Seasonal Check-Up List: Inspect Your home in Preparation for Spring
The best way to ensure that your home is well-maintained and is functioning properly is to conduct regular inspections of the home's structures and systems. Some things are better addressed in the fall, while others should be checked in spring as the weather begins to warm but before the heat of summer kicks in. At Owens Construction, we suggest that you include the following items on your spring check up list.
HVAC System Check
The best time to give your HVAC system a thorough inspection is before it wil be called into action. Begin by checking the filters and replacing those that show signs of wear or have been in place for longer than the manufacturer recommends. On most Air Conditioning units, there is a small drainage hole at the base of the cabinet, often beneath the evaporator fins. Make sure that no debris has accumulated in this area so that proper drainage can occur. A paper clip or small piece of wire can be used to clear our any obstacle in the drain opening.
Check Home Safety Systems
Most of us take our smoke and carbon monoxide systems for granted. However, these safety tools are critical to ensuring that our home and our loved ones are safe and sound. During your spring check-up, be sure to replace the batteries in all detectors. If the batteries still show some charge, just use them in remote controls or toys, where they can serve out the remainder of their useful life. It is also a good idea to use a brush vacuum attachment to remove dust from the detectors. Purchasing a fire extinguisher is also a good idea and can be essential in controlling a small kitchen fire. Smoke detectors must be checked and serviced from time to time, and will not last forever, so look for the expiration date on your unit.
Inspect Your Attic
Spring is a great time to head up into the attic and take a good look around. Search for signs of water intrusion, especially around chimneys, vents or other areas where the roof's surface is compromised. Use a strong flashlight to check for the presence of mold, which can sometimes appear as gray or black stains on the underside of the roof decking or support structures. Finally, take a look at the flooring and into the corners of the attic to make sure that pests or rodents have not made themselves a home.
Do a Seasonal Window Check
When warmer weather comes, you may want to open up the windows to let in fresh air and to clear out any accumulated debris at the base of the windows. Check for a tight seal when closed and make a visual inspection of any weatherstripping, which will wear down and require replacing over time. Replacing older windows with a more energy-efficient style can make a significant impact on utility costs and can also reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system.
At Owens Construction, we understand the desire to save money by handling many home improvement and maintenance projects on your own. However, for those jobs that require a professional, we welcome you to call or come in for a customized quote.