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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by evolve February 28, 2017 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

In this post, you will learn ...

  • Helpful tips on seasonal home maintenance
  • Why window maintenance is important
  • Why you should choose Stanek Windows for your home

Maintaining your home is hard work, and it's easy to fall behind on tasks. The professionals at Stanek® Windows have provided a seasonal home maintenance checklist below to help you stay on track:

Monthly Maintenance Checklist

  • Clean Out the Kitchen Sink Disposal
    According to artofmanliness.com, the best solution for cleaning out your disposal is to run vinegar ice cubes through it. This freshens the disposal and sharpens the blades
  • Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers
    Make sure your fire extinguishers are easy to access and that all gauges have the appropriate amount of pressure.
  • Inspect HVAC Filters
    It's not necessary to change your filters every month, especially if you have a small family and don't own any pets. Each month, make sure to inspect your filter and only replace if it's necessary.

Quarterly Maintenance Checklist

Winter

  • Check Your Lock and Deadbolts
    The winter is a busy shopping season for the holidays, which means burglaries are more common. Protect your family and your home with properly functioning locks and deadbolts.
  • Check the Caulking Around Bathtubs and Showers
    If the caulking is cracked or peeling anywhere, make sure to replace it.
  • Remove and Clean Showerheads
    Removing the access sediment from your showerhead will help extend its life and give you better water pressure.

Spring

  • Check Your Windows to Make Sure They Are Working Properly and There Are No Drafts
    Purchase replacement windows if needed.
  • Trim Back Trees and Shrubs
    Eliminating overhanging branches and shaping your shrubs improves the curb appeal of your home by giving it a neat and tidy look.
  • Clean Your Gutters
    With the rainy spring weather, it's important that your gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions are free from debris, so that water will properly drain away from your home.
  • Check the Water Softener and Add Salt if Needed
    It's a good idea to make this five-second task a habit, so you aren't surprised one day with hard water for your morning shower!
  • Run Water in Unused Spaces
    This includes toilets and faucets in guest bathrooms or spaces that you do not regularly use. If they sit for too long, they may begin to build up grime.

Summer

  • Clean or Change Your HVAC Air Filter
    When the temperature climbs, it's important that your air conditioning unit has a clean filter before you use it.
  • Clean and Care for Decks, Porches and Patios
    Look for any peeling paint, rotted supports or sagging roofs, and replace if needed.
  • If Your Outdoor Wooden Surfaces Haven't Been Weatherproofed in the Last Two Years, Make Sure to Do So
    This quick and easy project will save your wood from rotting or warping.
  • Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
    Hit the "test" button on your detectors, and if the alarm sounds, you're all set. If you don't hear anything, try new batteries. If that doesn't work, it may be time to replace your detector.

Fall

  • Check Your Windows to Make Sure They Are Working Properly and There Are No Drafts
    Purchase replacement windows if needed.
  • Drain Water from Outdoor Faucets and Garden Hoses
    By simply draining your hose, you can minimize the damage of freezing temperatures.
  • Insulate Pipes Outside Your Home and in Unheated Garages and Basements
    Don't let frozen pipes ruin your day!
  • Clean Your Chimney and Fireplace
    Avoid any fire-related problems during the winter by cleaning your chimney and fireplace, or by hiring a professional to inspect them.

Biannually Maintenance Checklist

  • Deep Clean Your Home
    Twice a year, it's important that you invest time into giving your house a deep clean. Make sure to include appliances, furniture and windows in your cleaning projects checklist. Living in a clean house will keep you healthier and happier!
  • Test Your Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve
    It's important to prevent the buildup of corrosion on your valves to safeguard you from leaks and keep your heater running more efficiently.
  • Clean Your Vacuum Refrigerator Coils
    Your refrigerator can use up to 25 percent of your home's power, so it is important to keep it running as efficiently as possible. After an extended time, the coils collect dirt and dust, which causes your fridge to use more energy. This easy task can save you up to $100 each year!

Window Maintenance

Are windows on your seasonal home maintenance checklist? Windows can be pricey to replace, especially if you have more than one that needs attention, but are well worth the investment if your windows are in bad shape. Experts estimate that 70 percent of energy loss in your home occurs through windows and doors. If your heating and cooling bills are high and you have failing windows, now's the time to invest in quality replacement windows.

However, if your windows are in decent shape, there are preventative measures you can take to make sure your windows last longer.

  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations. This is extremely important if you have real wood windows. Wood windows can rot if not taken care of properly. Regular sanding, staining and sealing may be required.
  • Regularly clean you windows. This includes cleaning the sills, tracks, glass and screens. Inspect all weep holes to ensure water can drain properly outside.
  • Regularly inspect locks and overall operation of the windows to ensure they are in good working order.
  • If you have Stanek® windows, download our Care and Maintenance Guide for more information on how to properly care for your windows.

Why Choose Stanek

At Stanek Windows, we offer the best value for your investment. Our windows are of exceptional quality and offer superior performance and energy efficiency. Stanek windows are beautiful, affordable and easy to maintain. What makes us different than other window companies? We control the process from start to finish. We design, manufacture, install, guarantee and service your windows. For more information on the Stanek difference, watch our video below.

For more information about Stanek window types and options, contact us today by calling 1-800-230-8301. Or, schedule your free, in-home estimate by filling out our online form.