5 Fall Home Maintenance and Cleaning Tips
It might still be ninety degrees in Louisiana, but the season is indeed changing. As cooler temps start to start greet us, take an hour or so to ensure your home is properly functioning, to help prevent damages, and to increase your energy efficiency. Below are a few maintenance and cleaning tips to help you get started.
- Tis’ the season to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. As you know, twice a year the batteries should be replaced and alarms tested. Alarms should also be replaced every ten years. To learn more about how to test your smoke alarms or to request an alarm from a nearby fire department click here.
- Clean leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water damages, especially in colder months.
- Inspect windows and doors for any holes or cracks. Make necessary repairs to ensure an energy efficient home.
- Freshen up your sink and faucet aerator. To clean your aerator remove it from your faucet and place in a solution of three parts water to one part vinegar overnight. To remove odor and sanitize your sink, pour one cup on baking soda down the drain and flush with boiling water. Then, throw a few citrus rinds in and turn on the garbage disposal for a few seconds.
- Check your heating and air conditioning filter to determine if it needs to be replaced. Air filters should be replaced at least once every three months. Vacuum area around air filter to prevent fires. Also, take a few minutes to vacuum dryer vent and hose. This is common cause of home fires that is easily preventable.