As you’re making your spring-cleaning checklist, remember that all home systems are connected. As such, a spring maintenance checklist that combines cleaning, minor repairs and pro maintenance is much more productive in the long-run, so make sure to add these projects to your new list:
Indoor Air Quality
Wash all bedding and drapes to get rid of dust and dust mites, and store away winter clothes in vacuum bags. Then, clean all rugs and scrub wood floors. Be vigilant of indoor humidity during the cooling months. Humidity above 50 percent is ideal for mold growth, bacterial growth and dust mite proliferation.
Check for Air Leaks
A leaky home envelope increases energy costs, creates uncomfortable drafts and burdens your HVAC system. Seal air leaks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping. Then, check your attic access door, and seal it with foam weatherstripping. Next, check your exterior shell for gaps and holes around piping, spigots, vents and any protrusions in the wall, sealing with spray-in foam and caulk.
How’s Your Insulation?
Take a look in your attic and inspect your insulation for water damage and mold. You should replace any damaged insulation. Insulation in your San Diego home should be between R-49 and R-60. This is about 12 to 18 inches of fiberglass or cellulose insulation.
You should completely drain your water heater. If you haven’t done this before, leave it task to a professional. Your technician can also check other vital functions and parts, such as the anode rod. The anode rod protects your tank by attracting metals and impurities in the water. It should be replaced every three years.
HVAC maintenance is vital for enjoying a comfortable home with low energy bills. Heat pumps should be serviced semiannually, and A/Cs and furnaces should be inspected at least once a year. Make sure you complete certain tasks, such as changing the air filter, vacuuming registers and grills and keeping vegetation and other airflow obstructions away from registers and outdoor cabinets (in a central system).
If you need help with your spring maintenance checklist, contact the experts at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in the Vista area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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