Category Archives for "Seasonal"

Start Winter Smart to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


I’m a firm believer in starting with WHY.

Often the “why” we do something is more important than the “how”.  If we have a strong enough reason why, we’ll figure out how!

Unfortunately, when it comes to proper heating system maintenance, the “why” can be a bit scary.  If a furnace is not venting properly, if the fireplace chimney is blocked, or if one of many other items is not operating properly as the cold weather approaches, the end result could be carbon monoxide poisoning.  And… it could be fatal.  

Sorry to be so negative right up front, but this is vitally important for your family’s safety.   According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning not linked to fires, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized.”

So…what to do?  Glad you asked!


CO detector installed on ceiling.

A CO detector is a “must have” for most homes.

First step – if you have a gas-fired appliance of any type (furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, fireplace, refrigerator – yeah, that one surprised me too… although not very common, there ARE gas-fired refrigerators!), a wood-burning fireplace, or an attached garage – you simply MUST have a carbon monoxide detector installed.Read more...


10 tips to help keep you cool AND save money on your air-conditioning system this summer!


Summer has not officially arrived, but it is HOT here in Kansas. If you have air-conditioning, there may not be a more important home maintenance step to take than this: make sure your A/C is in top condition and ready for the stress of a long and hot summer.

This is especially important, if you value comfort or appreciate avoiding big repair bills due to an overworked, over-stressed, broken-down A/C!

An air-conditioning system is one of the most expensive systems to run in our homes. Therefore, making sure it is running at top efficiency is so very important. A little bit of work now, can save you big-time on your electric bill as the summer goes on, AND, can potentially extend the life of your system by months, if not years.

So – what can you do to keep your A/C system running at its best? Here are my top 10 tips regarding A/C maintenance:

HelpTip #1:  GET SOME HELP
! There are many home maintenance items you should tackle on your own. In my opinion, however, this is not one of them. The proper care and feeding of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) system is something I feel warrants calling in some professional help.Read more...

Effective rainwater control can help you avoid costly home repairs.



In my experience, water is one of the most damage-inducing substances around your home (second only to fire), and is often the most preventable cause of damage.  You simply MUST make sure water is controlled on and around your home.  From roof to curb – GET THE WATER AWAY FROM YOUR HOME!

Note: this post includes numerous details that need to be covered about how to create and manage a properly operating Rainwater Control System (R.C.S.).  To help navigate a bit, and to allow you to read only the parts that really interest you, I’ve divided today’s post into three parts:  THE BOTTOM LINE, THE WHY,  and THE HOW.  If you’d like to get right to work – download a copy of this week’s  CHECK THIS!  list, and get to work!



I’ve been in a lot of homes over the years (30+ years as an inspector, over 10,000 inspections).  I’ve witnessed the same story, far too often:  thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars of foundation repair – totally avoidable, with less than $100 worth of supplies, a bit of attention, and perhaps a bit of elbow grease.

This siding damage can be fairly simple to repair, if caught early.

This siding damage can be fairly simple to repair, if caught early.


Save Money this Summer – Part 2!


Last week we talked about (well, I wrote & hopefully you read – but in this digital world we live in, that’s talking, right?) how a spring walk around your home can save you money. If you didn’t catch last week’s post ,and the story of a very confused Woody Woodpecker, click HERE. This week, I’d like to dive into some of the details, talk a bit about what kind of maintenance items to look for, and what you might find. I’ve identified seven of the most important items to check (not in any specific order). At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a printable checklist to help with you with the process.

BTW – You’ll likely notice that I spend a great deal of time focusing on what to look for, but not a ton of time on what to do, or how to make repairs.  That’s intentional. (see what I did there?) 🙂   There are a practically limitless number of experts that can walk you through most repairs (have you searched YouTube recently?).  However, very few talk about being proactive and doing the maintenance to AVOID those repairs. That’s our niche here at Home Intentional.Read more...