8 CT Spring Home Maintenance Tips
By bluecorona Mar 11, 2015
That pesky snow is starting to melt and the weather is getting warmer. For those tired of the blistering cold temperatures spending night after night trapped inside your homes, this means spring is right around the corner. This also means homeowners must make some time for quality home maintenance. Starting on these tasks right now will help you avoid paying big repair bills later down the road. Here are ten CT home maintenance tips that will help you save money this spring.
Clean or Replace HVAC Filters
When your HVAC filters are dirty, your HVAC system has to work double time which essentially takes more money out of your pocket. It can also shorten your blower motor’s lifespan, so we recommend doing this more than once a year.
Clean Your Gutters
We’ve spoken at length before about the importance of having clean gutters because repair costs can be extremely expensive. Gutters direct rain away from your roof and home which protects both. But if the gutters are clogged, it opens your home up to water damage that probably can’t be seen until the gutters need a pricey overhaul.
Clean and/or Repair Screens
Screens are relatively easy to clean and repair, which is a gift and a curse because they often get forgotten about when dealing with CT spring home maintenance. Gently scrub the screen on a flat surface with soapy water, and patch any holes if needed. Opening windows as an alternative to running the AC will certainly reduce your electric bills this summer.
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Contrary to popular belief but not all lint gets caught in the lint trap – some gets into the dryer vent. A clogged vent not only increases the time your dryer has to run, but it can cause a house fire if not maintenanced efficiently.
Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
Cold winter weather can harden and crack caulk and other sturdy weather seals. Inspect them now and repair as needed. You can prevent water from entering the home and reduce your air-conditioning bill.
Clean Decks, Fences, Driveways
Spring is the time everyone will be outside so it’s important that your exterior home decor looks presentable. Use a pressure washer to remove all dirt and residue that compiled over the winter. While cleaning, check for any damage that needs any repairing.
Drain Your Water Heater
Sediment builds up in your water heater tank over time. Use a spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. Doing this quick task prolongs your water heater and reduces your electric bill.
Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
It’s a small thing that could potentially save your life in time of need, so replace your smoke detector batteries every year.