Today, washing machines have become an integral part of daily life. As such, here are six tips to help you keep your washing machine in good working order for years to come.

1. Leave the lid open
After each use, it’s a good idea to leave the lid or door of your washing machine open for at least a few hours to allow any excess moisture to evaporate. This will prevent the growth of mould and mildew and keep any musty odours at bay. This is especially important for front-loading washing machines, as these have a rubber seal that needs to be allowed to dry.

2. Keep it level
If your washing machine is off-balance, it could vibrate, rock or move across the floor during the spin cycle, which could damage your flooring or the machine itself. Fortunately, most washing machines have adjustable feet that can be moved up or down to ensure the machine stays level

3. Inspect the hoses
You should regularly inspect the hoses on your washing machine and promptly replace any that are bulging, cracking, fraying or appear to be leaking or deteriorating. It’s also a good idea to check that the fittings are tight and ensure your machine is at least four inches away from the wall to prevent the hoses from kinking.

4. Regularly clean it
It’s a good idea to periodically wash away any soap residue and scale buildup from the inside of your machine using a store-bought cleaner or a vinegar and baking soda solution. You should also wipe down the drum, door and rubber gasket at least once a month.

5. Use the right detergent
Make sure you’re using the right detergent for your specific washing machine model. For example, many high-efficiency washers require a specially formulated low-sudsing detergent. In addition, make sure you’re not using too much detergent as this can leave excess residue on your clothing and put unnecessary strain on your machine.

6. Load it correctly
You should avoid overloading your washing machine as this is hard on the equipment and could damage the motor, causing certain parts to prematurely wear out. It’s best to break up your laundry into smaller loads instead of trying to get it all done at once.

If you’re having issues with your washing machine, contact the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Studies have shown that the air inside homes and buildings can sometimes be more polluted than the air outside. Since air quality directly impacts your health, it’s important to take steps to eradicate pollutants. Indeed, air pollution can increase your risk of developing allergies, respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and more. Here are six ways to improve the air quality in your home.

  1. Keep your home clean. Cleaning your house can help reduce the amount of dust, pet dander and mould you breathe in. Clear clutter, dust surfaces, regularly wash your bedding and drapes and vacuum your carpets and rugs weekly.
  2. Use bathroom and kitchen fans. Exhaust fans pull air out of the home so that it can be replaced with clean, fresh air. In addition, kitchen fans help remove toxic cooking fumes. Make sure to wash your fan filters regularly.
  3. Open the windows. It’s a good idea to allow fresh air to circulate through your home as it will help improve ventilation. You should open your windows regularly, even in the winter months.
  4. Maintain a healthy level of humidity. It’s a good idea to keep a dehumidifier running throughout the humid summer months. Central air conditioners help to reduce moisture levels in your home. They also help to control allergens and reduce indoor pollen counts. However, you may need a humidifier to add humidity into your home during the winter months, when forced air can dry out your living space to unhealthy levels.
  5. Invest in an air purifier. To help remove irritants and allergens from your home, consider investing in an air purifier. Electronic air cleaners (EACs), also known as ionizers, clean the air using electronically-charged filters. They’re an excellent option for purifying the air in your home. They can even capture and eliminate airborne viruses.

Clean your HVAC filters. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems help maintain air quality by circulating and filtering indoor air. To keep your HVAC system running smoothly and ensure the air is adequately purified, be sure to regularly clean or replace the filters. The system you own and the environment inside your home will determine the frequency with which you should do so. In addition, keep your air ducts and vents open and clean.

 

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Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers a range of ventilation services to keep the air in your home or business clean and healthy. We install and repair kitchen ventilation systems, home humidifiers, heat recovery ventilators and more. Our expert technicians can address all your ventilation concerns. Contact us today to learn more about our services.