Five easy winter maintenance projects
Fall / Winter months are here. Even though it doesn’t get that cold in San Diego, here are some great easy winter maintenance project that can save you money in the long run.
1. Check ceiling fans. Ceiling fans should be dusted and cleaned every season. To save money on heating reverse the fan direction so that it turns clockwise. This pulls the warm air from the ceiling down to living spaces.
2. Seal windows and doors. Windows need to be resealed every few years. Inspect the caulking along the windows’ edges, looking for gaps or cracks. Then, re-apply caulking to windows (weather-stripping to doors) to keep warm air in and cool air out.
3. Check behind appliances. Clean behind laundry machines and refrigerators regularly. Dust settles on refrigerator coils, causing them to run inefficiently. Use a refrigerator-coil brush to clean this off. For dryers, clean out the exhaust vent a couple times a year to keep it running smoothly.
4. Clean out closets. The end of a season is a great time to go through closets for potential give-away items. When you find winter clothing you didn’t wear this year, give it away and make space for next season’s items.
5.Brighten indoor spaces. Try switching out standard incandescent bulbs for bulbs that provide cooler, “natural” light. Whenever buying new bulbs, opt for Energy Star rated bulbs. Even if it’s a larger upfront investment, over time the bulb will last longer and save you money on your utility bill.
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Nancy Bergman, CA BRE# 01893550 is a Realtor with Windermere Homes and Estates. Nancy services the San Diego and Palm Deserts. Whether you are buying, selling or renting, Nancy Bergman can assist you with all your real estate needs. To contact Nancy go to www.sandiegohomesbynancy.com / firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-617-9449