“Bad” is such a harsh word. It sounds about as bad a thing or person can be, but come on, let’s not overdo it.
Bad weather, to some, might refer to a few inches of snow, but that’s hardly the end of the world. People call their dogs “bad” too…sometimes simply for not rolling over on command.
Even “bad habits” covers such a wide range of possibilities that we need to think before we judge. If you’re in the habit of leaving a loaded gun in the house where children can find it, that’s not just bad. It’s potentially lethal. But if you consistently forget to put your dishes in the dish washer because you think “it’s not my job”, well, that’s a bad habit, too, but at the lower extreme of the “bad” spectrum.
So then, how do we approach the topic of breaking bad habits? Let’s just say there are things you can do differently and better that will prove to be of value to you and other family members.
Here are a few choice examples:
- Ignoring your filters. Cleaning your dryer filter before each use not only keeps it running more efficiently, it can prevent a fire. The other filter you need to clean or replace is your furnace filter. Doing so regularly helps keep dust, dirt, and allergens from circulating around your home, prolongs the life of your heating system, and helps it run more efficiently.
- Flushing things that shouldn’t be flushed. Don’t treat your toilet like a trash can. Avoid flushing cotton swabs, paper towels, hair, and yes – even flushable wipes – to keep your pipes free of clogs.
- Not taking your shoes off. Not only do shoes cause more wear and tear on your home’s interior, they track in dirt, potentially harmful chemicals, and bacteria.
- Slamming doors shut. Sure, it sends a message in the middle of an argument, but it also can loosen hinges and hardware and even push the doorjamb out of alignment.
- Not faithfully checking your detectors. Clean and inspect your smoke, carbon, and radon detectors regularly and replace batteries seasonally. A properly working detector could spare your family from serious harm.
- Ignoring overgrown branches and shrubs. Overgrown tree limbs and branches can damage your roof, gutters, and siding while dense vegetation can shelter insects and pests.
You also don’t want to ignore the ongoing efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Well, all it takes is a call to Air Professionals to schedule our preventive maintenance service, and we’ll do the rest. You’ll enjoy added comfort, lower utility bills, and greater peace of mind. Now there are three good habits worth adopting!