With the days getting warmer, now is the perfect time to tackle some of those home maintenance chores that are dependent on better weather. Spring is the perfect season for homeowners to freshen up their homes and take care of any damage that occurred over the long winter. With so much to do, this can become a very time consuming and overwhelming task.
But not to worry, Terra View has you covered.
Here’s a list of six home maintenance tips to help prepare you for the warmer months ahead:
Clean your vents and air ducts. Over time dust, dirt, allergens and bugs can start to accumulate in your vents and air ducts. Eliminating these irritants and impurities will ensure that the indoor air quality of your home is safe, clean and healthy. With these standards in mind, Net Zero Ready homes are equipped with low VOC materials and energy recovery ventilators which help improve air quality.
Tune up your Heat Pump or AC. Before the days get hotter, remember to check that your heat pump or air conditioning is in good working order. Replace your filters, check for any leaks in the hose connections and ensure that the drain pans are draining properly. Smart preventative maintenance may also include having regular tune-ups done by a professional. A benefit of owning a Net Zero Ready home is that they are constructed within an airtight building envelope. This minimizes air-leakage through walls, ceilings and basements which means increased energy savings!
Clear your gutters. A leaky gutter can lead to a number of water-related issues that nobody wants to deal with. With the build-up of leaves, twigs, and other debris that can collect in the gutter over the winter, water from the roof will not drain properly. Tackling this job early in the season will help prevent any damage from spring rains.
Inspect the roof & chimney. Harsh winter conditions and fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your roof and chimney. Doing an annual spring roof inspection can save you time and money. Simply walk around your house with a set of binoculars or the camera on your phone to see if you can spot any problem areas. Check for missing or damaged shingles, loose or cracked bricks, wear, moisture, rot and mould. If you notice any of these issues, call a roofer or chimney professional for a closer inspection.
Check for pests. When the temperatures start to rise, so does the volume of pests. Common springtime pests include: ants, mosquitos, flies, earwigs, silverfish, wasps, mice and other rodents. Four ways to protect your home against these unwanted visitors include keeping your house clean, eliminating potential entrance points, storing and disposing of food waste properly and keeping your home well-ventilated and dry.
Utilize solar energy. More sunlight translates to a great opportunity for implementing solar panels as part of your green lifestyle. Solar panels draw on light particles from the sun to generate an electric current. Solar energy helps fight climate change by combating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the dependency on fossil fuels. Although solar panels are not included in Net Zero Ready homes, they are designed and built to the same standards, maximizing the potential of natural elements such as sun, water and rain and minimizing the draw on resources needed for everyday life.
We hope you find these tips useful and make your spring maintenance experience a little more enjoyable.
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