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How Maintaining Your Appliances Keeps Your Home Office Running Smoothly

Whether it’s a converted spare room, a cozy corner, or a purpose-built workspace, millions of homes all around the globe now have home offices. Where we live has become more than just living spaces now — and I love it.

Having worked from home for nearly a decade now, I can say with confidence that everything around the house, not just my workspace, needs to run smoothly so I can maximize my productivity.

Here are a few reasons why:

A well-kept home is a well-kept home office

Just as you tidy your desk and dust off your laptop, keeping your home’s appliances in good shape is going to be crucial for keeping you focused.

Now, you might be thinking: “What does my refrigerator have to do with my work?”

Good question. Well, have you ever done a full day’s work without reaching for snacks or a cold brew? Because I haven’t and I’m quite sure you haven’t, too.

This applies to virtually all the appliances you have in your home, which brings us to the next topic.

Efficiency is key in remote work

Ever tried to work on a hot, sultry day without a working air conditioner or even a fan? Or how about the struggle of trying to focus on a project when your washing machine is making that dreaded clunking sound? Or how about waking up to a broken coffee machine?

In the grand scheme of things, these are minute problems but they’re annoying enough to disturb your concentration at work.

Hence, why making sure that your appliances are well maintained can keep your home life — and, by extension, your work life — running smoothly.

Appliances are part of an invisible productivity network

All of the appliances that you have in your home are connected by an invisible thread that helps you stay focused.

Kitchen appliances like your stove and microwave, for example, will help keep your morale up with fresh food. A well-stocked and well-maintained refrigerator will do the same. Heck, even a warm pair of pajamas fresh out of the dryer works wonders for productivity simply because they feel good.

Peace of mind boosts focus

Speaking of feeling good, appliance maintenance goes beyond comfort and convenience. It’s also about peace of mind.

Knowing that your appliances are in good condition means you have one less thing to worry about. It means not having to interrupt your workday for an emergency repair. That’s time and energy you can devote to your work, without being sidetracked by household issues.

Maintaining your appliances helps prevent major disruptions

The unexpected breakdown of an essential appliance is, at the very least, inconvenient and downright stressful. This, in turn, can disrupt your work routine, and productivity, and throw your whole day off.

So, when setting up your home office, make sure to check on your appliances every once in a while. If your fridge isn’t cooling as much as it used to, perhaps the coils are dirty. Check that your coffee machine has water. Check that your dryer’s filter isn’t packed full of lint, and so on.

Truth is, however, even the most well-maintained appliances can malfunction on short notice. That’s where professional repairmen come in.

Having a professional technician routinely check and repair your appliances means you’re less likely to encounter these unpleasant surprises. Some of them, like Nationwide Appliance Repairs, can even fix your appliances the same day you called.

Good lighting and a cozy climate can put you in a productive mood

Work from home jobs in Australia, Best Home Business IdeasI’ve noticed that when talking about both appliances and workspaces, lighting and climate control are often overlooked. They shouldn’t be.

Long term, lighting has a direct impact on your eyes’ health. In the short-term, strained eyes can hamper your productivity as they can lead to headaches and fatigue.

An environment that’s either too warm or too cold can put you in a non-productive state, too, because it’s just not comfortable.

So, regularly check your light bulbs and have a few spares ready. And, while you’re at it, you might as well check up on your AC and heater.

Efficient appliances are silent appliances

Yes, some appliances do make noise. Washing machines, dryers, air conditioners, boilers, and all these other appliances make sounds when they’re on and working. I know.

But, when these appliances are defective, the sounds they make often get amplified, too. So much, in fact, that they can be severely distracting and break your train of thought. Hence the importance of making sure that your appliances are working as they should.

Well-maintained appliances will save you money

Appliances that work as efficiently as they should are more energy efficient than their defective counterparts. Consequently, this saves you money.

This affects your home office because, well… you’re paying for your home’s power bills.

I mean, working remotely supposedly means you can save more money because you don’t have to pay for your lunch and commute. But, when those savings go to paying high electricity bills from defective appliances, that benefit is essentially thrown aside.


You see, there’s a symbiotic relationship between your home office and your appliances. When everything’s working well, you will also end up being more productive, less stressed, and able to focus on what you do best.

So, to end this, allow me to repeat what I said in the beginning.

A well-kept home is a well-kept home office. Take care of your appliances and they’ll make sure that your home runs smoothly.