Home Hacks with Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Published on August 23, 2016 The cooler season is coming and that means you’re likely getting ready to spend a lot more time inside. Be ready with these home tips from Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. splash a little scent on your air filter to add delicious aromas to your home. Your home air filter is just what it sounds like – the piece that your air goes through so it can filter out pollutants from your home’s air. To help your home get a burst of delightful smells every time your heating or cooling system turns on, next time you put in a new air filter pour a little bit of vanilla or essential oils onto the air filter material. Start with a little, then increase as desired to increase the fragrance. Enhance your space with the correct rug placement. Burlap and Lace Blog offers these excellent displays of how to correctly (and fashionably) place your rug in your bedroom, dining room, and living room. Smart thermostat Make sure your home is always feeling good with a smart thermostat. It studies your habits so it can instinctively raise or lower the temperature for ideal energy-efficiency and comfort. You can also adjust the temperature from your mobile device so when you’re leaving work you can set the thermostat to your ideal temperature so it’s comfy when you walk in the door. Add some eye candy. Craft your own garland by browning thin slices of oranges and stringing the final product on some string. It will add a little color and also make your home smell delightful. Boil some spices for a natural potpourri. Gently boil water, cinnamon sticks, and apple slices on the stove for a DIY potpourri. Green cleaning Adding essential oils, like peppermint, to a bowl of vinegar results in a home cleaner that is natural and smells fantastic. Just be sure to wear gloves to shield your skin when using any cleaning solution, even natural. Easily sanitize toys. The colder seasons typically bring, well, colds. Keep your children’s toys sanitized and your kids healthy by sending their toys through the dishwasher to clean them. Fast and simple and you can be confident all the bacteria are gone. Use parchment paper. The holidays are around the corner and that likely means more baking. Lay parchment paper on your cookie sheets for quick clean-up. It’s not just for baking cookies, either – we use it no matter what we’re heating up, even pizza! Darken your room to catch some z’s. Are you awakening with the sun, honestly? Catch some more sleep when you can by putting up blackout curtains behind your window treatments. Get some Poo-Pourri. Yes, this really exists. This combination of natural essential oils creates a film on the surface of the water to keep your bathroom smelling good no matter what happens. It’s a joy during the holidays when you have constant company. To make sure your home is comfy all year long, call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning day or night for all your heating and AC needs. Schedule your yearly tune-up or set-up a no-charge in-home estimate on a system upgrade.