When homeowners talk about money-saving home repairs and maintenance projects, they typically focus on doing them in the winter. However, several projects are better suited for milder weather and can also save you money as well. Here are a few projects to tackle in the warmer months:
Clean the Gutters
This task is especially important if you live in a region with heavy spring showers. Water cannot properly pass if the gutters are clogged, which means more water has access to the foundation of your home. Over time, too much water accumulating near a home’s foundation can ultimately cause weakening and start to damage the foundation itself.
Schedule Regular Heating, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation Check-Ups
It may cost a bit of money to use the services of an HVAC professional to perform maintenance on your system. However, the expense of maintenance is far less than doing major repairs later on. Regularly schedule HVAC maintenance and make sure your heating works properly before it gets cold.
Clean the Air Conditioner and Refrigerator Coils
Your air conditioner and fridge work in a similar manner. When both their coils get dusty and dirty, they have a much harder time efficiently exchanging heat and therefore must run longer to produce the same cooling results. Doing this simple task might save you money on your energy bill.
Inspection and Roof Repairs
Warm weather is the ideal time to thoroughly inspect the roof of your home and check for any damage due to water, hail, or ice from winter. While repairing minor damage can be a relatively simple DIY fix, keep in mind that your roof is the most important element when it comes to protecting your home. So, contacting a professional to address any key issues can save you from dealing with countless problems later on as well as save you hundreds of dollars, sometimes thousands, in repairs.
Check the Hoses on the Washing Machine
With enough wear and tear, washing machine hoses can start to crack resulting in leaks. Sometimes, these hidden or subtle leaks can continue for many weeks or even months unnoticed since the machine is usually pushed against a wall or corner. Over time, this can lead to water damage and mold, among other hazards.
Keep the Dryer Vent Clean
If the vent in your dryer is filled with lint, it will run significantly less efficient. Even though most people clean out the lint trap either before or after each load, there’s still lint trapped in the vent hose. For best results, keep it cleaned out. This will also help prevent safety hazards like a fire that could ultimately cause major problems and be very costly.
These are just some of the things you need to address periodically in order to keep your home in tip-top shape. Simply mark them on your calendar to get them done in a practical, effortless manner. When you take care of maintenance and repairs around the home, you might be surprised at how much money you can save in the long run.
Informational credit to Century Roofing Ltd.