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Spring is in full swing throughout southern Idaho, and if you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to check out all the functional areas of your home to be sure they’re prepared for the upcoming warm season. This checklist will serve as a reminder for you of all the areas which should be inspected, so that you can enjoy top performance for the rest of this year.

Plumbing system

Household activity tends to go up in the spring and that means your plumbing system will have to endure a greater level of wear and tear. Start with the bathroom by checking for running toilets, leaking pipes, unpleasant odors, and drains which might be very slow. Also check for signs of moisture around the bathroom, since this can lead to the development of mold, which can have health consequences for your family.

Next, you should check out the plumbing in your kitchen, which includes checking for leaks around faucets, and for condensation anywhere close by. You may need to install new washers or a completely new faucet in some cases. Don’t forget to check out your outdoor plumbing, especially around any outdoor faucets, and around any drains you may have in your yard. If drains become clogged, you could end up with a flood in your yard which stands there for days.

HVAC systems

Spring in Idaho can be unpredictable- you never know when it can get hot so this is the best time to be prepared to activate your AC unit. To be sure that you identify any worn parts or moving parts which require servicing, you should schedule an appointment with Right Now Heating and Air-Conditioning, and let an experienced professional thoroughly service your system.

You can do your part by checking the outdoor unit of your cooling system to make sure it’s not being blocked or obscured by shrubbery or tree branches. You should also check for signs of rust, and start the system up to see if the motor sounds normal. You can conserve on the energy usage of your HVAC systems by installing a smart thermostat which is programmable, so that it can adjust to actual weather conditions efficiently.

This might also be the ideal time to think about any upgrades which might be warranted to your HVAC system. If it’s a system which is more than 10 years old, it may very well be that the most cost-effective move you can make is to replace it entirely, rather than continuing to make upgrades which are increasingly frequent. You would also enjoy the benefits of today’s ultra-efficient HVAC systems which require less power, while delivering increased heating or cooling.

Sewers and drains

Any kind of problem with your sewers or drains can really dampen your spring spirit, and lead to some unpleasant repairs and inconvenience for family members. Check out any drains around your household to make sure they’re free and clear, and if necessary, use some liquid drain cleaner to keep them flowing smoothly. If you identify any problems with your drains or sewer system during inspection, call a professional to have the problem alleviated.

Indoor air quality

One of the first things you can do to improve your indoor air quality is to check on your HVAC system filters, and change them if necessary. This will help your units to run more smoothly, and it will prevent your system from recirculating the contaminants which are getting through the filter. If you consistently run into excessive amounts of debris trapped in your filters, it might be worthwhile to install an air purification system to help out.

When checking indoor air quality, it’s also a good idea to make regular checks on humidity. Excessively humid conditions inside the home can lead to the development of mold, which can be a major health issue for occupants. When humidity is too low inside your home, it can cause breathing issues for occupants, and when it’s too high, it can lead to discomfort for everyone, as well as providing a potential for mold growth.

To be sure your home humidity is at just the right level, you may want to consider purchasing a whole home humidifier, to maintain the right balance inside your residence.

Service for your Boise, Idaho home 

To have your HVAC systems thoroughly checked out or serviced to be ready for the upcoming warm season, call Right Now Heating and Air Conditioning at (208) 939-4475 or visit www.rightnowheatcool.com. We’ll have a well-qualified technician at your residence whenever it’s convenient, and you can then have peace of mind that your systems are completely ready for the coming season.

 

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