Spring is in the air, and it could not be more welcome! As everyone crawls out from hibernation, many will realize that they have neglected the necessary maintenance of their homes throughout the winter period. Luckily, now is the perfect time to give your living space some well-deserved TLC. Below, you will find some helpful tips on making your home more eco-efficient this spring.
Check your air conditioner
You will definitely want to ensure that your trusty air conditioner is still in good working condition before the hotter temperatures of summer hit your region in full force. Choose a mild day and switch it on in order to properly check for any issues. Now is also a great time to book an AC professional for some annual maintenance. That way, you will have total peace of mind knowing that the unit will be running optimally and energy-efficiently throughout the next few months.
Check for air leaks
Air leaks can prove to be a bigger problem than you realize. This is because they force your air conditioner to work overtime, ultimately using more energy than would otherwise be necessary. Check for air leaks underneath and around all doors, around all windows, and, of course, in the attic. Doing so will help the earth, as well as aid in saving you money in the long run.
Check and replace weather stripping
Weatherstripping is just as important during spring and summer as it is during fall and winter. It helps to lock in that cool air and ensure that your air conditioner continues to be as eco-efficient as possible. The good news is that the new weather stripping that you install in spring will almost certainly last throughout winter, too. Remember to call on a professional for help if you are not great at DIY. The more accurately the weather stripping is installed, the longer it will last.
Check and replace door and window screens
Be sure to get those screens in tip-top condition before summer hits and mosquitoes and other insects are abundant. Even tiny rips or holes can make a big difference!
Change your air filters
If the last time you changed the air filter in your furnace was at the beginning of winter, now is an ideal time to do it again. Yes, even though you won’t be turning on the heat again any time soon.
Clean all air ducts
Your HVAC system won’t be able to function at its optimal level if the air ducts are clogged or full of dust and other allergens; never mind the fact that these allergens can also wreak havoc on your health. If you notice a running nose, coughing, sneezing, or you are getting frequent headaches when you are indoors, there is a good chance that your home’s air quality is a problem and a good chance that it is your air ducts that are at fault.
Follow all of the guidelines above, and you should be well on your way to a healthier, more eco-efficient home in no time!