What’s on Your Yearly Maintenance List?

Your home is just like your car and requires a yearly maintenance routine. Although many people divide the annual list into two or three separate listings, the schedules end up looking very much alike. So, what’s on your yearly maintenance list?

1. HVAC Filters

Change the dirty HVAC filters for clean ones and give the system a yearly check-up to ensure it is working efficiently.

2. Detector Tests

Test all the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in your home and replace the batteries on a specified date – many people choose a holiday, so they don’t forget.

3. Chimney Cleaning

Make an appointment for a chimney inspection Maryland either in the spring or early fall. Have the technician clean the unit and make sure the flue is in working order.

4. Fire Extinguishers

Check the date on the extinguisher and make sure it is not dented, and the pin has not been pulled. Also, ensure the extinguisher is easily reachable.

5. Refrigerator Coils

Clean the refrigerator coils whenever they appear dirty, but at least once a year. If you are unsure how to do it, call in a technician for help.

6. Gutter Clearing

Your home’s gutters can catch wind-blown debris and flying leaves, so they need to be cleaned twice a year. Wash the sediment out with a running hose and remove the debris with a scoop or attachment.

7. Tree Trimming

As trees break due to heavy ice or snow, wailing winds, or torrential storms, the dead growth needs to be trimmed back for the health of the tree and the safety of your home.

8. Shower Cleaning

No matter how clean your water is, the showerheads can accumulate sediment during the year. Remove the head, rinse or soak in vinegar, and replace.

These are only a few of the many things you may add to your yearly maintenance list. Don’t let it overwhelm you, just mark a few items off the list each month.