Archive for April, 2018

What to Expect During an AC Unit Inspection and Tune-up

April 24, 2018

What to expect during an home maintenance plan AC inspection
You know the importance of inspecting and servicing your heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems yearly. It helps to make sure the major systems in your home are operating at peak efficiency and prevents unexpected breakdowns. While you might be able to do-it-yourself on many of your home maintenance tasks, there are those times that a professional can offer you the peace of mind that comes with a full inspection.

Luckily, here at Lee Company, we’re passionate about our Home Maintenance Plan and the value it provides. We are proud of the excellent work our technicians do for our members, and aren’t shy about the fact that we believe our plans are the best around, both in quality and value. So we’re creating a blog series to share exactly what you can expect when you schedule annual inspections and tune-ups with us. First up: air conditioning inspections.

Benefits of an AC inspection

Your air conditioning system has a lot of moving parts and can be put under a great deal of stress during Southern summer (and sometimes spring and fall) months. Getting your unit checked out and fixed up every year is the best way to keep it running in top shape. Regular maintenance improves your system’s efficiency, performance, and lifespan which gives you the greatest value for your dollar.

What to expect

A quality air conditioning inspection and tune-up should include a thorough examination and testing of every part of your system. Your HVAC professional should also clean any parts that have dirt or contaminant build up. Lee Company technicians complete a 20+ point inspection on every tune-up and detail all maintenance they perform. Our team always cleans, checks, or tests the following:

We check or test:

  1. Electrical wiring-connection and insulation
  2. Amperage draw on each element
  3. Total amp draw of elements
  4. Temperature rise and drop
  5. Reversing valve
  6. Defrost controls
  7. Operation pressures
  8. Voltage and amperage to all motors with a meter
  9. Capacitors
  10. Air filtration (and provide recommendations for improvement)
  11. Safety controls
  12. Start capacitor and relays
  13. Compressor contractor
  14. Wiring connections
  15. Condensate drain to ensure it’s open
  16. Safety float switches
  17. Lubricate all moving parts
  18. Thermostat – and adjust as needed

We clean:

  1. Evaporator coils (if accessible)
  2. Debris from inside of system to allow for proper drainage
  3. Condensing coils

Home maintenance plans

It pays to have a plan for your home’s most critical systems, and Lee Company’s Home Maintenance Plan is the best in the business. For as little as $99 a year, you will receive annual inspections of your air conditioner, heater, plumbing, and electrical systems. As a member, you’ll also receive priority service and a discount on service calls in case you need us for anything else, and you’ll never pay emergency rates. Contact us today to learn how you can become a member.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Improve Your Garden and Landscaping

April 10, 2018

Work Smarter Not Harder - Improve Your Garden and Landscaping

Raise your hand if this describes you: every spring you have ambitions of having a beautiful garden, overflowing with flowers or vegetables, that can be enjoyed whenever you entertain outdoors. But somehow things never work out as planned. You water things too much or maybe not enough. It doesn’t quite achieve the look you envisioned. By the end of summer, you’re tired and feel like you’ve worked hard for little return.

We feel your pain. Gardens (and landscaping that makes your neighbors jealous) are a dream that can easily turn ugly. Our fix: do more by doing less. Use these two tricks to make sure your garden and landscaping are everything you dreamed they would be.

Put your watering on autopilot

You know your garden needs regular watering, but it’s a pain to drag the hose through your yard or to lug watering cans back and forth. We have your fix. Add a new hose bib right next to your garden. That’s one less obstacle each day.

Want to go a step further? Install a soaker hose or dripper, along with a timer. In fact, soaker hoses are perfect for the Tennessee climate because they result in less water evaporation by getting water directly to the root zone of a plant .

Many timed irrigation systems can now even be controlled by smartphones, or even adapt to changing weather. A smart irrigation system can save your outdoor water use by up to 50%, according to the EPA.

Stay up to date on the weather and when you need to water with our weekly weather forecast on Facebook.

Get you lighting game on point

We’ll be honest, the right landscape lighting can make all the difference when it comes to showing off your hard work (or smart work if you automate correctly). When it’s done right, landscape lighting can make your house the envy of your friends and neighbors. The good news? You can get it right without much work.

When setting up your landscape lighting system, you’ll want to consider all the potential highlights in your yard: trees, gardens and landscaping features, home facade, and any other focal points. If it’s too much to think about, don’t hesitate to hire a pro. Click here to enjoy $20 off a Lee Company electrical service call and get your home backyard party ready in no time.

Even better, just like your new automated watering system, you can control many landscape lighting systems with your smartphone. Use dimmers to set the mood, or trigger your lights to turn on when you step outside. The possibilities are wide open and all yours.

Pro tip: Landscape lighting also serves as a powerful home security device, scaring away potential intruders by lighting your home and yard.

Creating the perfect garden and landscaping for your home doesn’t have to be hard work. By working smarter, you can create a perfect marriage of the simplicity of garden life and home automation. It’s a win-win.

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