You just bought a new home. Congratulations! You’ve unpacked your boxes and belongings, and you’ve just started getting settled in to your new residence. Right now is a great opportunity to make a to-do-list. Not the dreaded kind of list full of things you don’t really want to do, but the kind of list that saves you time and money down the road. Nothing is difficult and won’t require a lot of time so let’s jump right in.
Replace/Install Water Filters: Replacing refrigerator filters, under sink filters, whole home filters, etc., is critical to keeping a steady flow of clean water through your new home. The best time to buy your water filter is right now, the longer you wait the more likely it could slip your mind. The most common water filter used today is the refrigerator water filter. This without a doubt will need to be replaced. To replace:
1. Locate the model number of your current fridge filter (this can be found on the filter itself or you can look it up via your refrigerators model number instead)
2. Find your model number here
3. Place the order.
4. Be sure to follow all guidelines for installing your refrigerator filter which usually takes no more than 5 minutes. Use this blog as an additional tool to use.
If you don’t have a filter in your refrigerator, you can look up your refrigerator water filter by the make and model of your refrigerator.
Check the insulation: Take a look around your attic to see how much insulation you have. According to the simpledollar.com, there should be at least six inches (or more in the northern part of the US) of insulation. If there isn’t, you need to consider installing more insulation for your home. Adequate insulation can reduce maintenance and energy cost of your home, so don’t overlook this important step. It will also help your heating/cooling system not work as hard, which in turn will reduce the strain of your system and air filter.
Check faucets, toilets, and under-sink plumbing for leaks: Before you get too settled in to your new home, check for leaks. Any leaks you notice should be fixed immediately. Keep in mind that the more your faucet (or toilet, under-sink plumbing, etc.) leaks, the more money you waste. A good time to check for leaks is whenever you are installing a water filter around your home. This could also cause an unpleasant occurrence of mold in the home.
Replace your furnace filter: You will always need to replace your furnace filter when you first move in.
1. Locate where your filter is (Tip: look for the vent cover which look like a large ventilation grate in a wall, ceiling, or floor.)
2. Take the measurements of the opening
3. Order your air filter here
4. Install it by removing the old air filter and putting the new air filter in its place.
An old filter has a negative impact on air flow and reduces the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. It also filters poorly meaning that you have a low quality of air circulating throughout your home.
Make things easier on yourself: As a new homeowner (or any working adult), you’re busy with day-to-day life and don’t necessarily have time to worry about the smaller tasks in life. That’s okay. Make it easier on yourself and your wallet by ordering your refrigerator filters, and air filters from FiltersFast.com. By joining our Auto Delivery Program (free to join, free to cancel) you’ll not only get 5% off but will also have your filters delivered to you at a recurring basis (meaning that you decide how often you want us to deliver your filters to you). That means you don’t have to worry about ordering them again.
Buying a new home is great, and once these tasks are out of the way, you can really enjoy your new home and all it has to offer.