Getting Your Home Ready For Spring
If Punxsutawney Phil, the Ground Hog’s winter forecast proves to be true, spring will be here on schedule this year. This makes now the perfect time to get a head start on all the spring cleaning and spring projects around your home. So break out of the winter doldrums and get started so you can fully enjoy the warmer weather that’s sure to be here soon (at least according to Phil).
With the new season, this is the perfect time to change or clean the filters in your heating and cooling systems. Use this opportunity to stock up on new air filters.
Test or check if your air conditioner is in good working order by changing the thermostat to cool and turning the temperature down. If the air conditioner does not turn on or is not cooling adequately, check to make sure no breakers are tripped. Call a professional to take a look at if it’s not working properly. Doing so now will be a lot less expensive and you won’t need to make an emergency call when it’s hot outside.
Make sure to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check your dryer vent for any lint buildup and remove them if needed. Check your air ducts for leaks and seal them. Such air leaks can waste large amounts of energy and money. If the insulation in your attic has compacted, you may need to add more.
Grime and dust usually accumulate during the winter months. Clean your windows and glass doors to let in more sunlight and you’ll use less energy to warm your house and won’t need to turn on as many lights. Also check to see if your windows and doors need caulking and weather stripping. Caulking and weather stripping are simple and cost-effective ways to save on your energy bills.
Go through your home and dust off any light fixtures and replace any light bulbs that need to be replaced with energy efficient ones.
You might want to consider changing your old thermostat to a smart thermostat to take advantage of the energy efficiency and cost savings that they provide.
Consider installing ceiling fans to cool off for less. When you use ceiling fans you’ll use less energy and can raise the thermostat and still be comfortable because the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler.
Taking the time to maintain and prepare your home for spring has several advantages including helping you make your home more energy efficient and saving you and your family money. Spring is on the way, what are you waiting for, start getting your home ready for spring today