Spring Maintenance Checklist for Lake Martin Homes
Who’s happy to be on the fast track to spring? While we’ve spent winter cold and worried about the flu, and plenty of other viruses, there’s no doubt we’re ready for spring. However, spring comes with its own set of problems: allergies. On top of that, the weather will be warming up and our HVAC systems need to be prepared to avoid costly breakdowns! Check out the steps on our spring maintenance checklist for Lake Martin homes and beyond!
Why Do I Need Spring Maintenance?
Spring is known as allergy season, and if you’re not prepared to fight against it, you could be looking at a harsh couple of months. On top of that, if your HVAC system isn’t prepared for the changing weather, you could also be looking at expensive repairs or an uncomfortable home for the season. Getting spring maintenance before the weather gets too warm ensures less risk of a costly HVAC breakdown, and adding an air purification system helps win the fight against allergens in your home this spring, and even bacteria and viruses next winter.
1. Check & Clean Your Home’s Exterior
As winter comes to a close, limbs, leaves, dirt, and other debris from this season may be built up around your home, causing potential issues to your HVAC system’s performance this spring. Clean around your outdoor system and clear any bushes or overhanging limbs from around your unit, as they’ll begin to bloom and grow through the spring. Keeping your outdoor system and the area around it clean will allow for better airflow and system performance all season long.
While you’re outside, you should also clean your gutters, check the chimney and clear any obstructions, examine the roof and get any needed repairs, and check for and seal any cracks or gaps around windows and doors. Keeping these areas taken care of throughout the year will go a long way toward keeping your home in tip-top shape for years to come.
2. Check for Mold, Damp Spots, or Other Fungal Growth
Lake houses, being so close to water in a high-humidity climate, are prone to moisture and fungal buildup. Check for signs of moisture from plumbing leaks, roof leaks, built up condensation, air conditioner condensate, and all systems inside the home such as sinks and toilets. Built up moisture can cause harmful fungal growth such as mold and mildew to spawn, which could damage drywall, wood, flooring, or even worse – it could cause harm to your respiratory system.
3. Keep Allergens Out
During spring, there are so many beautiful blooms in nature all around us. While we love this beauty that compares to no other season, it also means allergens can run rampant in your home more during the spring than any other time of the year. A few quick tips on keeping your air purified:
- Get ahead on your cleaning early.
- Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping regularly can greatly reduce the number of allergens that are being recirculated throughout your house
- Regularly grooming your pets during this time can reduce the number of irritants that they bring into your house, helping your home stay cleaner for longer.
- Be sure to dust your vents regularly, and change your air filter every month.
- Take curtains down and wash them.
- Dust all flat surfaces including countertops, walls, and door frames.
4. Keep Your Pets Groomed
We mentioned keeping your pets groomed in the previous section, but this is a big one, so we want to go into more detail. Do you know what your pets bring inside your home? After playing in the sun, allergens such as pollen get stuck on your pets’ fur, just like it does on our hair and clothes when we’re outside. Along with pollen, your pets bring in dirt, and plenty of other allergens that will enter the air in your home. That’s not to say you should get rid of your pets! They’re actually proven to be a great way to help build your immune system! However, cutting down on the amount of allergens they bring into your home is never a bad idea. A few tips for keeping these allergens at bay are…
- Keep your pets groomed regularly. This helps with the amount of pet dander they shed throughout your home.
- Brush your pets’ fur outside your home every day or every other day.
- Wipe off your pets’ paws as they enter your house.
- Regularly wash their bedding.
- Keep lint rollers in hand to get fur off of furniture, blankets, and clothes.
Preventative maintenance is absolutely critical for lake houses and residences, and Spencer Heating & Air At The Lake is here to assist you in giving you the best service and air quality possible. Our bi-annual maintenance plan includes cleaning, inspecting, and adjusting your HVAC system as needed to ensure it runs its best throughout every season. Our professional technicians are experienced and trained to handle any of your HVAC problems and make recommendations for your home, family, and budget. We are the most trusted contractor for lakeside residences, and we will get the job done right the first time!
Preventative maintenance is absolutely critical for lake houses and residences in the areas around lakes, and Spencer Heating & Air At The Lake is here to assist you in giving you the best service and air quality possible. Call us at 256-373-3165 to schedule service or have us answer any questions you may have about your system and its needs for the environment. We are the most trusted contractor in the Lake Martin area and we will get the job done right the first time!