Homeowner Tips for Winter’s End

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Home & Family Realty

If you’re like me, you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring and all the activities that come along with it. But as we wait for the days to grow longer and the temperatures to improve, there are still some tasks on your home’s interior that need your attention. Here are a few household maintenance tips that will help your home run at tip-top efficiency: 
  
 · Remember to clean or replace the air filters in your furnace, and also in your range hood for top efficiency. If you have a forced air system with an air humidifier, clean out those filters too. It’s a good idea to do this every month.
 · You can also help optimize your furnace’s performance by keeping your air ducts clean. Remove the register covers and vacuum inside the ducts whenever you do your carpets. A professional duct-cleaning from time to time will improve both heating and air conditioning efficiency, as well as remove potentially harmful allergens. 
 · Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. A good time to do this is when the clocks change at the end of Daylight Savings time. You can do the same when the clocks turn back again next fall.
 · While your windows are still closed tight from winter’s stormy blasts, it’s a good time to inspect them to see if there’s any condensation or leakage on the inside. Caulk any seams or edges that may be letting cold air or moisture in.
 ·  If you’ve been enjoying fires in your wood burning fireplace or wood stove, you’re probably due for a chimney cleaning. This is a task that’s best left to the ‘pros’, so plan on booking a cleaning for after your last fire of the season.
  
 If you’d like more homeowner tips, or if the coming Spring has your thoughts turning to a change in your real estate needs, I hope you’ll pick up the phone and give me a call. I’m always happy to talk about real estate, and you may be surprised at some of the options that I can suggest. 

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