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January Home Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January is the month where we set new goals. Lose weight, get more organized, spend less time in front of a screen … you get the point. Here are some things to get done this month in and around your home.

Change the filters in your forced-air furnace.

  • This time of year, the systems run more frequently, and keeping those filters changed improves the air quality and reduces strain on the blower.

 

Clean your bath fan with a wet-dry vac.

  • You’ll be amazed by how dirty your bath fan is. During the cold months, higher moisture in the bathroom when showering will clog it even faster.

 

Keep the decks, driveways, sidewalks and patios clear.

  • No matter what type of ice melt you choose to apply, the trick is to not let it stand on the surface for long periods of time. After the ice melts, if you have piles or clumps leftover, it’s a good idea to sweep them up and dispose. Leaving it to permeate into the surfaces can cause damage that will need to be repaired when things warm up.

 

Clean your oven.

  • The holidays are over, so it’s time to give the oven a good cleaning. If you’re lucky enough to have a self-cleaning oven, then crank it up. Keep in mind it can fill the house with a strong odor and even set off the smoke alarms. There are also several oven cleaners you can use; just don’t forget to give the oven racks a good cleaning too.

 

Use door mats and boot trays.

  • Snow, slush, and water can wreak havoc on your floors. Give them a place to stay and keep wet shoes off the floors. It’s also a good idea to keep a dustpan, broom and floor mop near the door for quick cleanups.

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