Home Maintenance Checklist for Spring & Summer

 

General guidelines for keeping your home cool and efficient: 
  • Have a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home’s ducts and cooling equipment. Clean or replace your AC filters every month. 
  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly. 
  • Clean out rain gutters and storm drains. 
  • Clean out rain gutters and storm drains. 
  • Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts. 
  • Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors. 
  • Check your attic for proper insulation. (The U.S. Department of Energy suggests a value between  R-22 and R-49.) 
  • Keep shades or curtains drawn on the sunny side of the house, especially during early- and  mid-afternoon hours. 

Extra steps you can take to save energy: 
  • Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day. 
  • Replace single-pane windows with newer double-pane models, which help reflect the sun’s rays and  reduce energy loss. 
  • Apply a reflective coating to your roof. When replacing your roof, use light-colored shingles. 
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents to create a cooler feeling and  save lighting costs. 
  • Install awnings or plant trees outside your home to create shade. 
Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:
  • When adjusting clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors. 
  • Consider a ventilation system to increase air circulation inside and add a healthy dose of fresh air. 
  • Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement. 
  • Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean. 
  • Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage. 
  • Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.
  • Let us help you get your home ready! Contact us today