Springtime HVAC Maintenance

Springtime HVAC Maintenance

The weather has officially flipped a switch, so it is time to be sure your HVAC and AC are working properly. Believe me, you will know quickly if there’s a problem with the days reaching into the 80’s already. Professional technicians recommend an “HVAC maintenance” checkup for your equipment at least twice a year. There are a few things your technician should do during your spring preventative maintenance appointment and several tasks you can do throughout the year to keep your home comfortable. With such an important system it is critical to address issues early, keeping them from becoming too serious which prevent comfortable home temperatures. Jonny On It has put together a quick action list to expect from your home service provider.

Change The Air Filter

air filters

Your professional will change your air filter if needed, but this is something you can do too! The easiest way to make a difference in your HVAC and AC unit is by consistently maintaining the air filter. The Department of Energy states that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can reduce energy consumption by as much as 15%. Remember if your air filter is dirty that means the air you are breathing is dirty. Most air filters need to be changed every 30 to 90 days, and leaving a dirty air filter in for more than 3 months can be harmful to your home. Dirty filters can cause your unit to work harder which in the summer months can be brutal. A clean air filter will instantly bring fresh air into your home and can prevent mold and sluggish system issues from occurring.

Maintenance Check-Up List

HVAC maintenance

A good maintenance appointment includes an extensive list of important check-up items. Your qualified professional will need to check all of the electrical connections for degradation (don’t try this yourself) as well as the proper components, ensuring the fan motor and blades are holding strong and don’t need to be replaced. Other items to check include the compressor, tubing, hoses and refrigerant levels. If your refrigerant levels are off a professional won’t just add more, they will find the leak and repair it before further damage can happen. Having your HVAC regularly checked will save you money and painful summer nights in the long run.

Professional Cleaning

Clear the HVAC unit

Your HVAC unit has a lot of moving parts and functionality that can lose efficiency when it isn’t properly maintained. Think of it as having your HVAC system detailed. It’s pretty easy and necessary to clean the area outside around your unit. Vegetation and cats should stay about 2 feet back from the unit. Inside your house, the floor registers and air vents can get clogged with dust and debris and should get a thorough spring cleaning, and don’t neglect your bathroom fan, it works hard all year. Remove the covers from you fans and use a toothbrush (preferably an old one) to clean the fan blades with soap and water before reapplying the cover. You can do this one yourself but we recommend a professional that won’t forget to turn the power off first. The filter was easy to change but the ducts may need work too. Dirty ducts can also restrict airflow and lead to the growth of mold. These can use a good professional cleaning about every 5-7 years.

Repairs

Make repairs

The benefit of having a professional maintain your HVAC is, if possible, service professionals will spot the minor issues before they become major issues. If there are problems (minor or major) they can fix it right then and there. A professional technician can seal the air gaps and cracks in your ductwork, keeping your cool air and money from literally slipping through the cracks. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent – and sometimes much more.” 20 percent is a lot in 90°F weather and can easily be avoided by regular HVAC maintenance.

Be Smart

Smart Thermostat

Most HVAC professionals recommend a smart thermostat to keep your unit from going into uneed overdrive. Installing a programmable thermostat can keep your house comfortable while you are home to enjoy it and save energy when you are out. The U.S. Department of Energy states you can save at least 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees F from its normal setting for 8 hours a day. These thermostats easily pay for themselves. There are several brands on the market so make sure you pick the one that’s right for your needs.

Conclusion

It’s going to be a hot summer this year. Stay ahead of the 90°F temperatures INSIDE and get your HVAC a checkup. Hire a professional to change the filter, check all the complicated parts, clean the system and make any repairs that are needed. To keep your home cool, calm and collected all year long, go ahead and install a programmable thermostat, your HVAC system and budget will thank you. Many of our professional service providers have annual maintenance packages that include priority service call status should your unit stop working during the hot summer months. Log into the Jonny On It App to see all the options before you start to melt!

Self-Care Tips for Realtors

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We all know how challenging it can be to practice self-care especially when you are self-employed. Your busy schedule leaves little to no time to even think about doing something for yourself… or so you think. Self-care can be done in many different ways and can mean something different for everyone. However, the end results are always the same. Taking the time to do something nice for yourself will improve your physical and mental health. This month is the perfect time to start that self-care goal you’ve been avoiding since January. April brings warmer weather and lots of Easter candy, but it also brings stressful situations like taxes and unpredictable weather. If you commit to taking care of yourself it can make this transition month go more smoothly.

We’ve put together some tips on how to succeed at self-care as a realtor. No matter how busy your life may feel, these small steps can bring you some much-needed stress relief this month and every month.

Make Time For Yourself

self-care personal time

Set aside time every day to do something for yourself. Start with reserving 10 to 15 minutes a day to do a small act, like doing a face mask or listening to a new podcast. Once you get used to setting aside small amounts of time try bigger activities like exercising or finishing that book you started 5 months ago. Even writing down your thoughts can be effective in calming yourself down. A study from the Journal of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment found that journaling for 15 – 20 minutes can help the coping process for stressful or emotional events. Do what makes you happy, and helps you find joy every day. Always remember “Self-care is not selfish. You must fill your own cup before you can pour into others”. You might fall off the wagon every now and then but having positive memories can help you get back in the habit.

Understand the Value of Your Time

Time is Valuable

Being self-employed can bring many challenges including time-management. As a Realtor, your time is valuable to you, your clients, and your potential clients. A balance needs to be created to keep the peace. Keep track of where you spend most of your time and how it correlates with making a sale. Once you have evidence on the most productive way to spend your time, you can delegate your efforts in a more profitable way. This experiment can show you visually what areas actually make a difference in the sale, and what areas do not need as much time. For example, if you are spending too much time trying to finish a client’s punch list we can save you some headaches with our home service provider app. You can find the Jonny On It app in iTunes and Google Play Store. 😉

Get Organized

Organize for self-care

Being organized is helpful for your personal and work life space. Creating a structure is an easy way to re-evaluate areas that feel scattered. Start with a few areas that need an upgrade like your desk, computer, or even your briefcase. How you organize is a personal process, so figure out the best strategy for you and your workflow. If you are the type of person that feels like they need inspiration, there are a few tools that can help keep you organized. Evernote, keeps all your notes in one place even allowing you to scan random to-do lists you wrote down in a hurry. Another helpful tool is Quickbooks which can keep you organized with your income and invoicing. We recommend using this month as a catalyst for reorganizing your goals for the rest of the year. Go through what you have accomplished in the last four months, and what is still plausible. There is nothing wrong with changing your goals. Being honest with yourself will help your stress levels stay at bay even if your goals need to be adjusted.

Conclusion

Self-care takes time and practice, but the end results are always worth it. Taking care of yourself can help strengthen your relationships with others, boost your productivity, enhance your self-esteem, and much more. Decide to take the next step and try out at least one of our tips. It’s okay if you are not perfect at first, what matters is that you are trying.