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Nothing says summer quite like record heat waves and tens of thousands without power for hours or even days on end. I’m no scientist or meteorologist who can explain what might be causing these unpleasant conditions, but I can offer some insights and helpful tips to keep you as comfortable as possible this summer. The first thing to keep in mind this season is to look at your air conditioning system as a proactive tool instead of a reactive one. When you know that it is going to be hot outside it is better to run your air conditioning earlier in the day as opposed to waiting until you get home to turn it on. On average it can take a full hour to drop the temperature of the space by one degree. It is not only more effective cooling wise, but it will actually help you to save money. Ideally, an air-conditioning system should run one long, even cycle as opposed to being turned on and off repeatedly to condition the space as more energy is used in the starting and stopping. That’s the same type of energy wasted when your car is subjected to stop and go traffic. The second thing to keep in mind is the importance of maintenance – even if it is as little as changing your air filter and washing your outdoor condensing coil. This may not be the only thing your system needs, but it is a

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minimal requirement for proper system operation. In our area, this is the end of the flying cottonwoods; which are those lovely white furry looking things blowing about the backyard. They enjoy sticking to and occupying space on your outdoor condensing units. Now is the perfect time to get outside with the hose. After watering your lawn, wash the outdoor condensing unit. Work from left to right, and top to bottom until the entire exposed coil area is rinsed. The third thing is to seal up as many air gaps in your home to the outside as possible; just as you would in the winter months. It makes no sense to air condition the outside, or to allow for even more pollens and pollutants to gain access to your living space. The fourth thing is to be prepared for those Cont. PG. 2

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July 2012

situations you cannot control, or easily overcome. With wide spread heat and severe thunderstorms, ‘tis the season for power outages. Potentially, they can last for days or weeks at a time instead of simply a few hours. As you read this there are thousands without power thanks to downed power lines and over worked transformers. What can you do to prepare for this on your own? My recommendations include a stockpile of bottled water, bags of ice in an available freezer, and keeping nonperishable foods on hand. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for homeowners to be stuck for upwards of a week while crews work to restore power. Your day-today lives and responsibilities will still be there even if your power isn’t. How can we help? Brenda will be happy to get you on the schedule to ensure your air conditioner is working to the best of its abilities in the way it is supposed to. Most of you already know this and have gotten your homes in shape for the summer months. On the stand-by power end of things, we can help in one of two ways. For the DIYers who read this we can get your electrical panel set up so that you can plug in your preferred portable generator to get the basics up and running. This style is great for those with portable generators, and those who are not concerned with getting their air conditioning running during power outages. For those of you who prefer to let the experts do their thing and get you on-demand power as soon as you lose the local feed, then standby generators are perfect for you. As licensed electricians we can match you with the perfect stand-by generators to fulfill your needs. To learn more, log onto “learn more about what to look for when selecting the right generator”, which can be found on our web page, or give us a call for a personalized consultation. corcoranheating.com/generators/

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Watering in the morning: Cooler air and less wind mean for better absorption. The recommended ideal window for watering is between the hours of 4 am and 10 am. Soak 6” into the soil: This is typically the depth of a healthy root system. To test, take a shovel and pull up the sod about every 15 minutes. Once the water has gotten down to the 6” mark; move on to the next area needed. Use pulsating sprinklers, not oscillating ones: Since the water is shot out at a horizontal angle in a pulsating sprinkler, it is less affected by the wind than is the oscillating variety which shoots the water straight into the air. NOTE: The exception is for new lawns, for which oscillating systems are actually preferred. Water twice a week, MAX: Overwatering leads to fungus growth and a shallow root system. Fewer waterings helps encourage the roots to grow deeper. Go all in or not at all: Your lawn, dormant in the winter, can handle long periods of summer dryness which will force it into another dormant, but likely survivable period. Water as recommended above, or not at all as too many green/dormant cycles will merely stress the grass out.
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Nonstick cooking spray 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup stone-ground white cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 5 large eggs, at room temperature 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons rainbow or red, white and blue sprinkles 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 2 ounces chopped white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup blueberries One 16-ounce container strawberries 1 tablespoon apple jelly or apricot jam, melted

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch rectangular baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and coat again with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together and set aside. Beat the butter with the granulated sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until combined, and then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and beat in onethird of the flour mixture until just combined. Beat in half the buttermilk and then repeat, adding the flour in two more increments and alternating with the second half of the buttermilk. Stir in the sprinkles. Transfer to the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly. Bake until golden brown and the top springs back to a light touch, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 15 minutes in the pan. Run a small knife around the edges of the cake to release the sides and turn the cake

out onto a baking sheet. Remove the parchment paper and then flip again onto a serving platter or cutting board so the top of the cake is back on top. Cool completely before frosting. For the frosting: Place the butter and salt in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the white chocolate and beat until fluffy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar and the vanilla. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until very smooth and fluffy. Transfer 1/2 cup of the frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a small rosette tip. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. For the garnish: Place the blueberries in six rows of 6 berries each in the top left hand corner of the cake. Trim and halve the strawberries lengthwise and make four rows of strawberries across the cake. Pipe 13 stars between the blueberries and use the remaining frosting to pipe a border around the bottom of the cake. Brush the berries with the melted jelly. Cut and serve. Foodnetwork.com

Why do they call it “The Dog Days of Summer”? Guess what, people, it’s hot outside. It’s the kind of heat that makes me want to curl up on my favorite edgeof –the-couch spot all day long. However, this has not been the case thanks to my dad who still takes me to work all of the time, and who still insists that I use only the outdoor restroom. It’s a crime against canine-idy. The real crime is that I have to carry this big, thick, black

Franklin Murphy
coat on me all the time. Yes, black is hot and NOT ideal for these 100+ degree days. Especially, since I still get excited to try and go for walks after work in this weather. My parents try to talk me out of it, but I only realize it’s a bad idea after it’s already too late! Stay Frosty!

- Murphy


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baseball teams with a straight face. A Southside fan at heart I at least have a bit of a playoff run to look forward to. However, I will not get my hopes up too high or hold my breath for that matter. I do want to leave you with a little summer time PSA though. If you watch the news you will notice the crime rates actually clime along side the temperature levels. It’s a sad but true reality that the heat does have a very interesting affect on people’s moods and behaviors. Try to slow down a bit this summer and just enjoy the ride. Get out and enjoy the bike paths, parks, and numerous festivals we have in our great area. Stay cool, pace yourself during outdoor activities, and smile at as many people as you can!
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Hey everyone, hope you had a great and safe 4th of July! Is it hot enough out there for you yet? I feel like I am on a tropical island in this heat, minus the sandy beaches and nice views of the ocean. Now I have nothing against the great City of Chicago skyline in the summer, but I do not enjoy scuba diving in Lake Michigan. The conditions stink, no colors, it’s cold, and the visibility is crappy. Surprisingly though now is actually the time I enjoy what is on TV. During my short periods of cooling off I get to enjoy Olympic trials, Le Tour De France, and a good book or two. I can’t say that I am investing too much effort in our local

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