Spring is finally here, and for many of us, that brings to mind booming flowers and sunny skies. Spring is also a great time to give your home a little TLC. From cleaning gutters and windows, to organizing your garage, our spring maintenance list will get your home in top shape so you can relax and enjoy the long, lazy summer ahead.
Outdoor spring cleaning
Spring is a great time to give your house a little facelift by cleaning out clogged and overflowing gutters, and washing away winter grime and mildew from siding and outdoor furniture. Additionally, grab a flashlight and inspect for termites or animal damage around your house exterior and air conditioning systems, and clear away brush and overgrown plants from in front of vents and grates.
Clean out the garage
The classic spring cleaning task! Take the time to clean out and organize your garage, first by recycling, donating, and disposing of anything you haven’t used lately. To improve the look and function of your garage, power wash it each spring and fall to remove any built up debris from the winter weather or summer adventures. If you’re looking to help keep your garage cool this summer, it might be worthwhile to install some insulation to keep the temperature more consistent. Give us a call for a quote!
Switch up your ceiling fan
Hot temperatures are coming, so it’s time to change the direction your paddle ceiling fans rotate. During spring and summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise when looking up at the fan. This creates a downdraft that makes you feel cooler when it blows on your skin, and is a great accompaniment to your air conditioner that can increase room comfort and save energy. To change the direction of your ceiling fan, turn the fan off, allow the blades to stop, then flip the switch on the fan housing.
Change your air filters
Replacing the air filter on your central heating and cooling system every one to three months will help it run more efficiently, and keep the air in your home cleaner. Changing frequently during the summer when pollen and allergens are higher is recommended by most medical professionals. Using a HEPA filter will help with allergies and pet dander. It’s easy to change the air filter by removing the cover on the air return, sliding out the old filter, and replacing it with a new one with the arrows on the filter pointing in the direction of airflow.
Give us a call for a recommendation of the best filter for your home and lifestyle!
Get your AC checked
Luckily, we can help you with this one! One of the most important ways you can prepare your home for the summer is to get your air conditioner served. Have a licensed heating and cooling technician inspect and clean the blower and motor, check the coolant, and test the switches. It’s also a good idea to have them inspect your ductwork for any leaks.
This is our essential to-do list for spring cleaning, but do you have any ideas of what we missed? Let us know when you call to schedule your air conditioner maintenance!