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Homeownership has many rewards. However, proper maintenance is an integral part if you want your home in the best shape possible. That means keeping up on maintenance items before they become costly fixes. These tips go beyond saving money; they keep a home in the best shape possible.
1. Regularly Clean Refrigerator Coils Clean
Refrigerator coils are on the back and bottom of a refrigerator. They cool and condense the refrigerant. They easily collect dirt and dust. That makes the refrigerator work harder to release the heat from the coils to keep the food cold. Additionally, keeping the coils clean can extend the refrigerator’s life and reduce a home’s energy bill.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows the temperature in the home to get regulated ahead of time. Programmable thermostats can also be set from anywhere, meaning that if you are driving home, you can adjust the air in your home.
Programmable thermostats can be digital, and a smart thermostat can be adjusted using the internet. They work like traditional thermostats to monitor the temperature in the home. Because they can be easily adjusted, programmable thermostats are a maintenance item that can save money.
3. Get Rid of Weeds
Weeds on the outside of a home are unsightly. In addition to harming plants, weeds also take away from a beautiful landscape and can also house pests that will multiply. Additionally, weeds can encroach and damage the outside air conditioner unit of a home. The damage caused by weeds affects the system’s airflow. By putting off pulling weeds, the HVAC is open to wearing, which can be expensive to repair.
4. Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great investment and help keep your house cool. They attach to the electricity, and their blades blow cool air around a room. Most ceiling fans have a light fixture attached as well. Having ceiling fans in multiple rooms allows homeowners to reduce the thermostat temperature, saving energy costs. In addition to saving on energy, ceiling fans also:
- Give better lighting
- They are quieter than an air conditioner
- Allows you to enjoy a steady breeze
- Better for the environment
5. Replace Air Filters
A furnace is part of every home. Air filters protect the furnace from dirt, debris, hair, and other pollutants that the furnace sucks in. Filters aid in a home’s air quality which is essential for daily air breathed.
Air filters should be inspected monthly and replaced every six months. If not, problems may arise. When not replaced, you may turn on the heat, discover your furnace blowing cold air, and immediately panic. Give your system a 10 to 15 minutes allowance for this. However, if after this time it’s still producing cold air, then there’s an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
The benefits of keeping up with replacing air filters include:
- Reduction in energy cost
- Lengthens the life of your furnace
- Reduces mold, mildew, and pet dander from the air
6. Get Rid of Weeds
Weeds on the outside of a home are unsightly. In addition to harming plants, weeds also take away from a beautiful landscape and can also house pests that will multiply. Additionally, weeds can encroach and damage the outside air conditioner unit of a home. The damage caused by weeds affects the system’s airflow. By avoiding pulling weeds, the homeowner is open to wear to the HVAC system, which can be expensive.
7. Keep Gutters Clean
Gutters are attached to homes and have several purposes. In addition to protecting siding from wet leaves and debris, they also keep rainwater from sitting on a home. The rainwater is collected and led to the ground through a downspout. When gutters are blocked, those clogs can decompose and lead to rot.
8. Access Attic Insulation
The attic in many homes is a mysterious space. However, it is essential for homeowners to check their attic’s insulation every three to six months. The attic insulation should be checked for:
- Pest infestation
- Insufficient insulation
- Roof leaks
- Mold and mildew
As you have read, homeownership has many rewards. However, homeowners must take maintenance seriously. Doing that helps homeowners save on maintenance. The seven tips above are maintenance money-saving tips and will keep a home in the best shape possible.