While spring doesn’t start for another few weeks, at least not officially, you can get a head start on the season with these home maintenance tips. Suggestions, such as adding cellulose insulation, can potentially help you minimize your energy costs and maximize your springtime fun. There is no shortage of lively events happening in the valley, including Cactus League Spring Training, for your enjoyment as well.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters direct rainwater away from your home’s roof and foundation. Over time, however, debris can obstruct this process. To prevent clogs, cleaning out the gunk from rain gutter in the spring is ideal, especially before Arizona’s monsoon season begins in June. Gutter guards are an aftermarket product that blocks debris from entering the gutters and causing a blockage.
Replace HVAC Filters
Maximize the performance of your HVAC unit by routinely replacing the filter. There are plenty of options for filters such as standard, high performance, and washable. A new or clean filter provides substantial benefits, including reducing allergens and pollutants from the air. You can pick up replacement filters at most any big box or local home improvement store.
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Your dryer vent should be cleaned annually to prevent a buildup of highly flammable lint. While professionals should complete dryer vent cleaning, there are things that you can do to help prevent a fire, including cleaning the lint filter after each use and replacing fabric softener sheets with wool dryer balls. The latter helps the environment and can save you money.
Inspect Your Cellulose Insulation
Many Phoenicians will be turning on their air conditioners in the coming weeks. Inspecting and, if needed, adding more insulation can help improve the energy efficiency of your home and potentially reduce associated cooling costs. Made from recycled newsprint, blown-in cellulose insulation provides optimal thermal resistance, assuming it is installed by a licensed insulation contractor.
Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
Treated air, whether heated or cooled, can travel in an unwanted direction if your windows or doors are not correctly sealed. Inspect and replace worn weather stripping around doors and caulking around windows each year. You can find these materials at most any home improvement store. A professional energy audit can pinpoint additional sources of air loss and provide recommendations for improvement as well.
Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor with 18 locations throughout Arizona and New Mexico to help residents and businesses improve their property’s energy efficiency. In operation since 1977, Banker Insulation provides cellulose insulation, sound control, and home energy audits. Schedule an appointment today by contacting one of our offices.