Each year, we strive to better ourselves by making and keeping a new set of resolutions. If you already know your New Year’s Resolutions, have you added some home maintenance projects to the list? Considering that we spend about 90% of our time in our homes (or even more over the last couple of years!), it’s a great idea to invest some energy into improving your mechanical or structural pieces of your home. Here are a few ways to make your home safer and more comfortable in the upcoming year and longer:
Reduce energy use by sealing and insulating the ducts from your heating and cooling system.
Ductwork can be found in hard-to-reach places, such as crawl spaces, attics and inside walls, so try to focus on those that are the most accessible first. Use duct sealants and fiberglass insulation – found at most local hardware stores. This article provides more tips for cutting energy costs. https://www.saveonenergy.com/learning-center/post/8-free-ways-to-cut-energy-costs-now/
Improve indoor air quality by maintaining your HVAC system and changing furnace filters regularly.
Ventilate your kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity and airborne pollutants. Use low-VOC paints on walls for a fresher home. If you have a fireplace, use real firewood instead of pressed wood which usually contains formaldehyde. More tips on how to keep indoor air fresh here. It is also important to keep the proper filter in place and cleaned on a regular basis. Many local companies are happy to provide this service for you or an elderly family member if needed.
Unclutter your home room by room.
Start with one area (such as the basement) and use boxes to organize your items by category. If you need extra storage space, use the spaces between wall studs or under the stairs. Consider investing in extra cabinets or even shoe organizers to store household items. It is also a great time to donate unused items to a local charity or Goodwill. Social media pages have started “buy nothing” pages that can be used to offer unused items to better upcycle and reduce waste in your area.
Reduce water use in the home by installing EPA-certified WaterSense products.
Another water-saving product worth mentioning is the low-flow showerhead, which reduces water flow while keeping the pressure high. If you have a pre-1994 toilet, consider replacing it with a low-flow toilet that requires just one gallon of water when flushed. If you don’t feel comfortable installing one of these on your own give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with a local Dayton or Cincinnati plumber.
Drain a quart of water from your water heater every 3 months or so.
Attach a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the heater and drain the water into a bucket or other recipient. This task will reduce the amount of sediment that built up in the water tank, prolonging the life of the heater. Did you know that most hot water heaters are only expected to last 8-10 years? Write the date of installation on the outside of your water heater and set a reminder in your phone for when it is time to look at a replacement.
Of course, you can always add other home maintenance project tasks to the resolutions list. Walk around the house and inspect structural or mechanical aspects until you find something that could use some improvement. For professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact your Dayton or Cincinnati PuroClean office. For service in Dayton, Ohio call 937-401-9700 and for service in the Cincinnati are call 513-897-8990. We have crews and staff on call 24/7.