Summer is a Great Time to Check Heating and Cooling Systems in your Home

Summer is a Great Time to Check Heating and Cooling Systems in your Home If June and July are any indication, we are in for a hot one this summer season! If you are one of the fortunate homes that have a cooling system installed, you are probably already running it. Many homes use a heat pump or a combination furnace and air conditioner. Spring is a great time of year to make sure your heating and cooling system is in good shape. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware have what you need to take care of some of the minor, do-it-yourself maintenance that will keep your unit in good, running condition.

Filters

One of the easiest and most important parts of your cooling system maintenance is the filter changes. The wind blows all kinds of stuff into the filters, as does typical use. Imagine if you never dusted, swept or vacuumed. You know that fine layer of dust you get? Well, that is collecting on your filters and clogging them up. You will end up paying more money on your electric bill if you are trying to run your heating and/or cooling system with dirty filters. Some filters are quickly changed out, while others require you to remove and clean with a hose. You can ask your HVAC tech what kind you have when you have your annual maintenance.

Outdoor Coils

Check the unit outside. Are there a bunch of weeds or tall grass around the unit? If so, you need to remove the weeds and any other debris that may be interfering with the unit’s air flow. You can use a special vent brush to get out any debris that is stuck in the grid. It is important you use a special brush to avoid bending the vanes on the unit. A blower can also be used to help clear out any dust and dirt that may be clinging to the coil.

Window Units

Window units should also be inspected and cleaned before you turn it on this summer. Clean the filter and replace if needed. You can typically run the front grate under the shower or spray it off with the garden hose to remove any dirt. A clean AC will keep you cooler without running up the electric bill. It will also last longer if you keep it regularly maintained.

Stay cool this summer and stay on top of your heating and cooling unit maintenance. When it breaks, it can be very costly to repair. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up hoses, spray nozzles, filters and anything else you need to clean your system. Come on in, or contact us today.

Replace Your Old Window and Door Screens this Summer

Replace Your Old Window and Door Screens this SummerYou are probably enjoying the cool temperatures we’ve been experiencing in the morning and evening and wanting to leave your doors and windows open. Getting a blast of fresh air is invigorating and reminds you of why you live in the Pacific Northwest! The fresh breeze helps freshen up the house without ever having to spray a deodorizer or light a candle. Unfortunately, if your screens are not in good shape, you aren’t just letting in the breeze. You are likely letting in flies, mosquitoes and even bees. Don’t let torn screens and frayed window seals keep you from enjoying the beautiful weather. Visit Greenwood Hardware and pick up the supplies you need to repair or replace those screens.

Replacing a screen is pretty simple and probably less expensive than you would think. You can save even more money by replacing the screen material in your existing screen frame with a roll of screening material.

You will need:

  • Screen
  • Spline
  • Rolling spline tool or even a butter knife or flat head screwdriver
  • Scissors

Unroll the screen and place it over the frame. Cut the screen material to fit the frame, leaving about ½ inch on all sides.

Place the cut screen panel over the window frame and place a length of spline over the screen and push it into the slot in the frame. Use the rolling tool to gently push the spline into place and effectively sealing the screen to the frame. Make it nice and tight.

It is that easy to repair old screens!

Don’t let bad screens keep you holed up in your home. Enjoy the nice weather and freshen up your home, naturally. Head into Greenwood Hardware to find the tools necessary to repair or replace your window screens. Come on in, or contact us today.

Screens too damaged or don’t have enough time?  We can order replacements or rescreen it for you.

Want To Use Your Seattle Yard More This Summer? Build A Deck!

Want To Use Your Seattle Yard More This Summer? Build A Deck!  Have you fantasized about sitting on your back deck with your favorite cold drink in your hand, the barbecue going and the kids running around the backyard? Who hasn’t! If you have a deck that is in shambles or need to build a new deck, head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up your supplies. Summers are short in the Pacific Northwest, and you don’t want to waste a minute thinking about and dreaming about your deck. It is time to do it (especially with the heat we’ve had lately)! A deck isn’t just for summer. With the mild fall and cool spring seasons, you can use your deck all year round. A nice patio heater will make it a little more comfortable.

