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Proper Home Maintenance: Pro Tips for Keeping Your Home In Top Shape
Proper Home Maintenance: Pro Tips for Keeping Your Home In Top Shape

Owning a home is a labor of love… And an ongoing journey. Whether your home is newly constructed or a century old, it pays to put routine maintenance tasks on the schedule. Doing so helps increase your value, improve safety, keep small problems from growing into major headaches, and save money. You’ll also gain invaluable peace of mind knowing your family will be snug as a bug in a clean, safe rug!

We all know maintenance is important – but what do we do?

Proper Home Maintenance Starts Here

Let’s take a look at some critical steps to take in ensuring the interior of your home is well-maintained and that you enjoy all of the benefits:

Safety First

And second and last… There is no overstating the importance of safety in the home. A logical place to start is with your HVAC system. Heating is the second leading cause of house fires in the US, and improperly maintained systems can also result in dangerous carbon monoxide leaks; CO is often called the “silent killer.”

Schedule a Thorough HVAC Inspection

This ensures that your equipment operates safely and as efficiently as possible. Your system should be inspected, cleaned, and serviced annually. Homesense, a trusted Indianapolis-area HVAC company, makes it easy by offering the Homesense Preventative HVAC Maintenance Program. Members receive three service visits per year, a discount on diagnostics/trips, repairs, and indoor air quality products and priority service in the event of emergencies. This is invaluable when it comes to maximizing the lifespan of your HVAC equipment, maintaining warranties, and, of course, keeping your household safe and comfortable.

Maintain Your Ducts

When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? If the answer is, “Ummm…” schedule a visit from DUCTZ. Based in Noblesville, this safety-oriented company provides comprehensive duct cleaning services that help prevent health issues. As clean as your system is, it can still leave harmful contaminants if not thoroughly cleaned. These can be dangerous, particularly to those with asthma, allergies, and respiratory conditions. You’ll breathe easier when DUCTZ removes pounds of dust and debris.

Safety is everything, but we also love saving money! Clean ducts ensure your system runs at its best and most efficient while expanding its serviceable life.

And… while DUCTZ is there, have them clean your dryer vents. It may be one of the most neglected home maintenance tasks – but forgetting about it can be hazardous. Nearly 16,000 house fires have started with laundry.

Clean Your Fireplace Before You Fire It Up

Fireplaces and woodstoves are cozy, and nothing beats a crackling fire on a cold night. Again, though, these appliances can become a danger if they (and/or chimneys) are not clean. Creosote and soot build up, and these are highly flammable. Here, too, CO is another concern. Nothing is worth more than your household’s safety, so put a chimney inspection/cleaning on your maintenance list as well. Brick + Ember employs a team of experts who utilize the latest technology and good old-fashioned know-how to keep the home fires burning safely and efficiently.

Before you lay the kindling for your first fire of the season, be sure to contact Brick + Ember.

Protect Your Biggest Investments

An important aspect of proper home maintenance is protecting the integrity of key investments, such as flooring. Hardwood, for example, can cost between $3-$10 per square foot plus $3-$8 per square foot for installation (more or less depending on the species, quality, and complexity). Understandably, you want it to last! The good news is that, with the right care, it will. ACo, specializing in flooring, cabinets, and kitchen and bathroom remodels, has some helpful tips for keeping your flooring looking (and performing) as good as new.

Other assets you want to protect include your windows, doors, and roof (more on this in part 2 of our home maintenance series), as well as stone surfaces, countertops, bathrooms, sinks, and more. Make it a point to do routine cleaning regularly and schedule professional servicing if necessary.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Good Spruce-Up

Part of home maintenance is keeping up appearances! Not only does this help you retain value, it creates a beautiful space in which to live. Companies like Priority Painting do more than slap on a fresh coat, they can completely transform your home.

Decluttering, too, is an important maintenance job. As your family/household changes, you may find you have stockpiles of unused and unusable items. Clear it out! Family-owned Bin There Dump That provides fast, efficient clean-up so you don’t end up with a garage, basement, or attic full of junk.

Overwhelmed by Home Maintenance?

Let’s take a second to demystify home maintenance. It is not always complicated. Sometimes, it’s as simple as cleaning up spills immediately so they don’t lead to stains or calling in folks like Zimmerman Electric to repair fuses that blow sooner rather than later so they don’t become hazards. Take maintenance one step at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

When it is more complex, though, there are trusted home artisans on whom you can call. Browse our directory and find the professionals you need for the job(s) at hand.

Check back soon for part 2 of this series, which focuses on proper home maintenance – on the outside.

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