Annual furnace maintenance is mandatory for ensuring its optimal working condition.
A poorly maintained and/or inefficient furnace could be costing you huge amounts of money and could prove to be a safety risk.
We highly recommend that annual service be completed by a certified HVAC or other heating specialist. Some of the main things they should do in this annual service include but are not limited to the following: 1- Replacing the furnace’s air filter 2- Cleaning its burners 3- Clearing vent lines 4- Checking for any small leaks 5- Cleaning its exterior 6- Monitoring its efficiency and performance
Now is the time to do it before cold weather is upon us!
Show your dryer some love
Most people know to clean the lint screen after every load of laundry. Keeping that filter clear will shorten the drying cycle, save you money, and prevent any potential fire hazards.
It is also good practice to regularly, but at least twice a year, remove the lint that accumulates at the bottom of the housing that holds your lint screen.
Dryers require regular simple maintenance to keep working safely & efficiently.
To avoid potential fire hazards and having to do costly repairs to your appliances.
It goes without saying that you should clean your lint screen after every load of laundry. Keeping the filter clear will shorten the drying cycle, save you money, and prevent any potential fire hazards. It is also a good practice to regularly, but at least twice a year, remove the lint that accumulates at the bottom of the housing that holds your lint screen. You can generally use a vacuum cleaner’s flat attachment to reach down in the housing to suck out anything that has accumulated in there. Finally, you should be cleaning out your dryer’s exhaust duct using a dryer duct cleaning brush (it’s a stiff bristled circular brush with a flexible handle that you can buy at most hardware stores) at least twice a year. The exhaust duct vents your dryers exhaust to the outside of your house and can become a fire hazard if not kept clear. Consider doing this more often (say monthly) if you do heavy amounts of laundry on a consistent basis. Many service providers sell regular service plans to handle this for you, so consider signing up for one.
As you’re busy juggling your spring to-dos, be sure to check out what’s happening this month … and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!
“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale
May 1 — May Day/International Workers’ Day
This twofold holiday celebrates both the spring season and the rights and achievements of working people. So whether you want to spend more time in your garden or stand in solidarity with your fellow workers, there’s no wrong way to celebrate!
If you’re not familiar with this holiday, here are some fun facts to get you up to speed:
May Day traditions can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Celtic and Roman cultures, where they held festivals to celebrate the coming of spring.
The holiday took on a different meaning in the U.S. in the late 19th century, when laborers joined forces to fight for safer working conditions and an eight-hour work day.
The distress signal “Mayday! Mayday!” has nothing to do with May Day, but is actually an adoption of the French word m’aider, meaning “help me.”
May 4 — Star Wars Day
PYou don’t have to be in a galaxy far, far away to get in the Star WarsTM spirit on May 4th. This is a day for fans everywhere to revel in all things Star Wars. From hosting a movie marathon to cosplaying your favorite character to trying weird things like this blue milk recipe, there are a million and one ways to celebrate the beloved saga. Find more ideas at starwars.com.
May 5 — Cinco de Mayo
Officially a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, this lively holiday has become a fun and popular way to honor Mexican culture and heritage. Take part in the fiesta by heading to your nearest Cinco de Mayo festival, where you can enjoy traditional Mexican food, dance, art, and other cultural treasures.
May 13 — Mother’s Day
Let the moms in your life know they’re loved and appreciated, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day. Whether it’s quality time, a home-cooked meal, or a day at the spa, think of ways you can give Mom a break and make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day.
May 28 — Memorial Day
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who bravely gave their lives for our freedom. Please join me in honoring the memory and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes.
Spring is certainly right around the corner and even though the flowers aren’t quite blooming just yet, this is a great time to prepare your home for the spring market!
If you are a prospective seller, it is important to use this time to start getting your home ready:
Start Interviewing Prospective Realtors
One of the most important thing to do when selling your home is to find a great agent to represent you. If you don’t have one already, then get recommendations from friends and interview different agents to find one who will be the best fit for you. A good listing agent should have a great marketing plan, experience, and deep knowledge of the area and market. Don’t simply go with the one who tells you they can sell your home at the highest price – choose someone who can present you with a detailed and realistic market analysis to back up their numbers.
Make a Plan
A big mistake a lot of sellers make is not having a plan. Here are some questions you should be asking yourself:
Are you planning on buying another home once your home sells?
