ways to keep your home in the best condition

While homeowners are generally aware of how they can keep their home well-maintained, sometimes it’s a good idea to be given reminders. That’s why the pros at Freedom Air and Heat have come up with a list of ways you can keep your home in the best condition!

1. Change Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter takes only a few minutes but it can make a world of a difference. By changing your air filter, you can improve your indoor air quality, keep your HVAC system well-maintained and reduce your unit’s energy consumption by 5 to 15%. A clogged filter on the other hand can restrict air flow and allow allergens like dust and pet dander to build up in your home.

2. Moisture Control

This is a particularly helpful tip if you live in a humid climate. Keeping moisture and humidity under control can prevent overall discomfort as well as mold-growth around your home. There are some easy ways you can try to control the moisture and humidity in your home:

  • Ventilation

Make sure your kitchen and bathroom are well-ventilated as these areas are prone to mold growth. Make use of exhaust fans and leave a window open occasionally in order to let fresh air in.

  • Use a Squeegee

After you’re done showering, use a squeegee to wipe down your shower walls. This can prevent damaged grout as well as mold.

  • Wipe Down Sinks

After you’re done using the sink in your bathroom or kitchen, use a paper towel to wipe the edges down. Exposure to moisture can weaken the caulking and make it prone to mold.

  • Fix Leaks

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks account for 10,000 gallons of water lost per year. Leaks are wasteful in addition to increasing the moisture in your home. Make sure you inspect your home for leaks monthly.

3. Inspect Drains

Don’t wait for your bathtub drain to completely clog up and cause other issues. Take some time out every month to do a quick inspection of the drains around your home. To ensure they are clear of clogs, make a mixture of equal parts baking soda and distilled white vinegar and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for 15 minutes then follow it up with a pot of boiling water. This method can clear out clogs and keep your drains clean and free of odors.

4. Replace Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is the seal around the edges of your windows and exterior doors. Deteriorated weatherstripping can lead to air leaks and significant energy-loss, so it is important your doors and windows are properly sealed. If your weatherstripping is worn-out, you can easily find an affordable replacement at your local home improvement store.

Want More Tips? Get in Touch with Freedom Air and Heat!

If you want to learn more about the ways you can keep your home in the best possible condition, contact the pros at Freedom Air and Heat! Call us today at 321-631-6886 or schedule an appointment online!