Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

What to Look For When a Home is 10 Years Old: A Guide From Gibsonton

Monday, September 12th, 2011

A ten year old home in Gibsonton is likely to be in great condition, presuming the previous owner(s) treated it well. But, there are some things you should watch out for that can arise in newer constructions, even if they were treated well.

Poor Craftsmanship

While it is possible for a 100 year old home to have poorly crafted parts, it’s highly unlikely if the house is still intact and is being sold this long after it was built. Newer homes, however, wouldn’t show signs of cheap materials or shoddy work until a bit later in their life. That’s why it is important to pay for a thorough inspection of the property as soon as possible – definitely before it is purchased and possibly again afterwards to check for possible improvements.

Specific things you should check for include heating and cooling systems, the insulation and the drywall used. Especially in freshly renovated or built houses it’s impossible to be sure a home was built with the highest standards of modern craftsmanship.

Proper Maintenance

For a home that is only 10 years old, there is a good chance you can get the original records for the heating and cooling system, any appliances in the home and all maintenance performed on them since their installation. If not, don’t fret – a good technician will be able to easily check the status of a piece during an inspection.

Overall, if your new home is only 10 years old, you are likely in a very good place. The home will be in good condition, the parts will be new, and your heating and cooling system should be efficient. Original parts installed during construction may need to be replaced, but otherwise, if everything else checks out, you can count on having a comfortable, wonderful place to live for some years to come.

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Friday, July 15th, 2011

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Spring is here and the weather is getting hotter – Tips to be sure your Air Conditioner is ready

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

These 3 simple tips will ensure your home or business is ready for the change in weather:

1)   Change your air filter! As a matter of fact while you are out buying one new air filter go ahead and buy 11 more. Having a dozen on hand ensures you are prepared for your filter maintenance schedule.

If you have an odd size filter give us a call and we will be happy to order you a case of 12 filters.

You will be pleasantly suprised to find that our filters are cheaper than at the national box stores.

Whether you buy from us or your neighborhood repair store make sure to look for the blue fiberglass filters. Stay away from the 1″ pleated filters or HEPA filters. These filters restrict the air flow and can cause your unit to freeze up, the coil to rust and the unit to sweat. We want to ensure you avoid unnecessary repairs!

2)   Buy a gallon jug of vinegar. Pour 8 ounces of vinegar down your drain line. If you do not know where this is give us a call and we will be happy to walk you through this process.

3)   Make sure you have a professional service your equipment twice a year.  This will extend the life of your equipment, reduce service calls, and reduce the amount of electricity used.  If you are not signed up with our Ultimate Savings Agreement call us or click here to see why this is such a great value!