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Top 5 Tasks for March
If you were to take a flashlight and go up into your attic space, what do you think you might find? Evidence of pests? Water stains from leaks? Blocked vents? These are exactly some of the reasons why at least once a year you should go up in your attic and look around (see types, costs, and reviews of flashlights; termite detectors). Left alone, problems like these can turn into bigger and more expensive problems. March is a particularly good month to inspect your attic because it won’t be too cold or too hot up there. But if you are uncomfortable doing this yourself, then you might want to consider contacting a home inspector or handyman service. For more information about inspecting your attic, you can read our article: "Why Would I Ever Want to Go Up in My Attic ???."
Smoke Detector Cleaning
Hopefully you know the importance of routinely testing your smoke detectors and replacing their batteries (see types, costs, and reviews of batteries for smoke detectors). But did you also know that you should also routinely clean your smoke detectors as well? For your smoke detectors to operate properly, the sensor in your smoke detectors must be clean so that they can properly test the air that is circulating through them. To learn why and how to clean your smoke detectors, you can see our article: "Why and How to Clean Your Smoke Detectors."
Ceiling Fan Care
If you have a ceiling fan, March is a good month to do routine maintenance for this great home energy-saver. First, you should switch the direction of your fan’s rotation. In the winter it is better to have your ceiling fan blowing upwards, so that it pushes the warm air from the ceiling up and then gently down your walls, without creating a “wind chill effect.” But in the spring and summer months, you want to feel this wind chill effect. So you should change your fan’s direction to blow downward. Second, you should clean your fan’s blades, and check that the unit doesn’t wobble when it is running. And lastly, if you have a model that requires lubrication, you should oil it in accordance with your manufacturer’s recommendations (helpful accessory: ceiling fan dusters; ceiling fan lubricants). For additional information about ceiling fan care, you can see our article: "Ceiling Fans: What You Should Know"
Drapes & Blinds Care
March is also a good month to get a jump on your spring cleaning by doing annual care for the window treatments around your home. Routine cleaning is a great way to keep your drapes and blinds looking their best and lasting longer. Plus, routine cleaning helps eliminate nests for pests.
Caring for Your Furniture
And lastly, March is a good time to do the annual care for the furniture in your home. Regardless of whether your furniture is made of fine wood, leather, or upholstery . . . at least one a year you should take the time to do a thorough cleaning and conditioning of the all of the furniture in your home (helpful accessory: furniture cleaners). For more information about how to care for the various types of furniture in your home, see our online How-To Guide.
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Why Would I Ever Want to go Up In My Attic???Want to save energy, and catch problems in your home before they turn into very expensive repairs? Then cool weather months are a good time to grab a flashlight or hire a professional to check out your attic before it gets too hot up there. more ▶
Why and How to Clean Your Smoke DetectorsTo keep your smoke detectors operating properly, you should clean them at least every six months. This article explains why, and the easy steps you can take to clean your smoke detectors. more ▶
Ceiling Fans: What You Should KnowCeiling fans can help you save energy and are an elegant feature of your home. This article discusses how to take care of your ceiling fan if you already have one, how to fix what typically goes wrong, and what to consider if you are planning on buying one. more ▶
Using Window Treatments to Save EnergyWindow treatments enhance the decor of your home, but they can also play an important role in reducing your energy bill. This article describes how blinds, drapes, and shades can each save you money. more ▶
Caring For Your Fine Wood FurnitureFine wood furniture is expensive and has many enemies. To protect your fine wood furniture and keep it looking nice for many lifetimes, here are the things you should do to protect and care for your furniture. more ▶