18 Home Resolutions for 2018

It’s that time of year again. The New Year is here and it’s time to set goals and resolutions for 2018. What better place to start improving yourself than right at home? Each year homes need updates, maintenance, and improvements to help them last. This year give your home the TLC it needs with these 18 home resolutions for 2018.

1. De-clutter

One of the best ways to ring in the New Year is by getting rid of the old clutter your home has accumulated over the years. Just by re-organizing your home, it can feel fresh and new again!

2. Upgrade your home security system

Knowing that you and your household are safe and sound in 2018 is a great way to start the New Year. If you already have a home security system, consider adding easy-to-install alarms to your windows as well.

3. Switch out your CFL light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs

LED light bulbs are more expensive but they can last up to 40 years! Not only do they save on energy but there is no hassle in replacing them every few months.

4. Make your home more energy efficient

From upgrading aging appliances to adding weather stripping, each step towards a more efficient home will help to lower your energy bills and improve the environment!

5. Install low-flow showerheads to conserve water

Switching out your showerheads is a simple DIY task that can make a big difference in your home’s water usage. Not to mention that most new low-flow showerheads improve water filtration as well!

6. Create a weekly cleaning system for your home

For most, cleaning is a chore and if left untouched can become a very large and daunting chore. Start the New Year off right with a cleaning plan for each week.

7. Clean the dryer vent

Once a year, clean your dryer’s vent for better air circulation and efficiency. If you have a large family or use your dryer frequently, consider cleaning in twice a year.

8. Flush the water heater

At first this may seem like a daunting DIY task but your water heater will thank you! Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of your water heater and can cause premature breakdowns or replacements. Flushing the water heater annually helps to prevent the sediment from building up as well.

9. Tune up your HVAC system

This year make a resolution to give your HVAC system an annual check-up. Professional tune-ups help prolong the life of your HVAC system and prevent untimely breakdowns mid-season when you need them the most.

10. Test your sump pump

Once or twice this year, test your sump pump to make sure it is keeping the groundwater out of your basement.

11. Seal drafty windows and doors

This is a great DIY project for the winter months. It will help keep warm air in and lower your energy bills!

12. Check your foundation for termites

This should be done at least once a year. It’s best to spot the signs of termite damage and address them as soon as possible to prevent the need for expensive foundation and home repairs later on.

13. Install a small safe

A small fireproof safe is important for any home. This New Year’s set a resolution to protect what’s most important in your home with this DIY project.

14. Create a home improvement budget

Even if home improvements are not in the budget for 2018, planning ahead will make sure your home stays in top shape for years to come.

15. Exercise your DIY skills

Save money and learn more about your home this year! Simple DIY projects such as weather stripping, patching holes in the foundation and even upgrading light bulbs can add up and make a big difference over time.

16. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room

17. Monitor your energy usage monthly

Getting acquainted with your energy bill and usage will help you identify where the most savings can take place.

18. Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees

By turning your water heater down to 120 degrees, not only will you save on electricity but it will help to prevent scalding too.

The professionals at AJ Danboise are here to see that your home rings in the New Year right! Whether it’s home upgrades or routine repairs, AJ Danboise are the plumbing and heating experts you can trust! Call us at (248) 600-5048 to schedule an appointment today!