You know winter takes a toll on your home. You did maintenance before winter set in so you could make sure both you and your home were prepared. Still, even the maintenance you did isn’t going to be enough in and of itself. As winter draws to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the seasonal maintenance your home is going to need as the weather warms.
If you cleaned your gutters in the fall, you might be wondering why you need to do it again in the summer. Winter weather can bring all sorts of wind with it that blows debris into your gutters. Just because the leaves may have fallen doesn’t mean that other things haven’t made their way into your gutters. Your gutters need to be clean to do their job properly. Once the weather warms up, grab a ladder and clean them out. Alternatively, you can hire someone to do this for you if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.
Your gutter isn’t the only area high up that could use some attention after spring arrives. Your roof probably took quite a beating, thanks to freezing temperatures, precipitation, and the wind. The constant exposure to water can be especially problematic, as it can lead to mold and moss growth. A clean roof is less attractive to pests and regular upkeep can help extend the life of your roof. After the snow melts, it’s a good idea to have a professional come and wash your roof. Being on a roof is dangerous, so it may not be a good idea to tackle this project yourself.
When you hear the phrase “spring cleaning”, what comes to mind is likely a deep cleaning within your home. Given the wet, soggy conditions you bring in with you when you do go out, your home is far more likely to need a deep clean by the time spring rolls around. Deep cleaning your home gives you a chance to take stock of the condition of your home. It will also help your home stay in good condition longer and reduce the allergens you would otherwise be exposed to. Given the number of tasks involved in a good, thorough spring cleaning, you may find it helpful to use a spring cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Check HVAC Filters
Your heater has been working hard all winter long to keep your home comfortably warm. To keep your system working efficiently, it’s important to take the time to check and change your air filters. A dirty air filter can reduce your HVAC efficiency. It’s also more likely to allow the particles it would normally filter out to pass through and spread throughout your home. This can be a problem under normal circumstances, but for people with allergies, it’s a recipe for misery. Make sure you have the right filter for your HVAC system and your needs. Be sure to change it regularly to keep everything running as it should.
Tune Up Your AC
Before the weather warms up enough to be running the air conditioning the way you were running your heater, it’s a good idea to get your AC tuned up. Your air conditioning has been turned off for months and should be inspected and maintained before you crank it to combat the summer heat. How often you should have a tune-up done may even be stated in your unit’s warranty. AC tune-ups help keep your system running efficiently and can extend the life of your unit. This helps control your electricity bill, reduces the need to pay for repairs, and puts off how soon you’ll have to replace the unit altogether.
Inspect and Repair Window Screens
It’s quite common for people to open their windows more during the spring and summer months to enjoy the fresh air. If you have broken window screens, however, you’re inviting pests into your home with an open door. Pests are pesky at best, but if they make their way into your home, they quickly become more than a nuisance. In some cases, pests can pose health hazards when they make themselves at home. Before you open the windows, take the time to inspect all of the screens throughout your home. Look to see if there are any holes or other damage in the screens where pests could enter your home. Make any repairs or replacements needed. That way you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of fresh air without letting pests in.
Check Outdoor Play Equipment
If you have children or grandchildren, you probably have some outdoor play equipment. With spring’s warmer weather, kids usually want to spend more time playing outside, so it’s important to keep them safe. Whether it’s a swing set, trampoline, pool, basketball hoop, or anything else, you need to look at it. If it’s been outside, you need to inspect it before people start using it. Winter will take a toll on your play equipment, just like it does on your home. By inspecting it, you can identify problems, have repairs done, and make sure it’s safe to use before children start playing with it.
Test Your Sprinkler System
You probably winterize your sprinklers before freezing temperatures set in, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your sprinkler system is automatically ready to go. Before you set your sprinklers to run this year, take some time to de-winterize your system. Make sure your sprinkler heads are all in good condition and that the water they’re giving off is at appropriate levels. You don’t want to be the neighbor with a broken sprinkler head that’s creating a geyser and wasting gallons of water every time it comes on.
Homes need seasonal maintenance to stay in good condition all year long. Now that winter is ending and spring is arriving, it’s time to look forward to the next season’s worth of maintenance tasks. Take a look at your home to figure out what your specific seasonal home maintenance needs are.
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