Whether you’re a new homeowner looking for a maintenance list to keep your property at its prime, or you’ve owned a home for some time and would like to finally get organized, we have the list that you’ll need to ensure that your abode stays in tip-top shape for decades on end. We’ve collected and cataloged a list of maintenance tasks that you should perform at least once per year. Now, there are about a dozen items on our list, so we’ve decided to break it down into four sections. We have an overview of our maintenance checklist below, and then we’ll dig into each individual item in detail. Without further ado, here’s your yearly home maintenance checklist — as provided by J & J Air Duct Cleaning, Las Vegas’ source for duct cleaning and HVAC filter swap services.
Your Yearly Home Maintenance Overview
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Roof Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair
- Check Home Alarm Systems
- Air Filter Swaps
- Bathroom Caulking and Grout
- HVAC Maintenance
- Power Washing
- Exterior Painting and Siding Repair
- Dryer Duct Cleaning
- Water Heater Inspection
- Carpet Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning
As your local air duct cleaning specialists, we’ll start with what’s most familiar. You should maintain clean air ducts in your home to ensure that your air is fresh. You’ll breathe easier knowing that you have fresh, clean, climate-controlled air pumping throughout your abode.
What to Do
While you may be tempted to turn air duct cleaning into a DIY project, we urge you to hire a professional. An expert will have the right tools to make swift work of your air ducts, while ensuring that they are entirely cleaned and sanitized. Here at J & J Air Duct Cleaning, we specialize in air duct cleaning for both homes and commercial buildings, which means that we have the right tools of the trade to clean out your ducts efficiently and effectively. Moreover, our tools are designed to clean every inch of your duct spaces without damaging the ducts themselves — which could result in inefficient heating and cooling and expensive repairs. With each of our cleaning service calls, we provide the following cleaning services:
- Cleaning the supply and return grills.
- Cleaning the interior surfaces of the supply and return duct works, including all the main branches or main ducts coming out of the air unit.
- Cleaning the furnace/air conditioner air handler. This could be located on the roof, in the garage, the attic, or in a closet.
When to Do It
You should have your air ducts cleaned every year or two, depending on how much dust and airborne particles that get pushed through your HVAC system. Since dust is pretty prevalent here in Las Vegas, we often recommend that homeowners have their ducts cleaned once per year to better purify the air in their homes. In addition, you should have your ducts cleaned more often if you have allergies, or if you’re in an area that is highly polluted (perhaps by street traffic). Air duct cleaning can be performed at any point throughout the year here in Vegas.
A well weatherproofed and insulated home will save you energy and shave dollars of your heating and cooling bills throughout the year. It’s a good idea to ensure that your home is well protected from the elements every year.
What to Do
There are a number of things that you can do to ensure that the envelope of your home is airtight. First of all, you can rent out a thermal imaging camera (or hire an expert who has a camera) to inspect your home. Look for areas throughout the house that have leaks, where cool air can escape during the summer heat and pour in during winter nights. Then, you can insulate, patch, and update these areas to ensure that your home is highly efficient. You can swap out your doors and windows with more efficient models (look for windows and doors with a high r-value). Also, be sure to add caulking around your windows and doors (both inside and outside). You may also need to insulate your walls and attic better, in order to keep that climate-controlled air in.
When to Do It
While inspections and updates can be performed year-round, it’s best to have your home inspected in spring or fall when temperatures are moderate here in Vegas. That way, if you need to perform any of the aforementioned maintenance tasks, you can do so without losing too much climate-controlled air in the process. For example, you can have your windows and doors swapped out when the outdoor temperatures aren’t too hot or cold.
Roof Inspection (damage, leaves)
Your roof is your home’s first defense against the forces of mother nature. That’s why it’s so crucial to have a good roof over your head. We recommend that you have your roof inspected regularly to ensure that it’s doing its job.
What to Do
Hire a roof inspector to take a look at your roof. If you have damaged shingles or tiles, your inspector will assess the damage and let you know whether you need a repair or a full-roof replacement. We recommend hiring a trained inspector, since it can be dangerous to navigate across your roof, and you may actually damage the roof while you’re up there.
In addition, you should make sure that your gutters are free from debris, so that water doesn’t pool on your roof when we do get that occasional rain.
When to Do It
You should have your roof inspected every few years, depending on the roofing material that you have, and how old your roof is. For older roofs, you can hire an inspector every two or three years. Also be wary that shingle roofs require inspections more often than clay tile roofs (which can be inspected every five years or so).
Check Alarm Systems
Your home’s alarm systems are there for a reason — a very important reason. They keep you and your family safe. It’s best to monitor your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detector, and security alarms to ensure that you’re protected when the unexpected happens.
What to Do
When it comes to your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, maintenance is fairly easy. Simply use the “Test” button on these devices to ensure that they still operate and chime when they are activated. You should also swap out the batteries on these units regularly. Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should also be replaced at regular intervals, since their sensors can fail over time.
You can also test your home security system by placing it in test mode and following instructions provided by your security provider. Be sure to place your system in test mode before testing, or else you may end up inadvertently triggering an emergency response.
When to Do It
You should test your carbon monoxide detector and fire alarms once per month, and you should replace the batteries in these units once per year.
In addition, you should upgrade your fire alarms every 10 years, and you should replace your carbon monoxide detector every five to seven years. Most modern units will actually have an expiration date printed on them, so you know when it’s time to get a new model.
Consult your home security provider for their recommendation on a security test interval.
Continue to Part II
We hope that these tips help you to keep your home safe, comfortable, and efficient. Feel free to continue to part II of our blog series, where we’ll cover a few more yearly home maintenance tips! And as always, count on the experts here at J & J Air Duct Cleaning for air duct cleaning, HVAC air filter replacements, and dryer duct cleaning services here in Las Vegas — get a free quote right now!