After a long dark and depressing winter in Toronto most homeowners can’t wait to get outside and start preparing their home for the spring and summer seasons. With a breath of fresh air you set out into your yard and around your home to tackle everything and anything, but where do you start? Luckily our Phoenix Heating & Cooling technicians aren’t just great at maintaining air conditioners and heating systems they know a whole lot about household spring maintenance. Here’s a list of their top 10 spring maintenance tips for around the home.
1. Maintaining Air Conditioners is Important
Doing a bit of cleaning on your own to ensure all the leaves and other debris are out of your unit is essential to properly maintaining air conditioners. To operate properly and efficiently they need to be free of all debris and the area around them needs to be clear of everything that could impede their operation. Things like shrubs, bushes and trees that have overgrown your air conditioner can reduce performance, which makes them work harder and costs you money. Once you’ve done some simple cleaning it’s time to contact a professional HVAC technician from Phoenix Heating & Cooling. Maintaining air conditioners is one of their main services and having a professional appointment each year can reduce maintenance costs and help ensure they run efficiently and last for years to come.
2. Clean Your Gutters
It might seem obvious, but many people overlook the need to keep their gutters clean. Leaves, sticks, branches and other debris can quickly build up in your gutters and keeping them clear is important. Blocked gutters can lead to leaks in your roofing, damage to your shingles and flashing, and damage to your gutters and down-spouts. Remember water can get into many places and gutters and down-spouts are an essential part of directing it away from your roof and your home.
3. Rake Your Lawn
Nobody likes raking but it’s important for the health of your lawn. Raking the debris off your grass allows it to grow properly as it recovers from the frost and cold of winter. It’s easy to do and great low impact exercise too!
4. Take A Look At Your Roof
Even if you do it from ground level take a closer look at the various parts of your roof, gutters, and down-spouts is important to the health of your home. Over the winter branches and high winds can cause damage to shingles, flashing, gutters, and other components of your roof. Even 1 missing shingle can cause big problems and leaks down the road so keeping everything in proper order is important.
5. Cleaning Outdoor Furniture
It might be tempting on the first weekend of nice weather to just pull out your lawn furniture and invite people over, but no one wants to sit on lawn furniture that’s covered in dust, cobwebs and other stains. Ensuring that your lawn furniture has been properly cleaned is important to the comfort and enjoyment of your friends and family when they use your outdoor spaces.
Overall, there are nearly and endless number of things that can be done to prepare your home and yard for the summer. It’s important to understand that they don’t all need to be done at once, which is a good way to ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed. One thing that should be scheduled in the spring is maintaining air conditioners. An air conditioner that hasn’t been checked by a professional before it’s used can experience problems and quickly become a necessary expense.