Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Check off these simple home maintenance items to get your home ready for Spring.

OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

Check A/C Unit
Don’t wait until the first heat wave to have your cooling system checked. Spring is the best time to make sure your unit is ready to keep you cool all summer long.

Clean or Replace siding
Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Make sure no paint is peeling or any wood is showing through and sand and apply primer coat before repainting.

Check Roof for Damage
High winds, snow and ice buildups can cause damage to shingles, flashing and even cause damage to the interior infrastructure of your home. Performing regular roof inspections can help identify issues prior to them becoming potentially major problems.

Reseal Window Edges
The winter snow and ice can cause window sealant to crack, break or completely fall away. Before the spring rain hits, reseal the exterior of your windows with a high-quality polymer.

Replace Damaged Screens
Unfortunately, spring showers bring along insects and if there are holes in your screens, your home can become a perfect place for them to nest. Screens can be patched or replaced easily.

Seal Any Accesses Under Your Home
If you have any openings beneath your home, you could be inviting any number of animals to come in and nest, which could lead to torn insulation, broken pipes and faulty wiring.

Prune Landscaping
Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures before they cause damage to your home’s siding, roof, and windows.

Check Lawn Equipment
Make sure your lawn mower and trimmers are ready for summer use. Sharpening the blades now will make your yard work much easier.

INSIDE YOUR HOME

Change Air Filter
Continue to change your air filter every 1-3 months so your cooling system will continue to run efficiently and keep the air in your home cleaner.

Adjust Ceiling Fan
Change the direction your fan rotates. During the spring and summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise when looking up. This creates a downdraft that makes you feel cooler.

Check Your Attic
Check your attic for proper ventilation and birds’ nests. Make sure there are no obstructions over vents, or any wet spots on the insulation.

Test and Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, and the batteries should be replaced every daylight savings time.


Tips on How To Warm Up Cold Basements

Basements can be tough to keep warm. Warm air rises and the insulation of the ground on three or four sides of a home keep the space MUCH cooler. Adding return air vents can help the balance of air flow however it likely will not help increase the basement temperature and can also detract from the effectiveness of cooling the upstairs of the house.

The best thing to do is to ensure the joints are sealed properly and insulate the exposed pipes in the basement to make sure as much cool air as possible goes upstairs. Another option is to add a small electric heater in the space. This is recommended in cooler months so as not to detract from cooling the rest of the house in warmer months.


Why New Homeowners Need A Thorough HVAC Inspection and Cleaning.

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and one of the best ways to protect your investment is with a thorough HVAC inspection and cleaning from a certified professional.

Your home inspector most likely did a general evaluation of your furnace and air conditioner.  How old is the system? Was it properly installed? Does it turn on properly? However, most home inspections don’t include a detailed evaluation of the HVAC system and cleaning. There may be underlying problems that affect the efficiency and lifespan of your system that go unnoticed by a standard home inspection.

And unless the previous owner left detailed maintenance records, you have no way of knowing the last time your system was cleaned and serviced. It may have been years ago, which can cause your energy bills to skyrocket.

Only a thorough inspection and cleaning by a certified HVAC professional can identify issues before they cost you a lot of time and money down the road.

If Atlas Butler previously serviced the equipment in your new home, we can provide you with the service history. Call us at 614-681-2167 to see if we serviced your home in the past or to schedule a detailed HVAC inspection and cleaning.

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Before You Call

Sometimes there is a simple solution to fixing a heating or cooling system. If your air conditioner or heat isn’t working, use the checklist below to troubleshoot common problems. If your system still isn’t working, or if you’re unsure or uncomfortable troubleshooting, give us a call!

Atlas Butler is the home of the Same-Day Comfort Pledge. Call us anytime, day or night, weekends or holidays, and a technician will be out to get you up and running the same day without any after-hours or overtime service fees.

My air conditioner isn’t working.

  • Check the thermostat. Make sure it is set to “cooling” or “auto” and set to the desired temperature.
  • Check the air filter. A dirty air filter can reduce the airflow coming out of the register. Replace with a new, clean filter.
  • Are all registers open and unobstructed?
  • Check the power switch near each unit. For an indoor unit, the switch should be near the unit. It should be clearly marked, but it may look like a regular light switch. If it’s off, turn it on.
  • Check the fuse in the circuit breaker.

My heat isn’t working.

  • Check the thermostat. Make sure it is set to “heating” or “auto” and set to the desired temperature.
  • Check the air filter. A dirty air filter can reduce the airflow coming out of the register. Replace with a new, clean filter.
  • Are all registers open and unobstructed?
  • Check the power switch near each unit. For an indoor unit, the switch should be near the unit. It should be clearly marked, but it may look like a regular light switch. If it’s off, turn it on.
  • Check the fuse in the circuit breaker.
  • If you have a gas furnace, check that the gas service has not been terminated. Gas companies will turn off service if a leak is detected, sometimes without notice.
  • If you have a gas furnace, make sure the gas control valve to the furnace is open.
  • If you have an older gas furnace with a pilot light, make sure it is lit.
  • If you have a newer gas furnace with electric ignition, check the display. The panel should have an explanation of the codes on the display.

The Life Of An HVAC: How Long Do Heating & Cooling Systems Last?

Heating and cooling systems don’t last forever. It’s a bummer, we know! It would be nice if we never had to worry about replacing them, but there comes a day and a time when every system—no matter how well maintained—has to be put out to pasture.

But when is that day and time? Take a look at this handy chart to find the average lifespan of each type of system:

  • Furnace: 15 – 20 years
  • Heat pump: 16 years
  • Air conditioning unit: 10 – 15 years
  • Tankless water heater: 20 years
  • Electric or gas water heater: 10 years
  • Thermostat: 35 years (but usually replaced sooner due to technological improvements)

Learn more:
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