An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Do these tasks monthly, and you’ll save a bundle in emergency service calls and aggravation.
Check HVAC Filters
You should replace your air filters at least four times a year, but it’s best to check them once a month. This keeps air in the house healthy and your system running efficiently because they are not clogged with debris or dust.
Inspect Automatic Garage Door Safety Shutoff
Test that the safety features of your automatic-opening garage door are still in good shape, says Bodrozic. That includes the safety beams, which should stop the door from closing if it detects anything the door’s path.
Lubricate Garage Doors
Your doors are probably a series of panels that are connected with hinges and have either metal or plastic rollers on each side. Use an appropriate lubricant, depending on metal or plastic rollers, to keep your garage door operating smoothly and prolong its useful life.
Trim Shrubs Around Your Air-Conditioning Units
Shrubs often grow around your A/C unit, which blocks free air flow. This causes the unit to work harder and can cause damage, so it is important to trim shrubs and remove leaves from the surrounding area.
Clear Snow From All Outside Vents, Meters and Oil Fill Pipe
Blocked outside vents can be a crucial safety issue as carbon monoxide can build up if they are blocked by snow. Check your dryer, furnace, and water heater vents monthly, and especially after a snowstorm. Here’s a helpful document that explains what these vents look like and what to do. Also, make sure your gas and electric meters are accessible, and your oil or propane company has a way to deliver fuel in the snow, ideally a cleared path.
Organize Your Refrigerator
Whether you live in an apartment by yourself or you have a family of five, somehow food always piles up in the fridge. At the beginning of every month, take out all the containers and perishable items and decide what is good to eat, and what needs to be thrown out. You should also wipe down the shelves and doing a thorough clean after you finish de-cluttering.
Inspect Sinks and Tub Drains
If you notice that your sinks or tubs aren’t draining as quickly, there may be a buildup causing a blockage. The first thing to do is try to remove anything that is obstructing the pipe manually using a pipe cleaner to pull debris through the plughole. Second, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by some hot water, which should clear things out.
Clean the Garbage Disposal
The best way to clean out your garbage disposal is with baking soda and white vinegar. Take half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white wine vinegar, and put both down the sink. After a few minutes, pour some boiling hot water down, too. Next, fill the drain with some ice cubes, and add a cup of salt, which will help to remove debris. Finally, add lemon halves to the disposal and keep both the water running and the garbage disposal on.
Clean Filters In Your Range Hood
The purpose of the range hood filter and microwave filters is to collect grease, so over time it will become less effective as the grease builds up. To clean them, simply remove them and place them in a sink full of hot water, dishwashing liquid, and baking soda. Leave to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. If needed, scrub the remaining grease off with a brush, and then rinse clean. Dry the filters with a paper towel before replacing them.