Here it is: we’ve finally said Goodbye to 2020 and ushered in 2021. As we’ve adjusted to so much change over the last year, it can be good to take a step back now that the year is underway and consider the positive changes we can make for the future. Let’s look at a few things to do in 2021 that can give you an advantage.
Change Your HVAC Filter
The filter on your furnace may be one of the most overlooked but important small fixes you can make. Clogged filters cause the HVAC system to become very inefficient very quickly. If dirt and debris are taking up residence in the filter, it can take a lot longer for the system to push air through your home.
Make a plan to change your HVAC filter every 3 months and keep a record. When you do decide to put your home on the market, that information will be valuable to potential buyers.
Keep Gutters Clear
Similarly, you should have your gutters cleaned regularly. Experts suggest having them cleaned twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. However, you may need to have it done more often depending on the climate in your area and the number of trees near your home.
You can increase the efficiency of your gutter cleanings by installing a gutter guard system. It’s also recommended that you hire a gutter cleaning service to assist especially if your gutters are second story or higher.
Did you know you should be recalking fixtures in your home to prevent water damage? Most people think caulking is something you only have to do once, but caulk can break down over time. Spending a little time recalking around plumbing fixtures or windows can prevent water damage.
Depending on the type of caulk that was used, you may need to remove it first before applying a new layer. This can typically be done by using a razor knife. Then take time to apply the caulk correctly to avoid air pockets or gaps.
Even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your home. Consider what other improvements you can make to increase your home’s value for the future.
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