Making sure your family has a healthy summer goes beyond planning activities. Follow this easy checklist to make sure your home is safe, clean and enjoyable for this new season. Get the family involved and tackle these projects on weekends and they will be completed in no time.
Replace your HVAC system’s air filter and the filter in your kitchen range hood. And while you’re at it, change the filters in your water purification system. Air filters should be changed every 3 months, and depending on your water, you might not have to change the water filter as often. It’s best to start the spring season with clean filters all around, to keep your home clean and your appliances working well.
If you didn’t do it in the fall, now’s the time to drain and replace oil, sharpen the blades, remove caked-on grass and mud, and lubricate moving parts.
Your grill has most likely collected some dust from the fall and winter. Get your grill ready for barbecue season with a full scrub down. Be sure to also check for rust and leaks if you have a gas grill.
Patio season is here, so make sure the furniture is cleaned thoroughly. You’ll be glad you did when the sun is out and you are able to go lounge outside.
Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly. Change batteries if necessary. If your smoke alarm is more than 7 years of age, consider replacing it, as they tend to malfunction with age.
Cleaning the dryer vent is an important step in spring maintenance, as a clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean the dryer vent, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Then, on the outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
In the winter months, rain gutters accumulate sticks, leaves and other materials brought by the wind, animals, and gravity. When the rain gutters become clogged, the rainwater spills out of the gutters around the perimeter of your house, creating the possibility for leaks and flooding. Make sure you’re prepared for the rain that comes with the spring season by cleaning the gutters.
Streaked windows block the view of nicer weather and natural light coming in. Clean windows both inside and out to let more sun into your home. Now is also a great time to upgrade your existing window blinds with iblinds and enjoy the convenience of controlling your window blinds by voice command, smartphone or set schedule.
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