There are common tips that many people are already doing when it comes to home maintenance. Cleaning out your gutters, power washing your deck, and flushing your hot water heater, to name just a few. At Air Experts, our mission is to help you and your family have a happier and healthier home. That’s why we’re sharing five of our best home maintenance tips that you may not know about. Try them out this spring to keep your home running smoothly for years to come.
Refresh Your Dishwasher
You might think that since your dishwasher is already cleaning your dishes, it must be cleaning itself. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Your dishwasher also needs some TLC, especially if you notice stains or a weird smell coming from your appliance. Giving your dishwasher a refresh will get rid of the odor and help it run more efficiently, saving you money in energy bills and repairs in the long run. To refresh your dishwasher, place a bowl of vinegar in the bottom rack and run a normal cycle without detergent.
Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
When used correctly, ceiling fans are a great way to help reduce the energy you use to cool or heat your home. But did you know that you can change the direction your ceiling fan runs depending on the season? We recommend changing the rotation of your ceiling fans twice a year to increase energy efficiency and put less strain on your heating and cooling systems. In the summer, your fans should be rotating counterclockwise to push the cool air down, and the reverse in the winter. You can change the rotation on most fans by turning the directional switch on the motor down.
Consider Smart Home Devices
One of the easiest ways to maintain your home is to invest in smart home devices. Whether it’s a smart thermostat that can help you control the temperature in your home and save you money or a smart doorbell to keep your family safe. Smart thermostats can reduce your energy bills by upwards of three percent. They can also reduce strain on your system by allowing you to lower or raise the temperature when you’re asleep or away from your home. Many options are available that can cater to your family’s specific needs.
Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Did you know you should be cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan twice a year? Dirt and debris easily collect on your exhaust fan and its motor, making it less effective at drawing out the moisture from your bathroom. This can lead to your fan working overtime and using more energy and a damper bathroom, leading to mold and moisture issues in the future. The same goes for your kitchen exhaust fan!
Check On Your Cooling & Heating Systems
Your cooling and heating system is the heart of your home and is responsible for keeping your family comfortable and happy throughout the seasons. You must check on it regularly to keep up with maintenance to save time and money. Some things you can do yourself are replacing your filter regularly, checking your thermostat to make sure it’s giving you an accurate reading, and clearing out the area around your furnace. We also highly recommend you get your system maintenance twice a year by professionals who can help you with any repairs or upkeep.
Don’t procrastinate! Schedule a service with an Air Experts technician today to help check off things on your home maintenance list.