Monday, 23 September 2019
Changing the season and the filters!
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As we move into Fall, there are some routine maintenance items that you are probably handling around your home.  You may have started tidying the garden or landscape areas and giving your patio or deck and outdoor furniture some attention too.  With a season change and cleaning in mind, you should also take a look at the filters for HVAC unit.  

Keeping the filters clean in your unit helps to maintain the health of your unit as well as the air you and your family are breathing inside your home.  If the filters are dirty, the unit has to work harder to heat or cool and your wallet and air quality may suffer as a result!  

So, how do you know if you need to change a filter?  The easiest way to tell is to look at it.  Hold it up to the light and if you can't see any light coming through, it is time for a new one.  Some filters have time recommendations on the packaging for changing filters, but if you run your unit more or less, those recommendations may not be accurate for your family.  You may use your unit more and need to change them more frequently or less and a one-month filter may last two!  There are many different styles of filters available at as many different price points from the cheapest fiber glass filters to more expensive pleated filters with a variety of ratings depending on the filtration level you want.  It is helpful to have a few extra filters in the correct sizes on hand so you can change them as the need arises rather than having to put it off for a shopping trip.

When you change the filters, follow the instructions on the package, specifically the direction the arrow should be facing.  A helpful low-tech option is to write the date on the actual filter to document the change so you can monitor easily just by looking at it.  You can also add a monthly reminder to your digital calendar to quickly inspect them and replace as necessary to keep the unit and your family healthy!

 

... "You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

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Posted on 09/23/2019 10:20 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Thursday, 5 September 2019
Fall is here! Time to plan (plant) for spring
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Fall is here!  Time to plant for Spring!

According to the calendar, Summer and its scorching long sunny days are just about ready to move on!  Next up?  Autumn with its wonderful crisp days and cool nights!  Even though everyone is buying the large baskets of Mums, pumpkins and Halloween candy, now is also the time to start thinking past this season to what you want to see growing or blooming in your yard for Spring.

Now is a perfect time to replace a few shrubs, trees or grass that might not have survived the summer.  If you enjoy vegetable gardening, there are a variety of cool-season vegetables such as spinach, chard, cabbage or some lettuce varieties that can be planted now and still be harvested before the harsh temperatures of winter arrive.  This is also the time to consider planting tulip, daffodil, iris or other bulbs for Spring viewing.  If you have squirrels or deer that like to pass through your yard for a snack, consider varieties that are labeled as pest or deer resistant.  Bulbs require a period of cold weather before they are ready to bloom in the Spring so plant those items closer to the heavy frost timeframe for more success.

Gardening at this time of year is a little more forgiving with cooler days and nights, fewer bugs and more rainfall to allow plants a good start before the cold weather of Winter arrives.  The soil is still warm enough to allow plants a good start.  Try to end your Fall planting about 4-6 weeks before the first hard frost, which is usually close to the end of October or early November in Middle Tennessee.

As you wind down your summer schedules and ease into the cooler days of Fall, take some time to clean up flowerbeds, gardens and lawns and do some planning and planting now for next Spring! October is usually the best time to reseed and fertilize the yard.

"You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"....

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com (more helpful tips and featured listings)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

 

 

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Posted on 09/05/2019 9:45 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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