Do you have the option to move in with family?
Can you rent?
Can you buy non-contingent?
Think about these things and discuss your financing options with a local lender before you list. If you can get pre-approved to buy a home non-contingent it will give you a huge advantage over another seller selling their home subject to finding a suitable property to purchase.
Clear the Clutter
This may seem like a no-brainer but its really important! Be proactive and start the cleaning process now.
Wash your windows, Dust your blinds, Dust baseboard trims, Clean appliances, Clean showers and toilets, Clean inside cabinets. When you’re selling your home, it’s important to de-clutter too. Plus it will give you a head start on moving packing. Clean out your closets and pack away anything that’s not a necessity. Your home will look so much better and most likely sell a lot faster if its organized and de-cluttered.
Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a place they can visualize living in and making their own. The best way to do that is to create a blank slate. Keep it neat, reduce the amount of clutter you have on shelves and surfaces, and depersonalize as much as you can. The idea is to showcase your home without distracting from it.
Make Repairs and Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers. Here are a few worthwhile improvements that can be made without spending a fortune:
Freshen Up Paint, Front Door and Hardware, Applying a coat of paint to walls and trim, or even touching up certain areas, can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home. If painting isn’t an option, you can give the walls and trim a thorough cleaning to improve the overall space. It’s also a good idea to spruce up your front door, since that’s the first thing a buyer will see when they walk in.
Spruce up the Curb Appeal
You want to impress potential buyers as soon as they step onto the property or take a drive by, which means making the outside of your home look as appealing as possible. Make the extra effort to rake leaves, weed the garden, and mow the lawn. Clean and put out your outdoor furniture, and even consider adding some colorful plants to the front of the house.
Know Your Local Spring Market
Every market is different. The best way to be informed about yours is to connect with your realtor. They should advise you on current, past and projected market conditions as well as give you advice on when to list.
The time you list is critical! Wait too long and you could miss the prime selling time frame. There are some realtors who suggest listing earlier and not waiting till spring in order to beat the spring market competition. However, as stated above, it all depends on your local market. This is another reason having a good realtor is of key importance.
Heating costs rise year after year, leaving homeowners with growing concerns over how they’re going to make it affordable to keep their home warm during the winter months.
Solutions to this issue range from long-term investments to quick fixes that will help you save in the short term. If you’re renting an apartment or plan on moving soon, you might be better off focusing on low-cost, short-term fixes while you shop for a home that is more energy-efficient.
In this article, we’ll cover both types of solutions so you can start saving money and fearing the heating bill each month.
Read on for the list of the most cost-effective ways to save on heating your house this winter.
Make sure your doors are sealed properly
A lot of heat can be lost from a door that has worn and outdated weatherstripping. Replacing it will help reduce heat loss for years to come.
Another common issue is heat being lost from door thresholds. To find out if your threshold needs to be adjusted, look for a space in between the bottom of the door and the threshold. It’s often easiest to see this at night if there’s a light on the other side of the door.
Many door thresholds can be adjusted by tightening and loosening a screw. However, if you’re renting and don’t want to make any big changes to the doors without your landlord’s permission, a good quick fix is to use something called a draft guard. This is essentially a roll of fabric that rests against the bottom of the door and blocks cold air from entering the house.
Plan heating around your schedule
With a programmable thermostat, you can decide when it matters most to you to heat the home. For homeowners who are at work from 9-5, it might not be necessary to heat an empty home for the whole day.
Similarly, you can save quite a bit of money by lowering your thermostat by 5 degrees during the night time while you’re asleep.
If you work from home, you might want to keep the house warm during the day so you can focus on your work rather than how cold your toes are! However, you also have the advantage of being home to take advantage of solar heat.
Opening shades and blinds that are receiving direct sunlight and closing those that aren’t is a great way to raise the temperature in your home by a few degrees on sunny days.
Seal cracks and holes
Most homes lose a significant amount of heat to small cracks around window frames, electrical units, and other vulnerable areas around the home. Sealing up these cracks and holes can save you a substantial amount of money, especially if you live in an older home that has seen a lot of wear and tear.
Heat only the rooms you need
There’s no need to heat every room in your house during the colder months. Keeping bedroom and bathroom doors shut and using a small space heater in the room you’re occupying is a great way to reduce your heating bill.