Get ready for spring

March 18, 2021
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

As the temperatures start to heat up, there are a few things you will want to take care of around the house to make sure you are ready. We will break this up into five tasks in each article over the next few weeks.

- Time to replace those air-conditioning filters and wipe down vent covers and return air covers. This will not only help with your HVAC efficiency but is also healthier for your household. Many households have recently added air purifiers in their homes in this past year for extra protection.

- Clean out your dryer vent. Believe it or not, a dryer can catch on fire from lint build up so don't wait on this one if it has been a while.

- There may only be 8-10 days in Texas where it is comfortable to have the windows open, but we relish those days. Make sure your window screens are clean and free of damage so you can enjoy those open windows without any unwanted pests coming in.

- Clean out the gutters. I am sure it is no surprise to any of you that we have active soil in this area. That is one reason gutters are important, to keep the water moving away from the foundation. If the gutters are full, they don't function properly and if they get too heavy, they can start to pull away from the house.

- Clean and repair the deck and fence. If there are any loose boards or if they need to be power washed and restained, now is the time. Do it before it gets too hot. Do it before the summer starts so that you can actually enjoy them through the whole summer.

Happy Cleaning!

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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