Seasonal Homework
There are some chores, thankfully, we only do on occasion. Here are some little reminders about what to do each time of the year.

Check sinks/toilets for leaks

You’re not the only one feeling the pressure this time of year. Your sinks, toilets and other plumbing are more likely to crack and cause problems in the colder months. Have a look around your plumbing for wet spots and mold. Then have a look at your water bill to make sure you’re not using way more than normal. If you are, you may be wasting gallons and dollars.

Clean the dryer vent

Nope, we’re not talking about the lint catcher (although you should probably clean that too). For this little bit of seasonal maintenance, you’ll have to detach the duct behind the dryer and vacuum out all the lint, dust and debris. When you’re done, you may notice your dryer performing like a whole new machine.

Reverse your ceiling fans

If you’re like most people, ceiling fans are the last thing on your mind this time of year. But what most people don’t know is that you can make your house more cozy all winter long by simply flicking a switch. When you reverse the direction on your ceiling fan, you’ll create a subtle updraft, gently pushing the warmer air towards the ground (where you actually are).