Those cold winter days and long nights have been hard not only on you and your family, but on your home as well. Spring is the perfect time to tackle some maintenance and repair projects that will prepare your house for warm weather. By doing so, you'll make your home more comfortable and save on summer energy bills.
- Maintain your HVAC. Your heating system has been running all winter. If you haven't been changing your filters regularly, start now. A cooling system free of dust and dirt runs more efficiently, saving you money. Contact a qualified professional to clean and inspect your system.
- Examine exterior doors and windows. Make sure they're properly caulked and sealed. This can reduce your summer cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.
- Check for basement water leaks. Inspect walls and floor for cracks that may cause water to leak through. Fix cracks with a hydraulic cement product and, if necessary, apply sealant to walls and floor. Contact a waterproofing professional if you suspect a serious leakage issue.
- Seal attic air leaks. Pull back insulation to find cut outs from any ceiling fans or recessed light fixtures seal gaps with caulk or expandable foam. Also, check for and seal gaps around plumbing vents, furnace flues and ductwork.
- Take a look at your roof. Check for any areas where winter weather may have caused sagging or cracks. If your roof is 10 years old or more, have a professional check the flashing and the chimney.
- Get in the gutters. Check for loose gutters and downspouts that might let water accumulate around your house during heavy spring rains. Also, look for sticks or debris that may be blocking your gutters.
- Trim trees and bushes away from your house. This will help to discourage the growth of mold and mildew, as well as prolong the life of your siding and roof. Rake up leaves from last fall that have accumulated around your house and in window wells.
- Check the grading around your house. If there is a downward slope around your foundation, it may allow rainwater to build up and leak into your basement. Repair the grading so that there is an upward slope, allowing the water to run away from your home.
Your home is ready to handle whatever summer has to offer. Now just sit back and enjoy extra comfort and the lower energy bills.