In a previous article, we discussed the importance of home maintenance and the importance of undertaking home projects during the spring. Specifically, we focused on an often neglected area of home care: the exterior of your house. In today’s blog, we are going to shift the focus to the interior.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist: Interior
Springtime is a great season to check off those items on your home maintenance checklist that have been lingering for a while. Spring is synonymous with spring cleaning, as it should be. In fact, every change of season is a great reminder to tackle home projects that will help keep your house clean, functioning and from falling into disrepair.
One of the most basic things you can do to make your house more livable and keep it in shape is cleaning it. Setting aside a few weekends to really give your house a deep clean and touch up chipped paint will keep your home fresh and prevent small issues from becoming larger ones. Devoting some of that time to throwing out or donating objects you no longer use will give you more living space and room to make changes that will improve your life. Heck, you can even have a yard sale to help fund some of the improvements on this list!
While you are focusing on cleaning, make sure to inspect areas such as tile and window sills. Be on the lookout for cracked tiles, worn out grout, and gap in sealing or caulk around windows. Issues with tile can lead to water damage, while poor sealing around window frames can cause loss of energy in the home and an increase in utility bills.
Speaking of energy efficiency, maintaining your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit is pivotal to keeping energy loss at bay in your home. Change out the filters and call in a professional to check your air ducts for any leaks and make sure your system is running at optimal efficiency. Be certain to check that nothing is blocking your ventilation or intake areas either, as this can impede airflow and be an unnecessary drain on your heating and cooling equipment.
While air leaks can cause energy waste, water leaks can result in increased water bills as well as significant damage and other problems. As part of your spring maintenance checklist, make an effort to inspect any fixtures and appliances in your home for leaks or broken seals at water connections. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, you can always call in a plumbing professional for a water leak assessment. Don’t forget to include appliances such as the refrigerator, washing machine and dish washer, as well as your toilets and sinks.