A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
Thanksgiving is the day when families get together, reminisce over shared memories and enjoy some delicious food. It’s a holiday that’s become synonymous with gratitude and appreciating all that we have.
But gratitude doesn’t have to stop with friends and family. In fact, it shouldn’t! We have so much to be grateful for when it comes to our homes. As we prepare to gather and celebrate this Thanksgiving, we want to share some of the ways you can give thanks and give back to your home. For example, by scheduling a heating tune-up in Jacksonville, you can reduce the wear and tear on your heater and get the most out of your investment. Check out the full list below for some other helpful home maintenance tips.
Here’s How You Can Give Thanks to Your Home
1. Deep clean throughout the year.
How often you should deep clean your home depends on how heavily you clean it on a weekly or monthly basis. Deep cleaning doesn’t just make your home look better. It also allows you to catch other imperfections and repair needs that you might otherwise miss.
2. Schedule necessary repairs right away.
This is true whether we’re talking about heating, plumbing, electrical or any other type of home repair. If you notice something unusual in your home, don’t look the other way and hope the problem will disappear on its own. Delaying service only increases the chances you’ll end up paying more in the long run. Plus, the last thing you want to do is compromise on the safety and comfort of your family and guests by ignoring a necessary repair.
3. Double-check the safety and effectiveness of store-bought products.
Certain household cleaners or clog removal products can do more harm than good. Always research the product and make sure it’s safe to use. Often, trying to save some money and using a store-bought product can backfire.
4. Plant trees farther away from your home.
While trees are great for adding some additional privacy, you don’t want them too close to your home. Over time, tree roots can wreak havoc on underground pipes. Nearby branches and falling leaves can also clog your gutters. If you’re thinking about planting some nice new trees, be strategic about where you place them.
5. Repair windows and doors as needed.
Nothing makes a home seem older than rickety doors and windows that won’t open or close. To maximize the life of your windows and doors, be sure to keep them clean and lubricate, caulk and seal them as needed.
6. Invest in pest control services.
Pest infestations can lower the value of your home like nothing else. Regularly walk around the perimeter of your home and check for any potential entry points. Partner with a pest control company that will protect your home from Florida’s most common pests, including rodents, cockroaches, carpenter ants, spiders, termites and more.
7. Conduct safety checks throughout the year.
Check to make sure you have enough fire extinguishers throughout your home. Fire extinguishers typically last for 10-12 years, so check their expiration dates. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors each month and replace the batteries every six months.
8. Stay on top of your roof.
Roofs typically last for 25 to 50 years. However, the roof should be inspected once per year or after an extreme weather event to ensure there’s no damage.
9. Clean the gutters regularly.
Clogged gutters can cause a number of problems, including water/structural damage to your home, insect infestations, wall/ceiling damage and more. It’s imperative to keep your gutters clean and clear of debris. Make sure you clean out the gutters at least once per year.
10. Use your drains properly.
Grease, hair and food should never go down the drain. Rather than paying a plumber to come in and clear a blockage, be cognizant of what goes down the drain. If you have children, teach them from a young age that toys or any solid objects should never go down the drain.
11. Give your home a paint job.
A new coat of paint can take years off of your home’s appearance. Homes should be painted every seven to 10 years, depending on the material of your walls and how much the home’s value has depreciated over time.
12. Have your heating and cooling equipment regularly maintained.
The majority of issues that we’re called in to fix are preventable. But when systems aren’t properly maintained, the smaller problems are overlooked until they become major, costly repairs. Ongoing maintenance heating or cooling repairs, prolong the life of your equipment and lower your energy bills.
From Our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
It has been an incredible few years for our family business. Rebranding has empowered our identity and enabled us to serve our customers better than we ever have before. Thank you for your continued support and faith that you will always have it cooler with Buehler! We wish you and your family a warm, safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.
For anything you need, including AC repair or heating maintenance in Jacksonville, FL, we’re here to assist you. To schedule service for your home, contact us online or call Buehler Air Conditioning at 904.906.4204 today.