You’d be amazed at how much you can do around your house on your own to save money now or down the road. Taking care of these tasks on your own requires very little skill and will keep you from having to hire a handyman or other professional. Or, it might help keep your family safe.
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Don’t Forget the Filters
It’s extremely important to change or clean your air conditioning and/or furnace filters, depending on what type of equipment you have. These filters collect dust, grime, allergens and mites, and reduce the efficiency of your system.
You’re likely to find black mold growing in your bath or shower, especially around calking or tile grout. One way to remove mold is to make a bleach and water solution of 3/4 cup bleach to a gallon of water. Spray it on, leave it for an hour, then wipe it off.
Important: Wear goggles, old clothing, gloves and a mask when working with a bleach solution.
To clean mold from caulking or grout, you can also try a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture with an old toothbrush. Again, wear old clothing along with eye and skin protection.
Checking Household Batteries
Be sure to test the batteries in your flashlights in the spring and fall so you’ll be ready in case of power outages. Also check any other important batteries in the house. Use a low-cost battery tester that will check all kinds of household batteries.
Look for Leaks
You can buy inexpensive meters to detect water leaks before they become a big problem.
You can also buy an inexpensive tool to find air leaks around the house that you could patch to optimize your HVAC system and potentially save big bucks on your monthly bills.
Replace Those Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are built to last about 10 years and should be replaced after that time to keep you and your family safe. First Alert now offers detectors that last 10 years without requiring a battery change.
How About You?
What kinds of DIY chores do you perform around the house to save money and aggravation down the road?
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