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It might be hard to imagine after such a harsh winter, but spring is right around the corner. While the warm weather can’t come soon enough, homeowners need to ensure their homes are ready for the next season—and everything it brings. Below are a few tips to help you (and your home) welcome spring.
Gutter Inspection and Cleaning
Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can cause water damage in the basement and crawl space. While you're up there, be sure to clean your gutters as well. Clogged gutters can also lead to water damage around the home.
General Exterior Home Maintenance
Fix any cracks in your driveway or sidewalks that the harsh winter may have caused. In addition, repair any cracked or peeling paint on the exterior of your home. Clean off decks, driveways, fences and any other outside surfaces. A pressure washer will make this job quick and easy and ensure you remove all the dirt that has accumulated over the winter months.
Air Conditioning and Water Heater Maintenance
Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor tune up and clean your air conditioning system to ensure you won’t be in hot water when it comes time to cool off your home.
Annual maintenance of your water heater will keep it working at its peak performance. If your standard tank-style water heater is getting up there in age, now is the ideal time to start talking with an expert about replacement options. By getting ahead, you ensure every morning starts with a warm, luxurious shower.
If it is time to replace your water heater, two energy-efficient options include a Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless or a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater. Because tankless water heaters only heat water as needed, homeowners can notice a reduction in their home’s energy use. In fact, ENERGY STAR®-qualified Rinnai Tankess Water Heaters use less energy—up to 40 percent less—than standard tank-style water heaters.
If your home’s configuration doesn’t allow for easy installation of a tankless water heater, Rinnai has another solution—the Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater. Quick and easy to install, the hybrid water heater is an ideal solution for homeowners looking to increase their hot-water supply and tap into the benefits of tankless technology without reconfiguring their current set up.
If low areas of the yard are present, help reduce flooding by filling these areas with compacted soil. Spring rains are notorious for causing flooding and low areas near a home’s foundation can lead to foundation flooding and/or damage. Also removing potential flooding areas can help rid your backyard of pesky insects that tend to breed in pools of standing water.
Now that you’ve spruced up your home for spring, it’s time to relax! Kick back and count down the days to warmer weather and sunshine.