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Winter is Coming.

Categories: Home Maintenance | Posted: January 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Winter is Coming.

We’re officially two weeks into the 2015-2016 winter season and so far, the south has stayed quite warm.  Right now as I look outside my office window here at DanRic Homes, I see a pretty typical gloomy winter sky with a temperature around 63 degrees, not too shabby for January. However, this year we are in the midst of El Nino, which of course means that we are to expect the unexpected in terms of weather conditions. So while right now it might not seem like Winter is Coming, John Snow, the smarter folks at the Weather Channel say we need to start preparing for the cold. So today I am going to share some helpful tips for winterizing your home, saving money and being prepared for whatever the winter might throw your way!

  1. Be a draft dodger. No, I’m not getting political. I’m talking drafts around doors and windows. Those are the drafts you need to avoid. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American spends $2,000 paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems. In order to avoid this, seal the gaps around floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and fireplaces with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping. The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable afterward.
  2. Change your air filters. I cannot stress this enough. One of the biggest energy busters and HVAC problem inducers is forgetting to change the air filter on your HVAC unit. This is a home owner maintenance item that should be done monthly to ensure your unit is running efficiently. Have trouble remembering to change your filter? Try changing it on the day you receive your utility bill in the mail each month!
  3. Reverse your ceiling fans. During winter, the warm air generated by your heating system naturally rises to the ceiling while cooler air sinks. By switching the direction that your fan blades turn, that cooler air is drawn upwards, which forces the warmer air near the ceiling back down into the space, which can save up to 10% on your heating bill!
  4. Have your HVAC servicedKeeping your unit clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5% of heating costs.

  5. Clean your gutters. Do it now, while it’s still warm! Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.
  6. Install a Programmable Thermostat The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home’s temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat and save money by keeping the temp down when you’re not at home.

Follow the tips above to save more money and stay warmer this winter.

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Service your air conditioner and stay cool all summer!

Categories: Home Maintenance, Homeowner Maintenance | Posted: July 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Service your air conditioner and stay cool all summer!

Today we’d like to talk a little about Homeowner Maintenance. Specifically, HVAC maintenance. Something that many homeowners may not realize is, your home’s HVAC is kind of like your car – you must service it to get the max out of its potential performance.

REPLACE OR CLEAN YOUR FILTER MONTHLY

The easiest and arguably most important thing you can do to care for your home’s air conditioner is regularly clean or change your filter. A dirty air filter will block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. Replacing or cleaning a dirty, clogged filter one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, or in the air conditioner itself.

Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.

CLEAN YOUR EVAPORATOR COIL ANNUALLY

A lesser known item that needs to be serviced and cleaned is your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over its years of service. A clean filter will prevent the evaporator coil from soiling quickly, however, in time, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat.

CLEAN YOUR CONDENSATION DRAINS  FREQUENTLY

Over time, algae, mold and mildew can build up in the condensation drain line and cause a clog. In order to prevent this, clean your home’s condensation drains. Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity, and the resulting excess moisture may discolor walls or carpet. A completely clogged drain line can also overflow, causing water damage to your home and a lot of headache. Add this routine maintenance to your home’s maintenance calendar and save yourself a lot of headache in the future.

WHEN IN DOUBT – ASK A PROFESSIONAL

There are many resources on the internet which will you guide you on how to properly maintain your home’s HVAC. However, when in doubt – call a professional and have your unit serviced. A professional HVAC tech can give you tips to help your unit run more efficiently so that you can stay cool – without breaking the bank!

 

 

Fall Home Maintenance

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks, Home Maintenance, Landscaping Tips | Posted: September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Fall Home Maintenance

It’s that time again. The air is crisper, and so are the leaves. Autumn is here, complete with sweaters and cider. Make sure your home is ready for the change in season. Here are some excellent tips you can use to keep up maintenance on your homes for sale in Opelika, AL in time for the fall:

August and September are the two months with the most active hurricane activity. Change out those summer window screens for storm windows to keep your home safe from falling branches and debris.

Reroofing is also incredibly important- especially if you lost any shingles from summer storms or hurricanes. Water damage can eat at your ceilings and cause warping and dry rot, but ice and snow can make the problem much worse because they add a substantial amount of weight to your roof. New homes for sale in Opelika, AL are a lot less likely to suffer from wear and tear, but it’s important to thoroughly check your home for damage after a storm regardless of how new it is.

Gutter cleaning can be a real pain, but overflowing gutters can make leaving your home with the intention to stay dry nigh impossible. Grabbing a small shovel and a ladder, you can scoop out leaves and fallen debris from your gutters. Make sure someone is home to make sure you can get medical help in case of an emergency. If you really hate cleaning your gutters, you can get gutter gaurds, which greatly reduce the amount of debris that can collect in your gutters.

Before the harsh cold makes a comeback, make sure your home is properly insulated. Door seals can really help keep your home from losing a lot of heat. Most new homes for sale in Opelika, AL are built with double paned windows, which help keep heat from seeping out by quite a large margin.