You might be sick of hearing about it, but Coronavirus is still very real and very much a point of conversation – especially here in Florida. With new cases rising by the day, it has never been more important to keep you and your home healthy.

Here are 4 simple things you can do right now to keep your home healthy and happy.

Purify your air

You’ve heard the guidelines that you should be avoiding indoor, enclosed spaces. Indoor spaces can be polluted with pollutants, chemicals, mold, pollen and dust. So what can combat this?

  • Indoor plants that purify air
  • Regularly change your air filters (monthly) on your heating and cooling system
  • Circulate air with ceiling fans
  • Limit or eliminate toxic chemicals used in cleaning supplies
  • Opt for beeswax candles
  • Consider purchasing an air purifier

Purify your water

Our water in Florida is known to contain a lot of fluoride. To help eliminate this and other toxins from your drinking water, consider a filtration system. Many refrigerators have water lines, so it’s important to keep those clean. It’s actually very easy to do and you can find countless how-to videos on YouTube. If your refrigerator doesn’t have one, consider one that attaches to your sink. With the simple flip of a switch, you can pour filtrated water. While convenient, plastic water bottles are a huge contributor to pollution and causes death to many of our local wildlife. Try to use those as last resort only.

Clean more often

We get it. You are busy and cleaning your home is a JOB in itself, especially if you have kids or pets at home. But we can’t stress enough how important this is right now. To help you manage time, consider having a schedule to follow, spreading out the cleaning chores throughout the week instead of doing it all at once. For starters, wipe counters and handles daily…especially during the current times we are facing. This includes kitchen counter tops as old or spilled food can lurk around for days sometimes. Not to mention, the kitchen and bathrooms get the most traffic in your home. From there, try sweeping every other day, and saving jobs like glass cleaning and vacuuming for once or twice a week. Don’t forget to assign tasks as chores.

Create a stress-free zone

With all the extra stress and anxiety caused by Covid-19, and with spending more time at home, it’s very important to create a clean and healthy space to unplug, unwind, and destress. Consider creating a small space somewhere in your house, eliminating clutter or distractions. Use the space for you or the kids to read, nap, play a game or have some quality alone or family time. Keeping a calm mind is important in uncertain times.  

We know times are difficult. Wish you and your loved ones health and calm in this difficult time.

There is something to be said about owning your own piece of land and having a home that is all yours. But, ask any homeowner and they will tell you, along with home ownership comes a lot of responsibilities…and work. Issues will come up when you least expect, or need, them to. Additionally, it’s very important to stay on top of home and appliance maintenance to make sure you get the most out of your belongings.

To help with the costs, you should try setting aside funds every year to put toward these home needs. Any amount helps, but a good rule of them is between one and three percent of your home’s purchase price.

So what maintenance should you plan on doing every year?

Top of FormBottom of FormCheck HVAC system filters. Clean air is always important and vital to health and the purity of your air.Clean or replace filters when they get dirty, which depending on the type of filter, is anywhere from 30 days to a few months. Some filters are reusable, while others are disposable and must be replaced. In other words, make sure you check.

Test smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. Another extremely important maintenance item for safety is testing your detectors monthly. Consumer reports say you should change batteries every six months. To make sure you never forget, consider changing the batteries at the same time you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time. This is one you never want to forget!

Drain your hot water heater. Sediment collects in the bottom of the heater over time and this can affect its longevity. If you’re not sure how to drain the water heater, YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to do it.

Clean clothes dryer exhaust. Lint buildup not only affects your dryer’s efficiency, but it can also be a fire hazard. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 15,500 house fires are caused by clothes dryers every year.

Check for leaks. Water damage is a nightmare.Even the tiniest of leaks can add up quickly. Make it a habit to check for leaks around toilets, sinks, and your roof.

Clean out your gutters. Proper drainage is very important to keep your house from being exposed to excess moisture. Gutter guards can also help prevent the buildup of debris. It’s a dirty job but unstable gutter can spill water to damage the foundation – which is an even bigger headache.

Prune landscape to keep it off your home. While landscaping adds a lot ofappeal to any home, it can also be a way for excess moisture to get onto your siding or foundation. It’s also a way for critters to get into any holes you might not be aware of. And then before you know it, you have a critter party in your attic.

If you have a hard time remembering to do some of these tasks, try setting an alarm in your phone to remind you throughout the year. While they may seem tedious, staying on top of these things and taking good care of your home will pay off in the long run.

Homeownership is a lot of work, but it is totally worth it!