The great thing about a new house is that everything is, well, new. Nothing is scratched, stained, or worn out. It’s wonderful: Everything works! That’s one of the main attractions of buying a new home.
But, as any homeowner knows, the rigors of day-to-day living can cause that blissful new-home feeling to fade. It’s an inevitable process, but one that can be stemmed or slowed with proper maintenance of key systems and finishes.
Once an owner takes the keys to their new home, they become responsible for maintenance of the entire structure and all its systems. Typically, professional builders will ease that transition with a warranty, but ultimately the baton is passed to the homeowners to protect their investment, enjoy the comforts, and maintain (or increase) the value of their new home.
The thought of staying on top of everything in a home can seem daunting, but really, it comes down to common sense, some diligence, and a short list of critical products and systems, including:
Heating and cooling. It’s a simple thing everyone has heard before. Changing the furnace filter every three months goes a long way toward maintaining the proper operation of a home’s entire air distribution system. A clean filter keeps dust, moisture, and other allergens out of the ductwork to help ensure fresh and healthy indoor air. Clean filters and ducts also put an easier load on the furnace, prolonging its life, and allow it to use less energy. Beyond that, homeowners may choose to have the ducts professionally cleaned every few years.