FEBRUARY  TIPS

Welcome to February, a month where the winter weather is starting to ease up and we can start thinking about getting our homes in tip-top shape. As the temperature starts to rise and the snow starts to melt, it's a good time to focus on home maintenance tasks that will help keep your home running smoothly and efficiently. Here are a few tasks to consider tackling this month:

  1. Clean and inspect your furnace. As the winter months come to a close, it's a good idea to give your furnace a thorough cleaning and inspection. This will help ensure that it's running efficiently and safely, and can help extend its lifespan. If you're not comfortable completing this task yourself, consider hiring a professional to do it for you.

  2. Check and replace all caulking around showers and bathtubs. By checking the caulking around showers and tubs regularly, you can help ensure that your bathroom is safe, waterproof, and energy-efficient. If you notice any gaps, cracks, or other damage to the caulking, it's important to repair or replace it as soon as possible.

  3. Clean exhaust fans in all bathrooms. Dirty exhaust fans have to work harder to remove moisture and odors from the room. Therefore not only does cleaning exhaust fans improve efficiency but it improves the air quality as well. Most importantly cleaning exhaust fans can decrease the likelihood of a fire. Lint and other debris can accumulate in the fan and potentially come into contact with the heating element, which can ignite.

  4. Check gutters for any ice dams and icicles. By regularly checking your gutters for dams and icicles and taking care of any issues as needed, you can help protect your home from water damage and improve its overall appearance.

  1. Check your water heater. Drain a few gallons of water from the bottom of your water heater to remove any sediment that may have built up. This will help extend the life of your water heater and improve its efficiency.

By completing these tasks, you can help ensure that your home is in good condition and running smoothly. If you have any concerns or need assistance with any of these tasks, it's always a good idea to consult with a professional. 

Happy Home Maintenance!

JANUARY  TIPS

Welcome to the new year! As we start a new chapter, it's important to make sure our homes are in good condition. To help you get started, here are some home maintenance tasks to consider tackling in January:

  1. Check your heating system. With the colder months upon us, it's important to make sure your heating system is working properly. This includes checking the thermostat, changing the air filter, and cleaning any debris from around the furnace.
  1. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Test the batteries and replace them if necessary. It's also a good idea to check the expiration date on your detectors and replace them if they are past their useful life.

  1. Inspect your windows and doors. Look for any drafts, damaged seals, or other issues that may be causing heat loss. If you notice any problems, consider sealing or replacing the windows or doors to improve energy efficiency.

  1. Check your home's exterior. Look for any cracks or holes in the siding, and seal them up to keep out drafts and pests. Check for any ice dams or icicles in the gutters.

  1. Clean your refrigerator coils. This increases the lifespan of your refrigerator overall. Not only does cleaning your refrigerator coils improve your energy efficiency and cooling performance, but most importantly it reduces the risk of a fire. The coils on a refrigerator can become clogged with dust and lint, which can increase the risk of a fire. By cleaning the coils regularly, you can reduce this risk.

  2. Clean the inside of your oven. A dirty interior of an oven can cause food to cook unevenly. Therefore by cleaning your oven you can improve the cooking efficiency and make future spills easier to clean up. This also  improves safety and reduces the risk of a fire.  If the inside of your oven is dirty, it can be a fire hazard. Grease and food splatters can ignite, especially if they come into contact with the heating element. By keeping your oven clean, you can reduce the risk of a fire.


By tackling these tasks now, you can ensure your home is in good shape for the rest of the year. 

Happy Home Maintenance!

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