Summer! And the AC is running…

Did you get your air conditioner serviced before summer? If you have a system that runs all day long AND all night long, you may need to get it serviced. These systems should be cleaned & serviced “at least” annually. What happens when you don’t? They don’t work efficiently. They cost you MORE money to cool your home because they use more energy. Did you know that the number 1 energy hog in your home is the AC & Furnace? Get it serviced annually. Next up is the attic space in your home. As the hot air in the attic cools down in the evening, it finds ways into your living space. Small openings and cracks in the ceiling and walls allow it to migrate. Why? Because as hot air cools, it becomes heavy and drops. As the warm penetrates your living space, the rooms heat up and the AC kicks back on. Adding insulation to the attic is not just for the winter months, it can save you thousands in the summer too. Find and seal up the cracks and crevices in the walls and ceiling of your home, its simple to do with a bit of caulk or insulation. But, be careful if you are sealing around a light. Those electric wires can really get your attention! Dont touch them.

That’s all for now.

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Looking for a new home? Closing.com should be one of your first stops

If you are beginning to think about buying or if you are well into your search you should do your homework. No one person or book has all the answers. You should check out closing.com.

Buying a home? Dont forget to plan for the repairs.

 Buying a home is great. Owning a home is a lot of work! If you buy an older home (10 – 15 years old plan for $500 – 5000 per year. Younger homes (2 – 10 years old) will range from $100 – 1000. Replace a water heater and you can spend around  $600 – 1000, and a new furnace can run upwards of $8000 or more. Why am I telling you this? Because most home buyers do not plan for these expenses. And most home warranties and ALL home owners insurances do not cover aged equipment.