The warmer weather is right around the corner, and there are a few maintenance items you can do to prepare your home for this time of the year.

Test your air conditioning and change the air filter. A well-working air conditioning unit will provide greater efficiency – which helps reduce your overall utility bill. Early in the warm-weather season, turn on your AC unit to ensure that it is working properly. If you detect any issues, call your HVAC contractor – before the first hot-weather spell is upon you.

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Check your window screens. While you are cleaning your windows, take time to check the window screens. Make sure they fit securely and don’t have any holes or tears in them that would allow bugs to get indoors.

Inspect fire-prevention devices. Spring is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and make sure they are still working properly. You also should look at your fire extinguishers and make sure they are not out of date.
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Change ceiling fans and air returns. During warm months, air returns on the walls should be open at the top (allowing the warm [lighter] air to return) and closed at the bottom. Ceiling fan blades should turn counter-clockwise (when viewed beneath the fan).

Check the roof. During the harsh winter months, roof shingles and flashing could have been damaged. Check your roof and if you see potential damage, contact a professional.

Weatherize the deck. Now is a good time to pressure-wash the deck, replace any splintering boards and give your deck a good coat of weatherproofing.

Remember, with a little care and attention, you can keep your home looking in tip-top shape and functioning efficiently.