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Seasonal home maintenance

Save on hundreds when you do seasonal home maintenance

By: Editor

Every month

Check your fire extinguisher to see if it's fully charged and recharge if necessary. Test the batteries in the smoke detectors and replace if needed. Clean out debris from the sink and tub stoppers. Flush out the garbage disposal with hot water and baking soda. Test the relief valve on the hot water heating system and replace if needed; check pressure garage and drain expansion tank if needed. Clean air conditioner and replace filter; clean condenser and evaporator coils and condensate drain.

Every six months

Check for cracks and moisture in the basement and foundation, and repair if needed. Check for leaks and moisture in the toilet, and repair if needed. Inspect caulking around tub, showers, and sinks; replace if deteriorating. Drain water heater until clear of sediment; inspect flue assembly. Tighten garbage disposal drain connections and fasteners. Clean clothes washer inlet filters; check hoses and replace if leaking. Clean the refrigerator drain hole and pan, more often in the warm weather; wash door gasket; vacuum condenser coils. Clean grill and exhaust fan blades. Wash fan blades and housing on range hood.

Every spring

Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and softies; repair if required. Clean out gutters and downspouts more frequently if needed; inspect and repair weaknesses; check for proper drainage. Fill cracks in windows sills, doorsills, and thresholds with caulk, and repaint if required. Clean window and door screens and repair or replace; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinge and closers. Lubricate hot-water heating system circulating pump and motor.

Every fall

Clean chimney if needed; repairs any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar. Clean thermostat heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace if necessary. Clean and lubricate hinges on garage doors, rollers, and track; tighten screws. Have a professional check the septic tank, and watch for back up throughout the year.

Easy energy saving tips

Most ceiling fans have a switch that controls the direction of the blades, when the fan runs counterclockwise, it blows air down, providing the cooling effect desired during warmer months. Running the fan clockwise during colder months circulates the warm air near the ceiling. This makes the room warmer, which decreases demands on the heating system and allows you to comfortably turn down your thermostat to save on energy costs.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats save energy by offering convenient, preprogrammed temperature settings that allow you to scale temperature back as your leave and warm things up upon your return. When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save you as much as $150.00 annually in energy costs.

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