Seasonal Home Maintenance
Each season of the year has its changes in the weather and different effects on the landscape. While the weather is making its changes to accommodate each season, your home needs some extra attention as well. As each season approaches, you have a checklist of things that need to get done to make sure that your home is comfortable for your family. You also need to do your part in making sure that the changes in the weather do not take a toll on the structural integrity of your home and its various systems.
Summer means sunshine, high temperatures and flying pests. Before summer arrives, you should have a professional technician inspect your home's air conditioning system to make sure it is ready for the hot temperatures. You will need to change out the filters in your air conditioner, and it is important to repair and holes in the ductwork to maximize your home's energy efficiency.
Summer is also a good time to have your roof inspected since the possibility of several days in a row of no rain would make any necessary repairs easier. The safest and most efficient way to have your roof inspected is to have it done by an expert who knows what to look for and how to climb around on a roof without getting hurt.
You can help your air conditioner to use less energy by installing shades or curtains over your windows just prior to summer. The summer sunshine that pours through your windows is going to raise the temperature of your house and cause your air conditioner to work harder. You can lower your energy bills and extend the life of your air conditioner by putting shades or new curtains up over your windows.
The focus for your seasonal home maintenance just prior to autumn's arrival is your furnace. Bring in an expert to inspect your furnace and recommend any repairs that would help improve its energy efficiency. Be prepared to change the current furnace filter, and make it a point to change the filter every three months.
With autumn on the way, it is time to get your windows inspected. If the insulation and caulk around the windows needs to be replaced, then now is the time to do it. If a glass pane or an entire window needs to be replaced, then it is much easier to do that in the autumn than in the winter.
If you have a furnace, then you have a chimney. Many homeowners take their chimney for granted, but it is important to have it inspected and cleaned prior to autumn settling in. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, then the beginning of autumn is a good time to have them inspected and maintained as well.
Just before the winter sets in, it is time to clean out your gutters. Blocked gutters will cause water and ice to back up into your roof, and that will cause a lot of damage. A build up of ice along the edge of your roof also reduces the ability of your roof to allow proper air ventilation, and that can affect how your furnace performs.
Even if you have brand new windows, it can be helpful to put layers of insulating plastic over your windows in anticipation of the winter. Those plastic window insulation kits help to create a layer of air that increases the efficiency of your windows and lowers your monthly energy bills.
Those curtains you bought to keep out the summer sun can be opened now to allow that sun in and help out your furnace. Once you learn how to use the heat of the sun to your advantage, you will be able to find ways to lower your energy bills and keep your home comfortable.
It is important to keep an eye on your furnace thermostat in the spring and not rely on your thermostat to keep you comfortable. Do not be afraid to lower or raise the temperature on your thermostat to accommodate the changes in the air temperature. The spring weather can be unpredictable, and you need to be proactive with your furnace to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills down.
On those really warm spring days, consider opening the windows instead of turning on the air conditioner. The increased amount of sunshine in the spring is what raises the temperature, but the air itself is still very cool. By opening your windows you are letting in fresh air, and knocking some money off of your monthly energy bills.
To stay up on seasonal home maintenance, you need to create a checklist for each season and follow it as that seasons approach. It only takes a little bit of your time to make sure that your home is ready for those changes in the air that come with each season.