Money is saved if off-season maintenance is performed. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, stated Benjamin Franklin, and was a great old saying. Wasn't it? Disaster-prevention is the name of the game and can save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Consider some of the projects discussed; you may be surprised at the savings.
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should regularly be tested, and batteries changed every six months to be sure they are working properly. If you hear an alarm chirping; this is one of the best signs for the battery to be replaced. Press the test buttons occasionally; if you receive a loud, long beep; everything should be working right.
Refrigerator coils must be cleaned monthly to keep the unit running correctly. The coils seem to be ignored on regular cleanings; over time the debris and dust can block the coil. This can cost you at least 10 to 15% more in electricity because the coils are the electricity's major source of power. Use a vacuum cleaner hose and you will be surprised at how much colder the food and drinks will be when it is time to use them.
Range hood filters will collect grease and other various debris during the range-cooking process. This build-up can create many issues. Use a good degreaser and mix with hot water; spray the filter and let it soak. You also can also use dish soap with a soft brush. Be sure to wipe the hood and surrounding areas, before replacing the filter.
Sink disposal units require a good cleaning to prevent build-up and other issues; including your health. According to Huffington Post, lemons and orange peels dropped into the drain as it is running, is a good, quick fix. Try adding a few ice cubes, and run the disposal again. Finally, fill the sink with hot water and run the rest of the mixture through the system. You will be surprised at the difference.
These are just a few of the many ways to keep maintenance up to date during the off-season.