How to Get Your Home Ready For Spring
Warmer weather is on the horizon and while everyone is more than ready to get their swimsuits and barbecue grills out, it’s also important to spend some time on home maintenance and preparing your appliances for spring.
To help you prepare for spring, Santanna Energy has compiled a list of tips for indoor and outdoor home maintenance to get your home ready for spring.
- Replace your filters
While the weather is still relatively cool at the beginning of spring, it’s a good idea to replace your AC filters. The National Center for Healthy Housing has stated that spring is the best time to replace AC filters. Being proactive and replacing filters in the spring means you don’t have to worry that your AC will go out during the hottest time of the year.
- Clean and repair windows
Warmer weather means that bugs are going to start coming around. Service and repair any window screens that may have been damaged during the winter.
Spring is also the perfect time to clean window panes. Use a cleaning solution and microfiber cloth to leave windows streak free. It would also be a great idea to inspect window panes and look for signs of water damage from snow and ice. Repair window panes as needed and re-caulk as necessary to prevent from cool AC air from escaping in the coming months.
- Clean ceiling fans and reverse direction
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, properly working ceiling fans allow you to raise the temperature on your thermostat by four degrees without sacrificing comfort. On a particularly cool spring day, ceiling fans may allow you to forego using the air conditioner altogether.
Along with cleaning your ceiling fan, springtime is the perfect opportunity to reverse the direction of its rotation. To keep homes warm during winter months, ceiling fans should spin in a clockwise direction. On warmer months, ceiling fans should be set to turn counter clockwise.The counter clockwise spin pushes air downwards thereby producing a wind chill effect and helps you feel cooler.
Weatherstripping is one of the easiest ways to insulate your home. If you installed weatherstripping in your home during the winter, it’s a good idea to check on them and make sure it’s in good working condition. Any worn weatherstripping should be replaced.
Installing weatherstripping is a great way to save money on your energy bill. Cold air produced by your AC can escape through cracks in door frames or window sills. Weather stripping makes sure that cold air stays inside your home and warm air does not get in, making sure your centralized air system works efficiently.
- Inspect roof
This task is best left to professionals. Working and repairing roofs can be dangerous and lasting, quality work is best done by professionals who know the job best.
Have your professional roofer check to make sure shingles don’t need to be repaired. Broken shingles should be repaired in a timely manner so ceilings aren’t susceptible to leaks and water damage.
- Clean gutters
Clear out leaves and debris from your gutters and downspouts. Blocked gutters and downspouts can lead to water leaks in your home that can cause water damage.
If you’re looking to do this job yourself, scoop out as much debris manually. Once everything that can be scooped out is removed, run water through the gutters and out through the downspout to force out clogs. This can potentially save you headaches when spring showers start.
Prepare For Spring With Energy Savings from Santanna Energy
Prepare for the warmer weather by taking advantage of savings from Santanna Energy. We offer fixed price plans for electricity services that take the guesswork out of budgeting.
For further savings, take advantage of our rewards program offered to our customers