The moving truck is driving off into the distance and you’re standing by the front door of your brand new house. Now, what do you do? Of course, unpacking is the answer, but there are a few things you should do right away to save yourself some money.
- Replace Air Filters – The air filters in your HVAC system should be replaced once per month, and chances are they haven’t been changed since the previous owners moved out. Replacing the filter takes only a minute or two and it will reduce dust, drastically improve indoor air quality, and make your HVAC system run more efficiently.
- Inspect Plumbing Fixtures – Go to each bathroom and the kitchen to inspect all of the faucets, drains, showers, toilets, etc. Anything that has a slight leak should be repaired immediately. This will lower your monthly bills and prevent any mold from growing.
- Hang a Clothesline – In the spring, summer, and early fall you can cut down on your monthly bills by using your dryer less. Instead, hang a clothesline in the backyard to take its place.
- Check Attic Insulation – The attic may have insulation, but is there enough? A lack of insulation can raise your monthly bills by letting warm air in during summer and warm air out during winter. Is the insulation covered in mildew and mold? Having moldy insulation can drastically lower the air quality within your home.
- Edit the Water Heater – Look for the temperature setting on your water heater and set it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Some water heaters are set at 150 degrees and there is no need to have it set this high. Also, look to add a water heater blanket to this fixture to keep heat inside and not dispersed throughout the room. Doing both will reflect a good chunk of savings in your monthly bills.
Moving into a new home can be a whirlwind of emotions, but it’s important to take a minute to think about all of the things you need to get done right away. When you need your HVAC system, plumbing, or appliances repaired and serviced, contact the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.