New Year, New Home: Maintenance
To Start Your New Year Safely
The yard is spotless and ready for snow, the pipes are insulated for the cold months ahead, and all the patio furniture has been packed into the garage. But once you've crossed out everything on your pre-winter checklist, the work isn't over. An entirely new checklist is ready to replace it. Your home is a machine, and all machines need regular maintenance to function properly. Here are five replacement ideas to help you start the year safely.
Silence Your Sensors
There are few things more annoying than a beeping smoke or carbon monoxide detector. Even if you typically change the batteries every six months, it's a good idea to make sure everything is working right before the cold season begins. Changing the batteries doesn't guarantee your alarms are still functioning properly. Use the new year to test your system and clean any alarms that might be clogged up by dust.
Bulbs And Other Batteries
One of the most exhausting parts of winter life is being cooped up indoors for long periods of time. Take advantage of being in the house and try to get a jump on replacing items before they fizzle out and cause safety hazards. Replace old light bulbs in areas you don't typically use like a basement or spare room, and check the batteries in items such as garage door openers, flashlights and your security system.
Retool The Toolbox
It might be a little cooler in the garage, shed or basement, but the winter season gives you the perfect opportunity to clear out unnecessary gear from your workspace and get ready for the next round of spring, summer, and fall. Organize, clean and make room for the tools you'll need to replace. Be sure to inspect everything from power tools to step ladders to guarantee your next job will be done safely and efficiently.
The Facts About Filters
If you can't remember the last time you changed the air filter in your HVAC system, don't let another day slip by. Swapping out air filters on a regular basis is an essential part of keeping your system working properly. On top of keeping the air in your home clean, it also saves energy, cuts down on releasing harmful greenhouse gases like carbon monoxide into the environment, and saves you money in the long run.
Keeping your home safe also applies to your daily decor. Bath mats, towels, pillows, and other linens should be examined every year, even if they don't need to be replaced immediately. Wear and tear can make nonslip surfaces unreliable. It can break down defensive barriers, allow residue to build up and trigger allergies, turning the shelter you counted on to get you through the winter months into an uncomfortable zone.
As a reliable machine, your home is capable of putting up with a lot of strain. It could be years before you start to notice that it isn't functioning as well as it once did. It's smart to keep up with regular maintenance, especially if you want your home to be safe year after year.