With the government threatening yet more lockdowns and instituting curbs on our freedom, the vast majority of us are having to spend a lot more time at home. But it’s not all bad news. In fact, the winter and spring of 2021 could be the perfect opportunity to complete some home projects that you put on the back burner while you were busy with your career.
In this guide, we take a look at the top home projects to get sorted during the lockdown. Check them out below for some inspiration.
Change Your Air Filter
If you have an air conditioning unit in your home (and many of us do now that the summers are getting longer and hotter), then winter is the perfect time to change it.
Air filters are essential pieces of equipment because they prevent gunk from getting into the delicate air conditioning internals. However, they require regular replacement so that air can continue to flow through them easily, without becoming trapped by a thick layer of dust.
Replacing your air filters is actually a quick job and usually something you can do yourself. However, if you don’t feel up to the task, you can always ask a professional to do it for you. It shouldn’t cost much.
Clean Out Your Downspouts And Gutters
All quality homes come with guttering systems. But a lot of homeowners aren’t fully aware of their importance. Gutters actually protect the building itself from severe damage. Without them, you’d start encountering serious structural issues.
Gutters and downspouts collect rainwater and safely transfer it to your property’s flood drainage system. This feature keeps it away from the foundations and the masonry, preventing dampness.
Cleaning out downspouts and gutters, however, isn’t always the easiest job in the world. Unless you have experience in the matter, it is usually something you’ll want to leave to experts.
However, if you have a long ladder and know how to use it safely, you can try doing it yourself. Collect all the leaves and any other debris and allow it to drop to the floor before collecting it.
Vacuum Your Refrigerator Coils
Have you ever noticed that the coils at the back of your refrigerator have a terrible habit of attracting dust? The reason for this has to do with the static that they generate. While most dust settles in an even film on the floor, vacuum coils actually attract it, causing it to build up in big clumps.
Again, this is one of those little annoying home projects you’ll want to get sorted during the lockdown. Remember, dust on your coils is bad for your refrigerator and a potential fire hazard. The clumps of dust particles act like blankets over your coils, making it harder for them to dissipate heat to the surrounding environment. And when that happens, the refrigerator motor has to work harder, shortening its life.
The good news is that cleaning them is simple. Just pull out your fridge, expose the coils at the back, and then use a powerful vacuum hose on them to remove all the dust quickly. Unless you’ve been doing a lot of frying in your kitchen, the dust shouldn’t stick. If it does, vacuum as much as you can and then use soapy water and a damp sponge for the rest (ensuring that the power is off).
Renovate Your Exteriors
Plain brickwork and pebbledash are okay, but today there are far more attractive forms of cladding available for the exterior of your property, many of them made of sustainable materials.
Refreshing your exteriors is something that you can do, now that you’re at home more. First, find a scaffolding company that has expertise and reliability, and then look for contractors with exterior cladding experience. Some options replace the traditional pebbledash with more attractive mortar, giving properties a smooth, coloured finish. Others use composite slats.
Just take a look at your options to get a sense for how you could improve your property’s appearance. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.
Check Your Washing Machine Filter
Like air conditioning units, washing machines also need filters to prevent clothing fibres from getting into sensitive moving parts.
Changing your washing machine filter is actually quite straightforward, and usually, something that you can do yourself, without any professional help.
Whip out your washing machine manual and look for instructions for replacing the filter. In most cases, you won’t actually need to swap out the old filter for a new one. Instead, all you’ll have to do is take out the filter cartridge, remove any dust with your hand, and replace it.
If you’re lucky, the filter will still appear clean and might just have a couple of pennies or pen lids you forget to take out of your pockets in it. If it is clumped up, then remove the debris by hand.
While you’re at it, you should do the same for your dryer. These usually have mesh panels at the front below the door that collects additional debris that comes off your clothes as they dry. Try removing it with your hands if you can. Sometimes, it’ll peel off neatly, allowing you to put it straight in the bin. If that doesn’t work, take it outside and gently tap it on the ground to loosen the dust.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you’re still using an old-school thermostat, then it is time to upgrade. Modern varieties are much better than their aged brethren and have special features that let you keep your bills down.
For instance, most smart thermostats automatically know when you’re in the house. Furthermore, you can often activate them remotely from your phone. So if you’re going to be late home for some reason, then you can adjust your thermostat accordingly.
These units are surprisingly cheap too. The technology has been around for a while, and that’s driving prices down.
If you’re spending more time at home, use it as an opportunity to get those annoying home projects sorted. You’ll be glad you did.
*This is a collaborative post