8 Home Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money This Winter

October 14, 2022

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Whether you’re just starting out on your first home or you have years of experience under your belt and are in need of some new tricks, keeping your home well-maintained and running smoothly will benefit you in so many ways. 

If you own a home, that is. Keeping things clean and tidy not only makes your house look better but also protects it from damage, wear and tear. Follow these handy tips to keep your home looking great all year long:

Dry Your Sheets Completely

The best way to retain the fresh smell of your sheets is to make sure you completely dry them before you put them away. If the sheets are only lightly, but fully, dried, they will retain a pong or "new sheet" smell that will be unpleasant to you and your family. 

The easiest way to ensure complete drying is to hang them in your closet to finish the job. If you don’t have enough space in your closet, use a folding drying rack to speed up the process. Once they’re completely dry, fold the sheets and put them away. 

For best results, avoid putting sheets in the dryer. It can cause them to shrink and wrinkle, and they will lose their softness.

Change Out the Air Filter

Changing your air filter every month or so will keep your furnace running smoothly and your air clean. This can be a bit tricky if you live in an apartment complex, but it’s worth the effort if you want your home to stay warm and healthy. 

This also applies to air conditioning systems, so change your system’s air filter every month or so to keep it running smoothly. You can schedule this chore so it doesn’t fall on the same day each month. If you don’t know when the filter is due for replacement, schedule it for a day when you won’t be at home.

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are gross. They are also a serious health hazard that can cause allergic reactions and even respiratory problems. To get rid of them, you will need to tackle the problem at the source. You can start by keeping your home dry by drying your sheets completely. Then, clean the windows, doors, and floors with a mold-killing spray. 

This will keep your home clean and protect it from damage. You can also keep your home clean and dry to avoid the growth of mold and mildew by keeping the following in mind:

  • Make sure the temperature and relative humidity levels in your home are within the appropriate ranges. These are known as the "household ranges" and are commonly found on the label of air conditioners.

  • Make sure you keep your house clean by vacuuming regularly and washing dishes regularly.

  • Don’t store food or water in your home.

  • Don’t use bleach or other harsh household cleaners as they can damage wood and paint.

Seal Up the Outside

If you live in a humid climate, you know how quickly and easily your home can get damp and mildewy. You can avoid this by keeping your home well-sealed up. This involves repairing any leaky areas in your roof (if applicable) and caulking your windows, doors, and skids. 

Make sure to caulk around your pipes as well so there are no gaps. You can also add a layer of roofing tar to help keep your roof from leaking. Don’t skimp on the roofing tar; you want a thick layer to give your roof the seal it needs to stay dry and damage-free.

Don’t Forget the Toilets!

Keeping your toilet clean and water-free will keep it operating smoothly and prevent damage that may occur if it overflows. This can be a bit tricky if you don’t have a bathroom with a toilet, but it’s worth the effort if you want your home to stay warm and healthy. If you’re a bit unsure about what to do when it comes to plumbing related tasks, don’t take unnecessary risks and employ the service of a plumbing company. Better safe than sorry!

Keep Your Windows Resealed

If you leave your windows open, they will let in more dust and pollen than they block out. Keeping them partially or fully closed will help keep your home dry and protect it from damage. Make sure the windows you choose are strong enough to withstand the force of the wind. This will help protect your home from damage. You can also install storm window covers that will keep your windows closed when the wind blows strongly.

Wrapping Up

Keeping your home properly maintained will protect it from damage and also keep your family safe and healthy. This includes keeping your floors, windows, and roofs well-sealed, your pipes and septic system dry, and your toilets clean and free of water and waste. When it comes to outside, keeping your gutters and downspouts clear will also help prevent water from damaging your home through seepage.

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