Cleaning is as much a part of spring as blooming flowers, budding trees, and longer days. Cleaning, however, shouldn’t be the only thing on your Spring To-Do List. Go beyond spring cleaning by maintaining key systems and reducing energy consumption – both of which are equally important.
Go beyond spring cleaning by checking the next six tasks off your to-do list:
Home Efficiency Audit
A home energy audit is a valuable service that will uncover energy inefficiencies. An auditor will review past energy bills and complete an extensive inspection of your home using state-of-the-art equipment to make a prioritized list of home improvement recommendations based on health and safety issues, comfort, and overall cost-benefit. This service generally takes three to four hours from start to finish.
Seal Up Sneaky Air Leaks
Caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors – the biggest culprits for air leaks – are cost-effective methods for reducing heating and cooling costs, increasing comfort, and creating a healthier indoor environment. These materials can be found at local home improvement stores. Stop air leaks around electrical outlets and light switches with adhesive backed draft sealers.
It’s All About the R-Value
Look for the appropriate R-value for your zone when narrowing your choices for insulation which measures the resistance to air flow. The higher the R-value, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the greater the benefits: Lower energy bills, increased home comfort, and reduced noise pollution. It also pays to ensure you’re using the correct insulation type and material for the application. An insulation contractor can advise you on the best materials for your home.
Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced
Don’t wait until the first day of summer to ensure your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping you cool and comfortable. Filters should be routinely changed (every one to three months). Hire a qualified heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the AC unit. By regularly maintaining your air conditioner, it will operate more efficiently, thus saving you money on summer cooling costs.
Clean the Gunk Out of Your Gutters
Monsoon may be two months away, but because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure, it’s a good idea to clean your gutters now. The expert recommended interval for gutter cleaning is every six months; more if your property has a lot of trees. You can either do this chore yourself or, if you’re not comfortable with using an extension ladder or you live in a two-story house, hire a professional.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working (the NFPA strongly encourages doing this monthly). Replace batteries annually. Alarms that were installed ten or more years ago should be replaced. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when testing or replacing detectors. Equally important is maintaining all fire extinguishers; do this once every six months.
Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor serving the greater Phoenix area. In business since 1977, we provide residential and commercial insulation, sound control and other valuable services, including home energy audits. For more information on services offered, please contact us at (602) 273-1261, or at any one of these other locations.