The new year has come and we are all delving into 2020. We all have our New Year resolutions locked and loaded. But most of those are all personal achievements. This year, it is important to not put off and procrastinate important things around the house.
You should definitely make a new year’s resolution to stay on top of household to-do lists that you may have forgotten about, or have put off from last year. Make this year the year to make sure your house doesn’t need further help later from neglecting these things on this list.
What made me think about doing a list like this is because I just had a furnace guy come and do a maintenance call on our heater. This house is old, I think our furnace is 10 years old, so I don’t want to take any chances with it going out or causing any issues. He did a 39-point inspection and said only one small piece needed to e replaced for optimal function. Otherwise it looks great. Great news and something I can cross of my concerns.
Air conditioning Maintenance
Which brings me to my next point. While he was here, he said that it is important to do the same thing with you air-conditioner too. Summer will be here before we know it, and while we may be struggling with the shorter days and the cold weather, it will soon whizz on by to spring and summer. It means that at this time of year especially, we start to plan for the year ahead
Many homes can be fitted with air conditioning machines that are able to keep your home cool on even the hottest days. But throughout winter they won’t have been used, so you may want to seek the guidance of professionals to give it a service and a once over. This is when an ac repair might come in handy. Other appliances that could go wrong during the summer would be fridges and freezers, especially when you need them the most.
Test carbon dioxide/smoke detectors
Another test that should be on your list is to test your detectors. Your detectors should have a “test” button. If the alarm sounds, you’re good to go. If not, replace batteries immediately and test again. If it still doesn’t sound, it’s possible there’s simply corrosion on the battery terminal, and it won’t detect new batteries. Clean it and try again. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll likely need a new detector.
Clean your refrigerator coils.
This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. Just turn on your vacuum and clean those coils. The fridge can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, so you want it running as efficiently as possible. Over time, the coils get dirty from all that dust and dirt and takes more energy to run.You can save up to $100 a year by doing this.
Flush hot water heater
By flushing out your hot water heater it removes sediment by prolonging the life of the heater and helps with efficiency as well.
Check and clean exhausts to exterior
This includes your dryer vent. While your dryer is running, check to make are the exhaust is coming out and there is no blockage. Check other vents you may have for blockage and also use your vacuum to remove any hard to reach lint from your dryer.
Clean range hood filters
This is something that gets forgotten a lot. Take the filter off your hood and clan it with a degreaser you can find at an auto parts store with hot water. You’ll be amazed what comes off. Once it is clean, it will be so nice to see your filter work the next time you make bacon.
Spring and summer are around the corner and once these tasks are off your list, you can focus on the fun stuff like BBQ’s! My Favorite. BBQ’s are one of the best things to do in terms of entertaining in your garden in the summer. Heading to your local shop and buying in a good stock of BBQ goodies which can include things like meat or vegetables, and then grilling up a storm. Which means that you can really create a lavish meal for your nearest and dearest. If you don’t have a BBQ, this time of the year is the ideal time to grab a bargain. Whether you choose something coal powered or gas operated, you are bound to find the right thing for you.