The home is where you live, and it must be maintained if you want it to last. Check out the following list of basic home maintenance tasks that every homeowner should perform regularly:
Replace Air Conditioner Filters
The air conditioning filter is an essential part of your home’s cooling system, and it needs to be changed regularly. Replace the filter every three months, or sooner if you notice that your AC is not working as well as usual.
Clean filters can help prevent damage to your system and keep it running efficiently. If you want to prolong the life of your AC unit, clean or replace filters regularly!
Keeping vents clear can also save money on repairs by preventing dust buildup inside them–and this goes for both heating systems as well as cooling systems (though we’ll talk about heating next). If there’s too much dust in there, then it may not get blown out properly when temperatures change; this means more energy usage because more work has to be done by fans inside these vents before they can blow fresh air into rooms throughout an entire house or apartment building!
Clean and Maintain Lawn Mower
To keep your lawn mower in top condition, perform the following maintenance steps:
- Check the oil, gas and tire pressure.
- Clean off any dirt or debris around the engine.
- Check for loose bolts or nuts on the machine’s frame. If you find any that need tightening, do so with a wrench before moving on to anything else.
- Inspect all blades for damage; if they’re worn down or dulled from overuse (or just plain old age), replace them with fresh ones purchased from an outdoor equipment store in your area that specializes in selling replacement parts for various types of power tools like lawnmowers and leaf blowers; these stores often carry brands like Craftsman and Toro as well as their own private-label equivalents at prices lower than those offered by major retailers like Walmart but higher than what’s available online through third-party sellers who may not offer warranties against defects such as cracked housings…
Change the Oil in Your Car
Changing the oil in your car is a basic maintenance task that you should do on a regular basis. The oil helps to lubricate and protect internal engine parts, and it will eventually become dirty and contaminated with carbon deposits from combustion. When this happens, it becomes less effective at doing its job of protecting your engine from wear over time or overheating during use–which can lead to costly repairs down the road.
Changing the oil filter is also important because it filters out contaminants like dirt before they reach other parts of your engine (like bearings). Changing these filters regularly will keep them working properly for longer periods of time so that they don’t clog up prematurely due to buildup inside them!
Wash Windows Inside and Out
- Use a squeegee and bucket of water to wash windows inside and out. If you need to use a ladder, make sure it’s secure before standing on it.
- Clean window frames and sills with a damp cloth or sponge.
- Wash windows from top to bottom so that you don’t get drips on your head! Rinse with clean water when finished (outside only).
Buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but it can be fatal at high levels. It’s important to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home as soon as possible to prevent an accidental death in your household.
Carbon monoxide detectors range from $10-$30 on average, making them an inexpensive way to protect the people you love from danger. There are also many different models available: plug-in models that plug into outlets; battery powered models that run off of AA batteries; models with built-in speakers so you can hear when there’s danger nearby even if you’re asleep (or away from home).
Check the Water Key and Fuse Box
- Check for leaks.
- Look for loose connections and wires.
- Check for broken fuses or circuit breakers, as well as loose or broken wires and fuses in your fuse box.
Clean Out the Refrigerator Exhaust Ducts
Clean out the refrigerator exhaust ducts.
The air that comes out of your refrigerator is pretty cold, but it can become a fire hazard if it’s not properly vented. The best way to avoid this problem is to clean out the refrigerator exhaust ducts regularly and make sure they’re clear of any debris or blockages. To do this, turn off any power source to your refrigerator before proceeding with this step:
- Unplug or turn off electricity for safety purposes (if applicable). Then use an aerosol cleaner designed specifically for use on metal surfaces such as stainless steel or aluminum foil; spray down all exposed areas until they are completely coated in product foam (about three coats). Let dry overnight before reinstalling into place again!
Inspect Burning Pits and Fire Pits
- Inspect the burning pit for a spark arrestor. This is a metal device that prevents sparks from escaping and starting a fire nearby.
- Make sure there are no debris or other materials in the pit that could catch on fire, such as leaves or twigs.
- Check that the pit is not too close to trees, buildings, fences or other combustible materials (such as dry grass) so they don’t catch on fire if sparks escape your burning material.
- Check that there is a ground wire attached to the side of your house’s electrical panel box and run it down through an opening in the side of your house about 3 feet above ground level where it can connect with another wire leading all the way back up into this same electrical panel box–this way if something does happen inside this home’s walls like shorting out wires then electricity will flow safely away from them instead towards them which could cause damage if left unchecked over time!
Inspect the Gas Line to Your Home For Leaks Or Damage
- Inspect the gas line to your home for leaks or damage.
- Use a gas detector to find leaks.
- Check for damage to the gas line and repair it if necessary.
- Check for loose fittings on pipes, valves, and fittings inside walls or floors; tighten them if necessary.
- Inspect all pipes that run through walls or floors for corrosion and rust; replace these sections when necessary (if you are unsure how much work this will require, consult an experienced plumber).
Inspect Your Electrical Panel For Unsafe Circuits, Breakers, or Fuses. Is The Dryer Grounded Properly? Is There Proper Wiring for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors? Has Any Work Been Done Without a Permit? Does My House Map to Any Known Gas Leaks? Are All Outlets Wired Correctly? Does My Electrician Have a Certificate of Insurance? And Is It Current? Am I Using a Licensed Electrician When Required by Law? Do I Need to Change My Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years or Batteries As Needed? When Was My Last Boiler Exam Done? Was it Safely Serviced and Inspected By an Approved Company? Are All Appliances Working Properly And Have They Been Checked For Flammability Standards Compliance?
- Check the Electrical Panel:
- Is There Proper Wiring For Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors?
- Has Any Work Been Done Without A Permit?
- Does My House Map To Any Known Gas Leaks?
- Are All Outlets Wired Correctly? * Do I Need To Change My Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years Or Batteries As Needed, When Was My Last Boiler Exam Done, Was It Safely Serviced And Inspected By An Approved Company (ACI)?
I hope this article has helped you understand the importance of home maintenance and how easy it can be for you to keep your house in tip-top shape. Keep checking back with us for more tips on how to stay safe and secure in your home!