TIP for HVAC split system owners - Best practices is to change out your air quality filters every 3 months if they are the disposable variety. If the filter is the washable type take out every three months and wash off thoroughly. The AC unit runs much more efficiently and effectively if this easy care step is taken. It will also help to preserve the life of the unit.
TIP for Evaporative cooler owners - Best practices is to clean and inspect your evaporative cooler after every heavy use season. Winterize appropriately and follow the manufacture's guidelines. New pads are best to start off the season. Check the motor belts for integrity issues. If the belts are cracked or compromised in anyway that will effect the ability for it to spin the pulleys the unit will not cool or condition the living space effectively.
Rain Gutter and Down Spout owners - Best practices is to inspect in the spring and fall seasons to see if there is a cumulative amount of debris that may impede a proper drainage from the roof structure. If debris is apparent clean it out. It is possible for a debris filled gutter system to become a major problem area if and when in the colder months moisture falls and accumulates then freezes in the gutters. The gutters then may be to heavy to support the weight and may fail and pull away from the structure.
Tree branches encroaching the structure owners - Best practices is to maintain the vegetation near the home so that it is never encroaching the structure. Prime example I see all the time is large mature trees with branches that are encroaching over the roof of the house. This can be a problem because tree branches are very heavy and if there was a wind/weather event that happens to snap the branch from the tree the branch can and will do extensive and expensive damage to the roofing system.
TIP for flat roof stucco cladding owners - Best practices is to annually schedule a Roof Inspection to further evaluate the current condition of the roof and the parapets. Always maintain a proper amount of roofers tar applied to and around the base of each penetration point.
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