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Catherine Trahan
Your Real Estate Resource

June e-Newsletter














Greetings Mandy!

This month I have compiled great tips to help you enjoy your summer! I hope you enjoy this information and, as always, I would love to hear any feedback you have.

Featured This Month: 

 Home Maintenance Tip

Keep Cool this Summer with A/C Preventative Maintenance
Keep cool by remembering to conduct annual maintenance on your air conditioning units before the heat hits this summer!

Here are a few things that most homeowners can do themselves to help maintain their air conditioner:

> Ensure the filter is clean and/or replaced regularly. Disposable filters are inexpensive and should be replaced once per month during periods of high usage.
> Trim back plants so there is at least one foot of clearance around the A/C unit - this will allow proper air flow and prevent motor strain.
> Sand and other debris can get sucked into the condenser coils. To clean the coils, first disconnect the power to the A/C and then use a garden hose to spray the coils.

The best advice is to have an annual maintenance inspection performed by a professional HVAC Technician. When interviewing Technicians, ensure the following items are included in their service:

> Condenser - Check pressure, oil the motor bearings, tighten all hardware, check current electrical draw, and visually inspect wiring and condenser coils.
> Air Handler/Evaporator - Visually inspect wiring; oil the motor bearings; clean or replace filter; tighten all hardware; inspect condensation drain, pan, pump, and auxiliary pan; clean drain system; ensure that evaporator coils are clean and free of damage.
Source: Old Republic Home Protection

HVAC Technician referrals available upon request.

Health Tip
  • Sunburns: Repeated burns damage skin's DNA, increasing your risk for skin cancer. Apply SPF 30 sunscreen every 2 hours-even when it is cloudy.
  • Heat exhaustion: Stay cool in light-colored, loosefitting clothing, which doesn't trap hot air next to your body.
  • Rip Currents: Swim at least 100 feet away from jetties and piers, where permanent rip currents often exist. And stick to lifeguard-protected beaches.

Avoid Top Summer Bummers


Source: Salf Magazine Jan 2010 Issue

Referral of the Month Gretchen Turzo

Gretchen Turzo
Pilates & Gyrotonic Instructor

Phone: (510) 368-0800

Gretchen Turzo is an ITT certified Pilates instructor who trained with some of the leading Pilates professionals in the Bay Area.
Based in Novato, Gretchen is now taking new appointments in Marin and Sonoma. Her services include Pilates or Gyrotonic in private sessions or classes on the equipment, private in home sessions or classes at your company.

Going Green Tip
Get going! Drive off as soon as you start your car's engine. Modern engines don't need much time to warm up, so idling creates unnecessary pollution and mechanical wear. Source:

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Catherine Trahan
1701 Novato Blvd., Suite 100
Novato, California 94947

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