January Maintenance Checklist

$40-150
1-2 Hour
Easy

So, did keeping up with your houses maintenance make your list? Back in 2009 when we first started the HTRC, we created a Monthly Maintenance checklist, to help break down the needed chores into more manageable portions taking into account Holidays, Vacations, and ones overall busy schedules - so with no further ado, here is January's...

The walk about – Grab a screwdriver, a vacuum cleaner with
Change out your HVAC filter - as for every month or 250 hours - that depends on how dusty your house is, use & amount of pets - for most it is easier to remember once a month
Change out your HVAC filter - as for every month or 250 hours - that depends on how dusty your house is, use & amount of pets - for most it is easier to remember once a month
Vacuum or wipe off your vent covers, under the refrigerator, the refrigerator coils, lightbulbs, the ceiling fan housing and blades.
Vacuum or wipe off your vent covers, under the refrigerator, the refrigerator coils, lightbulbs, the ceiling fan housing and blades.
Check you're fire extinguisher charge - if it is in the caution or dead area, mark it down for replacement & if you don't have one, well put it on the list
Check you're fire extinguisher charge - if it is in the caution or dead area, mark it down for replacement & if you don't have one, well put it on the list
Time to vacuum the exterior of the smoke & CO detectors, change the battery, and replace the unit if older than 5 years or per manufacturers replace date.
Time to vacuum the exterior of the smoke & CO detectors, change the battery, and replace the unit if older than 5 years or per manufacturers replace date.

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  • Lou Ann Newell
    on Jan 10, 2014

    Great tips! We do replace our filters every month and sometimes twice a month due to animals. It is good to know that we do not need the more expensive filters although the cheaper ones are getting harder to find. I did not know that you need to replace fire alarms though so that is on my list to pick up some new ones. Ours are way older!!

  • Z
    on Jan 27, 2014

    Great idea. Hubby's pretty good about taking care of the furnace filters, but I like the idea of my going around with a screw driver in hand (though I keep one with changeable heads in almost every room of the house) to tighten knobs and such. Our house is all electric so no worries about carbon monoxide. I can write notes on my phone because there's a very rare chance I'd forget to take that with me when I go shopping. Thanks!

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