22 New Year’s Resolutions for Houston Homeowners
With the new year in striking distance, it’s an excellent time to take stock of the past year and think ahead to our resolutions for a better 2022. And, given ongoing pandemic-related disruptions, the winter freeze, and news headlines that sometimes include the phrase “murder hornets,” let’s be honest—for making it through 2021 wiser and stronger, we have earned a happier, healthier, more joyous new year.
A great place to start setting resolutions for 2022 involves building on the lessons 2021 taught us about the most important place in the world, the setting in which our lives play out, our refuge, where the heart is: our homes.
Over the past few years, we have learned the true value of being able to have family and loved ones gather in our kitchens, of hanging stockings (safely) on a roaring fireplace in anticipation of holiday togetherness, and of finding a peaceful, relaxing corner of the house where we can truly unwind. We understand now better than ever how a warm, well-insulated home can take care of us when the power goes out (and, having spent so much time at home over the past few years, we all probably know exactly what we need to do to take care of our homes right back).
So, whether your focus is on making your home safer, more comfortable, easier on the wallet, or on turning your home into a place that brings you and your family more joy, here are 22 ways to make 2022 the best year ever for your family and your home.
Resolutions for a safer home in 2022
If you have an outdated AC, replace it
Do you have an older AC that uses R-22? If so, your AC runs on refrigerant liquid that is no longer being produced because it harms the ozone, and recharging it with a synthetic R-22 solution can put your family at risk. Replace it with a newer model, which will be more energy efficient on top of being safer.
Protect your home from electrical fires and shocks
Electrical panels can be fire hazards, and if yours is over 10 years old, make it a habit to check if it’s still safe or not. Even if you have a newer panel, routine maintenance is a must to keep your electrical system safe. Have your electrical panel inspected and, if necessary, replaced by a licenced electrician. And don’t forget to teach your children electrical safety basics when you’re doing inspections.
Protect your electronics with a whole house surge protector
Keep your electronics safe, too, by installing a whole house surge protector.
Provide your family with cleaner water
Make it easier to breathe at home
Protect your family from allergens and viruses in the new year by making improvements to your interior air quality. Building small habits like checking your air filters once per month and having your air ducts and carpets deep cleaned once a year can go a long way towards removing allergens from your environment. Or, take your home to the next level: Reach out to an indoor air quality specialist to set up your free indoor air quality assessment and ask about upgrading your home to a whole-home air purification system. If you’re going for an upgrade, you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you improve your interior air quality during winter.
Prevent the threat of carbon monoxide
The last contaminant on our safety list is carbon monoxide, a “silent killer” that can build up in your home before anyone notices, with tragic effects. Install carbon monoxide detectors, check them regularly, and remember to have your central heating system tuned up every year to keep your home safe.
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Resolutions for a more comfortable home in 2022
Achieve better temperature control with attic insulation
Keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer with enough insulation, which in addition to keeping your home at the right temperature can make your home more energy efficient, too! Insulation comes in many varieties, so make sure you have the best insulation for a Houston home specifically. This is an easy one to check off your list, because the insulation professionals at John Moore will do your energy efficiency inspection for free!
No uninvited houseguests in 2022: pest exclusion
Between sugar ants, fire ants, bats, mosquitos, fleas, roaches, squirrels, and a number of other home invaders, staying in control of the pest situation in Houston can feel overwhelming. Set up your free inspection with our pest control specialists to set a weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or annual treatment schedule according to your home’s needs.
Prepare your home for a cozier winter in 2022
When late fall comes around, you’ll want to prepare your home for winter to really get the most comfort and joy during the holiday season. Complete your annual roof inspection to check the roof for cracks and gaps, clear foliage, and check your chimney cap, and weatherproof your home to seal off entry points in your siding. Not only will your home stay warmer and safe from water damage, but taking these steps also helps keep pests outside where they belong.
Improve the accessibility and safety of your bathroom
Comfort means peace of mind, and improving the safety and accessibility of your bathroom can go a long way towards boosting your comfort at home for years to come. There are all kinds of things you can do to accommodate mobility and safety needs in the bath like installing a roll-in shower, a shower chair, rails, grab bars, or a walk-in bathtub. No matter what you choose, count on our tub and shower installation experts to help!
Resolutions to save on monthly bills for a fatter wallet in 2022
Lower your energy bills with some TLC for your HVAC system
Regular HVAC maintenance is key to keeping the most energy-intensive systems in your home operating efficiently. Lower your bills in 2022 by scheduling your 30-point home heating inspection during the fall, and ask the experts at John Moore services to check your air ducts, coils, and condenser while they’re there, too.
Then make sure the air your HVAC produces doesn’t fly right out by fixing air leaks and adding more attic insulation. (Remember, John Moore will do a home energy efficiency inspection to see if you need more for free.)
Boost your home’s energy efficiency
Interested in an upgrade that will pay for itself over time? Reach out to John Moore’s expert electricians with questions about energy-saving renovations and upgrades such as installing a Nest Learning Thermostat or an Electricity Minder to save on monthly bills. Or, you can tackle the quarter of your energy bill devoted to producing hot water and invest in a tankless water heater for unlimited hot water that takes less energy to produce.
And if you want to go big on energy savings without the headache of comparing plans, our VIP 'Save Moore' Membership includes our Energy Ogre service to find and manage the lowest fixed-rate plan for your home.
Invest in your home
Feeling inspired? There are lots of water-saving renovations you can take on to save money in the new year, like installing a low flow toilet to help with water conservation. Or, choose a project that pays for itself and adds value to your home. No matter what you pick, you can count on us to answer your questions and make your vision a reality.
Resolutions for getting more joy from your home in 2022
Treat yourself to the home you’ve always wanted
There’s really no time like the present to turn your home into a space that brings you joy with a comprehensive kitchen and bathroom remodel process, and count on the experienced remodel technicians at John Moore to see you through from planning to execution.
Treat your kitchen to a makeover
Turn your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation
Use needed repairs to get one step closer to your dream home.
You’d be amazed how easily joy replaces frustration when you view problem areas you find in your home inspection as opportunities to improve your space. Fix damaged spots in your drywall and treat yourself to a fresh coat of paint, maybe with new colors, while you’re at it. If you have doors and windows with air leaks, treat your home to a makeover and replace them. Remember to keep hold of your vision for your home when things go wrong, and you’ll find that, little by little, dreams become reality.
Do it right
Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom can make your home look beautiful and new, but before you start, you need to think about what lies beneath—your pipes. If you have old pipes, consider repiping before you remodel, lest old pipes spring a leak behind the beautiful new wall you had put in. Check out our repiping FAQ page for more info!
Set yourself up for success in 2022
Turn your hopes and dreams for your home in the New Year into achievable goals by writing out when you’ll tackle each one on a calendar, and bookmark this page for easy reference when you’re ready to take on each task. If this sounds like the year you want to go big, unlock bundled savings with a 'Save Moore' Membership.
And remember, you’re not alone: reach out to our team of John Moore specialists at (713) 597-7200 or message us online with questions or to book your service appointments!
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