We’ve got a list of five things to complete in your home for the month of February. Completing this list will help prevent costly repairs in the future.
What to do to your home in February
Watch as Lou Manfredini, Ace’s Home Expert, gives you his list of top projects to complete this month.
1. Change the filters in your forced air furnace. Depending on where you live your system can be running more often. Changing your filters frequently can help improve the air quality and reduce the strain on the blower. Consider upgrading to high-quality air filters. They can last up to 3 months and help filter out things like bacteria, pollen, and pet dander. Something that lower-cost filters can’t reduce. Set a reminder to change it in 3 months now to stop the guessing game later.
2. Clean your bath fan. Drop the cover on the bath fan and use a wet/dry vac hose and clean the blower and fan housing. You will be amazed at how dirty it is and during the cold months the higher moisture in the bathroom when showering will clog it even faster.
3. Get your toilet ready for the big game. You likely had many guests during the holidays and now more are coming over for the big game. Get your bowl ready to clean calcium buildup. Take a wire coat hanger and pull it apart. Bend one end of it so you have about an inch at a 90-degree angle. Hold a hand mirror under the rim of the toilet and use the hanger to scrape open each hole. By opening these holes you will increase the volume of water that comes from the tank each time you flush the toilet. In the evening or when the toilet will not be used for several hours, pour about a cup of either CLR or Lime Away in the tank and partially flush the toilet. This will add a bit of water to the bowl. Allow it to stand for several hours. This will help loosen the remaining calcium buildup inside the rim if the bowl and improve toilet power.
4. Clean your fridge and refrigerator coils. Last month we talked about the importance of a clean oven. Now, it’s your fridge’s turn. You won’t believe how dirty fridge coils can get. When the coils get dirty, your fridge uses more electricity. Clean them off with a wet/dry vac on the bottom and the back. This is going to help the unit run efficiently saving you the life of the fridge and improving your electric bill. Set a reminder in August to do this task again.
5. Seal your tile grout. Just like fridges, sealing your grout is a good semiannual task to perform. From backsplashes to tiled bathrooms, sealing your tile grout will help prevent stains, and grease, maintain the color as well as prevent damage and deterioration.
***Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using any product.