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Top 5 house maintenance tips for spring

(NC) Spring cleaning tasks are upon us, so be sure to add some cost-saving, energy-efficient measures, before turning on the air conditioner this summer.

Dave Walton, the director of home ideas at Direct Energy, tells us he has worked with thousands of homeowners providing them with easy energy-saving tips and tricks, and this includes how to implement efficiency-upgrades around the house. Here are some of his best quick tips as you get ready for spring:

Replace your filters – This will ensure clean air throughout your home. Clogged filters mean your air conditioner must work harder to move cool air through the house. By replacing them now, you will be ready for the heat of the summer – and this should be done every three months.

Prepare the air conditioner – Be sure toremove the winter cover and gently clean the coils of the outdoor unit with a garden hose. Make sure it's clear of debris such as leaves and branches from the fall and winter.

Clean and rotate your ceiling fans – Make sure all the fans in your home are working properly and are dust-free. In the summer, the blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction to move the air downwards and maximize air circulation so your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard.

Change outdoor bulbs – When replacing them, remember that an energy-saving light bulb can last up to 10 times longer than a normal bulb and use up to 75 per cent less energy. You'll save yourself some money and won't have to worry about them burning out this summer.

Check for leaksExamine the seals and insulation around windows and doors. Up to 30 per cent of a home's heating and cooling costs can be lost through poorly fitted windows and doors.

More information on this topic is available online at www.davescorner.ca.

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