Spring into action for a healthy, happy home.
Flowers are in bloom, temperatures are rising, and we’re slowly emerging from hibernation. And as we do, we’re noticing (maybe for the 4th year in a row) that our homes need a little work. A fresh coat of paint, clearing out the clutter, or fixing a broken door.
From routine spring cleaning to more advanced remodels, LEAP can help you factor health, comfort and energy savings into those projects and take advantage of financing and limited-time cash rebates.
5 Spring Home Energy Tips
1. Get a comprehensive home energy assessment performed by a Building Performance Institute certified auditor. You will receive a prioritized list of where and how you can get the biggest bang for your buck in energy savings. Bonus: they do a health and safety check that protects homeowners from hidden hazards such as gas leaks, carbon monoxide and excess moisture. Learn more about home energy assessments.
2. Tune up your air conditioner. The day when we first turn on our air conditioners isn’t too far away, and if your unit has dirty coils, airflow problems or is simply too old and inefficient, you’ll pay for it in higher utility bills and an uncomfortable home this summer. Have a professional tune up your air conditioner.
3. Get your house checked for air leaks. Sealing cracks and gaps will prevent warm air from leaking into your house this summer and keep the cold air out next winter.
4. Make the most of April showers. April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also lead to flooding in basements and crawlspaces. And that in turn can lead to some of those mold and mildew issues. Be sure to clear your gutters and extend down spouts to move the excessive runoff away from the foundation. And now is a great time to purchase — or build your own — rain barrel so that you can harvest all that rainwater and reuse it for your lawn and garden. Make sure to add an extension hose to the overflow valve to bring excess water away from the house.
5. Don’t just blame it on the pollen. This is the time of year when allergy medicines fly off the shelves and cars are covered in yellow. But those allergies can also be flaring up because of mold and mildew issues in the house. Learn more about the problems and solutions associated with moisture and mold)