November 14, 2019 at 3:22am | Barb Huntley
Preparing your home to transition from season to season follows a similar routine each year, and probably involves a checklist of sorts to make sure you tick off all the boxes and feel good knowing your home is in tip-top shape. But most homeowners don’t realize how often some home operating systems require attention, or maybe even don’t know to check in the first place! The list is long, and you can almost always find something that needs repairing or replacing - however, some things are more important than others.

Heating Systems - check and change the filters on your heating system - they need replacing as often as once a month and a minimum of twice a year! Changing the filters can make a big difference in the quality and efficiency of your system.

Generators - If you have a portable generator, it should be powered on every 3 months and serviced twice a year even if it is never used. Fuel and motor oil should be kept on hand in case of an emergency. Don’t let fuel sit stagnant in the tank too long as that can cause damage. Check regularly for corrosion and wear on the tank!

Dryer Vent - You might be surprised to learn that clothes dryers cause thousands of fires a year, with many fires occurring in fall and winter, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Lint backup is a major cause of these fires, and so your dryer vent should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year or more by an HVAC specialist.

Smoke alarms - According to the National Fire Protection Association, the batteries in your smoke detectors should be changed at least once a year. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes without working smoke detectors. Changing the batteries once a year is a small task that is well worth the time and effort to do!

There are dozens of more service and maintenance calls that can be added to this checklist. Although it seems tedious, you can save yourself lots of money and headaches in the future by regularly keeping up with the needs of your home!
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