The thing about maintaining a home is that there seems to be an endless list of things to do. It’s like there’s no time that there’s nothing to do around the house, which makes it seem like a difficult task.
Most of the time, piled up work results from us delaying things we could’ve done when we actually had the time. The mountain of work can also result from us focusing on one aspect of home maintenance and leaving no time to handle other tasks.
Overlooking home maintenance tasks can lead to problems that can be quite expensive and time-consuming to fix. Most of the time, we can’t even fix these problems ourselves. These tasks range from cleaning the refrigerator down to washing garbage bins. We don’t think about doing them as much as we think about laundry, but they’re just as important.
Worry not, for we’ve created a list of home maintenance tasks often overlooked but are actually crucial in keeping a home clean and well-maintained.
Take a look at these:
1. Vacuuming the back of the fridge.
It’s more than likely that you’re under the impression that the back of refrigerators doesn’t accumulate dust and dirt because it’s confined in a space where no one tries to reach. But in reality, the dust has a way of invading spaces you never thought were possible for them to invade.
The back of your fridge is no stranger to stubborn dust. Your fridge has condenser coils that run on its back or across the bottom. They work to cool and condense the refrigerant, and if left clogged with dirt and dust, they won’t be able to release heat efficiently. This leads to your fridge’s underperformance.
Make sure to vacuum this part of your fridge at least once a year. More often, if you know your home is prone to dust build-up.
2. Replacing furnace filters.
Keeping a home warm and cozy during winter may seem as easy as turning on your home’s heating system, but a lot goes into maintaining the parts of that system. The ducts of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are prone to taking in what they shouldn’t—such as dirt, dust, hair, debris, and many others.
They aren’t supposed to be there, which means they’ll cause problems if they say any longer. To prevent problems with your HVAC system, replace your furnace filters every season. Doing so will keep them ready to keep your house cool and warm.
You don’t want to be charged for consuming electricity using them and not reap the benefits they should be providing, right?
3. Testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Home maintenance isn’t only about keeping a home clean and comfortable. It’s also about keeping it safe. A way to do that is to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors first thing during move in.
Having those alarm systems will save lives during unfortunate events. If you already have them, you must test them at least twice a year to ensure they’ll detect toxins and go off.
Each device has testing features that you can press, and the alarms should act as if they detected smoke or carbon monoxide.
4. Washing garbage bins.
You might think that putting garbage bags in garbage bins prevents it from being infested with millions of bacteria that can cause different illnesses, but you can’t be more wrong. We’re sure you realise this. After all, you won’t even touch the surface of your garbage bins because you do know they’re filthy. If you don’t clean your bins, worms grow, and they can make their way out of the bin and into places where they shouldn’t be.
Washing them at least once a week as you take out the trash will prevent them from producing a foul smell, but they won’t be clean. They aren’t designed to be.
Another tip is to use transparent waste bins, which will show you just how dirty they can get. That’ll surely edge you into cleaning it.
5. Checking your emergency flashlights.
It’s uncommon for one to see a power outage coming. Even more unlikely to know how long they’ll last once they come. To make sure you don’t stare at the dark during an unexpected outage, regularly check your emergency flashlight batteries.
Your phone’s flashlight can help you, but that will cause you to drain your battery, and you won’t have a phone to kill boredom with or to use during emergencies.
Knowing these things can help ensure that you don’t miss any maintenance or repair needed to prevent unwanted expenses.