A home is like a body. There are a lot of moving parts and they all work together in harmony so long as they’re cared for in the proper way. In this article, we’ll be going through the different parts of a house and comparing them to common parts of the body. Through this analogy, it should become clear that both types of care, both self and for the home, are important and connected. Staying in a healthy body is the same as staying in a healthy home. It changes who you are and keeps you safe and positive. So long as you don’t neglect either of these types of health, you can expect to live many long and happy years. It just takes the tiniest bit of effort on the part of the person in question.
- Siding and Skin
The siding and paneling of a home is like the skin. You need to keep it clean and free of debris in order for it to function properly. Many homes today have vinyl siding which is often prone to scratches and scars if it isn’t maintained the correct way. Likewise, common-sense skincare is extremely important. Remembering to wear sunblock and shower is important to keeping your skin healthy lest you get sunburn or start to smell. Never a good thing, obviously. You can think of the roof paneling as an extension of this as well. Roofs should be inspected off for leaks and tears. If you find any, make sure to get roof repairs right away. Asphalt roofs are the best roofs you can have. They stay good for decades, provided the shingles are arrayed and aligned in the correct fashion. Gutter installation is tied in with this. Cleaning gutters should happen two or three times a year, depending on location. Roofing companies will often lump together gutter and roof cleaning together in various care packages. Make sure to look into this whenever getting your house inspected. Roof, vinyl siding, gutters, all of the exterior skin of your house. You won’t be sorry you did.
Windows and Eyes
It’s an old but workable cliche that eyes are like windows. Just like eyecare is essential, window-care can be good for the home as well as the psychological well being of the homeowners. Vinyl siding might important for the outside appearance of the house but the windows are what let the people inside look out onto the world. Like gutters, windows that are taken care of can last twenty years or more. Properly maintained windows can also help shore up energy bills in the summer and winter. These bills can increase by up to 15% or more if the windows aren’t sealed the correct way. If these windows are fitted poorly or drafted in any way, you can call a window replacement company to have them fixed. They will have different types of windows to choose from. Just pick whichever ones fit your home and budget. Aluminum windows, for instance, can last past 20 years, a good fit for long-term homeowners. If you want to save on energy bills, dual-pane windows are far more energy efficient than single-pane. Do the research before you buy so you know exactly what you need!
Plumbing and Circulation
Finally, the circulatory system is, of course, a lot like the pipes and plumbing that run through any home. Keeping these systems free and flowing is vital. Gutters and vinyl siding make the house look good, windows make the homeowners feel good but the plumbing is really what carries the home. It’s the central, interior blood of any residence. Have a plumber check all pipes twice a year, taking special care to spot blockages and old sections. Just like regular exercise keeps the heart and blood healthy, regular checkups keeping the water and heat flowing in even amounts throughout a house. Interiority is key. Just because you can’t see the inside of the house doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, it’s the most important of all.