Spring Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Changing air conditioner air filter.

Changing central air conditioner air filter.

Indoor Spring Home Maintenance

  • Change Air Filter: Replace the air filter on your central heating and cooling system every one to three months so it will run more efficiently and keep the air in your home cleaner. It’s easy to change the air filter by removing the cover on the air return, sliding out the old filter, and replacing it with a new one with the arrows on the filter pointing in the direction of air flow. If you suffer from allergies, this is a great time to upgrade to a high-performance allergen air filter for your home. If you’re not sure where the air filter in your house is located, check out our article on Locating HVAC Air Filters.
  • Air Conditioner: In addition to changing the air filter, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. Have a licensed heating and cooling technician inspect and clean the blower and motor, check the coolant, and test the switches. It’s also a good idea to inspect your ductwork and seal any leaks with special metallic tape and duct mastic.
  • Ceiling Fans: Summer is coming so it’s time to change the direction your paddle ceiling fans rotate. During spring and summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise when looking up at the fan. This creates a downdraft that makes you feel cooler when it blows on your skin. To change the direction of your ceiling fan, turn the fan off, allow the blades to stop, then flip the switch on the fan housing. On many fans the “down” position on the switch indicates downward air flow. If your fan has a remote control with a direction setting, this job doesn’t even require a ladder.
  • Fireplace Damper: After the last fire of the season, don’t forget to close your fireplace damper to keep drafts, rain, animals, and insects out of your home. The damper is a metal flap inside your fireplace that covers the opening to the chimney. It will have a loop, lever, or chains for opening and closing. Close loop dampers by hand or by inserting a poker into the loop. To close lever dampers, lift up slightly on the lever, then push or pull to close. Chain dampers are closed by pulling on the longer chain to disengage the mechanism, then pulling the shorter chain to close the flap.
  • Tile Grout: Protect tile floors from dirt by sealing grout lines. Start by thoroughly cleaning the grout with baking soda and white vinegar. For tough stains, use a mixture of bleach and water. Let the floor dry completely, then apply a commercial grout sealer using an applicator bottle or artist’s brush. If your grout won’t come clean, apply a grout stain to color and seal it.
  • Plumbing: Over time even small plumbing leaks can add up to thousands of gallons of water wasted. After the last winter freeze, it’s a good idea to check your water meter for plumbing leaks. If the triangular shaped flow indicator on the water meter is turning when water isn’t running in the house, you’ve got a leak. Finding a plumbing leak can be difficult, but the main culprits to check are toilets, outdoor spigots, irrigation systems, and pipes on exterior walls that may have been damaged in a freeze.

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  • Tim vanVonno Says:
    May 24th, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    This is a great piece. I hope you could give a detailed list of products and where they are available. Thank you and more power!


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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    March 14th, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    John, this isn’t the list the most recent episode is referring to. The “4 Seasons of Home Ownership” spring checklist can be found here: http://www.todayshomeowner.com/4seasons/spring/

    Thanks for watching!



  • John Crocker Says:
    March 13th, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Watched your show this morning and liked it; however, the “list” of maintenance items is not a list, it’s a pile of paragraphs spread over multi-pages and not easily printed as a list.

    Just trying to be helpful….

    Thanks for your show — I like it a lot.



  • Joy Bullington Says:
    March 6th, 2016 at 8:17 am

    For the person that tried wet and forget, it takes time, but it will work. I sprayed my bamboo shades that had mildew on them – after I had tried so many other products – and just let it be. After a month or two, the mildew was gone. Beat anything I have ever seen. It is not like other “instant” products.



  • johnnie ireson Says:
    March 2nd, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I found wet and forget at Sams club. tried it. I would not waste my money on it.



  • Natalie Hilbert Says:
    April 20th, 2014 at 5:05 am

    My son’s bedroom is sooooooo small there is no room for a closet. There is no place to put his clothes. He’s an 18 year old so he has lots of t-shirts etc. Any suggestions would be very helpful! Love the show I watch it and also air it on WHIO-TV, Dayton!!!

    Thanks,
    Natalie



  • Mindy Hakanen Says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I would Love to have Danny come and help us do all this stuff! LOL he would be here forever trying to fix things around our house. We live in the house my Parents owned and it sure needs a lot of updating and work. We are working a little at a time. I love the show and it’s to bad he doesn’t come north sometimes. Like to Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas on the show!



  • Liz Says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Google the product. It looks like you can buy it in some stores and online.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Linda,
    You can find information on Wet & Forget in our article on 3 Products to Reduce Spring Maintenance at http://www.todayshomeowner.com/3-products-to-reduce-spring-maintenance-on-your-home/



  • Linda Bender Says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Saw the Charlotte Today Show. on 3/20/14. I can not find the Wet and Forget that you used for cleaning the gutters??? Where can I find this product. Please I want this products .


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