Spring in Kansas City is a magical time. The days are longer, and the grass begins to show signs of life. You reconnect with your neighbors instead of giving a quick wave as you shuttle your groceries over an ice-covered path between your car and your front door. You tentatively start to wear short sleeves, and you start looking at the Royals home game schedule.
As spring approaches, it’s time to take a look at the damage our long, cold winter may have caused to your house and property. Here are some spring maintenance tips for Kansas City homeowners.
- Clean your gutters.
Even if you cleaned your home’s gutters last fall, you might find that you need to repeat the process during the spring. Small twigs and leaves may have landed in your gutter since you cleaned it last. Protect your home’s foundation by keeping your gutters free from debris.
- Change your HVAC filter.
Of course, Schomburg Heating and Cooling recommend that you change your HVAC filter multiple times a year, but make sure you check that item off your “to-do” list this spring.
- Clean your dryer vent tube.
House fires have been known to be caused by a dryer vent tube that is plugged up with lint and debris. Make sure your dryer vent tube is free from obstruction.
- Touch up your outdoor paint.
Look for signs of chipping on your home’s exterior. Touch up those surfaces to prolong the life of your paint job. While you are at it, look for signs of wood rot. Replace and repaint those pieces as soon as possible.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
Don’t wait for your smoke detector to start chirping at 2 a.m. to replace the batteries. Take care of this task before you need an annoying reminder.
- Recaulk around sinks, tubs, and showers.
Has the caulk around your tub and the tile behind it worn away? Make sure to seal that crack with new caulk. Not sure how to do it? There are plenty of videos on YouTube.
- Check the seals around your windows and doors.
It’s going to be hot in Kansas City before you know it. Make sure your energy bills are not higher than necessary by keeping all that valuable, cool air inside your house.
- Clean the vegetation away from your outdoor AC unit.
Some homeowners try to hide unsightly cooling units by planting a bush or tree near it. While the vegetation may be attractive, make sure it is not interfering with your air conditioner’s compressor.
- Determine if it is time to have your ductwork cleaned.
Have you noticed excessive debris in your home’s registers? Have rodents and insects visited your home? Is there a chance you may have mold in your ductwork? These may be indicators that it is time to have your ductwork cleaned.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, don’t hire just any old company that offers a coupon to do the job. Instead, you should contact your heating and cooling company. Having someone who is not adequately trained clean your ductwork may damage your home’s HVAC system.
- Call Schomburg Heating and Cooling.
Are you overwhelmed with the list of tasks on your spring maintenance list? If you don’t do anything else on this list, make sure you call Schomburg Heating and Cooling. We will make sure your air conditioning unit is ready to go when you need it in April, May, or June.
We can also take care of cleaning your ducts. Our crews are properly trained on how to complete the process without harming your system.
Call Schomburg Heating and Cooling for your Kansas City HVAC needs at 816-238-0032.