Your home requires work and maintenance to keep it in pristine condition and to ensure it isn't costing you additional money. Household maintenance takes time and money, making it easy to get behind when your budget is already tight. Some household chores save you more money than you spend. Here’s how to save money by maintaining your home.
Dust Refrigerator Coils
You can save money by maintaining your home in the simplest of ways, for example, dusting your refrigerator coils. Either in the back or front of your fridge, the refrigerator coils sit under an easily accessible metal panel. It doesn't take much effort to roll your fridge out of its alcove to reach coils in the back. Once you can see the coils, you need to clean or vacuum out all of the dust and other build-ups on them.
Dirty coils make it harder for your fridge to keep food cool, and this makes the engine run more often. The additional running time increases your utility bills and shortens the life of your appliance. It's a good idea to clean the coils at least twice a year.
Change Your Air Filters in an HVAC System
Your air conditioner and furnace work by pulling air from inside your home, heating or cooling that air, and then pushing it back out into your house. The air filter removes dirt, dust, debris, and other bits from the air before cooling and heating it.
Dirty air filters cause the engine to work harder and hotter, and it increases your utility bill. You should replace your air filters every three months, and more often if the home has pets or smokers living there.
Clean Your Gutters
One essential way to save money by maintaining your home includes cleaning your gutters. Around every six months, you need to clean out your home's gutters. Leaves, pine cones, and other debris falls on your roof and then gets swept away by the gutters. However, if there's too much debris, your gutters get clogged, and water doesn't run off your home as easily. Clogged and damaged gutters can damage your roof and the area behind the gutters. If the water doesn't drain properly from the roof of your home, it may pool beside your home, damaging your foundation.
Lower the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater
More than likely, workmen set the temperature on your water heater at 140 degrees during its installation. However, this temperature could lead to scalding accidents in a home with small children or elderly loved ones. You can lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees and still enjoy a hot shower. Lowering the temperature of your water heater also lowers your utility bills.
Reinforce or Replace Windows and Doors With Cracks and Drafts
A drafty window or door in your home can cost you a lot of money. The hot or cold air from outside enters these spaces between your doors and windows. The outside air can lead to hot or cold spots that force your HVAC system to run more often and cause your electric bill to rise. You may need to install weather stripping. If the gap is too large, you may want to invest in new windows and doors.
Replace Your Thermostat
When your thermostat isn't calibrated properly, it can cause your heating and cooling bills to rise. It's beneficial when replacing your thermostat to replace it with one that you can program. A programmable thermostat helps to ensure your family's comfort without wasting energy when you don't need your air-cooled or heated. For example, it can lower the heat in the middle of the night and then warm it back up shortly before you awake.
Household maintenance is essential to keep your home running smoothly. It can also cost you some money. However, in many cases, a properly maintained home will save you more money than it costs you. So make sure you save money by maintaining your home!