Three Basic Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Know How To Do

If you're recently bought your first home, you're undoubtedly looking forward to many happy years of home ownership. However, like most new homeowners, you may not have much experience with performing basic home and yard maintenance chores. Although you'll likely use the services of plumbers, HVAC professionals, and landscapers, there are some basic things you should learn how to do for yourself. Following are three of them. 

How to Change an HVAC Filter

One of the best ways to keep your HVAC system running efficiently is to change the filters on a regular basis. Some systems require filters to be changed monthly while others are designed to go for several months between changes. Other factors are in play at well. For instance, the filter on your air conditioning unit may have to be changed more frequently during times of the year when pollen counts are high, and if you have pets in the home, you will probably have to change both furnace and air conditioner filters more often. Also, if you live in an area with significant atmospheric humidity, you should change your filters often to reduce the risk of spreading mold spores throughout your home. Keep several filters for each system on hand so that you can change them as soon as necessary.

How to Prune Their Trees 

Basic tree pruning is another skill that today's homeowners should work to develop. If you're like many busy people, you may wish to leave the major pruning tasks, such as annual spring pruning of fruit trees, in the hands of qualified professionals, but learning to do minor jobs yourself will help keep your trees attractive and healthy. For instance, wild weather often causes minor branch breakage, so you should be able to remove those branches from the trees using a pair of pruning shears. Basic pruning skills also come in handy when a dead or dying low minor branch needs to be removed.  For big jobs, however, you're better off relying on a company like A Advanced Tree Services.

How to Unclog a Drain

Depending on over-the-counter drain clearing solutions on a regular basis can leave with corroded plumbing pipes. Instead, purchase a small drain cleaning snake at your local home and garden retailer and learn how to use it to remove minor clogs. You'll save your pipes as well as prevent harsh chemicals from entering the environment by using a handheld snake. 

Getting the hang of a few basic home maintenance chores such the ones listed above will make your experience with home ownership much better.