Mar 20 2016

Spring cleaning list

Longer daylight hours and the return of warmer weather signal a seasonal change. Before you start planning your beach vacations and time outdoors with your family, refresh your League City, Texas, home this spring. These eight budget-friendly tasks will get your home ready for warmer weather.

Check and Clean All Appliances

Clean your dryer vent, check your washer hose for any cracks, and examine the gasket seals on your refrigerator and dishwasher. Run the self-cleaning functions on the machines, brush your refrigerator coils, and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth to remove debris.

Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance and Change Your HVAC Filter

The Texas heat will soon arrive, and you’ll rely on your cool home as a refuge. Take time to schedule a maintenance visit with one of our service professionals from Maxx A/C & Heating. Be sure to also clean or change your system’s HVAC filter.

Replace Batteries in Your Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Have you checked your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries lately? These small machines are vital to alerting you and your family to a fire or a carbon monoxide leak. Safeguard your home and family by keeping a supply of batteries on hand.

Check the Caulk and Weatherstripping Around Doors and Windows

A properly sealed home will prevent the loss of climate-controlled cooling and heating and prevent cold or hot air from seeping in from the outside. Air leaks can cost you money and interfere with your home’s comfort level.

Check around your windows and door frames for any caulk and weatherstripping damage, and reseal those areas as needed. Apply caulk and weatherstripping to openings where you suspect air leaks.

Clean Gutters and Check for Winter Damage

Gutters help rainwater flow safely from your rooftop to the ground and away from your home’s foundation. Throughout the year, gutters can easily become clogged with debris from trees and small animals. If not cleaned, dirty gutters can create water backups, further damaging your gutters.

This spring, schedule some time to clean your gutters and check for cracks or broken areas. Repair or replace any major defects in your home’s gutter system.

Repair Window and Door Screens

You may not realize how problematic rips or tears in door and window screens can be, but over time, these openings can lead to cool or warm air escaping from your home.

Take time to repair these holes and tears. You can buy inexpensive screen repair kits, screen patches, or screen tape at your local home improvement store. 

Clean Up Your Driveway, Siding, Patio, and Fence

Your home’s outside appearance is as important as the appearance inside. Take time on a warm spring day to powerwash your driveway.

Clean off your porch and deck; remove debris trapped around fencing. Fill cracks in the driveway and repair any broken or damaged parts of fencing or portions of your deck. Examine your outdoor window frames and shutters for small repairs.

Touch Up Lackluster Areas With a Small Paint Job

Touch up lackluster areas of your window frames, siding, and porches with paint. A small paint job is something you can do on your own for little cost, and this small project can yield significant results. You can also repaint entire areas using a few basic painting supplies available at your local home improvement store. Consider a new color for your front door or freshen up some interior walls with a new coat of paint.

With a few materials and some time, you can clean and revive your home inside and out. Many of the tasks listed above, such as taking time to check your air conditioning system and change your HVAC unit’s filter can also help you save money.

To give your HVAC unit a full checkup, call a member of our Maxx A/C & Heating services team at 281-409-3890 to schedule an appointment. We can help you make your home cool and comfortable for the spring season and prepare your home for warmer weather this summer.

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