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Preparing your home for spring

April 7, 2017 3:53 pm

Outdoor Inspection

Once the chill is gone from the air and your property is not wet and muddy, you should inspect your furnace venting outside. Make sure there is no snow build-up (not likely in most of Durham Region!) beneath the venting. Check for debris that may have accumulated in or on the venting over the winter (wet leaves, branches, nests, plastic bags, etc.) Blockages can cause your furnace to stop working.

It’s also a good idea to examine around windows and doors. Check for cracked or old caulking and weather stripping and replace where necessary.spring tree

Inspect around your air conditioner for debris, anything that may cause it to not work properly. Do a visual inspection of the outside of the unit, including hoses and wiring. If you see evidence of a critter’s winter home or if something has been chewed, have an HVAC professional service the unit before it’s turned on for the season.

Landscape Planning

While it’s not quite time for heavy gardening, early spring is a great time to plan what you’re going to do once the ground is ready. The right tree, in the right place, can help provide your home with wind protection in the winter and shade on hot summer days. There are a lot of factors to consider, you can find more information here.

Air Conditioner Maintenance & Inspection

If you keep your air conditioner covered, remove the cover before using it for the first time. Start your air conditioner early in the season, don’t wait until the first heatwave. This way if you discover a problem, it can be repaired before the temperature is unbearable.

Have a certified HVAC professional clean and inspect your air conditioner regularly to ensure safe and efficient operation. Even if you have a new unit, annual maintenance is necessary to protect your warranty.

Change Your Filter

It is a good idea to check your filter; a clean filter ensures maximum efficiency. Rodman’s recommends pleated filters as they facilitate high airflow efficiency (when changed regularly). Be cautious when buying filters that have a very tight pleat because they are known to restrict airflow, especially during air conditioning season, and can cause your system to malfunction.

Pay Attention To Your Thermostat

As the weather warms up, you may want to adjust your thermostat programming. Your house likely doesn’t need to be quite as warm as it was in the middle of winter. If you get a lot of sun, there may be days when you can turn off the heat completely, saving you money on your energy bill.

Keep in mind that we are still on the winter schedule for time of day energy use until April 30th.
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