There are so many myths floating around on every topic in the world, that sometimes it can be difficult to determine what is true and what is not. And then, sometimes what is thought to be true actually turns into part of the myth anyway and no one knows what to believe anymore.
Here are 5 myths and misconceptions every homeowner should know:
Best Bait for Mousetraps is Cheese
It has long been thought that cheese was the best option for luring mice to mousetraps, but the truth is that peanut butter and bacon work much better. The cheese actually hardens, which makes it easier to steal, while the peanut butter and grease from the bacon stick to the trip mechanism.
Best Time to Water the Grass is the Evenings
Most people think that the evening is the best time to water their grass, because it will not evaporate under the sun. However, watering at that time will encourage mold to grow and may allow other lawn diseases to grow too. Watering in the early morning hours is the best, as it will allow the surface of the grass to dry, eliminating the chance of anything bad growing.
Ducts Need to Be Cleaned Regularly
Many homeowners think that they need to clean out their ducts at least a couple of times a year, but that isn’t true at all. In fact, ducts only need to be cleaned out if you discover mold, insects, or a critter inside.
Leaving a Computer on Will Make it Last Longer
There used to be a time when computers would last longer if they were kept on, but in today’s world of technology, you are safer to turn it off in between uses. You will save energy and prevent a power surge from frying it if you turn it off.
Setting Thermostats Lower at Night Doesn’t Save Money
There may have been a time when turning the thermostat down at certain times of the day wouldn’t have saved you money, but that is not the case today. Thermostats can change the temperature setting automatically and can help you save between ten and twenty percent on your energy bills.
These are five myths and misconceptions that you need to ignore, but there are many more that you will encounter over the years. We recommend determining if what you are hearing makes sense, because it is becoming easier to determine if something is a myth or not.