There is more to spring cleaning than wiping down counters, decluttering closets and junk drawers, and deciding which clothes to donate or keep. Tackle these spring home maintenance projects to prepare your house for the season and even save you money on energy bills in the long run, all while maintaining a beautiful, comfortable home.
Do Your Spring Cleaning Basics
Rid your home of winter dust and doldrums by starting out with some spring cleaning basics. Walk through your house and take note of possible mold, mildew or musty areas that may indicate problems like a water leak or high humidity. Be on the lookout for excessive dust, which may indicate inadequate ventilation. If you spot any of these issues, it may be time to schedule a home energy audit to pinpoint the cause of these problems and establish energy-saving solutions.
Focus on Windows to Improve Air Quality
If you suspect your home may have experienced high humidity during the winter due to an issue like poor ventilation, check your windows for condensation. Consider replacing windows where you find condensation with windows that exceed ENERGY STAR specifications to reduce condensation problems.
Wash thoroughly windows that do not need to be replaced (or, hire a professional to do this). If you choose the DIY route, The Spruce suggests using soap diluted with water and a microfiber cloth to wipe down windows. Then, use a vinegar-and-water spray on the windows and wipe again with a clean towel.
Remove window screens and check them for holes and tears (if you find any, depending on the severity, you can patch them up with a screen repair kit, or replace the screens entirely). If you’re installing a screen door for spring and summer, make sure you check that, too, for holes and tears.
Once you have inspected your window screens and made any repairs, vacuum them (using your vacuum’s handheld attachment, per The Spruce), soak in soapy water, and rinse before re-installing.
Focus on Plumbing to Improve Water Quality
While you’re in cleaning mode, turn your attention to your plumbing. Clean every drain in your home with baking soda and vinegar (here’s how). For stubborn clogs, consider hiring a professional to conduct a drain cleaning.
Check Up On Appliances
The start of a new season is as good a time as any to check up on your appliances and ensure they are operating efficiently, and as intended.
Some simple spring home maintenance includes some appliance hacks you can perform include:
- Clean your dryer vent – clean out any lint that didn’t get caught in the lint trap so your dryer runs efficiently.
- Check the washing machine fill hose – look for cracks that could become leaks.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils – if these coils are coated with dust, they don’t do their job well and cause your fridge to work harder to keep your food cool or frozen.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors – it’s always good to test the batteries with the changing seasons and replace as needed.
- Drain the water heater – use the spigot near the bottom of the water heater to drain the appliances of sediment that may have built up over the winter.
- Upgrade to energy efficient bulbs – as you make your way through all your spring cleaning to-dos, consider upgrading standard light bulbs to energy-saving bulbs to cut down on energy costs.
If you have old appliances like a refrigerator, boiler, air conditioner, or furnace that have reached the end of their life cycles, consider replacing them with new, high efficiency units.
Exterior Spring Home Maintenance Projects
Take spring cleaning outside and take a good look at your home’s exterior. Inspect the roof (or hire a professional to do it) to see if it suffered any damage or lost any shingles during the winter.
Additionally, you should clean out your gutters and downspouts each spring. Spring works because it is after the snowy weather of winter has passed and before heavy rains begin, since these features are critical in diverting water from your home’s exterior and foundation walls. Additionally, check for loose and leaky gutters that need to be repaired or replaced.
If you have a chimney, be sure to inspect the exterior for damage. Hire a certified chimney sweep to clean and inspect the flue.
Finally, a fresh coat of paint or even just a touch-up not only freshens up your home’s exterior, but it provides a protective barrier from the elements.
Service the A/C
Schedule a tune-up for your air conditioning unit now before the heat and humidity of summer sets in. An A/C tune-up can prevent costly repairs and improves the efficiency of your home cooling system. A tune-up usually includes a comprehensive inspection, cleaning and lubrication of all moving parts, and replacements of air filters and blower components as needed.
In the meantime, you can prepare your air conditioning unit for service by clearing out or trimming back vegetation around your A/C compressor to ensure it has good airflow.
Schedule an Energy Audit
Take this time between the harsh cold of winter and oppressive heat of summer to schedule a home energy audit. As stated above, a home energy audit will help reveal areas of the home that lose the most energy and contribute to problems like mold, mildew, inadequate ventilation, and even poor indoor air quality. Energy audits conducted by certified consultants involve a series of health, safety and efficiency tests and provide a prioritized list of issues to address, as well as solutions, to make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible before it’s time to crank up the air conditioning.
Interested in scheduling a home energy audit or A/C tuneup, or even a drain cleaning? A. Johnson is here to help you get your home ready for the warm months to come. Contact us today.