Spring is in the air! Before things really start to heat up this year, take a few moments to look around your home and pinpoint a few areas that could use some attention. Whether it’s a deep spring cleaning or room reorganization, you’re sure to find a few spots to spruce up.
We recommend checking a few internal and external places to ensure everything is ready to work as it should. Here’s our quick checklist to prepare your home for spring this year:
1. Check your air conditioner.
We had a few days that were warmer than usual this winter! Even if you’ve already moved your A/C over to the “cool” setting, you’ll still want to take a few moments to check that your HVAC is working the way it should.
Start by changing out your air filter (this should be done at least once a quarter anyway and seasonal changes are a great time to do it!). Go ahead and switch your unit to “cool” if it’s not already set there and be mindful of what happens over the next few days. Here are a few things to look and listen for:
- Does it seem like your system is cycling too often? Not often enough?
- Is your home too warm or too cold?
- Have you heard any strange clanking or banging noises?
If in doubt, don’t waste any time calling in a professional HVAC service repair company.
If you have it in your budget, consider signing up for a maintenance program with your local HVAC professional. They will come out to check your system a few times a year and ensure it’s working properly.
2. Give your ductwork some TLC.
As you’re checking your cooling system, be sure to pay attention to your ducts. After all, this is where the cool air will be coming from!
Dust all ductwork grates and, if possible, hire a duct cleaning company to clear out the areas you can’t reach.
While you’re at it, remove and clear out your dryer vent. This can become a fire hazard if it gets too clogged, so don’t neglect it.
3. Give your landscaping a good “go over.”
Head outside and take a look at your yard. Here are a few areas to direct your attention toward:
- If you have young trees, make sure they’re still in good health and growing strong. The first few years after trees have been planted are important for their overall longevity.
- Get a head start on weeds. Pull any that are showing and spray problem areas with repellent to keep them from taking over.
- Consider the areas of your landscaping where you might do well to invest in re-mulching. Fresh mulch gives a yard a great facelift.
- Are there brown patches in your grass? Try determining the issue before jumping to conclusions on how best to combat it.
A well-maintained yard does wonders for your property value and will make you the envy of your neighbors.
4. Clean out your gutters.
Hurricane season isn’t far off and now is a good time to ensure your gutters are ready for heavy rain.
If you don’t want to climb the ladder yourself, look into having a team come to clear out your gutter system. Don’t wait until late spring; get a jump on things as soon as you can. This is an easily forgotten springtime task that really can’t (and shouldn’t) be ignored.
The season will change before you know it! As the weather warms and we get closer to summer, use the next few weeks to ensure you’re ready.