Spring is officially here! As we begin to move toward warmer weather, homeowners often find themselves in the midst of a major spring cleaning! As you start to list out your spring cleaning and bigger projects, don’t forget about these important home maintenance items…
Whether it’s indoor or out, knowing how to prepare your home for the summer months ahead can help you prevent any significant issues. So kickstart your spring the right way, and ensure you have a thoroughly enjoyable summer:
With the increased amount of BBQs and spring celebrations, your plumbing is going to see a lot of wear-and-tear. To ensure you aren’t looking at a flooded home or yard, here are the main plumbing areas you’ll want to keep an eye on so your summer is free of plumbing emergencies.
There are many small signs that indicate something may not be right in your bathroom. From your toilet to your tub, these minor issues can turn into major plumbing problems quick! Check each bathroom for:
Slowing drains (or slow drains)
Extra mold growth
By spotting these early, you can prevent significant pipe bursts, drain clogs, and structural damage down the line. These are all things you don’t want to ignore, so contact a professional fast.
The last thing you want is to be preparing for a party and have to cut it short before it even begins. If you notice a slow leak under the sink or condensation near your faucets, it could be a loose washer or another quick and easy fix, that is better off repairing now.
Don’t forget about your outdoor plumbing either! Homeowners often forget about their area drains. One of the most common calls Anderson PHA gets come spring is from homeowners with a flooded yard. Spring can bring a lot of rain, and by neglecting your area drains, you could be calling us in a panic!
Heating and Air Conditioning
In San Diego, you likely don’t need heat anymore, and you may not be ready to crank up your AC, but you should! It’s better to test your system and make sure it is cooling properly BEFORE summer arrives. This is also the best time to schedule your annual service. Many manufacturers require annual tune-ups or the warranty becomes invalid. Regardless of warranty requirements, regular maintenance will extend your system’s life, and save you money on your energy bill… money that you could use to enjoy your spring and summer!
While you are outside checking your plumbing, don’t forget to check your outdoor HVAC unit for any minor issues. Check, to make sure tree branches, bushes, and other foliage aren’t too close to your unit. The area around your system should be clear of debris. Look for rust and listen to the motor. Is it running smoothly or is it too loud? These little things can tell you if you need to call for minor repairs to ensure that your system runs smoothly throughout the season.
Keeping & Maintaining The Perfect Temperature
Springtime in San Diego can make finding the perfect indoor home temperature difficult Weather can be unpredictable but there are ways to maintain your indoor temperature and comfort. Besides ensuring your system is working properly, here are some of the best solutions for temperature control:
Wifi and programmable thermostats
Mini-split (ductless) air conditioning systems
These three options will actually help you enjoy your home all year long.
By keeping the temperature even, you can stop going back and forth to the thermostat and start saving on your energy bill. If you do need to adjust the temperature, it’s best not to crank your thermostat way up or down. This puts too much stress on your system, causing unnecessary wear and tear. Instead, you’ll want to increase or decrease just a few degrees at a time.. This will help your home cool off more effectively and without the extra wear and tear.
How old is your system? If you don’t remember the answer to this question, it might be time to look into a new system. Today’s systems have energy saving features and, save you money month over month.. The upfront investment is significant, but it will pay off in the long run…and there are often rebates and great financing options available, so be sure to ask.
Indoor Air Quality
Believe it or not, it’s common for a home’s air quality to be worse than the air outside. There are many things you can do to get cleaner, healthier air.
Check and Change Filters
Checking your air filters every few months, and changing them when needed, helps control allergens and dust. This is great for your indoor air quality and helps your equipment work at it’s very best. Another effective option for cleaner air is to consider having an air purifier installed.
For many folks, spring in San Diego brings allergies and summer can be uncomfortably dry. Humidity and allergies are closely linked. When the air in your home is too dry, you are more susceptible to allergies or asthma, colds, the flu, sore throats, chapped lips, dry skin, or allergic dermatitis. Whole-home humidifiers are a great way to restore balance to your home’s humidity levels and to keep you comfortable through the dry season.
Drains and Sewers
significant drain or sewer problem can really put a damper on your spring or summer. Drain cleaning isn’t often thought about until it’s an absolute necessity, and the liquid drain cleaner might seem like your best option, but it can actually damage your plumbing! Trusting an expert with your drains is the best thing you can do to save yourself money and prevent the need for bigger repairs down the road.
So when should you give us a call?
If you notice a slow leak
Your water color and taste has changed
We will diagnose the cause of the issue, and our specialized team will use state of the art tools to provide you a fast, effective and affordable repair. 100% satisfaction guaranteed, because “Nobody wows clients like we do!”
Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air can help you spring into summer! Call us 866.374.0402 for all your HVAC, plumbing, and indoor air quality needs!