I’m wanting to keep on the same topic because we will EVENTUALLY be into Spring and out of Winter (won’t we??? Please say “Yes!!”)! The Kansas City temperature is forecasted to be in the 50s by mid week next week now, so these would be good projects for you to put on your “Spring CleanUp” To Do List:
- Clean out gutters (if not covered). It is important to remove leaves, twigs and other litter so water will flow through the system without overflowing onto your deck or other parts of your house.
- Have roof flashing, caulking, shingles and siding inspected in preparation for the spring storms. Check for continuity of shingles on the planes of the roof and on the ridges. The areas with flashing should be tight and sealed with some type of approved roofing sealant applied. This is also a good time to make sure missing siding/roofing/etc. is replaced to keep creatures from building nests for the summer.
- Inspect caulking around windows, doors, and any openings into the home. Many times during the cold season windows and doors will slightly separate from the frame. This can be remedied with an application of external silicone caulking or sealant. Clear silicone may be used to seal under door thresholds and stained wood frames.
- Change your ceiling fan’s direction. In the summer you want your ceiling fans to blow air down to give the room a breeze and make it feel cooler. This is the opposite of the winter and running a ceiling fan can make a room feel cooler while leaving your air conditioner setting a little higher.
- Clean your dryer vents. A clogged dryer vent causes warm air to blow back in to the room where your dryer is located, eventually raising the temperature in the whole house, but can also be a fire hazard. A simple cleaning can prevent this from happening and keep your home cooler and safer.
- Check insulation around windows and doors. Make sure that your door and windows are properly insulated to keep the warm air out. For door you want to make sure that the weather stripping is intact and providing a good seal around the door. For windows you want to check the seals around the windows to make sure there is no cracking, splitting, or peeling of the seals.
- Replace HVAC filters regularly. Blocked or matted air filters can reduce the efficiency of both your heating and air conditioning systems’ ability to push and pull air through air registers. Also during spring and summer allergens are higher and if your family suffers from such symptoms you may want to replace your filter about every 60 days.
- Run the bathroom exhaust fan during showers. During the summer, an air conditioner’s primary purpose is to replace warm, moist air with cool, dry air. A long, steamy shower can create muggy conditions in your bathroom that spills out into adjacent rooms and hallways when you open the bathroom door.
- Some advise switching to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. I have not done this, but this is a standard tip on any energy saving list, but it is important for reasons other than direct kilowatt savings. Compact fluorescent bulbs give off less heat than regular incandescent bulbs. CFL bulbs will cause less impact on the temperature of the room.
- Plant a shade tree next to your outside air condition unit. Providing some shade over your air conditioner’s outside unit can help it run more efficiently. Also, if you experience significant heat buildup in certain parts of your house, it might be a good idea to strategically locate shade trees to help abate that heat buildup during the summer.
- Consider installing an attic fan or vent. If you have ever been in an attic in the hottest part of summer you already know what a hot box they become. Consider installing a vent to pull that hot air off your ceiling. A power attic fan or ridge vents are very effective in keeping the attic cooler during the summer.
And, just in case the weather takes a nasty “Winter” turn on us, I’ll have more tips tomorrow on what to focus on for your Spring Household Cleaning.
Here’s a link to some more good info on the same topic: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/03/02/spring-home-maintenance-check-list/