Seasons come and go, but rarely are we prepared for them. We’re too busy focusing on unpacking our favorite winter outfits to notice that leaves are starting to regain their color and there are birds chirping in the morning again. When it comes to keeping your home safe and conserving energy, it’s best to stay ahead of the curve on seasonal changes.
With Spring upon us, it’s important to keep security updates in mind as we surveil our homes and prepare for the latest change in season.
1. Change the Light Schedule
You likely had your automatic driveway and porch lights turning on in the early evening during the winter. You didn’t want to drive up to a dark house and carry your groceries to the front door in the pitch black night. But every hour those lights are on costs you money and, now that the sun is setting later, you can adjust their schedule. If your home automated system allows for day-by-day light scheduling, look at local weather reports to see when the sun in your area will begin to set in the upcoming months and schedule your lights accordingly to save a little money.
2. Inspect Caulking
Strong winter storms may have ripped off some of the weather proofing and caulking around your doors and windows. These seals, however, are important for the efficiency of your air conditioning; if they’ve been torn off, then the cool air you’d like to keep inside your home can slip outside, rendering your AC useless. Replace any damaged seals before the weather really ramps up.
3. Collect Leaves
If you pay for a landscaper to come by and pick up the mounds of leaves that fall from the trees in the fall and winter, take a look outside; are those leaves still falling? If so, are they still creating massive mounds or are they more like little piles that you could pick up with a rake and a trash bag? Don’t accidentally continue to pay a landscaper to do a job for weeks that you don’t need him to do.
4. Inspect Air Conditioning
Air conditioning technicians will become quite busy once the weather warms up. Call yours now so he or she can inspect your AC unit before they’re all booked. Operating a sluggish unit or failing to clean it out properly can mean your AC doesn’t work efficiently and can cost you more money than you’d like.
5. Fix Broken Concrete and Pathways
If winter storms caused concrete or otherwise hard-covered pathways to crack, you should patch these up before spring showers begin. If water seeps down below the concrete, it can cause the concrete to expand, an even larger problem to fix later on.
6. Watch Out for New Wires and Trees
If you had any major appliances installed around your home in the fall or winter that called for utility wires being strung up, make sure these won’t come in direct contact with your trees. If the trees were bare when you set up those wires, you might not have thought about it, but now the branches will start blooming with busy leaves that could encroach on wiring and pose a fire hazard.
7. Clean Gutters and Drains
Even if a Landscaper cleans up most of your fallen leaves, plenty could still slide into your drains and gutters. If these remain there when spring rain begins, they could clog your drains and lead to a backup. Have your gutters and drains cleaned before the season officially changes.
8. Fortify the Foundation of Your Home
Pack compacted soil around the foundation of your home, especially if your landscape slopes down towards your house. Spring rain can gather around the foundation of your house and cause water damage, but compacted soil can help prevent this.
If you make these small improvements now, all you’ll need to worry about is enjoying the sounds of baby birds and the brighter days of spring.