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Fun-for-All Fall Festivals! 

09.18.18

We are incredibly lucky to live in an area that focuses so much on community – and fun! With cool weather approaching, some of the best festival and events in Georgia are nearby or a short drive away. We’ve compiled a list below of some of the most interesting festivals we’ve heard about and are interested in attending. Carnival rides, concerts, petting zoos, hot air balloon rides – there’s so much fun to be had!

DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL
Thurs – Sunday, Sept 27 – 30, 2018
Duluth, GA

• A very large festival that draws big crowds
• Concerts
• Carnival with a variety of rides and games
• Parade
• Cotton candy, caramel apples, snow cones, and other favorites

All proceeds from the Festival are used towards improving and beautifying Historic Downtown Duluth.

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FALL FARM ADVENTURE DAY AT ALEGRE FARM

Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dacula, GA

• A fun, hands-on, interactive tour
• Feed the animals at the petting zoo.
• Milk a goat! Meet the honey bees! Groom a pony!
• Dig in worm bins and learn about composting.
• Hayride
• Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic under our covered pavilions.
• The Farmer’s Market will be open.

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THE INTERNATIONAL NIGHT MARKET
Fri, Oct 5 – Sun, Oct 7, 2018
Alpharetta, GA

• Bring the whole family to enjoy street food flavors from all over the world.
• Exciting cultural performances
• Arts and crafts
• Kids Zone
• Cooking demonstration tent
• Shopping areas, a bar, and more!
• Children ages 12 and under are FREE.

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DULUTH BEER & WINE FESTIVAL
Sat, Oct 6th from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Duluth, GA

• A celebration of Beer and Wine on the Duluth Town Green
• Sample 75+ craft beers and 25+ wines.
• Live local music
• Local food trucks
• Adult game zone
• Community vendors and artists

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LANIER LANTERN FESTIVAL
Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gainesville, GA

Experience the Lake Lanier Lantern festival, where thousands gather to listen to live music, enjoy the treats from a variety of food trucks, and light up the lake by sharing personal wishes, dreams, and goals via personalized water lanterns.

At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their lantern then lets it take flight across the lake. Enjoy the surreal ambiance as time slows and your lantern floats away to join thousands of others under the night sky.

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S.T.E.A.M. AND FALL ART WALK
Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:00 PM
Duluth, GA

A night of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math.

Students from the Duluth school cluster showcase their project-based learning projects. Students will show off their real-world applications, investigations and more!

• Food trucks
• Music
• Live artist demonstrations

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FALL FESTIVAL ON THE FARM
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Roswell, GA

• Crafts
• Pet and Feed Farm Animals (goats, sheep, and chickens)
• Live Music
• Bounce House
• Lawn Games
• Fire Pit with S’mores
• Hot Cider/Hot Cocoa Bar
• Farm Tour
• Food Trucks (Pitmaster Valentine Brothers BBQ and Hole in the Wall)
• Pumpkin Patch (100% of the sales of the pumpkins goes to Atlanta Community Food Bank)
• Bake Sale (The Flour Artisan)

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ALIVE FESTIVAL
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Suwanee, GA

The Alive! Festival is an annual non-profit Community Family Festival benefiting Project Green.

• Local Product Vendors
• Artists
• Food
• Live music
• Kids Area
• BBQ

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MALL OF GEORGIA FALL FESTIVAL
Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Buford, GA

• Huge outdoor Fall Festival
• Stage Performances
• Costume contest
• Bounce houses
• Popcorn
• Face painting
• Pumpkin painting
• Vendors
• Shopping
• Giveaways

Click Here for more information.

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Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

09.18.18

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is quickly approaching. Soon we’ll be putting on sweaters, sipping hot beverages, and raking up way too many leaves. We can almost smell the pumpkin spice! As temperatures cool, the team at Stuart Pro starts to think about indoor air quality.

Did you know that the air inside your home or office can be more polluted than the air outside?

Modern homes are far more airtight than houses in the past. Meaning, when we shut our windows to keep cold air out, we’re also keeping in dust mites, chemicals from household cleaners, radon, etc. As our homes have become more energy efficient, they’ve also become a haven for allergens. During the winter when we are indoors more, this is of particular concern.

Indoor air pollution worsens asthma symptoms and other respiratory issues. It can also irritate the throat, eyes, nose, and lungs. Dreading cold and flu season? Improving the air quality in your home can help reduce the chances of getting sick, and if you do fall ill, symptoms tend to be less severe in a home or business with good air quality.

The good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve the air quality in your home or business.

Change your air filter once a month.

Air filters are the first line of defense for keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. Be sure to replace your filters once a month.  Make sure to review our Air Filter Video.

Open the windows!

