Changing the air filter on your central heat and/or air system is one of the simplest and yet most important home maintenance tasks you can do. A clean air filter helps save energy, decrease dust and allergens, and extend the life of your system. This task usually takes just a few minutes and requires only basic tools and skills.
Tankless water heaters are efficient and effective, but they require maintenance to ensure they do not build up scale. Flushing your tankless heater is a simple task, but it does take 1-2 hours to complete. For most water quality, completing this task once a year will suffice, but if you have especially hard water you may want to complete more often.
Tile is beautiful and durable, but grout lines can quickly become an unsightly mess if not properly maintained. Tile grout is fairly porous, meaning it absorbs water and stains easily. The best method to avoid these stains is a regular cleaning and resealing. It’s pretty easy and should be done for any of your tile areas, including floors, bathrooms, and countertops.
Asphalt, also known as blacktop, is a common driveway material for many homes. While effective and durable, it does require maintenance. Perhaps most importantly is repairing cracks and applying a good quality sealer every 3 years. This practice will ensure that water is not allowed to penetrate cracks and freeze, leading to major damage and potholes. It also keeps plants from pushing apart your driveway with their roots.
Contrary to popular belief, concrete is not maintenance free. Areas such as driveways, garage floors, or sidewalks need a good cleaning and sealant every 4-5 years to repel water and keep the surface looking uniform and clean. While not a task most are familiar with, cleaning and sealing concrete is a manageable do it yourself project for most homeowners.