Regular home maintenance includes preparing your home for each four seasons. With the spring months ahead, you will want to make sure certain areas of your home are prepared for the change in weather to keep your home performing efficiently and utility costs at a minimum.
1. Have Your Roof Inspected
April showers bring May flowers…and the need to make sure you roof is functioning properly. Your roof is your home’s best line of defense in preventing water damage. Check for continuity of shingles on your roof plane and ridges. Roof flashing, which is meant to deflect water, around chimneys, skylights and plumbing vents should be sealed by a qualified roofer.
2. Change Your Ceiling Fans’ Directions
When the warmer months are in full swing and you are prompted to open windows or turn on the A/C, changing the direction of your ceiling fan can make your home feel cooler. Make sure your ceiling fans are pushing air down if you changed fan directions to pull air up during the wintertime.
3. Check Caulking around Windows and Doors
The bitter cold of the winter months can cause windows and doors to slightly separate from the frame, causing the desired cool air of your A/C unit to escape. Drafts can be remedied by applying external silicone caulking or sealant.
4. Clean Your Dryer Vent
A clogged dryer vent not only produces a fire hazard but causes warm air to blow back into your home, raising your home’s temperature.
5. Check Your Gutters
Look for gutters that are loose, leaky or filled with debris, which can lead to improper drainage. The last thing you want during a spring rain storm is water in your basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from foundation and are also clear of debris.
6. Look for Low Areas in Your Yard
Spring rains can cause low areas of your yard to flood, possibly toward your home’s foundation. Fill these areas with compacted soil as a preventative measure.
7. Give Your A/C Some TLC
Hire a qualified heating and cooling contractor to service the outside unit of your A/C unit. Clean coils operate more efficiently and will help keep cooling costs down in the warmer months. Spring is also a good time to change interior filters.
If you are really looking into cutting cooling costs, consider planting a tree near your A/C unit to keep it shaded during the warmer spring and summer days.
8. Inspect and Clean Your Deck
Check for warped, loose or splintered boards that may need to be replaced or repaired. Your deck should be cleaned annually to extend its life, so grab the power washer and spray it down. If your deck is wood and appearing faded or worn, spring is a good time to stain and reseal it.
9. Prepare Your Lawn
Rake up any branches or leaves you may have missed in the fall; debris on your lawn can suffocate and kill the grass beneath it. Make sure all of your outdoor water sources, such as faucets and irrigation systems, are in working order. Spring is also a great time to service your lawn tools. Having your lawn mower blades sharpened will not only improve the efficiency of your mower but improve the look of your lawn.
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