After a cold and snowy winter, it’s a good idea to check your roof for any signs of damage. Look for staining and dark spots as well as cracks, missing shingles, and signs of a leak. Climb a ladder to check the outside but don’t forget to go in the attic and take a peek as well. Some signs of trouble will only appear inside or outside rather than both, so it’s important to be thorough and check it all. If you notice stains or damage to your walls or ceilings, these may also be signs of roof trouble.
Summer heat can be brutal, especially in some areas, so you want to make sure your air conditioning is up to the task. Air conditioning maintenance before summer will save you money by preventing the need for emergency repairs, which can become very expensive. Additionally, regular maintenance can also help you save money on your energy bills during the summer season. Just replacing a clogged and dirty filter with a clean one can reduce your energy consumption by 5-15%. Additional maintenance only increases that number.
Make sure your window and door screens are intact so bugs can’t get in when you open the windows and doors for some fresh air. Also check to make sure the frames are still snug and airtight instead of sagging or cracked. Cracks let your air conditioning escape into the great outdoors. Before putting storm windows up, make sure the weep holes are clean. Wash windows and look for chips or cracks that might need to be repaired.
Get the debris and leaves out of your gutters and check them for holes that need to be sealed. If they’re sagging, reattach the gutters. Make sure downspouts are still facing away from the house to prevent water from damaging or entering your house. If the gutters are really old or damaged, have them replaced before summer storms arrive.
By tackling these home maintenance chores now, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your home this summer. Also, you won’t need to worry about trying to finish them before the chilly weather of autumn or the snows of winter set in later in the year. You’ll also save money by catching trouble early instead of waiting for it to present itself to you.