Indoor Spring Maintenance
Spring is right around the corner (although this weather we're currently having doesn't feel like it). Spring is not only great for fun outdoor activities, but it's also a great time get your home ready for the nicer weather. In this post we'll be discussing some of the ways you can prepare the inside of your home for the warmer weather!
Inspect And Tune Your A/C
First thing you want to do is check your furnace filter. It can be easy to forget, but ideally you should be changing the filter once every month or two, or as often as needed. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder, resulting in less efficiency and higher energy costs. To learn how to change your filter, along with other furnace maintenance tips check out our recent blog post Furnace Filter Maintenance. It's also a good idea to hire a HVAC professional to inspect and tune-up your entire A/C system to make sure it's running as efficiently as possible. Doing this earlier in the year can save you a lot of headache if your A/C system were to fail during the hot summer months.
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to check your smoke detectors. Inspect each smoke detector and make sure all are working correctly. It's a good idea to check them regularly. It's also easier to change all the batteries at once instead of fighting that annoying chirping sound every few months. You should have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home. Ideally, it's best to have one in hallways or the area outside of bedrooms, and one in each bedroom. Install additional detectors if necessary.
CO2 detectors are also important to have in your home. Many smoke detectors now days can include a CO2 detector. There are also types that you can plug into a wall outlet.
Check/Replace Light Bulbs
Check each light bulb in your home. Replace any burned out bulbs as well as making sure they have the correct wattage. This is also a good time to replace any old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs help reduce energy and the amount of heat that's produced. Good news for Mountain Vista Home Owners, all the bulbs in your home are already LED.
Check Doors And Windows
Check and adjust exterior doors and windows. Make sure the seals are a snug fit and there's no leaks. A drafty door or window can cause your A/C to work harder during the hot summer months to keep your home cool. Repair or replace caulk and weather stripping to reduce air leaks. Keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
Inspect Your Basement
Inspect the walls and floors for leaks, puddles, mold or other signs of water damage.
Vacuum Behind Your Refrigerator
An easy way to help extend the lifespan of your refrigerator can be a quick and easy vacuum. Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum behind and around it so you can clear any dust/debris. This will help ensure your refrigerator gets enough air circulation and the coils are not running too hot.
This is also a good time to clean out any old/expired food from your refrigerator. You should also check the owner's manual for more information on how to properly care for your refrigerator.
Replace or Clean Your Dryer Vent
You might be surprised how much lint can gather inside a dryer vent. Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of home fires. Replacing or cleaning your dryer vent is a great, yet simple spring cleaning task that should not be neglected.
Inspect Laundry Room Hose
Check the water-supply hoses for cracks to prevent flooding. If you encounter a cracked hose, replace it.
Inspect And Clean Your Bathrooms
Now is a good time to check for any dripping faucets or caulking that needs to be replaced around your shower/bathtub. You can call your local plumber, or you can fix these on your own. Leaking faucets wastes a lot of water in the long run, and old/cracking caulking around your shower/bathtub can cause underlying issues that you may not see until it becomes a much larger problem.
Check Your Ceilings
Check your ceilings. Make sure there's no discoloration, warping, or bubbling. Any of these may indicate a leak.
Make sure to check back soon for our next blog on outdoor spring maintenance tips!