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Free Tip Friday – May 12, 2017

A quick check of your A/C unit might just save you some serious money this summer!

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The outside portion of your A/C system (called the condenser unit) works a lot like your car’s radiator: it grabs the heat from inside your home and dissipates it into the air outside.  Any dirt, debris, or grass caught in the coils can reduce the system’s ability to work efficiently.

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Make sure spring growth around the unit is not interfering with the system.  Keep all grass, flowers, shrubs (and weeds) at least 3 feet away, on all sides!

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Take a closer look at the coils – they may be dirty or clogged.  If so – you might want to call an HVAC tech, or do some cleaning yourself.  Caution:  be very gentle with the coils of the unit, they are easily damaged.  And… make sure the power is off before you work on the system, because YOU are easily damaged!

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Check out “10 tips to help keep you cool AND save money on your air-conditioning system this summer!” to learn more.

Thanks for reading!

Darren

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Free Tip Friday – May 5th, 2017

The first time you turn on an exterior faucet after the cold winter months can be a big surprise.  And not in the “oh this is so cool” kinda way….

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Take a few minutes and take a look at each exterior faucet – don’t forget that one on the side of the house you never use!. Slowly turn on each one, and check for leaks.  If possible, have someone inside near the faucet listening for any signs of a leak within the wall or floor as the water is turned on. A burst pipe due to cold weather will sometimes leak inside your home rather than out, and many a flooded basement has occurred during the first spring use of an exterior faucet!

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Check the condition of the siding behind and around the faucet.  Paint or caulk if needed, to prevent further water damage this summer.

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A stem leak from the faucet valve, or a bad washer on the end of your hose can cause water to spray back onto the home.  You don’t want this water to damage siding, or worse, get inside the home!  

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A new 5c washer on the end of your garden hose can be a great investment.Read more...

Save Money this summer!

I know – it’s still winter, and spring is almost a month away.

But around here (Kansas), we seem to have just skipped right over winter weather, with temps in the 50s and 60s more often than below freezing!  This makes me wonder, how early is the warmer weather to arrive this year? Are we in for an overly warm summer?  

With warmer temperatures in mind… here’s this month’s simple step to help you save money on home repairs:

Tip #2: Schedule a spring A/C service appointment now!

In a previous blog post I went into quite a bit of detail on how to maintain, clean and service your air conditioning unit.  However,  there are a few steps I feel should be left to a professional.  Even though it does cost a bit to have your unit professionally serviced, ultimately this is money well spent.  Consider it an investment, one that pays you back in dividends of lower utility bills and a longer lifespan of your air conditioner.  

There are two main reasons I suggest you contact a professional HVAC contractor to schedule your spring A/C clean-and-check now, while it’s still cold:

1 – Avoid the busy summer rush:  late winter is typically is a fairly slow time of year for HVAC professionals, and if you contact them now (before the rest of the customers in your area start calling for service) you may just get a lower rate!Read more...

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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.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE:  

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!

 

THE WHY:

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.

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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...