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Most home problems can be resolved with home maintenance. Home maintenance is the act of taking care of home issues before they become worse and more costly to resolve. Some home maintenance tasks include changing air filters, changing smoke detector batteries, changing furnace filters, upgrading appliances that are energy inefficient, window washing, cleaning the gutters, clearing windows of ice during winter months in cold climates, etc.

Most home maintenance jobs require few tools and little experience. Changing an air filter requires nothing but the person’s time and effort to pull two levers on either side of the home unit so that it can slide out for access to the filters. Replacing these filters generally only takes a minute or less once access has been granted to them. Sweeping leaves out of rain gutters is an easy home maintenance task, too.

Cleaning home windows during wintertime will save on home heating costs by preventing the home unit from working harder than necessary to heat up cold glass surfaces. This home maintenance task can be performed with little more than a bucket of water and some newspaper or paper towels. There are commercial home window cleaners available at most home repair stores for those who would rather not clean their windows themselves. Doing so may take slightly longer than using paper products because squeegees must be used but it may yield better results. All that is needed to use this method are buckets of hot water, commercial home window cleaner (or vinegar), squeegees (and replacement cloths as they become dirty) and newspapers or paper towels.

Many home maintenance tasks can be completed with few tools and little effort on the home owner’s part, such as changing furnace filters or upgrading old appliances that are less energy efficient than newer models. Doing home maintenance tasks more often is better for home owners because home repairs, home renovations and home improvements will be far cheaper and easier to do if they do not wait until small problems become large ones. Doing home maintenance regularly will help keep a home in top condition.

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In addition to keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks, home owners should address issues immediately instead of ignoring them even though there is no immediate urgency attached to some issues that arise at homes from time to time. It may take longer than expected for a problem with home appliances to escalate into an emergency but home owners should respond to small problems when they occur in order to save money and prevent appliances and other electric problems from happening.

For example, if a home’s water heater fails to produce hot water for a few days, the problem will not be an emergency if it is addressed promptly. Turning off the home’s main water supply valve and draining all of the stored water out of the tank with buckets or via hose will cause no harm or inconvenience if this is done during non-peak usage hours such as early in the morning before many people need hot showers. Once all of the stored water has been removed from the home’s tank, which may take more than one day depending on how much stored water there was in the home’s tank, the heater can be replaced. The home water heater will need to be replaced with one that has similar storage capacity to ensure that home showers remain warm but this is only an inconvenience if the home owner fails to resolve the issue promptly instead of waiting until there are no hot showers available for home occupants.

These are just some examples and instances why home maintenance is important. Checking the condition of the many parts of our homes regularly and resolving small issues before they become larger problems will help homeowners save time and money.


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Doing home maintenance regularly not only prevents larger issues from occurring but also helps reduce stress levels because it eliminates potential home emergencies before they occur. It also reduces the costs of having repairs or renovations done on a home later on because smaller problems do not escalate into expensive issues.

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