It has been recommended by most, if not all, HVAC companies to have your system checked by a technician as least twice a year. We suggest you have it done once while you are here in the spring so you can be set up for success over the summer months. The next service can then be done near the end of the summer/beginning of fall when the weather is really hot and humid.
Find out if your HVAC company recommends having the condensation line conditioned on a regular basis. For example, many of our clients have us put a cup of vinegar down the line followed a little while later by warm water. This keeps the line from clogging and backing up. Once the line gets clogged and backs up, the system may shut down. Ask your HVAC company what they recommend: vinegar, bleach water...nothing...It's your system and their service. Have the vinegar or bleach on hand for us to us
Make sure we have your latest company's contact information. You may have changed companies since you filled out your info sheet. If they need to come by for a service, let us know and we can meet them, let them in and stand by until they are finished.
We recommend you have your home cleaned before you leave. Sounds funny as you won't be there, but it helps the health of the place if you do. Bacteria grows over time - I know - gross - but it does. Get rid of it before it can. And your home won't be as difficult to clean when you get back.
Clean the refrigerator out. Leave nothing that can become an experiment in a few months. Leave a few bottles of water or cans of something in the fridge. When we open to check, we can feel the bottles and cans to see if they are cool to the touch.
Leave a baggie of ice cubes in your freezer. If it stays a bag of ice cubes, we know the freezer is working. If it becomes a bag of water we know the freezer is not working. If it becomes a bag of ice, we know at some point you lost power and got it
Replace the batteries before you leave.
Trim back the trees away from the house. Yes they will grow back but it's a good start. Have the irrigation system checked. If you have an irrigation system that has a filter cleanout, you might want to clean it out.
Look at getting rodent guards for your downspouts. We suggest getting ones that we can open and clean out. Some people have guards that are screwed into the metal of the downspout and we cannot open them easily - if at all. Ask us for more details.
Make sure we have the latest contact information about your pool company. Check your lanai doors to make sure they close properly and/or make sure your pool fence is in place.
If you have impact rated windows and doors, you're ahead of the game. Just make sure they are closed! If you don't have impact rated windows and doors, we will do our best to coordinate with your shutter hanger people to get them up. But we need your help.
Prep for success by making sure all the equipment is ready, accessible and good to go. You need the shutters and the hardware to hang them; wing nuts, washers etc. Have extras on hand. The BIGGEST and most important issue we came up against during Hurricane Ian was - some shutter could not be hung because the bolts on the exterior walls were not there, or broken, or inaccessible due to improvements made on the home. BEFORE you leave for the season, get those fixes done.
Make sure they work. Test them yourself while you are here. Fix any issue that comes up. And make sure we know where the keys to them are.
Make sure they work. Are they all there? Are they labeled? Is all the hardware with the screens? Try and put a few up yourself to get educated about them.
We will be here to help