Spring is just around the corner! And for many Los Angeles homeowners, it’s the perfect season to organize their space and deep clean their homes. But spring isn’t just for cleaning. There are a number of other important spring home maintenance tasks you need to take care of in the coming months to keep your home in optimal condition for the rest of the year.

1. Examine your roof.

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roof, so spring is a good time to check for any lost or damaged shingles. Have a qualified roofer replace shingles that are cracked, loose, or damaged. They should also check for flashing skylights and chimneys. If your roof is old or very damaged, then now is the best time to start planning for a roof replacement budget.

2. Clean and examine gutters.

When is the last time that you cleaned and checked your gutters? Spring is the perfect time to make sure they are clean and in working order. Pull any leaves or debris from the gutters and downspouts. If you notice that the gutters have pulled away from your home, reattach them. Test the gutters to ensure proper damage by running a hose through them. If you notice leaks, be sure to seal them using caulk or epoxy.

3. Change your HVAC air filter.

Though you should be checking and changing your HVAC filter regularly, it’s easy to forget about this task when you’re bundled up in your home through the winter. Checking your air filter and replacing it when it’s clogged or dirty is one of the easiest spring maintenance tasks, yet it’s also one of the most important. Not only does changing your air filter help you improve indoor air quality, but it ensures that your HVAC system is running efficiently.

4. Check your insulation.

With energy costs rising, you should avoid energy waste as much as possible in your home. That’s why it’s important to check for cracks and gaps around windows, doors, and thresholds to ensure that no conditioned air is escaping. Caulk edges, fill cracks, and replace any damaged insulation to keep the cool air from escaping. You may also want to call in a professional to check for other areas where insulation may be inadequate.

5. Clean up your landscaping.

Winter tends to be one time of the year when Los Angeles homeowners neglect their yards. That makes spring the perfect time to clean up your lawn, flower, and garden beds. Pick up any debris or branches that may have found its way into your yard this winter. Pull out any weeds and use a rake or leaf flower to remove remaining debris. If you are planting new vegetation, be sure to fertilize and keep an eye on weed control throughout the rest of the year to keep your lawn looking fresh year-round.

6. Remove any obstructions from your exterior HVAC equipment.

Outside debris and vegetation can restrict your exterior HVAC equipment and keep it from performing optimally. Ideally, you should check your equipment at least once a month and remove any debris. If you have bushes or shrubs growing around the area, make sure that they are trimmed back at least two feet from the unit. This ensures that the AC can pull in the air that it needs to for temperature regulation within your home.

7. Inspect your deck and fence.

If you have a fence or deck on your property, now is the best time to inspect it for damage and safety issues. Wood decks and fences will deteriorate over time due to damage from moisture and insects. Inspect your deck and fence, looking for signs of water damage, loose nails and screws, damaged boards, and broken hardware. Repairing these elements as you notice them will help you maintain the appearance of your fence while ensuring year-round safety.

8. Take care of pest control.

Spring is the season when pests like to invade Los Angeles properties. It’s best to be proactive so that you don’t have to deal with pest issues and the hassle and damage they can cause. Find a local pest control company that you can trust and work to get on a preventative plan that helps you reduce the chances of bugs, mice, and other pests entering your home and causing damage.

9. Clean your carpets.

When is the last time you cleaned your carpets? Even if you vacuum regularly, your carpets can hold on to allergens, pet dander, particles, and other indoor pollutants that make it difficult for your family to breathe easy in your home. Getting professional carpet cleaning once a year can help kill the bacteria that are clinging to your carpet fibers and remove pollutants that are trapped deep in the carpets. Not to mention, it leaves your home looking clean and fresh.

10. Schedule a spring HVAC tune-up.

Spring is also the best time to schedule an HVAC system tune-up. Since your heater was working hard in the winter and your AC will be working even harder in the summer, spring is the perfect time to ensure that your HVAC system is clean, well lubricated, and working efficiently. Seasonal maintenance not only helps ensure that your system is working efficiently, but it is also a time when your HVAC technician can identify possible repair needs that may impact your home comfort.

Schedule Your Spring HVAC Tune-Up

Now that spring is here, it’s imperative that you schedule your seasonal HVAC tune-up. Maintenance is the best way to keep your system working optimally and be proactive about repair needs. During your tune-up, one of our experienced HVAC technicians will clean your system, lubricate its parts, and check for any repair needs. If your AC needs a repair, we will take care of it now before it turns into a bigger, more costly issue. Contact us today to schedule your spring HVAC tune-up. (And don’t forget to ask about how you can save some money with our HVAC maintenance agreements!)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget on air that leaks into or out of their home. This amounts to about $350 that is wasted on air leaks!

If you want to get more out of your HVAC system and stop wasting money on air leaks, you will need to make sure that your home is leak-proof. Sealing air leaks in your home is an energy saving strategy that will not only help you save money, but also run more smoothly and efficiently year-round. Below, we’ll give you some simple tips for sealing air leaks around your home.

