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Household Tasks You May Forget About

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There’s a lot to do around the house. Just keeping up with washing the floors, dusting the surfaces, and vacuuming the carpets can feel like a lot. But there are some smaller tasks that could have big ramifications for your quality of life. Here are some household tasks you may forget about that are worth remembering.

Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

Imagine that one morning, you wake up and head to the kitchen to make a bowl of cereal, but you notice your milk is at room temperature. And that’s not all: the butter is melting, the crisper isn’t crisping, and there’s no cold air coming from the back of the fridge. You fear that the worst has happened: your entire refrigerator has died and that you can say goodbye to all those groceries you just bought yesterday, in addition to next week’s paycheck.

However, that is not necessarily the case. Most refrigeration failures aren’t permanent—they’re simply the result of dust accumulating along the condenser coils. As particles build up on these coils, they insulate them and prevent them from releasing necessary heat energy. This interrupts the refrigeration cycle and shuts down your fridge. If you live in a home with pets, or a heating register is located across from your fridge, it’s easy for dust and dander to collect underneath the refrigerator. Fortunately, it’s just as easy to clean. A long wire brush, along with a little water, rubbing alcohol, and the willingness to get on your hands and knees can save you thousands of dollars in repairs or replacements. You should clean your coils at least twice a year.

Dust in High Places

When we dust, we can be in a hurry—and why not? All that dust is liable to make you sneeze, and it’s best to get it over with as quickly as possible. As a result, we often only dust off the surfaces at about eye level. Over time, this means dust can really build up on the tops of bookshelves, the blades of ceiling fans, and along curtain rods. But neglecting this dust can be just as bad as not keeping your desk and nightstand clean. Air ducts near the ceiling can exacerbate the problem as well. Don’t forget to get a boost if you need one and make sure every surface from ceiling to floor gets dusted.

Replace Your Air Filter

Whether you have a finished basement, an unfinished basement, or no basement at all—your furnace can pick up a lot of dirt and dust from the air. That dirt can get sent through your ducts along with the warm air, or it can gum up your furnace and stop warm air from getting anywhere. Much like cleaning under the fridge, it’s a simple task that can make a big difference. Monthly air filter replacement can certainly be among the household tasks you may forget about, especially if you’re not experiencing a rough winter. However, remembering to change your air filter every thirty days will ensure that your furnace stays functioning and keep your allergies from getting bad this winter.

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