Home maintenance is an integral part of homeownership, with specific tasks to help you avoid costly repairs. Are you doing everything you can to keep your home running smoothly and your household budget manageable? How about a “cheat sheet” of home maintenance facts you may not know? Many of these tasks can be done by the homeowner, but some prefer to call a professional, especially for expensive appliances like your A/C and heating unit. Air Specialist A/C Heating Insulation & More can help you keep the gears turning with regular maintenance service visits.
Read on for important facts about home maintenance.
Blocked dryer vents reduce your dryer’s efficiency
You already know it’s important to clean your dryer’s lint filter. It’s also important to clean out the ductwork leading to the outside vent from the dryer. Many home improvement stores sell cleaning kits with a long flexible rod to do the job.
Change your HVAC system’s air filter more often
As a rule of thumb, you should change your HVAC filter every. But eyeball the filter at least once a month, replacing it when it becomes visibly dirty. Dirty filters force your HVAC unit to work harder, which drives up energy bills and reduces your unit’s lifespan.
Window weep holes can become blocked
Take a closer look at your windows. Many have “weep holes” in the bottom of the frame that drains any water that accumulates in the window wells. If these holes become clogged, the water may pool into your house. Use a wire hanger to clear the weep hole.
Your refrigerator coils appreciate a good cleaning
The condenser coils in the back of your refrigerator may be out of sight, but they shouldn’t be out of mind. Over time, dust and dirt will coat the coils, making them work harder to keep your refrigerator cool. Coils should be cleaned every six months. Unplug the fridge, locate the coils and use your vacuum’s brush attachment to clean away dust and debris.
Your air conditioner coils enjoy regular cleaning, too
Your A/C unit’s condenser coils help cool your home during those sticky Houston summers. Like their refrigerator counterparts, dirty A/C condenser coils reduce energy efficiency and make your system work harder. This is one job best left to the professionals. At Air Specialist, our cooling system tune-up includes a thorough cleaning of your indoor and outdoor A/C units and a complete check of the HVAC system’s moving parts.
Proper home maintenance ensures that your home stays comfortable and runs efficiently during the hottest summer days and coolest nights. Don’t wait for a breakdown; call Air Specialist A/C Heating Insulation & More now at (713) 481-1305 to schedule a maintenance check. Remember, regular maintenance is one of the essential money-saving homeownership practices.