Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the 10 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.
1. Using Traditional Light bulbs
If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home’s bottom line.
2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.
3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size
We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won’t regret it.
4. Not Customizing Temperature
Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you’re away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you’re gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.
5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly
Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.
6. Over Watering Lawn
Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you’re never around to see what you’re actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you’re not around.
7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High
Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don’t keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.
8. Leaky Windows and Doors
Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.
9. Paying a Handyman
Don’t pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you’re unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.
10.Ignoring Curled Shingles
It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.
Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.
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We have made it to March! Spring is on its way, and the weather is already showing it. If you feel like you’re starting to get the spring cleaning itch early, this is for you! This is the perfect time to do some home maintenance as the weather is beginning to warm up, but also before April showers hit. Below I have a few maintenance tasks that are perfect to do in the month of March, especially if you live in Southern California like me. Check them out below:
Clean the Gutters: This is one task that nobody likes to do, but it is very important to maintain. Remove leaves and other debris that have accumulated throughout the winter, so you are all ready for those April showers. Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations.
Tip: Install gutter guards—screens, foam inserts, surface tension covers—which help to keep debris out of gutters.
Clean your A/C condenser: This one also sounds like a dirty task, but it is crucial that it is cleaned so it works properly. Especially if the temperatures are on the rise in your area. Remove all the dust and debris around the outside of the condenser.
Tip: Hook up a garden hose and spray the outside of the condenser. The water will melt away the gunk.
Prep your yard: Start bringing your yard back to life now, before temperatures warm up for real.
Tip: Remove large stones, branches that have fallen or that have littered your yard. Get out the lawnmower cut your grass. Nothing looks better in a front yard than freshly cut green grass. Prune all flowers and shrubs. Get rid of all dying blooms, that way they wont affect any others.
Clean the siding: This is one thing that often gets forgotten, or even unnoticed by homeowners. However, those who will notice it are those that will be visiting you in the Spring and Summer for outdoor BBQ’s. Get rid of dirt and grime that can cause mildew and shorten the life of your siding.
Tip: A bucket of warm soapy water and a long handles brush are all you really need. Rinse off with your garden house when finished. No fancy cleaning solutions will really make a difference. With a little elbow grease, your home will look like new.
Inspect the Roof: Our roofs take a beating in the winter with all the rain, or snow for those who get it. Take a close look at your roof for any loose or broken tiles. Also check for missing shingles, worn and rusted flashing, and cracked boots around vent pipes. These may not seem like a big deal now, but delaying repair can cause problems later on.
Tip: To save you from a potential accident, make it easy on yourself by checking your roof with a pair of binoculars while standing firmly—and safely—on the ground.
Doing these few simple tasks will make a big difference in your home. Make use of this beautiful March weather!