Every year, you wonder why your energy bill is so high with the change in season. Then, you try to think of a solution like unplugging unused phone chargers or turning off the lights more often.
To fix the problem at its source, Warner Service has a few spring tips to upgrade your home for the warmer spring days:
Tackle critter control. With warmer months ahead, your home’s outdoor HVAC unit can quickly become a second home to a furry rodent or bird’s nest. Check for signs of rabbits, squirrels, birds, stray cats, and insects around the base of your outdoor unit. If you find anything, check out our safe guide to Critter Control 101.
Clean your gutters. Though “April showers bring May flowers,” Mother Nature still hits Maryland with a few hard summer storms. Clear your gutters of any debris so rain can easily drain from your roof and away from your home’s foundation.
Check the attic for leaks. Like we said before, Maryland gets hit with some devastating summer storms, especially Frederick. Check your attic for any signs of leakage, including visible moisture, discoloration, and water damage on the windows and door sills. This will also help you avoid heat waste on those colder spring mornings.
Insulate metal ductwork. With the sun beating down on your home, you’ll want to keep your family as cool as possible. To keep the air conditioning’s efforts inside (and save you up to 20 percent on your overall energy usage), insulate any metal ductwork.
Replace the air filter. This chore isn’t dependent on the season or where you live because replacing your HVAC filter is something that should be on your to-do list every month, depending on how much hair, smoke, dust, pet dander, mold, and other debris are in your home.
Pay attention to the water heater. You should check the temperature setting on the water heater to make sure it’s no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also drain several gallons from the water heater’s tank to flush out any corrosion-causing sediment to increase the appliance’s efficiency and lifespan.
Call an expert for spring HVAC maintenance. We advise calling a professional, like Warner Service, to check-up on your home energy usage right before Frederick’s humidity hits.
First, the tech will check the thermostat and inspect the controls of your system. Next, they’ll inspect the air filter, condensate drain, blower motor, and more before moving onto cleaning your outdoor unit.
For more information about a Warner spring maintenance visit, click here.
Revisit the supply hoses. Check the supply hoses for the dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker for any bulges or leaks. If your supply hoses are more than 10 years old, consider replacing them with stainless steel hoses. They’re more reliable and less prone to bursting than other types of hoses.
Test the sump pump. Sump pumps are in charge of flowing water away from your home’s basement and foundation to avoid water damage and flooding. This comes in handy during those April showers, so make sure to perform proper sump pump maintenance yearly.
Seal air leaks. To reduce your energy costs, schedule a home energy audit where a technician will specifically check for leaks in the air ducts that could be affecting your overall energy bill.
Get a jump start on your spring HVAC maintenance by performing these few chores, and you'll avoid costly utility spending. You can also leave it to the pros by scheduling a visit with Warner Service.
Contact us to have a qualified technician examine your home comfort system to ensure you’re prepared for the water heating costs and lower energy consumption.
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