Congratulations, you bought the house. You are now a homeowner responsible for the care and maintenance of your new home. Just like cars need periodic maintenance, so does your new home. Below are some monthly maintenance tips for new homeowners.
On a monthly basis…
Replace your HVAC filters. One of the easiest and relatively inexpensive things to do at home is replace your dirty air filters. Dirty filters kill your AC’s efficiency. Having clean filters also helps to keep allergens at bay especially with pets in the house. If you are unsure what size or type you need just take the old one with you to a hardware store and ask for assistance. Filters are generally sold in multiples that you can store for quick access and to avoid monthly trips to the store.
Clean kitchen sink disposal. After many uses there may be some leftovers stuck in the garbage disposal that overtime create a bad smell and accumulate bacteria. Cleaning your disposal monthly helps avoid these problems. There are many ways to accomplish this, but one of the easiest ways is to put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal. This freshens your disposal and even sharpens the blades.
Clean range hood filters. When was the last time you peeked underneath your stove hood and checked out the exhaust fan filters? Let me warn you now, it is not going to be pretty. The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect the grease so when you get that filter off the hood to clean it for the first time that is what you will see. Simply using a degreaser mixed with hot water or a solution of boiling water, baking soda, and good degreasing dish soap will work. Let the filter soak in the solution for a few minutes, rinse it off, and replace.
Doing these three simple things on a monthly basis will keep your home running efficiently and avoid larger issues in the long run. There are also things that you should be checking on a quarterly basis, bi-annually, and annually that we will explore in a later blog post. Stay tuned.