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Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is here!  Make sure your home is prepared inside and out to deal with the heat and humidity of a Central Ohio summer.

Check A/C Unit

Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Make sure you’re a/c unit is ready to keep you cool all summer long.  Click here for our latest specials. 

Check Detectors

Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.

Wash Windows & Screens

If you didn’t get around to it during the rainy spring, now’s the time to do it.

Clean Ceiling Fans & Reverse Direction

Wipe off the winter grime from the top of the blades.  It’s a good idea to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan during the summer so that it spins counter-clockwise. This pushes the air straight down, creating a nice breeze.

Clean Your Outdoor Cooker

Give your grill or other outdoor cookers a deep cleaning.

Inspect the Deck, Patio, Driveway & Walkways

Look over your deck for signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking up. Does it need resealing?  Sprinkle water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you’re in good shape; but if it soaks right in, it’s time to reseal.

Thoroughly clean your patio, walkways and driveway. Before you get out your pressure washer, it is a good idea to check these areas for cracks and weeds. Once you have inspected everything, get out that pressure washer and wash away the dirt and grime that has accumulated over the winter.

Time to Mulch

If you haven’t already, add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture in the heat. It’ll give your plants a chance to grow.

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.

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:
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/news/0810/gallery.how_long_things_last.toh/4.html