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A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance

Take care of these tasks to avoid major home hassles, inefficiencies or unsightliness down the road Full Story
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midwestgal67
Please learn the difference between a furnace and a boiler - the system shown with all the copper pipe is for a radiant hot water system powered by a boiler, NOT a forced air furnace. The large tank is most likely an indirect hot water tank (not a hot water heater) coupled with a boiler/hot water radiant system. There are no air filters to change in a radiant system, but there are other maintenance tasks ... best to learn them from the company that installed the system (if new) or a reputable company familiar with hot water radiant heating systems.

Two other important maintenance tasks you never mentioned:
(1) periodic cleaning of the sewer line. If you live on a tree-lined street with large trees, chances are that the roots will find their way into the sewer line (because lets's face it, what's in the sewer is water + fertilizer), eventually clogging the pipe if you don't have it cleaned out on a yearly basis. If you ignore it long enough, expect a very messy (and costly) situation when your sewer backs-up into the house!

(2) Don't forget to clean the filters on your kitchen exhaust fan - especially if you have a big five burner stove that gets used regularly. Once the filters are clogged with grease, the unit won't work efficiently. Many of these filters can be put through your dishwasher so maintenance is very easy.

Lastly, read the manuals that come with your appliances - doing so will teach you ALL of the features you might have missed otherwise, as well as how to properly care for the appliance. Using the wrong cleaning product will often void the warranty. This is especially important if you employ a housekeeper. Something as simple as using microfiber cloths vs paper towels can keep your stainless steel finish from getting scratched.
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