Home Improvement Tips for Valentine’s Day | Ways to Care for Your Home
Decadent chocolates, elegant bouquets, romantic dinners and loving gestures have long been associated with Valentine’s Day. And while these are all perfectly acceptable ways to celebrate your most cherished one, it’s not the only way to show them that you care. This year, show your significant other how much you care by completing some easy yet essential home improvement tasks. And then, top it off with a special dinner or meaningful gift!
Give Your Home Some Necessary TLC
1. Clean Your Dryer Vent Hose
Every year, dryer lint buildup causes disastrous home fires that lead to thousands of dollars in damages. Additionally, it can lead to an inefficient dryer, which will increase your energy costs. Complete this important maintenance task to avoid a catastrophe – and save money.
While cleaning the removable filter in your dryer is certainly good, it shouldn’t stop there. If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, it’s a good indicator that your dryer needs a serious deep clean:
- Does it seem to take longer for your clothes to dry? Are they damp even after the cycle is complete? Are they significantly hotter than usual?
- Is the outside of your dryer too hot to the touch?
- Does your laundry room feel humid?
- Do you notice a burning smell coming from your laundry room?
- When you open the outside exhaust vent flapper, is it just barely ajar?
It’s possible to clean your dryer vent using a DIY kit, however, we recommend having a professional get the job done. This will give you peace of mind that everything has been thoroughly and properly cleaned.
2. Clean Your Refrigerator Coils
First thing’s first, unplug your refrigerator. Then locate the coils. If you have a newer refrigerator, they’re going to be at the bottom, whereas older refrigerators have them on the very back. After you’ve located the coils, take off the protective plate. Vacuum all the nooks and crannies of the coils. It wouldn’t hurt to also vacuum under and behind your refrigerator.
To give your coils a good, thorough clean, we recommend purchasing a coil brush from your local hardware store. Coil brushes are designed specifically to help you complete this task. If you don’t want to purchase a coil brush, you could probably get away with using a duster. Prevent dust from getting out and about by using your vacuum to suck it up.
Once you’ve finished cleaning the coils, just place the plate back on, and voilà! Now you will enjoy a fridge that is efficient – and squeaky clean!
If you really want to wow your loved one, clean the inside of your fridge too. Take inventory of everything that’s inside, throwing away all the spoiled foods and liquids.
3. Purchase an Energy Efficient Package with 24/7 Electric
Lighting accounts for nearly 10 percent of the average homeowner’s energy costs, making it all the more important to install energy efficient lights. At 24/7 Electric, our energy efficient lighting solutions allow homeowners to lower energy costs, increase comfort and gain total control over their lighting. No matter what your goal is for this new year, our licensed, professional and experienced electricians can help you get on track. We specialize in the installation of Lutron products as they deliver exceptional results – quickly. Schedule your appointment with us today!
Interested in completing more easy home improvement tasks? Check out this list for ways to keep your home running efficiently:
- Replace HVAC Air Filters
- Clean Your Dishwasher
- Repair Air Leaks
- Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
If at any point you need electrical assistance, give the trusted experts at 24/7 Electric a call. Whether you need help repairing, replacing or maintain your electrical system, rest assured we have the skill to get the job done right the first time. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at (587)-315-1361 or (778)-557-1519. You can also submit a service request online.