Home Maintenance May Be the Antidote
By Michelle McCann
Spring is the ideal time to check, correct, clean, and replace for increased comfort and safety all year long.
Spring is in the air! The birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming. What better way to treat a good case of spring fever than by starting your annual spring cleaning and home maintenance routine? To keep your home in good condition, add these five tasks to your to-do list.
- Replace Your Air Filter
To reduce allergy symptoms, replace the filter in your air conditioning and heating unit. Changing your air filter regularly will not only improve the air circulation in your home and lower your air conditioning bill but also reduce the sniffles and sneezes caused by pollen and dust mites. Spring is the perfect time to switch out filters for fresher air all year long.
- Replace the Water Filter in Your Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is one of the more important appliances in your kitchen, but its maintenance can easily be overlooked. Changing the water filter will ensure that your water and ice do not develop a disagreeable taste and that you are not drinking unwanted chemicals that have traveled through your water pipes and into your refrigerator. Also, a filter that is in good working order will prevent the buildup of deposits that can damage your refrigerator. So, add this easy task to your to-do list this season!
- Test Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Test the batteries every season and replace them as needed. To prevent malfunction, vacuum the vents at least once a year. Keeping these devices in good working order could save your life.
- Clean Out Your Dryer Vent
Removing the lint from your dryer’s lint screen isn’t enough to keep your dryer clean, safe, and energy efficient. Over time, lint accumulates in your dryer vent, which can result in clogs and blockages. As lint builds up in the vent, your dryer must work harder and run longer to dry each load of clothing. Under these conditions, excess heat can ignite the clogged lint, resulting in a fire. According to statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home dryer fires are reported each year and cause more than $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean dryer screens and vents regularly is the leading cause of dryer fires. Adding dryer vent cleaning to your spring to-do list can save you money and help keep your home fire free.
- Inspect Your Roof and Gutters
Inspect Your Roof and Gutters A quick spring inspection and cleanup of your roof and gutters now can prevent expensive repairs down the road. Periodically check your roof for missing or damaged shingles or tiles and for signs of rusting, cracking, or leaking, especially around the flashings. Fix small problems before they become big ones.
Clear any leaves and debris from your gutters and check to be certain that gutters are well supported and that water in them flows properly. During a heavy rain, water can collect in sagging gutters, substantially increasing their weight and causing them to come loose. Checking for loose gutters and correcting drainage problems will ensure that no water collects around your foundation and prevent damage to your home.