Preparing Your HVAC Unit for Hurricane Season

Being that we’re in the peak of hurricane season, it’s important to make sure our homes are prepared, and this includes the HVAC unit. With high winds, the potential for heavy flooding, power outages, and more, every homeowner should be aware of the necessary tasks.

I want to note that the well-being of those living in the home comes first. Do not put these tasks before your safety, especially if there’s an evacuation.

If your area is prone to hurricanes or other kinds of storms this time of year, then you may already be used to taking some of these precautions. Being that your HVAC should be maintained regularly, make hurricane preparedness a part of the maintenance. It’s much better to be safe than to lose money and time repairing your home and its assets.

Broken down by three phases — before the storm, during the storm and after the storm — this list will leave you feeling confident that you’ve covered everything.

Before the Storm:

Remove any free material or debris from around the unit. This will help prevent your HVAC from being damaged when the storm does come. Whether it’s an object that has the power to put a dent in the unit, or debris that can cause harmful buildup, it’s important to get every last bit.

Make sure the unit is tight to the ground. If it is loose, it’s best to invest in straps or brackets.

Cover the unit with a canvas cover or tarp. This is mainly to protect the exterior, but it’s helping to protect the interior at the same time. Just like the unit itself, make sure the cover is secure as well. You can use bungee cords for assistance.

During the Storm:

Keep an eye on the unit, but try not to go outside for it.

Also, turn off the power to the unit when the storm begins. If there’s a power outage, you won’t have to worry about the unit. You can focus on it once the storm is over.

After the Storm:

At this point, you can go outside to your unit to check for damage. Refrain from touching the unit if it’s flooded with water. This makes it unsafe to turn back on, not only for electricity reasons, but for mildew and mold reasons. Call a professional.

Remove the cover before restarting if it appears safe to do so.


Along with hurricane season, it’s almost fall. As the seasons change, so do the maintenance tasks. For your benefit, here’s a helpful infographic from The BP Group, the professionals of HVAC. New York is where they’re located, but this checklist is still pretty relevant. Check out #4!


Getting back to South Carolina, here’s some footage of Tropical Storm Hermine:

Home Decor Suggestions

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For today’s post, I figured I’d go back to basics a little. Even if you’re an interior design expert, it should be worthwhile to review some general tips to refresh your memory. Without further delay, here are a few tips that might be helpful if you’re planning on changing up your home’s decor.

Decor Tips:

  1. Make sure artwork is hung correctly: This is one that can easily be overlooked when you’re putting up your favorite art in a living space. Different ceiling heights can skew your perception of how high or low a painting should be hung, but you should remember that the center of a painting should always be at about eye-level. Typically, this is about 56-60 inches off the ground. Once you pick a measurement, also be sure to stay consistent with that measurement if you’re hanging multiple pieces in a room.
  2. Have a centerpiece: When you’re designing an interior, odds are you have a particular piece that you think is going to be the chief attraction in that room. Plan the space around this centerpiece to best accentuate it, and don’t worry about other objects in the room becoming secondary to the centerpiece.
  3. Be careful not to overdo it with color: It might be tempting to fill your space with a bright, eclectic mix of colors, but you should probably stick to a more restrained palette. Some color is great, but too much of a good thing just leads to distracting noise rather than an eye-pleasing display.
  4. The rug in a room determines the approximate seating area: When you have a rug filling a living space, the furniture should fit either firmly on it, or at the very least, the front legs should fit. Having a much larger or much smaller sized rug compared to the rest of the living space will throw off the scale of the room.
  5. Explore your options when purchasing new furniture: In this day and age, there are so many places to go when you’re looking for new furnishings for your home, whether that means you’re going to a store or simply buying something online. So, before you go out and buy something on an impulse, take an extra minute to explore your options, because they’re certainly out there.

That about does it for now. There are plenty more design and decor aspects to talk about, but I think that about does it for now. Before I say goodbye, I’d like to mention a company called “Rug and Home“, Carolina-based furnishing retailer. If you’re looking for new decor and furnishings, they should be a pretty good place to start!

As a bonus, here’s a video about decorating with color scheme in mind:

Range Hood: the Highlight of Your Kitchen?

custom range hood
Alright dear readers, for my first post, I wanted to highlight a part of your home that you might not think of when you think about interior design. By the title, I’m sure you already guessed I’m going to talk about your kitchen’s range hood. I previously hadn’t considered it as a real area of “decor”, since you can’t really move it or interact with it in the same way you would with say, a piece of furniture.

That changed when I found a company online called “Archways and Ceilings”. Initially, I was on Archways‘ website looking at some of their titular products (which deserve another post on their own). However, their custom range hoods caught my eye. On their site, you can order and customize the right design that fits the style you’re going for. If you’ve been sticking to whatever default range hood that your kitchen came with, you might be in for a nice treat now that you have a new option to change things up.

Archways and Ceilings has a good variety of other niche items for various parts of your home, but I figured I could focus on these range hoods for now. The idea of something mundane being turned into something really special has certainly piqued my interest, and I hope you’d feel the same way. If you are indeed curious, then all the information you need is through the link above.

Is there a catch for this custom range hood?

It’s worth noting that, should you choose to buy from Archways, the product is a DIY installation. While daunting, instructions are provided and they have support lines to call should you get stuck. Besides, beyond the raw aesthetic appeal of a new, custom range hood, there’s the sheer satisfaction of knowing that you put something together with your own two hands.

In addition to the instructions and support lines, they have plenty of videos if you believe that you learn better that way. Here’s a video that shows off some experts putting together a special custom range hood: