This Spring Home Maintenance Guide will help you prep for the warmer months ahead, helping you save energy, money, and time.
First, give your cooling system a test run to make sure it works. Don't wait until the warm weather arrives to discover your A/C is out of commission.
Remember to change out your filter each month. Replacing air filters is crucial to keeping your air clean and ensures your A/C system functions efficiently, saving energy and money.
Examine the hose connections for leaks. It's best to check this early on in the case that there is a leak, so you can have a professional come fix the problem before warm weather hits.
Roof and Gutters
Cleaning your gutters after winter is crucial. Clogs caused by built up sediment can prevent proper drainage, forcing heavy rains back on your home and leaving you at risk for flooding.
As you clean the gutters, be sure to check for leaks in the roof. Replace or repair any broken or missing shingles; storms and floods will find their way through these cracks and cause major water damage to your home, especially the basement.
Chances are that during a cold winter, your fireplace was put to good use. As part of roof maintenance, get a chimney sweep or inspection. The buildup of residue called creosote, which is highly flammable, can cause a house fire when you lease expect it.
Exterior Walls and Windows
Spring is the perfect time to reapply any exterior caulking around windows and weather-stripping to doors, as these openings tend to be the biggest air conditioning guzzlers.
As winter weather melts away, you may notice a build-up of dirt, mold, and other stains to the exterior of your house; be sure to power wash this sediment away to avoid corrosion and other permanent damage.