Keeping your home in good condition takes year-round effort, but winter weather puts many necessary chores on hold. Now that outdoor temperatures are starting to warm up, it’s the perfect time to take care of some essential spring maintenance tasks.
- Survey your roof. If there are spots where winter winds have damaged your roofing material, your home is vulnerable to water infiltration this spring. To prevent future problems, have any trouble spots repaired promptly.
- Inspect your gutters. If rainfall isn’t being directed away from your home due to clogged or disconnected gutters, it’s more susceptible to water damage. To avoid costly repairs, clean out any debris from your gutters, and make sure sections are properly connected and attached.
- Seal up air leaks. During the winter, caulk and weatherstripping around your windows and exterior doors can dry out and crack. Identifying and sealing up gaps where conditioned air can escape can boost your cooling season comfort and help lower energy bills.
- Check your attic. Look for signs of insect or rodent infestations and take appropriate steps to eradicate any you find. While you’re up there, make sure there’s ample ventilation and adequate insulation on the attic floor to help you save on summer cooling costs.
- Prevent plumbing leaks. Check for and address leaky plumbing pipes and slow-moving drains before they cause costly water damage. Also, make sure to fix any dripping faucets and shower heads to stop unnecessary water waste. Don’t forget to make sure your washing machine hoses are in good shape too.
- Flush your water heater. If your storage tank isn’t flushed out regularly, sediment buildup can decrease your unit’s efficiency and significantly increase your water heating costs. A severe sediment accumulation can even ruin a gas-fired hot water heater tank, or burn out the elements in an electric model.
- Schedule HVAC maintenance. Having a professional HVAC inspection and tune-up before the cooling season begins can help ensure that your equipment is operating at optimal efficiency, so you’ll be comfortable and spend less on energy.
For more tips on important spring maintenance tasks for your Amarillo home, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning today.
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