Raise your hand if you’re excited about spring’s arrival! We’re hoping you raised your hand on the other side of the screen. Springtime is such a beautiful time of year when many are excited to wave Old Man Winter an excited goodbye. There is so much to look forward to with spring approaching like the Royals opening season, warmer weather, and summertime inching closer with each passing day.
Along with the excitement of spring comes spring cleaning, a time when we purge our homes of clutter and deep clean the interiors and exteriors of our homes. If you’re like most homeowners then you refresh your home by pressure-washing the exterior and doing a deep clean throughout the inside of your home.
There are some spring cleaning tasks that if not done can result in costly damage to your home. What chores are they and how can they cause damage to your home if they’re not done? Keep reading as we help you save money this spring with these 4 chores.
Change Your Furnace Filters
Something that should be done multiple times a year is changing your home’s furnace filters. If you fail to replace them often then you could be throwing away money. How? When your furnace filter is dirty your unit has to work in overdrive to blow air through the filter. As a result, you’ll be seeing an increase in your energy bill. Failure to replace your furnace filters could also result in respiratory illness from the unit blowing out dirty air caused by a clogged filter. When you replace your filter you’ll notice your energy bill goes down and you’ll be able to breathe easier.
Try to remember to change your filters with each change in season, so change them this spring. Your local home improvement or hardware store carries many different sizes and levels of protection from basic to those who suffer from indoor allergies like pets and dust. Springtime is also a great time to get your HVAC system inspected and tuned up.
Clean or Replace Your Gutters
A part of your home’s exterior that needs a little extra TLC each spring—and multiple times a year—is the gutter system. Think of how hard it has to work year-round to collect and drain water away from your home during each precipitation event. With winter snow and ice storms and summer thunderstorms, and our upcoming rainy season here in Kansas and Missouri, your gutter system sees its fair share of precipitation that it needs to direct away from your home.
If you don’t clean your gutters or replace them if they need it, you could see costly damage like the gutter system sagging, rotted fascia boards, interior leaks in your home, and foundation damage to name a few. Cleaning your gutters often helps them from collecting debris and ultimately becoming clogged which creates a domino effect resulting in damage.
K-Guard’s Leaf Free Gutter System has a lifetime clog-free guarantee! Because the K-Guard Gutter System has a curved hood, it prevents pests and debris from entering the gutter through a very narrow opening where only water adheres. With nowhere for leaves, debris, and pests to enter, your gutter system will never become clogged, keeping your home’s roof, fascia, and soffit, and landscaping safe from damage.
Trim Trees & Bushes Surrounding Your Home
Another outdoor chore that can save you money, in the long run, is trimming the trees and bushes surrounding your home. Springtime is rainy season in Kansas and Missouri and we often see high wind speeds and high rain totals which can mean downed branches and tree limbs that can cause costly damage to your home. If a tree, especially a pine tree, is close to your home then you’ll definitely want to make sure that it’s trimmed often to avoid not only downed tree limbs and branches but pine needles from entering your gutter system.
Check the Seals Around Windows & Doors
Windows and doors protect the interior of our homes, however, they can sometimes cause homeowners to lose money if they aren’t properly sealed. When a window or door isn’t sealed properly then cool air can enter in the fall and winter months while warm air can enter in the spring and summer months, both scenarios cause your energy bills to increase.
Check all windows and doors in your home to ensure they’re sealed properly. If you notice any cracks or gaps around your windows, apply the caulk in between the frame and the wall on a warm, dry spring day so the caulk can fully dry. You can use caulk to seal cracks around doors as well, and weatherstrips to further prevent air from entering or escaping your home.
By completing the 4 chores above, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Keeping your trees and bushes trimmed, sealing cracks around windows and doors, changing your furnace filters, and cleaning or replacing your gutters are spring chores that will help protect your home from damage and will help keep it running more efficiently for the next several months.
If you’re in need of a new gutter system, or if you’d like a professional opinion on whether your gutter system needs to be replaced, contact K-Guard. Our Leaf Free Gutter System will not only prevent clogs and eliminate the need for you to clean it each season but our gutter system will keep your home dryer during the upcoming rainy season by preventing drainage issues. Spring is a great time to get your new gutter system installed. Call (913) 380-1616 to schedule your FREE in-home estimate (contactless amid the pandemic!).