3 Tips for Creating a New Year’s Home Improvement Budget

Maintaining a healthy, safe, and clean home environment is definitely a tall order. But the good news is that you don’t have to tackle all your home improvement projects all at once. Instead, you can create a plan and budget for the new year that will allow you to prioritize your home improvement goals and ensure you’ve got the budget to complete them all.

How to Create a New Year’s Home Improvement Budget

Below, we’ve put together just a few tips that you can use to create a home improvement budget for the new year:

Home Improvement Budget Tips


Is HVAC on Your Home Improvement List?

If a new HVAC system is on your home improvement list for the new year, it’s best to leave your home comfort in the hands of the experts. McLay AC and Heating is ready to help you tackle your heater or air conditioner replacement project. Our home comfort specialists will help you find the right HVAC system for your needs and provide expert installation to ensure that you’re comfortable year-round.

Give us a call today to find out which HVAC systems might be right for you: (909) 326-6106.

Get Ready for Spring in Pomona with these Top Home Improvement Tips

It’s safe to say that we have it pretty good in Pomona during the winter season. However, that doesn’t mean we should rest on our laurels during the spring time.  Even if the winter was mild, your house is still begging for a revamp, as well as routine maintenance. Upgrade your spring cleaning checklist to a spring improvements list and make sure that these items get checked off, so your home is ready to entertain this spring and summer.

Spring home improvement tips in Pomona

Rectify your roof – Rain and wind can take a toll on your shingles and the overall integrity of your roof. Take some time in the spring to climb up on your roof to identify and fix any potential damage.

Check your gutters –  In the beautiful SoCal weather, it can be easy to overlook the routine exterior maintenance that most homeowners are accustomed to. Be sure that your gutters are clear and well fitting this spring.

Clear your chimney – How many times did you get cozy by the fire this winter? If you wait until next winter to clear out your chimney, all of the soot and debris that has built up over the winter will sit in your house for the rest of the year. Getting your chimney swept in the spring ensures that your indoor air quality is at its best and that your system will be ready to use for next burning season.

Fortify your foundation – Though flooding isn’t a concern for Pomona locals, routinely checking your foundation will help prevent costly foundation issues that can occur in Southern California, through early recognition. Walk around the exterior of your house and check for cracks in your foundation that can be caused by temperature fluctuations.

Prep your exterior entertainment hubs – From power washing and sealing your decks and patios to firing up the grill, the spring time in Pomona is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining. Get your home ready for friends and family by filling in the cracks of your cement patios and driveways as well.

Escape to a front/backyard oasis with quick DIY landscaping – Whether or not you’re looking to take advantage of the summer seller’s market, it’s never a bad time to upgrade your home’s curb appeal or hominess with some quick and easy landscaping hacks. Get your hands dirty while keeping your bank account full by trying these simple DIY landscaping ideas.

Revamp your interior with a fresh coat of paint – While you’re clearing out rooms with your spring cleaning, throw down some plastic sheeting and freshen up your rooms with a bright coat of paint. If you’re pressed for time, consider adding just a few bold accent walls for a quick way to reinvent your home.

Get your HVAC system ready for the warmer temps – From routine furnace care to prepping your A/C unit for the warmer temps to come, the spring is a busy time for HVAC professionals in Pomona. Getting your heat pump or furnace checked after winter is the best way to ensure that you get the most out of your system. The same goes for your A/C unit. Make sure to check and, if necessary, replace your air filter and check that your system and home are ready to keep your home comfortable and cool in the most efficient and effective manner.

We love beautiful Pomona in the spring and its residents. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to keeping Pomona locals comfortable in their homes with exceptional HVAC services in Pomona that improve our customers’ comfort and indoor air quality. Contact McLay Services today to get your home’s HVAC system ready for spring!

The Ultimate Los Angeles County Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is just around the corner, and many Los Angeles County homeowners have already gotten a head start on their spring cleaning. Though it may seem like a daunting task, a deep cleaning of your home is important to do at least once a year. Not only does this help you stay organized and get rid of things that you don’t need anymore, but cleaning your home can also help you improve your indoor air quality so that you can breathe easier throughout the year. Below, we offer the ultimate checklist for spring cleaning in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Spring Cleaning Checklist

Are you ready to start your spring cleaning? Use the checklist below to make sure that you don’t forget anything important when cleaning your home this spring:

Get all the spring cleaning supplies you need.

Before you start cleaning, take inventory of your cleaning supplies. Make sure that you pick up anything you might need before you get started. The last thing that you want to do is make a trip to the store when you are in the middle of deep cleaning your home. You are much more likely to be successful if you have everything that you need right from the beginning.

Here’s a list of supplies you might need:

  • A good all-purpose cleaner
  • Wood polish for any wood furniture
  • Reusable towels or cloths for dusting and cleaning
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty

Declutter your home.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about making sure your home is clean. This is also the perfect opportunity to declutter your house. A clean and organized space makes it easier for you to think, relax, and unwind. However, many people tend to hold onto things they don’t need anymore, which can cause quite a bit of clutter in your home.

Here are some ways that you can declutter your home:

  • Go through your closet, and get rid of any clothing that you have not worn in the past 6 months.
  • Round up anything in your garage that you do not need such as sports equipment, tools, or boxes full of old items.
  • If you have any furniture or appliances that you don’t want anymore, call a professional to haul these items away.

