With the holidays over and we are a month into the New Year, now is a good time to consider adding “keeping up on home maintenance to your resolutions. We can help with a checklist of items to maintain routinely to help you avoid future issues and make your home warranty work.
- CHANGE YOUR FILTERS
We know you hear this all the time, but it reduces your energy bills, keeps your home cleaner and makes your Heating and Cooling system last longer. A filter rule to follow is if you can see through the filter it will only filter very large items (a dear old boss of mine used to say only filters the dead mice. Since in the Southwest we live in dust bowls you defiantly need at least a 1” pleated filter. It must be changed at least every two months and if you have pets once a month.
- TEST THE CARBON MONOXIDE AND SMOKE DETECTORS
The consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every year to ensure they are properly working. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the of the home. If your home has more than one detector most likely they are on a circuit so when you change one battery you must change them all or the one beeping will continue. Again, because we live with a lot of dust, make sure to vacuum the detectors every 3 to 6 months. Dust getting in the detectors can move when the air comes on whether cool or warm causing the alarm to think it is smoke causing the unit to beep at inopportune times, say 2 AM.
3. CHECK AND CLEAN THE RANGE HOOD FAN
Over time your range hood fan may become blocked with grease and grime so that it loses its effectiveness. If you cook over gas this is extremely important to have your hood fan venting to the outside. There are tutorials online that show how to clean this filter with simple natural items such as boiling water, baking soda, and a good de-greasing dish soap.
4.VACUUM REFRIGERATOR COILS
This simple task can extend the life of your refrigerator. It will make the refrigerator operate more efficiently reducing utility bills. Dust or pet hair on the coils can cover them and cause them to overheat burning out condensing unit causing the refrigerator to need replacement.
Stay tuned next month for more items to pay attention to.