May 12, 2010

A Rainy Day in May

Posted in Weather, Work tagged , , , at 7:49 am by Liliana

A Rainy Day in May

A Rainy Day in May

I woke up this morning to a cold, windy and rainy day. After a hot shower, I make a cup of coffee and prepare my favorite breakfast: a bowl of yogurt with strawberries and blackberries. Neither Sam, nor Nicole, has to go to school early, so we didn’t have our usual morning rush. It is nice to linger over the National Geographic magazine for a few minutes.

Mike (my oldest son) and his girlfriend Karen are leaving for a trip to the East Coast today, so I give them hugs and wish them a good trip. Mike has to decide where he wants to study law in the fall, so they are going to visit, meet people, make decisions and hopefully find an apartment. In August, Jeff and I will be helping them with the move.

I drive to work through torrents of rain. Along the way, I stop at a supermarket and buy a coffee cake and fresh fruit for our weekly departmental meeting. By the time I get back into the car, my hair is soaking wet.

I am usually at work before 8 am, and being a morning person, this is my favorite time of day. I am one of the earlier employees to arrive, and after refilling my coffee cup, I sit at my computer and do the most exacting tasks of the day. I can get more done at that quiet, early hour, than later, when things get busy and disrupted by many meetings.

At our department meeting, we go over the accomplishments of the past week, the goals for the next week, and discuss solutions for a list of projects.

At noon, I go to lunch with my friend Josh. Things have been very busy at RepairClinic lately, so we haven’t had a chance to catch up on happenings in our lives for a long time. We run to the car, and are again surprised by the coldness of the rain and fierceness of the wind. It seems like a good day for something hot and comforting. We go to a Middle Eastern restaurant and I order a cup of lentil soup, a hummus sandwich and a cup of tea. Josh orders a thin crust vegetarian pizza. And we talk. Josh tells me about his little girl, Esme; her love of reading, piano playing, her friendships and adventures. I tell him about my kids and their summer plans.

The afternoon is long, but I surprise myself by finishing a difficult and elaborate project. The rain doesn’t stop (or even slow down) so I cannot take my customary walk around our building. I love that walk at 2 pm. It rejuvenates my mind and refreshes my body for the rest of the day. But not today.  I pour another cup of tea and do the best I can.

When I leave my office building at 4:30 pm, the rain is coming down in torrents. It seems like time has not advanced at all since this morning, like the day has collapsed upon itself.  It has been a shivery, blustery, bleak, stormy day from beginning to end.

I very much hope for better weather tomorrow.

May 3, 2010

Advice for Your Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier

Posted in appliance parts, Home, RepairClinic.com, Weather tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Liliana

Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier

Dehumidifier and Air Conditioner

With warmer temperatures imminent as the summer months quickly approach, May is a good month to take care of the appliances that will keep your home cool and comfortable.

These are some recommendations from the RepairClinic.com experts on the steps that you can take to get prepared:

Air Conditioner

  • Clean the condenser coils on your window or through-the-wall air conditioner. In order to gain access to the coils, it is best to remove the entire cover of the unit. Be on the lookout for wasp or bees nests inside the unit. You can clean the coils by blowing compressed air at them or by using a soft bristle brush. Be sure to also clean any dirt or lint build up in the bottom of the air conditioner. And, don’t forget to oil the motor – if  your air conditioner is equipped with oil ports on its sides.
  • May is also a good month to clean or replace the air conditioner filter. Depending on the quality of the air in your home, this may need to be done once a month throughout the cooling season. If you need to replace the filter, try electrostatic filter cut-to-fit material from RepairClinic.com. This filter will fit most air conditioners.

Dehumidifier

  • Don’t forget about your dehumidifier. Check to see that the humidistat is correctly set. If set too high, the unit may run continuously, which is wasteful and unnecessary. RepairClinic sells a useful tool, a hygrometer, to determine the correct setting for your humidistat.
  • Clean your dehumidifier water container by washing it with soapy water.
  • Replace your dehumidifier filter. RepairClinic.com has  a wide verity to choose from.