Bon Appétit.
It’s starting to warm up outside but that doesn’t mean your home and energy bills must suffer. Fortunately, with exterior solar shades, you’ll be able to block and absorb heat, decrease glare, and reduce your energy bills. Just like when it’s sunny out and you reach for a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, using solar shades for your home is a similar concept. With solar shades, you’ll be protecting your home both inside and out from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are three reasons why you should consider solar shades for your home.
Tip #1 Provide Comfort
West-facing windows and reflective landscape surroundings can be especially problematic when the weather warms up making parts of your home uncomfortably hot. Exterior solar shades not only help provide a comfortable interior but also help to reduce cooling costs by decreasing heat gain in your home. Also, solar shades are designed to control light but not eliminate it completely so you can still enjoy the view you love and have your privacy too.
Tip #2 Block Solar Rays
Damage from Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is not visible to the human eye, but its damage is well known. Harsh UV rays shining into your home can fade fabrics, carpets, wood flooring, photographs, and artwork. Plain, untreated window glass can block out a small amount of UV rays, but additional window treatments can help block much more. Using UV-blocking solar shades or window treatments not only help prevent damage, but they can also prevent wear and tear on your home both inside and out.
Tip #3 Reduce Energy Costs
Did you know that 50% of the solar heat that enters a room in your home comes through the glass? Exterior solar shades are the best defense against beating the summer heat. Preventing your home from heating up in the first place with the use of solar shades can be a more energy-efficient solution than using the air conditioner. Solar shades may help to create a more consistent temperature throughout your home during the day helping to lower your monthly energy costs.
As you can see, solar shades really can help you beat the heat as it starts to warm up. Here are a few other products and benefits you might find helpful. Did you know there are many kinds of exterior solar shades? There is something for everyone! For example, a zip screen, which is a great exterior screen for outdoor room enclosures. This screen helps prevent color fade of your furniture and blocks up to 90% of the heat and glare, as well as provides insect protection. Or what about, self-storing solar screens? These screens filter out 90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and retract into a self-storing cassette style hood. Not sure exactly what your needs are, no problem, just call our experts and they are happy to work with you to address your specific needs to help you beat the heat and reduce your energy costs moving forward.
Please give us a call us today, so that you can have those exterior solar shades selected and installed in time for the summer months. Call Blind Appeal today at 208-888-1056.
Spring is a great time of year for cleaning and sprucing up around the house. If you’ve found yourself saying “Out with the old, in with the new” a little more frequently this time of year, you’re not alone. It’s possible that as you were going stir crazy this past winter you were also thinking of all the new ways you’d like to redecorate your home come spring. In fact, maybe you’ve even considered replacing or refreshing the blinds and shades as well. If these thoughts sound familiar, here are a few things to consider as you make that spring to-do-list this year.
Taking inventory of the current condition of your home’s window coverings is a good idea. Spring is a great time of year to check the condition of your various window coverings and see how they’ve held up through the winter months. Also, it lets you assess which coverings may need to be cleaned or repaired from any possible damage. After you’ve taken inventory you may simply find you’re tired of your old window coverings and it’s time to replace them with something fresh and new.
An indoor makeover can do wonders to freshen up any room in your home. You may want to explore the various types of window coverings available on the market and find which ones may help bring in a little more sunshine or provide you with a new sense of warmth and coziness. When looking, consider Graber window treatments. They come in many selections to choose from for example composite shutters, dual shades, sliding panels, and more. You are sure to find a variety of coverings to match your home and lifestyle. Check out the many galleries we have on our website for inspiration.
When it comes to your window coverings get creative and think new colors, better lighting, how to block light out, or ease of use and functionality. Maybe you are trying to bring more light into your home or on the flip side trying to protect your furniture, flooring, and artwork from damaging UV rays. If you need a little help in getting creative, call in the experts at Blind Appeal and they can help you find creative solutions for your window coverings throughout your home.
Getting your home refreshed and ready for spring takes a little time and effort, but when you are done, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your hard work year-round. So as you’re checking off your spring to-do-list, don’t forget to check out Blind Appeal’s extensive line of window coverings and treatments. We’ll be glad to assist you and help you find what you need for your spring refresh.
