With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting your house in order for the hot months. While browsing MSN.com today, I came across a great May Home Maintenance Checklist that I wanted to share with you.
Baby your cooling system
Before firing up your air conditioner, change or clean the filter. You’ll want to change it every couple of months while the system is in use.
Put the furnace to bed for the summer
Check the furnace filter, holding it up to the light to see if it’s dark and dirty and in need of a change.
Service the furnace and air conditioner
The transition from cool to warm weather is the sign that it’s time to take care of the appliances that keep you comfortable through the year. Call a professional to perform annual service on a furnace, air conditioner or evaporative cooler.
Replace vacuum cleaner bags
Remove the vacuum cleaner bag outdoors so you don’t release dust and allergens back into the house.
Vacuum refrigerator coils
Remove the front cover from the refrigerator and use the wand attachment on the vacuum cleaner to carefully suck out the dust and dried bits of macaroni and dog food that have worked their way under the fridge.
Store free-standing electric heaters
Dust, vacuum or wipe down their surfaces and check cords and plugs for fraying and loose wires before putting them into storage.
Cleaning all the windows and window coverings in your home is a big, satisfying and several-hours-long project. Choose a sunny day and, if possible, get someone to work with you.
Clean and repair window screens
On a sunny day, take window screens out of storage and lay them on the grass, sidewalk or deck. Dust with a soft cloth or brush off dust with a clean paint brush.
Paint looks nice, but its main job, especially outside, is to protect from the deteriorating effects of dirt, sunlight and moisture. A paint job lasts an average of six to eight years, depending on weather and environmental conditions.
Check outdoor hoses and irrigation systems
Freezing and thawing can heave the ground and even crack pipes and hoses, so turn on the water pressure and see how your irrigation system responds before you need it. Look for leaks, breaks, pooling water or clogged sprinkler heads.