Owning a home can become rather expensive. If you aren’t paying to have trees trimmed, you are fixing broken sprinkler heads. Even the minor fixes you deal with on your own cost money.

But you know that taking care of small issues before they turn into big and expensive problems is the way to go. Which is why you call us to have your HVAC system serviced every year.

It’s tempting to disregard the price of having a professional come into your home for various repairs and fixes. But it is a whole lot better than ignoring problems, only to have them blow up at some point and becoming huge problems that will be very expensive to resolve.

Having a home maintenance plan in place can make a huge difference in your bank account. And even though it can be a huge pain, you need to keep up on the maintenance tasks you take care of around the house. Hage Energy, your HVAC service in Houston, offers these handy maintenance tips that will save you a lot of money down the road.

Toilets

A leaking toilet can cost you in utility costs by spiking your water bill. In addition, a leaking toilet can cause water damage, which is something you never want to deal with. Water damage often requires the services of a professional and they are rarely inexpensive fixes.

To discover if you have a leaky toilet, add some red food coloring to the water in the bowl and wait an hour or two. When you come back to check, pink water means you have a leak somewhere.

If you find that water is leaking from the tank into the bowl, the likely culprit is the flapper, which can easily be replaced.

Roof

You should be inspecting your roof on a regular basis to ensure all is well. It is also important to check your roof after a powerful storm that could cause damage.

Damaged and missing shingles should be replaced right away. If you discover a leak, you should call a roofer right away. Pay close attention to damage around your vents, skylights and your chimney as these are areas that are the most leak-prone.

Gutters

By now you should know to clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.

While your gutters probably go unnoticed much of the year, they are the best defense between your siding and foundation and the elements. Your gutters are designed to trap water and divert it away from your house. One of the main causes of flooded houses is gutters that aren’t doing their job.

Drafty Windows

If you have noticed a spike in your utility bills, drafty windows could be the culprit. Take the time to check all of your windows to ensure the caulk is in good condition. If not, then remove the old caulk and run a new bead on them.

Refrigerator

Your refrigerator accounts for quite a percentage of your electric bill, so it pays to ensure it is running at peak performance.

Keeping your door seals tight will reduce the amount of energy your refrigerator uses, it will also keep your food cooler and fresher.

An easy way to check the seals in your door is to shut the door with a dollar bill in it. If you can’t pull the dollar out, then you have good seals. If you can easily pull the dollar out, then you need new seals.

Air Filters

Change the filters to your HVAC system often, every month if you have to. Even if you are using filters made to last three months, they can still get clogged after a month.

Plumbing

Never pour fats or oils down your sink. An accumulation of fats and oils is one main reason for clogged pipes in the kitchen. In the bathroom, hair is the biggest culprit when it comes to clogged pipes. A hair strainer in the sink and shower will help.

It is also not a good idea to use a drain cleaner. The acids in drain cleaners can cause significant damage to your pipes.

If you need to have your HVAC system inspected, call Hage Energy.