We all want our houses and apartments to last the test of time and provide our families with plenty of unforgettable experiences. With that in mind, let us look at three important household maintenance tips.
Air Conditioners and Heaters
Depending on the type of property you live in, you might have either one or several HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) solutions. Perhaps you have a heating, and air conditioning split system with a condenser, a compressor, and an indoor unit with a blower and an evaporator coil. You might also have a split heat pump where traditional ducts are not compatible, and on-the-spot solutions are required. Finally, your home could also have a packaged heating and air conditioning system where the evaporator, condenser, and compressor are all in one compact unit.
Regardless of the case, the most important thing you can do is follow a detailed, scheduled maintenance plan that considers external temperature and weather conditions, how often you use your system, and how old your solution is.
Of course, no matter the steps you take to avert accidents from happening, sometimes they will indeed occur, and you will have to look into a reputable vendor providing emergency repairs for heating and cooling systems. Still, as the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and proper, timely maintenance will minimize malfunctions from taking place and save you money long-term and avoid unnecessary headaches.
According to studies, one-third of the total dust inside your house comes from the inside. It contains dead human skin, decomposed insects, food debris, fibers, and lead. The latter one, a strong neurotoxin, can lead to lead poisoning in children and, even worse, permanently disable them if exposed in large amounts.
What this tells us can be summed up in two specific things. First, the accumulation of dust and garbage is anything but beneficial to you and the other members of your family. Second, you need to do something about it, sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the consequences could be disastrous, even more so since you have the knowledge and resources to prevent them.
If you have ever visited the East Asian nation of Japan, you will have probably noticed that it is one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest country in the world. Even if public trash bins are few and far between and bustling metropolises like Tokyo or Osaka hold more than ten million people apiece, somehow the Japanese manage to stay clean.
But how do they do it? For starters, they don’t wait for the trash to pile up before collecting it. Instead, they clean as they go, wiping dust whenever they see it, throwing out the trash consistently, and sweeping and vacuuming the floors almost daily.
It Starts With You
A house or apartment is a reflection of the people living inside it. After all, no matter how vital your property is to you or how much you care for it, it isn’t a living, breathing organism with the ability to think and take care of itself. Instead, it is you who has the power to maximize its useful life, preserve its market value, and make it the best possible place to live in.
If you want to maintain your house in the best condition for as long as possible, do the little things, the things that only take a bit of your time but pack the biggest of punches and yield the best results. And if you don’t know where to start, here are a few things you could consider:
- Clean yourself well before going to bed. Whether you stay at home or go out for work, your body will collect plenty of dust and bacteria during the day. As such, the last thing you want is for this to get into your bed. Not only will it provide a less than ideal environment for sleeping, but it can also be the beginning of a pest problem.
- If you have pets, keep them clean and train them well. A dog, cat, hamster, or any other pet can be your best friend and companion. But left unclean, it can bring diseases to your family, not to mention destroy your house if left to run wild.
- Be mindful of humidity. Unlike human beings and animals who need moisture, humidity is one of your property’s greatest enemies. Thus, you must follow certain steps to ensure your house remains dry and hygienic at all times.
By following these simple steps, you will add years of life to your property, not to mention ensuring the health of those inside it.
As we have seen, there are several ways to maintain our households. Three of them are taking care of ventilation systems, cleaning often, and doing the little things. So get to it, and give yourself the chance to enjoy plenty of wonderful years in the place you call home.