How to Seal Air Leaks in Your Home

Reducing the air leaks around your home is an affordable way to cut down on your heating and cooling costs while also increasing home comfort. Here are just a few cost-effective ways to seal air leaks in your home:

  1. Caulk or weatherstrip doors and windows.

Most drafts in your home will occur around doors and windows, especially if you have an older home. It’s important to check for air leaks around these areas. If you find any issues, you can then use caulk or weatherstripping to seal the areas around doors and windows to prevent cool or warm air from escaping your home. For larger gaps around windows or baseboards, try using a foam sealant.

  1. Close gaps around chimneys and flues.

There are often gaps between the wood framing and metal flues or brick chimneys that allow air to escape your home. The metal fireplace flues can also warp or break over time with repeated heating and cooling. You can close these gaps using aluminum flashing to cover the gaps and high-temperature silicone caulk to seal them into place. You can also seal the flue when not in use using an inflatable chimney balloon, which is made of durable plastic and can easily be removed and reused many times.

  1. Insulate around recessed lights.

Most of the recessed lighting in your home will have vents that open into the attic. This presents a direct route for warm or cool air to escape. If you have many of these fixtures in your home, this can result in a significant number of leaks. Look for lights labeled “ICAT,” which stands for insulation contact and air tight. Remove the current bulb, push the baffle up into the housing, and replace with an ICAT bulb.

Save More Energy at Home

Sealing air leaks in your home isn’t the only cost-effective way that you can improve energy efficiency in Los Angeles. There are a variety of energy saving appliances or gadgets like smart thermostats and energy efficient HVAC systems that will keep you and your family comfortable year-round while helping you cut down on wasted energy and save more money on your utility costs.

To learn more about what energy efficient HVAC products might be right for you, give us a call today: (310) 896-4911.

Selling a home can be ceaselessly tedious. From keeping your home meticulously clean for showings, to dealing with buyer’s demands, it’s nice to have certain aspects of your home that you can rely on. Your HVAC system should be one of those aspects that you don’t have to worry about when selling your home. A faulty HVAC system can be a major red-flag to buyers and prevent them from feeling comfortable committing to your home.

If you’re selling your home, your older HVAC system could hold you back in these ways.

Creating the right buying experience

Touring a house that could potentially be your forever home needs to be a perfect experience. From the curb appeal to the financial details, everything has to be in-line to shell out a hefty down payment and commit to a 15 or 30 year loan. This is why realtors recommend a home be spotless for showings.

Part of showing your home in its best light is how buyers feel inside the home. If they feel uncomfortable, they may cut the showing short and eliminate your home from contention immediately.

Let buyers feel as though they have already moved in by creating a comfortable atmosphere with a reliable HVAC system.

Minimizing monthly costs

It’s not just the down payment and future mortgage that buyers are focused on when making an investment in a new property. Energy can be one of the largest bills in a household. If a buyer sees that the HVAC system is outdated, they’ll know that they’re going to pay an extra 10, 20, 30 or maybe even 40% on monthly energy costs.

Replacing your old system with a new energy efficient system can convince buyers to not only purchase your home, but maybe even feel comfortable paying more than asking price to secure the perfect place if they know the extra mortgage expenses will fit into the smaller energy bill.

Unquestionable quality

Homebuyers are set to make a major purchase. One that could be the most significant decision of their lives. To say that they are going to be highly scrutinous of the homes that they are shown, is an understatement.

Don’t leave any room for doubt about how well you maintained your home and property. Just as you would meticulously clean your home before a showing, make sure your larger appliances that are staying with the house are just as presentable. This is especially the case for your HVAC system. If you are the type of homeowner that takes good care of your HVAC system or invests in a quality HVAC system, it’s a good sign to buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home in general.

Leave nothing to question by purchasing a quality HVAC system or maintaining your quality Carrier HVAC system before putting your home on the market.

Consider an upgrade

If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, it’s going to become a point of contention for home buyers. They will know that sooner than later this will become a major expense for them. By taking on the cost of a newer system, you can ensure that you get the proper asking price for your home.

Ultimately you will want to weigh the pros and cons of making this investment to ensure a great resale value for your home, but more often than not, sellers receive a great return on the investment of a new HVAC system. This is especially the case in tougher selling markets or for homes that have otherwise had a rough time selling.

Don’t continue to pay monthly expenses on your old home at the expense of an old HVAC system. Give Brody Pennell a call and we can work with you to find the right system, at the right price for the right financing to help you sell your home, without affecting your credit for your new home purchase. Speak to an LA HVAC expert today @ (310) 896-4911.

DIY home projects are all the rage, and for good reason! It’s easy to make some small changes that will have a big impact on your living space. Not to mention, DIY is rather budget-friendly and can be done without any hassle from a middle man. As long as you have a good attitude and don’t mind getting a little messy, you can get a lot done around your home!

No Skills? No Problem!