If you have an existing deck, maybe you want to make it bigger or spruce it up with a fresh coat of stain. Adding wooden rails or some lattice around the deck to keep the little ones in is another upgrade you can take on this weekend. Get the whole family involved in the deck refurbishing process!

If you need to build a brand new deck, you can find hundreds of plans on the Internet for free or buy a book at our hardware store that gives you plenty of options and specific instructions. Some tools you will need for your deck project are as follows:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Wood—cedar or pine
  • Stain
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Handsaw/table saw or circular saw
  • Wood clamps

It is amazing how easy decks are to build. Many people assume the project is too big for them to take on. You can do it with a little elbow grease and the proper tools. Putting a deck on your home will add value as well. Get started on your deck this weekend. Head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up the tools you need and you can be enjoying your deck within a matter of weeks. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Deal with Moss, Mold and Mildew in the Pacific Northwest

How to Deal with Moss, Mold and Mildew in the Pacific NorthwestOne of the benefits of living in the Pacific Northwest is all the rain and moisture (our current heat wave notwithstanding). This makes it the perfect environment for lots of lush green plant life. Unfortunately, all the shade and dampness is also a recipe for moss, mold and mildew. Everybody knows the dangers of mold and mildew; among other things, it can damage the structure of your home. It is a good idea to stay on top of the mold and mildew to prevent it from causing damage. You will find what you need to take care of moss, mold and mildew growing around the outside of your home at Greenwood Hardware.

One of the most effective ways to get rid of mold and mildew around the foundation of your home and the deck and patio areas is with a pressure washer. This is a quick, effective way to spray the stuff off without having to get on your hands and knees to scrub. You also won’t have to use any chemicals to get the job done!

There are some areas that may require you to use a little elbow grease. A special scrubbing brush and some cleaner designed for use on the siding of your house may be needed. You will need to scrub the hard to reach places. You can also make your own solution with 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of bleach and a gallon of water. You will want to wear gloves whenever you are scrubbing with your homemade cleanser or commercial cleaners. Do not spray the cleaner on or near shrubs, flowers or your garden.

It is also a great time to repaint trim or even the deck. Choose a paint that is mold and mildew resistant to prevent further mold outbreaks. You will find everything you need at Greenwood Hardware to keep your home mold and mildew free. Come on in, or contact us today.

8 Favorite Shade Plants for Your Seattle Yard

8 Favorite Shade Plants for Your Seattle Yard We are lucky to have plenty of rain in the Pacific Northwest (our current heat wave notwithstanding), which means we have lots of trees and other green foliage to provide us plenty of shade in the summer. Sometimes, it can be a little tough to grow certain plants that require plenty of sunshine and heat to thrive when you are blessed with so much shade. At Greenwood Hardware, you will find a variety of plants that will thrive in the shade and brighten up those shady areas.

  1. Ferns are lush and green, and they love the shade and moisture offered by a Pacific Northwest garden. You will find a variety of ferns that will add a splash of green for some of the perennials that thrive in the shade.
  2. Bleeding hearts bloom early and tolerate cooler temperatures well. The pink drop flowers stand out against the gold foliage.
  3. Hostas are an old favorite. You don’t have to stick with just plain green. There are a variety of yellows, greens, and golds as well as hostas that shoot up pretty flowers.
  4. Hydrangea bushes are beautiful bursts of color that are super easy to grow. There are a number of varieties to choose from along with varying colors of flowers.
  5. Fuchsia offers a brilliant display of, as you guessed—fuchsia or pink flowers. The bushes grow rather tall and make an excellent shrub on the shady side of the house.
  6. Lily of the valley is an excellent option for placing under big shade trees. The shallow roots will not compete with the tree’s roots.
  7. Strawberry begonias will go great in dense shade. The pretty colors are a nice addition for borders and around trees.
  8. Periwinkle provides a nice ground cover as well as a splash of color.

Head into Greenwood Hardware and check out the large variety of plants and seeds that will help add life to your shady yard. Come on in, or contact us today.