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How to Properly Prep Your Home for Springtime

As our homes thaw after a frigid northeast winter, the warm sunshine inspires us to get a jump on yearly spring cleaning and maintenance. While many of Pennsylvania’s treasured homeowners prioritize decluttering and organization this time of year, many overlook various household maintenance chores necessary for a home to function efficiently. 

As the temperature rises, homeowners begin to switch their air conditioners and outdoor water systems back on every year. We expect these units to function optimally when we finally need them, which means regular, proactive servicing. Check out these spring home maintenance tips by Benditt Mechanical so you can efficiently and adequately ready your home’s features for the new season.

Windows & Doors

If air is escaping from somewhere in your house, your windows are likely the culprit. As a notorious weak point in the home’s thermal envelope, window and door seals should be checked thoroughly for leaks or erosion. When holes and gaps form in the window frame, you allow air and pest infiltration opportunities.

Homeowners should apply the same caution to door and window screens. Even the most minor tear can allow an influx of bugs and other springtime pests into the home. Additionally, verify there are no chips or cracks in the glass panes. Moisture tends to accumulate between the panels in double and triple pane windows, so look out for fogged glass in these models.

Spring Maintenance Checklist:

  • Check seals and frames for damage (holes, cracks, etc.)
  • Test mechanism function (open and close)
  • Check screens for tears and panes for cracks

Air Conditioner

When the weather warms up and you go to switch on your air conditioner, be sure you’ve taken the necessary steps to prep the system. After sitting dormant for months, the A/C is likely to have accumulated dust and debris and probably needs some tidying before operating. 

Even the most advanced air conditioning systems can only efficiently cool a well-insulated and enclosed area. The best way to ensure your A/C unit works optimally is to recruit an experienced professional to check for proper function. Reach out to the experts at Benditt Mechanical for a comprehensive audit of your HVAC units before it gets too hot outside. This maintenance step is both necessary for your family’s safety and can prolong the life of your system. 

Spring Maintenance Checklist:

  • Change the filter every season
  • Ensure the unit is free of debris before starting
  • Have a professional check for proper function

Outdoor Systems

Any outdoor hardware has undoubtedly faced the harshest conditions of the cold season. Exterior equipment has likely gathered water, ice, rust, pests, and other obstructions throughout the drastic Pennsylvania weather changes.

That being said, make sure to check these systems before usage. Before turning them on, verify there are no leaks or tears in hoses, faucets, sprinklers, and other irrigation mechanisms. If you have external gas or electric equipment like barbeques or outdoor lighting fixtures, inspect them for any weather damage before operating.

Lastly, ensure your property is free of any standing water that results from melted ice and notorious April showers. Stagnant puddles are a breeding ground for spring’s impending mosquitos and other insects. Be especially conscious of any water accumulation near the house’s foundation or reoccurring lawn puddles. Clean and clear away clutter and decor that may have accumulated dirt, debris, and water, such as patio furniture, sandboxes, or umbrellas. 

Spring Maintenance Checklist:

  • Check for leaks in irrigation systems (hoses, faucets, sprinklers, etc.)
  • Inspect gas and electricity sources (barbecues, lighting, etc.)
  • Eliminate any standing water and yard clutter

Contact the Pros at Benditt Mechanical for Superior Home Maintenance Work this Spring

When preparing your household for springtime, consider consulting with our personable home improvement experts to optimize your home elements for the season ahead. We have been proudly serving the Philadelphia Main Line area for decades, and we’re eager to help you get your home ready for the highly-anticipated warm weather. Enjoy your home like never before with professional maintenance from Benditt Mechanical! Contact us today to get started.

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