Spending more time at home? We asked our licensed technicians what you could be doing around the house to help make sure everything is running efficiently. Take a look at our DIY home maintenance checklist that will help you take care of your home.
Why Take the Time to Tune-Up My Home?
Proactive maintenance is a key to preventing small problems from becoming big and costly ones down the road and lengthening the life of your valuable investments. While you have a little extra time at home, check in on your systems. Here are five excellent places to start:
1) Check and Replace Your Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Filters
Your AC and furnace air filters help maintain good indoor air quality by filtering the air circulating through your home, so it’s important that they stay clean! Dirty air filters can lead to reduced airflow, cooling inefficiency, and more issues. Check on yours to see how they’re holding up.
How often should you change your air filters? If you have a 1” to 3” air filter, you should change it every 90 days; If you have any pets, it’s recommended that you change it every 60 days. If your home has a larger filter (4” or 5”) consider changing it every 6 to 12 months.
2) Clean Your Return Air Vents
Your HVAC system is made up of a series of ducts and vents that circulate air throughout your home. The return air vents do just what you’d expect: return air to your HVAC system, which ensures proper circulatory patterns and consistent temperature.
Air vent cleaning helps to prevent pressure buildup and guard against mold and mildew in your home. Make sure to check on your return air vents and clean them if necessary!
3) Adjust Room Temperature Settings
While your HVAC system circulates the air, your thermostat controls the air temperature. When you’re staying home during the day, you might need to adjust the typical cycle of your thermostat to stay comfortable.
When heating, set the temperature at 68 degrees, and set the temperature at 78 degrees when cooling your home. Maintaining these temperatures throughout the year helps reduce strain on your heating and cooling system, and also helps reduce your energy costs.
4) Check Your Water Softener Salt Level
If you have a water softener, it’s important to check the salt level every eight weeks. The salt in your water softener counters the hard minerals to soften your water.
If the water level is above the salt in the softener, you should add more salt. So, when you look into your system and all you see is water, you need to add the correct amount of salt for your system, which is about ¾ of the tank.
5) Check and Install UV Light Bulbs
With illness and allergies on everybody’s minds, it’s important to practice good home hygiene. One great way to kill germs that may be circulating in the air is with ultraviolet (UV) light, which acts as a sterilizer.
If you have UV light bulbs, double check to make sure they’re on and working properly. You can do so by holding up something white next to your UV light bulb (like a sock or a piece of paper): Does it glow with a purple or violet hue? Then your UV lights are working!
Don’t have a UV light in your home? Installing one can be a great way to minimize the amount of germs and bacteria in the air you breathe.
If any issues arise while you’re poking around your home systems, Haller now offers virtual technician visits through HomeX Remote Assist. Our trained experts can help answer your questions and guide you to a solution over the phone or through video chat, so we only send a technician to your home if absolutely necessary.
If you’re a Haller One Call Club member, don’t forget to schedule your maintenance visit–it’s free as a part of your membership! Customers who aren’t members can also schedule their visit today.