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Top 5 Mobile Apps for Homeowners

While owning a home can be incredibly rewarding, it’s also a lot of work. From fixing leaky roofs to setting up automatic payments for your monthly expenses-there is constantly something to be done.

The good news? The mobile app designers of the world are looking out for homeowners like you – and so are we! We’ve put together a list of our favorite apps that every homeowner can benefit from.

Tape Measure

How many times have you crouched down, hunched over, or stood on wobbly chairs to measure the length of a wall or collect the dimensions of your furniture? With a recent iOS update, this process is a thing of the past. The Tape Measure app enables users to measure spaces and objects through the camera lens of their phone. Oh, it also serves as a bubble-level, ruler, and saves measurements you’ve taken in the past. Not bad, Apple.


New to the neighborhood? Discover popular restaurants, shopping, grocery and more with the Aroundme app. Simply type in the kind of establishment you are looking for, select your destination, and follow the navigation tool until you arrive. In adjusting to your physical location (think Google Maps), Aroundme can help you find your next local haunt and even serve as a guide on your next out-of-town vacation.

Home Budget

Need we say more? This app is exactly what you would expect it to be – a comprehensive tool that helps you stay on top of your money. With Home Budget, users can create recurring or one-time payments, review expenses of previous months, attach receipts to expenses paid, associate specific bills with their payees, and more! There is a lite version of the app, free for all to download, and a more in-depth model that comes in at $4.99/month. Money well spent.


Manuals. We all get them delivered with an appliance or product we purchase for our home, but how often do we keep them? For many homeowners, the scramble to locate a manual when a product has gone awry typically results in a hasty online search after spending several minutes trying to figure out the make and model of the product. The creators of Centriq were familiar with this phenomenon and created the app to combat it. With Centriq, all you need to is snap a picture of a product label and voila! User manuals, parts, troubleshooting instructions, how-to videos and more are all fetched and delivered promptly to your fingertips. 

Nest App

Smart, easy to use, and incredibly convenient, the Nest App empowers you to do a few important things from virtually anywhere. With the installation of Nest cameras, you can check in on your cats, your kids, your dog, or your home itself through the mobile app, granting you peace of mind no matter where you are. Control your Nest thermostat from your phone and use the data collected through the app to set green goals for you and your family and pay less in heating and cooling costs. Be sure to check our blog post about how to save 12%-15% on heating and cooling costs with your Nest Learning Thermostat!

Here at Columbia Heating and Cooling, we’re always looking for ways to make your HVAC experience more enjoyable. Whether recommending apps like Centriq and Nest that help you take better care of your HVAC systems or showing up to give you a FREE replacement quote when things don’t go as planned, we are here to help! Contact us today to schedule your next HVAC checkup at (503) 624-2704!