Owning a house, as any homeowner will tell you, is a never-ending job. A new repair or maintenance job seems to come up just as you finish one.
On the other hand, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.
One way to stem some of those problems is by following a regular maintenance schedule. Each task will take a short time, but the result is well worth it: You’ll be able to keep your home in top shape.
Before the cold weather sets in, September is a good month to get into the habit of changing the furnace filter, if you have forced-air heat.
As simple and as inexpensive as it is to change a furnace filter, many homeowners overlook this task.
Believe it or not, furnace filters can get so clogged that the furnace can’t push warm air into rooms. Clean filters can greatly cut down on energy consumption and save you money on your energy bills.
To change the filter, simply draw it out of its slot next to the furnace or at the return air vent. Some filters needs to be replaced, while a few can be washed and reused. A filter should be changed simply when needed – that could be monthly or every few months.
Don’t forget to check them in the summer when the central air conditioning system is running full speed.