On your day off, probably one of the last things you want to do is a bunch of household chores. In fact, household chores probably fall right before going to the dentist on your to-do list. However, there is at least one very good reason to get those chores taken care of in a timely manner…many household chores can prevent costly repairs later on down the road. Here are just a few household chores you shouldn’t put off:
Vacuum out your heating system. Break out your vacuum and a long attachment and go crazy on all the dirt, dust, and debris that accumulates within the furnace. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies. This will not only improve the energy efficiency of the system (saving you money on your monthly bill), but will also prolong the life of your furnace.
Put a strainer in your bathtub drain. Strainers can be purchased at any home improvement store and cost next to nothing. Plus, installation is a snap – just remove the strainer from any packaging and drop it in the drain. The strainer will catch any hair, bits of soap, or any other particles that would otherwise end up going down the drain. This will help prevent time consuming, possibly costly clogs later on. Just remember to clean out the strainer on a regular basis.
Inspect and clean out gutters and downspouts. Getting up on the roof can be a pain, and the gunk that winds up in gutters can be a little gross, but what’s even worse is water backing up onto your roof and causing water damage to your home. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are working properly to prevent the need for roof repairs or water damage repairs in the home or basement.
Change the filter on your furnace and air conditioner. At the start of the cold or hot weather season, before cranking on the heat or air, replace the filter. Throughout the winter or summer check your filter on a monthly basis and replace it as necessary. Remove the filter and hold it up to the light to see if it appears clogged; if it does, replace it. Completing this chore will make your furnace or air conditioner more energy efficient and prolong the system’s life.
Inspect caulking in the bathroom. Water damage is a costly repair. Check the caulking around your vanity, toilet, shower, and tub on a regular basis. If it’s cracked, discolored, or appears to be coming off, remove it and replace it as soon as possible. Otherwise, water can easily make its way into the wall or floor and cause damage.
Clean out your dryer’s lint screen. Remove the lint from your dryer’s screen after each load of laundry, and wash the screen at least once a month to remove any residue. You may need to wash your screen more often if you do a lot of laundry. Completing this chore will prevent fires, improve the efficiency of your dryer, and prolong the life of the dryer’s heating element.
Check the seal on your refrigerator and freezer. To make sure the door seal on your refrigerator doesn’t need replaced, take a dollar bill and close it in the door. If the dollar bill stays in place and isn’t super easy to remove then the seal is fine. Repeat with the freezer. New seals can be purchased from your local home improvement store. Replacing the seal will make the refrigerator more energy efficient by reducing the amount of energy needed to keep your food cool or frozen. It will also help prevent parts from wearing out prematurely.
Household chores may not be fun, but they do serve a purpose. Keep that in mind on your next day off. If you still aren’t feeling motivated, think of all the things you can do with the repair and replacement money you’ll be saving by checking those items off of your to-do list!