Spring hasn’t totally sprung … but it’s close. It won’t be long before the bird’s song is sweeter, the sun shines longer, the mercury climbs up the thermometer and the grass grows greener. So, the question is: is your home ready? Spring is always a great time to clean your home, both indoors and out. Masters Heating & Cooling always likes to help with informative tips when we can, so here’s some handy advice for making your home ready for the change in weather.
SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST
- Dust & Vacuum Everything. This includes: window and door frames, shelves, cabinets, picture frames, ceiling fan blades, furniture and behind furniture and appliances
Clean bathroom fan covers and stove/range hood filters.
- De-Gunk Plumbing Fixtures. Unscrew shower heads and faucet aerators and let them soak in a good vinegar bubble bath. If you don’t want to unscrew the fixtures, prepare a plastic bag with the cleaning solution and tie it around the fixture and let it soak for a while.
- Clean Dryer Vent. Removing lint from the vent and the hose connected to the dryer will not only make your dryer work better, but also reduce a considerable fire hazard.
- Check Smoke & CO Detectors. Safety first, last and always. Inspect your home’s smoke and CO detectors, change the batteries and make sure they are in good working order.
- Clean Windows & Screens. It’s better to see the great outdoors!
- Clean Gutters. A more important task in the fall when the leaves are coming but checking them in the spring ensures no clogs when the rains begin.
- Clean Out Garage. Reorganize all the stuff that accumulated over the winter and sweep out the winter grime while you’re at it.
- Check Outdoor Spigots/Hoses. Turn on spigots and make sure they are working and not leaking/dripping. Make sure hoses are sturdy and have not developed any dry rot, etc.
- Wash the Deck/Patio & Clean Grill. Backyard BBQ season is coming… time to put your best foot forward.
- Clean/Inspect Lawn Equipment. Mowing season is also upon us and that means your mower, weed eater etc. probably needs some TLC in preparation.
HVAC SYSTEM SPRING CHECKLIST
Don’t forget your HVAC system when it comes to spring cleaning. Your system has a lot of work ahead of it keeping you cool and comfortable during the hot summer months, so make sure it is ready. Here is a spring checklist for your heating and cooling system:
- Change air filters. Always the first thing on a maintenance checklist and the easiest way to help keep your indoor air quality at a healthy level.
- Inspect coils and make sure they are clean and free of debris.
- Inspect electrical connections.
- Inspect indoor air handler and furnace for proper operation.
- Inspect outdoor fan motor and compressor.
- Check refrigerant levels.
While you can change the air filters and make visual inspection of your equipment yourself, it should be serviced by licensed HVAC professionals. Call Masters today to schedule a spring tune-up and inspection and ask us about our Energy Savings Agreement maintenance plan, which includes yearly inspections and other benefits.