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Get Prepared for Fall

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It may be only September, but the leaves are changing here in Oregon. This has me thinking about all the things I need to do around the house to get ready before the cold weather settles in. Even if in your neck of the woods, you are still enjoying warm sunny weather (lucky you), you'll benefit from preparing for the winter weather that is only a few months away.

                      

1. Clean Out the Gutters

All the leaves and grime that you neglected while you were out swimming, hiking, or riding your bicycle this summer have built up in your gutters. If left full of debris, clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage systems from working properly. This can lead to water seeping into your home, which can lead to all sorts of issues and extra energy costs. Save yourself the hassle of repairing a leak by simply cleaning your gutters and drains now. When you do, run water through the gutters to check for misalignments that could also cause water damage.

2. Keep the Outside Air Out and the Inside Air In

Warm air will escape out of any cracks and can make your heating system work harder and cost you more to heat your home.  Use caulk to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components like a door frame and weather stripping to seal components that move like an operable window.

3. Show Some TLC to Your Furnace

Your furnace may be a distant memory since you last powered it on, but before the cold weather descends and you must reluctantly switch it on, give it some TLC. Clean your furnace annually each autumn. Sediment build-up can cause your system to work less efficiently or potentially become a fire-hazard. Cleaning your system and getting it inspected will reduce the risks.

During the winter try to change your filter regularly; a dirty filter will decrease air flow and energy-efficiency. And if your furnace is ready to be replaced, buy an energy-efficient model. It will save you money and energy each month!

4. Get Your Ducts in a Row

Your ducts are often times out of sight, out of mind, tucked away in the attic or basement, but a home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system. Make sure your ducts are in order by properly sealing and insulating them. Tightly sealed and insulated ducts can potentially reduce your annual energy bills by $120 or more! 


Lighting

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remember having a nightlight as a child? The light that kept away the monsters in the closet or under the bed? Outdoor lighting is essentially the “nightlight” for adults.

 

Outdoor lighting is an important safety feature of your home, but it doesn’t mean you should be spending an arm and a leg on your energy bill! By using energy efficient light bulbs and utilizing solar lighting where possible, you’re able to reduce your energy bill while still keeping your home and family safe.

 

Why Have Outdoor Lighting?


There’s a pretty simple answer. Safety. Outdoor lighting allows you to safely walk around your home at night, see pathways and walkways, be able to know who’s at the door before you open it and it lights up decks, patios and pool areas so you know who may be lurking around your home. Outdoor lighting is a criminal deterrent because it is so easy for someone to notice a criminal running around in the light and call the police.

 

Save Money


By using solar lighting wherever possible, this allows you to cut down on the amount of money you are spending on your electrical bill. If you are unable to use solar due to lack of sun lit areas, you can use energy efficient light bulbs and set up automated lights to cut back on wasted energy.  

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) use up to 75% less electricity than standard light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer than your regular lights. There are specially designed CFL lights for outdoor use so be sure to read the packages and get the best light bulb you need!


Placement of Outdoor Lighting



Direct light where it is needed to cut back on wasted lighting and you won’t need to light your home up like a Christmas tree. Always have lights stationed at the top and bottom of stairwells. Light pathways and walkways from the street to your front door, especially around shrubs to rid of any shadows. 




Spring Has Sprung

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 20, 2014 officially marked the first day of Spring!! You know what that means...

(Along with your spring cleaning, you should also change the batteries to your smoke detectors!)

Spring cleaning is a great time to pull down all of those dusty curtains and spare bedrooms sheets and toss them in the wash. We know that spring cleaning can be very overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. 

  1. Make a list! A list will be great for keeping track of what you have already done and what still needs to be done. 
  2. It doesn't have to be done all in one day! Going by your list and checking it off will help you spread it out and complete everything necessary to get your house sparkly clean!
  3. Take this time to organize!! Have a bunch of old wires spread out everywhere? Get zip ties and make them look more appealing. Or go through your cell phone pictures and save them to discs so they will never be lost.

Happy Cleaning!!

Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!


Glimpse into MaxLite

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Cultivate:
To develop and improve [insert verb] by education or training so that it may be used by future generations.

We genuinely seek to cultivate loyal relationships with our customers and vendors and in doing so, we are pretty proud of the quality of work and materials we provide. Recently we were fortunate enough to make a connection with MaxLite.

What is MaxLite you ask? MaxLite Website. They have released a number of technology driven LED 2x2 and 2x4 flat panel recessed fixtures, designed for drop in grid ceilings. Other custom mounting options available.

Compared to the typical 2-lamp fluorescent strip fixture (seen below) the MaxLite products are stellar.


The MaxLite LED conference room and class room applications below expresses how evenly distributed and smooth the light is. Equipped with full spectrum dimmers and a high tech look, we are really impressed with what MaxLite has brought to the table. I'm certain our customers would agree. We recently finished a conference space as well as private offices using a combination of the 2x2 fixtures and 2x4 fixtures. The finished spaces provided a really crisp and professional area for meetings and presentations. If we snag a couple photos of the new spaces we will post with a follow up blog.


Photos Courtesy of MaxLite Website
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ICE Co. Evolved

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Welcome! We’re incredibly excited to have launched our new website in order to better provide professional services to our wonderful customers. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around. 

The “ICE Co. Spotlight” (blog) is intended to be a leading resource for new product knowledge and reviews. We hope you enjoy following along as we help unveil the industries newest technologies and plug you into ICE Co.’s specialties so we can best serve you.

New Customers:
It’s always a good idea to have a good relationship with experienced contractors, whom you can trust, for those future planned projects and those “time-is-of-the-essence” emergency scenarios. While we don’t wish any emergencies on you, we hope to be of service if a need arises. ICE Co. welcomes you to learn more about our advanced and efficient services. 

Our goal is to reassure you that ICE Co. is founded on first-rate treatment of customers. We realize the number of electrical contractors to choose from is mountainous, and we are confident that those we reach will have to search no longer. 

Feel free to contact our office; we can’t wait to make our introduction personal to you.

Existing Customers: 
Thank you for loyally supporting ICE Co. We hope you feel a valued part of our team, because you are, and we could not be more grateful. It feels great to receive such warm support from the company questionnaires we have distributed the past couple months. If you did not receive one and would like to share your thoughts on ICE Co. be in touch and we can get one to you too. 

You may notice from our home page there is a client zone option. Our goal is to be able to share information back and forth with our customers in a secure zone where records can be accessed easily for quotations, invoices, and project related information. In the paper shuffle of life emails and hard copies often get swept under the rug, but this is a great opportunity to track past and present documents. 

We will be in touch individually about creating a log in for your company so you can take advantage of this feature.

Thanks again for checking out our new site, and our first blog post. 





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