Every homeowner wants to keep their house in tiptop shape, but what does it entail? There are many things to keep track of, and it’s rather difficult to keep track of all of them at once. This list can help you with that and more.
Clean Your Exhaust Fans
Your HVAC system might seem reliable, and even if it is, you should still remember to perform regular maintenance for it. When dust builds up in your filters, it can clog them up and cause allergens to build up. If you often have an itchy nose or find yourself constantly sneezing inside your home, one reason could be your filters in need of cleaning.
Switch Directions On Your Ceiling Fan
There’s actually a neat trick to maintain energy efficiency and use your cooling and heating system less. And it simply involves switching the direction of your ceiling fan. A simple reminder is to rotate it counterclockwise during summer, as it pushes cool air down and keeps a consistently cool breeze. During winter, it’s best to have it spin clockwise on a low-speed setting to move the warm air in the ceiling and pull the cold air upwards.
Deep Clean and Repair Your Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most commonly forgotten areas to clean, despite being also one of the most commonly used areas. Clean the bathroom with strong cleaning agents if necessary, and check if the tiles need regrouting or caulking. Alternatively, there’s also the option to go for a bathroom remodel. While it’s considerably a bigger investment, it will freshen up your bathroom and lets you start from zero and maintain its cleanliness.
Check for Parasite Nests
You don’t want to share your home with pests and parasites now, do you? That’s why it’s also important to go around your house and check both the inside and outside to see if there are any signs of infestation. Ensure to look at any cracks where a small insect or rodent can sneak in and make their nest. However, if you find something, think carefully about whether you can do it yourself or just let a professional handle it.
Schedule a Maintenance for Your Exterior
Your exterior wall is tough. It faces a lot of harsh elements all year round and clashes with the forces of nature. Rain or shine, hot or cold, your exterior takes all of it. That’s why from the onset, you should already choose materials and paint that can withstand the elements. When we talk about the exterior, we mean for you to check on all of it: roofing, gutter, sidings, pathways, and foundation. Of course, this could mean a lot of work, so don’t try to do it all at once. Schedule your maintenance depending on the season, priority, and budget.
Wash the Washing Machine
You might think that because you use your washer to clean your clothes that it somehow cleans itself in the process too. However, lint, sediments, and other dirt material can build up at the bottom of the machine. Imagine all that dirt cycling back into your clothes. Now you wouldn’t be so sure if your clothes come out so clean after all. Depending on how often you use your washing machine, it’s ideal for cleaning it once a week if you load it up often, or once a month if otherwise.
Make Sure the Alarms Are Working
One of the most important things to do when doing your home maintenance is to make sure all the safety alarms are still working. Because they only go off during rare emergency cases, we often forget that they’re there- which can be a problem when something happens. Make sure they’re still working by doing a cursory check if the indicator lights are on. Change the batteries as provided in its instruction manual as well.
Change Your Curtains, Bedsheets, and Pillowcases
This should come as a no-brainer for your bedsheets, but make sure you also remove your curtains and pillowcases regularly. Not only do curtains accumulate dust mites and other allergens, but they can also hold onto moisture, creating mold and mildew buildup. This is dangerous to you and your family’s health as it can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma.
Home maintenance can look like a lot of work, but as they say, a little goes a long way. Try to create a schedule or system for you and your family so that you keep your home clean and maintained instead of going for an end-of-season cleanup project. This way, housekeeping wouldn’t feel so overwhelming.