Annual Maintenance Tips
- Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve. This will prevent mineral and corrosion buildup, which safeguards against leaks. It will also help your heater run more efficiently.
- Vacuum your refrigerator 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 and your fridge requires more juice. You can save up to $100 a year by doing this, and it’s not at all a difficult task.
- Change refrigerator water filter. Refrigerators generally have an indicator that will turn red to indicate that the filter should be replaced.
- Half-yearly service to air conditioning and heating equipment. Heating and Air Conditioning equipment, no matter what type you have installed, should be inspected, cleaned, and serviced at least once a year. The best option is to have the heating system checked in the Fall and the air conditioning checked in the Spring.
- Annual Termite Inspection. Termites are dangerous pests because they have the ability to silently devour the structure of your home without your knowledge. By the time you notice structural problems inside your home due to termite activity, the damage may be significant. To protect your home from widespread damage, you should detect the problem as soon as possible. A professional home termite inspection is recommended once a year, particularly if you see termite activity, such as swarms, as well as mud tubes, that lightning insects build to move from place to place in or around your home.
- Cleaning the ducts of the heating/air conditioning system. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) suggests cleaning your ducts every three to five years to prevent the proliferation of pollutants in the air. Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of the various heating and cooling components, including ducts and registers for air supply and return, grilles and diffusers, heat and cooling exchanger coils, drain trays (drip trays), fan motor and fan box, and air handling unit housing. The EPA provides reliable information on this recommendation. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/should-you-have-air-ducts-your-home-cleaned
- Give your house a deep clean. Take one Saturday every six months with your whole family, and give the whole house a proper deep clean. Appliances, windows, dusting every nook and cranny (including the basement), etc. Keeping things clean and not letting dirt/grime/dust build up over years and years will help keep your home in tip-top shape.