Spring has sprung! If you're like most people, you are preparing to spend the next few weeks focusing on home maintenance. You might tackle a few outdoor tasks, such as mulching your garden beds and trimming bushes. However, it's wise to also maintain the interior of your home. The following are some indoor spring home maintenance tasks that belong on your to-do list.
Clean Your Windows
Clean the insides of your windows thoroughly. As you do so, look for any problems such as peeling weatherstripping, loose hardware, or loose glass. Arrange to have damaged windows repaired or replaced to maintain their efficiency throughout the summer.
Turn on the Dehumidifier
When spring arrives, humidity levels tend to increase. If you have a dehumidifier, make sure it is plugged in and turned on. Removing excess moisture from the air will help keep your home free from mold, rot, and insects.
Change the Air Filter
Most homeowners need to change their air filter every 1 to 2 months, depending on whether they have pets and whether anyone in the home has allergies. Spring is a great time to change your air filter as this will ensure you have a fresh one in place when air conditioning season begins.
Prepare Your Air Conditioner
Once you're sure the snowy season is over, you can remove the cover from your air conditioner. Clear away any debris, and turn the power back on to the unit. This is also a good time to clean the condensate drain and tube. Doing so will prevent blockages later in the season.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Wait until you're no longer using the heat to tackle this task. When you're confident heating season has passed, adjust your thermostat settings to your summer preferences. If you're struggling to settle on a temperature 72F tends to be a happy medium. At this temp, you'll be cool, but your system will still operate efficiently.
Clean the Dryer Vent
Fires in dryer vents are unfortunately common. The lint that accumulates in the vents can catch fire. So, take this opportunity to clean your dryer vent. Unless you have a really long or complicated vent, you can usually clean it with a shop vacuum.
Change Smoke Detector Batteries
You should change your smoke detector batteries once a year, and spring is the perfect time to do it. Also make sure you have a working smoke detector on every floor of your home. It never hurts to add a few extras.
Check Your Fire Extinguisher
Make sure the indicator on your fire extinguisher is in the "charged" region. If not, look for a charging site who can fill it for you. Many fire departments offer this service.
If you complete these spring home maintenance tasks, your home should be well prepared for the change in seasons. Don't hesitate to reach out to Hassle Free Home Services for help with home maintenance. Our seasonal plans are really helpful for busy homeowners.