When Should You Get Your A/C Ready for Summer?

We in Southern Nevada have such great weather during the springtime, however we all know the nineties and one hundreds are not far away. For most homeowners that means flipping the heat to air conditioning, and, possibly finding that their air conditioner isn’t working properly. That is why it’s very important to check your air conditioning system now, before you really need it. Not only will you be able to beat the rush for repairs, you’ll also get extra time to clean and prep your unit so it can perform at its very best all summer long.

So, when and how should you get your A/C unit ready for summer? Now is the time for A/C prepping -You can run a simple check on your air conditioner any time the weather is above about 50 degrees or so. You don’t need to leave it on all day, just long enough to make sure it’s blowing cold and there aren’t any weird noises or smells coming out of the outdoor unit.

It is advised not to do this when it’s too cold outside, some units will freeze up, others may simply refuse to kick on at all, and both of these situations will probably lead to your calling a repairman for absolutely no reason.

However it’s also important to not wait too long to check your unit for problems, since HVAC experts get booked up as soon as the temperature is on the rise. Check your unit when the days start to warm, but aren’t unbearably hot. You will be able to find someone to make a repair in a reasonable time if you beat the rush.

How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Most of what it takes to repair an air conditioner unit requires a licensed expert, however there are plenty of things a homeowner can do on their own to get their system ready. Don’t ever take covers off of HVAC equipment without specific training, but here are some things you can do right now:

Trim the weeds that are growing into and close to your outside air conditioner unit.  They can interrupt the air flow that makes it possible for your unit to work efficiently. With the breaker turned off, remove any vines that have climbed inside, trim any weeds growing around the unit, and take advantage of this time to spray the weeds within a foot of the unit with a hearty weedkiller.

Rinse the condenser unit. The condenser is that unit that sits outside and hums along during the summer. If you look closely, you can see that the main part of the equipment is a huge bank of tiny metal fins set inside a metal cage. These fins are how the condenser removes heat from inside your home, so it’s really important to keep them clean and exposed to the open air. It’s an easy process to clean them, though it can be time consuming. Simply hose the entire unit down, both inside and out, until the water running out of the unit no longer has dirt or grit in it.

Check your condensation line. Another pain point for air conditioners can be the condensation line. Even though you may use this when your heater is running, a great deal more humidity is removed from room air during the warmer seasons, so a problem may not be glaringly obvious through the winter. You’ll find an access at or near your furnace that will allow you to run a little bit of vinegar or bleach through the line to destroy algae and mildew that can block up the works.

Clean your filters. You should be cleaning or replacing your filters at least once every three months, but sometimes those things slip a bit during the winter. Now is the time to get back into better habits. Check your filter and if there’s any discoloration or visible dirt, clean or discard it, depending on the type you have. Repeat this monthly through the end of the summer for optimal air flow to your unit.

Do you need a good HVAC company to come to your home to inspect or fix your A/C unit?  I have a list of several honest and respectable companies for you to choose from.  There are a lot of HVAC people in Las Vegas- since summer is HOT, not all are good.  Call me Jeff Howard, your Realtor for Life and find the right company.

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Musical Theatre Therapy at the Little Theatre

The staff and crew of the Las Vegas Little Theatre are thrilled to be able to welcome all of their patrons back for Live in person performances.   Of course, due to safety and health regulations, things are a bit different than we are used to.  For more information, please click here for LVLT’s reopening plan.

Musical Theatre Therapy is a live Cabaret Performance with song and dance numbers structured like patchwork of conversations with a counselor. It sounds to me like a really cool show concept. I can’t wait to see it myself.

Limited seating live performances will be on:

Friday, April 16 & 23 @ 8pm,   Saturday, April 17 & 24 @ 8pm,  and
Sunday, April 18 & 25 @ 2pm

Tickets are $30. LVLT is following strict safety guidelines including reduced capacity, six-foot distance with seating and masks are a must.

The songs include:

I’m Still Here
Waving Through a Window
Life of the Party    

What Baking Can Do    

Don’t Rain on My Parade    

I Whistle a Happy Tune    

You’ll Never Walk Alone

I know I can’t wait for live theatre to be fully restored in Las Vegas and the actors, musician’s, and everyone involved in the theatre are working towards having all the shows up and running. If you didn’t know, I am a performer and just landed a role in a show that we intend to perform in October. I’ll tell you more about it when I have more details!

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Let’s talk about Smart Locks

Home security is one of the most important considerations in our day to day lives.  Smart technologies continue to grow as an increasing number of homeowners are turning to higher-tech solutions to meet their home security needs.

While options like smart cameras and connected doorbells are becoming much more common, not as many homeowners realize that it’s possible to upgrade their doors with smart locks as well. These locks come in a variety of designs, offering some pretty interesting options to those who want to take their home security to the next level.

Just as the name implies, smart locks are door locks that have “smart” connected functions. This means that you can lock and unlock the locks remotely without the need to physically use a key.

Smart locks often offer status monitoring as well, allowing you to see whether your doors are locked or unlocked (and in some cases, even whether the door is open or closed.) While there are fully electronic smart locks available that can only be opened remotely, the majority of consumer smart locks feature a physical keyhole and/or a numeric keypad for access as well (this is good if the batteries die).

For many smart locks, you can lock, unlock, and monitor them using a smartphone app or a connected hub device such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Remote key fobs (similar to those you see with most cars) may also be used to control the lock remotely. Some locks also incorporate biometric features, allowing you to lock or unlock the device by touching a fingerprint reader.

There are a number of benefits to installing smart locks on your doors. By allowing you to unlock the door remotely instead of having to use a key, you can get into or out of the house faster when your hands are full or in emergency situations. This remote feature also comes in handy if you realize that you forgot to lock the door when leaving the house or if you need to have someone stop by and pick something up for you while you’re away.

Smart locks also give you a greater degree of control over who can and can’t access your home and when that access is granted. Many models connect with other devices such as smart doorbells or connected camera systems, letting you see who’s at the door before making the decision whether to lock or unlock. In many cases you can even include the smart locks in smart home routines that you’ve programmed on other devices, having them lock or unlock at certain times or when certain routines are run. This can improve the overall security of your home, allowing the doors to lock automatically when potential threats are detected or at times when no one should be visiting.

Most smart locks aren’t much more difficult to install than standard lock units, though they are likely to have more post-installation setup required. Many smart locks function as a deadbolt, though they may incorporate the doorknob and standard door lock as well. Depending on the model of smart lock being installed, additional components such as a solar panel and battery unit may be included in the installation as well. These components may be integrated into the lock mechanism, or they may be separate.

Once a smart lock is installed, it still needs to be configured to work with your app or other devices. This is usually a pretty straightforward process, similar to pairing a device with your phone via Bluetooth, though some users may experience problems during installation or integration into an existing smart home setup. After setup is complete, the locks should function without issue, using encrypted digital keys over a wireless or Bluetooth connection.

If you need help picking out the best smart lock for your home or getting it installed, call me, Jeff Howard, your realtor for life.  I can recommend a great locksmith to fit your needs who will install the smart lock and explain in detail how you use it.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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