Do you have too much free time and not enough to do? Few would answer yes to that question. Most of us seek free time but struggle to find it. William Penn summed it up, “time is what we want most but use worst”.

As a society, we are busier than ever. Few of us have time to relax on a porch swing on a comfortable Sunday afternoon but need those moments more than ever!

The good news is there are simple ways to gain free time. A great way is to make a list of the things you do every day and then get rid of 10% of the low-value time wasters. Why not start that list today?

Having less will save time. Why not get rid of clutter and projects we saved that once seemed important? Often, they have hidden away and almost forgotten anyway. How about starting with something small like purging a drawer of extra items, then work up to emptying that closet or garage? Recycling or tossing excess items typically reduces stress.

Another way to free up time is to let others do the projects we think only we can do. Those are often the projects in our minds “no one can do better than us”. This has been a tough challenge for me because I am a handy and a perfectionist. By putting things in perspective, freeing up time is more important than doing it all for me.

Last week I asked one of my service plumbers to replace a showerhead, repair a kitchen faucet, and adjust the bathtub drain linkage in our condo. With my background, that’s the type of work I would never have allowed others to do until recently, but the tradeoff was more free time. The John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s service plumber that did the work is someone I consider as being one of the best in our community, so that helped. The reality was he took the time to do the work right and his pride showed through as always.

Another way to save time is to get rid of excess tools. Excess tools tempt us to dive into things that others should be doing anyway, resulting in the project not being completed well. A great example is the tools that are needed to properly service a heating and air conditioning system. Two essential tools are carbon monoxide meters and refrigeration gauges. Typically, only qualified HVAC technicians have those tools.

A carbon monoxide meter is a tool that is necessary because it can save your life! There are 11 basic producers of carbon monoxide. The deck is stacked against us.

Upon arrival for a service call, John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s technicians put on their shoe covers as they check carbon monoxide levels near the front door to make sure it’s safe to enter. They also check carbon monoxide levels around your furnace and water heaters. It’s amazing how many water heaters produce high levels of carbon monoxide and need to be serviced or replaced. Is yours safe?

Since 90% of refrigerant pressures are not accurate, refrigeration gauges are an important tool to increase the life of the cooling equipment plus improve equipment efficiency and comfort. There are other tools required to service HVAC equipment, but without these two basic tools, there is no reason to get started. Why not save time and do things right?

A great time-saver to use when servicing heating and air conditioning equipment is John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s Service Maintenance Agreements. I believe these good, better, and best service maintenance agreements are the only way to go. Why not let John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s manage scheduling maintenance regularly for that equipment, so you have more time to do the things you enjoy?

Freeing up time can help us do the extra things that need to be done. An example on a personal level is managing time allows me to give back to the community in a meaningful way that can help others. My current pet project is giving 30 free heating maintenance services to those in need. John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical will provide this free service to save lives and reduce energy costs for those that need it the most. Your input would help connect us to those people and maybe save their lives if you fill out the form below.

Freeing up time can also help us concentrate on better health, so we have those special moments with our loved ones. Why not start today?

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