Preparing for Seasonal Maintenance

by Gema Smith 04/21/2019

It might seem a little strange to begin talking about spring as the winter holidays have just past. Snow may be on the ground near you, and you are still running the heat and snuggling up to the fireplace. But …

Before you know it, the days will turn from cold to cool and it some parts of the country directly to HOT. So, you need to put your air conditioning system on your radar or more importantly on your calendar.

Different parts of the country have different cooling systems. Some may be as simple as a window air conditioning unit, while others might be a swamp cooler or the more popular central HVAC system. All of these are machines that have sat dormant for four to six months. During that time, stuff builds up. Bugs create nests, oil and grease harden with the help of settling dust, rust, and even plant matter can clog up the system.

So, you should consider talking to your local AC company to see if you can get on their schedule. You can have them do simple maintenance that makes your unit run smoothly. This work is a lot less costly than waiting until something significant happens and now not only do you not have any cooling when you need it, but you have this HUGE price tag to replace major parts of the system. Planning regular maintenance should be an annual event to keep your AC performing at its best.

If you have a central air system, then you have ductwork that feeds the air to your different rooms in your home. Typically, this system does not have any moving parts that can stop running, but the switching back and forth from cool air to heated air and back again to cool builds up dust and dirt and all sorts of other things in the tubes. This switching reduces the efficiency of the system which the puts more pressure on the AC unit to perform. Some ducts have booster fans to push air farther. Have your professional AC maintenance folk check the blades for gunk or damage.

You might want to consider also putting on your calendar to have the ductwork professionally cleaned. If you have allergies, you will thank yourself.

TIP: Maintenance of all your household equipment once annually can save you large and expensive repairs.

About the Author

Gema Smith

Gema S. Smith has been an influential pioneer in the luxury real estate industry for over 30 years. With a reputation for providing first-class service and garnering impeccable results for her clients, Gema’s accomplishments have earned her mentions in San Jose Magazine as well as two State of California Senate Certificates of Recognition. 

Unapologetically persistent, tenacious in her negotiation and passionate about developing genuine trust with her clients, Gema brings her best-in-class service and award-winning approach to The Agency, with a focus on the high-end market of Silicon Valley. Previously, Gema served as a Broker Associate with Intero Real Estate Services in San Jose, where she was a consistent top producer and recognized as a Top Listing and Sales agent for the company’s 15 corporate offices. Knowing that every buyer and seller has their own unique story to tell, Gema is proud to play a role in her clients’ ongoing narrative and represent their best interests in what is often the biggest transaction of their lives. 

Gema has been an active member of the real estate community since 1987, getting her start in the loan business before obtaining her real estate and broker’s licenses. In 2002, she opened a real estate brokerage and loan company which she ran successfully until 2008, when she chose to focus her efforts on real estate sales full-time. Gema is a long-time member of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) and California Association of Realtors (CAR), as well as a Certified REO & SHORT SALE Specialist with The Five Star Institute. She is also a two-time Santa Clara County Chapter President of NHORA (National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates) and currently sits on the NHORA National Board of Directors. 

A passionate philanthropist, Gema sits on the Board of Directors for the Jose Valdes Math Institute. Her commitment and dedication to the advancement of educational opportunities to underserved communities defines her character. In her spare time, Gema enjoys gourmet cooking, entertaining family and friends, wine tasting, reading, jogging and traveling.