eggs, eggs, and more eggs

We had a busy Easter weekend, Seth is now a egg hunting and dying pro! It was great to spend time with family and teach Seth about Jesus and the story of Easter.

My friend Emily set up an Easter mini session day so we went to get some pictures of our precious boy.

Here is how the rest of our Easter went... really busy and a lot of fun!

Things all homeowners need to know: HVAC inspections

As a homeowner, when your AC or heating goes out, that can be a scary thing. AC systems are not cheap to replace.

As a realtor, I have learned that many people do not preform routine maintenance on their HVAC system and therefore sometimes when it comes time to sell or buy, things can get a little overwhelming when an inspection is done. Or the buyer ends up having to buy a brand new system not even a year after purchasing.

Here in Texas we use our AC systems a lot. My husband, who has worked in HVAC for 13 years, says AC systems only last for 10 years or less if they are not taken care of properly.

When my buyers are looking to buy a home, I suggest, along with getting a general home inspection, to get a HVAC inspection from a licensed contractor.

Here are some tips for extending the life of your AC system:
  • begin getting regular AC inspections. Most HVAC companies, like my husband's, offer yearly maintenance programs. These programs usually consist of two inspections, one in the spring and one in the fall.
  • change your AC filters on a regular basis. If you have pets living inside, this should be done at least once a month. With restricted air flow, it can cause the system to overwork and damage the AC equipment.
This is what happens when you don't change your filter. Your coil gets dirty and you are breathing in unhealthy air.
  • vacuum or clean off your return grills at least twice a year.
  • if your condenser (outside unit) is surrounded by trees or plants, keep the branches trimmed so they do not block air flow.
  • If not already installed, install a programmable thermostat that way you aren't using your system when you aren't at home.
To prepare for selling in the future, keep accurate records of maintenance and repairs completed on your system so you can produce these to potential buyers.

Keeping a heating and air conditioning system healthy and clean can help your system last many more years than the average. AND can save you a lot of money in the future!

If you are purchasing a home, take an extra step and get a HVAC inspection!