4 Home Maintenance Tasks That Can Save You Money

Owning a home has many benefits, from keeping a roof over you and your family’s heads to serving as an investment that will hopefully increase in value over time. Homeownership is a joy, but it also takes work to care for your home and keep it in good shape. Here are four home maintenance tasks, which if done diligently, will save you money over time.

Keep Gutters Clean

Gutters are attached to the edge of your roof to collect rainwater and divert it away from the foundation of your home. Gutters can easily clog with leaves, sticks, and other natural debris. Once a gutter is clogged, it can trap rainwater and eventually lead to flooded basements and crawl spaces, as well as degrade the quality of a roof and lead to leaks.

Cleaning all your gutters of debris at least once a year will keep rainwater flowing smoothly away from your foundation and spare you from costly repairs in the future.

Replace Weatherstripping

Every place that a hole was cut through an exterior wall of your home — whether for a door, window, or air conditioner — is a place that air can leak out of your house. Depending on the season, you can lose precious heated or cooled air through those leaks. These small leaks will make your furnace or air conditioner work harder, which can decrease its life span and increase your utility costs.

Weatherstripping is the rubber or metal strips that can be installed around doors, windows, and indoor or outdoor appliances to make the leaks airtight and decrease your utility costs over time. As a bonus, stopping those leaks will keep your favorite picture window cozy for curling up in, no matter the season.

Install Clean HVAC Filters

Your HVAC system is likely the largest appliance in your home. HVAC systems not only control the temperature to keep your home comfortable year-round, but they also filter the air to keep dust particles, allergens, and bacteria from circulating throughout the house. To filter the air, heated and cooled air is pushed through a filter. Once that filter becomes clogged, the HVAC system has to work harder to push the air through, decreasing the system’s efficiency.

Luckily, HVAC air filters are relatively inexpensive and easy to switch out. Install a fresh air filter every three months or more frequently if you have pets.

Repair Water Leaks

At least once per year, check your toilets, sinks, and washing machine lines for water leaks. These leaks may not be obvious — especially in less-used areas like guest bathrooms — but they can cause serious damage. Leaking water can result in mildew, mold, and the need to replace flooring and sheetrock.

Checking for toilet leaks is simple with a little bit of food coloring, and sinks and washing machine lines can be checked with a visual inspection. If you see something amiss, either look to repair it yourself or call in a professional.

Your house is not only a place to call home but an investment in your future. Properly maintaining your house will make it comfortable for you and your family, saving you money by having you avoid big repairs in the future.