One of the best ways to maintain, and even improve, the value of your home is with consistent general maintenance. Take care of your home and it will take care of you!
- Clean air filters and vents and replace the furnace filter.
- Vacuum behind the refrigerator as well as the refrigerator coils. A build up of dust can restrict air flow and reduce the efficiency of your fridge
- Clean out dryer vent (and clean behind the washer and dryer while you’re at it).
- Steam clean floors to get rid of dust, allergens and mold. Hoover’s SteamScrub 2-IN-1 can be used on both carpets and hard flooring surfaces.
- Inspect caulking around doors and windows to ensure air isn’t escaping. Seal as necessary.
- Inspect both the basement and attic for water damage, mold, and evidence of pests.
- Check pipes and faucets for leaks.
- Check heating ducts and clean out any large amounts of dust or animal hair.
- Check operation of smoke and CO detectors. These always need to be in good working order but the new season is a good time to check them.
Year Round Tips
- Run a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed to ensure the right level of humidity in your home. Ideally, your home should be between 30% and 50% humidity to be healthy.
- Remove the causes of indoor air pollution with an air purifier such as Oreck’s ProShield Air Purifier. Not only will the air quality improve, you’ll have less dusting to do too!
- Any time you vacuum, turn over upholstered furniture and vacuum the cambric (the fabric cover) on the underside. Cambric is meant to keep dust out, but it can actually collect quite a bit.
- Clean inside appliances regularly to keep them running efficiently.
- Help prevent drain clogs by flushing them with a mixture of half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.
- Hire a professional to inspect your chimney and fireplace. They will examine for corrosion, wear and damage, and recommend any necessary cleaning or repairs.
- Test ground fault circuit interrupter(s) on electrical outlets monthly by pushing the test button, which should then cause the reset button to pop up.