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Prepare your home for spring and summer

The Tahoe region weathered its fair share of storms this winter.

Those winter storms can pose problems for homeowners, but "there are a few simple things homeowners can do to identify and correct issues before they become major problems to prevent high repair costs later on," Darrin Gilmore, general manager of Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar, said in a press release.

He recommends doing the following home maintenance inspections to prepare your home for spring:

 Check your indoor air quality

it’s very common for all sorts of items to end up lodged in ductwork. Inspect ductwork and vents for signs of mold growth.n

—The Inspector

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Inspect and replace A/C air filters. A clean filter will ensure cleaner, fresher and healthier air in your home. Also, a clogged air filter allows less air to flow through your system, forcing it to work harder. This can cause extensive damage to your system and increase costs due to higher energy bills and costly repairs. Make sure the A/C registers and ductwork are clear. For homes with pets or children, it's very common for all sorts of items to end up lodged in ductwork. Inspect ductwork and vents for signs of mold growth.

Conduct Simple Air Conditioner Maintenance

Examine your heating and cooling unit for strange noises, condensation leaks and indoor temperatures that do not match thermostat readings. These are all signs that your air conditioning unit needs repair. Request a seasonal system tune-up and cleaning to make sure your system works efficiently.

Insulate and Waterproof Your Home

Check the insulation of your walls, attic, crawl spaces, basement, garage and ceiling. Also, visually inspect your roof for shingle lift. Poor insulation can be the cause of increased energy bills due to heat loss during winter and heat absorption during summer. Inspect your gutters. Remove any debris that could prevent your gutters from draining properly. Check that all the downspouts extend away from the home to prevent water from pooling close to your home. Check the faucets inside the house for any leaks and seepage. Catching a water leak at an early stage will prevent costly damage to your home.

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