You can donate any items that you don’t use anymore to thrift stores or charities. For items that may have resale value, you can put them up for sale in local online forums or hold a garage sale.

Clean your heating and cooling system.

This is a spring cleaning step that many homeowners forget about. Though you may use your heating and cooling system less in the spring when temperatures are more moderate, your HVAC system is in between periods of high use. There is a good chance that you used your heater a lot during the wintertime and that you will use your AC more in the summer. A routine maintenance visit can help you make sure that your system is clean and running optimally before summer gets here.

It’s also important that you stay on top of air filter changes in the spring. Many allergy sufferers may experience discomfort during the springtime when allergens increase. Checking your air filter at least once a month and changing the filter when it becomes dirty or clogged is a good way to keep allergens to a minimum in your home.

Get Your Spring HVAC Tune-Up

Does your heating and cooling system need a spring cleaning? We recommend that homeowners have their HVAC system cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Many Los Angeles county homeowners like to have their service visit in the spring to make sure that everything is clean and running smoothly after using their system all winter. This helps ensure that your system is working efficiently before you start cranking up the AC this summer.

Call us today to schedule an HVAC service visit: (909) 326-6106.

Unusual Suspects: Is This Common Home Appliance Putting Your Family at Risk?

Did you know that about 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year? According to the U.S. Fire Administration, these dryer fires cause about 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss each year. These types of fires are more likely to occur in the fall and winter, with the most dryer fires occurring in January. If you are not taking measures to make sure that your dryer vents are clean, you may be putting your family at risk.

How to Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires

Though it may be alarming that this common household appliance has the potential to put your family at risk, the good news is that this type of home fire is preventable. Here are a few suggestions from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on how to prevent clothes dryer fires:

Clean the lint screen or filter before or after you dry each load of clothing.

A clogged lint screen can cause your clothing to take longer to dry. If you notice that the clothing is still damp after the drying cycle, you may need to clean your lint screen or filter.

Periodically clean your dryer vent and exhaust duct.

Homeowners should check their outside dryer vent while the dryer is on to make sure that air is escaping through the exhaust. If you do not notice air escaping, this could be a sign that the exhaust duct is blocked.

Clean any buildup of lint behind the dryer.

Lint can start to build up behind your dryer over time. It is important to keep this area clean and clutter-free. Call a qualified professional to clean the inside of your dryer’s chassis to reduce the amount of lint buildup.

Take care when drying any clothes that may have volatile chemicals on them.

This includes gasoline, cooking oils, and cleaning agents. You may have to wash this clothing more than once before you put them into the dryer.

Signs That It’s Time to Clean Your Dryer Vent

The leading cause of clothes dryer fires in United States homes is failure to keep the dryer and its parts clean. Here are just a few signs that it’s time to clean your dryer vent:

  • Clothing is not dry after one normal drying cycle or clothes take longer than 35 to 40 minutes to dry.
  • Your clothing is unusually hot after completing a dryer cycle.
  • You notice excessive heat in the laundry room while the dryer is on.
  • You see large amounts of lint accumulating in or around the lint trap during dryer operation.
  • You start to notice debris within the dryer vent opening outside.
  • You notice a musty odor after the drying cycle or find that dryer sheets used during the cycle have an odor.

Get a Free Dryer Vent Cleaning with Your Duct Cleaning Service

Right now, McLay Services is offering a free dryer vent cleaning with your residential duct cleaning services. This is a $150 value that we are happy to provide for our clients to help them prevent a dryer fire. For more information or to schedule an appointment for duct cleaning services, call us now: (909) 326-6106.

McLay’s Guide to Southern California Winter Home Maintenance

We may be biased, but we think that Southern California is the best place to live, hands down. Having served families and individuals in the area since 1978, we at McLay know just what it takes to keep your Southern California home well-maintained, especially when it comes to our specialties – heating, cooling, and plumbing. To help you stay comfortable this winter, we have put together some of our top articles on winter home maintenance in Southern California.

Top Articles on Southern Califonia Winter Home Maintenance

We’ve reached deep into the blog archives to bring you some of our very best articles on Southern California winter home maintenance:

Winterize Your Home with a Few Candid Cold Weather Tips

This article covers some simple and effective ways that you can get your home ready for winter. Though we are already in the swing of winter, it is never too late to work toward minimizing the weather damage by making sure that your home is ready for the elements. Share this one with a friend who may have neglected their pre-winter home maintenance.

Why You Need a Furnace Tune-Up

As you probably guessed, this post discusses why homeowners should get a tune-up on their furnace or heater. Most homeowners opt to get their furnace serviced before they start using it for the winter. But again, it is never too late to take the right actions toward protecting your home HVAC system and ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently year-round.

What Are Some Signs My Furnace Isn’t Working Properly?

Winter is no time to be without a furnace. This article helps you recognize some common signs that your furnace may need repair. If you notice any of these things happening with your furnace at home, be sure to contact us so that we can get it back up and running to keep you and your family comfortable.

When Do I Need to Call a Plumber?

Though this blog post is not particularly about winter home maintenance, it does offer some important insight into when you should call a professional plumber for your home. This is a great read for any homeowner who wants to learn what to do when they experience a plumbing issue throughout the year.

Need Help? Call the La Verne HVAC Experts

We know that home maintenance can be tough, especially if you don’t have the time or tools to get the job done right. The good news is that McLay Services is here to help you with all of your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs. All you need to do is give us a call, and leave the rest to us! (909) 326-6106