Holiday Home Improvement

Holiday Home Improvement: 5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Holidays can be stressful enough with an influx of out-of-town guests, a rise in financial responsibilities, and an increase in family obligations. The last thing you need added to your plate is an unforeseen issue with your home and the unexpected costs that come with it. Here are some tips to prepare your home and have a smooth holiday season.

1. Clean the microwave…but not the stove.

Your appliances are going to get messy this season, so it’s best to start with a clean slate. Wash the microwave’s tray in the dishwasher and clean the interior with a damp cloth and some mild detergent. Be sure to check the vent for built-up dust and grease, and remove any residue with a spray degreaser.

When you’re on a roll cleaning your appliances, it may be tempting to set the oven to self-clean, but hold off for now. This cycle puts a lot of stress on your appliance. Instead, give it a quick surface clean the day before and save the wear and tear of a deep-clean until after you’ve finished preparing the meal.

2. Prep the fridge for leftovers.

As you make your plans for various family feasts, you’ll need room in your fridge for both ingredients, as well as leftovers. Purge any half-opened bottles, throw out any Tupperware whose contents are questionable, and wipe down the shelving. You’ll also want to make sure your refrigerator itself is in tip-top shape so that nothing spoils. Make sure to tighten any loose screws and gaskets so that the door shuts tight, preventing any cold air from escaping.

As with the microwave, you’ll want to check for any blocked vents in both the fridge and freezer sections. A blocked vent can stop cold air from circulating and prevent food from being stored in proper conditions. It can also cause your appliance to work inefficiently, costing you money. If you find your fridge is in need of a tune-up above your pay grade, try a review website like Angie’s List to find a reputable contractor to take care of your refrigeration needs.

3. Declutter common areas and prepare your guest bedroom.

With more guests comes more stuff. Make room in your home by decluttering common areas and stocking your guest space with essentials so that your guests feel comfortable. Put away anything that isn’t seasonal and find a new home for those shoes, umbrellas, and miscellaneous items.

Many out-of-town guests may be staying overnight, so make sure closets and drawers are empty. This gives them enough space to unpack their things and feel more at home. Stock up on toilet paper and travel-sized toiletries so that your guests have everything they need.

4. Test your smoke detector.

Smoke detector batteries need to be changed every six months, so if you can’t remember the last time you changed them, go ahead and do that now. You’ll be cooking more frequently, heating the house for guests, and the decorations themselves are often ripe for fire hazards. You’ll want to be sure that you’re prepared in the case of an emergency.

5. Have a pro inspect your furnace.

The winter months can take a toll on your HVAC system and that toll is amplified when you’re fitting more people into smaller spaces. Routine HVAC Maintenance is key to avoiding problems, so be sure to change your air filter. And if it’s been awhile since you had a routine inspection, schedule one early in the season.

Having a tune-up at the end of fall to early winter ensures a comfortable and problem-free holiday. Need to schedule your tune-up? Advent can help homeowners make sure their home stays nice and comfy this holiday season, no matter what the weather is.

Call us today at (469) 240-5456 to schedule.

Furnace Not Working

Furnace Not Working? These 5 Problems May Be to Blame

Furnaces are one of the most complex appliances you may own and if you’re experiencing issues with yours, there are a variety of reasons you might be facing difficulties. When the heat isn’t flowing, the furnace is making an unnerving noise, or the machine won’t even turn on at all, there’s a good chance one of these issues might be to blame:

1. Dirty Filters

Dirty or clogged air filters impede airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate. Occasionally, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch which controls the fan. Cleaning or replacing the filter once a month is an easy and inexpensive way to remedy this issue. A furnace repair professional can show you how to do this if you are unsure.

2. Malfunctioning Thermostat

A defective thermostat can lead to problems with the fan and your comfort levels. Check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, simply replacing the battery may do the trick. Also, be sure to test the thermostat settings. The fan setting should be on “Auto.” In the “On,” “Low,” “Medium” or “High” settings, the fan will run endlessly, draining the battery and causing your furnace to run inefficiently. If you want more information on how using your thermostat more effectively can save you money, visit energy.gov.

3. Wrong Size Furnace

If your furnace isn’t heating your home well enough, your equipment may just be the wrong size for your space. If your furnace is too small for the size of your home, it will run continuously in an attempt to compensate. In addition to running up your electric bill, this can increase wear and tear on your appliance, leading to costly repair issues in the future. It is suggested to have a professional assess the size of your home and recommend a furnace that will be appropriate to your needs. 

4. Wear and Tear

Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems, or even overheating. Unless you received training to repair furnaces, let professionals handle problems related to mechanical wear and tear. Otherwise, you may void the warranty on the appliance or accidentally cause a larger problem.

5. Lack of Maintenance

If you fail to schedule annual furnace maintenance and inspections, this could lead to unexpected problems and breakdowns. These routine inspections can help your appliance run more efficiently and reliably, saving you money in the long run. Every year, at the end of the summer or beginning of fall, hire a furnace repair specialist to inspect and maintain the furnace. The professional will get the unit ready for the upcoming cool weather and fix problems that could cause breakdowns or expensive repairs during busy winter months.

