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10 Spring DIY Projects You Can Tackle This Weekend

Home improvement projects can be exciting and reimagine your space. Completing a project is fulfilling and can even improve your home’s resale value. However, committing to a DIY home improvement project can be challenging with a full load of responsibilities.

At Advent Air, we understand the importance of personalizing your space to create an inviting and comfortable home. As Lewisville’s premier HVAC company, we are all about home comfort. We also know how hectic life can be. This is why we’ve put together a list of spring DIY projects that you can complete in just a few days.

1. DIY Drawer charging station

Control the clutter and stay charged with this multi-purpose drawer charging station. Our whole lives are practically connected to our phones and our homes could always use an extra little bit of tidying. Follow the above link for instructions on creating a convenient charging station this weekend.

2. No-sew grommet curtains

Curtains can not only transform a room visually, but they can also help control the temperature of a home. Closing curtains in the peak heat season will reduce the work placed on your A/C. The best part about this DIY project, is that it is no-sew! Even if you aren’t the craftiest, give this one a go and you might surprise yourself!

3. Thermostat frame

Older, manual thermostats can be an eyesore inside your home. Unfortunately, covering up a thermostat isn’t a wise solution for improving your home’s aesthetic. This is because a thermostat should not be obstructed so that it can get a proper reading of your home’s temperature at all times.

One hack for beautifying your walls is to frame out your thermostat with a picture frame. Another option is to upgrade to a more sleek smart thermostat.

4. Drying rack from a repurposed ladder

Control the humidity in your home by properly drying your clothes and used towels after showers. This easy to do DIY project can be very inexpensive, if not free if you have the right materials laying around your home.

With an old, unused ladder, you can create a useful and attractive drying rack to add to your laundry room.

5. Outdoor pizza oven

Want to be able to enjoy pizza this spring and summer without heating up the whole house? An outdoor pizza can keep the heat out of your home, saving you money on energy costs through less oven use and less A/C use.

The best part about this DIY project is that it gives you delicious brick oven pizza, right in your backyard!

6. Backyard umbrella

Give your A/C a break this summer by staying cool outside. A backyard umbrella is the perfect addition to your backyard barbecues. Whether you’re just sipping sweet tea and watching the sunset with your family, or you’re hanging out with friends and neighbors, a backyard umbrella will help keep you safe and cool from the blistering Texas summer sun.

7. Succulent planter made from a cedar pallet

Succulents are stunning and don’t require a green thumb to take care of. With little watering and maintenance, homeowners can add some green to their backyard. As an added bonus, if you bring the succulents inside, you can also improve the air quality within your home!

8. New ceiling fan

Upgrade a home’s comfort and aesthetic with a new ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can create an impactful visual, but of course are primarily utilized to control the temperature within a room. Used properly, homeowners can even increase the thermostat settings, which can save hundreds over the course of a year!

9. Put dimmers on your lights

A quick way to impact your home’s lighting and energy efficiency is to upgrade your lights to dimmers. Dimmers provide the ultimate control in terms of visual comfort, while also allowing homeowners to choose more efficient lighting habits whether they are home or away. Smart dimmers can be installed in a weekend and allow for anyone with a smartphone to turn off that light they forgot about or switch up lights while on vacation to dissuade burglars.

10. Upgrade an appliance

This may be a little more of a hands off project, but upgrading an appliance can be a smart investment and should involve a good deal of research. Take some time to take measurements, look in to top brands and consider what your budget is to acquire a new, energy efficient appliance.

If you are interested in a significant boost to your home’s energy consumption, consider upgrading your home’s HVAC system. Advent carries the highest quality Carrier products and has helpful experts that can provide reliable quotes and guidance. Give us a call @ (469) 240-5456.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Summer Ready?

North Texas residents understand the severity of the summer season. This means that routine HVAC maintenance is valued more than ever. Weathering the rigorous task of continually cooling a home throughout the long summer season requires an air conditioner to be in top form. Take the worry out of your home comfort this summer by taking these steps to ensure that your air conditioner is summer-ready.

Clean or replace your air filter

Air filters keep your system from taking on dirt and debris that can clog its components and hinder its performance. A dirty air filter will be less effective in filtering out this debris and force your system to work harder to achieve the necessary cooling results. This will not only raise your monthly energy bill, but more quickly deteriorate your air conditioner.

