About Your Home

Air Conditioning

AC-UnitAir conditioners make the air cooler and more bearable in your home in the summer and takes moisture out of the air inside your home. There are different types of air conditioners but they all require some level of maintenance either during the winter to get it ready for summer or when it might break down in the summer. If your air conditioner goes out during the summer months, it can be hard to get it fixed right away. That means you want to make sure it’s running right. You should have it inspected at least once a year. Your heating and cooling system uses over 50% of your energy costs in your home.

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011_8AYour heating system allows you to stay warm in the winter or chilly fall months. There are many types of heating systems such as gas, electric, and oil systems. Different systems require different amounts and frequencies of work and maintenance. You should routinely check your heater to make sure it is working properly or you may need to pay extra money if you let even a small problem go on for too long. Depending on what type of heating system you have, you may or may not have to do routine cleaning on the system.

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Water Heater

017_14AYour water heater can be important if you like hot water. Your water heater is what allows you to have hot water in the sinks and showers. It basically is a heating system but just for water. And without it, you have cold showers and dishes that need to be cleaned. Some types of water heaters include range boiler water heaters, high efficiency water heaters, and solar water heaters. Every different type of water heater requires some level of maintenance and some require more inspections than others.

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013_10AGood ventilation in your home means extra condensation doesn’t get trapped and you wont have water around your windows or ceiling. You need good ventilation in your attic and basement so you don’t end up having mold or mildew buildup. It can also mean you wont have to replace any walls, carpeting, or ceilings because of mold or mildew.

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007_5Good insulation is important in your home. It helps with climate control and will make your heating and cooling bill go way down. If your home is well insulated, you wont be using extra energy to heat or cool your home. You may need to replace insulation if you don’t know when the last time it was placed or your home feels drafty or too cold or hot.

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003_1Electrical systems can be both very helpful and very dangerous. The electrical system provides electricity to your home to power the lights and heating and cooling system as well as other appliances. Different things can go wrong with the electrical system. But if you keep a close eye on the wiring and fuse box, it should be in check. For most older houses, the wiring will be different. Some need more care than others. You may also need to check for any water damage after big storms.

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829900-R1-006-1AYour plumbing is important. It provides your home with water for your toilets, sinks, showers, and some household appliances. If your plumbing goes out, you will be left without water or it could malfunction and you could have flooding. That could be very bad. If you don’t have your plumbing checked regularly, you could be losing up to 200 gallons of water every day. That could end up costing you a lot more than you think. You should get your plumbing inspected every 3-4 years.

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829900-R1-028-12AYour roofing is what keeps the different weather out of your home. If your roofing fails, you could be standing in the rain in your own home. It is recommend that you trim branches and trees that may hang over your roof. As a safety precaution you should keep your rain gutters clean too. All the runoff from the roof may cause your gutters to overflow and the water can cause damage to your roof which can lead to leaking inside the home. Keep any heavy objects such as fallen trees and branches off your roof whenever possible. As it could cause your roof to collapse and it could harm anyone inside the home.

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Your Crawlspace

829900-R1-008-2ACrawlspaces require you to keep them clean and free of bugs. Since they are rarely inspected or entered, you may have a alot of bugs, mold, built up water, or bad insulation, causing you to spend more on heating and cooling. Crawlspaces can be very dangerous because of asbestos, chemicals, collapse, hantavirus, mold, rodents, sewage, snakes, and even electrical shock hazards. Your crawlspace could also be hiding a lot of structural rot too. That would cause you to spend money on making the crawlspace safer.

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Your Attic

009_6AThe attic is similar to the basement. You must keep it well ventilated because of mildew or mold build up that you may not notice until later on. You need to routinely check the attic’s foundation because if there is mold, mildew, or bugs you could end up paying extra to fix that. If you dont notice it, your attic may collapse causing the whole house to go down which can be extremely dangerous. You may also need to  find out how much you can put in the attic before you cant get to come corners. You must always make sure you can inspect every corner when needed. It can also be a fire hazard if it’s not well ventilated in the summer. Especially if it is extremely dry.

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