After a long, hard winter, spring is finally here. Well, on the calendar at least. Here are some home maintenance tips to help welcome the new season and get your Overland Park home ready for Spring, regardless of whether you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, or just sprucing things up ahead of summer.
Overland Park Home Indoor Maintenance
Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, a chance to clear out the cobwebs from your Overland Park home, wipe up the dust that accumulated during the winter and let the sunshine in. While you’re up to your elbows in soap, washing the windows, defrosting the refrigerator and tackling what seems to be a never-ending list of spring cleaning chores, you might as well make a maintenance checklist, too. You may want to make a list and make sure you do the following:
Replace Your AC Filter
While the really warm weather is still technically several weeks away, you want to make sure your air conditioner is prepared and ready to go. The National Center for Healthy Housing recommends you replace the filters in the air conditioner in the spring. A new filter will likely optimize the efficiency of the unit.
Test and Clean Ceiling Fans
According to the the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, an efficient ceiling fan in all of your rooms can help allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees Fahrenheit without reducing your comfort level. Ceiling fans can be a good way to air out the house and generate a cross-breeze. So, now might be a good time to make sure your fans are clean and ready to start cooling you off this spring and summer.
Replace Torn or Damage Window Screens
If you don’t have an air conditioner, or if you simply like to keep the windows open in the spring and summer, it’s a good idea to make sure your screens are in good shape — you don’t want to let flies in with all that fresh air! Winter storms and wind can damage window screens, so it may be a good idea to assess any damage and replace what needs to be fixed now before you start opening windows and letting in more than just fresh air.
Overland Park Home Exterior Upkeep
Your window screens aren’t the only parts of your home that can fall victim to nasty winter weather, so you may want to take stock of your home’s overall outside condition. The National Center for Healthy Housing suggests that in the springtime, you may want to consider these outdoor maintenance projects:
The Department of Energy (DOE) says weatherstripping the windows on your home is an easy and effective way to help save money on your energy bill. Weatherstripping is a material you can apply around your window and door frames to help ensure there’s a good seal. During the harsh winter months, it can help keep the warm air inside the house, and the cold drafts out. In the spring and summer, weatherstripping works the opposite way, helping to keep the cool air inside and the warm air out.
If you didn’t install weatherstripping before the winter cold set in, you may want to take this opportunity to seal your windows before you have to turn on the air conditioner. In the summer, if the cool air is contained inside, then the AC will not have to work as hard, and that may help you save money on your energy bill. The same can be true of your furnace when winter rolls back around.
Thinking about installing weatherstripping? The DOE recommends that you apply weatherstripping to clean, dry surfaces in temperatures above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Apply weatherstripping snugly against both surfaces. The material should compress when the window or door is shut.
When weatherstripping doors, make sure to select the appropriate door sweeps and thresholds for the bottom of the doors, and be sure to weatherstrip the entire door jamb, not just the bottom, applying one continuous strip along each side of the door.
For sealing windows, apply weatherstripping between the sash and the frame. The weatherstripping shouldn’t interfere with the operation of the window.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
You’re making sure the inside of your home is clean; why not make sure your gutters are, as well? Get rid of any leaves or other debris that accumulated during the winter to make sure your gutters and downspouts are ready to take on those spring showers. If you’re leery of climbing up on ladders, this job is best left to a professional.
Replace Rotten Siding or Trim
Make sure your home’s siding and trim aren’t damaged from windy, icy conditions. If your home is made of brick or stucco, look for any crumbling or deteriorated mortar. If you find a problem, contact a professional for help with repairing or replacing the damaged materials.
Check Your Roof Shingles
This should be done by a professional, as working on the roof can be dangerous without the proper training. You should ask the professional to make sure the shingles are not curling or clawing. If they are, they may be susceptible to leaks and should be replaced.
So, now’s the time to get those Overland Park home maintenance projects under way for spring. By the time those May flowers start to bloom, you will be able to enjoy them with peace of mind knowing your home maintenance is up to date.
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