Are You Busy With Springtime Home Maintenance?
Below are some key reminders on how to keep your home and yourself safe
Check Your Windows
While cleaning your windows, be sure to inspect every lock. Burglars often enter through windows in the middle of the day. Ensure that your sensors are still firmly secured. Also remember to keep your shrubbery trimmed around your home, especially in front of windows. Overgrown shrubbery is an easy place for burglars to go unseen
Check Your Outdoor Lighting
Remove any cobwebs formed and check to ensure all bulbs are working properly. Have backup bulbs on hand. Motion activated lights should be tested frequently as perimeter lights are a big security feature of your home.
Be Careful Moving Large Furniture
Don’t rush! Use proper lifting techniques; keep your back straight and lift with your legs. Wear shoes to avoid stubbing a toe or dropping a heavy item on your foot. Also, always ask for another person’s help to avoid scratching the floors.
Be Cautious On Ladders & Step Stools
Make sure the ladder is always on a flat and secure surface before climbing up. Do not lean too far over the sides or overreach. The ladder should be completely open before going up.
Schedule An Annual Inspection Of Your Alarm System
An inspection of your alarm system ensures all devices are working 100% and are transmitting proper signals to our central monitoring station. Devices are cleaned from collecting dust. Any/all batteries and devices found to be inoperable are replaced at this time. Inspections should be conducted at least once a year.
The onset of spring is a great time to change the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You should check that all are in working condition at least twice a year. And while you’re at it, make sure everyone in your home knows where the fire extinguisher is!
Don’t forget to change all filters in your home to maximize airflow and cut down on energy costs. Your AC units, furnace, refrigerator, and vents to the dryer, etc. could all use some TLC
Reduce AC Costs
To reduce AC costs as the weather warms up, rotate your ceiling fan counter-clockwise to push the airflow straight down, creating a wind chill effect. They say wind chills can make your room feel 8 degrees cooler!