Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Katherine and Christopher, turned 7 on May 9th and in early April they requested a small pool party for their celebration. Given typical May weather in Austin is sunny and in the mid-80s, I agreed. The week before the party, my heart sunk as I looked at the forecast – 70% chance of storms and 67 degrees. The twins would be heartbroken to cancel. I decided, given the unpredictable nature of weather, to make a last minute decision. Conferring with the pool staff the day before the party, we decided the rain was likely to let up the afternoon of the party and though the temperature would be chilly, the pool was heated. We'd take a risk and keep the pool party on.

On party morning, we awoke to gray skies, cool air, and downpours. Then, just as predicted, the rain broke that afternoon. It was a chilly at party time and upon arriving at the pool, only the lifeguards were present. As we sat up the party, the twins were very concerned that their friends might not come given the weather, however, 30 minutes later their friends began to arrive braving the cold temperature for a couple of hours of outdoor fun. The pool party was epic! The kids played, splashed, ate cake and pizza. As a bonus, we received an extra hour to swim for braving the elements. The most challenging part of the day turned out to be not the weather, but getting the kids out of the pool! On our way home from the party, Katherine exclaimed, “Momma, that was the best birthday ever!” I'm so glad the sour weather became sweet lemonade!

Speaking of chilly air, this is a great time to schedule a tune-up for your system; before the heat of summer sets in and HVAC professionals are swamped with calls. Preventive maintenance can do wonders for your system’s lifespan and efficiency. It’s a good idea to have the condensation line checked out to make sure it’s draining smoothly. During the summer, the condensation line produces about 10 gallons of water a day; so a blocked condensation line can cause leaks, which can significantly damage equipment, floors, or drywall. One of the last things anyone wants is to have their air conditioner go out in the middle of a string of 100+ degree days.

As this month’s Item of Value, I’d like to connect you with my trusted HVAC service provider, Les Sariol with Altruistic A/C & Heating. He is offering to come by and service your unit at a great price. All you have to do is click here to request an appointment and Les’ team will follow up with you to schedule a time. In the meantime, check out this flyer for ways you can help keep your system in tip-top shape year-round. Here’s hoping your summer gets off to a cool start!

It’s a good life!


Tanya Alvarez


Real Estate Strategist

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