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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member IconSep-4 3:54 PM 
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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member IconSep-12 3:14 PM 
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Many HVAC companies recommend and/or advertise seasonal cleanings or annual service plans but you can do most of it yourself.

A good start is to be sure to change or clean your filter monthly, or as needed, especially if there are heavy smokers or shedding pets in the house.

If you have a central unit it is easy to keep the outside part clean and clear of grass — wash with a hose and use a weedeater.

Depending on your location you may rely more on A/C or heating during the year but be sure to test both systems occasionally. 

Here is an excerpt from an A/C service ad in my area:

What a Tune-Up Looks Like

There are many steps to a thorough tune-up. However, our professionals here at CCAC Air Conditioning will provide an efficient tune-up to get your system operating at its best. The process includes:  

  • Cleaning of the condenser coils 
  • Checking and adjusting the coolant level 
  • Lubricating any and all moving parts to avoid tear on components 
  • Thermostat calibration 
  • Checking the ductwork to ensure no air is being lost along the way into your home 
  • Verifying all electrical connections and components are working properly 
  • Cleaning the entire air conditioning unit (interior and exterior)

As our professional conducts the tune-up, any issues found will be run past you and fixed to keep your system in its prime condition. If you’re ready for a tune-up, contact a CCAC professional today to start feeling comfortable in your home! We’re the AC tune-up company Corpus Christi homeowners can count on.


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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member IconSep-17 9:30 PM 
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Winter safety checklist: 10 home maintenance tips for the cold months
Here's how to prepare your home for winter.
by Mandy Sleight
17 Sep 21

Ready or not, winter is on its way. Depending on where you live, you might've already felt the temperature dropping. As the hot summer days lead to cool fall temperatures, it's a good time to start preparing for the coldest months ahead — especially as extreme weather conditions become more common all over the world.

Preparing your home for winter may take some time, but many of the best measures are easy and free. Use these home maintenance tips to create a winter home maintenance checklist, so you can spend those cold days warm and cozy.

Check for leaks and drafts

Leaks and drafts coming in through cracks in walls, doors and windows can prevent proper heating and increase energy bills. If your energy company doesn't provide a home energy audit, perform one yourself. Here are a few ways to seal leaks and drafts:

  • Put caulk, foam or weatherstripping around moving doors and windows.
  • Use bubble wrap or a window insulator kit to seal up windows you won't be using.
  • Add a storm door to reduce heat loss at the main entrance.
  • Install insulation in your attic to prevent ceiling heat loss.
  • Replace poorly insulated doors made of wood with an Energy Star-rated door like steel or fiberglass.
  • Cover mail slots and pet doors with insulation or heavy towels to keep warm air in and cold air out.
  • Use blackout curtains on your windows, keeping them open during the day to let the sun in and closing them at night to keep the heat in.

Have your chimney inspected

Before you use your fireplace or wood stove for heating, have the chimney or flue inspected and cleaned by a professional. This step can prevent chimney fires, which account for over 20,000 residential fires each year. A blocked chimney or flue can also increase your chances of carbon monoxide poisoning Don't forget fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

If you have a nonworking or decorative fireplace, you could lose valuable heat through the open fireplace. Investing in a chimney balloon can prevent heat from escaping and cold winter air from coming in. Just make sure to remove it if you want to start a fire later on.

Have your furnace inspected

If you have a furnace, you should have it inspected each year, just like a chimney. If your furnace isn't working properly, an early inspection can give you time to buy a new one before winter sets in. You should also consider having your air ducts cleaned or cleaning them yourself. Make sure you're also changing your furnace filters regularly to keep your furnace working properly.

Cover bare floors

Laminate, wood and tile floors look great, but they can cause you to lose heat during the winter. As part of your winter home maintenance checklist, consider adding rugs or installing carpet over your bare floors to keep your feet warm and prevent heat loss.

Reverse ceiling fan blades

If your home has ceiling fans, you should switch the blade rotation with the seasons for best results. With most ceiling fans, the blades should move counterclockwise in warm months, pushing cool air down. In winter, switching the blades to clockwise rotation on the lowest setting can push the warm air in the room down from the ceiling to keep you warmer.

Be winter storm-ready

Pay attention to the weather so you have plenty of time to prepare if a winter storm is on the horizon. Have your home and car emergency kits ready to go at all times and make sure your car's maintenance is up to date with a full gas tank in case you need to leave.

If you don't have a portable generator at home, now might be the time to buy one. Generators can keep your home warm until the power company can get you back up and running.


  • Edited September 17, 2021 9:31 pm  by  EdGlaze

From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member IconSep-17 9:31 PM 
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Invest in an easy-to-read thermometer

For the seniors in your life, it's always a good idea to have a large, easy-to-read thermometer in a prime location inside the home. Older people may not feel temperature differences as easily, which can cause serious health issues, especially if they live alone. Having a thermometer and checking the temperature regularly can help them know when to bundle up or if there could be a potential heat loss problem in the home.

Free the radiators

If you live in a home with radiator heating, freeing up the space around your radiator can keep large furniture from absorbing the heat meant for your family. You can also prevent heat loss from leaving your house through an exterior wall by putting aluminum foil behind the radiator to reflect heat back into the room. A floating shelf placed strategically above the radiator can also keep hot air from moving up to the ceiling too fast. Just make sure you don't place anything on the radiator itself.

If your heating system can't keep up, consider investing in a space heater — just make sure you're using it safely to avoid a fire.

Prepare for snow and rain

Cold weather can do a number on your home, and you don't want to have to clean and repair after winter. Instead, add some basic winter home maintenance to the checklist and complete it long before the cold takes hold.

  • Insulate any exposed pipes in your attic and basement to prevent them from bursting.
  • Make sure your sump pump works properly and there is nothing clogging the exterior drain.
  • Properly insulate walls and ceilings to prevent condensation, which can lead to mold or mildew.
  • Keep your gutters free of debris, ice and snow, which can pull down your gutters and cause roof damage.
  • Turn off outside water faucets and pipes, clear the lines of water and insulate them to prevent water leaks in your yard.

Take care of low-hanging branches

Trees surrounding your home can cause severe damage to your house and even cause you to lose power. The weight of snow after a storm can cause limbs to snap, or bring the entire tree down on your home or power lines. Before it snows, have the tree's health checked and remove any dead limbs — or any that could cause serious damage if they fell.

Preparing your home for winter by completing the winter home maintenance checklist can keep you warm, prevent cold-weather damage and insulate your energy bills. While it's toasty inside, you can still enjoy the great, chilly outdoors with these tips on exercising outdoors while it's cold. When you're done, you can warm up before you head indoors next to your fire pit.


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