When all else fails, call in the experts!

When troubleshooting your appliance doesn’t solve your furnace issues, never hesitate to contact one of our trained HVAC contractors at Advent Air. Any furnace, regardless of its age, may pose safety hazards, so it’s always a good idea to have an expert examine the unit and suggest the best course of action.

Contact us today to schedule an inspection or repair: (469) 240-5456.

Advent Carrier Presidents Award

Advent Air Conditioning Awarded 2018 Carrier President’s Award

Advent Air Conditioning Awarded 2018 Carrier President’s AwardWe are proud to announce that Advent Air Conditioning, Inc. has been awarded the Carrier President’s Award for 2018. With the Carrier President’s Award, the leader in HVAC recognizes Carrier dealers who stand out amongst their peers by exemplifying leadership and management, customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth, and operational excellence.

Advent Air Conditioning is honored to receive this award, which wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication from the entire team. We are committed to our core values – quality, honesty, integrity – and will continue to work to set an example for others in our industry.

Advent Leads the Way in HVAC

With the Carrier President’s Award, Carrier has recognized Advent Air Conditioning Inc.’s commitment to excellence and leading the way in all things HVAC. As ambassadors of the Carrier brand, Advent is a Factory Authorized Dealer that works to serve not just its customers and the HVAC industry, but also the community as a whole.

Advent Air Conditioning was founded on the three core values of quality, honesty, and integrity. These principles still guide our company in everything we do. Our team is dedicated to providing quality products and services with complete transparency and honesty. We don’t cut corners. We do what is best for the customer every time, even if it isn’t what’s best for our bottom line.

HVAC Services in Dallas/Fort Worth

Want to work with an HVAC company that sets itself apart from the rest? We’d love for the opportunity to earn your trust and business. There’s a reason we stand out from our peers. Everyone on our team is dedicated to providing the very best customer service to keep our friends, family, and neighbors comfortable year-round.

Discover what makes us different.

Call today to work with us: (469) 240-5456.

Dallas Fall Events

Best Family-Friendly Fall Events in Dallas

As the season begins to change and the weather becomes milder in Texas, it’s time to start thinking about taking advantage of the cooler weather with family-friendly fall activities. Dallas has plenty to offer year-round, but autumn makes for the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the best that it has to offer.  Here’s a list of events to check out with your loved ones this fall:

Autumn at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will highlight thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and other festive foliage through November 21 at Autumn at the Arboretum. This year’s theme is “Adventures in Neverland,” featuring scenes from the timeless classic Peter Pan. The event takes place daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Adults: $15; children (3-12): $10; children under 2: free.

Chefs for Farmers

Chefs for Farmers is a four-day festival that gives you the opportunity to feast on delightful cuisine while supporting local chefs and farmers. While the event takes place in multiple locations, the main event occurs on November 4 from 2:30-6 pm in Dallas Heritage Village. Enjoy a variety of local food artisans, breweries, and live music.

General admission is $99 per person (ages 21+ only). Proceeds from Chefs for Farmers will support Youth With Faces’ charity new greenhouse and urban farm project that will expand opportunities for hands-on learning in the nonprofit’s Therapeutic Horticulture and Culinary Arts classes.

Festival at the Switchyard

Festival at the Switchyard is an annual street fair that is just a short drive from Dallas in Carrollton. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day of family fun with free rides, carnival food, and entertainment. A performance by the Stone Temple Pilots awaits those who stay through to the evening. Admission is free for all. The festival takes place on Saturday, November 3 11AM – 10 PM in Carrollton’s downtown area (Main Street and Broadway).

Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot

If you and your family like to stay active, the 37th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot may be just the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. The event takes place on Thanksgiving Day – November 22, 2018, starting at 6115 Camp Bowie (Camp Bowie and Westridge in front of Frost Bank). This event will hold a 1K Gobbler Trot (8 a.m.), 10K (8:15 a.m.), and a 5K (8:30 a.m.)

Registration ranges from $21 – $36, depending on when you register and what type of event you are registering for. All proceeds from the event benefit the scholarship and youth program of the Westside YMCA. This allows those who want to utilize the services of the Y but cannot afford it to still participate. For more information or to register, visit: https://fwtrot.org/

VIP Guided Tour- The Star in Frisco

If you’re a football fan, make the trek to Frisco, Texas, for a VIP guided tour to experience the place where the Cowboys train year-round. For $32.50 (children: $27.50), you will enjoy a small-group journey through the Grand Atrium, War Room, and other locations, including an up-close look at Super Bowl memorabilia. Tours are seven days a week and run every half hour from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Have Fun in Dallas this Fall

Fall is in full swing in Texas and so is the events calendar. From thrills and chills to pumpkin patches and fine dining, no matter your interests, age, and budget, you’re sure to find something to do in Dallas this autumn.

And remember, if you need help keeping comfortable in your home this fall, the team of professionals at Advent is only a phone call away. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs.