If you’re like us you may be headed out on vacation, but before you go, take a look at this rundown of 11 items. You’ll see they include mostly inspecting and cleaning jobs, which don’t require a lot of time but they are important things to keep your house orderly and its systems working. If you can tackle them before you leave you’ll feel good when you return knowing your house and everything in it are working.
**Replace air conditioner filter
**Inspect for open joints around windows and caulk
**Inspect for gaps around doors and thresholds and weatherstrip
**Vacuum coils of refrigerator condenser
**Turn mattresses and upholstered furniture cushions
**Sharpen blades of garbage disposer with ice cubes and refreshen with lemon
**Clean pet area and accessories
**Make calls to have furnace tune up and heating ducts cleaned
**Flush whirlpool pump to remove bacteria and mineral build-up
**Sharpen lawn mower blade
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