15 Home Maintenance Tips

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It’s that time of year again, we have approximately 23.5 days to transition from the bitter Texas winter directly to the blistering heat of summer! (Ok, maybe not that bad. But you get the point!) This is the best time of year to take care of all those “home maintenance” chores that come with home ownership. This article is going to cover 2 main topics. The first is general home maintenance, and the second is 8 ways to make your home more energy efficient to keep your energy bills down in the heat of summer. Let’s get started!

General Home Maintenance

The main idea of general home maintenance is two-fold. First, we want to ensure our home remains safe, and secondly, we want to ensure our home remains structurally sound.

  • Test smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Inspect or purchase a fire extinguisher.
  • Check sump pumps in/around your property.
  • Check exterior faucets for leaks.
    • Undiscovered plumbing leaks can cause a variety of problems.
    • Hard freezes in Jan & Feb may cause minor leaks.
  • Check sprinklers systems.
    • Properly functioning sprinkler is instrumental in avoiding future foundation issues.
  • Clear roof and gutters of debris.
    • We will be getting lots of rain the next few months. (if we haven’t already)
  • Finally, perform an overall visual inspection of the exterior of your home and foundation to look for signs of foundation movement.
    • The earlier you catch foundation movement, the easier (and cheaper!) it is to correct.

Keep Your Energy Costs Down

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The summer months in Texas can be brutal on your electricity bill, especially for homeowners with older, and less energy efficient homes. These are my recommendation for anyone looking to keep their energy costs down.

  • Replace your air filters.
    • Be honest, when was the last time you did this?
    • Not only will your AC blow air easier, but allergies should improve as well.
    • Replace both your air handler filter and the intake filter.
  • Perform an HVAC tune-up
    • Shouldn’t be very expensive and will extend the life of your units.
  • Inspect your doors for functioning weather strips.
    • If your front door isn’t air tight, you’ll be cooling down the neighborhood!
  • Add insulation around your water heater.
    • This is more useful during winter months, but you might as well do it now.
  • Add solar screens to existing windows.
    • If you’re on a budget, add them to the Western most side of your home only. This side gets the strongest afternoon sun and will have the largest impact for you.
  • Add insulation in your attic.
    • You can rent an insulation blower from Home Depot and do this with a friend.
  • Replace old windows
    • This is the most expensive option on this list, but new windows will make a HUGE impact AND will increase the value of your home if you are considering selling in the near future.
  • Shop your electricity rate with Xoom Energy
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I hope this helps! Did I miss anything major? Let me know in the comments!