How to Prepare Your Home for Spring

As you prepare for warmer weather, make sure you pay just as much attention to your home as you do your closet. Packing away old coats and snow boots for t-shirts and shorts is just as important as performing some spring maintenance around the house.

The turn of the season is the perfect time to check for any problems, make any needed repairs and get your home fully operational before you have to rely on your air conditioner throughout the summer.

You shouldn't just prepare for spring as a preventative measure, though. These spring home maintenance tips will help you reduce exposure to seasonal allergens, like pollen, which are popular this time of year.

Follow this guide and learn the best ways to get ready for spring from your HVAC to your plumbing.

Change Your Air and Furnace Filters

You should change your AC's air filter approximately every 30 to 90 days, depending on the pollution levels. Your filters ensure that the air cycled into your home is purified; allergens, chemicals, and other toxins can be blocked by a filter, but once it's run its lifespan, you're left breathing untreated air.

Replacing your HVAC air filters won't just help you breathe better; dirty filters cause your system to work harder, which leads to reduced airflow and more money spent heating and cooling your home. By changing the filters, you can conserve energy and ultimately lower your utility bill.

Get Outdoor Plumbing Inspected

Outdoor plumbing needs to be maintained just like every other part of the house, but is often forgotten by homeowners until it leaks or causes other damages. As the saying goes, "Out of sight, out of mind." we may not use our outdoor plumbing often, but we rely on it to keep our landscape hydrated during the warmest of days in the summer (which is only a few months away, if you think about it!).

Your outdoor plumbing does more than just keep things hydrated outside of your house, though. Having a hose and/or an outdoor sink will also help you fill up your pool, clean your car, and give your dog a bath, just to name a few. A full inspection will ensure that your outdoor plumbing is free of any damage, such as pipe cracks and low water pressure.

Unless you have experience and are comfortable with doing a full outdoor plumbing inspection, it's best to hire a plumbing professional to perform the inspection. Not only will this keep you safe, but a certified plumber knows subtle signs of damage or potential problems that a novice is likely to overlook.

Check Your Weatherstripping

It's common to check for cracks around doors and windows when you winterize your home, but weatherstripping is equally important during the spring, too! The cold temperature during the winter months could have caused additional damage that needs to be repaired before the heat hits.

Weatherstripping and re-caulking any cracks and holes will keep your home cooler and help reduce the risk of pest infestation. Bugs love to come out during the spring, and the small openings in doors and windows make perfect entryways.

Additionally, you will be able to cool your home more effectively if there aren't any exit points for freshly cycled air. If you constantly have heat seeping in and cool air escaping, you will have to run your air conditioner more often and pay far more than necessary.

Schedule an AC Tune-up

A spring HVAC tuneup can include a filter cleaning or replacement and thorough vent inspection. You should schedule this about a month before you intend to start using your air conditioner so there's plenty of time to make any necessary repairs or desired upgrades.

HVAC technicians are able to take an in-depth look at your home's heating and cooling and spot any hazards before they turn into problems. There are several key areas that a technician will address during a tuneup such as:

  • Refrigerant levels

  • Electricity connections

  • Condenser fan motor

  • Thermostat calibration

  • Service valve functionality

  • Condensate drain

  • Air ducts

Upgrade your Thermostat

Install a smart thermostat to save money on cooling. Smart thermostats are designed to respond to the environment, so you won't be left waking up in the middle of the night to adjust the dial by a degree or two.

With a smart thermostat, you can set a custom temperature for multiple rooms in your home. You can also program the temperature for different times of day, leaving your home warmer when you're away so you don't waste money on AC while you're at work or out of the house.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

If you don't have one already, make sure you buy a dehumidifier. As the weather warms up, your home's internal temperature will change, too. If your home becomes too humid, you run a high risk of developing mold and mildew. A dehumidifier is an inexpensive and reliable way to keep your home's humidity level balanced.

For those who already own a dehumidifier, thoroughly clean it before you plug it in. You should disassemble the dehumidifier, rinse it with water (avoiding any electrical parts) and allow it to dry before using a vacuum to remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated while it was out of use.

Check Your Home’s Exterior

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside when you're preparing for spring. First, inspect your air conditioner’s outside unit to remove any branches, foliage or other debris blocking the system. You should not allow anything within two to three feet of the outside unit at any time. When you keep the space around your outdoor unit free, it is able to cycle air more efficiently and maintain your indoor temperature.

While you're outside, you should also remove any winter insulation from your plumbing, check your outdoor pipes for any cracks or leaks and examine fuse boxes and extension cords for any signs of damage or overloading.

The Importance of Spring Preparation

When you take the time to thoroughly investigate your home and prepare for spring, you decrease the risk of any mishaps and eliminate potential health hazards. You should schedule a professional inspection and tune-up of your home's HVAC, electrical and plumbing system at least once a year. Annual checkups are the best way to ensure that you don't overlook any warning signs you may have been oblivious to.

There are often many signs of a heating or air conditioning problem that go unnoticed, and sometimes, your system might seem like it's fine when there are actually troubles behind-the-scenes. Regular maintenance and tune-ups are the best way to save energy and pay less for your heating and cooling.

Annual inspections are also an ideal time to ask how you can improve your home's systems to better suit your needs, such as adding a water filter to your kitchen tap to cut back on plastic or changing the type of air filter you use for better quality indoors.

For assistance in the areas of plumbing, heating and cooling, look no further than Manchester’s Proactive Comfort. For expert service and repairs, give us a call at (603) 239-2346 to schedule your appointment. We also serve customers throughout Hooksett, Nashua, and Hillsborough County.