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Maintenance Checklist for Easton Homeowners

Winter Maintance Checklist

Heating System Checklist

  • Test run:
    Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees, just for testing. You should hear the furnace turn on, and warm air should begin to blow within a few minutes. If the furnace is running fine, turn the thermostat back to its normal setting. If it’s not running properly, you can try to diagnose it as outlined in Gas Furnace Repair and Troubleshooting. Depending on what’s wrong, you may be able to fix it yourself, or you may need to call a qualified service technician.
  • Seasonal maintenance:
    Either have the furnace checked by a service technician or do it yourself, as outlined in Seasonal Furnace Maintenance.
  • Replace the air filter:
    Put in a new, clean air filter. It’s easy, just follow the steps in Furnace Filter Replacement.
  • Fuel:
    If you have a propane or oil furnace, make sure to have your fuel storage tank topped off and ready to go.
  • Heating vents:
    Clear obstacles to heating vents, so air can freely flow. Many experts recommend having a service technician come in and clean the vents every year or two.
  • Check for carbon monoxide leaks:
    This silent killer can easily be detected with either an inexpensive test badge or battery-operated alarm. Whichever way you decide, just please decide to protect your family with one of these units.
    See Testing for Carbon Monoxide for more information.
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5 Secrets For DIY Projects

5 Secrets For DIY Projects

5 Secrets For DIY Projects At Home

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home.

  1. Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged showerhead), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.
  2. Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.
  3. Baking soda: This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda can also be used to absorb odors.
  4. Butter knife: Screwdrivers are easy to misplace. If can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need for table setting—is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.
  5. Toothpaste: Is there an unsightly scratch on your car or bike? The grit in tartar-control toothpastes makes for an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it out with paper towel.
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