Many people love spring cleaning and use the transition from winter to spring as a way to start fresh in their house–finally say goodbye to those winter blues with a nice, clean house. In this post we’ll share some tips on how to spring clean your WHOLE house, including your HVAC system. Keep reading to learn more.
Some quick tips on cleaning:
- Here’s an eco-friendly way to clean your mattresses: combine 2 cups of baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Brush the mixture into your mattress, let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up!
- Don’t forget about your throw pillows! Toss them in the dryer on the highest heat setting to avoid those pesky dust mites!
- Investing in a microfiber cloth or mop is a great step towards eco-friendly cleaning. You can use these items to clean your ceiling fans, walls, blinds, and windows.
- Vinegar is a great tool for removing buildup in your showerhead and faucets. Pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag,tie it around your showerhead/faucet, let it soak for one hour, then scrub clean with an old toothbrush or other brushes you have available.
Don’t forget about home maintenance!
Spring cleaning is a great time for you to take a look at parts of your home to see if you need to take part in any maintenance projects. Here’s a list of some things to check up on:
- Check for cracks in your home’s foundation or basement
- Inspect the attic for leaks, rodents, bugs, or mold
- Make sure that your gutters are functioning properly
- Pressure-wash the exterior of your house
- Take a look at the wood on your deck. Is it rotting? Do you have broken supports?
- Sharpen any lawn tools with a file
If there are any cracks, holes, or other leaks in any part of your home, it’s important to fill them as quickly as you can. These leaks can actually impact your energy bill!
Cleaning your HVAC system
Why should you clean out your HVAC system? It can reduce the number of allergens in your home, for starters. Although air filters and ducts are meant to prevent these allergens from entering your home, they can get trapped in the ducts. Because of this, your airflow will also become more efficient once you clean it out.
We recommend that you at least hire a professional to clean and inspect your ducts. If you would like to take control of cleaning the rest of your unit, here are some tips.
Replace your filters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends replacing your filters at least every three months. If you have any household members with allergies or lung conditions, it may be beneficial for you to replace them more frequently. Don’t forget to install the new filter with the arrow printed on the outer edge of the filter facing the same direction as the airflow. When in doubt, you can contact professionals like us for help.
Clean the vents
Similar to filters, these vents can collect any dirt and debris. Cleaning them out ensures you are receiving proper airflow.
Check your outdoor unit
Any dirt, leaves, branches, grass, or other plants within two feet or closer to your unit could be obstructing the unit, preventing it from working properly. It is good to clean the unit itself along with the compressor, condenser coil, and fan. However, you must remember to never work on a powered appliance. You must turn off the thermostat, breaker, and fuse before doing any work on the unit.
Test the air conditioner
It’s a great idea to ensure your air conditioner works before the sweltering heat hits you. If there is no cold air, noticeable change or temperature, or it’s taking longer than normal to cool down your home, it’s a good call to contact a professional.
We hope these tips will help you out with all your spring cleaning ventures this year! Do you have any tips on how you clean your home? We’d love to hear from you.