Regular Home Maintenance You May Be Overlooking 

Buying a house can easily be one of the biggest investments you make in your lifetime. It’s a big deal and something that you should do everything in your power to protect at all costs!


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Whether it’s a brand new home or one that was built 50 years ago, there will be regular maintenance that should never be overlooked even if you think everything is in perfect working order. There’s a lot to know about maintaining a home, and it helps to become skilled in basic home maintenance, so you know how to prevent bigger problems from popping up unexpectedly.

Check Your Water Heater 

A water heater should last you approximately 8 to 12 years. If you have no idea how old your current one is, you should know the signs that it may be time to replace it. Some signs to look out for include:

* Rust-colored water
* Strange metallic smells
* Lack of hot water
* Odd noises
* Leaks


The good news is that if your current water heater is experiencing some issues, but isn’t that old, it can likely be repaired. You’ll want to go with an experienced company that offers San Diego water heater repair to receive the best quality work. To extend the life of your water heater, you’ll want to perform a complete flush of the water heater tank, which prevents corrosion and rust.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system is another very important part of your home, and replacing it can be very costly. You’ll want to do everything you can to extend the life of the system. Make sure all leaks are sealed so your system doesn’t have to work extra hard trying to keep your home cool. It’s also essential to clean or replace the filters every three months. Every six months, you’ll want to check the fan, the belts, and the bearings. Clean the blades and make sure they’re going in the right direction and align the belts. Belts that are too loose can cause more wear and tear.

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Seal the Drafty Windows 

Chances are, if you feel a draft, the seals on your windows are broken. Sealing drafty windows is something that can easily be done for very little money. During the colder months, drafts are easily noticeable and can end up running your energy bill because your heat needs to work extra hard. To create a new seal, first scrape away the loose glazing and caulk. Then you’ll want to add new glazing and caulk. During winter months, you can weatherstrip any drafty windows.

Inspect Home for Possible Pests 

Pests can end up costing a fortune in home repairs, especially if they’re not dealt with in a timely manner. The most common signs to look out for include evidence of nesting, pest droppings, physical damage to structures, grease marks, and damaged plants. If you believe you do have a pest problem, you need to know your options. You don’t always need to rely on harmful pesticides as your first choice. One thing that you can do is make sure they do not have a food source. You can also seal cracks and openings located along the baseboards to keep them out of your house.

If you’re new to homeownership, it may seem overwhelming to try and remember everything about keeping the house maintained. There is definitely a lot to learn, but the internet can be your best friend in terms of DIY home maintenance tips. Even if you think you have a general idea of what it takes to maintain a home, there can easily be things you overlook. It’s good to make a checklist and determine how often you need to do certain things around the house. Make a point to write it down on your calendar so you don’t forget.

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Top 5 DIY Tips to HVAC Energy Savings

Save on your HVAC energy bill this year with some of these easy tips that we live by!


An HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) unit’s purpose is to keep the indoor air in your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Depending on the climate where you live, this task can be costly – representing over 50% of your monthly utility bill. Drastic changes have been made over the past several years to help lower the high energy footprint associated with HVAC systems. This is great news to help the homeowner achieve significant savings. However, here are some budget friendly tips to help you save even more.

Top DIY Money Saving Tips

* Fans – Even though fans, whether ceiling fans or box fans, do not cool or warm the air, but rather they circulate the existing air. Since warm air rises in the winter, switch ceiling fans to rotate clockwise at a low speed to redistribute the warm air throughout the room. Fans help in the summer because the circulated air conditioned air you feel from the fan makes your skin feel cooler, thus cooling you down.

* Change the Filter – The energy efficiency of maintaining the filter in your HVAC unit cannot be underestimated. Filters need to be checked every 30 days and replaced every 30-90 days. When the filters are neglected, dust and dirt particles can enter the system’s motor causing moving parts to jam – such as fan motors and valves.

* Bask in the Sun’s Rays – On a sunny but cold, wintry day, open the blinds and curtains and let the sunshine in. The sun shining through the glass windows will help warm your home taking the total burden off of your HVAC system. On the other hand, a hot sultry summer day, close all the drapes and use blackout curtains, if possible, to help keep the heat out of your home – keeping it cooler.

* Adjust the Thermostat – When you adjust the thermostat in your home just by 2 degrees (for example, 70F to 72F), whether it is heat or air conditioning, the amount of energy consumed drastically reduces. If the weather is cool outside, and you get a chill inside – add a light jacket instead of turning up the thermostat and heating your entire house.

* Seal Around Windows and Doors – Check around windows and doors for drafts. Seal air leaks with caulk around fixed windows and weatherstripping around movable doors and windows.


For optimal HVAC savings, it is important that your unit fits the size of your home. When a system is mismatched with the home, there is a sacrifice of quality of living and unnecessary expenses. For instance, a system too small for a home will strain to keep the inside environment at a comfortable level. Whereas, a system too large for a home will be more expensive to install, maintain and operate.

So, if you are in the market to upgrade or install a new HVAC system, it is always recommended to an assessment by a professional mechanical engineering firm before beginning any heating and air project.

Author’s Bio

Michael Tobias, PE, is the founder and principal of New York Engineers/Nearby Engineers, an Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Company in America. Michael graduated from Georgia Tech in 2004 with honorary mentions. Michael and his team of 30+ engineers specialize in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering services in Chicago and New York.

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