Make Hay While the Sun Shines
- Service the AC unit before the season. Restricted airflow makes the system work
harder and costs you money every time it comes on. Your comfort is important. Efficient
operation help ensure you are comfortable.
Some things you can do yourself such as replace or clean the filters,
and make sure nothing is blocking the airflow to the outdoor compressor. Some
things should be left to the pros, like AC service from my friends at Climate Design
- Clean the roof, gutters, downspouts and splash blocks.
Leaves and debris left on the roof can cause decay of the shingle and the
waterproof membranes, resulting in leaks. Remove the leaves from the valleys on
the roof, then clean out the gutters, proceed to the downspouts if they are
clogged, and make sure the water can run away from the downspouts without
backing up towards the foundation. A
leaf blower works great for this, but BE CAREFUL on the roof! If you’re not
comfortable with heights, or wearing bad shoes; DON’T DO IT!
- Clean windows and door frames. A squeegee and sponge is very effective for
cleaning glass. Mix a good squirt of
dish soap with 8 oz. of vinegar in a bucket with warm water. Wring the sponge out, then wash the window
with the sponge. Squeegee off the suds
and debris, while avoiding lifting the squeegee off the glass. Vacuum or wipe the debris from the window
tracks, and lubricate the moving tracks with a little silicon spray lube.
- Caulk windowsills, doorsills, and thresholds: Fill cracks,
caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary. Check the caulk seal at every window and door
to ensure they are intact. If they
require service, carefully dig out the old caulk as best as possible. Replace with a high quality outdoor rated
- Trim trees. Any
branches overhanging the house can cause damage during a storm, and should be
trimmed back. Be sure to hire an
experienced arborist that knows how to properly trim trees without damaging
- Check roof eaves and soffits for loose vents, or
damage. Make sure the vents are open to
the attic so fresh air can get into the attic.
If they require repainting, use care to not clog up these vents. The attic and the house can quickly overheat
if the soffit vents are clogged. The Air
conditioner (and your electric bill) will be taxed trying to keep the house
cool with excess heat trapped in the attic.
- Check walls for cracks and peeling or flaking paint. You may have to plan to seal & paint the
- Secure or store any loose outdoor materials (such as firewood under a tarp)
I’m Terry, your Commendable Home Inspector.
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