After being cooped up all winter, we are overflowing with excitement at the prospect of being able to spend time outdoors safely.

And while property maintenance is the last thing on most people’s minds, there’s no denying that our homes need attention after all the extra time we’ve spent inside.

Reliance Home Comfort offers a checklist to take the guesswork out of spring maintenance:

1. HVAC: From filter cleaning to duct inspection, spring is the perfect time to have your HVAC unit inspected. Don’t wait for the sweltering summer heat to make sure your air conditioning is working properly.

2. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home as part of routine spring maintenance. A few minutes spent making sure everything is working properly could save you more than you think.

3. Windows and Doors: Inspect window sills, doors and floors for any signs of moisture or mold buildup that may have accumulated over the winter. Replace your weatherstripping to trap cool air inside when the weather really heats up.

4. Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans are an economical way to promote healthy air circulation inside the home. Fans should spin counter-clockwise in the warmer months to push cool air down.

5. Water and plumbing: Plumbing can be put to the test during the winter. Check your pipes, faucets and toilets (and the areas around them) for signs of damage or leaks and contact a professional if necessary.

6. Sump Pump: Don’t be caught off guard by April showers! Examine your sump pump for signs of corrosion and rust that could indicate it’s time to repair or replace the unit. Contact a plumber if you suspect a problem.

7. Gutters and Downspouts: Maintaining gutters (gutters) and downspouts isn’t glamorous, but it’s key to any spring cleaning. Leftover standing water from winter can lead to mold and insect growth, while cracks can lead to damaging leaks around your home. If this DIY job isn’t for you, consider hiring a professional to handle it.