Many states in the US, including Texas, were hit with severe winter storms again this year. With summer upon us, you may consider performing routine maintenance on your home before temperatures begin to skyrocket. Here are some helpful hints of things you or a local professional can do around your house today to help prevent costly repairs later.
- Check your Central Air Conditioning. If your AC unit is not covered during the winter months, check the inside of the unit. If there is any debris, turn the ELECTRIC OFF to the condenser, take a garden hose and hose off the condenser fins to get accumulated dust and debris. Check the inside furnace/air conditioner filters—both are used to “air condition” your home. Clogged filters make the unit work harder. Make sure the condensate tube is open, and finally, set the thermostat on cool and check the air vents throughout the house to be sure cold air is coming out in all the rooms.
- Foundation Watering. Soils tend to dry out during the summer months. By keeping the moisture content of the soil under the home foundation constant, foundation movement can often be kept from occurring and/or stopped. Placing the hose a short distance from the foundation allows the water to soak in the soil evenly. You can find more information about your home’s foundation at: www.wateryourfoundation.com.
- Check your windows and doors for air leaks. It’s very costly to allow “unwanted” temperatures inside through air leaks. Sealing the air leaks around your home windows and doors is a simple chore. More often than not, a fresh layer of caulking will adequately seal and shut any gap or crack and, new weather-stripping can help shut the gaps around your home’s doors.
- Clean gutters. Gutters should be cleaned twice a year. A dry day prior to summer is an especially good time. After cleaning, it is a good idea to flush your gutters with a hose. This will show how well the gutters are draining and will indicate any areas that are holding water.
- Check your roof. Inflated cooling costs and extra stress on your air conditioner can evolve from roof problems. Take some time to check for dark spots, missing, loose or buckled shingles, and algae or mold. These are all signs that your roof may need attention
We are all interested in saving time and money. Therefore, performing home maintenance early can really pay off. Spend your summer enjoying your air conditioning and home by caring for them today!
Have a great day,
Karen Kimi and the CIS Group Customer Service Team
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