Give Blind Appeal a call today for an estimate and an opportunity to preview our wonderful Graber products! Call us for a free, no-obligation estimate. It will be well worth your time. 208-888-1056
You’ve probably noticed that the spring flowers in your garden are starting to bloom and we are certain they look absolutely lovely, especially after the recent rain we’ve received. As you’ve been admiring that garden, you’ve also probably noticed there is more buildup of dirt and grime on your windows and well frankly they’ve lost that sparkle and shine you love while looking out or in. Not to worry! Simply pick up the phone and give Blind Appeal a call and we’ll come out and restore that sparkle and shine to your windows in no time. Just think, you are only a phone call away from feeling like you can pull up the shades and not only show off that beautiful spring garden, but also your crystal clean windows at the same time without having to feel embarrassed that you haven’t gotten to that chore yet. Here are three reasons why having your windows professionally cleaned in the spring is a great idea.
Spring is an active time of year and you may find yourself peering out through the windows more frequently as you watch the grass green up and grow a little taller, gaze out at those beautiful flowers, or look at that veggie garden you are preparing to plant. Of course, these views are even better when you can see clearly in and out of your windows without the headache of having to look at all layers of dirt and grime that’s built up. You’ll find that by having your windows professionally cleaned both inside and out you’ll be able to enjoy the spring sun that shines into your home that much more and love the warm feeling having clean windows creates in your home.
The bugs and pests are starting to crawl or fly right about now and with that you’ll want to make sure they stay out of your home. Having your windows professionally cleaned in the spring is a great time of year because our expert technicians will make your windows look so great you won’t have to open them to see outside!
The spring rains have left dirt and grime behind, which have formed a layer of film on your windows. You’ll want to be sure to have this professionally removed before the warm sun starts to bake that onto your windows making cleaning more difficult. Also, it’s a good idea to remove the dust and grime that builds up in the tracks of your windows and doors as this helps prevent allergies. Yes, we can appreciate by now that your spring to-do-list is growing quite long and that’s why we’d like to help you check one more thing off the list by calling in the professionals to clean your windows. Let our experts remove the dirt, grime, and dust from your windows today, so you can enjoy the crystal-clear views again that you love so much.
Don’t wait to have clean windows this spring, call today for an estimate and to schedule a time our experts can come by and clean your windows. 208.888.1056
When caring for window treatments we often overlook some of the important cleaning tips in how to care for our blinds once they’ve been hung in our home. Yes, custom blinds may be one of those items you’d rather install and then forget about them, but don’t put blinders on when it comes to maintaining and caring for your custom blinds. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your window treatments looking fresh, clean, and well cared for.
Any window treatment could benefit from a good dusting at least once a month. With regular upkeep, dust will brush off the surface of the slats of mini blinds, wood blinds, and the vanes of vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds since they are quite smooth. These surfaces can easily be dusted regularly by tilting slats up first, then down to reach the entire top and bottom surfaces. A soft dusting cloth can be used, and a feather duster works well on fabric shades. You can find several products specifically made for dusting online, so do a google search and you’ll discover the possibilities are endless.
Use the brush dust head attachment for your vacuum for a more thorough cleaning. If cleaning a mini or wood blind, tilt slats as described above. Often vacuuming is a preferred method for cleaning fabric shades.
Spot clean with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent and warm water when cleaning vinyl or aluminum blinds. Blot gently and allow to dry completely. Spot cleaning is not recommended for fabric or wood window treatments. Also, do not try cleaning fabric or wood surfaces with water, club soda, soaps, or cleansers of any kind as they could damage the fabric or wood. It is recommended that all fabric products be cleaned by a professional drapery cleaner or dry cleaner with specific experience in decorative fabric window treatments.
When caring for your window treatments you’ll want to be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for care and cleaning. Also, it’s important to know when to call in the experts and hire a professional cleaner who can help you properly maintain and care for your window treatments. If you are looking for a local expert to help you, we highly recommend Wally Bashaw with Clean as a Whistle. Give him a call at 208-859-3363.
Clean your window treatments at least once a month to help keep dust and dirt away. This not only helps keep your window treatments looking fresh but also helps you keep a better eye out for damage. If you purchased your blinds or window treatments from Blind Appeal, you will never pay for any repair. The Blind Appeal Service Guarantee means you can call us anytime to repair your blinds or window treatments for free!
For more information on how to clean your blinds or window treatments or if you are looking for new window treatments, we can help! Call us today at 208.888.1056.
Ah, is spring just around the corner? Well, even though old man winter may have you thinking otherwise, the experts at Blind Appeal would like to help put a spring in your step. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to start getting excited about preparing your home for warmer weather and longer days!
Here are a few quick ways we can help you spruce up your home just in time for spring. Use this helpful checklist and call the experts at Blind Appeal and leave the rest up to them. Now you can check that off the list!
