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Southwest Seasonal Maintenance Guide

In this guide, we'll provide a strategic approach to maintaining your home in the Southwest US throughout the year!


Inspect and Clean Heating Systems

Before the cooler temperatures set in, ensure your heating system is professionally inspected and cleaned. Replace the furnace filter to maintain air quality and system efficiency.

Check Insulation and Seal Drafts

Examine your home's insulation to make sure it's adequate, especially in the attic and walls. Use weatherstripping or caulking to seal up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors to keep the heat in and reduce energy costs.

Protect Pipes from Freezing

Although rare, freezes can happen. Insulate exposed pipes, particularly those in attics, garages, and crawl spaces, to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting.

Clean and Repair Roof and Gutters

Remove debris from your roof and gutters to prevent water accumulation that could lead to leaks or damage during rare winter rains.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ensure safety devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly by testing them and replacing batteries as needed.


Service Air Conditioning Units

Have your air conditioning system serviced to prepare for the oncoming heat. Clean or replace filters, and check the coolant levels to ensure efficient operation.

Check for Pest Intrusions

Inspect your home for signs of pests which become more active in spring. Seal up entry points and consider environmentally friendly pest control solutions.

Refresh Exterior Paint

Inspect exterior walls and touch up paint as needed to protect your home from intense sun and heat damage.

Prepare Landscape for Dry Conditions

Optimize your irrigation system for efficiency. Replace any inefficient systems with drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water usage.

Inspect and Seal Windows and Doors

Check seals around windows and doors to ensure they are tight to prevent cool air leaks during the hot months ahead.


Maintain Cooling Systems

Check and replace air conditioning filters monthly during peak usage. Ensure the external unit is clear of debris and vegetation for optimal performance.

Enhance Shading and Cooling

Install shades, blinds, or thermal curtains to keep the heat out. Consider using solar screens or window films to further reduce heat gain.

Manage Water Usage

Adjust sprinklers and irrigation systems to early morning or late evening times to minimize evaporation. Consider xeriscaping to further reduce water demand.

Check Roof for Sun Damage

Inspect your roof for damage caused by the intense sun. Repair any cracks or wear to prevent leaks during monsoon season.

Prepare for Monsoon Season

Secure loose items in your yard, clear drainage areas, and trim trees to reduce the risk of damage from storms.

Pest Management

Continue to monitor for pests, particularly termites and ants. Treat infestations promptly and adjust landscaping to discourage pest nesting.


Prepare Home for Cooling Temperatures

As the heat subsides, it's a good time to open windows in the evenings to cool the house naturally. Check and repair any damage to screens.

Inspect and Clean the Fireplace

If you use a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected before the colder nights begin. This ensures safety and efficiency.

Service Heating System

Get your heating system ready for the occasional use in winter. This includes changing the filters and having a professional inspection.

Deep Watering for Plants

Before winter, give your trees and shrubs a deep watering to help them through the drier winter months.

Check Insulation and Weatherstripping

Revisit the insulation in your attic and crawl spaces. Replace or repair weatherstripping around doors and windows to improve energy efficiency.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Clear your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage during the occasional rains.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Update or create an emergency kit with supplies for power outages and potential natural disasters, which are more likely during the change of seasons.

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