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November 18, 2020

Prepare for a worry-free winter

Much like a car, your home performs best with a little extra attention as the seasons change. This will keep your family safe and healthy by alerting you to any potential issues and prepare for a worry-free winter.

While a brand new home in Baton Rouge should not need much of a touch-up, Customer Care Representative, Shyro Poullard, and the maintenance team at Alvarez Construction Company put together a few quick tips to keep things running smoothly.

Get familiar with your home

Initial walk-thrus and even your first few months there may have been a blur. However, it is important to know how each element of your home functions to take proper care of it. 

Head over to our YouTube page or Warranty Information page on the website where you will find quick explanations of features like your home’s AC filter, alarm, breaker, garage door and more. This will help as you familiarize yourself with the home and plan for seasonal maintenance. The Homeowner Manual is also full of tips for cleaning and caring for your home.

Set a schedule

Whether you use Daylight Savings Time, the anniversary of the day you bought your home or even birthday, choosing a date that gives you a strict six-month time frame can help guide your maintenance routine. 

Once this day arrives, grab this checklist and mark off each task:

  1. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors

As we approach three of the most dangerous days for house fires with Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it is important to keep your smoke detectors in working order and make sure everyone knows your escape plan.

  1. Change your air filters

Switching these out seasonally can help your family fight allergies and illness by filtering out allergens and before they reach your lungs. We install hospital-grade MERV 13 air filters to make Louisiana homes healthier all year round.

  1. Clean your refrigerator coils and dryer vents

These are two of the biggest energy users in your home and an occasional cleaning will help them run as efficiently as possible. Over time, both of these gather dirt forcing them to work harder which ends up costing you more in energy bills.

Keep track of your work

Designate a drawer or buy a binder where you can collect all of the documentation that pertains to your home like insurance papers, mortgage information and repair receipts. This makes it easy to go back and check how long ago you had the vents cleaned or when that HVAC company tested the furnace. You could even keep your maintenance schedule from the last section here.

If you run into a situation where you need backup from the maintenance staff, do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help! 

To learn more about Alvarez Construction or new home communities in Baton Rouge call Banessa at (225) 240-4662.

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