New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Must Do Tips

Posted on: 2012-12-31


For many people, the New Year is the best time to start things fresh – and that includes taking care of some yearly home maintenance that gets forgotten about the rest of the time. Here are five quick and easy things to do on January 1st:

Change the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

This needs to be done at least once a year to ensure that they are working properly in case of an emergency. While you are at it, you might as well change the batteries in your alarm clocks as well – that way you aren’t inconvenienced if the power should go out.

Check Your Fire Extinguisher

Believe it or not, home fire extinguishers need occasional maintenance to ensure that they are working correctly. If you have any questions about yours, find a local fire extinguisher maintenance company, or ask a few questions at your local home improvement store. If you do not have a home fire extinguisher, then this is a good time of the year to purchase one.

Replace Your Furnace Filters

This should ideally be done before you first fire up your furnace for the season, but just in case that task was neglected, the first of the year is a good time to catch up and get the job done. A clean furnace filter will help your furnace run more efficiently, saving you money on your heating bills for the rest of the winter.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Sweeping the built up lint out of your dryer vent (the part that runs from the back of the dryer to the outside of your house) can prevent a house fire, and will keep your dryer running properly, as it prevents wear and tear on the machine. You will find that your clothes take less time to dry once it is clean.

Clean Out All of the Drains in Your Home

Pouring a solution of bleach and water down each drain will clear out any clogs, and keep them from overflowing. Ideally, this should be done every few months, but if you can find the time to do it at least once a year, it will help immensely.

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