As winter slowly makes its way to the Tampa Bay area, many homeowners perform last-minute maintenance to prepare their homes for the coming year. Scheduling and conducting annual maintenance checks will help you to identify areas that may require further attention before the arrival of chilly weather. Although every house is different, they all require the following routine repairs and seasonal maintenance. Here are a few to consider.
Inspect Your Roof
Check your roof for damage, discoloration and areas where shingles have lost their gravel coating. Overhanging tree branches that touch your roof can loosen or dislodge shingles. These areas should be addressed immediately to avoid water damage to your roof, trusses and ceilings. Pay special attention to shingles near skylights, vents and chimneys as well as places where parts of the roof meet at an angle, where roofs are more prone to leak. You can perform the inspection from the ground using a good pair of binoculars. Or, if applicable, inspect these areas while installing outdoor Christmas lights.
Check Your Water Heater
Heating water can account for as much as 20 percent of your monthly energy bill. It is important to drain your water tank at least annually to remove any sediment that has accumulated inside. The mineral deposits reduce the appliance’s energy efficiency, making it more energy consumptive and more expensive to operate. The sediment can also ruin various safety features of the water heater causing the tank to rust and leak prematurely. Test the temperature and pressure relief valve and inspect the tank for rust and leaks. A leaky water heater can cause extensive water damage and foster the growth of mold.
Service Your Heating and Air Conditioning System
Heating and cooling your home accounts for almost half your annual energy consumption. A system operating at optimum efficiency will use less energy and will save you and your family money. This will also help prolong the service life of heating and cooling appliances, such as a heat pump or furnace.
Contact Blair’s Air for Expert AC Repair and Maintenance in Clearwater
In addition to inspecting your heating and cooling system, our professional technicians can calibrate or replace your thermostat to ensure that your HVAC unit is performing as it should. We can recommend any needed repairs and provide guidance on newer models when it is time to replace an inefficient or failed system. At Blair’s Air, we use the latest technological advances to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC system. Call or fill out our online form so we can help you solve any and all of your AC and heating troubles.