Houston Home Service Experts

Spring Chores Around the Home

The air is warm, but not warm enough to say goodbye to your furnace entirely. Before you make the switch from heating to cooling, however, you should do a self-diagnosis of your home. It’s the perfect time complete a couple of maintenance tasks.

By completing these few simple tasks, you’ll feel better about your home’s condition when bad weather does hit.

1.) Turn the Thermostat Down

Now that the weather is warmer, you can turn down your thermostat setting a few degrees. With the warmer weather outside, you won’t even notice the difference. You wallet might though.

According the energy.gov:

“You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill – a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.”

2.) Inspect Locks and Windows

Can you remember the last time you performed any sort of maintenance on your locks? You should Maintain your locks at least twice a year. This task should only take about five minutes, and it could save you from having to replace your locks, which can cost upwards of $200.

Because doors are used so frequently, dirt, grime and oils build up on the handles, locks and deadbolts, which overtime can cause damage. To avoid a jammed or broken door, we recommend using a graphite or Teflon-based spray that is specifically designed for locks. Lubricants that don’t evaporate can actually make your lock dirtier because new grime will stick to the liquid.

So now that you’ve purchased the right lubricant, it’s time to spray your lock. Included with the lubricant spray can is a plastic stem that inserts into the lock. Once you have inserted the stem, spray. Using a paper towel or soft cloth, wipe away the dirt and grime that comes out of the lock. Spray and clean until the drainage is dirt-free.

Have you noticed any cold spots or drafts in your home lately? You might have a leaky window! Now’s the time to inspect and maintain your windows! Leaky windows can cost you upwards of $300 annually in utility bills.

Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and gaps around your windows. The spring weather is the best time to conduct outdoor caulking projects.

For cracks smaller than a quarter of an inch, use a good weatherproof caulk. For gaps larger than that, use expandable foam spray.

3.) Replace Lights with LEDs and Solar

Save money and energy by replacing your old light bulbs and outdoor lighting right away for more energy efficient lighting options.

Watch this video for some of your lighting choices:

Call Universal Home Experts at (713) 364-0226 for more information on making your electrical system energy efficient. We can offer dimmers, LED lighting, and other energy efficient options.

4.) Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Before you have to use your air conditioner, you should schedule your annual maintenance check-up. It is important to schedule annual tune-ups on your HVAC system before each heating and cooling season in order to prevent expensive repairs and breakdowns in addition to being essential for maintaining your HVAC manufacturer warranty.

Call Universal Home Experts for your Spring HVAC Tune-Up!

If you are having any trouble with the above Spring Energy Saving Tips, give Universal Home Experts a call! We are your trusted source for local plumbing, electric, and HVAC installation and repair in Houston and the surrounding areas.

You can always reach a live customer care representative at (713) 364-0226 (24/7).