Maintaining your home may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task. However, if you keep up with your home maintenance every season, on a regular basis, you will actually be able to save time and energy on these necessary tasks. In the meantime the things you do to maintain your home can help you save money in larger repair costs that result from a neglected or under-maintained home. Here are some seasonal home maintenance tips that can help you to save both time and money. During each season you should be consistent about doing different maintenance routines in order to effectively transition from the previous season.
In the spring, you should check any appliances that were working hard all winter to ensure that they are in good condition and ready for the next cold season. Since you won’t need to use the heat as much during the spring, you should inspect your hot water tank and your heater system such as your furnace at this time. When looking at the hot water tank, make sure to test out the temperate and pressure relief valve to make there nothing is jammed or stuck. You should then be sure to check and clean your furnace by replacing air filters. Air filters should be changed regularly throughout the cold season as well to keep your furnace working properly and so that you do not need to hire a professional or replace the furnace altogether. Another ideal spring maintenance tip is to have your chimney or fireplace cleaned thoroughly so that it is in good condition next time you need to use it.
Once you have transitioned your home from cold to warmer temperature, you can start preparing for the spring. Be sure to check all screens and windows to make sure they are in good shape so that you can open your windows to the comfortable spring breezes. Also have your air conditioning unit inspected every 2-3 years and replace filters if necessary for warmer weather.
To prepare for the summer, be sure that your air conditioning system is working at its peak condition. Aside from changing filters, you should also take the time to clean your air ducts and vent plates on the floors or ceilings of your home. This will make sure that your air is clean and free from harmful allergens. In addition it will prevent obstructions that can cause your cooling system to work harder, wasting energy and costing you money on your energy bills.
In the fall, you should prepare your heating system again before the temperatures drop significantly. It is ideal to change filters or have inspections done during a season when you will not immediately need access to the heat in your home. This is also a good time to check any windows, doors and weather stripping to avoid drafts and energy loss during the cooler months. It will also be necessary to drain any outdoor hoses and store them properly so that your water lines do not freeze over as fall transitions into winter. Finally, you will want to winterize your outdoor spaces while it is still comfortable to work outside. Store any outdoor furniture from the summer months so that they are not damaged. You may also need to protect bushes and other plants so that they will be able to withstand the colder weather and temperatures.
During the winter months you should be regular about replacing furnace filters every month to ensure your heating system will work properly and efficiently. Be observant of sediment collecting at the bottom of your furnace and drain it every so often since sediment build up at reduces efficiency of your furnace as well as its longevity. Also be sure to control mold and humidity in your home by checking for condensation on windows and other locations of your home and taking action promptly to reduce and prevent seriously problems from developing in the future.
All of these tips are easy to do and can help you to save money by keeping your appliances in top condition. Implementing these steps regularly during each change in seasons will significantly reduce repair costs or the expenses required to replace fixtures altogether. Taking care of your home only takes minimal effort as well as time and can provide long-term, positive benefits for your home’s overall condition all year long.