Reusable filters should be cleaned monthly. Disposable filters should be replaced monthly, or in some cases every three months. If you haven’t cleaned or replaced your filter in a while, spring and throughout the summer months is definitely the time to do it.

Clear away dirt and debris

Similarly to the effect of a dirty filter, a dirty unit can greatly impact system performance. Even the simple buildup of dust can clog coils and create expensive repairs. Keep your system clean will ensure its optimum performance.

Have your unit more thoroughly cleaned and inspected

Routine maintenance is no hoax. A system as large and intricate as your home’s HVAC system will inevitably encounter performance issues. Having your system inspected and serviced bi-annually by an HVAC expert enables your system to receive the necessary cleaning it needs to perform efficiently and effectively. It also ensures that minor, or underlying issues do not become major malfunctions.

Choosing regular maintenance for your air conditioner gives your system maximum life expectancy, the highest level of energy efficiency and gives you peace of mind.

Test your unit

Once you feel as though your air conditioner is sufficient clear of dust and other factors that can impact its performance, switch it on. If you haven’t had an HVAC contractor out to your home to test your unit, this can be a great way to self-identify any major issues with your air conditioner.

If the system kicks right on, watch and listen to its performance. Does it sound louder than you remember? Are there any scratching or grinding noises coming from the unit? Can you see an shaking or leaking? Does the system turn on and off appropriately? And, most importantly, does it sufficiently cool your home?

Ask yourself these questions to test if your air conditioner is ready for summer.

Consider upgrade opportunities

Been battling poor indoor air quality? Looking to maximize your system’s performance? Small upgrades can be made without having to replace your entire system. Things like smart thermostats and UV lamps can make profound differences on your system’s efficiency and effectiveness, without breaking the bank. Before you kick your unit on for the long summer ahead, speak with your local Lewisville HVAC specialist to find out which upgrades work best for your home.

For fast and effective maintenance or to consult with a friendly and knowledgeable HVAC expert, give Advent a call @ (977) 221-4373.

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Spring Allergy Sufferers: Help Your HVAC System Help You

Spring is the most beautiful season in Texas. Greens are never greener and landscapes explode with colors as flowers bloom. However, there is a large number of Texans that experience allergic reactions to the amount of pollen and other allergens in the air.

Spring Allergens in North Texas

Spring is one of the heaviest allergy seasons in Texas. The budding of flowers turn Texas’s unassuming landscapes into some of the most picturesque places in the nation. However, these flowers release massive amounts of pollen into the air. For allergy sufferers, this can be a debilitating season.

As trees, grasses and weeds spring back to life, North Texas residents are inundated with energy draining allergens. For those savvy enough to invest in a quality HVAC system, they can seriously reduce their exposure to allergens in the comfort of their homes.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Many people don’t realize, but indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air. This is due to the heavy traffic that can occur in such a small and enclosed space. Without air purification or proper ventilation, indoor air can stagnate and collect harmful bacteria, viruses, molds, allergens and other pollutants.

For allergy sufferers, this can be especially harmful to their health. Symptoms of poor IAQ and allergies are very similar and are therefore heightened for those with allergies:

  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

Air Purifying Solutions for Your HVAC System

The primary benefit of your HVAC system is to circulate warm or cool air throughout your home. As this air circulates and processes through your A/C or heating system, it has the opportunity to be finely filtered to weed out harmful bacteria, viruses, molds and other pollutants. For those with serious allergies in North Texas, it can be a rejuvenating opportunity to eliminate allergens from their homes. Consider these Carrier air purifying products to improve your indoor air:

Air purifiers – By integrating an air purifier to your HVAC system, you add a layer of defense against pollen, other allergens and pollutants. Particles are trapped and killed to prevent any further circulation throughout your home. As your system runs, eventually the air will cycle to eliminate the vast majority, if not all, micro particles.

UV lamps – UV lamps can be attached to your system to kill bacteria and mold that can collect and thrive in and around your system. These spores and particles can become airborne and impact your health. For allergy sufferers, this can lead to worse respiratory impact from allergy symptoms. The cleaner your air and system are, the better your system will perform in terms of filtering actual allergens as well.

Ventilators – Ventilators work to remove stale indoor air and replace it with prefiltered outdoor air. This can prevent older, more contaminated air from lingering for too long and instead replace it with fresher, filtered air.

Utilizing one or a combination of these IAQ products can drastically improve your health this spring allergy season. Call the HVAC experts at Advent to see what we can do to improve your home’s indoor air and help you feel more comfortable this spring.