Spring is the ideal time for handling home maintenance tasks in your Palm Harbor, Florida, home. The winter chill is gone, but the summer heat and seasonal rains haven’t quite arrived. Make sure you tackle some spring home maintenance tasks now: cleaning gutters, inspecting windows, scheduling an air conditioner (AC) tuneup, replacing HVAC system air filters, and more. Smart prevention is the best way to create a comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient home year-round.
Clean the Gutters
Fall and winter debris can build up in your home’s gutters. A clogged gutter is an enticing spot for mold, mildew, and bug infestations. Grab a ladder and a bucket, and clean out your gutters each spring so that they’re in their best condition for the warmer seasons ahead.
While you’re at roof level, give your roof a visual inspection for missing shingles, scratches, discoloration, or other signs of damage. If your roof needs repair, now is the time to schedule the job, before Florida’s heavy spring rains set in.
Inspect the Windows
Inspect all your windows for signs of leaks. Caulk cracks and openings around the window frames and sills. Install or replace weather-stripping along the bottoms of the windows where air can leak inside. Look for other signs of damage, such as condensation inside the glass. If your window panes have broken seals with condensation collecting between the panes, start considering a window replacement.
While you’re inspecting the windows, take a look at your window screens. If you spot any holes or tears, you’ll want to make repairs before leaving the windows open.
Schedule an AC Tuneup
Schedule an annual tuneup for your AC unit. During this crucial maintenance visit, an HVAC technician from The Dan Wright Corp. will check your refrigerant levels, lubricate moving components, flush and clean the drain line, treat the drain pan, clean condenser coils, seal leaks in the air handler cabinet, and thoroughly inspect the unit.
The best time for this visit is in early spring before you rely heavily on the AC for seasonal cooling. Scheduling annual tuneups for your HVAC system will increase your system’s efficiency and reduce your need for repairs later.
Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
You should test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors at least once every three months. This check consists of pressing the test button and making sure the alarm sounds properly.
Once a year, you should also change the batteries to make sure these devices have all the power they need. If you don’t want to waste a battery that may still have some power in it, consider moving the battery from these essential detectors to less important appliances. Give your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors a fresh set of batteries.
Change Your HVAC System’s Air Filters
You should change the air filter in your home’s HVAC system every one to three months for greatest energy efficiency. Spring is a good time not only to swap out the filter, but also to prepare for future changes throughout the year.
Look at your current filter carefully and make sure you’re using the best product for your needs. If your air filter has a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating of four or below, you can improve your indoor air quality by switching to an air filter with a higher rating. Residential homeowners typically do best with a MERV rating between six and eight.
Purchase several air filters and keep them in a handy spot so that you’re always ready to make a quick swap. Mark your calendar to inspect the filter monthly and record your changes so that you never go more than three months without a new filter installed.
Are you ready to book an HVAC system maintenance tuneup to keep your AC unit in peak condition for the spring and summer ahead? Contact one of our service professionals at The Dan Wright Corp. today at 727-233-8633. We’ll help you get your home comfort systems in perfect shape for anything that the Florida weather may throw at you and your home this year.
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