Your Spring Home Maintenance To-Dos
Most of us are spending most of our time indoors as we practice self-isolation in a bid to reduce transmission of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
This could be a good time to do your spring to-do list and help your home maintained.
Check below spring maintenance list:
Change Air Filter:
In order to run more efficiently and keep the air in your home cleaner, replace the air filter on your central heating and cooling system every one to three months.
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 air flow.
If you suffer from allergies, this is a great time to upgrade to a high-performance allergen air filter HEPA for your home.
A well-ventilated house and nonleaking ductwork is a first line of defense against bringing allergens into your living space.
Spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner checked & maintained. It’s also a good idea to inspect your ductwork and seal any leaks with special metallic tape and duct mastic.
If needed, have a licensed heating and cooling technician inspect.
You can review the following DIY tips:
- Remove plants that may be preventing the AC unit from breathing.
- Make sure that the fins on the unit are not bent.
- Check that the unit is level.
- And check for damage on circuit boards, wiring and compressor tubing.
Don’t forget to close your fireplace damper to keep drafts, rain, animals, and insects out of your home. The damper is a metal flap inside your fireplace that covers the opening to the chimney.
Show Your Lawn Some Love
Do a soil test to check the acidity before you put down new seed or nutrients. If you have acidic soil, lime is a great nutrient to add because it’ll encourage growth of existing and new grass seed. You can also supplement the health of existing grass with a slow-release fertilizer; you’ll want to help it absorb, so the best time to spread lawn fertilizers is right before (or during!) a good rainstorm.
Lawn aerating and dethatching is also a good springtime chore; if your soil is compacted, an aerating will help aid growth of grass and help it thrive all summer. Do it again in the fall for best results.
Clean Out the Dryer Vent
A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. So, it’s highly recommended to clean it.
Disconnect the vent from the back of your dryer and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use a brush to remove lint. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
Clean your outdoor furniture
Scrub away any mildew and grime, allow to dry, and apply a coat of car wax to hard surfaces. Clean cushions by washing removable covers or scrubbing upholstery.
Check the pool:
Remove the cover and do a quick assessment of water levels and pump condition so that you can proactively schedule a pro to maintain, if necessary. You’ll want to be able to make a splash as soon as summer is here.