It’s no surprise that the more you care for your home, the more it loves you back – in energy and cost savings and a cleaner, calmer environment. Here are 4 simple things you can do now:

Deal with dust

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Dust often accumulates on the back and hidden areas of electronic devices and, if left unchecked, can compromise performance and lead to breakdowns. Today’s appliances are driven by sensitive microelectronics, and even the smallest speck of dust can contaminate circuitry, causing equipment to simply stop working.

Pay particular attention to often neglected spots like the top and back of the fridge, armoire cabinets and baseboards. Dust off the blades of your ceiling fans to maintain balanced air flow and improve air quality. Vacuum those hardly-reached spots which can become a refuge for dust bunnies. 

Clear the air

dirty air conditioner filter and dirty fingerCheck your furnace’s air filter. Is it clogged and dusty? Air filters should be checked every month during the heating season and replace when dirty. The filter should be changed at least once every 3 months. Homes with pets or smokers should have their filters changed more often.

Clean your stove and microwave oven

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Extend the life of your electric cooking appliances by keeping them clean. Manually clean the oven regularly in addition to the automatic cleaning cycles. Clean the inside of the microwave oven regularly to extend its life and avoid potential issues. Leftover food particles absorb energy during operation and may cause damage to the microwave.

Let the water flow freely


Remove calcium buildup on taps and shower heads to maintain proper water flow. Soak them by half-filling a plastic bag with a solution of warm water and vinegar, attaching the bag over the showerhead or tap with a rubber band.

What are some simple ways you love your home?

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© 2017 The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada. All rights reserved. This article is for informational purposes only. All recommendations are general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive or complete, nor are they designed to replace information or instructions from the manufacturer of your equipment. Contact your equipment service representative or manufacturer with specific questions. Under no circumstances shall BI&I or any party involved in creating or delivering this article be liable for any loss or damage that results from the use of the information or images contained in or linked to in this article.

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