Annual Home Maintenance to Save your Wallet
There’s a lot that can go wrong in a year, and it’s easy to live for the weekend and stay in and catch up on The Bachelor, but just taking some time to run a checklist throughout the year could save you more time, money, and stress than any of us would like to think about. Here’s a few things to check on with your home.
Drain your water heater
Your water heater can build up sediment in the bottom of the tank, which can cause corrosion! If you open the bottom valve once per year and let it drain to clear what has settled, you can keep your heater runner efficiently longer.
Clear out your dryer vent duct
You know that screen that captures all the lint and dust from a SINGLE load of laundry? Well that filter isn’t catching everything, your vent will build up with the same stuff over time, making your dryer work a lot harder than it needs to. It is also a huge fire hazard if it goes too far, so get the vacuum out, a snake if you have one, and clean them out.
Check your windows for gaps
This is a big one, especially with how cold and wet it’s been lately. Weather conditions like we’ve been having can cause your windows to swell and expand, meaning when they shrink back down it creates gaps in the caulking. This will make your house drafty, and more importantly, it will just be a drain on your electric bill. It’s best to use the same material that was used to seal your windows previously, but anything is better than nothing! If you’re windows are past the point where caulking will insulate them, or they’re just older/cheaper windows, then look into plastic sheet insulation instead, if done well they’re barely noticeable!
If you’ve already knocked these out and are ready for more to add to your to-do list, you can read here!