Hanover: Home Maintenance Tips for January

As any homeowner knows our house need constant love and attention. There are some basic maintenance items that we should be tackling each month. Even though January maybe coming to a close but there is still time to get started on some basic home maintenance items to keep things running smoothly this winter. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Change Furnace Filters
    Change your air filter to extend furnace life, reduce energy bills, keep your system clean and improve indoor air quality. Most systems need good air flow to work properly, which it can’t get with dirty filters.
  1. Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectorscarbon-monoxide-alarm
    Make sure all your carbon monoxide detectors are correctly installed, at least one per floor of your house, and more than 10 feet from carbon monoxide sources. Carbon monoxide can be lethal, be sure your alarms are working.
  1. Tighten any handles, knobs, racks etc
  1. Check and clean range hood fans
    The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect grease, so if it’s doing its job correctly, it’s going to look and feel, well, greasy. Over time the filter becomes blocked with grease that it loses its effectiveness, which is why it’s important to clean these filters periodically.
    Clean and inspect your basement
  1. Clean and inspect your basement
    This will help make sure you don’t find any foundation cracking, water leaking etc…Also you want to make sure you have a clear path to any utilities in the basement.

    Home Gym in basement

    Home Gym in basement

  1. Vacuum refrigerator coils
    Do it twice a year or more often if you have shedding pets. Their fur clogs up the coils fast.

    Condenser coils are located on the back of the fridge or across the bottom. These coils cool and condense the refrigerant. When the coils are clogged with dirt and dust, they can’t efficiently release heat. The result is your compressor works harder and longer than it was designed to, using more energy and shortening the life of your fridge.

  1. Run water and flush toilets in unused space
    This is to prevent grime or other build up. So you should regularly run some water to prevent this.
  1. Clean garbage disposal
    Crush Ice, baking soda, Citrus rinds – this will help eliminate odors.

Like regular oil changes, physical and showering spending a little bit of time each month to do some basic work around the house could end up saving you thousands in the long run. It can be a long list and look daunting, that’s why over the next few months we will try and break it down to smaller action items to tackle.

If you have questions about larger Home Improvement projects please let my team know. Our family has been working with families like yours for over 57 years. And it is important to us that everyone works together to create the best possible experience. If you have questions about your home improvement project please let us know. https://www.almarbuilding.com (781-826-2577) and watch our videos at http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding.com


Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third generation family owned and operated company for over 50 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns.

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.