The helpful maintenance teams at Adorable Pointe are ready to handle any service request, but it is a good practice to maintain your apartment home yourself as preventive maintenance. Although you rent your apartment, you should view it as your home and make sure that it is taken care of as best that you can!
These 4 tips to maintain your apartment will help keep your appliances working efficiently, prevent future headaches and save you money.
1. Clean The Air Handler
Cooling your apartment home usually involves two machines: The outside A/C unit (the condenser) and the inside A/C unit (the evaporator). The inside unit, also referred to as an air handler, is usually in a closet. This entire closet should be cleaned, vacuumed and dusted like other room in your apartment home. Also, please don’t actually use it as a closet! Storing items in there could lead to damaged equipment or impacted air flow.
2. Change The Air Filter
It is recommended to change the air filter in your A/C closet every month. Changing it regularly improves air quality and is helpful for those with allergies or pets. Your A/C unit will also work more efficiently and your electricity bill will thank you! This will also help reduce problems down the road. A/C units are machines and are not guaranteed to work 100% of the time.
3. Put Ice Cubes Down The Garbage Disposal
Take a handful of ice cubes and run them through your garbage disposal to sharpen and clean the blades. This helps sanitize any buildup on the blades, which can reduce odd smells. It can be quite loud, so brace yourself!
4. Change The Direction of Your Ceiling Fan Depending on The Season
Disclaimer: Be sure to shut off the ceiling fan and wait for the blades to come to a complete stop before attempting this. Using a ladder or step stool, find the direction switch. In the summer, the fan needs to run in a fast counterclockwise direction, which blows air straight down and lets heat rise. This also saves your A/C from running constantly. In the winter, the fan should run at a low speed in a clockwise direction to pull cool air up.