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10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Spring

Updated 3/6/22

Ah, spring! As the sun warms the earth, it’s time to shake off the cold winter months and finally enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather. We’ve rounded up our top tips for how to seamlessly transition your home into spring, ensuring you and your home are ready for warmer months right around the corner.

Test Your HVAC
As your home switches from heating to cooling, it’s important to run a test of your air conditioning unit now to avoid a problem later. This could look like letting your AC run for a few hours in the middle of the day, setting the temperature just a degree cooler than you might otherwise. The goal here is to turn the unit on, let it run for a while, and make sure it’s working like it should. Testing it before you really need it will help keep your home nice and cool for those hot summer days that are just around the corner. Don’t forget to adjust your thermostat, too, to accommodate the warmer temps.

Please know that it is normal to notice a slight burning smell when you first turn on your AC. After all, it’s sat unused for several months collecting dust! It should clear up quickly though, so if it lingers for more than a day or you notice a problem, submit an online service request.

Change Your Air Filters
We recommend changing your filters once a month, doing it every time you pay rent is an easy way to remember. It seems like one more thing to do, but regularly changing your air filter has a few significant perks.

  • Energy Efficiency – When air filters are dirty, less air can get through which makes your system work harder, using more energy.
  • Better Air Quality – From spring pollen in the air to typical dust and air contaminants, a dirty air filter decreases the overall quality of air in your home.
  • HVAC Longevity – When you regularly maintain any equipment, it lasts longer and has fewer overall problems. The same goes for your HVAC!

Don’t forget to jot down the correct size before you head to the store.

Replace batteries in smoke alarms and thermostats
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. A good way to help remember to do this is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.

Dust Fans and Vents
Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioning vents with a cloth and vacuum using a hose attachment. It will make all the difference in improving the air quality in your home.

Wash Walls and Baseboards
It’s amazing how much dirt tends to build up on baseboards over the course of a season. Grab a Magic Eraser and give these a good scrub. Additionally, soap and water will work well on walls ridden with smudges or stains. 

Show Some Landscaping Love
The winter months take a toll on plants, shrubs, and trees. Spruce up your landscape for spring by removing any dead plants and planting new ones.

Set Your Irrigation Timers
Typically, your landscaping will require longer and more frequent watering in the spring than in the winter months. If you have an automatic system, be sure to update the watering schedule to accommodate for the increase in sunshine and higher temps as the days get longer and warmer. Timing your watering for the morning will allow your lawn to dry quickly and not burn in the midday sunlight. Watering at night can attract mosquitoes and other bugs. 

Fertilize Your Lawn
Speaking of lawn care, it’s best practice to seasonally aerate and fertilize your lawn. To do so, use a spreader to cover the your entire lawn quickly. Start around the perimeter and then move back and forth across the lawn, just like you do when you mow. Finish the process by lightly watering your lawn so the fertilizer sticks and can soak into the soil for maximum impact.

Plan For Pest Control
As the flowers bloom and the grass begins to grow, critters and rodents will quickly want to call your yard home. To discourage pests, you can try a pesticide around the perimeter of your yard and home. An herbicide can also combat bugs and pests from destroying grass, turf, and plants outside of your home. Consult your local home improvement center for products that will work with your type of grass.

If you have pets, double check that all products are pet-friendly and keep pets away from the sprayed areas for 1-2 hours. 

Pool care
If you have a pool (lucky you!), you’ll want to pay closer attention to skimming and cleaning skimmer baskets in the spring. Your pool vendor should have an agreed upon maintenance schedule already in place.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 833.PRG.RESS or 833.774.7377.

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