Your HVAC system is one of those appliances it's easy to forget about until it stops working. However, when it stops working, it can be a major problem, and you can be left without heating or cooling at the most inconvenient times. Unfortunately, many people wait until this point before taking action.
The truth about HVAC systems is a little preventative maintenance goes a long way. Our real estate agents always treat HVAC systems like their cars -- even if they're working fine, regular maintenance and annual inspections are still necessary to keep things running. Read on to learn more about the importance of HVAC maintenance, the type of service your system needs, and the best times of year to get the work done.
The Importance of HVAC Service
We depend on our HVAC systems for comfort all year long. When they break, it can be a major inconvenience, and scheduling service during the busiest times of the year can be challenging. Regular maintenance not only helps prevent breakdowns but it also improves the efficiency of your appliances and extends their lifespan.
Regular maintenance is also important for safety. If your heating or cooling goes out during periods of extreme heat or cold, it can pose a safety risk, especially for kids, elderly adults, and pets. Also, when it comes to gas heaters, certain problems can lead to fire hazards of Carbon Monoxide exposure. Ensuring the system is regularly serviced can help lower the risk.
What Type Of Service Does My HVAC System Need?
On an annual basis, your heating and cooling systems should be inspected and tested. Your HVAC technician will run through a checklist to ensure all elements of the systems are working properly. HVAC systems can accumulate a lot of dirt and dust throughout the year, which can negatively impact the performance of the unit. A thorough cleaning should also be done annually, which can help improve the overall efficiency of the appliance and lower your utility bills.
When Should I Have My HVAC System Serviced?
Inspections, repairs, and cleanings should be done on an annual basis. The best time of year to service your HVAC system is prior to the start of the season you'll need it the most. For example, the owners of these St. Louis homes for sale often have their air conditioning units serviced in early spring, just before the hot Midwest summer sets in. You should also have your furnace serviced every fall before freezing temperatures arrive. Don't forget to also make sure you're changing both systems' air filters every few months on top of the annual service.
It's easy to forget about HVAC maintenance, but skipping it can lead to big problems. Make sure servicing is a part of your regular fall and spring home improvement checklist, and contact us today for more home maintenance tips.
Make spa-style relaxation part of your daily routine by upgrading your bathroom. If you're considering a bathroom remodel, our real estate agents recommend these luxurious upgrades.
A modern, luxurious bathroom is one of the features that many homebuyers look for, so updating your bathroom will never go amiss if you're looking for ways to add value to your home. Is it time for an upgrade? To list your existing home and start the search for your dream home, contact us today.
Need extra space in your home? A detached garage can have a lot more uses than just parking your car or providing extra storage. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for making use of the extra space in your detached garage.
A detached garage is an often overlooked way to maximize the available space in your home. If you're looking for a way to boost your home's value, contact us today to discuss how to best put that detached garage to work.
If you are a first-time homebuyer, one of the things you might be excited about is that you can have a yard big enough for a garden. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect property where you can grow your own vegetables and work on a new hobby for years to come. Get started with these easy-to-grow plants perfect for the area's climate.
Bush Beans – Bush beans are probably the safest bet if you want to grow a vegetable that you can't mess up. Plant them. Keep the weeds away and watch them grow!
Corn - Corn, along with beans and squash, make up the three sisters of the garden. The corn creates the foundation for the beans to grow around, and the squash creates the base. When all three are cooked together, you have succotash.
Peas – Peas are exceptionally easy to grow but difficult to harvest. Since you can eat them right from the garden, you will often find children grabbing handfuls for a quick snack. Watch out for the adults too!
Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes are almost as hard to harvest as your peas. Once you get a few on the vine, though, you can harvest them for a salad or as a garnish for one of your home-cooked meals.
Summer Squash – Summer squash is also extremely easy to grow and is known as one of the staples for many families who garden from year to year. You can find various types of squash growing at many St. Louis homes for sale.
Garlic – Garlic is similar to onions and will produce a strong odor as it matures. It is easy to grow and you can harvest it as you need it.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers look a lot like squash, but the plants have smaller leaves. Both squash and cucumbers grow quickly once they begin to appear on the vine. Harvest them when they are mid-size for the best texture and taste.
Radishes – Radishes grow very fast. You may be able to plant and harvest twice during the summer months if they don't get too hot.
Leafy Vegetables – Leafy vegetables like lettuce and kale are easy to grow and will provide you with everything you need for a tasty summer salad.
Garden Herbs - No garden is complete without a little flavor. Many herbs are easily grown in your garden or in small pots in your kitchen. Rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley, and thyme can all be grown in your garden and harvested fresh whenever you need them.
Besides picking out the right plants to grow in your first garden, you also have to keep in mind how you'll keep pests away from your sprouting plants. In our corner of Missouri, rabbits, squirrels, and even deer are known to cause havoc in some gardens. Luckily, there are a couple of ways you can keep them at bay and protect your garden.
If you're ready to dive into gardening and are looking for the perfect home, contact us today. We can help you find a yard perfect for your gardening goals.
Longer days and warmer weather are almost here, making it an excellent time to make a plan for your spring cleaning. When compiling your list of spring cleaning tasks, it's easy to stick with the same chores.
Our real estate agents know that it's easy to inadvertently overlook an area needing cleaning when it isn't typically on your to-do list. Here are some spots to clean and organize this spring.
Planning on completing extra spring cleaning tasks to get your home ready for the market? Contact us to get started!
If you're selling your home now or plan to in the future, outdated appliances can make prospective buyers turn away from your home to look at another house with newer ones. Buyers can replace your appliances when purchasing a home, but they usually don't want to go to the trouble or expense to do so. And even if you're planning to stay in your home awhile, outdated appliances can make your home less attractive and functional than it could be.
Here's what you need to know about appliance upgrades that can boost the value of your home:
Fall is here, and so is a new wave of interior design trends. According to our real estate agents, this season's design ethos is all about comfort and self-expression. Let's delve into 5 of the most popular interior design trends this fall, how we've seen them applied in many of our St. Louis homes for sale, and how you can bring these ideas into your home.
No matter how you choose to decorate the inside of your home, the most important thing is that you feel happy and at ease there. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.
There are dozens of reasons to build a fence, and when done properly, it can add tremendous value to your home. But there are also several factors that will affect your decisions. We would like to make you aware of them before you make your plans. If you're considering one of the lovely St. Louis homes for sale, you may want to think about fencing before you buy. Here's what to know before adding a fence to your property.
Contact us for more information about the St. Louis real estate market. Our agents look forward to hearing from you.
A healthy dose of natural light is an easy way to help any space look its best. Natural light illuminates the room, making it look larger and more inviting; high levels of natural light also boost your body's production of serotonin, one of the chemicals associated with happiness and better mood levels.
Our real estate agents suggest exploring options to increase the natural light in your home before you put your home on the market. Here are a few ways to boost your property's natural light.
Interested in a property with more windows or even a sunroom? Contact us to start your search!