Every season has its fair share of pros and cons. Summer, for example, means fun in the sun, but sometimes to excess when conditions become hot and steamy. Spring brings milder weather but is no walk in the park for allergy sufferers. And yet, what do all four seasons have in common? Each can help you stay on top of your home maintenance game. Here’s a handy seasonal checklist to help you spread out the work – and cost – to help keep your home in tip-top shape all year long.
- Visually inspect gutters, downspouts, and the roof for damage after snowstorms.
- Check the foundation for signs of water intrusion after the ground thaws.
- Check your water heater for leaks and consider installing a leak detector.
- Thoroughly clean out the fridge and freezer and pull it from the wall to vacuum behind it and check for water leakage.
- Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter.
- Check the roof for loose, damaged, or missing shingles from winter storms.
- Check exterior faucets for leaks or damage and restart outdoor water sources, assuming no more frosts are expected.
- Schedule your central air conditioning inspection.
- Seal cracked driveways and walkways.
- Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors.
- Make sure your fire extinguisher is easily accessible and ready to use in case of emergency.
- Clean out the lint from your dryer’s exhaust duct.
- Inspect patio furniture and outdoor play equipment for damage.
- Inspect your fences, wood deck, or patio for damage.
- Examine exterior siding for cracks, gaps, or other damage.
- Replace your HVAC filter every 6-8 weeks or so.
- Inspect all exterior lighting.
- Drain the sprinkler system and outdoor faucets. Shut off the water supply and cover outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.
- Clean gutters and downspouts and replace missing downspout extensions to drain water away from your home’s foundation.
- Empty gas-powered lawn equipment, clean lawn and garden tools, and store them in a covered, dry area.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a licensed professional.
- Schedule your annual heating inspection to make sure it’s ready for the winter months ahead.
- Seal or re-caulk around windows and exterior doors to keep cold air out.
- Clean out your clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and the space under and around the dryer.
Much of this you can do yourself. However, when it comes to heating and cooling system preventive maintenance, then it’s time to contact the indoor comfort pros at Bob Boldt HVAC. We’re your local resource for all things heating and cooling: ongoing maintenance, high-quality repairs, and expert new system installation. Has it been at least a year since your heating or cooling system was last inspected? If so, contact Bob Boldt HVAC for service today.