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Maintenance Issues in Your Home You Can’t Overlook

Maintenance Issues in Your Home You Can’t Overlook

There are many different components in your home that keep things running efficiently. Neglecting just one of them could have some negative consequences for your home, leading to things potentially not running as they should and increasing your bills. Take care of the appliances in your home by following these maintenance tips and checking the things in your home that need attention on a regular basis. Not only will these checks keep things in your home running, but some could prevent a potentially dangerous situation from occurring.

The regular checkups

 

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    These tasks seem smaller and less important, but to prevent a major problem from occurring in the future, they should be done on a monthly basis. Plan to do them either at the beginning or the end of the month to help you remember the task at hand. Once you get into a routine, it will be easy to set time aside every month to get these projects done and keep things in your home running smoothly.

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    • The HVAC system –

      Although there are things that need to be done once or twice a year, there is one thing with this system that should be done monthly. Check the filter to see how dirty it is, and whether or not it needs to be changed. This is the best safety net for your family against unhealthy dust and pathogens that may be circling through the air in your home. By keeping your filter clean, you will notice it is easier to breath and sickness will not be passed around the home so easily.

    • Drains –

      It is much easier to clean out the drains in your home before they become completely clogged. Take out the stopper and use a drain snake, or even just a metal coat hanger to pull debris out. You will be surprised just how much will accumulate over time. Make sure to get every drain in the home from the laundry room sink to the tub.

    • Water softener –

      If you have a water softener in your home, ensure that there is still enough salt in the drum. Running the water softener without this will do you no good, and may even damage the appliance.

    • Garbage disposal –

      We rely on the garbage disposal for a lot. Make sure that it will continue running for years to come. Flush it out monthly with hot water and baking soda, eliminating the smell and higher chances for clogging.

    Besides these monthly maintenance checks, there are a few bigger problems that should be inspected often throughout the year. Not having these appliances inspected could lead to large problems in your home.

    Larger items

     

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      These things may not need to be checked as often, but neglecting them when they do need it can lead to much larger consequences. Pay attention to each of these items and know when it is best to perform routine maintenance on these home appliances.

      • Smoke detector

        Every six months, check the batteries in your smoke detector. If they need to be replaced, be sure to do so as soon as the problem is discovered.

      • Furnace and air conditioner

        These should each be checked at least once a year. Plan to have them both inspected at the same time, or have the furnace checked in the fall and the air conditioner serviced in the spring. This will help keep both of them energy efficient throughout their season. Your HVAC system is important to your home, keeping it the ideal temperature in any season.

      • The hot water heater

        You should flush the buildup that has accumulated in your hot water heater every six months. This will keep it running for longer, and prevent you from being left without hot water at any time.

      Look around your home for the routine maintenance that is necessary. It is important to take the steps to keep your home running for longer. By taking a little extra time to complete these tasks, you will avoid spending outrageous amounts of time and money later down the road.

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      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

      3. Easy on the Caffeine

      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

      The result: mental stress will be gone!

      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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