I used to think that it took special training or skills to do most home maintenance tasks. My husband is the one who seems to know how to fix stuff, so I leave things like leaky toilets up to him. However, a problem arises when something around the house needs to be done and I don’t want to wait for him to get around to it. Turns out, the solution to that problem is ME! I am learning that a lot of routine home care is easy to do without being a pro.
I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products such as Filtrete filters. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. #HealthierHome
I think you will agree that a home is a major investment that requires regular tune-ups to keep it in good condition. Our homes can be a safer and healthier place to live with a little bit of regularly scheduled TLC (Tender Loving Care). Taking care of our homes can also help save money by preventing major repair bills.
*Tip: Set calendar reminders to keep on a schedule for routine home maintenance tasks. I like to use Google Calendar.
Sample Home Maintenance Reminder Schedule
- Remove lint from outdoor dryer lint with a long, flexible brush.
Not only do you reduce the risk of fire, you will also improve your dryer’s efficiency.
- Shampoo carpets.
Most carpet manufacturers recommend shampooing carpets at least every 12 months.
Twice a year:
- Check the function on all fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries.
A good time to do this task is when the time changes for Daylight Saving Time.
- Clean the refrigerator coils.
It only takes a few minutes to do this with a coil brush and vacuum cleaner. Clean coils help extend the life of your refrigerator and helps your fridge use less energy.
Every 3 months:
- Change your home’s air filter.
One of the quickest ways to save energy is to replace your air filters. A dirty filter makes your fan motor work harder and use more energy.
The Filtrete Ultra Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1500) captures 90% of large airborne allergens like dust, pollen and mold spores from passing through the filter. I use this air filter to help reduce the number of indoor allergens in our home.
It’s a good idea to change Filtrete filters every 3 months, especially before turning on the air conditioner (summer months) or heat (fall months). This is one easy way to create a healthier home and may reduce the amount of energy needed to cool or heat your home.
What tasks are on your Home Maintenance schedule? Have you changed your home air filter recently?
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