Quarterly Home Maintenance
September 20, 2023
Now that you’ve moved into your Riverwood Home, it’s time to start taking care of it. By following a simple maintenance routine, you can protect your home and your resources throughout the year with minimal effort. With a little attention each season, you can save time, money, and the headache of bigger issues down the line.
The first thing you’re going to need to check is the grout and caulking in tile/granite areas of the home, especially in wet or humid spots near your showers and sinks. The high humidity in these areas may be responsible for causing the caulk to begin peeling or cracks to begin forming in the grout, which is why regular inspection is important. It’s also recommended to check the caulk seals between countertops and walls throughout your house, especially in a new construction. On top of the humidity and other weather factors that may cause issues in these areas, homes go through a settling process in which the different parts of the house, such as the foundation, the framing, and even the soil underneath, go through changes invisible to the naked eye which may have an effect on these seals.
It’s also going to be important for you to check, clean, or replace the heating, ventilation, and air conditioner filters throughout the year. Failure to do so may affect you through both financing and overall health for a variety of reasons. Filters that are dirty or congested don’t run as efficiently, meaning they need more energy to work, leading to a higher electricity bill. If that wasn’t enough, air filters are responsible for making sure the air being pumped into your home is clean and safe to breathe. This process leads to dust, bacteria, mildew, mold and more being caught before entering the home; however, neglecting to clean these systems allows more of these particles to infiltrate your home, affecting the overall quality of the air.
The final box on your check list is going to be checking door sweeps and weather-stripping on exterior doors. These installations need to be monitored in order to maintain air tightness throughout your home, which is especially helpful in the Summer and Winter months. Responsible for making sure air is neither entering or leaving your home without your knowledge, maintaining these seals leads to more efficient heating and cooling systems. At the end of the day, this is going to save you money on electricity as well as providing you with a more comfortable and controlled home.