Taking care of a home is important for your entire family. A home that is not cared for could become unhealthy, inefficient and potentially dangerous. There are some simple tips that every homeowner can tackle to ensure their home is safe for everyone who enters.
Change Batteries in Smoke Detectors
Start by changing all the batteries in your smoke detectors. This is easy with the help of a ladder and someone holding that ladder while you remove the cover of the smoke detector then remove the current batteries and replace them with fresh batteries. Some smoke detectors will allow you to test the sound the smoke detector will emit in case of a fire. This is a great time to test each smoke detector.
Tip: Every home should have a fire escape kit.
Change Air Filters
Additionally, air filters are so simple to change. Simply pick up the size of your current filter from your local hardware store, then out with the old and in with the new. New filters will ensure that the air in your home is good and that your heating and air conditioning units are working effectively. Clogged and dirty filters will affect your heating and air conditioning units and could create a potential risk for your family.
Check Door and Window Seals
To also make sure you home is managing your energy efficiently, it is good practice to at least once to twice a year check all your door and window seals. If you see or feel a leak of air, then you will need to seal these areas with caulk or weather stripping. A small tube of caulk is a small cost to pay to make sure your energy bills are low.
Clean Dryer Vent
A simple task that needs to be completed annually is making sure your dryer vent is free and clear of lint. You can clean this yourself or hire a professional to quickly remove any lint from this vent. If you have lint on your walls, this is also important to remove. Lint is highly flammable and is a cause of a lot of fires in a home. Cleaning your dryer vent could actually save your home and family.
Have Your Chimney Swept Annually
We can’t stress this one enough. During the off-season birds like to build nests in chimneys. Between dry sticks and foliage and the soot leftover from last winter, your chimney is full of flammable junk that can put your family and your home in danger. Schedule a chimney cleaning every fall before you need to start using the fireplace or wood stove!
Track all Home Maintenance Tasks
Tracking all your home maintenance can be challenging and often times hard to remember when you last performed the task. But using your own calendaring system or a home maintenance tool that electronically sends you notifications can help you stay on top of all the tasks needed to keep your home safe.
Document Your Belongings
Home maintenance tasks are one way you can protect your home and family. Another suggestion is to take photos of your belongings and pertinent documents and store them in an online solution. Documenting a home inventory can help you identify what you owned should a serious situation occur to your home. This inventory of items and documents can also make it easy for you to submit a claim to your insurance agent in case of the unexpected.
With these simple tips you can get your home in tip top shape while also protecting it and your family from any potential hazards. These tips will also keep your home running smoothly creating efficiencies of your equipment which keeps your energy bills manageable.
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About the Author:Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder of HomeZada, a cloud-based home improvement and organizational software tool. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home improvement projects, maintenance, inventory, property information, and property value.