Spring is in the air and it’s time to take care of some home maintenance tasks to protect your investment and keep your home running ship-shape.

Each season brings with it a host of tasks that requires our attention on our homesteads. From cutting the grass to defending your home against the pollen build-up, it’s time to get on the offensive and do some spring cleaning.

Inside your home, take the time to change the filter in your HVAC unit if you haven’t done so recently. Changing this frequently ensures your heating and air unit runs at its peak performance.

This is also a great time to check the fire and carbon monoxide detectors in your house to ensure they are working and that the battery is good.

Washing your window treatments and dusting the blinds is a great way to defend against accumulated dust, animal dander and pollen, all of which wreak havoc on our sinuses.

Another task to aid in cleaning the air inside the house is to vacuum out your air vents and have the carpets cleaned professionally. Like the window treatments, carpet fibers and air systems harbor dust particles, pollen and other allergens. An annual thorough cleaning is good for keeping all your systems in good shape and healthy as well.

Finally, defend against a house fire by checking the dryer hose. Is there an accumulation of lint build-up? This is one of the primary causes of home fires. It’s a cheap and easy fix to replace it once a year.

Outside the home is where the fun is! From cutting the grass for the first time this season to planting new flowers, this is the season to amp up your home’s curb appeal.

Start by cleaning the gutters and downspouts from winter storm debris. Pay attention to the facia – the wooden boards covering the ends of the rafters. Note any rot and replace as needed.

Consider power washing the entire house to spruce up the color of your home and protect against mildew. Is a paint touch-up needed anywhere? There’s no time like the present to take care of that.

Once the house is in order, turn your attention to the lawn. It’s time to fertilize your lawn and plant new shrubs for the season.

Lastly, spring is the prelude to a long, hot summer, so clean up your outdoor furniture and cushions. Then you can sit back and enjoy the warmer temperatures with friends and family on your front porch and the back deck.

Amanda Maletz is a mortgage consultant with OnQFinancial.Amanda.Maletz @OnQFinancial.com