There are many weeks in the year where it is impossible to let fresh air in for any length of time. So you must strike quickly when an opportunity presents itself. If an unseasonably warm December day or cool June afternoon arrives, open the windows for as long as the weather permits.

Make your home a shoe-free zone.

It is amazing how many pollutants and allergens we track into our homes on our shoes. Remove your shoes at the door. You can designate indoor-only shoes, put on cozy slippers in the winter, and go barefoot in the summer! And be sure to have doormats placed at all of the entrances to your home. Pollutants will end up on the mat and not in your living space.

Bring some green indoors.

Plants are not only lovely to look at, but they can improve the air quality in your home. Some common, easy-to-care-for plants that will improve indoor air quality include: rubber plant, aloe vera, English ivy, Boston fern, peace lily, and spider plant.

More Tips on Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

• Say no to smoking indoors!

• Choose natural perfume-free cleaning supplies to keep your home beautiful. Synthetic cleaners introduce more chemicals into your home.

• If you must dry-clean your clothes, store them in a closet separate from your other clothes. If you can, find a little-used place in your home – such as the basement or garage – and store your dry-cleaned clothes there. If possible, remove your dry cleaning from the plastic bag and air them out before bringing them into your home.
Test your home for radon

• Be sure your gas stove or wood-burning fireplace is well ventilated

• Isn’t it time to redecorate? Get rid of your chemical-laden carpet and replace with wood or tile flooring

• Toss clutter and dust and vacuum often, using a HEPA filter

• Wash your bedding once a week in hot water

• Avoid using all aerosol sprays

Whew! That was a lot to take in, but the good news is that doing a little goes a long way. Open a window, buy a spider plant, and take your shoes off at the front door. You’ll be breathing clean, healthier air in no time.

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Five Party Planning Tips for Labor Day and Beyond

08.28.18

Whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party, a game day party or just a fun get-together, you don’t have to break the bank or spend all week prepping. We’ve rounded up some ideas to make your event less “eventful”.

  1. 1. Plan ahead. Choose make-ahead recipes so on party day all you have to do is pop them in the oven or pull them out of the fridge. Also, consider cooking one large type of meat rather than 30 hamburgers or 50 hot dogs. You can also buy a fruit, veggie or cheese tray from your local grocery store.
  2. 2. Keep it simple. Yes, you can make it look Instagram worthy, if that’s your thing, or you can focus on a few simple elements. Flowers from the yard in vases or jars. Coordinating paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. A drink table and a food/dessert table. A simple string of Christmas lights adds ambiance to any deck, porch or backyard.
  3. 3. Keep it fun! Cornhole, KanJam, horseshoes, playing cards and other games get people mingling and laughing together.
  4. 4. Ask for help. Have friends bring the drinks, appetizers or desserts. That’s one less thing you have to worry about.
  5. 5. Don’t sweat it. The simple act of hospitality means more than having a picture-perfect backyard or custom drink options. Enjoy your guests and the opportunity to make them feel at home.
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Before Fall Arrives, Keep Your AC Alive and Well for Another Year

08.28.18

Who’s ready for pumpkin spice everything? We know one thing – your HVAC system is ready for cooler temps as well! Before you break out the pumpkin spice coffee creamer, the sweaters and start anticipating fall events though, spend some time on your AC. Here are some tips to ensure it will be ready to run next summer.

  1. 1. Give it a break. Your AC has been running day AND night for months. Now’s the time to turn it down, keep your blinds closed to help reduce heat, use a ceiling fan, and program your thermostat.
  2. 2. Clean it up. Over the summer, the area around your unit may have accumulated toys, grass clippings, trash, fallen tree branches, weeds or various other objects. Spend a few minutes cleaning up – this helps ensure airflow isn’t restricted.
  3. 3. Replace the air filters! This is simple and cheap to do and provides so many benefits (and helps prevent problems in the long run).
  4. 4. Schedule an appointment! End of summer is an ideal time to have one of our professionals do a system check up and make sure everything is set to run smoothly next summer (and ensure you’ll stay toasty this winter).
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Keep Your Cool During Back to School

07.25.18

Whether your kids are excited or less-than-excited for school to start, here are some things you can do to help transition from summer days to school days.

Talk to them. Ask them what they’re looking forward to, what they’re nervous about and more. You’ll get a glimpse into what they’re thinking and can help them figure out ways to overcome any fears or nerves.
• Give them some extra help those first few weeks. It takes a little while to get back into the routine and they may need more time and support. Rushing doesn’t help anyone adjust!
• Have a firm bedtime. Whether they’re in kindergarten or high school, all students need sleep to function well and stay healthy.
• Put technology boundaries in place. Keeping tech out of their bedrooms and limiting screen time is essential to healthy brains and bodies.
• Give them free time. Kids need a chance to unwind and just play. Don’t fill their every free moment with planned activities.
• Plan out some quick and easy meals so you can have a family meal at home, without spending the evening in the kitchen. It’s a good way to connect with your kids after a busy school/work day.

