If we were going to play a word-association game, and I said “spring,” what’s the first word that comes to your mind? Maybe it was “fling,” maybe it was “ahead,” or maybe, just maybe, it was actually “cleaning!” As important as it may be to set your clock an hour ahead, some home maintenance is also important as the days grow longer and the tulips begin to bloom. Whether your spring traditions revolve around Easter, time change, or some other date, having a timeframe in view may be as important as a checklist, when it comes to actually making sure you accomplish the tasks. You’ll save money and protect your home for years by following these simple indoor spring home-maintenance tips.
HVAC System Maintenance
Before the summer sunshine comes our way, be sure to get any air conditioning units tuned up. This routine maintenance procedure can improve airflow which not only reduces your immediate cooling costs but also helps extend your unit’s lifetime, saving you money in the long run, too. Of course, by being proactive about your AC, you can also avoid a lot of frustration that would certainly occur if you waited until the hotter months when the system becomes strained to notice any issues.
Before you schedule a tune-up from a reputable HVAC service center, there are few things you can do. First, remove any rocks, sticks, plants, or dirt from the exterior vent. Next, change any air filters, something you should have on your to-do list for 2-4 times a year. If you think you’re saving money by being stingy about replacing these, you’re wrong; dirty filters slow airflow, making your system work harder and causing you to pay more, too.
Once you’ve done your part, it’s time to call a professional and schedule a tune-up. A service technician will check for any problems and replace any aging parts, preventing any major problems from surfacing.
If you find that you’re cranking the AC — and paying the price for it — there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re comfortable without using all that extra energy. One thing you can do is check the weatherstripping around your home’s windows and door frames. Harsh winter weather can cause the weatherstripping to be compromised (however, it’s a good idea to check this before next winter, too). Well-sealed doors and windows will allow you to keep cool air in and warmer air out, during the summer — and the opposite during the winter. The optimal setting for installing new weatherstripping is when it’s above 20 degrees and the surface is clean and dry.
Another thing you can do to reduce your need to turn on the AC is to install ceiling fans. They can allow you to lower the thermostat by 3-4 degrees without sacrificing comfort, by allowing you to generate a cross-breeze within your home. If you already have ceiling fans, spring is the perfect time to make sure they’re clean and in good repair.
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