Seasonal Maintenance Tips

Seasonal Maintenance Tips

Jan/Feb

  • Clean or replace furnace/air-conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.
  • Clean range hood filter.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Clean and check sump pump and pit.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater (check your owners manual for recommendations and safety needs).
  • Clean faucet aerators and turn on infrequently used faucets to maintain the trap’s water barrier
  • Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

Mar/Apr

  • vector-spring-background-with-leaves_zklxjard_L (Medium)Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean or replace furnace/air-conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Inspect basement/crawl space for seepage/leakage.
  • Ensure that ground slopes away from outside foundation walls. Check for settling after the spring thaw. Maintain
  • proper grades for drainage throughout the property.
  • Check and repair any damaged screens.

May/Jun

  • 4697145_SCheck and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean or replace furnace/air-conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Open outside hose connection.
  • Check and clean central air conditioning system. See your owners manual for details.
  • Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).
  • Ensure that ground slopes away from outside foundation walls. Check for settling after the spring thaw. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

Jul/Aug

  • 25115576_SClear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Check exterior finishes.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean or replace furnace/air-conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Air out damp basements on dry days or use dehumidifier.
  • Have furnace (heating system) serviced.
  • Check hot water heater for mineral buildup, drain, refill.
  • Check and repair interior caulking and grout on tile in showers and baths.
  • Check and repair all cracked, separated or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping, especially around windows and entry doors. Use ASTM C-920 sealant.
  • Seal coat and repair asphalt driveway as needed.

Sept/Oct

  • Fall_Leaves_on_roadCheck fireplace and chimney, service or clean if needed.
  • Clean range hood filter.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean or replace furnace/air-conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Have furnace ducts cleaned if needed.
  • Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Check roofing and flashing and repair signs of wear or damage.
  • Drain and close outside hose connection.
  • Winterize landscaping and blow out irrigation system.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

Nov/Dec

  • iStock_000017998963MediumClean or replace furnace/air-conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check exhaust fans.
  • Clear air intakes, exhausts and meters of snow, debris, etc.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Check adjustment of door thresholds.
  • Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

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