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Home Maintenance Checklist

2015 June 10

June is a good time to take care of a few miscellaneous chores around the house to detect any minor issues and potentially help you avoid costly repairs later.

Schedule air conditioning maintenance. If you haven’t done so already, contact your HVAC professional to have your air conditioning unit looked at and cleaned. Peak season is here and you’ll want your unit running at top efficiency to keep the inside comfortable.

Change your air filter. One of the key elements to keeping your air conditioning unit running well is a clean air filter. Filters should be changed every 30 days, particularly during peak usage months.

Schedule your chimney sweep. Spring and summer are the best times to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. That way, if any repairs are needed, there is plenty of time to get them done before the cold weather returns.

Reset automatic timers. If you have timers on exterior lights or lawn irrigation systems, you may want to adjust them slightly to account for the longer daylight of summer. Also, if you plan to go away for vacation, make sure you also set timers for interior lights.

Clean your dryer vent and check your washer hoses. The lint trap doesn’t catch it all, so periodically clean out your dryer vent to keep it running at top efficiency and reduce the chances of dryer fires. While you are at it, look at your washing machine hoses to make sure they aren’t cracked. If they show signs of wear, replace them to avoid an increased chance of leaks or bursts.

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