With the New year coming in, we begin to plan for many changes that usually fall by the waste side by February or March. Although our homes are usually the biggest lifetime purchases we make, they tend to get forgotten too in the New Years resolutions. However by using calendar alerts and reminders on our cell phones and computers, it can also be easy to stay on track with these new found goals for our homes. For example: Just type in on your calendar for February1st to change your air filters. Life will become busy ( I can guarantee that!) But you are on your computer and cell phone daily,so when you least expect it….A reminder/alert will pop up that you put in, in the beginning of the year. You are now reminded to change your air filters!
Here are a few things that tend to get forgotten. Take the time to mark these in your calendar alert system today so that you are reminded throughout the year.
ALERTS/REMINDERS Get air conditioners and heating systems checked
Have air ducts cleaned
Clean behind the dryer and inside the dryer air vent
Have the chimney cleaned professionallySteam clean the carpets
Clean out the gutters
Take the comforters, duvets and curtains to the dry cleaners
Have the area rugs professionally cleaned
Schedule window cleaners
Set reminders monthly to change air filters on air conditioner units
Our email inboxes and our mailboxes are now filled with Christmas catalogs. For kids, dads, teens, and even pets, they seem to have a catalog arrive around Christmas time for just about every type of person. However we tend to hold on to them after the holidays and they end up being dust collectors. Go through your catalogs during T.V commercial time and tear out the pages you want to keep. Take the rest of the catalogs immediately to the recycling trash bin. Save a tree or two today by following this advice. Save a tree or two in the next year,by making this advice a habit when you receive your next catalog in the mail.
When you choose to purchase a fresh live Christmas tree it comes at a cost, and I don’t mean the purchase price. It sheds coming in, It sheds while it is up for decoration, and it sheds going out. Our vacuums tend to get a ton of use during the holiday season mainly because of the shedding of the christmas tree. However, this is in no way a good idea for the vacuum’s life. The pine needles are very thin and tend to clog the vacuum within minutes of vacuuming. You may not see the clog but that is where the danger lies. If we don’t unclog the unseen pine needles quickly it will cause the vacuum to work harder and eventually make the engine stop working altogether. This usually happens 2 months or so after Christmas so we tend to forget the major usage the vacuum got during the past season. You can empty your bag or canister, but you do need to unclog the hose and check underneath the vacuum where the main dirt intake is to remove all extra pine needles. I recommend using a shop vac every time for the removal of Christmas tree pine needles rather than your vacuum. Trust me I’ve broken a vacuum or two by vacuuming pine needles in my 14 years of business. Hard and expensive lesson learned!
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