New Homeowner Maintenance Advice – New Homeowners Day
May 1st is New Homeowners Day! So you bought a house? Congratulations! This is going to be fun, but also a lot of hard work. Now, all of the maintenance, repairs, installations, and so on are your responsibility. You can't just call the landlord anymore.
Despite the added responsibility, you now have more control over your domestic comfort. You will have a lot of fun and pride in owning and maintaining a beautiful home. Here are some tips to make it a little easier. You want to start off on the right foot to prevent problems down the line.
Homeowner Maintenance Advice
- Inspect and check your gutter and drainage system. Make sure there is proper runoff and all downspouts point away from your foundation.
- Inspect the wood and sealing around all your doors and windows. If you need to make wood repairs, do it immediately. Also, take some time to seal your windows, doors, any cracks, and openings where your utilities come in with weatherproof caulk.
- Inspect your roof. If it is inaccessible or dangerous, use a pair of binoculars. Make sure to look at your chimney, shingles, and the flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and chimney.
- Change your air filter. You want to check your HVAC air filter every 30 days and change it every 30-60 days. Write the date on your air filter when you change it so you know exactly how long it's been since the last replacement.
- Check basement and attic for leaks. If you notice any signs of moisture, have a qualified professional inspect your home. Mold, mildew, structural damage, and bugs are just some of the problems you may be experiencing. Consider installing a sump pump to protect your basement against flooding. We also recommend having a whole-home humidification system for enhanced indoor air quality.
- Schedule annual electrical safety inspection. This is important to prevent fires and other elctrical hazards. Your wiring runs throughout your entire home, making them one of the largest causes of property damage fires across the country. Schedule a thorough electrical inspection with a qualified professional.
- Schedule annual heating and cooling maintenance. This will not only prolong the life of your system, but it will also improve the quality of your indoor air, lower energy costs, and maintain your manufacturer's warranty. You will also learn how your system works and ways to keep it running at peak efficiency.
- Learn how to detect your home for plumbing leaks. You could be wasting as much as 25,000 gallons of water a year on unknown plumbing leaks.
- Replace all of your light bulbs with Energy Star rated LEDs and CFLs.
If you have further questions about homeowner mistakes, how to save money on heating bills, or general home safety and efficiency, we’ll be glad to answer any of your questions!
To schedule air conditioning maintenance, repair or installation, contact the professionals at Gold Medal Service. We’ll be there with our same day service guarantee to tune up your cooling system.
Give us a call today at 1-800-553-6060 or schedule an appointment online!