Archive for March, 2018

The Best Ways to Keep the Air in Your Home Clean

March 27, 2018

The best ways to keep the air in your home clean

When spring rolls around, it’s time to get outside to tend to your garden, hit the ballpark, and plan some outdoor cookouts. But if you suffer from allergies, spending too much time outdoors might send you scrambling back to the safety of your home. Use these steps to make sure your home is a place of refuge from air pollutants.

Lay Some Ground Cover

You already know we’re big proponents of regular HVAC filter replacement. We recommend changing them every three months, and checking them on a monthly basis to make sure there isn’t too much dust and dirt buildup.

Dirty filters not only cause your HVAC system to work overtime to get air passed through, they can also cause dirt and dust to build up in your ducts and on household furniture. So keep them clean and allow all the air in your home to filter freely.

If you let your filter go too long without replacement, you might want to think about scheduling an air duct cleaning with your HVAC professional. At the very least, we recommend having ducts cleaned every 6 years as part of regular maintenance, to clean your system of any trapped debris that’s built up over time.

Bring Out the Big Guns

Now you’re ready to hit your home allergens where it hurts — at the source. Installing a home air purification system in your ducts protects the air in your home. In-duct units are mounted into air conditioning and heating systems air ducts, which can bring relief to those who suffer from allergies and other respiratory issues.

When it comes to whole home air purification, the REME HALO™ is tough to beat. The award-winning system recreates a natural process for cleaning air, and kills indoor air pollutants throughout your home including pollen, dander, dust, odors and more.

Thinking about adding an air purification system to your home? We’re offering $300 off the REME HALO system now through 4/30/2018. Click here to learn more.

Get Some Natural Relief

Looking to add some beauty to your home while fortifying your air defense? Plants should not be overlooked as an effective tool in your air-cleaning arsenal. In fact, NASA commissioned a study that concluded plants can have a huge part in removing chemicals from the air inside our homes and offices.

Here are our 4 favorites (because they’re easy to maintain in Tennessee climate while doing a darn good job of cleaning the air):

  • Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
  • Boston Fern
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bamboo

For more great houseplants, check out these 10 from the Huffington Post.

Don’t let dust, dander, and pollen take over your home. Use every weapon available so you can make your home a safe haven from allergens.

How to Get Your Air Conditioning System Ready for Summer

March 16, 2018

As nature springs to life, so do many homeowners, taking care of everything they didn’t get to before the weather turned cold. Before long, spring temperatures will give way to Tennessee’s summer heat and you want to make sure your home is ready.

One of the worst feelings for a homeowner is turning on the AC during the first heat wave of the year only to feel hot air blowing from the vents. Regular maintenance is the best way to make sure your AC unit doesn’t let you down when you need it most.

Here are five things you can do this spring to keep your unit operating at its best.

1. Clear debris — leaves, sticks, etc. — and trim plants

Winter and spring storms can toss debris around your yard. Clean up any sticks or branches that may have fallen around your outdoor unit. Once that’s done, trim back any trees or plants that are encroaching on the space around your unit.

2. Schedule an AC inspection

Contact a trusted HVAC professional to complete an annual inspection and tune-up on your unit before you turn it on for the season. A good tune-up will include cleaning the condenser and coils, testing wiring and capacitors, and checking both interior and exterior units. Lee Company technicians complete a 22+ point inspection on every visit, detailing all maintenance they perform.

Pro tip: For extra peace of mind, schedule next year’s inspection when your technician is still on site. As a Home Maintenance Plan Member, Lee Company will even send a postcard reminder with your scheduled date and time.

3. Clean or replace filters

Your heating and air conditioning systems both use the same air filters. Spring is a great time to replace your HVAC filters, especially if you neglected to check on it over the winter. We recommend checking your filters once a month and changing every three months to keep your units running efficiently.

4. Check interior vents and ducts

Check all of your air vents to make sure they’re open; closed vents will reduce airflow and make your system work harder than necessary. Make sure there is nothing blocking any vents — curtains, furniture, etc. If you suspect your ducts may have leaks, contact your HVAC company to perform a leakage test in your home.

5. Program your cool settings for the season

Your HVAC professional should test your unit with you after they complete a tune-up. Once you know things are ready, check your programmable thermostat to ensure the schedule and temperatures are set correctly for warmer weather. That way, when things get hot you’re already set and won’t waste money. Don’t have a programmable thermostat yet? Give Lee Company a call. We can help with that.

Keeping your AC unit in working shape requires a little extra planning every summer but it’s worth the effort. To save even more time and money, Lee Company’s Home Maintenance Plan helps keep all of your home’s critical systems — heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical — in tip-top shape. As a member, you’ll receive an air conditioning tune-up and 22+ point inspection every year. Learn how you can become a member starting at $99 a year*.

*Home maintenance Plan is $99 per year, with $99/year for each additional HVAC system.

How to Get Your Garden and Landscaping Ready for Spring

March 06, 2018

Warm weather has been coming and going, but soon it will be here to stay. For those of us eager to get outside, it’s easy to look forward to the beauty and colors of Spring. With the final frost dates in Middle Tennessee usually being between March 30 and April 30, it’s the perfect time to set your home garden and landscaping plans for the year.

The USDA offers a Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find annual temperatures in your area.

Whether you’re simply tending to your lawn, crafting a dream landscape or sowing a home garden, here are some ways to use March most effectively.

Get your tools in shape and ready to use

Check your garden tools to make sure they’re all in working order before you need them. This includes sharpening blades, cleaning tools or removing rust. Replace any broken tools now and save yourself a headache in the future. Now is a good time to also check your lawnmower to make sure it’s running properly and fully fueled for the warm weather ahead.

HGTV offers some great tips for cleaning your garden tools.

Set your strategy and make it happen

Once things start growing, it’s harder to make big changes. Have you been mulling over a new irrigation system? Install it now and get it running smoothly by the time you plant. Are you jealous of your neighbor’s landscape lighting? Upgrade your lighting to solar and save energy once summer sun hits. The possibilities are endless if you start early.

Here are some benefits of outdoor landscape lighting for your home.

Clear the way for growth

Speaking of things growing, March is the time to clear away any dead branches or debris winter left behind. Rake your lawn and pick up any branches or debris to give the soil some good air and light. Sprinkle any dead patches with a soil/seed mixture to get new grass growing.

In your garden or landscaping, prune damaged branches and clear out dead perennials. Pay attention to the soil and pull any winter weeds you see before they have a chance to seed. You can also transplant any existing shrubs and perennials you want to move or divide.

Plant early crops and flowers now

March is a great time to plant early spring vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions, and potatoes. You might even explore planting several varieties to prolong the harvest. If you plan to plant any seedlings indoors, get them growing now so you’re ready to transplant after the final frost.

Check the Old Farmer’s Almanac for optimal planting dates in your city. For help all year long, you can print this home garden calendar from the University of Tennessee (PDF).

Spring weather is almost here to stay. The more prep you do up front, the more you’ll be able to enjoy your lawn and garden throughout the warm seasons. As always, if you are looking for help getting your home ready for the warm season, call Lee Company today.

 

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