Spring Home Maintenance Tips that will Save you Money
Add these items to your To Do list and make your home energy efficient
Spring is here and while you might do regular winter maintenance on your home, there are additional spring maintenance essentials that can save you money in the long run. Adding these items to your ‘To Do’ list can make your home more energy efficient and stave off those large maintenance projects that every home and condo owner dreads.
Clean those Gutters
Gutters clogged with fall detritus won’t allow water to drain. Water may drip into roof and wall systems where it can cause mold and mildew or damage building materials. When gutters are clogged, melting snow can’t drain effectively and moisture gets trapped on the roof. When temperatures drop at night, the water freezes and expands, pushing up under the shingles. These ice dams damage the shingles and allow water to seep into the roof.
Prevent Basement Flooding
Check your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system is in good working order. If you don’t have a drainage system, consider installing one before seasonal flooding leaves you with water damage. Check the perimeter of your foundation to ensure that the ground slopes away from your home. This will allow water to drain during inclement weather rather than pooling around your foundation.
Get your AC serviced by a professional to ensure that it operates optimally and efficiently. If your AC is an older model, a new Energy Star model will help you to keep those hydro bills low. If your AC unit is outside, be sure to check that it is free of animal nests, debris and vegetation. Check and clean all AC vents and clean or replace AC filters.
Inspect ductwork for leaks and save up to 10% of your summer cooling costs. Caulk any openings that lead outside and check weather stripping around doors and windows.
Check your Deck
Clean your deck of salt, leaves and other winter debris. Cleaning off the leaves will help to extend the life of your deck. Inspect the deck to ensure that there are no broken or warped boards. If the sealant is faded or worn, it may be time to clean, stain and reseal it.
Inspect your Roof
Winters can be hard on shingles, so check that ice dams haven’t damaged your roof. If you notice dark streaks or stains, you may have an algae problem. Moss and algae can cause asphalt shingles to lift, exposing the roof to moisture which can result in mold or mildew. Cover the garden below with tarps, then use a garden sprayer to apply a 50/50 solution of bleach and water. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Not all the lint gets caught in the lint trap. Clean your dryer vent to help your dryer operate more efficiently in the humid summer months.
Clean your Screens
Clean and repair all your window screens. If you have removed some screen over the winter months, reinstall them now. Check windows for gaps or damage that can let warm unconditioned air in.
Check the seal on your fridge to ensure that it isn’t cracked and is working properly. Pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the back, focusing on the condenser coil. Dust and pet hair that gets trapped here will reduce your fridge’s efficiency. When you put the fridge back in place, be sure to leave a gap between the fridge and the wall to allow air to circulate.
Spring is the perfect time to give your home a little love. When considering your spring renovation projects, opt for improvements that will make your home more efficient. Find out where you can get the most out of every dollar with our free Home Energy Saving Calculator.
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