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Here are a few things to do around the house this week to keep your home in shape!
Replace your air conditioner’s air filter.
Replacing an air conditioner’s air filter isn’t like the Olympics; it shouldn’t happen once every four years. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates you can save up to 15% on your energy bills JUST by changing your air filters at least every 90 days. They serve an important purpose, removing dirt, dust and other debris from the air and keeping pollutants from building up in the system. When changed regularly, a clean air filter will reduce your home’s energy consumption and extend the lifespan of the unit. Discover all the ways you can make your air conditioner “live” longer here.
Inspect your steps for loose bricks.
What’s black, blue and red all over? That would be you (or your guests) if you have loose bricks in your sidewalk or stairs. Loose bricks can be a tripping hazard that can lead to painful injuries if not repaired. Deteriorating masonry work is not uncommon. As your home ages, the mortar holding the bricks together will weaken due to heavy wear and the effects of settling and weather. Vigilant monitoring and regular repairs can keep brick sidewalks and stairs in pristine condition and ensure your guests don’t end up flat on their faces.
Clean your range hood’s grease filter.
Did you know you’re supposed to clean your range hood’s grease filter? If not, then join the club. These filters serve an important purpose and should be cleaned at least once a month. If ignored, the grease filter will become saturated which can cause grease to build up on cabinets, counters and floors. Grease can also build up in the hood’s exhaust system, which can be a fire hazard. So don’t delay – add this task to your summer to-do list.
Check for leaks at hose bibs.
Leaky spigots may not seem like a big deal, but they can lead to significant (not to mention costly) problems. Dripping spigots wast a lot of water and can inflate your monthly water bill. if ignored long enough, these leaks can cause erosion and lead to foundation problems. Repairing a leaky hose bib could be as simple as tightening the nut within the spigot. However, it could require replacing the spigot altogether. If that’s the case, it’s best to call in a plumber to help.