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Five Signs Your AC is on the Fritz

07.25.18

It’s hot and humid and your HVAC unit is working overtime. Do you have a nagging feeling your unit is struggling to keep up or are you just wondering how to know it’s time to replace? Here are five signs.

1. It’s past the decade mark. (The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is 15 years.) Units that are 10 years old and older can start to wear out.
2. Repairs are becoming more frequent and more costly. At this point, it’s probably more cost effective to replace the unit (and more energy efficient!).
3. The air coming out of your vents isn’t the right temperature or isn’t blowing forcefully enough. This is a sign something’s not right – there’s a problem with leaky ducts, you’re leaking freon, etc.
4. It uses R22 Freon, which is being phased out and has become even more costly to replace. Eventually you’ll have to buy a new unit anyway and if you keep the old one limping along, you may spend more than if you replaced it now.
5. Your energy bill has increased. That’s always a good sign something is up.

If you’re dealing with any of these issues or others, give our experts a call at 770-813-1316 or schedule an appointment today.

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Enjoy Summer in the South with this Peachy Recipe

06.21.18

Nothing says summer in Georgia quite like a ripe, sweet, juicy Georgia peach! This Fourth of July, skip the apple pie and make this delicious, highly rated fresh southern peach cobbler instead.

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • MIX TOGETHER:
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

• Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

• In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

• Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

• Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

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The Key to a Good Night’s Sleep? Your Thermostat!

06.21.18

You toss and turn, throwing blankets off, feeling sweaty – you just can’t get comfortable and you get up, once again, to adjust the thermostat. Sound familiar? Did you know it’s actually been proven that you sleep better at night in a cool room?

Studies have shown that sleeping in a cold room can help with insomnia and helps increase metabolism.

But what is the optimal temp for a good night’s rest? According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65 degrees is optimal. Other sources say between 60 and 68 degrees will help ensure your body cools down properly – which is good news for those of us with spouses who run warmer or colder. Find a temp between 60 and 68 you can agree on and set the thermostat.

If you still wake up hot and sweaty, though, or notice your thermostat is set on 67 but the temperature is actually reading 73 (yikes!), give us a call. We are available 24/7 and can help you get back to a good night’s sleep!

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Cool off with a Georgia Waterfall

05.21.18

Ah, the hot, humid Georgia summer days. The days when even the dog doesn’t want to go outside. But we know a few places the entire family can go to cool off and experience some of Georgia’s hidden gems! What are we talking about? Georgia’s waterfalls! There are hundreds of waterfalls scattered throughout our state and some of them make for great family adventures.

 

For example, Minnehaha Falls is a hidden gem on Lake Rabun. Visitors end up on a windy, narrow road with the lake on one side and the falls on the other. The official falls sign is scratched into the wooden railing that leads to the falls – don’t blink or you’ll miss it. But it’s worth the adventure. It’s a very short, very kid-friendly hike to the falls where the mist and abundant foliage and greenery provide a welcome break from summer heat.

 

Another easy, half-mile hike is Anna Ruby Falls. A short drive from Helen, this double waterfall is breathtaking. The paved hike up is stroller friendly and includes trail signs for those who enjoy learning more about the area around them. There’s also a gift shop and restrooms at the trailhead.

Interested in seeing more of Georgia’s waterfalls? Here’s a list of 40 must-visit waterfalls in North Georgia.

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Understanding the True Cost of Freon

05.21.18

It’s 90 degrees outside. You set the thermostat on 68 but it keeps reading 74, only cooling to 68 at night. Your Stuart Pro service technician comes out and confirms what you thought – there’s a freon leak.

You’re faced with a dilemma: do you add more freon or replace the entire system? Adding more freon seems like the better, and less expensive option. ‘

But is it really? Consider this, if you have an older system that uses R22 (freon), by 2020 you’ll be paying more (potentially a lot more) to refill or service it. That’s the year R22 will no longer be manufactured.

And even if you have a newer system, just adding more freon is still only a band aid. Over time, the leak may go from a pinhole leak to a larger leak. Additionally, it may cost thousands to repair the leak. Even if you don’t repair but just keep refilling the system, you’re still spending hundreds of dollars on a broken system that’s polluting our air.

The best solution? Install a new system. Yes, it may cost more upfront but in the long run it will save money, increase efficiency and be better on the environment – and help you keep your cool.

Want to know more? Give us a call today 770.813.1316 or schedule an appointment and we will help you keep your home comfortable and stress free.

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