From Brittany Mauriss on April 13, 2011 in CalFinder News
Spring is here, and I know you’re excited that your home has begun to defrost. But don’t let that distract you from checking on maintenance issues before April rain wreaks havoc on your property. Here’s a checklist to get you started.
1. Check for Water Leaks
2. Re-caulk and Weatherstrip Your Home
Before April showers turn to May flowers, there’s gonna be a whole lot of rain. Make sure your caulking is doing its job, and replace or update as needed. If your home was extra chilly this past winter, take a couple steps to weatherproof it as well. This will hold in air-conditioning much better in the summer months.
3. Take a Look at the HVAC
Has your HVAC system been struggling to heat the house? There are a few maintenance check-ups you can do yourself. Replacing air filters, for example, is cheap and should be done every three months to keep air circulation clean and healthy.
Also, be sure to remove any debris, dirt or dust that may be clogging your furnace. We don’t recommend getting too technical with your HVAC, so if there’s a problem you aren’t sure about, call an HVAC pro instead.
4. Program Your Thermostat
If you haven’t already, buy a programmable thermostat. The savings on your energy bill, benefits to the environment and prevention of HVAC repairs down the road are immeasurable. Digital thermostats are inexpensive, and even just a two-degree difference on your A/C this summer can save you hundreds.
5. Inspect Gutters and Roofing
Nobody likes to clean the gutters, but at least they won’t be terribly clogged just yet. Check your gutters, remove a bit of debris from the winter snow, and inspect your roof while you’re up there. Are there any missing or damaged shingles? Call a roofer if something looks out problematic. This will prevent water damage in the rainy season.
Have you planned for a little household TLC in the coming months? Let us know what’s on your to-do list in the comments.
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