As the weather begins to warm up in the Greater St. Louis area, we often decide to show our homes a little attention. Whether you own a Rolwes Company new construction home, are considering sprucing your home up to list in the hot spring sales market, or just want to take advantage of the nice weather to perform a little maintenance, Rolwes Company believes these are the top 5 things you should do to keep your family safe and home well-maintained.
#5 – Change or clean your HVAC Filter
Generally speaking, your furnace filter should be changed every 90 days, but this may vary based on the system in your home, your lifestyle, and any personal needs. Let the changing of the season be a reminder to perform this simple task.
#4 – Clean your Dryer Vents
The US Fire Administration estimates 2,900 fires every year are caused by clothes dryers and the leading cause is failure to clean the dryer The Spruce offers an excellent tutorial for deep cleaning your dryer vent. Clogged vents can result in a reduction or stoppage of airflow, causing further damage to the machine. Cleaning a vent can be tricky so if at all you are having trouble cleaning a vent, don’t hesitate to call in a professional.
#3 – Clean your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is one of the most important things you can do for exterior maintenance. Even if you have some type of leaf control gutter system, it is still worth a peek to make sure that everything is functioning as it should. If you’re a DIY kind of person and are comfortable on a ladder, it’s not really a difficult task. If you’re not up for ladder work, there are companies in the area that perform this service for a reasonable fee.
#2 – Test your Smoke and Carbon Monxide Dectors
According to a recent report from the National Fire Protection Association, almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (17%), while dead batteries caused one-quarter (25%) of the smoke alarm failures. Keep your family safe by taking a few minutes to test your alarms and replacing old batteries.
#1 – Schedule Maintenance on your cooling system.
The top thing on our list is to make sure to schedule a maintenance checkup on your home cooling system. Most homeowners should leave this one to the professionals. Just make sure to schedule your checkup before the warm St. Louis summer hits.
These tips will help get your home in shape for summer and keep it well maintained. If your current maintenance routine includes more items than you can list, speak to a New Home Specialist at The Builder You Trust, Rolwes Company. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect, lower-maintenance
home of your dreams.
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