DIY doesn’t have to mean difficult! Take a look at these five easy projects for your home that will transform your space in just one day.

One Day Home Upgrades

One Day Home Upgrades

Need an HVAC Upgrade?

HVAC is one thing that you never want to DIY. It’s better to trust the experts who can expertly install and repair your heating and cooling system. At Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer ongoing deals on HVAC services and products. If you live in the Los Angeles area, be sure to take advantage of our specials.

Do you want to change up your bathroom, but don’t want to invest a lot of money or time? There are many interesting ways you can transform your bathroom, and the best news is, you can do many different updates for under $100!

We’ve gathered together some of our favorite and easiest bathroom updates that won’t break the bank or take you months to get done. These inexpensive and simple bathroom updates will have you loving your renewed space in less than one weekend.

Inexpensive Bathroom Updates:

Inexpensive Bathroom Updates

Quality HVAC Service for Los Angeles Residents

Since 1945, Brody Pennell has been the Los Angeles area’s most trusted HVAC company, and we are proud to be the only Carrier dealer in the West Los Angeles area.

We pride ourselves on offering only the most efficient HVAC technologies available. If you’re in the market for an excellent company you can trust to help you choose appropriate home comfort solutions, then give us a call today. 310-836-0606

If you are selling your home, you may be wondering whether or not you need a home inspection. Many sellers wait for the buyer to take the initiative. However, getting a home inspection before you put your house on the market can be beneficial in many ways. A pre-inspection reassures prospective buyers and saves you time and money by spotting any major issues ahead of time.

Home Inspection Check-List

Home Inspection Check-List

Even if you decide not to get a full home inspection before putting your house on the market, there are a few things that you should inspect beforehand to avoid any major surprises later when your interested buyer asks for an inspection. Here are the top home elements to add to your inspection check-list:

  1. Structural Components

The structural components of your home affect how long the home will stand up to forces like weather and gravity. An inspector will thoroughly evaluate the foundation, framing, and other structural components during the home inspection to get a better idea of how sound the home structure is.

  1. Roofing

Buyers typically shy away from homes that need a roof replacement, so having your roof inspected can give you a better idea of whether or not you may need to replace your roof before putting your home on the market. The inspector will look at the roof covering, draining systems, skylights, and chimneys.

  1. Plumbing

Though working plumbing used to be a luxury, today it’s pretty standard. You will want to make sure that your plumbing system is properly installed and operating effectively before showing your home to potential buyers. The inspector will examine the water supply and drainage systems, hot water heating equipment, and the fuel storage systems to make sure they are all in working order.

  1. Electrical Components

A safe, working electrical system is essential in any home. An inspector will evaluate many different electrical components including service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses. Some common areas of concern that will need to be fixed before putting your home on the market include undersized electrical service, double taps, and overheated wires

  1. Exteriors

Not only does the exterior of your home make an important first impression on potential buyers, but it can also have some red flags when it comes to safety that are important to fix before selling your house. An inspector will look at exterior components of your home to make sure it is easy to enter and exit the building and ensure that the exterior adequately keeps weather away from the structure and interior of the home. Common areas of concern are windows, siding, railing, and steps.

  1. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Buyers are usually looking for homes that are move-in ready without any immediate need for major repairs. That’s why having a working HVAC system is important before putting your home on the market. Some common HVAC issues that the inspector will look for are damaged condenser fins, disconnected ductwork, and leaking boilers.

Thinking about putting your home on the market? Call us today for a thorough HVAC inspection and tune-up.

 

The importance of proper home insulation should not be underestimated. If old or worn out insulation is not replaced it could lead to several problems withing the home. Insulation used in the past is not as high quality as the ones used in these days, so insulation in older homes need to be checked regularly. If it is not looked into periodically, you could end up with a home that feels like a meat locker in winter and a sauna in summer. You could also end up with a huge electricity bill that you did not bargain for. This also affects your energy savings. So to be save rather than sorry, check your insulation all the time to make sure that it is running efficiently.

When you check your insulation, there are a few things you should look out for. You should check and compare room temperatures. If one room feels warm and another cold, then you definitely have inconsistent temperatures and this means that your insulation needs to be repaired or replaced, altogether. You should be extra careful when dealing with an older house as the insulation that was initially installed was not as high quality as the ones that we have these days. One sure way of knowing whether your insulation is too old to remain in the home is by putting on a pair of gloves and feeling the attic insulation. If it crumbles, then its definitely old and needs to go. If you notice more pests in the home than usual, you should check the insulation in the attic and the basement and this is usually where they like to hide. Pests enjoy a cozy surrounding and this is why they tend to get comfy in your home insulation. If they are detected, you must remove you insulation and have it replaced.

There are many DIY materials and tools that you can use to get your home insulation back into shape, however, there are things than only professionals know and understand. If you want to avoid the effort and time spent replacing your insulation, hire a reputable and experienced contractor who will get the job done right, the first time around. Follow us or more interesting info on how to save money on your insulation.