There are some maintenance items that are specifically good to tackle in the spring.
This is a good time of year to service your A/C. You want to be sure it’s in good condition before the summer temperatures kick-in and ensure it’s ready for full-time use. Call your preferred A/C company and schedule a routine check-up now before they get too busy and rates increase. Besides getting your A/C services, filters are priority #1. If you’ve slacked off on changing your filters regularly, now is a good time to start fresh with a new filter. Keeping your filters clean is one of the best ways to prolong the life and functionality of you’re A/C System. Remembering to change your filters every 30 days can be tough, so here are a few tips to ensure you have them changed on schedule:
- Switch them every time you pay your electric bill.
- Switch them every time to you pay your mortgage or rent.
- Put a monthly alarm on your phone to remind you to switch them.
- Write the date you switched the filter on the filter and then you can know when it was switched last.
Replace any dead plans and prepare your citrus trees for summer by painting their trunks. Painting the tree trunks not only helps to protect them from rodents, but it also protects them from the sun to ensure they don’t get sunburned. Fruit trees have very thin bark, so a layer of paint help to give them the equivalent of sunscreen. It’s especially important to paint the trunks when trees are young. As fruit trees mature they provide more shade for their trunk and it’s not as critical. Be sure to use latex paint, not oil based paint
Inspect your roof and have it cleaned. Winter months bring us rain and wind. That weather produces debris and that debris will rot in the summer heat and eat away at your roof material, which then causes future leaks. When we get a leak during rainstorms, it often could have been prevented had the roof been better maintained. Wind and rain also cause roof tiles to crack or slip, so have those tiles repaired or replaced and put into place correctly. By putting your roof tiles in place, you’ll ensure a longer life for your roof material.
Drainage & Grading:
If you experienced any ponding or flooding in your yard, now is a good time to re-grade. It’s ideal to have water flow away from your home and not towards your home. Water near stem walls attracts termites and can cause wood rot if you have any wood trim or siding. Do this project now before you forget where your water was ponding. A little re-grading now will prevent termites and any issues during our summer monsoons.
Wash your windows and sunscreens. It’s a good idea to wash the sunscreens to prevent dirt and debris from discoloring or damaging the sunscreens. Routine cleaning will ensure longer lasting screens.
We hope these tips are helpful and you’re enjoying our fabulous spring weather. Here are some additional tips from a segment Holly did on NBC.