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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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8 Ways to Host a Rooftop Party

September 28, 2016 2:09 am


Next time you’re in the city, look up—rooftops have become the hot new entertaining space for not only restaurants and bars, but also urban dwellings. Offering great views and fresh air, the roof transforms an otherwise cramped gathering into a unique outdoor festivity.

Next time you take the party to the top, be a good neighbor by following these etiquette tips from Instrata Lifestyle Residences Concierge Caitlin Porpora:

1. Know your building’s rules. Before having a rooftop gathering, be sure to contact the building manager to make sure you’re up to speed on rules and regulations.

2. If you’re entertaining a large group, be considerate of your neighbors. Take turns using common amenities like grills and lounge chairs, clean up after yourselves, and keep the noise levels reasonable.

3. Invite neighbors to join the party. If you’re worried your event might irk other residents, invite them to join in the festivities. Even if they decline, the invitation invokes good will and increased tolerance.

4. No breakables, please. Even the trendiest hotels in New York City use only plastic glasses at their rooftop bars. Follow suit and avoid any accidents that could arise from broken glass or ceramics.

5. Consider the smell factor. Avoid cooking anything that will cause strong, unpleasant odors, or that might create a lot of smoke while on the grill.

6. Don’t make a scene. Rooftops are usually shared spaces so keep your party under control—you don’t want to become the talk of the building.

7. Limit cell phone use. If you have to make a call, keep it brief and quiet.

8. Don’t be a party crasher. Some buildings require residents to rent out the space for a nominal fee. If you haven’t been invited, but would like to use the roof deck, as well, politely approach the host to see if you can join in.

Source: Instrata Lifestyle Residences

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5 Ways to Ready Your Home Heating System for Winter

September 28, 2016 2:09 am


There are three words no homeowner wants to hear in winter: “The heat’s out.”

That’s exactly what can happen if you don’t maintain your heating system, say the experts at the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). To ensure that doesn’t happen, AHRI’s experts recommend the following prep list.

1. Call the Pros – Have your heating system serviced ahead of winter to keep it operating efficiently all season long. Consult the database of certified professionals at NATEX.org (North American Technician Excellence [NATE]) for a technician in your area.

2. Clear the Pump – Remove debris that may have accumulated around the heat pump throughout the year—leaves and the like can block air flow through the outdoor unit, reducing its efficiency.

3. Install a Smart Thermostat – Set up a programmable thermostat to not only maximize energy savings, but also to keep your house’s structure and systems protected while you’re not home.

4. Remove Obstructions – Move furniture away from baseboards, radiators or vents to keep heat flowing freely throughout the home—obstructed airways can result in higher energy consumption.

5. Replace the Filter – Swap out the filter in your heating system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A clogged filter can muck up the heat exchanger with dust; a fresh filter can reduce energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.

Source: Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

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