It’s all about the shine
Window cleaning gives your windows that beautiful glistening shine you are longing for this time of year. The winter weather has probably been hard on your windows and they’ve lost their shine from all the snow and rain. In fact, you may not even be able to experience your view quite the same anymore. Checklist item number one is our Window Cleaning Service. Let the experts at Blind Appeal impress you today with a professional home window cleaning that will leave a shine you and your neighbors will be talking about for weeks. We’ll not only ensure you have a clear view, but leave your windows sparkling clean, with no streaks, smudges, or waters spots!
Feeling the pressure?
Power washing removes regular buildup or years of grime that can accumulate on your home. Checklist item two is our Power Washing Service. This service can save you from having to repaint or even prevent you from having to handle those expensive outdoor home repairs. Grime, dirt, and mildew collect on your home’s siding or concrete pavement, and these can be removed. The professionals at Blinds Appeal can help you keep your home looking new with a good pressure wash. It’s great whether you are staying in your home or maybe even considering selling your home.
Go with the flow
Gutters, it’s a messy job that is not on anyone’s favorite chore list. But, keeping those gutters clean is extremely important! Checklist item number three is our Gutter Service. Here are a few benefits to keeping those gutters clean and clear year-round by a professional. First off, you don’t want you or your loved ones risking the chance of falling off a ladder trying to clean your gutters. Gutter cleaning can be risky business. If your gutter drains are clogged and the water isn’t flowing out of the spouts properly, then that can lead to a dangerous buildup of water around your foundation or even in your beautiful flower beds. Also, this can cause leaks in your basement and crawlspace and undermine the integrity of your house’s foundation. Having your gutters professionally cleaned helps prevent leaks before they happen. Let the experts at Blind Appeal take care of your gutters so your home maintenance is in tip-top shape by the time spring comes.
Leave the to-do-list to the experts
These three services are preventative maintenance! The whole idea behind preventative maintenance is to help save you money in the long run. We understand that these jobs can be messy and even sometimes risky, so leave that to us. All you have to do is contact Blind Appeal and we’ll take care of the rest for you. Call us today at 208.888.1056 to talk with our friendly experts and get a free estimate. Now we’ve got you covered, so check that off your list and start looking forward to the warmer days ahead.
The Boise Rescue Mission has been serving individuals and families in the Treasure Valley for over 60 years. When they first opened their doors back in 1958, they were a humble single-facility rescue mission. Now, they serve the community with several shelters from Nampa to Boise that in 2017 served 347,477 meals and provided 144,930 nights of shelter. They have been blessed to have grown so much over the years, but they still need your help!
Since they rely upon the community for donations, they need our help to be able to provide the much needed food and supplies for Treasure Valley families. And, there’s no better time than now because starting March 1st, 2019, the Boise Rescue Mission is having an exciting competition that will help encourage people to donate food and have fun in the process. We at Blind Appeal have been competing in this food drive for years! It’s called the “March to End Hunger Can Castle Competition.” Here’s what you need to know.
For the entire month of March, businesses, groups, teams, schools, neighborhoods etc. will be hosting food drives throughout the Treasure Valley. Their goal is to stock the cupboards for the leaner summer months. This is crucial as even in March the weather is still cold and even snowy so people will be in need of as much food as possible to keep them going. Don’t forget to donate clothing, including socks and shoes as well!
At the end of March, anyone who wants to participate will build a “Can Castle/Creation” out of the food they have raised. There will be a contest on Facebook with voting from our followers. There will be a Golden Can Trophy presented to the winner. The larger and more creative, the better! So come on and join us — Fill out the information sheet here to get started!
We at Blind Appeal love helping the Boise Rescue Mission gather food in order to feed those in need in our community. We challenge YOU at your business or office to rally together and try to outdo our awesome can castle we put together every year. Talk to your managers and team leaders and let them know that you want to help boost office morale and help people get food in the process. This is the perfect competition to help motivate your team in the lead up to summer and good weather!
Join us in the March To End Hunger. Build your can castle and take lots of pictures to share on your social media accounts. The bigger and cooler the castle, the more people in need get to eat! And, the winner gets the awesome “Golden Can” to display in their office. It is a great conversation starter and a perfect way to remind your employees and customers that you went above and beyond to help feed people in the Treasure Valley. See you at the finish line!
Welcome to Blind Appeal Quality Blinds and Window Coverings. Serving Boise (the Treasure Valley) and beyond for the past ten years, we are a family-owned and operated business that strives to bring our customers the utmost in quality blinds, shades, shutters, and custom draperies.
16077 N Franklin Blvd
Nampa, ID 83687