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having no odometer on your
It's simple to determine when your vehicle is getting up there in mileage, simply check the
odometer. Not to mention that there are other types of indications-- engine knocking, fluids
leaking, gas mileage dropping-- that let you determine your car ain't exactly what she used to be.
However, what about your home? There is no odometer to say to clean your gutters at this
mileage or perhaps add insulation at this year or caulk your windows before you go on vacation.
We spend more time in our homes than in our vehicles, yet we give our vehicles more routine
maintenance than our homes, and homes normally cost 10 times as much. Therefore until home
builders start installing odometers on homes, we will need to pay attention to conventional
wisdom and pay attention to our houses.
Listen, Look, and Investigate
First, you have to listen to your house, and not just for the noticeable things such as creaking
floors and dripping faucets. Listen when your cooling unit comes on. Does it sound right? Is there
a loud noise that every once in awhile scares you? This could mean it needs to have a little care.
Contact an a/c contractor to come out and check. Have this unit checked at the very least once a
Supposing that your HVAC unit is constantly kicking on and then back off, it implies that your
home is having a hard time holding a consistent temperature. This can be the result of numerous
different maintenance issues or a combination.
Unquestionably you are having trouble insulating. Consider blown in insulation, that can deliver
solid efficiency during any season without having to rip out your walls.
If insulation is not the issue, you may have trouble with the seals around your windows and doors.
Replacement windows will definitely do the trick, nevertheless at minimum have your windows
caulked as well as sealed once a year.
Your ducts are very likely dirty and inefficient, which in addition makes even more work on your
HVAC unit. 3 items here: have your ducts cleaned, change the filter on your HVAC unit, and have
your ducts sealed. All of these 3 items together are very likely to save more money throughout 1
year than it will cost to have them performed. Your filter should be changed at the beginning of
summertime and wintertime.
Use Your Eyes
Next, you have to check out things. It can be hard to notice things that you are regularly walking
past, but take a really good look at your house.
Is the paint on your house peeling?
Are the gutters chock full of leaves and debris?
Do your deck and fence have sun damage?
Has your sink been dripping for months?
Have a spin throughout each and every area in your house and just investigate all things. Use
your hands to feel walls and floors and determine if everything looks on the up and up. This might
require 10 minutes. You have time for that, right? You could discover some things you didn't know
were there and you can stop them before it's too late. You might just also rediscover an old
problem that you have swept under the rug.
Houses are constructed so as to stand the test of time, although cars seem only to last a few
years. Nevertheless homes won't travel the distance without having correct care, and the miles
can certainly rack up in the event that we let leaves remain in the gutters and let the heating and
cooling unit run all day long. We don't have miles to determine our home maintenance actions,
however we can use our senses, and at the very least, we can use our calendars.
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