Tips and Guidance for Spring Home Maintenance

by:  Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net bret.engle@diyguys.net

 

Avoid Costly Repairs


You’ve probably noticed a warm springtime draft every time you walk within a certain part of your home. While this may seem harmless, it may be costing you. According to Green Home Gnome, walls and windows are the leading cause of energy loss within a home during winter — but that same logic applies to every season. While you’re spending a pretty penny to keep your home cool, much of that air is going directly back outside, which leads to diminished air quality within the home, not to mention outrageously high cooling bills.


Deter drafts by investing in clear plastic sheeting or double window panes to seal the home. Using a quality caulk around your house will also safeguard it against bugs and downpours from your gutters and downspouts.


Maintain Quality Air Conditions


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, infiltration is almost inevitable, and ventilation helps to guard against indoor pollutants. When it comes to the air quality of your home, it’s important to keep an eye out for dust, pollutants, and allergens, especially if you have any existing allergies, which can lead to illnesses. In other words, you need to make sure addressing air quality stays at the top of your spring checklist.


If the pollen count isn’t too high, opening doors and windows are great ways to encourage air circulation throughout the home. However, as it gets warmer, you’ll probably prefer to crank up the air conditioning, in which case it’s important to regularly replace air filters so that the air quality of your home remains clean and fresh. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can be located next to the water filter, in the ceiling of your home, or along the lower part of the wall.


Additionally, smoke-related incidents that typically occur are usually caused by the use of the fireplace, stove, oven and other sources of heat. While you may not think it’s important to worry about heat sources in the spring, many communities here in Kentucky (and all over the country) are still feeling a lingering chill in the air, so it’s important to take precautions all year long. Invest in a quality smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector (one for each floor of your home), which will alert everyone in the house if there is smoke or a fire, and may also alert you if there is an accumulation of harmful gases nearby. While smoke alarms can last up to 10 years, carbon monoxide appliances may last for only five, so always check these devices.


To help reduce the number of pollutants and allergens in your home, invest in a good vacuum — preferably a bagless model, which will help cut down on the particles that escape when it’s time to empty it. In fact, sticking to a regular cleaning schedule can also help eliminate the spread of pollutants throughout your home.


Protect Your Yard


Your yard can make or break the impression of your home, so treat it well by aerating it and ensuring that your plants will thrive. Aeration also helps to keep your lawn well-nourished and loosens up impacted dirt so that oxygen can reach the plants’ roots. This practice also prevents overcrowding by weeds and encourages grass growth.


If you haven’t done so already, make sure that you further protect your garden by grinding down dead leaves, which can be used for mulch so that the newly grown grass doesn’t turn brown. After all, nothing says it’s spring like a fresh green lawn!


You can also use this time to do some maintenance and ensure that any security cameras and lights around your property are in good working order. If you plan on taking a vacation this year, knowing your system is in good working order will give you peace of mind and keep you from worrying about your property while you’re gone.


Just as you prepare yourself and your family for the warm weather, your home needs the same type of care. Show your abode some love with these handy maintenance tips, and your home will love you back all year long.